Rev. Susan Debner
PASTOR
Worship Schedule (Summer)
9:30 a.m. Sundays

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday - Friday

Mission Statement and Vision of Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church

"A community of the cross called to confess hope in action."

A Community of the Cross: Who We Are
As followers of the crucified and risen Christ, our faith has given us a glimpse of God's work in the world to make and keep human life human. We strive to involve ourselves in God's work knowing that we walk by faith, not knowledge; that we reach for hope, not finality; and that our story is of love, not power. We do this for, and with, all God's children.

Worshiping At Nokomis Heights

We rejoice in the tradition of the ancient church as well as the more recent Lutheran renewal, professing our faith with liturgies of confession and forgiveness, Scripture readings and sermon, prayers for all God's people, and the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism. Our liturgy proclaims the center of our faith-that God is gracious. We thank God for God's unconditional love, mercy, guidance, and forgiveness. Our music proclaims God's Word liturgically, drawing from the best of musical styles both old and new and highlighting congregational singing. Our beautiful Neo-Gothic sanctuary raises spirits and nurtures thought, confession, and devotion.

Proclaiming and Teaching 

Since its founding in 1929, our congregation has developed vigorous ministries of Scriptural education for adults, youth, and children. We have been amply blessed by strong preaching. We pursue dialogue that attests to the intersection of our faith lives and our "worldly" lives. All this is done to better hear the Living Word that defeats all of our human schemes: our imposition of doctrines that must be believed, of moral laws that must be obeyed, and of steps that must be taken along some supposed "way of salvation." Hearing the Living Word, and obedient to faith, our old lives are shattered and we fall into Christ's hands.

Evangelism: Serving and Witnessing 

We see ourselves as a neighborhood expression of a global church, a congregation compelled to serve the world despite the world's opposition-and, often, despite our own reluctance, our self-satisfaction, our excuses, our assumed morality, our pleasure, and our comfort. We attend to the brokenness in our South Minneapolis community to help ease its sting, to free it and ourselves for the abundance of human life, and to witness to the distinctive presence of Jesus in suffering ("to give reason for the hope that is in us" - 1 Peter 3:15).

Confessing Hope in Action: Some Ways We Do It
Confessing hope is to acknowledge that there is "good news," the news that God is profoundly concerned for our welfare, now and in the future, even and especially in our burdens and in the distress of our neighbor, which we seek to ease.

Feeding the Hungry 

Nokomis Heights is dedicated to alleviating the pain of hunger in our community. To this end, we have partnered with organizations on the local level, delivering meals to the elderly via South Minneapolis Meals on Wheels, serving suppers to the homeless at Our Saviour's Shelter, and collecting cans and dollars for Community Emergency Service. We have also partnered with organizations of the national church, collecting monies for ELCA World Hunger Appeal and ELCA Disaster Relief.

Welcoming the Stranger 
We invite all to our church, to worship and serve, for "all are welcome as angels of God, as Christ Jesus" (Galatians 4:14). We have partnered with Trinity Lutheran Church to support a local mission congregation of new immigrants. We sponsor missionaries in Cairo, Egypt, supporting their ministries to African refugees.

Serving the Elderly 

We have directed energies toward helping the elderly in our community by delivering meals via South Minneapolis Meals on Wheels, and by joining with other congregations to support the programming of Cooperative Adult Ministries.

Serving Families with Children 

In addition to offering a rich Sunday morning education program, each summer we offer Vacation Bible School, helping children recognize God's love through Christian education and fellowship. Other activities have included Mom's Morning Fellowship, parenting classes, and youth trips.