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Introducing our new partner: The Sheridan Story (www.thesheridanstory.com).

We all believe that no child should be hungry. Yet there are over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota who live in food insecurity, 100,000 of which live in the Twin Cities. While there are many programs providing lunch and breakfast to children at school, the weekends remain a gap during which children struggle with hunger. The Sheridan Story is a local non-profit that partners with local congregations and schools to fill the food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school. Studies have indicated that children who participate in programs that provide a weekend food supply experience increased self-esteem, improved behavior at school, better academic performance, significant improvement in standardized test scores, increased interest in school, and better relationships with school personnel.

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East Side Thrive is a non-profit community organization committed to building strong partnerships with our neighborhood schools and other organizations who are investing in the lives of our children and youth. Annie, Hello Dolly and past musicals; the East Side Thrive after school program during the school year; Hero's Training Camp; Creative Arts Camp during the summer and other programs have all been funded by EST. Financial gifts for EST are always appreciated and we are grateful for past donations through the Reach for the Stars Fund, Give to the Max Day and the many other ways people have contributed. For information on biannual musicals click >here . News about the East Side Thrive after school program can be found >here .


Verne Simmons from Johnson Senior High School was interviewed by WCCO's Mike Max. Watch the video: >here.

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We partner with Johnson for tutoring, musicals, service projects and neighborhood events. For information on biannual musicals click >here . For the JHS athletics event schedule, visit sports.spps.org .


We partner with Farnsworth for tutoring, musicals, service projects and neighborhood events. For information on biannual musicals click >here .


Family Values for Life, one of our building partners, is a faith based organization that connects families on the East Side of St. Paul to community resources that support strong, healthy families. They currently have two active programs, Beauty for Ashes and Wilder Wednesdays for Families and are out creating partnerships with other organizations serving the East Side. Check out their website for more information.


During the months of September to May, Loaves and Fishes non-profit program is provides and helps us to prepare our Wednesday night dinners and for other special events. For more information, please contact Judy Kline, judy@first-covenant.org. For more information about Loaves and Fishes, visit loavesandfishesmn.org.


East Side Salvation Army

Each week we continue to collect bags of non-perishable food items to help local families in need.


Thanksgiving Bags

One-hundred and eighty-two bags of groceries were donated to the UGM Thanksgiving dinner initiative! Thank you for helping to make Thanksgiving a reality for families around the Twin Cities again this year.


Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know if they will receive their next meal. The Sheridan Story’s purpose is to respond to this need by closing the weekend food gap between Friday and Monday when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school. We partner with GA Church and The Sheridan Story to fill the food gap between Friday and Monday for local elementary school students (K-2nd grade). If you're interested in volunteering an hour to fill backpacks on Fridays, contact Jon Fure: jonfure@gmail.com.


Roots Covenant Church Update, Sundays, 10:00am - 11:30am

775 N. Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul, MN 55104

If you would like more information, you may phone 651-243-2465 or e-mail Pastor Touger Thao at touger@rootscov.org.

March 2016 Roots Covenant Newsletter >here

February 2016 Roots Video update >here

February 2016 Roots Covenent Church Prayer Newsletter >here

January 2016 Roots Covenant Church Newsletter >here

Video from Roots: Click >here .

Or, find out more about Roots by following:

Facebook: http://www.fb.com/rootscov

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rootscov

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/rootscov1


Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church has been a part of St. Paul’s East Side since 1889. GA Church has been in their current location at 1669 Arcade Street since 1959 and hosts the Payne-Phalen Block Nurse program. We partner with GA Church and The Sheridan Story to fill the food gap between Friday and Monday for local elementary school students (K-2nd grade). If you're interested in volunteering an hour to fill backpacks on Fridays, contact Jon Fure: jonfure@gmail.com.


Note: Due to a flooding incident last May, the Alley Shoppe will be unable to open this year until November 2017 at the earliest. Check in late October for an update.

This ministry offers clothing and household items to those in need. You may donate new or gently used items by placing them in the large wooden box in our (FCC) east entry. The Alley Shoppe, 1115 Greenbrier Street (entrance in the alley behind the church building), is open to eligible families only on Tuesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm. Eligibility is determined by: Social Workers, Financial Workers, Schools, Salvation Army, Dorothy Day Center, Clergy, Eastside Family Center and many other organizations. Qualified families are allowed six visits between September and May. More information at the Arlington Hills Lutheran Church website: www.ahlc-stp.org . For an Alley Shoppe brochure: click >here .


Followers of Christ Hmong Baptist Church

Pastor Chue Lia Vang (Xh. Tswv Liaj Vaj) 651-982-4931

The Followers of Christ Hmong Baptist Church is one of our building partners, utilizing the FCC facility for their worship services and Sunday School on Sunday afternoons.


The Haitian Christian Fellowship is one of our building partners, utilizing the FCC facility for worship and prayer services. They are also our mission partners in the recent trip to Haiti.


Community Bible Study is an interdenominational Bible study for the community. We offer a wide range of courses in classes throughout the United States and welcome people from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge. For over a quarter of a century, Community Bible Study has been helping people-from children to seniors-to grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.

CBS meets at First Covenant Church on Thursday mornings, 9:15 – 11:15 (September thru May). For more information, contact Jill Weiss: jillianweiss@yahoo.com.


Urban Roots of Minnesota, formerly Community Design Center, is a Saint Paul-based organization whose mission is to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development. We host one of their community gardens on our property.


Gateway Food Cooperative reached an agreement with Mississippi Market to join forces in building a new Mississippi Market store on the East Side. Details click >here .

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The mission of Gateway Food Cooperative is to establish a sustainable, natural food cooperative on the East Side of St. Paul that provides healthy, local, ethically-produced food. Guided by the Cooperative Principles, we are committed to:

  • Promoting wellness for our neighbors and community
  • Connecting local farmers with consumers
  • Supporting a community-based food system
  • Raising awareness about food justice issues
  • Being an active member of our community
  • Being a welcoming destination for all the diverse cultures that call the Twin Cities home.

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    Minnehaha Academy, a ministry of the Northwest Conference of Evangelical Covenant Churches, serves nearly 900 students from the Twin Cities area. Our mission is to provide high quality education integrating Christian faith and learning. Financial aid is available, and bus service is offered throughout the Twin Cities. For more information, or to schedule a personal tour or shadow day for your child, please contact Heidi Shannon, Director of Admission and Enrollment, at (612)728-7763 or e-mail at ShannonHeidi@MinnehahaAcademy.net .


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