On Sunday, January 14, 2018, Julia Decker, a Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, and Alison Griffith, a Staff Attorney for the Human Rights' Refugee & Immigrant Program, provided a presentation on immigration issues in Minnesota; specifically the needs of asylum seekers and detainees. Topics discussed included:

  • Overview of the basics and process of seeking asylum
  • Common asylum claims from Central American children and families
  • Challenges currently facing asylum seekers generally
  • Overview of immigration detention – who can be detained, what it is and isn’t
  • Immigration detention in Minnesota
  • Issues facing detainees
  • Immigration detention as a policy issue.

If you'd like to get involved with Immigration Support, the MN Advocates for Human Rights provides these links for ways to volunteer.


The Sheridan Story
Imagine your elementary school child leaving school on Friday afternoons wondering if they will have any meals on the weekend. Currently in Minnesota over 200,000 children - 100,000 in the Twin Cities alone - grab extra food on Fridays because they face weekend hunger.

Kids need daily meals not only for their physical and emotional development but also for academic success. The Sheridan Story, a nonprofit headquartered in NE Mpls and named after Sheridan School, fills this weekend food gap by discreetly placing about five pounds of nutritious food in their backpacks on Fridays.

School begins soon. Please support this growing organization's impact on child hunger and food insecurity with a donation. For more information, go to The Sheridan Story.


Daylight Center & School

Lynnhurst Church is a proud supporter of Daylight Center & School in Northern Kenya. The school was co-founded by Nathan Roberts, former youth minister at Lynnhurst Church, and Michael Kimpur, a former nomadic herds boy who was able to attend school through World Vision scholarships. Michael and Nathan's passion for reaching out to children from the nomadic world and providing an opportunity for education, love and hope is currently helping 150 students. To learn more about the Daylight Center & School, please click on: http://daylightcenter.org/ To watch Nathan and Michael's TEDx Talk given in 2016, go to The Power of Cross-Cultural Friendships

In July 2015, a number of Lynnhurst members and friends traveled to Daylight School, bringing along supplies, equipment, loving hearts, skills and strong backs. Click here for a video showing some of their many experiences and new friends. 


You Can Make a Difference!


TRUST, Inc. is a nonprofit, interfaith coalition of Minneapolis congregations that has served the needs of seniors, families, and youth of Minneapolis since 1970. TRUST (which stands for Toward Renewed Unity in Service Together) now has a membership of 18 churches, representing nine different denominations. Lynnhurst UCC Church has been proud to be a member church since 1970. For more information about Trust, click http://trustinc.org/


More Opportunities to Help...

Give the Gift of Independence

You can help Meals on Wheels by volunteering to deliver meals in your neighborhood once a week or once a month.  It only takes about an hour to bring a hot meal and a warm greeting to homebound individuals who currently cannot prepare meals on their own.  Please consider donating your lunch hour and give the gift of independence. Contact TRUST Meals on Wheels at 612-822-6040.





Think Three!

Every third Sunday of the month, bring either three nonperishable food items or a cash donation, to be donated to a local food shelf. These days, more folks than ever are turning to food shelves to get through tough times. Help us answer Christ's call to love our neighbors, and Think Three!


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