Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd donates thousands to community projects

Credit: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is donating to the community as part of its renovation project, pictured here. Submitted image

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 4801 France Ave. S. is pouring thousands of dollars into the community as part of a church renovation project.

The 850-member congregation is giving 10 percent of its capital fundraising to groups like the Fulton Neighborhood Association and Camden Promise, a network of North Minneapolis churches working to address issues like poverty and violence. The donated amount currently stands at $170,000.

Other recipients include Community Emergency Service, Lutheran Social Service, Families Moving Forward, and the 66 West Apartments proposed near Southdale Center for young adults who have experienced homelessness.

The Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, which cares for Palestinian refugees, is another recipient.

Another recipient is the Onesimus Nesib Seminary in Ethiopia, which is working to house more female students.”The warfare there and continuing violence makes that hospital even more essential,” said Pastor Debra Samuelson.

 “While we are building our house, they are building a dormitory,” Samuelson said. “…This is the part that has been so much fun, seeing the impact of these gifts.”

The renovation is slated for completion in November, and it includes the church entry, sanctuary and Sunday School rooms.