Institute of Aspiring Abolitionists: An Educational Initiative by Jason Marque Sole

Please join us on November 15 at 7 pm. Jason Marque Sole is a formerly incarcerated abolitionist. He has been a national restorative justice trainer since 2008, leading circles in jails, prisons and in the community. Jason is currently an adjunct professor at Hamline University in the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Department. His a past president of the Minneapolis NAACP and cofounder of the Humanize My Hoodie movement which challenges threat perceptions about Black people through clothing, art exhibitions, documentary screenings and workshops. If you plan to join in person, please note that masks are required. If you plan to join virtually, the link is:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86579864911

There is no cost to attend; we hope you’ll join us!

South of the River Crop Walk is Sunday, October 10

Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church will host the 9th annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 10! Registration starts at 1:30 p.m., and the Walk starts at 2:00 pm. CROP Hunger walks are locally organized events under the sponsorship of Church World Service to raise awareness about global and local hunger. Seventy-five percent of funds raised support CWS in their global and US based efforts for hunger relief, disaster assistance, and development. Twenty-five percent of the funds we raise will support Second Harvest Heartland, a food bank that supplies all of our local food shelves. We are doing good work and you can be a part of it! Here are the ways you can help:
Follow the link below to join the Spirit of Life team, or donate to the team.
Contact the church office at spirit@spiritoflifeav.org if you would like to volunteer to assist on Walk day; we are looking for 2 or 3 people to help with check-in and registration.
Bring non-perishable food items to the Walk, that will be delivered to the Rosemount Family Resource Center food shelf.
Order a home-made, frozen take-and-bake Swedish apple pie! Some of you have purchased these pies in the past and know how good they are! They are $10 each and can be pre-ordered, with or without nuts. Contact the church office to place your order; deadline Sept. 24.
If you prefer to donate to the team, or pay for your pie with a check, please make it out to Spirit of Life, with “CROP Walk” on the memo line.

New signage coming soon

“Monumental” changes are going to occur soon at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church! Our church’s road sign on the corner of Pilot Knob Road and 144th Street is going to be replaced with a new sign in the coming weeks. It will be easier to read and include the ability to display electronic messaging. We’re excited about this enhancement to our church property – watch for more changes coming soon!

Little Free Pantry open for use

The Little Free Library in front of Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church has been converted to a Little Free Pantry. It is stocked with items than can withstand the cold and be added to a meal, such as small packages of dried soup, cereal, rice, dried beans, nuts, etc. (please, no cans, bottles and perishable items).

In these stressful times, the Little Free Pantry is for our neighbors as well as our church. The theme is “take what you need, add what you can.” Donations are appreciated, but additional food items much fit into the pantry. Nothing can be left outside on the ground or in the church building. If your items don’t fit into the pantry, please bring them back another time. Church members will monitor and stock the Little Free Pantry as needed.

If you have questions, please contact our church office at 952-423-2212. Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. For more information about the Little Free Pantry movement, please check out www.littlefreepantry.org.

Support our local food shelf

Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church is once again supporting the Rosemount Family Resource Center with donations of fresh produce from our gardens. If you’d like to donate NON-PERISHABLE food items, please drop your items off at church on Saturday, August 1st, from 10 am – 12 noon. A church volunteer will be available to accept your donation. Our address is 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley.

If you have perishable items that you’d like to donate, we encourage you to deliver them directly to the Rosemount Family Resource Center, 14521 Cimarron Avenue West, Rosemount. For more information, see their website: https://360communities.org.

Thank you for supporting the needs of our local community!

School supply drive in progress

Thanks to the generous donations received last week for our school supply drive, only three types of items are still needed. We’re looking for college-ruled and wide-ruled notebooks, as well as glue bottles. A church volunteer will be available from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday, August 1st to accept your donations.

Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. Many thanks for your willingness to help kids and families in need!

Call for non-perishable items for South Minneapolis

As we continue to support recovery efforts in South Minneapolis, imagine if you were suddenly displaced from your home by flooding, severe weather, or some other calamity. What would you need if you found yourself in a shelter or sanctuary setting? This week, we’re asking for donations of non-perishable items such as bottled water and power drinks, shelf-stable food (individually packed snacks, fruit cups, cereal, coffee, peanut butter), and disposable and washable masks. A church volunteer will be available from 10 am  – 12 noon on Saturday, August 1st, to accept your donations. Monetary donations are gladly accepted and allow us to fulfill needs quickly.

Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. Thank you for your ongoing assistance!

School supply drive begins Saturday, July 25

Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church is once again collecting school supplies for students in Independent School District 196. Regardless of the classroom format this fall, many students still need our support. Our Community Service team will accept your donations on Saturday July 25, August 1 and August 8 from 10 am – 2 pm. The church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley.

The following items are requested:

  • College-ruled notebooks
  • Wide-ruled notebooks
  • Two-pocket folders (solid colors without the paper fasteners)
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue bottles
  • 3×5 notecards
  • Colored pencils
  • Red pens (3-packs)

If you’d rather not shop, you can also donate funds; our Community Service team will do the shopping for you! Thank you for your generosity!

Personal care products needed for South Minneapolis residents

Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church continues to collect donations for our neighbors in South Minneapolis. This week, our focus is on personal hygiene items, such as dental supplies, body wash/soap, hair care products, shaving supplies and deodorant. Drop off your donations on Saturday, July 25, between 10 am – 2 pm. Volunteers will be on-site and ready to help you! The church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. Thank you for your generosity!

Ongoing assistance in South Minneapolis needed

Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church continues to accept donations for our neighbors in South Minneapolis. The needs are broad and deep, and they will remain for the foreseeable future as many non-profit organizations are stretched beyond capacity. This week, we’re calling for donations to help babies and toddlers; this includes diapers, baby wipes, formula, jarred baby food (non-perishable), OTC medications for infants and toddlers, baby shampoo and wash, packets of onesies or t-shirts, teethers and small rattles and toys.

Donations will be accepted on Saturdays from 10 am  – 2 pm; the church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. A church volunteer will be available to receive your donations.