Thrivent Financial has again supported Zion in their partnership with Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis through the Thrivent Action Teams program. Through this program, Thrivent policyholders are able to apply for a $250 Community Impact Card to be used as seed money to purchase project supplies and create promotional materials for fundraisers, service activities, and educational events. This spring, Zion Thrivent members Wayne and Sue Fingalson formed a Thrivent Action team with Zion members Deb and Rick Johnson to undertake a service activity benefiting RAP, the Redeemer Afterschool Program. This program provides a snack and a meal, homework help, and activities for 10-20 first to eighth graders on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Redeemer supplied the team with a list of needs for their program. Wayne, Deb and Rick purchased hula hoops, jump ropes, chess and checker boards, math flash cards, multicultural books, and kitchen supplies at Target, Buffalo Books, and Walmart. They brought supplies to Redeemer on a Wednesday afternoon during Lent and volunteered with RAP, playing action games and board games.
It was great meeting the kids and the Redeemer staff and fun to see the excitement the kids had in receiving the items we brought. Wayne Fingalson
On this particular Wednesday, the children were excited as their parents were coming for the meal and a short program. The team sat with the children and their parents for the meal, and then the families then participated in some interactive games and a few kids did some dancing.
To be able to serve and partner with the people of Redeemer, other church partners and the children within the community was very rewarding and a blessing. Thanks to Thrivent for their generosity. Deb Johnson
What made this night even more special for us is that we stayed afterward for the Redeemer Wednesday night meal and worship service. Redeemer also uses the Holden service similar to Zion. I am grateful for the partnership Zion has with Redeemer and I appreciate all that Thrivent does to support community programs. I hope we can do many more similar projects. Rick Johnson