Mission

Community Emergency Service (CES)

December Mission Highlight

Our December mission partner is Community Emergency Service (CES).

Rooted in God's loving grace, Community Emergency Service transforms lives by serving neighbors, sharing resources, and becoming community.

CES was founded by Pastor William Berg in 1971 and celebrates 50 years of serving their community. CES originally functioned as an outreach of Augustana Lutheran Church to offer critical aid to Minneapolis residents. Decades later, it stands as a fully independent, expanded nonprofit with the state’s largest Meals on Wheels program delivering up to 350 meals daily.

Based in the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in Minneapolis, CES staff and volunteers are on the frontlines of providing food, hope, and compassion to our multi-generational, multi-cultural, low-income clientele. They strive to serve our neighbors in need without distinction or test, with dignity and understanding.

Mike Lloyd, Executive Director of CES will be introduced to the congregation on December 5 and will be available for questions at the Connection Corner after the services.

Colonial has supported CES for over 35 years through many food drives and volunteer activities. This month, we invite you to support CES in the following ways: 

  1. Donate to CES by bringing a bag (or two) of groceries and drop off at church. We'd like to fill the bin by December 5th for the volunteer event on December 6, otherwise, bring your food donation to church by December 31st. To donate directly to CES, visit their website.
  2. Volunteer: You can partner alongside CES by signing up on their website.
  3. Pray for CES as they serve the growing hunger need in the city. As winter approaches their need always increases and they are seeing a tremendous increase in the number of Hispanic families. CES relies heavily on volunteers and the pandemic has caused a radical reduction in the number of people coming to volunteer. Pray for volunteers to assist with the various roles that need to be fulfilled such as volunteer drivers. Pray for their Meals on Wheels program as they begin serving homebound seniors in North and South Minneapolis at the beginning of January. Pray for their staff - this has been a very stressful two years and there is a lot of work to be done to get their programs back on track with all that is happening as a result of the pandemic. Pray for ongoing food and financial support, especially through this time of year.
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