NEAR (North-suburban Emergency Assistance Response)
A non-profit volunteer organization, NEAR responds to the emergency needs of people in our community. Elim is part of a cooperative effort of twelve area churches, volunteers provide emergency food relief to residents of northern Robbinsdale, Crystal, and New Hope who live between 42nd and 62nd Avenues North. NEAR is a member of The Second Harvest Food Bank, The Emergency Foodshelf Network and Hunger Solutions Minnesota.
March Food Drive:
Elim will have “Pack the Pews Sunday” the last Sunday in March.  Grocery bags will be available in the Narthex and overflow room with a list of needed food items.  Money donations are also accepted. The drive for food and funds continue the whole month of March to restock the NEAR Food Shelf.  Thank you!
School Supply Drive:  Food shelf donations are collected at Elim and school supplies will be collected during the summer and completes usually before August 1. Click here:  NEAR school supply drive for a list of items for NEAR



Elim helps purchase gifts for those at Victory Health & Rehab. The requests hang on the Christmas tree in the parlor starting mid-November.  If you would like to participate in this Service and Mission Christmas program, please take a gift tag from the tree and purchase one or more gifts from that person’s list ($10-15 maximum). Please return the gift (wrapped) with the name tag attached. Gifts must be brought to church by mid-December. Thank you.

August 1 – September 30
During this season of bounty when fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful, Elim is joining MN FoodShare’s Harvest Campaign Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 to support our local food shelf, NEAR.
Fresh, locally grown produce donations can come from community gardens, congregational members’ home gardens, local farmers markets or grocery stores. While fresh produce is the focus of the Harvest Campaign, please remember that other healthy food options—like dry beans, rice, whole grains, and nuts—are also essential food items for every food shelf.
Please bring the produce and other healthy food donations to worship services during August and September and drop them off in the food shelf wagon in the narthex. Your donations will be delivered on Monday mornings to NEAR by Shirley Mork, Elim’s Food Shelf Coordinator.
At the end of September we make a final push with “Pack the Pews” which coincides with our Annual Elim Garden Harvest Celebration on the lawn after church.  The Harvest Celebration takes place at the end of September following worship (10:30am) and we will pack the pews during worship (9:30am).
For more information call Ann Tranvik 612-616-0593
An inter-generational partnership with a nearby grade school.  Elim members read with Lakeview elementary school students once a week. It’s a chance to get to know a first or second grader and help them develop important reading skills. Tutors from Elim work with students at least once a week. School staff have nothing but good things to say about the Elim folks and appreciate having additional positive adults in the school on a regular basis.  We have a number of returning people from Elim, but would love to have more Elim members involved in the program. It is a rewarding experience in making a difference.  If you are interested in participating in the Elim-Lakeview tutoring program, please call the church office.
In the summer and throughout the school year, Elim members contribute school supplies, gift cards, and winter clothing to Lakeview students, and help with special events at the school.  A list of school supplies is available here: Lakeview Elementary School Supply Drive
Elim also assembles and sponsors KidPack for Lakeview, a program that ensures all schoolchildren have enough food to eat on the weekends.

Volunteers Needed for Fresh Produce Distribution:  Up to 6 volunteers are needed bi-weekly to help distribute free, fresh produce in Elim’s parking lot this summer! Facilitated by PRISM, our local basic needs provider, distributions will run from mid-July through early-October, and are a great opportunity to connect with members of our community through service. Expectations include assistance unloading, setting up, handing out, and packing up produce – all with a friendly demeanor! 

To sign up for one or multiple dates, go to: or contact PRISM Community Engagement Manager Dan Gregory at 763-432-4210.

FAMILIES MOVING FORWARD: A Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Responding to homelessness in our community, the Elim Church Council has joined the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.  We will be hosting up to 4 families at Elim for one week at a time, twice a year.  During the hosting week, Elim members volunteer to set up sleeping rooms in several Sunday School rooms; to greet and socialize with our guest families; to provide an evening meal; to participate in activities and games with children; and to serve as overnight hosts. Volunteer training is provided. Our work with the Beacon Collaborative aligns us with 70 other congregations throughout the Twin Cities who are working to alleviate not just the lack of affordable housing but the societal pressures that contribute to homelessness as well!

Elim hosts blood drives 4-5 times a month.  With our help the Red Cross is able to touch approximately 200 lives from the blood collected at our blood drives.  To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or go to and use our sponsor code: ELIMLUTHERAN.  Your donation could help save at least 3 lives!