Building Community

People connect here. Strangers receive welcome. Neighbors know this is a place they will feel safe and respected. This community believes in trying things that require big dreams and teamwork. Here are a few important ways we’re building community in the Lyndale neighborhood:

 LCDThe Lyndale Community Dinner ~ Wednesdays at 6:00pm

The LCD used to be owned and operated by Zion Lutheran Church. In 2015, we revamped its leadership by inviting other organizations with common values to collaborate. Menus are creative, healthy, delicious, and reflective of the cultures in our neighborhood. People are empowered in the kitchen and proud to cook food that brings their neighborhood together.

The Feast Team was born last fall, a council that shares leadership and decision-making between community members and Zioners. People commit to a leadership role for one season at a time to ensure that many hands are involved and the work remains life-giving. This season’s team includes representatives from the Spanish-speaking and Somali-speaking communities, the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Cooking Matters, and neighbors who are passionate about this weekly ritual.

We dream of more partnerships working together with the dinner: education and health, family-friendly activities, and an experience that provides a weekly touchpoint for Lyndale residents.

Want to come? Just show up at 6:00pm on a Wednesday for delicious food and good company. The menu is advertised on Tuesdays through Zion’s Facebook page and Pastor Meta’s weekly e-devotion called Heartbeats.

Want to help? Contact Feast Team Chairperson Jenna to participate or click on Give to Zion on our homepage to make a financial gift to the dinner.

Here are some of the delicious recipes we’ve enjoyed over the last year!

LCD Recipes


bldg pic ZOOM House stands for Zion Originated Outreach Ministry. In 1998, the apartment building next door to Zion was subject to a DEA raid. Leaders at Zion came together with members of other Twin Cities congregations to purchase and renovate the building, hoping to create a new beginning and hope on the corner of 33rd and Blaisdell. Today it’s a unique permanent, affordable housing ministry that supports single-parent families in exciting, holistic ways. Families come directly from Hennepin County shelters, discovering a new sense of home and community right next door to Zion. Visit The Zoom House to learn more about ZOOM House.

lyndale schoolLyndale Community School has a special place in our hearts. We’ve collected athletic shoes, art supplies, and warm weather clothes for our little friends a few blocks away. Zion is their emergency evacuation site, so all of these little ones have visited and known welcome here.

We are proud of the diversity and great learning at Lyndale School. More than half these students are English learners and they are growing by leaps and bounds each year. These kids are our teachers and leaders – we give God thanks for their energy and discoveries!

We host three supply drives for Lyndale School each year. Contact the church office for more information or to coordinate a donation.

2017 Fall Collection: School Supplies

Winter Collection: Hats, Mittens, and Scarves

Spring Collection: Reams of Copier Paper