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:

 The 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 LCD Visioning Team is a council of Zion members, Lyndale Neighborhood Association staff and board members, and members of the multi-cultural Lyndale community who share in the leadership and decision-making for the Dinner.  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. We dream of more partnerships and innovative ways to work together in service to community. We envision the Dinner as a community-building space that hosts family-friendly activities and game nights, as well as intentional community conversations about issues that are important in the neighborhood. Above all, we strive to create an experience of connection, community, and fellowship for all those who wish to participate, in the Lyndale neighborhood and beyond.

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, LNA’s Facebook page, and NextDoor Lyndale.

Want to help? Contact LCD Coordinator Alison to participate or click on Give to Zion on our homepage to make a financial gift to the Dinner.

Alison Hoyer
Community Organizer – Lyndale and Bryant, Food Access and Environmental Justice

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