Take It Outside

By on September 16, 2014 in News & Musings

OpenStreets

Last Sunday was a bright, sunny day – cool enough for a sweatshirt, perfect end-of-summer weather. It was also the first annual Nicollet Open Streets event. From noon until 5pm, Nicollet Avenue was closed to motorized traffic. People of all ages spilled onto what is normally a very busy city street! Businesses and organizations set up entertainment and information tables. Drummers marched, food trucks beckoned, paper dragons enthralled, children laughed, a petting zoo entertained and balloons danced in the breeze.  Zion was thrilled to have such a grand opportunity to meet people and share our story. We folks passed out free Zion swag, rolls of Life Savers, and helped quite a crowd of kids get a temporary tattoo or string some beads into bracelets.

Zion Lutheran Church sits two blocks west of Nicollet on the corner of 33rd and Pillsbury in the Lyndale neighborhood of Minneapolis. Many years ago traffic diverters were installed and tucked us away from the mainstream of traffic – but that never stopped us from being involved in this quirky, urban neighborhood. Today we host a variety of organizations that reflect Lyndale’s beautiful identity: the Lyndale Community Dinner and Recovery Worship welcome neighbors on Wednesdays, AA meets on Friday evenings, ESL classes and childcare have the building buzzing three nights a week, our musician in residence gives violin lessons, Youth Farm offices upstairs and cooks in the kitchen, Lyndale School uses our space as their emergency evacuation site, and two other congregations worship on Sundays! Zion has an open heart for the people who surround us. We’re known as a Little Church with a Big Heart for good reason!

Next weekend we’ll have a presence at the MN Recovery Walk at Lake of the Isles. Together with other recovery organizations and individuals, we’ll raise funds and awareness for recovery in Minnesota!

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