Lutherans in the Twin Cities

West Suburban churches highlight prayer in preparation for clergy Sleep Out

Thirteen West Suburban churches, including five Lutheran churches, participated in the 17th annual Sleep Out campaign kickoff by participating in one of two simultaneous prayer walks on November 10. Each walk featured five prayer stops that represented the needs of the people served by Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP). IOCP is involved in issues of housing, employment, transportation, child care, and food. Prayer leaders — clergy or laity — lead the prayers at each site.

Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson of St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (ELCA), Plymouth, Minnesota, holds up some of the prayer beads given to participants of the prayer walk to remind them of the evening — and the people they prayed for. Photo courtesy of Erin Anderson

“We’ll need to pull out all the stops to meet the needs of the people God has placed in our path and entrusts to our care,” said LaDonna Hoy, IOCP executive director. “What better way to launch our efforts than in prayer.”

Churches participating in this year’s Sleep Out campaign included Holy Name of Jesus Catholic (Wayzata); Messiah United Methodist (Plymouth); Peace Lutheran (Plymouth); Plymouth Creek Christian; Plymouth Presbyterian; Redeemer Lutheran (Wayzata); St. Barnabas Lutheran (Plymouth); St. Bartholomew Catholic (Wayzata); St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran (Plymouth); Trinity Lutheran (Long Lake); Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka; Wayzata Community Church; and Woodridge (Medina).

Area clergy will be invited to sleep the night in cardboard boxes on December 5. The financial goal of the 2012 Sleep Out is $1.95 million — an increase of $150,000 over last year — to help 1,700 struggling families in our community meet their basic needs. The campaign runs through December 31.

In the 16 years since the Sleep Out’s inception, the community has raised more than $15 million to help provide families with housing, child care, food, transportation and employment. Many Sleep Out funds are used to prevent homelessness by providing short-term rental assistance to help families overcome temporary setbacks.

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