Welcome to Calvary!

Calvary Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located at 39th Street & Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis, at the crossroads of four neighborhoods: Central, Powderhorn, Bryant and Bancroft.(Directions to church)

We are known as:

  • A smaller, more intimate Christian community with a strong commitment to living out God’s grace in our neighborhood.
  • A diverse, open and hospitable group from young to old, who welcome visitors, whether life-long Christians or those newly seeking a spiritual home.
  • A worshipping community with rich, lively, and historic liturgy that includes strong singing, eclectic music, quality preaching, and prayers for those both near and far.
  • A place of beauty, gathering in a sanctuary with majestic pipe organ and stained glass windows, a newly remodeled space with flexible seating and ritual centers crafted to befit a worshipping community of the 21st century.
  • A community of faith that welcomes people who may have felt excluded by the church because of cultural or ethnic background, race, physical or mental abilities, socioeconomic or family status, gender, age, or sexual orientation. Read our Welcome Statement, and learn more about our core values.

Join Us on Sunday


Worship at 10:00 a.m.
Education at 11:15 a.m.
Coffee Hour follows the worship service

What's New at Calvary

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It’s time for the March Campaign for Calvary’s Food Shelf!

“The March Campaign is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” emphasizes Henrietta Williams, Food Shelf Coordinator. “This year’s goal is to raise $9,000 and take in 900 pounds of food and other donations.”

In 2018, Calvary’s Food Shelf served nearly 2,100 individuals from about 800 households. “Half the people are children and seniors,” laments Henrietta. “No one should have to go hungry. And the March Campaign helps ensure that Calvary can continue helping people right here in our community.”

Financial contributions give the Food Shelf the greatest flexibility. The Food Shelf can use the funds to purchase what its clients need, often at highly subsidized prices. Typically, food shelves can stretch $1 into enough food for two or three meals.

In addition, Calvary’s March Campaign will have a weekly donation focus each Sunday. The weekly themes this year are as follows:

March 17:            Cereal

March 24:            Diapers and Feminine Hygiene

March 31:            Canned Fruit

But, most important, as Henrietta emphasizes: “Please feel free to donate in whatever way works best for you. We’ll put your donation to good use!”

Wednesdays throughout Lent: Soup supper in the Lounge at 5:30

Prayer Around the Cross in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.

The Calvary Emergency Food Shelf is available for area residents each Saturday from 9:00 - noon. There are eligibility requirements. Click on the "Food Shelf" link in the "Outreach" tab above, or call the church office at 612-827-2504 for more information.