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.

You can support the work of Calvary Lutheran Church. Click the button below and select the "General Fund" to support the overall mission & ministry of Calvary, or "Food Shelf" to make a donation specifically for the Calvary Food Shelf.

TEXT-TO-GIVE has also been set up. Text your donation using these steps: CLICK HERE

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Calvary has suspended all congregational gatherings, including Sunday and mid-week worship services. The timeline for restarting these events is based on developing factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic. See information related to onine worship and study groups in the "What's New" section.

What's New at Calvary

Beloved community,

This all started with the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers. We continue to say his name: George Floyd. Or this all started when, for generations, those in power have refused to addressed the white supremacy that is at the core of the MPD. This has caused pain and trauma among many, including people within our own community.

Our emotions are all messed up as we witness the destruction of parts of the cities we love so dearly. We feel the rage of the protesters (and we are the protesters), at the same time we lament that rage that too easily turns to violence, and we lament the mayhem caused by those who just don’t care about our neighborhoods. We grieve with the immigrant-owned businesses that have been looted, burned and gutted in the Hiawatha and Lake neighborhood. We pray with our sisters and brothers at Holy Trinity, who have been a grace-filled presence in the midst of fire all around. We pray for peace and a restful night, but we know in our heart of hearts that there will be no peace without justice.

It is not clear how protests will change with the announcement that Officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody. We hope and pray for an end to violence and burning. At the same time, we must and we will continue to apply the pressure that demands justice and accountability in this moment, and the reordering of our lives that must finally come in the days and years ahead. We know that the MPD is not the only institution that needs to be undone and transformed – the time has come!

So, we continue to be church together. I am grateful to be in this with you. Here are some things that we can do now:

  • We will gather for a brief Prayer Vigil today, Friday, May 29 at 5:00 PM, at Calvary, on 39th and Chicago, a block south of where George Floyd was murdered. While we will practice social distancing, please do not come if you are in a high risk category for Covid-19. If you have access to Facebook, you may go to the Calvary site for a livestream.


  • The Food Shelf plans to operate as usual tomorrow morning, May 30, from 9 am to noon. There is currently a need for some additional volunteers. If you are able to help out, please contact Melissa Brooks at 612-827-2504, ext. 205.


  • The Calvary Race Equity Committee is working with other congregations to provide rapid response support for those injured or traumatized in the midst of protests. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

The outpouring of love and support from congregations and people from the Twin Cities and across the country has been so encouraging. Your prayers and actions make a difference!  To all—members and friends alike—who are supporting our being church in this time, Thank you!

Pastor Hans

The Church continues to worship this Easter season. Join the Calvary community online for these worship opportunities:

Calvary members are actively leading discussion and study groups during this time. Join with others from the Calvary community for these events:

The Food Shelf will be open this Saturday, 9-12, but will hand out pre-packaged bags of food with a Walk-Up table on 39th Street and Drive-Thru model at the parking lot entrance.  Please stay in your car, and we'll bring the food to you!  Volunteers will be available outside to help you. 

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" tab above, or call the food shelf office at 612-827-2504, ext. 205 for more information.

Your donations enable Calvary to continue being "In This City for Good."

Sign up for regular electronic giving by completing this form and returning to the church office:
Electronic Giving Authorization Form

Click on the DONATE button which appears throughout the site, or learn more about TEXT TO DONATE.