Reflecting on racism prompts Holmen pastor to solicit help for Minneapolis church
HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) — Introspection about racism propelled Senior Pastor Matt Toso of Holmen Lutheran Church to take action to help a church in strife-torn Minneapolis.
Toso and Holmen Lutheran’s Service Ministry Team are collecting food and household he will drive to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Sunday.
“As we watch the world around us struggle with the realities of systemic racism, I have been struggling with what I can do to help,” Toso said in a letter to his congregation. “I have a lot to learn about the racism that is part and parcel of our everyday lives to which I am mostly oblivious.
“I am working to educate myself about the pain of people of color and what people of color deal with day in and day out in our unjust society. I invite you to the same,” he wrote.
Vowing to use his platform to speak against the evils of racism, he invited others to do so as well.
“I also have a platform to invite people to do small tangible tasks that help people in need now and I will do that. I invite you to join me,” Toso said.
He credited a donation from Todd Trautmann of Thrivent Financial to help with the mercy mission for Holy Trinity.
“They have been doing the work that Jesus calls us to, feed the hungry, cloth the naked, give drink to the thirsty and more,” he said.
Toso invited people to drop items at the Holmen Lutheran’s Church Street. Place donations in the box the congregation uses for its food pantry, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
“We will also accept donations Sunday morning (before or after you have joined us for online worship!),” Toso wrote.
Items needed most urgently include cereal, cooking oil, peanut butter, canned/packaged meat and fish, produce, milk, coffee, rice, household cleaning supplies, diapers size 2-3, shampoo (for kinky and curly hair) and pet foods.
The Minneapolis church also has constant needs for diapers of all sizes but especially large, baby wipes, baby formula, cooking oil, laundry detergent, dish soap, body soap, hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels, maxi pads and bottled water.
Congregation members will load the trailer at 10 a.m. Sunday and return the same day. Anyone who wants to help load should wear a mask meet in the parking lot of the church at 228 Morris St.
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