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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

62nd Church Anniversary Info

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On behalf of the Chair and Juneteenth Committee, we would like to extend a personal invite to 
each of you as we honor you and thank you for your contribution to advance our communities. 

As we prepare to celebrate Juneteenth we request your presence at both events where possible to receive a very special acknowledgment for your great work in the community. As many of you know Juneteenth is the oldest celebration marking the end of slavery in the U.S. Two and one-half years following the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, word of freedom reached those enslaved in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. A huge celebration of freedom followed, cementing this date in U.S. history. 

The Juneteenth celebration holiday holds just as much importance in American history. As we celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday allow us to highlight and honor some of our amazing leaders in you. We invite you to a night of great discussion featuring a conversation with the elders and youth a conversation of bridging the gap on Thursday, June 18, from 6-8pm at Phyllis Wheatley. 

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 9:30am at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, we ask that you join us for our legacy award ceremony honoring some of our outstanding Black Leaders from the church to the scholars! Stay for the discussion as we exam public safety and where do we go from here. 

Juneteenth Activities:

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Panel Discussion @ Phyllis Wheatley 

Saturday, June 19, 2021
9:30 Brunch, Awards and panel discussion @Phyllis Wheatley 

Live musical performances will begin at 1:15pm, in the park. 

Forward - NAACP Theme

Greater Friendship,

Nurturing the next generation of activists and community leaders starts with an investment in their education. Each year the association offers need-based and merit scholarships as part of the NAACP - Scholars and Professionals: Internships, Ready Youth and Employment (N-SPIRE) program.

This year, 170 awards range from $3,000 to $15,000 thanks to the support of various donors, including Dark & Lovely, Vans, and SmileDirectClub. Through our N-Spire Scholarship Program, we have more than $800,000 available to help deserving high school seniors and college students fund the upcoming school year.

Have you, or the students you know, applied? The June 18 deadline is approaching quickly.


Apply for $800K college scholarships


Through the generosity of our donors, we have the opportunity to advance our efforts to ensure equity in educational opportunity that prepares students for success in school, work and life.

Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and apply today!


Apply for $800K college scholarships


Fighting Forward,

Derrick Johnson
President and CEO



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Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church 62nd Anniversary

June 26 & 27, 2021

Saturday Friendship Festival / Juneteenth Celebration, 12-3pm

Friendship Academy of Arts School
3320 E.41st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

  • Food
  • Prayer for Healing
  • Fellowship
  • Family Fun
Sunday, June 27th, 9:30 A.M.
Family Day Service

History Nugget:
"The Sabathanites Drum Corps was founded in 1964 as a youth organization affiliated with Sabathani Baptist Church, located at 3805 Third Avenue, in Minneapolis. Its pastor at that time, Rev. Stanley R. King, advocated for the church’s involvement in the community all week long—not just on Sundays..."

Organ Solo - Rev. Ronald Terry, 1989

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties - COVID-19 Crisis Relief Application
Reducing the Cost Burden of Transportation
Currently accepting applications! To apply online, click here. 
The Car Repair Grant offers help to households who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and are in need of car repairs or maintenance. We provide one-time grants to households who rely on their car to continue working or to get back into the workforce.
Households who have been approved for a car repair grant will be required to get an estimate from their preferred auto repair shop and pay for the estimate. Once the estimate is approved and all required paperwork submitted, repairs can be completed and grant funds of up to $1,000 will be paid directly to the auto repair shop.
For more information about the Car Repair Program, please send us an email at or call us at 651-603-5880 and choose extension 5.
To apply online, click here

Am I Eligible?
Community Action will require you to go through an interview process, and you must meet the following requirements: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Live in Ramsey or Washington County 
  • Be working or job searching
  • Have a valid Minnesota driver’s license 
  • Provide proof of car insurance and ownership
  • Car must be less than 15-years old
  • Household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline
  • Household has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stairstep Foundation | 2115 Plymouth Ave. N, 2115 Plymouth Ave. N,
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Good afternoon, 
I wanted to make sure that everyone had all of the communications that I have been sending out to ensure that we are all on the same page. This information is what has been sent out (not all at once) to partners, allies, media, community, first responders, electeds, etc. This information is also public and can also be forwarded to any additional partners, churches, allies, etc.

The African American churches across the Twin Cities have launched the “21 days of Peace” which represents phase I. Each morning the executive team meets at 7:30am to discuss plans, learn and adjust. We now have teams of people led by Churches occupying “hot spot” corners across the Twin Cities. We have had over 300 people sign up to support and are determined to take back their community most of which has signed up using the Hotline phone number. There is great cooperation between the groups and the effort is growing immensely. 

An Invitation Letter has been sent and shared with Chief Arradondo as well as sent to our Fire Chiefs, Chief of EMS at HCMC and North Memorial as well. It also went to Commissioner Harrington and was sent to the Sheriff's Dept and we are anticipating a large presence from our First Responders. 

We would love to make an additional effort for this weekend in particular to have additional partners join us to activate these blocks, pick up trash, serve food, interact with families and community as well as pray with people that may be seeking prayer.



·       We built an infrastructure which has specified roles for all players from executive committee members to volunteers.

·       We have deployed teams in North Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, St. Paul and are working to put people in place in Brooklyn Park. The teams work daily Sunday through Saturday between the hours of 10:00am-10:00pm.

·       Over 300 people have signed up to volunteer. Primarily through our Hotline Number but Sign Up Genius has been added for centralization and simplicity. 

·       We have a Facebook page, Instagram page, Volunteer Hotline and Email Address all listed below for your reference. 

·       We also have met with suburban and metro-wide ally churches to seek support for specific activations. Activations include daily outreach shifts with a focus on the weekend:

o   72 hours of Peace/Allies for Peace. We need to share this solution. It is not simply an African American problem or Minneapolis problem.  This was this past weekend on Friday, June 4th - Sunday, June 6th.

o   Peace Officers for Peace. This weekend we plan to feed EMT’s, firemen, police officers, sheriff deputies, and the state patrol at different hot spots around the community. This is another layer to the cooperation that we are building daily. This will run Friday, June 11th-Sunday, June 13th with a primary focus of Saturday, June 12th between 12:00pm-9:00pm at the various locations.

Facebook Event Link: 

o    21 Days of Peace Celebration event. The final weekend celebration will be the weekend of June 19th. We will gather at the outlined hot spots to again celebrate the work and progress that has been made while actively activating the spaces for another weekend. 





North MPLS Hotline: 612-254-1228

South MPLS Hotline: 612-827-7928 

St. Paul Hotline: 651-419-1502

Prayer Sign Up:

Sign Up for North MPLS & St. Paul Shifts: 

Sign Up for South MPLS Shifts:

Calendar for North MPLS & St. Paul: 

21 Days of Peace May 28th - June 19th

Calendar for South MPLS: 

Southside 21 Days of Peace June 6th - June 27th 

Leads for North MPLS:

7 Member Executive Leadership Team

Rev. Babington-Johnson

Rev. Jerry Mcafee 

Bishop Richard D. Howell Jr.

Rev. Richard Coleman

Pastor Brian Herrod

Pastor Bruce Carpenter 

Louis King

Leads for St. Paul:

Elder Stacey Smith 

Rev. Runney Patterson 

Leads for South MPLS:

Pastor Carmen Means 612-481-0787 

Pastor Charvez Russell 612-743-6711

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Shemeka Bogan
P: 612.735.5998

Shemeka Bogan

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Week of June 1st, 2021



Greetings Greater Friendship,

Nurturing the next generation of activists and community leaders includes investing in their education.

We know many students need funding to support their college education. NAACP has partnered with various businesses, including Dark & Lovely, Kering, and Vans, to provide undergraduate and graduate scholarships to college-bound students.


More than $800,000 is available across 10 grant programs for students who apply by June 18. We’re looking for exceptional students ready to make an impact in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), marketing, communications, the arts, and more.

Applicants must:
  • Be a member of the NAACP. If you are not a member of the NAACP, join today.
  • Be African American or a person of color.
  • Be currently enrolled full-time or accepted to an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student.
  • Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system.
  • Demonstrate interest in a relevant field of study where applicable.

We know the expenses and debt accumulated during college can make it harder for Black graduates to securely step into their future. Let’s ensure equity in educational opportunity and prepare students for success in school, work, and life.


Learn more about scholarship opportunities



Fighting Forward,

Derrick Johnson
President and CEO


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The Zero Balance Project: Rental Assistance Coming Soon in Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Minneapolis, and St Paul

The counties of Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey, and the cities of Minneapolis and St Paul are offering rental assistance to those impacted by COVID-19.

In The Zero Balance Project, landlords start the application on behalf of their renters!

More information is available here:

View a demo of the application and get answers to questions on Tuesday, June 1 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


The Zero Balance Project Demo & Q&A

Date: Tuesday, June 1

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Log into the meeting here


Hi FAITH! Family,

Thank you so much for your participation in the FAITH! Emergency Preparedness Initiative! We have a few updates for you with some important information in this email. Please read this email carefully!


We held our first seminar (#1) this past Saturday, May 22nd which featured the incomparable Bishop La’Tresa Jester of Gideon Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ! She was AMAZING! For those of you who were unable to make it, don’t worry! It was recorded!  The link to the recording of the seminar is here:

The link to the recording of the Orientation held on April 10th  which provided an overview of the initiative is here:

Our next Seminar #2 will be held on June 12th at 11am with guest speaker, Dr. Nicolette Louissaint of Healthcare Ready. We will send out reminder emails with Zoom links soon!  


We have increased the incentive!!! We are now offering a total of $20 in gift cards for those that complete that survey! We have attached the updated flyer for you to distribute to share with your congregation and members! Please help us reach our goal of 150 respondents; we have 47 so far!


In the next few weeks, we will start conducting interviews by phone or video conference with the church pastors of our partnering churches to assess emergency preparedness capacity of each church. We are asking that each church pastor review the consent form attached to this email and to reply that you agree for our collaborators to contact you to complete the interview.

50 Common Interview Questions and Answers | The Muse

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

Thank you all for your support!

Take care,

The FAITH! Team