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A Message From Executive Director, Nancy Biele

by ccunningham on April 11, 2018

From Nancy Biele

Dear TRUST Friends:

In June of 2000, I began my journey with TRUST. Since that time, we have added churches, created initiatives formed by the congregations and maintained our core services. I am only the seventh Executive Director that TRUST has had in its 48-year history. Prior to me, the longest serving Executive Director was at TRUST for six years. I have been here 18 years, and I will be retiring in June.

I have preached and done mission moments in most of the churches. I have met with your committees and consulted on your outreach efforts.   I will miss the conversations with the congregations and clergy. I will miss working with all of you.  You have helped us with our events and fundraisers and volunteer recruitment and funding and many other tasks. You could write the playbook on how to get churches working together.  I thank you for the multiple ways you have supported TRUST, and I trust that you will continue to do so under new leadership.

Unfortunately, my leaving also comes at a time when finances are particularly tenuous, and we have had to make severe cuts.  While the timing of my leaving is coincidental to our financial straits, it means that I will be working very hard to make up last year’s deficit and continue raising money for 2018 in the months I have left. I could use your help in that.

I have faith in all those connected with TRUST that life will go on. I am already grieving the loss; however, I am not gone. We have a lot of work to do first. Please join me in continuing the TRUST mission: “TRUST unites and mobilizes congregations and the community to serve and empower our neighbors.”

Blessings and thanks.

The job description is available here.


2018 Grief Support – Summer Series

by ccunningham on April 10, 2018


 You don’t have to walk this path alone.

South Minneapolis Coalition for Grief Support
2018 Summer Series

St. Joan of Arc Parish
4537 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Phone: 612-823-8205

click here for a printable schedule or here for an informational brochure

6:15……………………Registration and refreshments
6:30 – 7:00 PM………Speaker
7:00 – 8:00 PM………Facilitated small groups

All groups are on Thursdays


  • May 24 — Understanding Grief – Mary Marcoux
  • May 31 — Effects of Grief – Beryl Schewe
  • June 7 — Strategies for Getting Unstuck – Beryl Schewe
  • June 14 — “Good Grief” – Mark Scannell
  • June 21 — Unresolved Grief – Eva Rogness
  • June 28 — Steps That Can Help! – Rita Olk
  • July 12 — Lessons Learned from Grief! – Jason Kemp
  • July 19 — Giving Thanks Can Be Healing! – Mark Scannell
  • July 26 — Grief & Downsizing – Marcie Spears
  • August 2 — Service of Remembrance


  • Mary Marcoux – Bereavement Coordinator, Spiritual Care Manager, Hospital Chaplain
  • Beryl Schewe – Director of Pastoral Care at Our Lady of Grace, Author
  • Mark Scannell – Grief Survivor, Life Coach, Author, St. Joan of Arc Staff
  • Eva Rogness – Grief Coordinator, Grief Facilitator, Retired Chaplain
  • Rita Olk – Grief Facilitator, Social Worker
  • Jason Kemp – Grief Survivor, Grief Facilitator


Individuals may join the group at any time. Norine Larson is the Grief Coalition Coordinator and can be reached at 952-925-2437. The summer coordinator is Jean Mills who can be reached at 612-986-8217. Grief Coalition congregations: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Church of the Annunciation, Diamond Lake Lutheran, Lake Harriet Christian, Our Lady of Peace, Richfield United Methodist, St. Joan of Arc, St. John’s Episcopal and Walker Methodist Health Center Pastoral Care. The South Minneapolis Coalition for Grief Support was formed in the winter of 1994. It became a program of TRUST in 2006. TRUST, Inc. is an interfaith coalition of congregations providing services in south Minneapolis. For more information about TRUST, contact Nancy Biele, Executive Director at 612-827-6159 or go to


CoAM Spring Luncheon Fundraiser – April 30, 2018

by ccunningham on April 10, 2018

Come celebrate
all things CoAM!

Join us for our spring luncheon
on Monday, April 30 at Noon,
Bethel Lutheran Church,
4120 17th Avenue South

  • Listen to Jim Shannon’s piano wizardry as you dine.
  • Hear CoAM stories and find yourself in pictures!
  • $15 donation

For reservations:

  • sign up at Life Enrichment
  • leave a message at 612-721-5786
  • email the CoAM office

(click here for downloadable poster)


Visit Rochester on a CoAM Day Tour
Thursday, April 19, 2018 for $98

Registration deadline is April 12th
(download printable flyer here)

First, we will tour the historic Mayowood Mansion. Mayowood was built in 1911 by Dr. Charles H. Mayo, who lived there until 1939. Now, this 38 room historic house is home to an extensive decorative arts collection, gorgeous gardens, and antique furnishings.

Then we will have lunch with the sisters at Assisi Heights. In 1877, 25  Franciscan Sisters from Joliet, Illinois, came to Minnesota, to establish a new community. See their beautiful home and hear their history. Lunch on brats, chips, broccoli salad, salad bar & dessert.

Then we’ll take a narrated trolley tour of Rochester highlights.


  • 8:45 AM:
    Tour bus leaves Bethel parking lot
    42nd Street East & 17th Avenue S.
  • 10:30 AM:
    Mayowood Tour
  • 11:45 AM:
    Lunch at Assisi Heights & Tour
  • 2:15 PM:
    Trolley Tour of Rochester
  • 5:30 Back at Bethel

For reservations:
Leave a message at CoAM at 612-721-5786  and  send in your check for $98 to CoAM, 3045 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis MN 55407


Caritas Vocal Ensemble – Dinner and Concert – Saturday, April 21

March 13, 2018

(downloadable flyer) Saturday, April 21 Dinner at 5:00 PM Concert at 6:00 PM Benefiting TRUST Parish Nursing Come for date night! Come for “someone else is cooking” night! Come for wonderful music night! Come to raise money for Parish Nursing night! But come! $25 for concert & dinner Concert only – $15 general $10 for [...]

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CoAM Life Enrichment Series – Spring 2018

March 13, 2018

For Lifelong Learning Mondays,  April 9 through April 30 9:30 – 11:50 a.m. Classes held at centrally located Bethel Lutheran Church 17th Ave. So. & 42nd St. E., Minneapolis Click here for a printable class schedule Monday, April 9 9:30—10:30 AM GREAT DECISIONS: Global Engagement and the Military Presented by Jon Olson, Commander US Navy [...]

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Open Position: TRUST Administrator

March 13, 2018

Sad news for us! Great news for her! Beth, our Administrator for the past 18 years is moving north to Ely. So we have a job opening!   You can download a copy of the job description here or read the description below: ====================================================== TRUST ADMINISTRATOR QUALIFICATIONS 1. Skills Strong organizational and time management skills Excellent [...]

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CoAM Day Tour to Chanhassen – Wednesday, February 7, 2018

January 14, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 for $97 (click here for poster) Back on the Chanhassen stage by popular demand- Sister Act, is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash called, “Ridiculously fun,” by the New York Post. Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar-winner, Alan Menken, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva [...]

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TRUST’s 2018 Loaves & Fishes Schedule

January 14, 2018

We have been providing Loaves & Fishes at St. Stephen’s, 2123 Clinton Ave. S., since 1982 and some of the same people are still volunteering! If your church is one of the five participating congregations, sign up with the coordinator. If you would just like to have a great time serving the community, show up!  Call [...]

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2018 Grief Support – Winter/Spring Series

January 14, 2018

 You don’t have to walk this path alone. South Minneapolis Coalition for Grief Support 2018 Winter/Spring Series St. Thomas the Apostle Church 2914 West 44th Street, Minneapolis MN 55410 Phone: 612-922-0041 click here for a printable schedule or here for an informational brochure 6:15……………………Registration and refreshments 6:30 – 7:00 PM………Speaker 7:00 – 8:00 PM………Facilitated small groups All groups are [...]

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