From Historic Orthodox Synagogue
Top-Pastor Paul's Disciples Ministry Church-Historic Mikro Kodesh Synagogue is more than a historic Minneapolis landmark; the Church-Synagogue represents goodwill, charity, and hope- to the poor, to the foreigner, to the widow, to the blind, to the sick.
Mikro Kodesh Synagogue developed after the arrival and movement of Eastern European Jews into North Minneapolis beginning in the 1880's. 1 Originally the congregation's name was Anshei Russia, Men of Russia. 2
"The Anshei Russia changed its name to Mikro Kodesh Synagogue in 1895.The congregation stated that it did not want to perpetuate the name of Russia, particularly when that country had treated Jews so poorly and when the congregation now lived in America."3In 1901 the congregation met in a wood frame Greek Revival synagogue at 720 Oak Lake Avenue North Minneapolis. In 1926 Mikro Kodesh congregation announced plans for the new building located at 1000 Oliver Avenue N. Minneapolis. The elaborate brick and stone structure was estimated to cost $140,000. Architect Septimus J. Bowler planned the new building to seat 1,000-640 on the main floor for men and 460 for women in the balcony, separated. In 1926 the congregation numbered 100 members led by Rabbi Moses Romm and Rabbi David Silverstein. 4
Disciples Ministry Church was founded July 2, 1974 by Pastor Paul S. Arnopoulos and it's Board of Directors. The purpose, as written in the Articles of Incorporation, of the church was:
"To spread the gospel of Jesus Christ by means of the spoken, as well as, the written word, by personal contacts, by distribution of tracts, and other forms of literature, by radio, by television and by distribution of recorded messages of the word, and such other methods as may be determined by the Board of Directors from time to time."
A non-denominational church or non-denominational person is not restricted to any particular or specific religious denomination. Data shows that non-denominational churches are now the third largest cluster of congregations in the country, following the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. 5
1. Hyman Berman, 'The Jews' in June Drenning Holmquist, ed. They Chose Minnesota: A Survey of the States Ethnic Groups.(St Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1981), 496-497
2. Albert I. Gordon, Jews in Transition. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1949) 156-158
3. Gordon, 156
4. Gordon, 182-183; Minneapolis Tribune, September 11, 1927, Minneapolis History Collection.
5. Hartford Institute for Religion Research
Below-Pastor Paul's Disciples Ministry Church music group 'Dove' Played at all special events; Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Voting Registration Picnic's, Race for Life fundraiser, and church fundraisers. Dove sang and wrote original Christian music and led the choir and played Friday evening and Sunday morning church services.
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