Eden Prairie Athletic Director Mike Grant, longtime Eden Prairie resident and Eden Prairie community member and friend Krystal Queen of Eden Prairie will introduce Project Friendship at services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. The public is welcome.
“Project Friendship is a new community initiative that seeks to build bridges between single-parent families and other families in the south and southwest suburbs. Coach Grant and Ms. Queen will share the moving experience of how their families connected and built a friendship by eating meals together, shoveling driveways and sharing the joys and challenges of everyday family life,” according to a news release. “Grant and Queen will also outline their goals for Project Friendship and invite worshipers to consider partnering with a single-parent family to build positive and supportive relationships between St. Andrew Lutheran Church families and single-parent families in the community.”
“It all started when my family grabbed our shovels and went to help Krystal out after a snowfall,” Grant said in a news release. “I think the friendship we have developed has meant a lot to her as a single mother and my family has been changed forever. Krystal and I think that the friendship that our families share models a new way to build community here in Eden Prairie.”
“As a single mother,” Queen said in the release, “there are many challenges in raising my kids, working full time and taking care of myself. I grew to trust Mike and his family. Their friendship and support gave me encouragement to succeed.”
“Coach Grant shared with me his experience with Krystal and her children and I was intrigued.” said Senior Pastor David Lillejord. “As St. Andrew developed the preaching series for this winter about building bridges, this seemed like a perfect way to build bridges into the local community in meaningful ways. I am confident that people at St. Andrew will see this as a way to live out their faith in daily life.”
Mike Grant is the most successful coach in state high school football history and the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Sportsperson of the Year in 2014. Krystal Queen has worked in public schools, county assistance programs and works at Metro Council. She has professional and personal experience in the needs of single parents, the release said.
For more information, visit www.standrewlu.org/project-friendship .
St. Andrew Lutheran Church is at 13600 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie.