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When I open my eyes…

by Julie Thoreen Four-year-old Christy rides her tricycle around her neighborhood, closing her eyes and praying, Jesus, if you are real, when I open my eyes, show yourself to me. She does this over and over again. Jesus, if you are real, when I open my eyes… When the sun sets, Christy gets off her bike and enters into the … Read More 


Echo Baptism

Echo Baptism 2018

Last Wednesday, June 20, 10 of our Echo students (7th-12th grade) took the important step to be baptized. For many of them, being invited and accepted into the Echo community has greatly shifted their view and experience of Jesus, church and community. The baptism itself was a beautiful representation of that–every one had family there with them, and many of … Read More 


Baptism Classes

If you are a new believer, a believer who hasn’t been baptized or were baptized as an infant and want to declare your faith personally, we invite you to take our baptism classes that will prepare you for this spiritually forming event. Sundays during the 9am service on July 15, 22 and 29. No need to register, just show up in … Read More 


Trout Lake Day Camp Re-Cap

This week, June 18-22, 12 Trout Lake Day Camp Counselors and around 100 Woodland Hills K-5th graders took over the church for a jam-packed week of fun skits, Biblical truth, high energy worship and incredible camp activities. Check out some of what they did below!


Jesus Kitchen

by Julie Thoreen A kitchen is a focal point for community. A place for gathering and participating and sharing. A reason to unite. The Jesus Kitchen started in 1995. It serves meals and builds relationship with the hundreds and thousands of people, many of them traveling homeless, who attend regional and national Rainbow Gatherings. Growing out of the love movement … Read More 


Loose Ends

For 2,000 years the Bible has provided the church with a set of sacred scriptures that are inspired by God and that serve as our authoritative source of teaching and guidance. However, certain passages are so hard to figure out that it seems easier just to skip over them. This summer, we’ll try to make sense of some of those … Read More 


Never Wasted

“I set him back down in his crib knowing that he’ll never know he spent this night with me. It was like a death.” Leah Berg, and her husband, Paul, had already invested so much of their hearts into the baby boy that was supposed to be theirs. Read More 


Welcome Osheta!

We’re thrilled to announce that Osheta Moore is joining our staff as our new Outreach and Teaching Pastor! The Executive Team, pastors and boards have been in conversations with her over the last few months, ever since she spoke at our women’s event in February. She and her husband T.C. have been podrishioners for over a decade, and they’ve definitely … Read More 


Nothing to Lose

The Bible tells us that we’ll be blessed if we’re generous and treat others with justice. During Nothing to Lose, we’ll look at the biblical theme of generosity and explore some of the common obstacles to living generously that are deeply rooted in our culture. Contentment, gratitude and trust in God are much more important to our Kingdom lives than … Read More 


Little Help

A Little Help

Be a part of the Heroes Gate family this summer and volunteer with us! Sign up for a couple weekends and/or be on call. We know that summer weekends are precious to all of us here in Minnesota, and realize it can be hard to commit to volunteering a couple months in advance. So, all we’re asking for is contact information … Read More 


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"My almost-three-year-old asks every day if we can go to church. Thank you, Woodland Hills, and all the Heroes Gate volunteers for creating such a great environment for kids. My husband and I met at WH six years ago and now our son counts down the days until we get to go again. My heart could burst."

– Lindsey