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2020 Fall Gratitude Journal

In these tumultuous times, it’s important to remember the power of thanksgiving. To keep gratitude at the forefront of our minds, we’ve asked Woodland creatives to submit art, stories, photos and poetry to a Fall Gratitude Journal.  We hope it brings you encouragement and inspiration this holiday season. Together, we can appreciate God’s goodness. Read More 

Advent Video Project: Give us a Hand!

December is just around the corner and that means Christmas! But before we get to Christmas, we’ll be celebrating the four weeks of Advent, and we are looking for volunteers to join us in a unique way.  Read More 

Blankets and Masks for Maplewood Shelter

To all our crafty people: we’ve got a warm and snuggly project for you! This Christmas, we are gathering blankets and masks for the Maplewood Shelter. It’s something they always need and it’s a fun family project, too. Read More 

Illuminate: Advent 2020

This year, we begin our Advent celebration on Sunday, December 6th. (Yeah, for you ardent Advent followers out there, we know we’re off a week, but planning got a little wonky!) Maybe some of the rest of you haven’t given much thought to Advent before, so here’s a little crash course. Read More 

New Mini-series: Salt & Light

Salt and light are two of the most basic essentials of life, and in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus uses them to describe our essential role as Kingdom people. The basic role of salt is to preserve and flavor. The basic role of light is to dispel the dark. As God’s people, our basic role is to bring the distinct flavor of the Kingdom into the world, and to use our light to push out the kingdom of darkness. Read More 

Race Conciliation: The One Fund

The One Fund has set a new goal to raise one million dollars by the anniversary of George Floyd’s death (May 25, 2021). As part of that overall project, churches across Minnesota are working to raise $111,000 by November 1. Join us as we seek to come alongside the Black Church as they faithfully serve vulnerable communities. Read More 

SOMA Goes International

SOMA (Woodland’s School of Missional Apprenticeship) is in its third year, and we’re pretty excited about a couple of unique elements! SOMA is now officially international, with three students enrolled from Haiti! Also, this is the first year where all of the live-in students are housed right next door to Beacon of Hope Church, where classes are held. Every SOMA community is unique because each student has a story to tell. Read More 

Local Listener: Pam Taylor

Pam wouldn’t necessarily describe herself as a risk-taker. She says, “It’s actually extremely difficult for me to make the effort to do things that are out of my comfort zone.”  But this Fall, she threw caution to the wind and checked off something very daring from her Bucket List: skydiving. Read More 

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