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Music Fest 2021

Are you ready for some summer fun? Music Fest is just around the corner and we don’t want you to miss out! Join us on Wednesday, August 18 for a night you won’t forget! Bring your appetite because we’ll have some delicious food available for purchase. Melz’s Authentic and Fresh Taco Truck is back by popular demand. We’ll also have tasty Cookie Cart cookies to curb your sweet tooth. Read More 


Baptism Celebration

On Sunday, July 25, the whole church is invited to do this very thing at Lake Phalen Beach. After the 10am service has ended, we’ll give everyone some time to go home, grab lunch and catch a quick nap before heading over to the waterfront. The baptism begins at 1pm. Together we’ll be a beautiful harmony of witnesses. Read More 


Podrishioner Profile: Sharon Esser Griffin

In 2007, Sharon experienced the tragic loss of her husband, Jim, to cancer. She said, “At the time, I was surrounded by Christians who were convinced of the Lord’s promises of healing, contingent on our degree of faith, the fervor of our prayers, the number of people praying, anointing with oil and the laying on of hands. There was an unstated but understood formula that we were to follow and if we did it right, God was obligated to act.” Sharon, Jim and all their friends poured every ounce of their energy into believing in miraculous healing.  Read More 


Who Can Baptize?

Do you remember the story of Philip baptizing the Ethiopian man in Acts 8:36-40? After hearing the good news about Jesus, the man asked, “What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” Philip answered, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The Ethiopian replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So they went down to the water and Philip baptized him. Read More 


Justice Journey 2021

During their nine months at Woodland’s School of Missional Apprenticeship (SOMA), students take a “Justice Journey” to visit Civil Rights museums and memorials throughout the South. The 3,000 mile trip covers eight states in eight days!   Read More 


Echo’s Summer Retreat

Our Echo ministry for 7th-12th graders recently hosted an epic summer retreat at Woodland Hills. And by epic, we mean human foosball, friendship bracelets and pieing a staff member in the face! Typically the students go to Camp JIM for the retreat, but since that wasn’t possible this year, they jokingly referred to the church building as Camp GREG. Over two days, our energetic teenagers got their goofy on, learned more about God and deepened their relationships with each other. Read More 


Baptism Classes

We are hosting an all-church baptism on Sunday, July 25. In preparation for this momentous occasion, we’re asking those interested to attend a series of three baptism classes online on July 7, 14 and 21 from 7:00-8:15pm. If you don’t live in the Twin Cities, you can participate too! Find a trusted mentor or fellow believer in your circle to attend the online classes with you and they can do the honors of baptizing you. Read More 


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