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Baptism 2018 Recap

Last week, we had our annual church-wide baptism at Lake Phalen. Thank you to all of the family & friends who joined in this special event as we celebrated together with our brothers & sisters in Christ!


School Supplies Drive

Many families are struggling. More than 30 million students are enrolled in the free and reduced meal programs, which is a standard measure of financial stability. Many parents are unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need to be effective. In addition, schools often lack the funding to purchase necessary supplies. We want to show the love of … Read More 


Peacemaking at the Plaza

by Osheta Moore My first job was at a buffet-style pizza chain called Ci Ci’s Pizza. My boss was a young twenty-something with perfectly gelled blonde hair and the word “Manager” affixed to his spotless tomato-red polo. My co-workers were a diverse and scrappy group. There was Carlos, who only spoke Spanish, but made sure we all took our meal … Read More 


Welcoming a New Partner Organization into our Building!

This spring, we invited a new partner organization to move into our building! Voice in the Wilderness, a non-profit founded in 2012 by two Congolese Americans, gives aid to humanitarian efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and helps new refugees who have moved to Minnesota. Many refugees who settle here are fleeing extreme violence and unrest in … Read More 


Open Eyes

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 


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"I was incredibly blessed by everyone who came out to the clean-up event to serve neighborhood seniors. It literally brought me to tears knowing that there are amazing people out there restoring my hope in what it means to love and serve each other."

– Merrick Community Services staff member