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New Neighbors

God’s heart has always been for the foreigners, the aliens and the immigrants, but our human tendency is usually to fear those who are different.

In sermons, Greg has taught us a little Greek to compare and contrast two approaches to outsiders: xenophobia: fear of the stranger and xenophilia: hospitality for the stranger.

This winter, we want to go above and beyond our normal giving, and provide a special Christmas gift to three organizations that are welcoming strangers into our state. Strangers who will soon be our new neighbors!

Learn more here!


Christmas Eve Service

Join us for a special service this Christmas Eve as we wrap up our Matriarchs of Christmas series!

We will be holding one service only, at 3pm, and this will be live-streamed as well at

We hope you and your loved ones can join us, and Merry Christmas!


The Lift: Big Picture Cards

Do you know about The Lift, our partner organization that works on youth development on the East Side of St. Paul? Well, they've started a new job skills training program called Big Picture Cards!

Students (and staff) work with local artists and printers to design greeting card packs to sell. As part of the job skills training, students learn how to run a small business, and pack and ship each set.

If you'd like to help support The Lift and the work they're doing with young people, you can learn more/order their greeting cards at!


Other announcements

Salvation Army Toy Shop

This Christmas season, from December 15-18, we’ll be hosting a toy distribution for the Salvation Army Toy Shop! If you’re interested in supporting the Toy Shop, volunteering, or getting some help with gifts for your own kids, you can learn more here!

The Rundown

Do you know about The Rundown? It's our newsletter that's a great source of info about what's going on at Woodland (sign up here)! For example, it’s been a minute since we gave you an update on the Tiny Home project that we recently did a story on!

Everyday Spiritual Practices Class

This class will offer you ways to connect with God and grow in your faith right where you are. You'll discover spiritual practices that will work for you and will make a way for deep transformation. Starts Thursday, January 20. Learn more here!

Heroes Gate Volunteer Opportunities

Want do something that makes a big impact but doesn’t require much of your time? Heroes Gate is looking for volunteers to connect with kids once a month in a fun, easy way! Our greatest need right now is in the K-4 area. If interested, sign up here!

Share Your Story

Have a testimony to share? Have you applied something in your life that you heard in a sermon? How are you seeing God at work? Sharing stories is important to encourage & inspire each other, and if you have one, we’d love to hear from you! Share your story here.

The Refuge

Are you feeling disconnected, alone, isolated? Consider joining a Refuge group on Thursday evenings. The Refuge is a community of weekly support groups where you can experience God’s grace and truth. More details here.

Helpful links

Hold a Spot

  • Remember to hold a spot for your kids in Heroes Gate for next weekend! 


  • Our Prayer Teams are available to support you in a variety of ways, including right after our Sunday services.


  • Join one of our Gathering Groups to discuss the week’s sermon and meet other people from Woodland.
  • Tune in to the MuseCast each Tuesday at 4pm for discussion and practical application of this week’s sermon.

New to Woodland?

...or otherwise just looking to get more involved? Either way, we're so glad to have you! Check out our Welcome to WH page to learn more about us, and how you can get involved!

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New to Woodland or visiting? Fill out our visitor card; we'd love to get in touch!


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