The Circle Maker

circle makerBeginning on Sunday, September 7, 2014, join us as we learn how to pray boldly by faith: Dream Big, Pray Hard, Think Long, and Keep Circling, guided through The Circle Maker. For more information, please visit The Circle Maker website.

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Ebola Outbreak Assistance


The World Health Organization has declared the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus as an international health concern. Ebola outbreaks can devastate communities, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics, at community gatherings, and at home.

World Hope International (WHI) is already working in response to this outbreak with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health. WHI staff are setting up training sessions for health care workers, preparing Sierra Leone hospitals to receive Ebola patients by setting up washing stations in communities, and preparing radio broadcasts to be played in Sierra Leone to advise communities as to what they can do to protect themselves and their families.

Donations are needed immediately to help respond to the needs in Sierra Leone.

WHI training  on how to protect against Ebola

WHI training on how to protect against Ebola

We need your help in two ways:

  • Pray with us:
    • Pray for the healthcare workers that are currently treating patients with Ebola.
    • Pray for the patients, those suspected and confirmed.
    • Pray for the families who have lost loved ones to this disease or who have relatives in isolation units or treatment centers.
    • Pray for the government and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, that they will make wise decisions quickly.
    • Pray for the citizens of Sierra Leone that they would understand that Ebola is a medical disease. Pray that they would start understanding the mode of transmission (how this disease is spread) and the way that they can prevent further spread.
  • Support us: We’re working hard to stop the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, but we can’t do it without you. A gift of just $50 can help raise awareness and support preventative efforts in vulnerable communities.

Will you stand with us as we fight to protect the people of Sierra Leone from the Ebola virus?

Give Now

Thank you for your continued support,

John Lyon
CEO & President
Find the most recent outbreak news from WHO here.

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Baptism Service


On Sunday, August 3, 2014 we will continue our Sunday morning worship at Tanner Lake Park with a baptism service. Sunday worship begins at 10 am, and then we will meet at Tanners Lake at approximately 11:30 am. We will carpool over to the lake from the church. No Life Groups will be held this Sunday. Join us for this sacrament and Paul Crawford’s public witness of being a follower of Jesus.

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Citizenship Celebration

Congratulations to Fatou who has completed U.S. citizenship!

fatou2She will take her oath of citizenship on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 10:15 am. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony, which will be held at:

Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

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Being Dad

Being Dad cover smallDads – Share your thoughts and read Pastor Paul’s reflections on Being Dad at Imitatio Dei.

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A Sunday with Compassion

compassion-logo-2Join us on Sunday, July 6 at 10 am, when Justin McRoberts will lead our Sunday morning worship. Justin is one of the founding pastors at Shelter covenant Church, and as a singer/songwriter is one of Compassion International’s spokesperson artists. A songwriter, storyteller, teacher and an advocate, he is one of those rare artists who seamlessly blends artistry, honesty and humor. More information can be found at Justin’s website:

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Oakdale Summerfest Parade

Join us tomorrow (Thursday, June 19, 2014) at the Oakdale Summerfest Parade. The parade is scheduled to happen rain or shine. If you want to walk or ride in the parade with us, be at the church at 3:30 pm to ride over to the staging area. We need people to pass out flyers and candy along the parade route, as well as ride on the hay wagon.


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What do you trust?

trust_wide_tThis Sunday we begin our new teaching series, in which we will go through the book of 1 Timothy looking at in who and what people and things we can reliably put our Trust.

God's_Kingdom_smallIf you missed any of the previous series looking at the theology of multi-ethnic ministry, titled “God’s Kingdom,” that series is posted at

Wednesday night Bible study has begun studying the book of Revelation.

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2013-2014 Year in Pictures

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Bosnia Flood Relief

world hopeA message from John Lyon, CEO & President of World Hope International.


Massive flooding and landslides are wreaking havoc in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, after the region suffered its worst rainfall in over a century.

The equivalent of three months of rain fell in three days, and the affected areas are completely devastated. Houses and buildings are gone, whole towns are covered in water, people are stranded and hundreds of land and mudslides are occurring. The flooding is catastrophic for an already economically strained area.

Our WHI-Bosnia office is rushing relief supplies to the most affected areas, but more supplies are desperately needed.


Collecting donations in front of WHI-Bosnia office

Our team is collecting and distributing basic supplies including water, food, medicine, clothes, blankets, clean-up supplies, hygiene products and baby supplies, but funds are quickly running out.

PLEASE – help support our emergency response to the flooding in Bosnia. Here’s what your support can do:

$350 can provide five families with disaster clean-up supplies. These supplies may include masks, gloves, cleaning solution and Windex.

$150 can send care packages to six families who have been devastated by the floods. A sample care package could be filled with rice, oil, flour, milk, sugar, one can of vegetables, meat spread, one can of fish, salt, tea bags, coffee, and chocolate.

$78 can provide three babies with diapers for the next couple of weeks.

In addition to your generosity, I’m asking for your prayers for the families affected by the flooding, strength and energy for our team to respond to the massive need, and for God’s great healing over Bosnia.

Every gift helps, no matter how much you can give. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible.

On behalf of the victims in Bosnia – thank you for your help.

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