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N AVIGATOR NAVIGATOR Opport uni t i e s for connect i n g, st r engt h eni n g, and servi n g

SUMMER

June - August 2012


Berean

The NAVIGATOR is published three times a year to help our church family stay connected with current activities, events, and ministry opportunities. We hope you will join us in connecting with Christ and one another, strengthening fellow believers, and serving those in our community and around the world.

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SUNDAYS AT BEREAN ALL-CHURCH EVENTS CARE MINISTRIES ADULT MINISTRIES WOMEN’S MINISTRIES CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES EPIC STUDENT MINISTRIES WORSHIP MINISTRIES GLOBAL OUTREACH LOCAL OUTREACH

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Adul t Bi b l e Fel l o wshi p s Sundays, 8:30, 9:50, and 11:15am

At a large church like Berean, adults are looking for places of genuine community and connection. We encourage you to check out our Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs). To the right is a listing of classes offered. For class descriptions, please visit our website or the Guest Center. Questions? Contact Kari Peterson at 952.223.1848.

nect with If you desire to grow spiritually and con for you. other believers, an ABF is the place All classes open to visitors!

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Sundays at Berean Worshi p Servi c es

Chi l d ren’ s Sunday School

SANCTUARY

8:30am, Worship Center Worship in a traditional format with classic hymns and congregational songs from the 1900’s through 2010. Led by choir and supporting band or orchestra. This service also features special music by soloists, ensembles, and the handbell choir.

8:30, 9:50, and 11:15am Nursery care is provided for infants through age three. We also offer Bible-based curriculum with stories, songs, and play time for ages 18 months through Kindergarten.

8:30, 9:50, and 11:15am

THE CURRENT

Children attend part of the worship service with their parents. When indicated, children are dismissed and escorted downstairs for their age-appropriate lesson. We encourage all families to model worship for your children in this way.

9:50 and 11:15am, Worship Center A contemporary service with edgier, modern worship music played by a worship team and band. This is a creative service which uses illustrations, special lighting, and compelling music to support the message in a way that is relevant.

Junior & Senior High

9:50am Children meet in a large group setting which encourages them to build friendships and apply God’s word in their lives. Children then break into small groups by grade, led by their teacher.

ECHO

9:50-11am, Room 114 Echo is our Junior and Senior High Sunday School. In Echo we encourage students to strive to live a life that echoes the life of Christ. Explore God through worship and Bible study.

8:30 and 11:15am Large group, age-appropriate worship that includes singing, prayer, a Bible sermonette, stories, and fun.

8:30am

9:50am

Branches (all ages) Led by Dennis Petersen & Doug Anderson in Room 218. Crossroads (middle-age to empty nesters) Led by Tim Larson, Russ Young, Roger Smith, and David Koch in Room 115.

Discovery (senior adults) Led by Don Fensterman in Room 208. Radical Living (parents of teens and young adults) Led by Dave & Shelly Foy, and Rick Cummings in Room 209. Conquerors (senior adults) Led by Ron Arnett and Merlyn Pettit in Room 210. Sojourners (all ages) Led by Walt Burris and Keith Nelson in Room 212. Women’s Fellowship (women of all ages) Led by Jan Henderson, Marilyn Gnekow, and Thelma Johnson in Room 218. Koinonia (all ages) Led by Lane Pearson in Room 115. Connections (all ages, children welcome) Led by John Dekkenga in Room 116. HomeWorks (parents of children, middle school and younger) Led by Eric & Ruth Larson, and Chris Brown in Room 117.

11:15am Mosaic (20’s and 30’s, single and married) Led by Pastor David & Rachel Boyd in Room 209. Kingdom Impact (all ages) Led by Dave Phillips, Dan Hay, Alan West, and Pastor Scott Countryman in Room 116. If you are interested in starting a new ABF, please contact Pastor Brent at 952.223.1806.

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All-Church Events Age 4 to Grade 6 Share the joy of new life in Christ—join us as we display the hope we have in Jesus as we host “Quest in the West” Children and students are invited to come and bring friends as we tell the Good News of Jesus to our neighbors. Enjoy an action-packed week focusing on Bible stories, drama, worship music, memorizing Bible verses, outdoor carnival, and more.

SUMMER JAM

Students entering grades 7-9 Join Epic Student Ministries for an action-packed week. Students will play outrageous games, participate in energetic worship, and listen to dynamic speakers present the Gospel message. We encourage junior highers to invite their friends!

VBS Volunteer Opportunities Over 400 helpers are needed each evening. Service opportunities include: carnival helpers, food servers, kitchen help, room helpers, salvation invitation counselors, drama helpers, story tellers, set-up and take-down crew, and more. You are also encouraged to visit our prayer headquarters during VBS to intercede on behalf of the program helpers and children. For more information, contact Bethany Opsata, VBS Director, at 763.786.3508.

JULY 23-27 Pre-registration begins July 15 at www.bereanbaptist.com. Registration on first evening begins at 6pm.

Summer Jam Volunteers Needed!

Summer Jam needs your help! Last year over 75 volunteers were the love of God to several hundred students. And we’re doing it again! With so many students, the potential to change lives is staggering. We are currently looking for volunteers who love teens and are passionate about reaching them for Jesus. For more information, contact Jesse Manning at 952.223.1837/jessem@bereanbaptist.com.

NEWCOMERS LUNCHEON

OUTDOOR BAPTISM

Are you new to Berean in the last few months? If so, you are invited to a Newcomers Luncheon, held immediately after the 11:15am service. This is a great place to meet some of our Pastors and staff and learn more about Berean. Bring the whole family. Please RSVP to Salli Armour at 952.223.1843 or sallia@bereanbaptist.com.

Baptism is the external expression of our inward and personal faith. It declares “Jesus is Lord” in a public and visible fashion, announcing to everyone that we have surrendered to a new authority in our lives.

Sunday, June 3, 12:30pm, Room 208

BUSINESS MEETING Sunday, June 24, 12:30pm

This is one meeting that you won’t want to miss! Plan on staying after the 3rd service for a light lunch, meeting, and ice cream social! What could be better than getting informed about the Body of Berean while enjoying a great dessert with friends! Childcare provided.

Sunday, August 5, Crystal Lake Beach

You might have questions about why we baptize by immersion, if you should be re-baptized as an adult, or even if baptism is a requirement for salvation. These questions and more will be answered in the pre-requisite class, held July 15 or immediately following services on August 5. Register for the baptism on Sunday, June 29 in the Commons or contact Kay Larson at 952.223.1835 or kayl@bereanbaptist.com.

DADSFEST 2012 Sunday, June 17

Join us in the parking lot as we celebrate the men in our lives! Grilling, classic cars and free stuff – what could be better on Father’s Day?!

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Care Ministries PASTORAL CARE

MARRIAGE MENTORS

If you wish to be visited by a pastor or would like to be listed for prayer support, please contact Pastor Brent Birdsall at 952.223.1806 or brentb@bereanbaptist.com.

At Berean, we equip Marriage Mentors to be key players in preventing marital problems by coaching couples with the skills and tools for more successful relationships. Our Marriage Mentors help married and engaged couples talk about the hopes, dreams, and expectations they have for their marriage.

Hospital Visits

Emergency If you have an emergency or crisis after office hours and need to speak with a Pastor, please call our Pastoral Emergency Phone at 952.484.0844.

Pastoral Appointments Please contact the ministry staff person with whom you would like to consult, or you may contact the Church Office at 952.432.7168. If assistance is needed beyond the scope of pastoral counsel, referrals are provided to professional Christian counselors.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

1st Tuesday of the month, 7pm, Room 210 This group is for those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Meet with others with similar experience to find support and understanding. For more information, contact Jake and Beth Chaya at 952.431.5763.

STEPHEN MINISTRY Stephen Ministers Care

When was the last time someone really listened to you? We’re talking about that undistracted, full attention kind of listening. That’s one of the ways Stephen Ministers care for others. If you are going through a rough time in your life, consider meeting with a Stephen Minister. You will receive encouragement and care that is confidential and non-judgmental. You will meet regularly, one-on-one, with someone who genuinely cares about you and your circumstances.

Ever Thought of Becoming a Stephen Minister? Berean will begin training another class of Stephen Ministers in September 2012. Stephen Ministers offer care, encouragement, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. If you have gifts for caring, encouragement, and listening, please begin to prayerfully consider whether you might want to be part of this exciting ministry. To learn more, visit www.bereanbaptist.com or contact Kari Peterson at 952.223.1848 or karip@bereanbaptist.com.

Our mentors are trained to know when and how to refer a couple to a licensed, professional counselor, if needed. If you would like to have a Marriage Mentor or join the ranks of the Marriage Mentors, please contact Pastor Brent Birdsall at 952.223.1806.

MILITARY SUPPORT Berean understands the challenges that are faced by those serving our country and their families, and we want to help. Our mission is Biblical and non-partisan. If you are connected to the military or would like to help a military family, we want to hear from you. For more information, please contact Lisa Martens at 817.966.6811 or Kari Peterson at 952.223.1848 or karip@bereanbaptist.com.

BENEVOLENT FUND The Benevolent Fund provides emergency help to people in need at Berean and in our community. It is based on the Biblical incentive, “Whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” Proverbs 14:31. For more information, contact Paul Siewert at 952.223.1803.

God.” “Whoever is kind to the needy honors Proverbs 14:31

THE BEREAN FOUNDATION The Berean Foundation provides encouragement and guidance in long-term giving to special God-honoring ministries. It helps in the drafting of wills and the designation of legacy giving. It is a deeply committed agency for memorial giving, endowments, and grants. Each year, the Foundation awards a $3,000 college scholarship. The Troy Olson Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to a student who is a Christian and regularly attends Berean. For more information, contact Paul Siewert at 952.223.1803.

WOMEN’S ADVOCATE Do you suffer from the pain of an abusive relationship? There is a way of hope through Christ. Call for a safe, confidential resource. Contact Melinda Taylor at 952.935.2588.

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Adult Ministries May 23 -September 21 Fridays, 6:30-7:30am, Room 114 (Use Entrance 4) Join other men at IronWorks, led by Pastor Roger Thompson and Leary Gates. For more information, contact Pastor Roger at 952.223.1826 or visit: www.ironworksmen.com.

MEN’S GROUPS

All men invited!

Saturdays, 8:30am, Room 108

ADULT MINISTRIES STAFF

Brent Birdsall - Pastor of Adult Min istries 952.223.1806/brentb@bereanbaptist. com Kari Peterson - Adult Ministries Exe cutive Assistant 952.223.1848/karip@bereanbaptist.co m

Discover who you are.

Sunday, June 3: LifeKeys Sunday June 22-23: Discovery Workshop #1 September 28-29: Discovery Workshop #2 This new ministry is a powerful guide to uncovering your talents, spirituals gifts, passions, values and personality—all that God made you to be. The Discovery Workshop includes engaging stories, inventories, self-tests, and other easy-to-use exercises that make LifeKeys a one-of-a-kind tool. More details will be shared on Sunday, June 3.

“The Master’s Toolbox” is a men’s sexual purity group.

Wednesdays, 7am, Jensen’s Cafe in Burnsville Led by Dennis Petersen.

Thursdays, 7am, Perkins in Lakeville Led by Denny Kirkwold.

Senior Adults JOY MINISTRIES Friday, June 15, 1pm

JOINING SMALL GROUPS If you would like to know more about how to connect with small groups at Berean or would like to start a small group, please visit the “Connect” page on our website or contact Pastor Brent Birdsall.

EMPLOYMENT COACHING Cindy Edwards, Career Development Coach, offers classes throughout the year. For more information, visit: tofindyourfit.com or contact Cindy at 612.325.1216 or cindy@tofindyourfit.com.

BUDGET COUNSELING Berean offers many ways for people to organize and strengthen their personal finances. Through the endorsement of the Benevolent Fund, Rick Martin can arrange for one-to-one budget counseling. Contact Rick at 612.232.0247 or rick@ffinstitute.com.

Activities for senior adults.

Join us for lunch, followed by a trip to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. The cost is $16 per person. Questions? Contact Jerry and Marilyn Hagaman 952.435.2174.

HEART-TO-HEART Berean has a team of volunteers who make visits to seniors and shut-ins to share encouragement and care. If you know someone who would enjoy regular visits, or if you’d like to join our team of volunteers, contact Marge Sanborn at 952.435.9051 or margea@frontiernet.net.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES Sundays, 9:50am

The Conquerors class is led by Ron Arnett and Merlyn Pettit in Room 210. The Discovery class is led by Don Fensterman in Room 208.

On the first Sunday of each month, a nurse offers blood pressure checks in Room 219 between morning services at 9:30am and 10:50am.

HOME TOUCH A weekly mailing of devotional insights and fun word games. To receive this mailing, contact Kari Peterson.

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Women’s Ministries MOPS PLAYGROUND DATES

Wednesdays, May 30 - August 29, 9:30am Calling all moms with kids! Come have fun at local parks throughout the summer! For mothers and kids of all ages. For more information or an email reminder, contact Kara Rasmussen at 952.393.5216.

GIVING HANDS Do you love knitting or crocheting? Come and join us as we fellowship and put our hands to work knitting, sewing, and crocheting for the people of Ukraine. We’ve sent over 9,000 mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves! We meet at Shirley Arison’s home. For dates and times, please contact Shirley Arison at 952.736.7659 or joshar@iglide.net or Sharon Immer at 952.892.5277 or deimmere@frontiernet.net.

BIBLE STUDIES

My beloved Berean Women, Summer is upon us, and it is my sense many of us are weary and need of res t. We all need seasons of re-creation. Please take this summer to spend som e personal time with the Lord in whate ver way would be restorative to you. We want you to return to us refreshed and ready to begin again with our regular programming . Love, Lin da

Bible studies will resume in the fall. Watch for upcoming information on our website.

You ng Adu lts The name “G412” comes from 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers.” Our desire is to be so contagious in our faith that we would affect and lead others. We are disciples in various stages of life, whether a student, employed, living at home, or on your own.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY STAFF Vanessa Edwards - Interim Director of Women’s Ministry 952.223.1821• vanessae@bereanbaptist.com Administrative Support wm@bereanbaptist.com

Sundays, 11:15am, Room 209

We are followers of Christ in various stages of early adulthood, whether you are single or married, with or without children. Come be a part of what God is making.

YOUNG ADULTS STAFF

David Boyd - Pastor of Young Adult Ministries 952.223.1834 • daveb@bereanbaptist.com Erik Chrissis - Director of G412 612.210.3916 • erikc@bereanbaptist.com

Stay up-to-date on activities and announcements by joining the Facebook groups “Mosaic” or “G412.”

"...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:31a

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Children’s Ministries July 23-27, 6:30-8:30pm

For more information, see page 4.

PRIME TIME BIBLE STUDIES

June 10 & 24, July 8 & 29, August 12 & 26 – Girls June 17, July 15, August 5 & 26 – Boys Join other future seventh graders for summer Bible studies. We will study topics that will prepare us for Junior High and learn to see our ourselves as God sees us. Food and games included! For more information, contact Jane Pierson.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STAFF Paul Emanuelson - Pastor of Children’s Ministries 952.223.1819 • paule@bereanbaptist.com Bethany Gerber - Nursery Director 952.223.1833 • bethanyg@bereanbaptist.com Becky Hay - Preschool Director & Wednesday Club Director 952.223.1809 • beckyh@bereanbaptist.com Kim Phillips - Elementary Director 952.223.1818 • kimp@bereanbaptist.com Jane Pierson - Prime Time Director 952.223.1817• janep@bereanbaptist.com

Thursday, August 30, 6:30-9pm, Room 210

Saturday, June 16

This training is designed to help young people (age 11 and older) to become servant-helpers in Berean’s nurseries. We teach skills for comforting an anxious child, managing transition time, general first aid, and various nursery procedures. To register, contact Bethany Gerber.

Saturday, July 15

TEACHER ORIENTATION

PRIME TIME SUMMER EVENTS Brunswick Bash: Join us for a morning of bowling, laser tag, and pizza.

Thursday, August 30, 7pm, Room 212

Water Wars: Bring your Super Soakers, we will provide the water balloons for an afternoon of an all-out Water War!

Teacher Orientation is for those teaching age 4 through grade 6 or helping in a preschool room. Please join us to receive teaching materials, meet other teachers and helpers, and receive important information about the upcoming year. For more information, contact Becky Hay.

Friday, August 17

“Movie on the Patio” Night: Barbeque, games, and an outdoor movie.

One-on-one special care for children with special needs is provided on Sunday mornings to mainstream children who need help coping with a classroom setting. We assign special companions when desired. Companions also help the other children realize the value placed on each and every child by our creator, God. Questions? Please contact Kim Phillips.

This ministry provides an array of support options for families in every stage of adoption, orphan care, or foster care. We seek to champion the cause of children who are waiting to be part of Christ-centered forever families. Watch the Sunday bulletin for event information. Questions? Contact Karen Akslen at 651.452.0248 or Pastor Paul Emanuelson at 952.223.1819.

Be rea n Edu cat ion Ce nte r (B EC ) BEC offers a variety of opportunities for children, including preschool and pre-kindergarten classes offered September through May. Preschool Plus offers preschool and day care and is available year-round for children 33 months through age 5, Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6pm. School-Age Care is for children attending Echo Park, kindergarten through 5th grade, offered during the school year and summer.

BEC provides a loving, Christian setting for children to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Please call Pam in the BEC office at 952.223.1814 for questions or a tour. Registration forms may be picked up at the BEC office or the Berean Guest Center.

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CLASS SCHEDULE FOR 2012-13

Threes: (Children must be age 3 by September 1, 2012) 9:30-11:55am, Tuesday & Thursday OR Monday & Wednesday Fours: (Children must be age 4 by September 1, 2012) 9:30-11:55am, Tuesday & Thursday OR Monday/Wednesday/Friday Pre-Kindergarten: (Children must be age 5 by March 31, 2013) 12:35-3pm, Monday-Thursday OR Monday & Wednesday/ Tuesday & Thursday

Registration is open for Fall 2012.


Epic Student Ministries “We exist to make disciples by spiritually impacting the students in our church and community, developing within them a passion to be disciples who make disciples.”

Grades 7-12 ECHO

Sundays, 9:50-11am, Room 114 Echo is our Junior and Senior High Sunday School. In Echo we encourage students to strive to live a life that echoes the life of Christ. Explore God through worship and Bible study.

SUMMER JAM

July 23-27, 6:30-8:30pm

An action-packed week for students entering grades 7-9. Students play outrageous games, worship with an intense band, and hear from the Epic Student Ministries staff as the Gospel is presented in a contemporary and relevant way. Contact Jesse Manning to volunteer.

EPIC LEADERS TRAINING Saturday, August 25, 9am

Attend this training to prepare for your part in an exciting year of ministry ahead. Contact any staff member to join this year’s team.

PARENTS MEETING

Check out the Epic Junior High and Senior High pages on our website to stay connected and view our summer calendar full of fun events and activities.

EPIC STUDENT MINISTRIES STAFF

David Boyd - Pastor of Student Ministries 952.223.1834 • daveb@bereanbaptist.com Josh Hansen - Senior High Director 952.223.1849 • joshh@bereanbaptist.com Jesse Manning - Junior High Director 952.223.1837 • jessem@bereanbaptist.com Jill Turnwall - Student Ministries Associate 952.223.1851 • jillt@bereanbaptist.com Jenny Munson - Student Ministries Assistant 952.223.1847 • jennym@bereanbaptist.com

Sunday, September 9, 6:30pm, Room 114

Meet our Student Ministries staff and hear our vision for the upcoming year. Meet your student’s teacher and small group leader.

SUMMER MISSION TRIPS

Join Student Ministries in praying for our students and leaders who are participating in mission trips this summer. Junior High Mission Trips: South Dakota: June 10-15 Chicago: July 7-13

Save the Date!

JH & SH FALL RETREATS October 18-21, 2012

Senior High Mission Trips: Chicago SEMP: June 25-30 Jackson, Mississippi: July 28-August 4

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Worship Ministries OUTDOOR BAPTISM

Sunday, August 5, Crystal Lake Beach Baptism is the external expression of our inward and personal faith. It declares “Jesus is Lord” in a public and visible fashion, announcing to everyone that we have surrendered to a new authority in our lives. You might have questions about why we baptize by immersion, if you should be re-baptized as an adult, or even if baptism is a requirement for salvation. These questions and more will be answered in the pre-requisite class, held July 15 or immediately following services on August 5. Register for the baptism on Sunday, June 29 in the Commons or contact Kay Larson at 952.223.1835 or kayl@bereanbaptist.com.

Consider joining the “Summer Singers” choir! This group will provide music during the 9am Sanctuary worship service from June through August. For more information, contact Clare Boyer.

SERVE ON SUNDAYS Put your spiritual gifts to use by serving with Worship Ministries.

Guest Center:

Volunteers running this area help direct newcomers to Adult Bible Fellowships and give them information about Berean. If you have the gift of hospitality, we are always looking to add friendly, energetic people to our team. Contact Salli Armour (see staff ).

Ushers:

Men and women are needed to assist with many aspects of creating an environment of worship. Contact Marc Rolando at rolandos@mchsi.com.

Greeters: We are always on the lookout for bright, happy

faces to welcome guests and regular attenders into our church. Contact Gerry Isvik at glisvik@yahoo.com.

Communion Preparers/Servers:

The Lord’s Supper is celebrated monthly as a congregation. Individuals are needed to prepare and serve the elements. Contact Rob Sink at rob.sink21@gmail.com.

Parking Lot Attendants:

We need bold and brave Bereanites to serve in the parking lot to help direct traffic in and out of Berean before, after, and between services. Contact Kay Larson (see staff ).

Medical Personnel:

A medical person is schedule during all three worship services as a first responder in case of emergency. We are looking for qualified healthcare professionals. Contact Marge Sanborn at 952.435.9051 or margea@frontiernet.net.

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WORSHIP TEAM

Rehearsal: Thursdays, 7-9pm The worship team assists in leading worship during the contemporary services. This team is open to those age 16 or older who are comfortable singing parts and are able to improvise. Instrumentalists/vocalists must be able to practice on their own time and come prepared for rehearsal. The worship team leads during both contemporary services, and in special worship services throughout the year. If you are interested in auditioning for the worship team, please contact Terry Foss.

VIDEO MINISTRY & TECHNICAL ARTS TEAM Gadgets, gismos, and God are the focus of the “tech team” here at Berean. Most of our ministries rely on the use of technical support in the form of sound, lyrical support, lighting, and video transmission. We could use you on our team! We will provide training on the equipment and ask for involvement one to two times per month. This is a ministry for all ages! Questions? Contact Kay Larson.

DRAMA Our drama ministry enhances the theme of Vacation Bible School as well as produces videos and skits for sermon illustrations and announcements. If you are gifted in the dramatic arts or interested in video production, please contact Dana Ward.

RESUMING IN THE FALL Children’s Choirs, Handbell Choir, Orchestra, and Sanctuary Choir will resume in the fall. Please call if you have questions. For Children’s and Youth Choirs, please contact Mary Beth Eiter at craigmarybeth@msn.com. For all others, please contact Clare Boyer (see staff ).

WORSHIP MINISTRIES STAFF Terry Foss - Worship Pastor 952.223.1829 • terryf@bereanbaptist.com Ken Parker - Sanctuary Worship Pastor 952.223.1844 • kenp@bereanbaptist.com Salli Armour - Connections Director 952.223.1843 • sallia@bereanbaptist.com Clare Boyer - Assistant Sanctuary Music Director 952.223.1824 • clareb@bereanbaptist.com Kay Larson - Events Director 952.223.1835 • kayl@bereanbaptist.com Dana Ward - Communications & Creative Arts 952.223.1836 • danaw@bereanbaptist.com


GLOBAL OUTREACH STAFF Art Morrow - Interim Director of Outreach 952.223.1804 • artm@bereanbaptist.com Elaine Tymchak - Global Outreach Manager 952.223.1813 • GO@bereanbaptist.com

GLOBAL-LOCAL OUTREACH MISSION TRIP

Global Outreach REFUGEE FAMILY ADOPTION

August 3-7, 2012

Ever wonder what kind of ministry you could do in your own community? Join our global-local outreach mission trip and serve our ministry partners who work with individuals and families in need, refugees, orphans, and others facing difficult situations. Each day you will learn more about the needs of our neighbors and serve them in tangible ways. This trip is open to all and is great for retirees, families, and school age children, ages 10 and above. To find out more, please contact Elaine Tymchak.

HUI INITIATIVES & MISSION TRIPS The Hui are an unreached Muslim people living in Asia, numbering over 12 million, and are believed to be the largest people group in the world without a single known Christian fellowship group. Berean has responded to the call to reach this group by promoting short-term trips and projects to assist our missionary partners, and by praying for the Hui on a consistent basis. If you are interested in becoming involved with this initiative, join us for prayer on the first Wednesday evening of every month, or apply to take part in one of two trips (in early August and early fall). To learn more, contact Elaine Tymchak.

SOMALI CONNECTION You don’t need to look very far to find opportunities to serve refugees who have suffered tremendously due to war, persecution, and extreme poverty. Burnsville has one of the largest Somali refugee populations, and God has opened many doors for Berean to connect with our Muslim neighbors. There are many different opportunities to serve, including ESL and homework tutoring. For more information, contact Elaine Tymchak.

National Night Out: Tuesday, August 7 Celebrate our community and build relationships with our Somali neighbors at Chancellor Manor in Burnsville. You can serve in various ways, including food prep and running children’s games.

Berean is adopting our first refugee family this summer! There will be ample opportunities to serve them, including giving donations, registering their children in school, homework help, teaching them how to shop and cook, and much more. To learn how you can be involved, contact Elaine Tymchak.

CHURCH PARTNERSHIPS Berean partners with three churches in the metro area. Cityview Church (formerly Central Community Church) serves the neighborhoods of South Minneapolis. The Brazilian Church of Hope serves Brazilians and other nationalities in the Twin Cities. Awaken Covenant Community, Berean’s newest partner, is led by Pastor Micah Witham in Lilydale. They all are looking for volunteers and prayer warriors. There are a wide variety of opportunities for you to bless these churches with your skills and service.

PERSECUTED CHURCH MINISTRY 2nd Thursdays, 7pm, Library

More Christians have died for their faith in this past century than any other time in history. The persecuted church ministry exists to pray for our suffering brothers and sisters, to give them support through tangible means, and to mobilize the Christian community in the Twin Cities to work together on their behalf. To learn more, contact Patti Mortland at 952.447.0061 or plmorty@mchsi.com.

PROJECT HOPE Project Hope is an outreach to Redeemer Arms Housing in St. Paul. Once a month we assemble and deliver 70-80 lunches, share a short devotional, and have prayer time. The people who live there have substance abuse issues, health problems, and other difficulties. If you are interested in helping people in need, please join us. Contact Lynn Wilde at clippy@frontiernet.net.

GIVE TO GO!

Berean supports over 50 missionaries and numerous ministries and special projects solely through offerings designated for Global Outreach. Please prayerfully consider designating a portion of your giving to Global Outreach in addition to your regular giving to Berean’s general budget.

Thank you!!

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Local Outreach

BEREAN NEIGHBORHOOD CARE How can I get involved? Berean Neighborhood Care (BNC) consistently partners with people in our local community by meeting practical needs such as household moves, lawn care, and home repairs. If you, your small group, ABF, or other group have a passion for reaching out to serve God by helping those in need, contact us to find out ways you can get involved. BNC can also connect you to serve alongside local and urban organizations such as Urban Homeworks, The Salvation Army, and 360 Communities. We also often have projects that come up on very short notice. If you would like to be on any of our “Contact Me” lists, let us know. You will be contacted when the types of opportunities you’re interested in become available.

How can I receive help? We are always looking to support people in our community. If you have a need or know someone that does, please contact Vanessa Edwards, Director of BNC.

FURNITURE MINISTRY BNC’s furniture ministry has helped many families in our church and the community. We accept many types of donations in good condition. Want to help deliver? We especially need help on the occasional Saturday. Please sign-up on the website or contact Vanessa Edwards.

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The Mission of BNC is to serve people by meeting their practical needs as an expression of Christ’s love.

HOME REPAIR PROJECTS BNC provides basic home repairs for individuals and families. To submit a request for yourself or someone you know, as well as to volunteer to help with projects, please contact Vanessa Edwards.

FIRST FOODS The first Sunday of each month, Berean collects donations of non-perishable food and other items to be shared with Berean families in need, as well as to help stock local food shelves and other local organizations. Donations are collected at specially marked tables in the Commons and in the lower level.

ONE-TIME OPPORTUNITIES Watch for BNC announcements for fun, one-time opportunities to serve. We do everything from making sandwiches for the homeless to yard work for seniors. There are all kinds of community focused projects to get involved with.

QUESTIONS ABOUT BNC?

Vanessa Edwards - Director of BNC 952.223.1821 • vanessae@bereanbaptist.com.


The Navigator, Summer 2012