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


January - May 2012


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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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. Our first strategic response is to 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!

Sundays at Berean

Worshi p Servi c es

Chi l d ren’ s Sunday School


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.

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

KIDS IN WORSHIP (GRADES 1-6) 8:30, 9:50, and 11:15am

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

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.


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.



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 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.

11:15am Mosaic (20’s and 30’s, single and married) Led by Pastor David & Rachel Boyd in Room 209. Blenders (remarried and single parents preparing to remarry) Led by Gary & Lila Schultze, Michael Rabon, and Amy O’Neil in Room 210. Kingdom Impact (all ages) Led by Dave Phillips, Dan Hay, Alan West, and Pastor Scott Countryman in Room 116.

Discovery (senior adults) Led by Don Fensterman and Pastor Paul Siewert 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 Jack Gibbons and Ron Arnett 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, Chris Brown, and Michael Stewart in Room 117.

If you are interested in starting a new ABF, please contact Pastor Brent at 952.223.1806.




Business meetings are for all members and regular attenders of Berean. Hear from the Pastors, Elders, and other ministry leaders about ministry highlights and plans for the future. Childcare provided.

This spring, student and children’s ministries are hosting a conference to encourage parents in their efforts to spiritually impact their children. The conference will include multiple topics and speakers including: James and Lynne Jackson of and Heather Flies of Wooddale Church. Whether you are parenting a toddler or teenager, you will be glad that you came. Child care will be provided. For more information, contact David Boyd at

Sundays, January 29 and April 22

NEWCOMERS LUNCHEON January 22 and March 25

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 Kay Larson at 952.223.1835 or

HOLY WEEK AT BEREAN April 1-8, 2012

Join us for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday services. For more information, See page 15.



Consider being a blood donor this year. Register to give blood at: or contact Kari Peterson at 952.223.1848 or

Kid’s Closet is a Berean event where we invite our community to shop an assortment of gently-used kids clothes, toys, videos, books, and baby equipment. To donate items or learn how to volunteer, see page 17.

Thursday, February 9, 1-7pm, Gym



Saturday, March 10, 9am-3pm

Saturday, April 21, 9am-12pm, Gym

February 17-18


What in the world do spirituality and sexuality have in common? Most of us treat these two topics like oil and water. Author and Speaker Becky Patton leads us into the Word of God, and calls men and women into their Goddesigned sexuality. This conference is for men and women. Contact Linda Hilleque at 952.223.1807 for more information.

Save the date and join us for our next Neighborhood Care Day! Watch the Sunday bulletin for more information about service opportunities and sign-up dates or see page 17.

Saturday, April 28

Care Ministries


PASTORAL CARE Hospital Visits

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

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.


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 Victor or Karla Lee at


Stephen Ministers Care

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

Ever Thought of Becoming a Stephe

n Minister?

Berean will begin training another class of Stephen Ministers in September 2012. Step hen Ministers offer care, encouragement, and provide emotion al and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unempl oyment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneline ss. If you have gifts for caring, encouragement, and liste ning, please begin to prayerfully consider whether you mig ht want to be part of this exciting ministry. To learn more about Stephen Ministry , contact Kari Peterson at 952.223.1848 or karip@bereanbaptis

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 both engaged couples and those who are married to talk about the hopes, dreams, and expectations they have for their marriage. They concentrate on the couple’s strengths and what’s good in their relationship. Marriage mentors are not counselors. 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 in the military, have a family member in the military, or would like to volunteer to help a military family we want to hear from you. For more information, please contact Kari Peterson at 952.223.1848 or

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 Linda Hilleque at 952.223.1807.


Adult Ministries Men’ s Mi n i s tri e s


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

“As men, we are called into a purpose larger than our own life. Berean’s Men’s Ministries creates opportunities for men to gain deeper understanding and passion for the Lord Jesus Christ.”


January 20 - May 23 Fridays, 6:30-7:30am, Room 114 (Use Entrance 4) Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45pm, Room 116 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:



All men invited!

Saturdays, 8:30am, Room 108

“The Master’s Toolbox” is a men’s sexual purity group led by David Inskeep.

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

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

3rd Sunday of the month, beginning in May, 1-3pm


A fellowship group for motorcyclists led by Tim Flodin. Meet in the church parking lot at 1pm.

No sign-up necessary—just show up and join in! For more information, contact the Adult Ministries staff.

Tuesdays, through May 22, 6-8pm, Gym

Young Adults MOSAIC (20’s & 30’s) 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.


David Boyd - Pastor of Young Adult Ministries 952.223.1834 • Rachel Boyd - Women’s Ministries Associate 952.223.1853 •

G412 (AGES 18-24) G412 is a ministry for the post-high school years. The name comes from 1 Timothy 4:12 which states, “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. Regardless of your church background, you will find a place with G412.



Announcements, activities, and Bible studies are communicated over Facebook. Please join the Facebook group “Mosaic” or “G412.”


Activities for senior adults.

Friday, January 20, 6pm, Gym

Hank Thunander is back by popluar demand to perform with his accordion. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner.

Friday, February 17, 2pm Come to Berean for a viewing of the video, “Can America Survive the Death of the Dollar?” by John Hagee. Sweet treats will be served.

Friday, March 9, 6:30pm Join us for movie night. We will be watching “Though None Go With Me”. Please bring popcorn, pop, or candy to share.

Friday, April 20, 2pm, Room 114 Come to Berean for a viewing of the video, “Forbidden Peace.” Sweet treets will be served.

Friday, May 18, 6pm, Gym Join us for a night of entertainment and music with pianist Jim Shannon. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner.

Adult Ministries HEART-TO-HEART Berean cares for our Seniors and shut-ins and have a team of loving volunteers who make visits 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 the Adult Ministries staff.


Sundays, 9:50am

The Conquerors class is led by Jack Gibbons and Ron Arnett and meets in Room 210. The Discovery class is led by Don Fensterman and Pastor Paul Siewert in Room 208.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS 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.


1st Wednesdays, 1pm, Room 210

Adul t Acti v i t i e s CHURCH LEAGUE SOFTBALL Men’s and Women’s Softball

Please call one of the coaches by March 1 to see if spots are available. If enough players are interested and one of those interested is willing to coach, a new team can be formed. For more information, contact the Adult Ministries staff for coaches contact information:

Women of Wisdom is a time of fellowship for widows and those who wish to encourage and support them. For more information, see page 11.

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, contact Pastor Brent Birdsall.

MEN’S: Season is mid-April through early August. Don Funk, Eric Sewell, and Neil Swanson WOMEN’S: Season is early May through late July. Don Funk




Brent Birdsall - Pastor of Adult Min istries 952.223.1806 • brentb@bereanbapti Kari Peterson - Adult Ministries Exe cutive Assistant 952.223.1848 • karip@bereanbaptis

Sundays, March 11 - April 22 11:15am, Room 117

This class is the next step on your journey at Berean. As a member, you’ll be able to participate in life at Berean at a deeper level, enjoying fellowship with others who have made the same commitment--together supporting the local Body of Christ. This class emphasizes Berean’s Purpose, Covenant, Doctrinal Statements, and Core Values. You will also learn about Berean’s history and organization and will have the opportunity to have any questions answered regarding what we believe. Sign up in the Commons or online beginning January 8 or contact Kay Larson at 952.223.1835.


February 3-4, 2012 Friday, 7-9:30pm and Saturday, 8:30am-2pm Experience the joy of discovering your spiritual gifts, your personal style, and your God-given passion for serving in the Body of Christ. Network’s discovery process of assessment, dialogue, and personal feedback is designed to help believers be fruitful in a meaningful place of service. Understanding how God has equipped you to minister to others will transform your life. Sign up in the Commons or and purchase class materials ($10) on January 22 and 29, or contact Kay Larson at 952.223.1835.

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 Adult Ministries staff.

GREEK & HEBREW CLASSES Sundays, through May 20

Looking for a challenge in your Christian life? You’ve found it! Join us for a new dimension to your Christian life. Beginning Hebrew Beginning Greek Advanced Hebrew Beginning Greek Advanced Greek

8-9:15am 9:50-11am 11:15am-12:30pm 5-6:15pm 6:30-7:45pm

Beginning Greek, Innovative Approach 5-6:30pm Intermediate Greek 6:45-8:15pm See brochure, available in the Church Office, to find out more about other class locations, texts, and registration. To register, please contact Chuck Gustafson at 952.236.9578.

EMPLOYMENT COACHING Cindy Edwards, Career Development Coach, offers classes throughout the year. Upcoming classes for 2012:

April 16, 6:30-8:30pm

Interview Power: How to make a first and lasting impression during an interview.

May 14, 6:30-8:30pm

Constructing Your Life’s Work: An adventure in self reflection and career exploration. For more information, visit: or contact Cindy at 612.325.1216 or


Depth Charge Depth Charge is Berean’s most in-depth component for leadership development. Classes are provided that strengthen one’s understanding of the Bible and the Christian faith. We also equip people with skills so they may more effectively engage in ministry. Choose from various topics, meet with others who want the same challenge, and be encouraged by experienced leadership.


Pre-registration required. Childcare available with pre-registr ation. Register for classes December 18 and January 8 or online at www.bereanbaptist. com. For questions, contact Kari Peterson.


January 8 - March 18, 5:30-7:30pm, Room 115 There is a spiritual battle raging for the hearts and minds of each person. Can you explain the deceptions of the cults and occults to your family and friends? This course reveals the strategies and tactics of the evil one and God’s provision for us to stand in this battle. Led by Rick Kuehn.


January 15 - March 4, 5:30-7:30pm, Room 101 “Loved by God” is a verse by verse study of the lives of Jacob and Esau, and Rachel and Leah. This study reminds us that in all circumstances the love of God is powerful enough to change our hearts. God always keeps his promises to us and extends us many blessings. Led by Diana Bagley. Book cost is $15..

SINGLE & PARENTING GROUP January 8 - February 26, 5:30-7pm, Room 214/215

Parenting is hard. Single parenting is harder. Come join us as we learn how to navigate the issues of being a single parent, while gaining encouragement and support. Led by Sandy Stark.


January 8 - March 18, 5:30-7pm, Room 116 Join together with others as we deepen our understanding of theology using Dr. Wayne Grudem’s book Christian Beliefs. Led by Pastor Brent Birdsall. The textbook costs $12.

GOD’S UNFOLDING REDEMPTION: FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION (PART 2) January 8 - April 1, 5:30-7:30pm, Room 210

This class is taught by Warren Coe, from the Village Schools of the Bible. As individuals pursue this intensive study, their knowledge of God grows as does their appreciation of themselves and their unique gifts. Tuition is $90 per term, and accreditation is available. Register online at:

STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING (PART 2) January 8 - March 18, 5:30-8pm, Room 218

Steve Conn and Tom Lloyd will continue the 50 hours of training that will guide their students through numerous lessons and practical exercises, equipping them for more empathetic caregiving. Application and interview are required prior to attending this class.


January 15 - March 25, 5:30-6:30pm, Room 111 Children’s Ministries is hosting a class to nurture children in the spiritual discipline of prayer. This class is taught by Pastor Paul Emanuelson, based on Godly principles with application to current culture. We will talk about praise, confession, thankfulness, intercession, hearing God, and prayer walking. Class meets January 15, 29, February 12, 26, and March 11 and 25.


Women’s Ministries Bib l e St udi e s Register in the Commons January 1-15 or online at


Beginning February 27 Mondays, 7-9pm, Allison Nelson’s Home We will tour the pastures, caves, and palace of the “man after God’s own heart.” If you have dealt with temptation, doubt, loss, or family problems, this Bible study is for you. Led by Allison Nelson.


By Beth Moore

January 24 - March 6 Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am, Room 215

We will study the book of James and follow his teachings as we look at the issues of social justice, finding joy, facing hardship, growing in faith, wisdom, humility, and more. Childcare available with registration. Led by Carolyn Should.

LORD, TEACH ME TO PRAY By Kay Arthur STUDY OF ESTHER January 17 - May 15 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am, Room 101

By Jennifer Rothschild

In Kay Arthur’s study, we will study the Lord’s prayer and we will gain insight on how to pray, what to pray, and what to expect when we pray. We will then study the book of Esther and see how God used her in her obedience to Him. Childcare available with registration. Led by Linda Hilleque (see staff ).

January 9 - February 13 Mondays, 6:45-8:45pm, Betsy Carlson’s Home



As women we evaluate everything we do, compare ourselves to others, repeat criticisms of others, and even call ourselves names. This study will remind us that we are who God created us to be, and we are made and created to fulfill His plan for our lives. Led by Rachel Boyd (see staff ) and Betsy Carlson..

BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP (BSF) January 9 - May 14 Mondays, 6:45-8:45pm

This year BSF is studying the Acts of the Apostles. Questions? Contact Patty Henning.

PRECEPTS: JUDE, OBADIAH, AND JOB February 7 - May 1 Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am, Room 115

As we study the book of Jude we will be learning about God’s judgment on sin and about the Day of Judgment. We will then study Jude and the prophets Obadiah and Joel – the focus being on our God who is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. Childcare available with registration. Led by Linda Reed and Cindy Anderson.


"But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with your heart .” Samuel 12:24

January 17 - May 8 Tuesdays, 7-9pm, Room 115

The book of 1 Peter looks at false teachers and how they were leading countless people astray. This study teaches us to know truth and to grow in discernment as we navigate our world and become effective ambassadors for Christ. Led by Diane Carpenter and Marci Smith.

THE FOUNDATIONS STUDY: WHY TRUTH MATTERS By Ken Ham January 25 - April 18 Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am, Room 114

Our study comes out of Psalms 11:3 “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?“ This series will equip believers and challenge them to stand up for the Word of God and defend it with confidence and boldness. Childcare available with registration. Led by RoxAnne Mitchell.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY January 18 - May 23 Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15pm, Room 206

Join us as we study various books of the New Testament. All you need to bring is a notebook and your Bible. Led by Gail Lair.

*Please note: Times and room numbers may be subject to change. Please double check when registering.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY CORE TEAM Salli Armour, 952.445.8383 Diana Bagley, 952.898.2536 Linda Chambers, 651.452.9803 Heather Forsberg, 952.431.9775 Mendie Skarp, 651.460.4288

Upcoming Events HOLY SEXUALITY CONFERENCE February 17-18

What in the world do spirituality and sexuality have in common? Most of us treat these two topics like oil and water. Author and Speaker Becky Patton leads us into the Word of God, and calls men and women into their Goddesigned sexuality. This conference is for men and women. Contact Linda Hilleque for more information.


The Women’s Getaway Retreat is returning to Heartwood Retreat Center. Tracie Miles of Proverbs 31 Ministries will be speaking to us, and our own Jen Perdue will lead us in worship. Registration materials will be available in January. For more information, please contact Women’s Ministry staff.

Women’s Ministries


January 10 - May 22 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) is a program designed to nurture mothers of children pre-birth through kindergarten. MOPS is a wonderful way to find community and be encouraged on your mothering journey. Our meetings include brunch, speakers, occasional crafts, and small group discussions. Questions? Contact Women’s Ministry staff.


January 17 - May 15 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10-11:30am, Room 116 RECESS is for mothers of school-aged children. This group explores this phase of life with a book or video series. We will support each other so we can grow personally, grow as moms, and grow closer to God. Childcare available with registration. Contact Women’s Ministry Staff.

BLESSING BEREAN BABIES We are a ministry that honors moms, celebrates God’s gift of life, and offers fellowship and encouragement through group baby showers. If you or someone you know, including a neighbor, coworker, or friend has adopted or given birth to a new baby recently, please contact Women’s Ministry staff.


January 12 - March 15 Thursdays, 6:45-8:15pm, Conf. Room A We are all a little like Eve. We have all been deceived by the lies of this world, we have faced defeats and failures, troubles and turmoil, and we oftentimes ache to live life over. If we learn the truth about ourselves as spoken by God we can be set free. Led by Darla Thaldorf.


By Liz Curtis Higgs

January 15 - March 4 Sundays, 5:30-7:30pm, Room 101 This is a verse by verse study of the lives of Jacob and Esau, and Rachel and Leah. This study reminds us that in all circumstances the love of God is powerful enough to change our hearts. God always keeps his promises to us and extends us many blessings. Childcare available with registration. Led by Diana Bagley.

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am 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. Contact Women’s Ministry Staff.


1st Wednesdays, 1pm, Room 210 Women of Wisdom is a time of fellowship for widows and those who wish to encourage and support them. Monthly meetings feature speakers, music, and dessert. Please join us! Contact Women’s Ministry staff.


en’s Ministry Linda Hilleque - Senior Director of Wom 952.223.1807 • lindah@bereanbapti ciate Rachel Boyd - Women’s Ministry Asso 952.223.1853 • rachelb@bereanbapti Coordinator Pat Steuernagel - Women’s Ministry com 952.223.1815 • pats@bereanbaptist.


Children’s Ministries



See page 3.

Paul Emanuelson - Pastor of Children’s Ministries 952.223.1819 • Bethany Gerber - Nursery Director 952.223.1833 • Becky Hay - Preschool Director & Wednesday Club Director 952.223.1809 • Kim Phillips - Elementary Director 952.223.1818 •


Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15pm Find specific program information in the Children’s Ministries Wednesday Evening Club brochure at the Guest Center or at


Nursery care provided only for children of servant volunteers.


6:45-8:15pm AWANA (Boys & Girls - Cubbies & Sparks)

Children learn Christian principles in an interesting and exciting way. A typical evening includes table time, Bible memorization, special speakers, and gym games.


6:45-8:15pm AWANA (T&T - Boys) (T&T - Girls) Stockade (Boys ONLY) Adventure Club (Girls ONLY) Clubs encourage fellowship and individual involvement while teaching Christian principles. Evenings include Bible memorization, gym games, special speakers, a quiz bowl, Olympics, and some special events. Seasonal offcampus activities too!


Join us for a service project to Feed My Starving Children. We will be putting together food ingredients to feed children around the world. Several parent volunteers needed. Drop off and pick up in Room 101.



February 15, 6:45-8:15p



Our Wednesday Clubs tak e a break on February 16 for a time of joining other boys an d girls in recreational act ivities.

LAST NIGHT OF CLU BS W ednesday, May 2



Wednesday, May 9



There are other extra cu rricular events going on with individual clubs throughout the ye ar. Please check the We dnesday clubs calendars on the website for more details.

Activities for kids in grades 5 & 6!

SMALL GROUP FUN AND APPRECIATION Sundays in January and February

Each Prime Time Sunday School Class will meet together sometime in January and February to hang out, enjoy pizza, and activities to get to know each other better.

Children’s Ministries CHILD DEDICATION SUNDAY January 15 and May 13

Child Dedication Sunday is for those interested in dedicating their baby or child. Prior to the dedication, there will be an important informational class held for parents, led by Pastor Paul Emanuelson. To participate, contact Bethany Gerber.


Saturday, April 14 9am (Grades 3-4) and 11:30am (Grades 5-6) You won’t want to miss the fun! Make your own racecar and watch it compete. Trophies are awarded for the fastest, best workmanship, and most original design. Race kits ($4) include instructions, wood block, wheels, and axles. Original designs encouraged! Clubbers, please do your own sanding and painting. Parents, please help with cutting. When necessary, help with cutting will be available at church.

AWANA GAMES Saturday, April 28

T & T boys and girls have fun at the Olympic style games, competing against other churches and sharing the bond of Jesus Christ.

C.M. APPRECIATION BANQUET Sunday, May 20, 5:30pm, Room 114

CHILDREN’S CHOIRS See “Worship Ministries” on page 14.

CHILDREN’S BAPTISM February 26 and April 29

Baptism is a public way to identify with Christ and tell outwardly that we belong to Christ (Romans 6:3-4). Boys and girls can follow the example of Jesus who was baptized by John even though He was without sin (Matthew 3:13-1). If a boy or girl would like to learn more about baptism, they should attend an upcoming class. For more information, see page 15.

GOD’S SPECIAL FLOCK (GSF) 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 not only help a GSF child maximize time in the class setting, but also helps the other children realize the value placed on each and every child by our creator, God. Questions? Please contact Kim Phillips.

Enjoy a great meal and an all student talent show.

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 a preschool program in addition to day care. It 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.


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, 2012) 12:35-3pm, Monday-Thursday OR Monday & Wednesday/ Tuesday & Thursday

Registration for Fall 2012 classes begin January 23, 2012.


Worship Ministries HANDBELL CHOIR

Rehearsal: Sundays, 6-7pm, Room 112 Handbells add variety and interest to the worship services approximately once a month and at Christmas and Easter. Plus, they are fun to play! Anyone age 16 and over, with the ability to read music and the willingness to commit to the rehearsal time, is welcome. For more information, contact Clare Boyer.

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.



Berean features the orchestra for special events and projects such as Christmas Concerts, Easter and on highlighted Sunday services. The orchestra adds fullness and depth to the choir and congregational singing. It also provides special musical numbers in the 8:30am Sanctuary service and for special occasions. Requirements are: competency on an instrument, attendance to scheduled rehearsals, and availability to play at the scheduled performances. For more information, contact Clare Boyer.

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.



Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 5:45-6:40pm

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 Kay Larson.


Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 5:55-6:45pm We have four age-appropriate choirs for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Raindrop, Sonbeam, Promise, and Rainbow choirs contribute to Sunday services, special events and the presentation of a full musical during the school year. A younger choir for four year olds is also available by early registration, due to size limitations. The spring program is tentatively scheduled for April 22. Pencil this in on your calendars! For more information, contact Worship Ministries staff.

Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15pm The Sanctuary Choir is for anyone age 16 and over, who can sing, learn, and hold their own part. The choir regularly sings in the Sanctuary service (8:30am) and also participates in concerts throughout the year. For more information, contact Clare Boyer.


Rehearsal: Thursdays, 7-9pm (when scheduled) Berean’s worship choir is an exciting and relatively new addition to Worship Ministries! They join the contemporary worship team approximately once a month for both contemporary services. We are actively seeking choir members of all ages. If you can carry a tune and love to sing (singing parts is not necessary), this is the place for you! Contact Kay Larson for more information.


WORSHIP MINISTRIES APPRECIATION EVENT Every year we recognize the voluntee rs and staff who work to make events and regular services run smoothly. Plea se look for additional information to com e regarding this year’s surprise celebrat ion to be held in May!


February 26 and April 29 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. Berean offers indoor baptism during the fall/winter/spring months. 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 February 19 and April 22. Watch the Sunday bulletin for more details or contact Kay Larson.

9TH ANNUAL VESPERS CONCERT Wednesday, May 23, 8pm, Main Commons

The Vespers Concert is a collection of anthems and special music from the previous year. This concert closes the choir season.

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 Kay Larson (see staff ). Ushers: Men and women are needed to assist with many aspects of creating an environment of worship. Contact Kay Larson.

Worship Ministries Holy Week at Berean Palm Sunday, April 1

8:30am: Sanctuary Service (Traditional) 9:50am: The Current Service (Contemporary) 11:15am: The Current Service (Contemporary)

Wednesday, April 4

No Wednesday Children’s Clubs or Choirs. No Wednesday Student Ministries programs.

Maundy Thursday, April 5

7pm: Maundy Thursday Service (communion served)

Good Friday, April 6

7pm: Good Friday Service

Easter Sunday, April 8

8:30am: Sanctuary Service (Traditional) 9:50am: The Current Service (Contemporary) 11:15am: The Current Service (Contemporary) Overflow seating will be available in the Gym and Room 114 for all Easter Sunday services.

On Easter Sunday, there are children’s ministries for birth through kindergarten. Older children and students have the opportunity to sit with their parents throughout the entire worship service.

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

faces to welcome guests and regular attenders into our church. Contact Kay Larson.

Communion Preparers/Servers:

The Lord’s Supper is celebrated monthly as a congregation. Individuals are needed to prepare and serve the elements. Contact Kay Larson.

Parking Lot Attendants:

True Minnesotans love being outside in any kind of weather. Is that you? We need bold and brave Berean-ites to serve in the parking lot to help direct traffic in and out of Berean before, after, and between services. Contact Kay Larson.

Medical Personnel:

A medical person is schedule during all three worship services as a first responder in case of emergency. If you are a qualified healthcare professional and are interested in joining this group of servants, please contact Kay Larson.

WORSHIP MINISTRIES STAFF Terry Foss - Worship Pastor 952.223.1829 • Ken Parker - Sanctuary Worship Pastor 952.223.1844 • Clare Boyer - Assistant Sanctuary Music Director 952.223.1824 • Kay Larson - Executive Assistant 952.223.1835 • Dana Ward - Communications & Creative Arts 952.223.1836 •


Epic Student Ministries





Wednesdays, through May 9 6:45-8:15pm, Room 113

Wednesdays, through May 9 6:45-8:15pm, Room 114

Faith and everyday living brought together in an interactive community.

Experience the wonder of a relationship with God, the discovery of your identity in Jesus Christ, and the passion for demonstrating God’s love to a broken world.

Grades 7-12 ECHO

Sundays, 9:50-11am, Room 114

February 24-26, Timber Bay Camp

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.

This year, we will be traveling to beautiful Timber Bay Camp in Onamia, MN. Spend a weekend growing closer to God and closer to friends, with broomball, tubing, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. Not to mention an engaging speaker and energetic worship. This is a weekend you don’t want to miss!!



January is “Celebrating Small Groups” month! Each small group will be planning their own event. Decide on an activity together and begin planning. Information about the events will be available from individual small group leaders.

It’s always the best weekend of the year! Join us for heartfelt worship, an inspiring speaker, broomball, games, the infamous skit night, and so much more. Sign up early, invite your friends, and prepare for a life-changing weekend!

February 17-19, Young Life’s Castaway Club



This spring, student and children’s ministries are hosting a conference to encourage parents in their efforts to spiritually impact their children. The conference will include multiple topics and speakers including: James and Lynne Jackson of and Heather Flies of Wooddale Church. Whether you are parenting a toddler or teenager, you will be glad that you came. Child care will be provided. For more information, contact David Boyd (see staff ).

A special evening set aside to celebrate this year’s senior class! For graduates and their families.

Saturday, March 10, 9am-3pm



“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.”

Friday, May 11



David Boyd - Pastor of Student Ministries 952.223.1834 • daveb@ Josh Hansen - Senior Hig h Director 952.223.1849 • joshh@b Jesse Manning - Junior High Director 952.223.1837 • jessem@b Jill Turnwall - Student Mi nistries Associate 952.223.1851 • jillt@bere Jenny Munson - Stude nt Ministries Assistant 952.223.1847 • jennym@

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

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.

COMMUNITY MEALS We are encouraging small groups, families, and ABFs to prepare and serve meals to others in our community. Check out these great opportunities: • Kids Closet: Serve breakfast to families on April 21. Contact Vanessa Edwards. • Lincoln Place (Eagan): Young adult supportive housing. Monthly commitment. Contact Vanessa Edwards. • MOMS program (Burnsville): Single moms mentoring program. Serve on Thursdays. One-time commitment. Contact Vanessa Edwards. • SAY Yes Center (St Paul): Afterschool program. Serve on third Wednesdays of the month. One-time commitment. Contact Vanessa Edwards.

MEALS ON WHEELS Would you like to help deliver meals to seniors in our area? The Berean team delivers on the first Thursday of the month from 10:45am-12:30pm. If you would like to join the Berean team of drivers please contact Vanessa Edwards.


Vanessa Edwards - Director of BNC 952.223.1821 •

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.


Saturday, April 21, 9am-12pm, Gym People from the community and from Berean are invited to shop an assortment of gently-used kids clothes, toys, videos, books, and baby equipment. Everything is given free of charge and shoppers are encouraged to take as much as they can use. Donations of items are welcome and can be dropped off in the nursery. To donate larger items such as furniture, please call to make arrangements. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up April 19-20. Contact Vanessa Edwards.


Save the date and join us for our next Neighborhood Care Day! Watch the Sunday bulletin for more information about service opportunities and sign-up dates.

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.

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE! • Furniture do’s and don’ts • Monthly local outreach opportuniti es • Register to volunteer


Global Outreach 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 Mendota Heights. They all are looking for volunteers and prayer warriors. There are a wide variety of long and short term opportunities. Questions? Contact Crissy Krukowski.

HUI ADOPTION The Hui are an unreached Muslim people living in China, numbering over 12 million. The website, states that “Although there are a small number of scattered Hui believers in China, the Hui are probably the largest people group in the world without a single known Christian fellowship group.” Berean has responded to the call to reach this group with the gospel of Christ by supporting our missionary partners among the Hui, 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 more involved with this initiative, please contact Crissy Krukowski. Come join us for prayer on the first Wednesday of every month from 7-8pm. Contact Global Outreach Staff for location.

SOMALI CONNECTION Many of us have heard that we need to find where God is working and join Him in that work. Well, God is working right here in Burnsville. Somali Connection exists to build connections with our Somali neighbors in Burnsville. There are many different opportunities to serve with adults and children. To learn how to connect, contact Crissy Krukowski.

MAKING CHRIST’S LAST COMMAND OUR FIRST PRIORITY. Mobilizing , equipping, and sending people and resources to establish God’s Kingdom in all the earth.

MOBILIZING FOR LIFE: MALAWI Mobilizing for Life: Malawi is Berean’s response to the HIV/ AIDS crisis in Africa. In partnership with World Relief staff in Malawi, Berean ministers in the areas of child development, orphan care, youth, sustainable economic development, health intervention, HIV/AIDS support groups, pastoral training, and more. Join the team and have an impact on the AIDS crisis! Questions? Contact Crissy Krukowski.

SHORT-TERM TRIPS Berean offers several short-term missions opportunities throughout the year for both students and adults. Trips for 2012 include Malawi, Philippines, Spain, East Asia and more. Pick up your short-term brochure at the Guest Center to learn how you can join the adventure.

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 Global Outreach staff.


Saturday, January 28, 9am-3pm

GLOBAL OUTREACH STAFF Art Morrow - Interim Director of Outreach 952.223.1804 • Crissy Krukowski - Global Outreach Associate 952.223.1828 •


Are you going on a short-term mission trip this year? Would you like to know more about serving the Lord as a short-term missionary? Join us for training in cross-cultural ministry, being spiritually prepared, raising support, the basis of shortterm missions, and more. S.T.E.P. ONE is required for all members of Berean shortterm mission trips. PLEASE REGISTER by January 22.

Global Outreach MISSIONS FEST May 4-6, 2012 Join us for Missions Fest 2012! Spend a weekend with us focusing on God’s heart for the world. The weekend will include: a special speaker for worship services, Berean missionary partners, and other fun weekend events. Also during the weekend Student Ministries and GO will be teaming up for a 30-hour famine to raise awareness for world hunger and poverty. Watch for a complete schedule of activities in your Sunday bulletin.


Supporting Adoption, Orphan Care, and Foster Care 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. Below is a list of our winter and spring events. Watch the Sunday bulletin for more information. Questions? Contact Pastor Paul Emanuelson at 952.223.1819.

Lincoln Place Meals

Three Thursdays per month representatives from Berean will provide and help prepare meals for the college age residents of Dakota County’s home for “aged out” foster children. For questions or to volunteer, contact Pastor Paul at 952.223.1819.

Sanctity of Life Sunday January 22 Sunday services will focus on the sanctity of life and the role that Adoption and Foster Care plays in it.

Adoption Seminar February, Date TBD

His Kids Fellowship Dinner and Collection for Reame Orphanage in Brazil Sunday, March 18, 12:45pm Join us for a special fellowship luncheon and collection project where we will utilize a “hands on collection” to help families include their children in expressing our heart’s desire to help orphans around the world.

Dakota County Grad Gifts May 6-20 Help us provide a basket of gifts with things that are needed to set-up one’s first apartment. We will offer a gift basket to each of the kids in Dakota County who are aging out to the Foster Care system.

This seminar will focus on waiting children as presented by Children’s Home Society.


Berean’s Global Outreach (Missions) budget is raised separately from the general budget. Only those monies designated to Global Outreach help support our partnerships with over 50 missionaries and numerous ministries and special projects. 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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Ministry Highlights Below are just a few of the things happening at Berean over the next few months. Mark your calendars and find out more throughout the Navigator!


January - March Strengthen your understanding of the Bible and the Christian faith by signing up for one of our many adult education classes. See page 9.


January 22 and March 25 If you are new to Berean in the last few months, join us for lunch and meet some of our Pastors and staff. See page 4.


February All Junior and Senior High students come out and enjoy the snow, games, skits, and more! See page 16.



February 17-18 Join us for this all-church conference for men and women with author and speaker Becky Patton. See page 11.


March 10 Calling all parents! Be encouraged in your efforts to spiritually impact your children. See page 16.


April 1-8 Join us in celebrating that Christ has risen by attending our Holy Week services. See page 15.


April 13-15 Save the date! The Women’s Getaway Retreat is returning to Heartwood Retreat Center. See page 11.


April 21 Do you know someone who could use a few kids items? Or maybe you would like to volunteer your time? Save this date. See page 17.


May 4-6 Spend a weekend with us focusing on God’s heart for the world. See page 19.

NEIGHBORHOOD CARE DAY April 28 Save the date and join us for our next all-church service day! See page 17.


The Berean Navigator  

Winter & Spring 2012

The Berean Navigator  

Winter & Spring 2012