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WINTER/SPRING 2016
NEW SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES STARTING FEBRUARY 14

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INTRO TO WINTER 2016
MGEFC CONNECTIONS
ADULTS
YOUNG ADULTS
WOMEN
MEN
STUDENTS
HIGH SCHOOL
MIDDLE SCHOOL
CHILDREN
CARE
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
MISSIONS
WORSHIP
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You only need to create one account for your entire family and may log in using that account for future registrations. Click on the register link next to an event and follow the instructions if asked to create an account. Complete information about each ministry may be found at mgefc. simply register online or contact the Church Office. please plan to attend this meeting to hear updates about the church and ministries. Online Registration & Payment We offer online registration and payment for many MGEFC activities. 1 . SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP TIME CHANGE STARTING FEBRUARY 14 Our worship service times will change beginning February 14 to give us an extra 15 minutes between services. The new service times will be: 9:00am & 10:45am Our hope is that this will allow for more available parking spots for guests. Service times and ABF times before February 14 are 9:30am & 11:00am. as well as hymns rearranged in contemporary ways.WINTER 2016 THE GUIDE contains our ministry programs and events at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church. Browse this catalog to see opportunities within each ministry to CONNECT as family. less lobby congestion and balance the attendance between services. This links your registration with our database and enables you to update some of your information.420.org or call 763. January 25 | 7:00pm | Worship Center Members and regular attendees. visit mgefc. The contents of The Guide correspond to each ministry at mgefc. Our 70-minute multigenerational worship services are lively and casual in nature. We incorporate modern music from today's top worship artists.org. If you find something in The Guide that interests you.org for ease of navigation and quick reference.6485. CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING Monday. all with the goal of CONNECTING our hearts with God and giving us the opportunity to consider his truth for our everyday living. For more information and registrations. GROW in faith and SHARE hope with our world.

STARTING POINT Sundays. visit mgefc. January 24 | 12:30pm | Kid Zone Sunday. . fun atmosphere where children can learn about The Big God Story and participate in age-appropriate worship and activities. As a larger church we want to help you get CONNECTED in smaller communities. Starting Point also serves as a great place to explore ministry opportunities and begin forming new relationships. the eDispatch. Please take the time to learn how you can CONNECT at MGEFC! WHILE YOU ARE HERE ON SUNDAY Welcome & Information Desk Stop by the Welcome & Information Desk to meet volunteers and leaders who can answer any questions you may have about MGEFC.org or call 763. Register online. Once you complete this card. you will receive our weekly emailed newsletter. Family Information Keep updated on all of the church happenings by completing a family information card located at the Welcome & Information Desk or on the reverse side of the share card located in the back of each pew. 2 For more information and registrations. Stop by the Welcome & Information Desk and a volunteer will be happy to escort you to your children’s classrooms.420. with upcoming events and announcements.6485. May 15 | 12:15pm | Kid Zone Plan on attending this CONNECTION lunch as Pastor Jon and staff introduce the church's vision and values as well as great next steps for you and your family! Register online. Children’s Programs Our Sunday morning programs for kids from birth through 5th grade create a safe.MGEFC CONNECTIONS WHEN YOU ARE NEW TO MGEFC We are so glad you are here! It is important to find a church that fits and finding the right information is a great place to start. February 21-March 6 | 9:00am | Room 113B Starting Point is a three-week group experience that allows you to learn more about Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church's purpose and vision while also focusing on foundational pillars of the Christian faith. WHAT'S NEXT NEWCOMERS' WELCOME LUNCH Sunday.

ABF Opportunities SONRISE ABF (for early risers of all ages) Sundays | 8:00am | Youth Room A gathering of like-minded early risers.420. Followers of Christ and those exploring the Christian faith may desire to GROW in their faith and CONNECT with other adults. visit mgefc. REDISCOVERY ABF (for all adults) Sundays | 10:45am | Youth Room Come for Bible teaching to GROW in your faith and to CONNECT in fellowship. You will find a mix of newer attendees and longtime members in each group. build community and get CONNECTED with other couples starting their families.org or call 763. Coffee and snacks each week. wanting to CONNECT as they study God's Word. COUPLES ABF (for young married couples) Sundays | 9:00am | Room 113A Whether you are just starting married life or are a few years into marriage. known and loved. you will have an opportunity to meet and build relationships with other adults and study God’s Word together. ABFs provide a place to be involved. ABFs facilitate your GROWTH in faith and in friendship with others. When do ABFs happen? ABFs are offered on Sunday mornings during each worship service. prayer and support. Why attend an ABF? In a larger church. You are welcome to join a class at any time. Getting involved in an ABF will help you get to know other people and let other people get to know you. In each of our ABFs. FAMILIES ABF (for families with children living at home) Sundays | 9:00am | Room 245 Learn from the Bible. married or single. support one another and pray. it can be hard to know where to start CONNECTING with others. For more information and registrations. examine God’s Word and be supported in prayer.ABF ADULT BIBLE FELLOWSHIPS [ABFs] ABFs let you start CONNECTING as family here at MGEFC. Who can attend an ABF? ABFs are open to anyone who is 18 years of age or older. meet new friends.ADULTS.6485. 3 .

and delving into topics like our church values. Connect Groups meet about twice a month in a relaxed atmosphere to develop caring relationships and GROW in faith together. God’s plan for us is to CONNECT and fit snugly together as a church family.6485. Thrive is open to singles and married couples. Have a heart for GROWING authentic relationships and deepening faith in others? If so.org 4 For more information and registrations.org or call 763. descriptions. can know Jesus intimately through the power of the Gospel. Check the website for a list of Connect Groups. THRIVE YOUNG ADULTS 1st & 3rd Sundays | 7:00pm | Room 130 When people know your name and understand your life. availability and leaders' direct contact information for the groups you are interested in joining. May 4-18 | 6:15-7:45pm | Room 245 Join us for an in-depth look into our church family. meeting times. then come check us out! Thrive exists to grow a thriving community where young adults. it's a little easier to be yourself. college through 20-30’s. Register online. statement of faith and what membership means here at MGEFC. Contact: Travis Rosinger / travisr@mgefc.ADULTS CONNECT GROUPS A great pair of running shoes fits snugly on an athlete actively keeping their body in shape. It takes the right tools like Connect Groups to keep the church in great shape. Made up of 10-14 people.420. In the same way. We believe God wants each of us to take the next step spiritually to GROW in our relationship with him through getting more CONNECTED to his body of believers. DISCOVER MEMBERSHIP Wednesdays. Childcare provided by preregistration. visit mgefc. meeting our pastor and staff.org MEMBERSHIP Become a GROWING part of God's family here. Contact: Travis Rosinger / travisr@mgefc. They run for approximately 2-3 months with open registrations twice a year. If you're a young adult looking for a place to belong. . you may want to consider becoming a Connect Group leader. God designed us to be spiritually healthy and full of vitality. the Bible reminds us that the church is like a human body. grow spiritually and develop meaningful friendships.

help with conflict resolution and evaluate strength and GROWTH areas. Maple Lake. To host your own gathering. Special Events WOMEN'S RETREAT January 29-31 | Camp Courage. but longing for an impactful experience? Retreat 'staycation' style and sleep in your own bed. Watch the website for upcoming events. MN | $120 Join other women for a weekend getaway to CONNECT with each other and recharge your relationship with God! This year’s theme is "In the Hands of a Holy God" featuring speaker Monti Aherns.com/local for more information. IF: GATHERING February 5-6 Can't get out of town. We long to provide opportunities to GROW as a community and develop passionate women of faith who are eager to utilize their gifts to impact their communities for Christ.com For more information and registrations. just 45 minutes from church. visit mgefc. Spend time together and share the event with your church family.420. This live webcast conference gathers international female leaders and teachers to equip and unleash women for Christ.org or call 763. Camp Courage is located in Maple Lake. Meal tickets must be purchased by February 7. Register and pay online by January 15. VALENTINE GALA Friday. Women's Ministry Director at Grace Fellowship. 5 . teach communication skills. Contact: Amy Hendel / amy@hendelhomes.6485. February 12 | 6:30pm dinner | 8:00pm concert $40/couple for dinner & concert | $30/couple for concert only Celebrate with your valentine! Begin the evening with a delicious dinner before enjoying a great concert featuring musical guests Dan & Sandy Adler.ADULTS MARRIAGE MARRIAGE MENTORING Marriage mentor couples are trained to come alongside other couples to encourage. WOMEN’S MINISTRY Women’s Ministry desires to CONNECT women of all generations and equip them to be authentic disciples who know God deeply. go to ifgathering. or find a local gathering to attend. Register and pay online. MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT Events specifically designed to enrich and support your marriage are held throughout the year.

6 For more information and registrations. January 7-March 17 | 9:30-11:30am Session 2 | Thursday AM. you’ll come away encouraged that even though it may not feel that way. March 31-May 12 | 9:30-11:30am | $20 Thursday PM. This study looks at David’s life throughout scripture to reveal that he was a man who spent his life chasing after God. It reveals the glory of the Son of God so that all who believe in him may have eternal life. it feels like trying to catch the wind. Register and pay online. or someone’s approval. March 31-June 2 | 9:30-11:30am Join other women as we study the gospel of John and encourage each other in our walk through this study facilitated by Dina Chacko.420. . $35 for one child / $10 for each additional child.org or call 763. $35 for one child / $10 for each additional child per session. $35 for one child / $10 for each additional child. This gospel account offers a deeper look at Christ from the eyes of John. Register and pay online. or fears. visit mgefc. CHASE BY JENNIE ALLEN Thursday AM. Childcare available upon preregistration for the AM study only. March 31-May 12 | 7:00-9:00pm | $20 We’re all chasing after something we think will make us happy—comfort. success.WOMEN Bible Study CHILDREN OF THE DAY BY BETH MOORE Thursday AM. relationship troubles. you are exactly where Christ wants you to be! Childcare available upon preregistration for the AM study only.ADULTS. medical diagnoses.6485. You’ll discover that God's timing is impeccable! Whether you’re facing family crises. God has carved out a space in each of us that only he can fill. the beloved disciple. Register and pay online. a bigger house. THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Session 1 | Thursday AM. January 7-March 3 | 7:00-9:00pm | $20 Gather with other women and deepen your faith as Beth Moore teaches this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. doubts. But if we are honest. Childcare available upon preregistration. January 7-March 3 | 9:30-11:30am | $20 Thursday PM.

You are welcome to come weekly or drop in whenever you can. Contact: Gay Hedberg / gay. If you are already in a mentoring relationship.2868 MOMS IN PRAYER Moms in Prayer impacts children and schools worldwide for Christ by gathering mothers to pray. The vision is that every school in the world would be covered in prayer.6485.com Mentoring & Prayer MENTORING Whether mentor or mentee. secondary school and college. 7 . To find a group: momsinprayer.org or call 763. Contact: maplegrovemops@gmail.670. Contact: Jeanne Laitinen / 763. Each meeting features brunch.hedberg@gmail. our mentoring prayer team would like to cover you in prayer. equip and support women with young children (from birth through kindergarten) to become the best moms they can be. Contact our ministry to make a new mentoring CONNECTION. visit mgefc. these intentional relationships are based on a six-month commitment and are the next step in GROWING as a disciple of Jesus.420.ADULTS. a creative activity and small group discussion that allows members to support each other through the journey of motherhood. a speaker.com BECOMING WOMEN OF PRAYER Wednesdays | 9:30-11:00am | Jeanne Laitinen's home Join other women for a time of prayer and support. Groups are available for moms with children in elementary school.WOMEN MOPS MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS) 2nd & 4th Tuesdays | January 12-May 10 | 9:30-11:30am MOPS is an international nonprofit organization that exists to encourage.org For more information and registrations.

aimed at showing their special young ladies how much they love and cherish them. In today's culture these roles can be challenging and confusing to live out. our church.6485.420. TRIADS Small groups of three or more men meet on a regular basis to focus on discipleship. crafts. dancing with a DJ and other girlie fun. This 24-hour prayer event begins on Friday at 12:00pm and runs through Saturday at 12:00pm. MEN'S BREAKFAST Saturday. We exist to help men GROW and passionately SHARE the love of Christ.org 8 For more information and registrations.MEN MEN’S MINISTRY Men's Ministry desires to help men develop a personal relationship with Christ and be spiritual leaders in their homes. bingo. grandpas and granddaughters to create a memorable. This can best be accomplished through daily Bible study. Contact: Carlton Mitchell / carlton. prayer and service in an environment that has Christian men holding one another accountable to live by faith and conviction. get CONNECTED and SHARE hope. visit mgefc. Christ-centered evening ball. Register and pay online.com Men's Special Events A great way to meet other men. May 6 & 7 | 12:00pm-12:00pm | MGEFC Join other men as we seek God together on behalf of our families.org or call 763.ADULTS. our communities and our nation.mitchell@me.com ONE DAY TO PRAY Friday & Saturday. April 23 | 6:30-9:00pm | MGEFC | $25/couple Inviting all dads and daughters. loving husbands and dedicated fathers. DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE Saturday. Aimed at girls ages 4 to 12. Men's Triads A great way to GROW in your spiritual walk. Join this army of prayer warriors! Contact: Travis Rosinger / travisr@mgefc. This is a great opportunity for strategic dads to teach their daughters "what right looks like" and how a Godly man treats a woman. . this ball will have a photo booth. spiritual GROWTH and accountability. March 19 | 8:00-10:00am | $5 Join us for a morning to CONNECT with other guys. enjoy a hearty breakfast and learn more about Men’s Ministry. Contact: Roger Bottazzi / rrbott1@aol. Register online.

ADULTS. Lamplighters is a Christian ministry focused on intentional discipleship. 81.org or call 763.MEN Men's Bible Studies A great place to GROW in your faith through God’s Word and discussion. 9 .6485. Rogers Join with other men to study God's Word and discuss it together. Contact: Jino Chacko / chacko.net LAMPLIGHTER STUDY Thursdays | 8:00pm | Barnes & Noble. Contact: Byron Berry / byronrberry@msn. Maple Grove Men of all ages are invited to join Lamplighters discipleship study.com BIBLE STUDY .420. Contact: Geoff Harper / harper2897@comcast. BIBLE STUDY Wednesdays | 6:00am | MGEFC Join other men as we dive deeper into God's Word to challenge and encourage one another. Hwy. Osseo Thursdays | 9:00am | Cabela's. visit mgefc. It reveals the glory of the Son of God so that all who believe in him may have eternal life.jino@gmail. the beloved disciple.net BIBLE STUDY Thursdays | 7:00am | Perkins. This gospel account offers a deeper look at Christ from the eyes of John.com For more information and registrations. Contact: Rob Watlov / robwatlov@earthlink.THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Fridays starting January 8 | 6:15am | MGEFC Join other men as we study the gospel of John and seek to encourage each other in our walk.

Register online.org/highschool  FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN SERVICE PROJECT Monday. January 3-April 24 | 9:00am CommonBond Community Room (across south parking lot) Our Sunday morning get together is a safe. April 10 & May 15 | 12:15-2:00pm | Youth Room Join other parents to SHARE joys. Registration and $70 deposit due February 8. Free lunch. free time.HIGH SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL 9 th – 12th grade students Regular Events No registration required  FUEL (FAITH ULTIMATELY EXPRESSES LOVE) Mondays. fun and engaging time of seeing how God’s Word relates to the culture high schoolers find themselves in every day.  DISTRICT BLITZ CONFERENCE Friday-Sunday. worship and great friendships! No FUEL February 15.STUDENTS. .6485. MN | $130 Join thousands of students across Minnesota for a weekend of dynamic teaching. January 18 | 7:15-10:00pm | Free Feed God's starving children hungry in body and in spirit by hand packing meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. serving and lots of fun! It's a weekend you won't want to miss as we CONNECT with one another. Register and pay online. visit mgefc. March 21.  SUNDAY MORNING T2 Sundays. Remaining $60 balance due April 4. Don't miss out on this opportunity to serve! Meet at church to drive together to FMSC. No registration required. Special Events Register for events at mgefc. encouragements and prayers. group games and tons of fun! A great time to hang out with friends and make new ones! 10 For more information and registrations. meet new friends and encounter Jesus on a deeper level. No T2 March 27. April 17. and ask questions of Pastor Zach. May 13 | 6:00-10:00pm | MGEFC | $5 This annual event includes food.420.  FUELPALOOZA Friday. January 4-May 9 | 7:00-9:00pm Our weekly ministry provides students the opportunity to encounter the person of Jesus through the Bible.org or call 763. January 24 | 12:30-2:00pm | Youth Room Sundays. April 15-17 | Duluth. struggles.  FUEL PARENT GATHERING Sunday. worship.

games. food and unity building as we reconnect after Christmas break and kick off the New Year together. visit mgefc. 11 . testimonies.420. fun. It will be a night of laughter. Register and pay online. transformed and called to be servant missionaries and make disciples. For more information and registrations. the Guys with the Camp Shamineau "ropes on the road" staff.6485. MIDDLE SCHOOL 6th – 8th grade students Our Jesus-focused. January 17-April 24 | 6:15-8:00pm Oasis includes biblical teaching. Final payment due June 20.  SHAMINEAU-ON-THE-ROAD 2016 KICKOFF Sunday. Fundraisers will be available. will remind students they have been created. What’s a parent to do? Join us as Youth Pastor and adolescence expert. retreats. March 20 & 27. Incoming 9th graders are welcome. Doors open at 6:00pm.org or call 763. talks about the latest tech trends and the impact they have on today’s kids. small group mentoring. Bible-teaching. forever. KY | $650 Challenge is a catalytic conference challenging youth to live on mission with God everyday. socials and conferences. This forum is for parents with children of any age. It’s never too early to start learning how your kids will interact in the new digital world.HIGH & MIDDLE SCHOOL  CHALLENGE 2016 July 2-8 | Louisville. fellowship. Register and pay online. February 21 | 12:15-2:00pm | $5 per adult includes lunch These days kids send thousands of texts. Childcare available upon preregistration. leadership development. worship. January 17 | 5:15-8:00pm | $5 for all you can eat pizza It's the Girls vs. share intimate details of their lives with hundreds of people online and are in a constant state of connectedness. Special Parent Event  PARENT FORUM: PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE Sunday. everywhere. Luke Trouten. disciple-making middle school ministry exists to provide middle school students with caring. Friends are welcome! No Oasis February 7 & 21. Registration and $150 deposit due March 14. This year's theme. loved & cared for • GROW in personal faith and relationship with Jesus • SHARE hope with the world and make a positive difference in others Sunday Night OASIS No registration required Sundays. service projects. committed relationships in environments that will engage and encourage them to: • CONNECT in relationships where they can be known.STUDENTS. Living Sent. April 17. No registration required.

This class is for middle school students who want to GROW in their faith. is back to teach us about servant leadership along with a worship band and D-team times together. Register and pay online. 12 For more information and registrations.  IGNITE 24-HOUR GROWTH RETREAT Friday-Saturday. One of our favorite speakers.org/middleschool CONNECT with other middle school students while having lots of fun! Meet at church to ride the bus to these events. Drop off and pickup at MGEFC to ride the bus to Bethel University. meet new friends and encounter Jesus on a deeper level. April 15-17 | Duluth. April 17. serving and lots of fun! It's a weekend you won't want to miss as we CONNECT with one another.MIDDLE SCHOOL Sunday Morning Student Impact No registration required Sundays. No registration required. Special Events Register for events at mgefc. Friends are always welcome!  COMPASSION-IN-ACTION SERVICE PROJECTS BY D-TEAMS Various dates in February Each D-team will sign up for a specific service project to do together as they put their "compassion Into action. February 5-6 | Wooddale Church | $55 This overnight retreat is designed to ignite your faith and GROW your passion for Christ. February 28 | 4:45-8:30pm | Bethel University | $5 Enjoy Seventh Hour band and an inspirational message from God's Word delivered by Craig and Molly Sanborn.  BETHEL MEGA RALLY Sunday. Registration and $70 deposit due February 8. know what they believe and why it matters. No class March 27. Drop off and pickup at MGEFC. visit mgefc.  DISTRICT BLITZ CONFERENCE Friday-Sunday.STUDENTS. worship." Watch for information from your D-team leader. Register and pay online by January 24. . Greg Speck.org or call 763. Eat dinner before you arrive.420.6485. January 10-April 24 | 9:00am Girls: Room 113C | Boys: Youth Room Student Impact is a Sunday morning GROWTH opportunity for students to develop faith for life by teaching core biblical truths. Remaining $60 balance due April 4. MN | $130 Join thousands of students across Minnesota for a weekend of dynamic teaching.

visit mgefc.org or call 763. Register and pay online. For more information and registrations. It’s never too early to start learning how your kids will interact in the new digital world. Luke Trouten.420. February 21 | 12:15-2:00pm | $5 per adult includes lunch These days kids send thousands of texts. share intimate details of their lives with hundreds of people online and are in a constant state of connectedness. talks about the latest tech trends and the impact they have on today’s kids.6485. 13 . Childcare available upon preregistration.STUDENTS. What’s a parent to do? Join us as Youth Pastor and adolescence expert.MIDDLE SCHOOL Special Parent Event  PARENT FORUM: PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE Sunday. This forum is for parents with children of any age.

QUEST 2>52 FINALE Wednesday. lower level EARLY CHILDHOOD | 4 YEARS OLD –KINDERGARTEN Sundays | 9:00 & 10:45am | West Wing. Each month we creatively explore a different virtue.org or call 763. April 20 | 6:15-7:45pm Join us for an epic end of the year celebration! 14 For more information and registrations. upper level EARLY CHILDHOOD | 2 YEARS OLD – 3 YEARS OLD Sundays | 9:00 & 10:45am | Early Childhood Hallway. . Children must be the designated ages before September 1.CHILDREN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS Our children's programs for kids from birth through 5th grade create a safe. Tru. helps kids and their families CONNECT to God. Kids are encouraged to bring friends. The Big God Story. No Quest 2>52 March 23. 2015. Kids are engaged in worship. find their place in his big story and respond to him through the power of the Holy Spirit. Relationships are developed and deepened. small groups and other correlated activities. upper level SURGE | 4TH – 5TH GRADE Sundays | 9:00am | Surge Room.420. SUNDAY MORNING FAITH QUEST Our Sunday curriculum.6485. lower level WEDNESDAY NIGHT QUEST 2>52 Wednesdays starting January 6-April 20 | 6:15-7:45pm Quest 2>52 is a fast-paced. lower level ELEMENTARY | 1ST – 3RD GRADE Sundays | 9:00 & 10:45am | Kid Zone. Emphasis is placed on how to CONNECT faith to real life. high-energy kids' club program for 4 year olds through 5th grade. visit mgefc. Faith Quest Classes  NURSERY | INFANT – 2 YEARS OLD Sundays | 9:00 & 10:45am | Nursery Hallway. fun atmosphere where kids can CONNECT in consistent relationships with peers and small group leaders. GROW in their faith and SHARE hope as they shine their lights for Jesus. a quality of God's nature that he instills in his followers.

6485. SURGE GRADUATION Sunday. You do not have to attend Quest 2>52 to participate in this event! Register online. For more information and registrations. Food available for purchase. 4:00pm | Sunday. March 13. visit mgefc.CHILDREN SPECIAL EVENTS For Families F3: PINEWOOD DERBY Wednesday. Children's ministry provided for infants-3 year olds. You do not have to attend Quest 2>52 to participate in this event! Register online. Register and pay online. 3RD-5TH GRADE BOYS OVERNIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA Friday. 9:00am & 10:45am Kids in kindergarten-5th grade are invited to join the fun. Youth and adults may bring a car for the open race. June 12 | 10:45am | Surge Room 4th and 5th grade students along with their parents are invited to a special celebration of this milestone event as students graduate from Surge and move on to our Middle School Oasis ministry. March 12. or in the Lobby on Sundays and Wednesdays. April 1 | 7:00pm-8:00am | Lower Level | $5 3rd-5th grade boys are invited to CONNECT with their peers and have fun! Invite your friends! Hosted by Quest 2>52 Explorers' leaders. You do not have to attend Quest 2>52 to participate in this event! KIDS' MUSICAL: "NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE" Saturday.org or call 763. April 8 | 7:00pm-8:00am | Lower Level | $5 3rd-5th grade girls are invited to CONNECT with their peers and have fun! Invite your friends! Hosted by Quest 2>52 Outfitters' leaders. 15 .420.org/ kidsmusical for more details about participation and rehearsals. February 24 | 6:15-7:45pm | Community Room Kindergarten-5th graders may race cars built from a kit purchased at MGEFC. Visit mgefc. 3RD-5TH GRADE GIRLS OVERNIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA Friday.

PARENT FORUM: PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE Sunday. May 1 | 10:45am | Surge Room Dedication | Sunday. but it's a public declaration of a personal commitment to spiritually nurture their children.org or call 763. shepherding. Childcare available upon preregistration. in addition to parents.6485. visit mgefc. This forum is for parents with children of any age. Contact: Kristy Kratky / kristyk@mgefc. Luke Trouten. talks about the latest tech trends and the impact they have on today’s kids. May 15 | 9:00am & 10:45am Dedication shows that parents desire God's wisdom and strength as they raise their children. Sneak Peek ROCK THE CHURCH (VBS) June 20-23 | 9:30am-12:00pm 122 WEEKLY FAITH-BUILDING VOLUNTEERS Research indicates that kids and youth need at least five people. Whatever your gift–teaching. Dedication doesn't ensure salvation. Register and pay online. share intimate details of their lives with hundreds of people online and are in a constant state of connectedness.420.org 16 For more information and registrations. to build into their lives in order to pass on a lasting faith. preparing snacks–you can make a difference and be one of a child's five! Find out how you can make a difference. greeting. It’s never too early to start learning how your kids will interact in the new digital world. February 21 | 12:15-2:00pm | $5 per adult includes lunch These days kids send thousands of texts.CHILDREN For Parents PARENT & CHILD DEDICATION Parent Class | Sunday. . Register online. What’s a parent to do? Join us as Youth Pastor and adolescence expert.

org CHURCH FAMILY CARE IMMEDIATE CARE Those facing a life-threatening crisis with an immediate need for care from ministry staff and volunteers may contact the Church Office during office hours or leave a voicemail after hours. families and marriages. 17 . VISITATION CARE Offering prayer. spiritual support and encouragement to those in our church who are hospitalized or recovering at home. There is an application process for this assistance. CARE CONNECTION Experiencing a situation or season where you would benefit from the helping hands of our care ministry team? Some ways we may assist are with meals. Join a Care Ministry team in any of the many ways detailed below. household or home repair help. FINANCIAL COUNSELING This ministry provides financial counseling and assessment to help with budgeting and financial discussions. visit mgefc. visits. meals may be scheduled. Carry each other's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Let the MGEFC family come around you in your time of need or shortage.420.6485. Our staff and funeral team are available for planning and services. Freezer meals are also available and may be donated at any time for our freezer pantry. MEMORIAL SERVICES AND MAPLE KNOLL CEMETERY Funerals and memorial services may be held at MGEFC. CARE MEALS During a time of need. BENEVOLENCE Members or regular attendees facing overwhelming financial hardship may meet to discuss their situation and the possibility of assistance.org or call 763. Our Lord Jesus has promised that he will provide the perseverance we need. For more information and registrations.CARE In this world we will have times of trial which demand great perseverance. COUNSELING & REFERRALS Assessment and referrals for Christian counseling assistance available for individuals. (Galatians 6:2) For all care needs contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc. FUNERALS.

6485. men and women.420.CARE GROUP SUPPORT POINT MAN MINISTRIES 1st Thursday of month starting January 7 | 7:00pm Point Man Ministries brings spiritual and emotional healing to veterans of all wars and branches of service. encourage. WOMEN OF LIGHT: A WIDOW SUPPORT GROUP 1st Saturday of month starting January 9 | 9:30am | Byerly's Cafe in MG Want to CONNECT over coffee with other women who share your widow experience? Women of MGEFC and friends are welcome as we support. Application available online. WEDDINGS & PREMARITAL CLASSES WEDDINGS We welcome members and regular attendees to unite in marriage at MGEFC. 18 For more information and registrations. Childcare provided. January 26-March 22 | 7:00-9:00pm | $93 Financial freedom is in your future! Take the first step. Other events are planned for winter and spring. PREMARITAL CLASSES Premarital classes help couples prepare for their marriage with a firm biblical foundation. . Watch the website for details of monthly events. This nine-week course is focused on giving you the tools to work toward debt freedom and financial peace. Watch the website for classes starting this winter.org or call 763. FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY Tuesdays. visit mgefc. Register and pay online. You are welcome to come to any monthly meeting. heal and GROW together.

the building and the church as a whole! You are welcome to come weekly or join in when you can. For more information and registrations.420. 19 .6485. the staff. Pastor Jon. You may join at any time.CARE PRAYER SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER GATHERING Sundays | 8:15-8:45am | Room 245 Join us as we come together Sunday mornings to lift up our church in prayer. contact Care Ministry. PRAYER SHAWLS 3rd Tuesday of month | 7:00-9:00pm | Judy Mackey's home Knit or crocheted by loving hands and prayed for. PRAYER CHAIN PRAYER WARRIORS Dedicated people from our church pray for the needs of others. To request a prayer shawl or join the team. visit mgefc. Lessons available. Prayer requests may be submitted online. You are welcome to come weekly or drop in whenever you can. All are invited to pray for the church. available after each worship service. BECOMING WOMEN OF PRAYER Wednesdays | 9:30-11:00am | Jeanne Laitinen's home Join other women for a time of prayer and support.org or call 763. the gift of a prayer shawl blesses those in sorrow and celebration. ELDER/PASTORAL PRAYER Pastoral staff and/or elders cover you in prayer and anointing. WORSHIP SERVICE PRAYER TEAMS Experience the blessing of prayer with church family members.

org or call 763.420. 20 For more information and registrations.COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS SHARE hope by being the hands and feet of Jesus in the inner city and in our own Maple Grove backyard. Register online. Registration is limited.6485. Get involved with our Community Partnership events by looking for various opportunities highlighted on a monthly basis that let us SHARE hope as a church body! SPECIAL EVENTS URBAN HOMEWORKS WORK DAY Saturday. February 27 | 8:00am-2:00pm Become the hands and feet of Jesus in North Minneapolis as we partner with Urban Homeworks doing construction and clean up projects in North Minneapolis. visit mgefc. .

the church plants throughout Rwanda and their Christian schools and students.6485. The team will help renovate homes damaged in Hurricane Sandy.net HAITI Mission Trip | July or August 2016 Consider joining the Haiti mission team partnering with our own Free Church missionary. Rob and Jackie Passer. There is also a need for medical personnel to help at a local clinic. and • SHARE the gospel with all peoples. 2016 Please pray for our Honduras mission team as they partner with Great Commission Latin America to serve in several exciting ways.com For more information and registrations.MISSIONS The Missions' Leadership Team assists and upholds the church in fulfilling Christ's Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).net STATEN ISLAND. HONDURAS Mission Trip | January 15-24. 21 . This will be a one week trip. Contact: Marv & Verna Hillstrom / hillstroms@comcast. 2016 Consider joining the Staten Island mission team partnering with our own Reach Global missionaries. including: • leading a Vacation Bible School. and • assisting with various construction projects. Our goal is to help our congregation: • GROW in vision and passion for missions. The team will teach and serve children in local orphanages. visit mgefc. dates to be determined. Jen Blevins. especially the unreached. • CONNECT with our missionaries and projects. We are considering a short term service trip to Rwanda in Summer 2016. Contact: Shane Mason / shanermason@gmail.org OTHER MISSION FIELD NEWS RWANDA Please pray for the Evangelical Free Church of Rwanda and Pastor Esron and his wife Kezia Maniragaba and their family. UPCOMING TRIP NEWS CHOLUTECA. Contact: Bill English / bill@billenglish.420. Contact: Shari Minell / sminell@comcast. NEW YORK Mission Trip | June 12-18.org or call 763. • working with the malnutrition clinic and daycare center in Limón. • evangelizing under the guidance of the local church. Pray for Christ-centered unity and strong leadership in the local church.

Rob & Jackie Passer (ReachGlobal. OH). Dan Miles (Timber Bay). NY.MISSIONS PRAYING FOR OUR MISSIONARIES Not only do our missionaries appreciate the financial support provided by MGEFC. Bruce Kratky. CO). Ask the Lord to encourage. NY). the course can be covered in four sessions. Haiti). Ryan & Laura Elliot (Cru. Costa Rica). Worker with JESUS Film Project (Cru. This study traces God's ancient promises from Genesis to Revelation and helps provide a solid biblical basis for missions. Anonymous Workers (Crossworld. Pick up a copy or borrow one of ours. Taught by Rob Droullard and Andrew Sternke. John & Mary Carlson (Prairie Bridge International. Pray for wisdom. U. CO). CO). New York City. Asia) LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS BIBLE STUDY Have you wondered what Jesus may have SHARED with the two disciples while walking on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:27)? A Bible study called A Tale of Two Covenants explores what Jesus likely highlighted. MATTOO – Men Against The Trafficking Of Others. Crisis Response). Germany).org 22 For more information and registrations.com WHEN HELPING HURTS The Missions' Leadership Team highly recommends reading a book used by our short term teams called When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Neil & Sue Grindheim (Navigators.S. Mike & Linda Gunderson (ReachGlobal.org or call 763. Latin America). Steve & Liz Spellman (ReachGlobal. visit mgefc. Nate & Lori Johnson (Cru. Southern Brazil & Haiti). Denny & Nicole deBruyn (ReachGlobal. Contact: Missions' Leadership Team / mgefcmissions@mgefc. Carlos Gomez (Great Commission Latin America. protect and provide for each one. Contact: Rob Droullard / rcdroullard@gmail.6485. Charlie & Abbie Schaller (Cru. BASED PARTNERS Mark & Mary Jean Coyne (Navigators. they appreciate our prayers. Educate Rwanda & Pastor Esron Maniragaba (Evangelical Free Church of Rwanda). IA). Josh & Heidi Thulin (Africa Inland Mission’s On-Field Media. East Asia). . focus and fruit in ministry.420. FL) GLOBAL OUTREACH PARTNERS AND PROJECTS INCLUDE: Jen Blevins (ReachGlobal. Kenya). Dan & Debby Minell (Here’s Life Inner City.

children's). video projection) • Sermon Podcast Production • Video Pre. tear down) Ushers The first four minutes of any encounter can establish the tone for the rest of the relationship. worship lyrics. Teams are needed for Sunday morning worship.and Post-Production (editing & shooting) • Lighting (design & control) • Stage Design (design & construction) • Production Grips/Stage Hands (set up. Music Ministry Team Members of the Music Ministry Team work closely with the Production Team to intentionally build Christ-centered environments for worship using their musical gifts and talents. Ushering is a simple and easy way to serve with a very flexible schedule. 23 . Contact: Steve Olson / steveo@mgefc. middle school and high school ministry worship and for other ministry events (women's.6485. visit mgefc. we purpose to honor God through the creativity he instilled within us and to communicate the life-changing gospel message. • Worship Leaders • Vocalists • Instrumentalists Production Team The Production Team is the foundation for making our corporate worship gatherings a God-honoring environment.org GET PLUGGED IN! We want to CONNECT your God-given gifts and talents in several areas of ministry responsibility. men's.org or call 763. For more information and registrations. They are on the front lines providing warm and hospitable service to those entering our worship services each week. That's why our ushers are such an important part of our ministry. The Production Team fills the following responsibilities and roles: • Planning for holidays and special events • Live Sound (FOH engineers & Audio Techs) • Visual Projection (sermon PowerPoint.420.WORSHIP For every worship service or special event at MGEFC.

but it's a public declaration of a personal commitment to spiritually nurture their children.420.org Parent & Child Dedication Parent Class | Sunday. Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc. May 1 | 10:45am | Surge Room Dedication | Sunday. Dedication doesn't ensure salvation. It shows a commitment to obedience to Christ by following his example of showing life and death through immersion in water.org Funerals.org Weddings We welcome members and regular attendees to unite in marriage at the church.org Baptism Baptism Workshop | Sunday.org/baptism.org 24 For more information and registrations. Those interested in being baptized must attend this workshop which includes details about the baptism. Read more about our baptism beliefs and register online at mgefc. we rejoice together and grieve together. visit mgefc.CHURCH LIFE LIFE EVENTS As one family in him. Register online. Premarital classes help couples prepare for their marriage with a firm biblical foundation. Lunch will be provided.6485. Contact: Kristy Kratky / kristyk@mgefc. . January 10 | 11:00am-12:45pm | Room 245 Baptism outwardly declares an inward decision to follow Christ. please contact Toni Sather for more options. Our staff and funeral team are available for planning and services. May 15 | 9:00am & 10:45am Dedication shows that parents desire God's wisdom and strength as they raise their children. We celebrate and remember the milestones in our lives and spiritual GROWTH. Births We celebrate each new life and would like to express our joy for each new baby born.org or call 763. Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc. Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc. Please let us know the details of your growing family. Our church staff and family provide support as you and your family journey through life events at MGEFC. Contact: Toni Sather / tonis@mgefc. If you want to be baptized and this time does not work for you. Memorial Services & Maple Knoll Cemetery Funerals and memorial services may be held at MGEFC.

org Jeff Dreher | Maintenance Manager Tim Hundertmark | IT Specialist | timh@mgefc. 25 .org Lisa Walter | Receptionist & Senior Staff Assistant | lisaw@mgefc.org Bre & Casey Pilon | Early Childhood Associates | breannep@mgefc.CHURCH LIFE MINISTRY STAFF Senior Staff Jon Platek | Lead Pastor | jonp@mgefc.org Adult Ministry Travis Rosinger | Adult Ministry Pastor | travisr@mgefc.420.org Student Ministry Zach Marino | High School Ministry Pastor | zachm@mgefc.org Tim Hundertmark | Worship Ministry Tech Team Lead | timh@mgefc.org Care Ministry Lynn Hanf | Care Ministry Director | lynnh@mgefc.org Communication Arts Heidi Lavin | Webmaster | heidil@mgefc.org Alan Peterson | Business Manager | alanp@mgefc.org Worship Ministry Steve Olson | Worship Ministry Pastor | steveo@mgefc.org Jim Hobbs | Executive Pastor | jimh@mgefc.org or call 763. visit mgefc.org For more information and registrations.org Jane Rice | Finance Manager | janer@mgefc.org Toni Sather | Middle School Ministry Director | tonis@mgefc.org ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Operations Lynette Aanerud | Operations Coordinator | lynettea@mgefc.org Becky Swenson | Ministry Coordinator | beckys@mgefc.6485.org Children's Ministry Kristy Kratky | Children's Ministry Director | kristyk@mgefc.

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