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THE GUIDE

to Ministry Opportunities

FALL 2014
Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
INTRO TO FALL 2014 1
MGEFC CONNECTIONS 2
ADULTS 3
STUDENTS 10
CHILDREN 14
CARE 16
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS 19
MISSIONS 20
WORSHIP 22
STAFF DIRECTORY 23
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, GROW in faith and SHARE hope with our world.
The contents of The Guide correspond to each ministry at mgefc.org for
ease of navigation and quick reference. Complete information about each
ministry may be found at mgefc.org. If you fnd something in The Guide that
interests you, simply register online or contact the Church Offce.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
The Current
Sundays | 9:30am
A multigenerational 70-minute worship service with lively music and messages
that CONNECT God's truths with everyday living.
The Current: Remix
Sundays | 11:00am
A multigenerational 70-minute worship service designed to communicate
in a different way the same message found at The Current. A relaxed and
intimate atmosphere featuring modern music at a slightly higher decibel
level.
FALL 2014
For more information and registrations, visit mgefc.org or call 763.420.6485. 1
Online Registration & Payment
We offer online registration and payment for many MGEFC
activities. Click on the register link next to an event and
follow the instructions if asked to create an account. This will
link your registration with our database and enable you to
update some of your information. You only need to create
one account and may log in using that account for all future
registrations.
WHEN YOU ARE NEW TO MGEFC
We are so glad you are here! It is important to fnd a church that fts and
fnding the right information is a great place to start. As a larger church we
want to help you get CONNECTED in smaller communities. 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.
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. Once
you complete this card, you will receive our weekly emailed newsletter,
the eDispatch, with upcoming events and announcements.
Childrens Programs
Our weekend childrens programs for children from birth through 6
th
grade
create a safe, fun atmosphere where children can learn Bible stories and
participate in age-appropriate worship and activities. Stop by the Welcome
& Information Desk and a volunteer will be happy to escort you to your
childrens classrooms.
BEYOND SUNDAY

NEWCOMER'S LUNCH
Sunday, September 28 | 12:30pm |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.

DISCOVER MEMBERSHIP
Wednesdays starting October 1 | 6:15-7:45pm | Classroom 245
We believe God wants each of us to take the next step spiritually as we
GROW in our relationship with him.
For full details, see page 4.
MGEFC CONNECTIONS
2 For more information and registrations, visit mgefc.org or call 763.420.6485.
ADULT BIBLE FELLOWSHIPS [ABFs]
ABFs let you start CONNECTING as family here at MGEFC. In each of our ABFs,
you will have an opportunity to meet and build relationships with other adults
and study Gods Word together. ABFs provide a place to be involved, known
and loved.
Who can attend an ABF?
ABFs are open to anyone who is 18 years of age or older. You will fnd a mix
of newer attendees and long time members in each group.
Why attend an ABF?
In a larger church, it can be hard to know where to start CONNECTING with
others. Getting involved in an ABF will help you get to know other people
and let other people get to know you. Followers of Christ desire to GROW in
their faith and CONNECT with other like-minded believers. 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. You are
welcome to join a class at any time. ABFs start September 14
ABF Opportunities

SONRISE ABF (for early risers of all ages)
Sundays | 8:15am | Youth Room
A gathering of like-minded early risers, married or single, who want to
connect in community as they study God's Word, support one another
and pray.

YOUNG COUPLES ABF (for young couples)
Sundays | 9:30am | Room 113A
Whether you are just starting married life or are a few years into marriage,
meet new friends, examine Gods Word and be supported in prayer.

YOUNG FAMILIES ABF (for young families in 30's and 40's)
Sundays | 9:30am | Classroom 245
Learn from the Bible, build community and get CONNECTED with other
couples starting their families.

REDISCOVERY ABF (for couples and singles age 50 and up)
Sundays | 11:00am | Youth Room
For those looking toward retirement, empty nesting or care giving for
loved ones, come for fellowship, Bible study, support and prayer.
ADULTS. ABF
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CONNECT GROUPS
Just like Lego blocks snap and click together, God designed us to CONNECT
and snap into a church family. At MGEFC we want to help you CONNECT
with other Christians and fnd friends, so check out a Connect Group and
fnd one that fts you!
Made up of 10-14 people, Connect Groups meet about twice a month in
a relaxed atmosphere to develop caring relationships and GROW in faith
together. They run for approximately 2-3 months with open registrations twice
a year. Whether you snap into the perfect ft on your frst try or need some
time to test out other groups, our semester-based system is designed to meet
you where you are at.
Contact: Jim Hobbs / jimh@mgefc.org
MEMBERSHIP
Become a GROWING part of Gods family here. We believe God wants each
of us to take the next step spiritually to GROW in our relationship with him. Dis-
cover your next steps at MGEFC!

DISCOVER MEMBERSHIP
Wednesdays starting October 1| 6:15-7:45pm | Classroom 245
Join us for a basic introduction to our church family, meeting our pastor,
and delving into topics like our church values, statement of faith and
what membership means here at MGEFC. Register online. Childcare
provided by registration.
ADULTS. CONNECT GROUPS & DISCOVERY CLASSES
4 For more information and registrations, visit mgefc.org or call 763.420.6485.
WOMENS MINISTRY
Women's ministry desires to connect women of all generations and equip
them to be authentic disciples who know God deeply. 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
Contact: Rachel Seifert / rach.seifert@gmail.com
Awaken: Women's Fall Kickoff
September 6 | 10:00am | $4
How often do we get to gather and worship as women? You're invited to
a morning of food, fellowship and worship as we kick off our ministry year
together. Register and pay online.
Bible Study

A WONDERFUL JOY AHEAD: AN INDUCTIVE STUDY IN 1 & 2 PETER
Thursdays, September 11-November 20 | 9:30-11:30am | $15
Our multigenerational team of teachers will guide us as we dig deep
into the words of Peter. Although 1 & 2 Peter are relatively short books,
they are packed with themes relevant to women of all generations and
walks of life; hope, holiness, submission, inward beauty, suffering, God's
provision, false teachers, and the second coming... just to name a few!
Register and pay online for study and childcare. Childcare available by
preregistration: $30 for 1 child/$40 for 2+ children. Scholarships available
upon request.

HEBREWS: THE NEARNESS OF KING JESUS
Thursdays, September 11-November 13 | 7:00-9:00pm | $20
This DVD study journeys through Hebrews to get to the heart of the
matter: Jesus is our accessible King. He is not a faraway God, but an
up-close Redeemer who draws near to us. Hebrews helps women make
the connection between God the Father and God the Son and reminds
us that Jesus is supreme, but He is also compassionate, empathetic,
and loving. Lisa Harper makes studying Hebrews fun and accessible as
only she can, without losing an ounce of depth. Register and pay online
Scholarships available upon request. No childcare available.
ADULTS. WOMEN
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ADULTS. WOMEN

BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays starting September 10 | 9:30am
BSF is a non-denominational Bible study that uses personal study, lecture
and small group discussion to understand the Bible. This year, BSF will be
studying Genesis. While this group is hosted at MGEFC, BSF members are
from many different churches and denominations in our community.
Contact: Joy Lachermeier / rjlach@yahoo.com
Mentoring & Prayer
Whether mentor or mentee, these intentional relationships are based on a
six-month commitment and are the next step in GROWING as a disciple of
Jesus. If you are already in a mentoring relationship, our mentoring prayer
team would like to cover you in prayer. Please contact our ministry to make
a new mentoring CONNECTION.
Contact: Gay Hedberg / gay.hedberg@gmail.com

BECOMING WOMEN OF PRAYER
Wednesdays | 9:30-11:00am | Jeanne Laitinen's home
Join other women for a time of prayer and support.
Contact: Jeanne Laitinen / 763.670.2868 / jeannel@mgefc.org

MOMS IN PRAYER
Moms in Prayer (formally named Moms in Touch) 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. Groups
are available for moms with children in elementary school, secondary
school, and college.
Contact: Mary Nelson / 763.420.6938
MOPS

MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS)
2
nd
& 4
th
Tuesdays | September 23-May 12 | 9:30-11:30am
MOPS is an international nonproft organization that exists to
encourage, equip and support women with young children (from birth
through kindergarten) to become the best moms they can be. Each
meeting features brunch, a speaker, a creative activity and small group
discussion that allows members to support each other through the
journey of motherhood.
Contact: Kelly Thomas or Jen Heupel / maplegrovemops@gmail.com
6 For more information and registrations, visit mgefc.org or call 763.420.6485.
Special Events

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Friday, December 5 | 7:00-9:00pm
Saturday, December 6 | 7:00-9:00pm
Our annual outreach event prepares our hearts to celebrate the
Christmas season. You are encouraged to invite others to a
meaningful program and worship followed by dessert. The program
is free with unlimited seating. Limited dessert tickets will go on sale in
November for $10.
Contact: Jen Petersen / brentjenp@gmail.com

WOMEN'S RETREAT - SAVE THE DATE
Friday-Sunday, January 23-25 | Camp Lebanon
Join other women for a weekend getaway to connect with each other
and recharge your relationship with God! This retreat will help you refresh
and renew for the coming year and help you discover that our hearts
and lives can be renewed only in Christ. Stay tuned for more details.


IF: GATHERING - SAVE THE DATE
February 6 & 7
Staying overnight and leaving town not your thing? Or it's just not
possible during this season of life? Well, we have a solution for you!
Retreat, 'staycation' style. IF: Gathering is a live, webcast conference
where international female leaders and teachers gather to equip and
unleash women for Christ. You will never forget this two-day experience
and can still sleep in your own bed at night! Be on the lookout for more
details to come.
ADULTS. WOMEN
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MENS MINISTRY
Men's Ministry desires to help men be spiritual leaders of their homes, loving
husbands and dedicated fathers. In todays culture these roles can be
challenging and confusing to live out. We exist to help men GROW in Christs
leadership by being in Gods Word daily and having Christian men holding one
another accountable to live by faith and conviction.
Men's Triads
A great way to GROW in your spiritual walk.

TRIADS
Small groups of three or more men meet on a regular basis to focus on
discipleship, spiritual GROWTH and accountability.
Contact: Roger Bottazzi / rrbott1@aol.com
Men's Special Events
A great way to meet other men, get CONNECTED and SHARE hope.

MEN'S FALL RETREAT AT CAMP LEBANON
September 19-21 | Cabin housing $105 | Chalet housing $130
Mark your calendars for this great men's retreat weekend that will "help you
fnd courage in life's hardest moments" with speaker Bill Berg. Just 1.5 hours
from the city, Camp Lebanon is located in Burtrum, Minnesota near Cedar
Lake. Register online.
Contact: Jim Hobbs / jimh@mgefc.org

MEN'S BREAKFAST
Saturday, October 11 | 8:00-10:00am | $5
Join us for a morning of connecting with other guys, enjoying a hearty
breakfast and learning more about Mens Ministry at MGEFC. Register and
pay online.
Contact: Taryn Buehring / tljbuehring@comcast.net
Men's Bible Studies
A great place to GROW in your faith through Gods Word and discussion.

BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays | 6:00am | MGEFC
Join other men as we dive deeper into God's Word to challenge and
encourage one another.
Contact: Abe McMahan / 763.257.9782 / abraham.mcmahan@mdlz.com
ADULTS. MEN
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BIBLE STUDY
Thursdays | 7:00am | Perkins, Hwy. 81, Osseo
Thursdays | 9:00am | Cabela's, Rogers
Join with other men to study God's Word and discuss it together.
Contact: Rob Watlov / robwatlov@earthlink.net

LAMPLIGHTER STUDY
Thursdays | 8:00pm | Barnes & Noble, Maple Grove
Men of all ages are invited to join Lamplighters discipleship study.
Lamplighters is a Christian ministry focused on intentional discipleship.
Contact: Byron Berry / byronrberry@msn.com

REDISCOVERY MONTHLY BREAKFAST ROUND TABLE
1
st
Wednesday of month | 6:00am | Original Pancake House, Maple Grove
This group for men 50 and up meets for breakfast, fellowship and
encouragement.
Contact: Mark Petersen / empetersen18331@comcast.net

THE LIFE OF DAVID
Tuesdays starting in October | 7:00-8:30pm
This new study will use a combination of books, video and prayer with
minimal preparation to study the life of David.
Contact: Dave Uherka / David.Uherka@chsinc.com
ADULTS. MEN
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STUDENTS. SENIOR HIGH
SR. HIGH 10
th
12
th
grade students
Check mgefc.org/srhigh for up-to-date information.
Regular Events No registration required

FUEL (FAITH ULTIMATELY EXPRESSES LOVE)


Mondays starting September 15 | 6:45-7:30pm | Note time change
Our weekly large group turns up the intensity by incorporating worship,
testimonies, video and teaching from Gods Word. It allows students to
renew, recharge and be refreshed for the week. No FUEL or Re:FUEL
November 10, November 24, December 22 and December 29.

RE:FUEL
Mondays starting September 15 | 7:45-9:15pm (fellowship until 9:30pm)
These small group Bible Studies meet weekly after FUEL and are designed
for students looking to GROW deeper in their relationship with God and
other students. Groups are split up by gender and led by highly qualifed,
adult volunteers. Students are welcome to hang out after for fellowship
in our Crossroads Caf or sports-driven activities in our Community Room.

SUNDAY MORNING HARAMBEE


Sundays starting September 14 | 9:30am | Youth Room
Our Sunday morning get together is an exciting, non-threatening
environment conducive for interactive conversation of simple and
complex principles in Gods Word. No Harambee November 1,
November 30, and December 28.
Special Events Register for Sr. High events at mgefc.org/srhigh

FUEL WHIRLYBALL/LASER TAG NIGHT


Monday, September 29 | 6:45-9:00pm | $15 | Meet at Whirlyball
A signed release form is required. Register and pay online.

FUEL HAYRIDE
Monday, October 27 | 6:30-9:30pm | $10 | Register and pay online

TIMBER BAY FALL RETREAT


October 31-November 2 | Timber Bay Camp | $145
A great speaker, music and activities are just the tip of the iceberg. This
retreat satisfes the spirit in helping students recalibrate their relationship
with Christ and GROW stronger in their relationship with peers.
Registration and $50 deposit due October 13. Register and pay online.
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JR. HIGH 7
th
9
th
grade students
Our Jesus-focused, Bible-teaching, disciple-making Junior High ministry exists
to provide Jr. High students with caring, committed relationships that will
engage and encourage them to:
CONNECT in relationships where they can be known, loved & cared for
GROW in personal faith and relationship with Jesus
SHARE hope with the world and make a positive difference in others
Check mgefc.org/jrhigh for most up-to-date information.
Sunday Morning Student Impact No registration required
Sundays, September 14-April 19 | 9:30am
Girls: Northwest Wing | Boys: CommonBond Community Room
A gender-specifc learning environment designed to help students launch
into a personal faith search and develop faith for life. Bring your Bible and
come ready to get to know God better. Become grounded in what you
believe and why it matters.
C.I.A. Student Leadership and Discipleship Team
GROW as a leader and make a difference. Training and action groups on
Wednesday evenings.
Contact: Toni Sather / tonis@mgefc.org
Sunday Night OASIS No registration required
Sundays, September 14-April 19 | 6:15-7:45pm | Note time change
Oasis includes Biblical teaching, worship, fellowship, games, testimonies, small
group mentoring, service projects, retreats, leadership development, socials
and conferences.

FALL OASIS KICKOFF: MIX-IN MANIA ICE CREAM CAFE


Sunday, September 14 | 6:15-7:45pm | Free
2014 kickoff to the school year. Free all-you-can-eat ice cream! Week
#1 of "Taste-n-See" teaching series. Small group D-team launch. Friends
are always welcome!

SEVENTH HOUR THANKSGIVING WORSHIP CELEBRATION


Sunday, November 9| 6:15-7:45pm
Be thankful and celebrate with this great worship band.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP CELEBRATION AND TACOS IN A BAG SERVANT MEAL


Sunday, December 21 | 6:15-7:45pm | Free
Special experiential worship service before making a friend their taco in
a bag just the way they like it! The entire evening is free to enjoy!
STUDENTS. JUNIOR HIGH
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Special Events Register for Jr. High events at mgefc.org/jrhigh
CONNECT with other Jr. High students while having lots of fun! Friends are
always welcome!

MIDNIGHT MADNESS: MOA AMAZING RACE & COSMIC BOWLING
Saturday, September 20 | 6:00pm-12:15am | $25
Connect with friends as we partake in an action-packed photo
scavenger hunt at the Mall of America before glow-in-the-dark cosmic
bowling and all-you-can-eat pizza. Register and pay online.

FALL SHAMINEAU RETREAT


Friday-Sunday, October 10-12 | Camp Shamineau| $140
This weekend retreat will be full of fun, fellowship, chapel worship, fag
football, small groups, games, s'mores, campfre donuts and learning.
Registration and $50 deposit due by September 7. Register and pay
online. Total cost due October 3.

BETHEL MEGA RALLY


Sunday, November 2 | 5:00-8:30pm | Bethel University | $5
Enjoy a great worship band and an inspirational message from God's
Word. Drop off and pickup at MGEFC to ride bus to Bethel University.
Register and pay online.

G.N.O. (GIRLS/GUYS NIGHT OUT) WEEKEND


Saturday, November 15 | 6:00-10:00pm | $5 | Bring snack to share
All Jr. High girls & guys, come for an evening of glow-in-the-dark
dodgeball and nerf night along with a biblical message from our own
Paul Yaklich. Please dress in white or neon.

PLANET WISDOM DISCIPLESHIP & BIBLE CONFERENCE


Friday, December 5, 5:30-11:15pm &
Saturday, December 6, 8:00am-5:00pm | $55 + Bring $10 for lunch
Discover God's Word so you can lead a life of worship when you get
home. Experience God through worship, Bible teaching and drama.
Registration and payment due by November 30. Not an overnight event.
Register and pay online.
STUDENTS. JUNIOR HIGH
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STUDENTS. JUNIOR HIGH
Special Parent Event

PARENT FORUM: CLARITY FOR THE CHAOS OF FAMILY LIFE


Sunday, October 5 | 6:00-8:00pm | $10 per family
Do you ever reach for the latest parenting method to get you through
the chaos of family life, only to fnd its effectiveness is short-lived? A
family without vision is like a boat without a rudder. Come to this
life-changing workshop to clarify what's really important to you for your
unique family and discover practical, fun ways to pass essential
biblical values and faith to your children. Enjoy chocolate fondue.
Register and pay online by September 22 for lunch and childcare.
Childcare provided by Jr. High students, tips accepted.
Sneak Peak

NEW YEAR'S SHAMINEAU XX/XY GAMES
Sunday, January 11

30-HOUR FAMINE
Friday-Saturday, January 16-17

PARENT FORUM #2
Sunday, January 18 | 6:00-8:00pm

IGNITE STUDENT CONFERENCE WITH GREG SPECK
Friday & Saturday, February 6 & 7

SPRING FLING G.N.O. WEEKEND
March 20 & 21

ROCHESTER SPRING RETREAT
Friday-Sunday, April 24-26
SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Worship, Big God Story, small groups, activities and snacks are offered for
children of all ages on Sunday mornings. Children must be the designated
ages before September 1, 2014.

NURSERY | INFANT 2 YEARS OLD


Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00am | Nursery Hallway, upper level

PRESCHOOL | 2-3 YEARS OLD
Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00am | Preschool Hallway, lower level

PRE-KINDERGARTEN | 4 YEARS PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00am | Kingdom Kids Room, lower level

ELEMENTARY | KINDERGARTEN 1
ST
GRADE
Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00am | Jungle Room, lower level

ELEMENTARY | 2
ND
4
TH
GRADE
Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00am | Kid Zone, upper level

SURGE | 5
TH
6
TH
GRADE
Sundays | 9:30am | Surge Room, lower level

CUSTOM MADE | SPECIAL NEEDS
Sundays | 11:00am | South East Meeting Room, lower level
WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES

WEDNESDAY DINNER
Wednesdays starting September 17 | 5:00-6:00pm
$4 adults | $2.50 elementary children | $1 preschoolers
Bring the family for a delicious meal before Quest 2>52 on Wednesday
nights. Ease the transition from a busy day to a great night at church.

QUEST 2>52
Wednesdays starting September 17 | 6:15-7:45pm
Fast-paced, high-energy, evening kids' club program during the school
year for 3-year olds through 6
th
grade. Includes worship, Bible stories,
games and small group interaction. Kids are encouraged to invite
friends. No Quest: October 15, November 26, December 24 & 31.
CHILDREN
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SPECIAL EVENTS

PARENT & CHILD DEDICATION
Parent Class | Sunday, October 5 | 11:00am | Surge Room
Dedication | Sunday, October 19 | 9:30am & 11:00am
Dedication shows that parents desire God's wisdom and strength as they
raise their children. Dedication doesn't ensure salvation, but it's a public
declaration of a personal commitment to spiritually nurture their children.
Register online.

PARENT FORUM: CLARITY FOR THE CHAOS OF FAMILY LIFE
Sunday, October 5 | 6:00-8:00pm | $10 per family
For more information, see page 13

FALL FROLIC
Friday, October 24 | 6:00-9:00pm
A fun fall event for the whole family with games, prizes, food and more!
Invite your friends and neighbors!

MOMS IN PRAYER
Moms in Prayer (formerly named Moms in Touch) impacts children and
schools everywhere for Christ by gathering mothers to pray. The vision is
that every school in the world would be covered in prayer. Groups are
available for moms with children in elementary, secondary, and college.
Contact: Mary Nelson / 763.420.6938
SURGE Preteens in 5
th
and 6
th
grade.
Watch for upcoming SURGE events at mgefc.org/surge.
Sneak Peak

SPRING MUSICAL
Drama and dance rehearsals begin Jan. 4, choir rehearsals begin Jan. 7

PARENT FORUM #2
Sunday, January 18 | 6:00-8:00pm
VOLUNTEERS
Research indicates kids and youth need at least 5 people, in addition to
parents, to build into their lives in order to pass on a lasting faith. Whatever
your giftteaching, shepherding, greeting, preparing snacksyou can make
a difference and be one of a child's fve!
Contact: Kristy Kratky / kristyk@mgefc.org
CHILDREN
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God designed his church to be built with many members working together
to fulfll the needs of the body and to glorify him. As one family in him, we
rejoice and grieve together; endure and GROW together; serve and be
served together. As one family, we bear each others burdens and with
Christ as our model, we joyfully follow his example.
Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc.org
CRISIS & CONTINUING CARE

IMMEDIATE CARE
Those facing a life threatening crisis with an immediate need for care
from ministry staff and volunteers may contact the Church Offce during
offce hours or use the emergency pager system after hours.

FUNERALS & MEMORIAL SERVICES
Funeral services may be held at MGEFC. Our MGEFC staff and family
come together to help provide for the needs of the family.
CHURCH FAMILY CARE

HOSPITAL AND SHUT-IN VISITATION
We offer prayer, biblical support and encouragement to those from our
church family who are hospitalized or home bound.

FINANCIAL COUNSELING
This ministry provides fnancial counseling and assessment to help those
from our church family solve their fnancial diffculties.


BENEVOLENCE
Members or regular attendees facing overwhelming fnancial hardship
may meet to discuss their situation and the possibility of assistance.

CHRISTIAN COUNSELING
If you would beneft from Christian counseling, our pastoral staff can
assist you in the referral process.

FREEZER MEALS
This new ministry prepares and freezes meals to have ready for families in
times of need or crisis.
CARE
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MARRIAGE CARE

WEDDINGS
We welcome members and regular attendees to unite in marriage at
the church. Premarital counseling helps couples determine their level of
readiness for marriage and prepares them for married life. A wedding
coordinator assists on-site weddings.

PREMARITAL CLASSES
Oct. 22 & 29, Nov. 5 &12 | 7:00pm-9:00pm | Town Green
Premarital classes help couples prepare for their marriage with a frm
spiritual foundation.

MARRIAGE MENTORING
Trained marriage mentor couples come alongside you and your spouse
to encourage, teach communication skills, help with confict resolution
and evaluate strength and growth areas in your marriage.
LIFE EVENTS
Our church staff and family provide support as you and your family journey
through life events at MGEFC.

BIRTHS
Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc.org

PARENT & CHILD DEDICATION
Contact: Kristy Kratky / kristyk@mgefc.org

BAPTISM
Contact: Toni Sather / tonis@mgefc.org

WEDDINGS
Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc.org

FUNERALS, MEMORIAL SERVICES & MAPLE KNOLL CEMETERY
Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc.org
CARE
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SUPPORT

POINT MAN MINISTRIES
Point Man Ministries brings spiritual and emotional healing to veterans
of all wars and branches of service, men and women. Each meeting
begins with a short prayer and devotional, followed by a meet and
greet session, and ends with an informal time for fellowship.
Contact: Jim Graser / 763.354.8738

GRIEFSHARE
Tuesday nights, October 7-Feburary 3 | 6:45-8:15pm | $20
Grief share is a place for those coping with grief or loss to be supported.
Register and pay online.

WIDOW SUPPORT
Providing encouragement and care.

PRAYER

WORSHIP SERVICE PRAYER TEAMS
Experience the blessing of prayer with church family members after
each worship service.
Contact: Dave & Connie Swan / 763.561.3982 / edumom@comcast.net

PRAYER CHAIN PRAYER WARRIORS
Dedicated people from our church pray for the needs of others. You
may join at any time. Prayer requests may be submitted through our
website.
Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc.org

PRAYER SHAWLS
Knit or crocheted by loving hands and prayed for, the gift of a prayer
shawl blesses those in sorrow and celebration.
Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc.org


ELDER/PASTORAL PRAYER
Pastoral staff and/or elders cover you in prayer and anointing.
Contact: Lynn Hanf / lynnh@mgefc.org


BECOMING WOMEN OF PRAYER
Wednesdays | 9:30-11:00am | Jeanne Laitinen's home
Join other women for a time of prayer and support. You are welcome to
come any time you can.
Contact: Jeanne Laitinen / 763.670.2868 / jeannel@mgefc.org
CARE
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SHARE hope by being the hands and feet of Jesus in the inner city and in our
own Maple Grove backyard. 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!
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP EVENTS
October

C.R.O.S.S. ALL-CHURCH FOOD DRIVE
Sundays, October 19-November 9
Donate much-needed food supplies for the holidays for families in need.
Stop by our table in the Lobby to pick up a suggested donation list or
drop off your non-perishable food donations.
November

URBAN HOMEWORKS WORK DAY
Saturday, November 22 | 8:00am-2:00pm
Become the hands and feet of Jesus in North Minneapolis as we partner
with Urban Homeworks! Sign up online to serve doing construction and
clean up projects and learn more about the ministry of Urban
Homeworks in North Minneapolis. Registration is limited.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
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The Missions' Leadership Team assists and upholds the church in fulflling
Christ's Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).
Our goal is to help our congregation:
GROW in vision and passion for missions,
CONNECT with our missionaries and projects
SHARE the gospel with all peoples, especially the unreached.
Upcoming Trip News

CHOLUTECA, HONDURAS
January 2015
Fundraising brunch and silent auction November 9 | 11:00am
Consider joining the Honduras mission team on their next trip in January
2015. This team will partner with Choluteca GCLA (Great Commission
Latin America) Church to serve in several exciting ways, including:
lead a Vacation Bible School
work with the malnutrition clinic and daycare center in Limn
evangelize under the guidance of the local church
assist with various construction projects
Contact: Marv & Verna Hillstrom / hillstroms@comcast.net
Other Mission Field News

RWANDA
January 2015
Please pray for the Evangelical Free Church of Rwanda and Pastor Esron
and his wife Kezia Maniragaba and their family. Pray for Christ-centered
unity and strong leadership in the local church, the church plants
throughout Rwanda and their Christian schools and students. We are
considering a short term service trip to Rwanda in the future.
Contact: Shane Mason / shanermason@gmail.com
MISSIONS
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Praying for Our Missionaries
Not only do our missionaries appreciate the fnancial support provided by
MGEFC, they appreciate our prayers. Pray for wisdom, focus and fruit in
ministry. Ask the Lord to encourage, protect and provide for each one.

U.S. BASED PARTNERS
Mark & Mary Jean Coyne (Navigators, CO), Ryan & Laura Elliot (Cru, OH),
Neil & Sue Grindheim (Navigators, CO), Mike & Linda Gunderson
(ReachGlobal, Latin America), Nate & Lori Johnson (Cru, CO),
Dan & Debby Minell (Heres Life Inner City, New York City, NY),
Rob & Jackie Passer (ReachGlobal, NY, Crisis Response),
Charlie & Abbie Schaller (Cru, IA), Bruce Kratky, Brad Lien, Dan Miles
(Timber Bay) Reid & Misty Zeller (Cru, CA)

GLOBAL OUTREACH PARTNERS AND PROJECTS INCLUDE:
Jen Blevins (ReachGlobal, Haiti), John & Mary Carlson (Prairie Bridge
International, East Asia), Denny & Nicole DeBruyn (ReachGlobal,
Germany), Jeff & Diane Droogsma (ReachGlobal, Brazil), Joel & Giannina
Posner (Kids Alive, Peru), Steve & Liz Spellman (ReachGlobal, Southern
Brazil & Haiti), Josh & Heidi Thulin (Africa Inland Missions On-Field Media,
Kenya), Carlos Gomez (Great Commission Latin America, Costa Rica),
Educate Rwanda & Pastor Esron Maniragaba (Evangelical Free Church of
Rwanda), MATTOOMen Against The Traffcking Of Others
Ongoing Course Offering

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. This study
traces God's ancient promises from Genesis to Revelation and helps
provide a solid biblical basis for missions. Taught by Rob Droullard and
Andrew Sternke, the course can be covered in four sessions.
Contact: Rob Droullard / rcdroullard@gmail.com

WHEN HELPING HURTS
The Missions' Leadership Team is reading a book suggested by our
short term teams called When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without
Hurting the Poorand Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. We
highly recommend it to you! Pick up a copy or borrow one of ours.
Contact: Missions' Leadership Team / mgefcmissions@mgefc.org
MISSIONS
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For every worship service or special event at MGEFC, we purpose to honor
God through the creativity that he instilled within us and to communicate
the life-changing gospel message. To get involved, please register for an
audition appointment at mgefc.org/worship.
Contact: Nate Sheppard / nates@mgefc.org
GET PLUGGED IN!
We want to CONNECT your God-given gifts and talents in several areas of
ministry responsibility. Teams are needed for Sunday morning worship, Jr. and
Sr. High worship and for other ministry events (women's, men's, children's).
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.
Worship Leaders
Vocalists
Instrumentalists
Production Team
The Production Team is the foundation for making the corporate worship
gatherings a God-honoring environment. The Production Team flls the
following responsibilities and roles:
Planning for holidays and special events
Live Sound (FOH engineers & Audio Techs)
Visual Projection (sermon PowerPoint, worship lyrics, video projection)


Sermon Podcast Production
Video Pre- and Post-Production (editing & shooting)
Lighting (design & control)
Stage Design (design & construction)


Production Grips/Stage Hands (set up, tear down)
Ushers
The frst four minutes of any encounter can establish the tone for the rest
of the relationship. That's why our ushers are such an important part of our
ministry. They are on the front lines providing warm and hospitable service to
those entering our worship services each week. Ushering is a simple and easy
way to serve with a very fexible schedule.
Contact: mgefc.org/worship to learn more about ushering.
WORSHIP
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MINISTRY STAFF
Senior Pastor
Jon Platek | Senior Pastor | jonp@mgefc.org
Jim Hobbs | Executive Pastor | jimh@mgefc.org
Adult Ministry
Jim Hobbs | Interim Director of Adult Ministry | jimh@mgefc.org
Student Ministry
Paul Stewart | Pastor of Student Ministry | pauls@mgefc.org
Toni Sather | Director of Student Ministry | tonis@mgefc.org
Children's Ministry
Kristy Kratky | Director of Children's Ministry | kristyk@mgefc.org
Breanne & Casey Pilon | Preschool Coordinators | breannep@mgefc.org
Care Ministry
Lynn Hanf | Director of Care Ministry | lynnh@mgefc.org
Paul Yaklich | Care Ministry Associate | pauly@mgefc.org
Worship Ministry
Nate Sheppard | Worship Associate | nates@mgefc.org
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Operations
Lynette Aanerud | Operations Coordinator | lynettea@mgefc.org
Tim Hundertmark | IT Specialist | timh@mgefc.org
Connie Kasen | Fellowship Coordinator | cmkasen@aol.com
Alan Peterson | Business Manager | alanp@mgefc.org
Jane Rice | Finance Manager | janer@mgefc.org
Communication Arts
Heidi Lavin | Webmaster | heidil@mgefc.org
Anne Peterson | Marketing Specialist | annep@mgefc.org
Becky Swenson | Ministry Coordinator | beckys@mgefc.org
Lisa Walter | Receptionist & Senior Staff Assistant | lisaw@mgefc.org
STAFF DIRECTORY
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MAPLE GROVE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH
CONNECT. GROW. SHARE.
8585 Rice Lake Road Maple Grove, MN 55369
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