ADULT connection

In this season where we are connecting virtually, we encourage you to check out our At A Glance page for the

most up-to-date information & happenings. God made us for relationships with him and each other.

We are made for community and we are changed in community.


There are many ways for you to connect with others at Open Door: groups, retreats, workshops, classes, learning experiences and more. Getting involved is one of the best ways to experience community and belonging. We've listed some of those opportunities below. You can also, check out the Events page for additional opportunities to connect and grow!




The Gathering@9

We deeply value creating a space for all our people to connect on Sunday morning and, therefore, for this season we have transitioned The Gathering@9 into Virtual Church. We gather at 8:45 to watch the 9am service together and then discuss it in small groups after the service from 10-10:30.


Contact Rose, rlarson@thedoor.org, to be receive the Zoom link for Virtual Church,

STudies

DAILY DOSE OF BIBLE | OT READING GUIDE

Have you ever wanted to read and better understand the Old Testament? Have you ever wanted someone to quickly explain what you just read? Look no further! Join Ronn Johnson and others in reading the Old Testament, chronologically, together as we seek to understand the story God is telling as he moves our broken world toward peace and restoration. Materials are emailed directly to your inbox and will include a monthly reading schedule along with daily, two-minute explanatory videos from Ronn. Enjoy additional email participation and mark your calendars for an optional monthly zoom call on the last Monday of every month, 7-8pm. Contact: Ronn


Daily Dose of Bible is fully virtual and began in Oct BUT you can jump in any time! 

October 2020-September 2021

Register by Oct 1

Groups

THE PRACTICE OF IGNATIAN MEDITATION

Reading the Bible, reflection, listening, journaling and sharing are all familiar spiritual practices. Together they form the backbone of Ignatian spirituality. This class provides opportunities for each person to experience God’s presence and discover creative ways God communicates. And if you haven’t taken up journaling, the class offers a chance to try it out.

 

Participants will be assigned to a small group that will stay together for 8 weeks. Each participant is expected to make a sincere effort to spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day for at least five days per week in reflective meditation and journaling. Sharing will take place each week in small group with a facilitator.


Contact: Tom | tjohnson@thedoor.org

Thursdays, Jan 14 – March 4, 7 – 8:15pm

Online via Zoom

*Register here. Registration will remain open for the duration of the class




DIVORCECARE

DivorceCare is a supportive 13-week group for those dealing with the pain of divorce that offers hope, healing and transformation. Topics include the road to healing, anger, depression, loneliness, new relationships, financial survival, kid care, single sexuality, forgiveness, reconciliation, and moving on. The group includes the DivorceCare Workbook.


Contact: Annie-Claude | atoll@thedoor.org

Meets: Tuesdays, Feb 23 - May 25, 7-9pm at Open Door

Cost: $20

Register

Walk-ins welcome




GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

In group spiritual direction, we practice prayerful listening to one another, to ourselves, and to God, in order to be more aware of, and responsive to, God's activity in our lives. Space is limited, each group consists of 4-6 people.


Contact: Kati | kbeasley@thedoor.org

Wed, Jan 20 - Feb 24, 1-2:15pm OR

Thurs, Jan 21 - Feb 25, 7-8:30pm

Online via Zoom

Registration has closed




IMMANUEL PRAYER

Do you long to experience more “God with you” in your everyday life? Whether it’s companionship, help handling stress or healing past pains, this experience will help you process and increase capacity to experience more of Jesus. Together, we will learn practices that cut down mental static, help process stress and increase our awareness of Immanuel, “God with us”.


Contact: Lisa | lisa.thirsty@gmail.com

Tues, Jan 19 - Feb 23, 7-8:15pm

Online via Zoom

Register by Jan 18




"LATE NIGHT" PARENT CONNECT

This group will be a space to slow down and connect with other parents. Come be encouraged and offer encouragement to others in a similar situation. We'll use the Lectio 365 app as a guide for reflection and conversation.


Contact: Dave | davevikes80@gmail.com

Mon, Jan 11 – Mar 1, 8:30 - 9:30pm

Online via Zoom

Registration has closed




RE | ENGAGE MARRIAGE MINISTRY

This 17-week experience examines God's design for marriage and applies principles from the Bible to guide couples towards growth in their relationship with each other. re|engage aims to bring hope and restoration to your marriage through teachings, testimonies, and working through an established curriculum with other married couples. Marriages in any condition can benefit, whether you are struggling to get along, your marriage is broken, or you simply want to grow closer together as a couple. 

 

Virtual Group via Zoom

Wednesdays, Jan 20 – May 12, 8:30-9:45pm

Space is limited

Register here by Tuesday, Jan 19

 

In-Person Group at Open Door

Sundays, Jan 24 – May 16, 11am - 12:15pm

Space is limited

Childcare available

Register here by Friday, Jan 22


Contact: Annie-Claude | ext 1300

Cost: $40 per couple (includes two workbooks)




SACRED RHYTHMS

Do you desire greater intimacy with God? Are you looking to introduce or reintroduce rhythms into your life? Join us as we learn some intentional spiritual practices that help develop your relationship with God. From author, Ruth Haley Barton, this virtual group will have video time, tangible practices and small group discussion.


Contact: Kati | kbeasley@thedoor.org

Tues, Jan 19 – Feb 23, 7-8:15pm

Online via Zoom

Register by Jan 14




SERMON DISCUSSION

Connect with God and others through discussing the Sunday sermon. Whether you’re new to church, curious about God or are a long-time attender, all ages and all stages are welcome!


Contact: Dave & Denice | dwaynetong@gmail.com

Wed, Jan 13 through Feb 17, 7-8:15pm

Online via Zoom

Registration has closed




SHELTER IN THE STORM DURING DISTANCE LEARNING

Educators & School Workers, are you tired? Stressed? Lonely? Let’s come together around our common calling and fix our eyes on the Light; the One who comes in the darkness and to whose peace there is no end. We will come around each other with the Word through Lectio Divina, allowing space for encouraging one another and acknowledging the grief that we are experiencing in the midst of defiant joy.


Contact: Doris | LemanskiD@District279.org

Tues, Jan 12 – March 2, 7-8pm

Online via Zoom

Registration has closed




THIRD WAY FOUNDATIONS FOR BIBLICAL JUSTICE

This class will invite us to enter “the struggle to be fully alive” as we make space to ground ourselves in God’s goodness and consent to work in us along with a look at the history of systems that have hindered some from equity in opportunities to thrive.  It’s not about digging up the past, but rather learning about and awakening to our own messiness and blurred vision.


Contact: Colleen | ruschck@gmail.com

Sat, Jan 23 – March 13, 9:30-10:30am

Online via Zoom

Register by Jan 20




TRY SOFTER

In a world that tells us we'd better be crushing it or killing it if we want to make it, Aundi Kolber has a revolutionary approach ― trying softer. With grace, wisdom, and candor, Try Softer gives us hope for a different way ― lives of connection and attention instead of competition and distraction. There will be one or two chapters to read and discuss each week, including a spiritual formation exercise to practice.


Contact: Rose | rlarson@thedoor.org

Thurs, Jan 21 – March 11, 7-8pm

Online via Zoom

Register by Jan 20




WHEN EVERYTHING GOES DARK

What is left when the landscape of your life becomes unrecognizable? Where do you turn when it all goes dark and you can’t see what’s next? What do you do when the structures you depend disappear? Join Dave Johnson & Annika Johnson as they unpack timeless truths that never change in an ever-changing world, because ultimately what remains is that you are not alone and you have nothing to fear. Join us for timeless teachings from Dave and hope-filled conversations with others.


Contact: Annika | ajohnson@thedoor.org

Mon, Jan 18 – Feb 22, 7-8:30pm

Online via Zoom

Register by Jan 15




WHEN HELPING HURTS

When Helping Hurts offers a Christian perspective on poverty; but so much more. Through short video clips and small group discussion, we will learn how to live gracefully in relationships with people in our daily lives, shift our perspective on how to engage with poverty, and accept our call to love boldly and humbly. Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, the authors of this best-selling book, will challenge us to redefine poverty as not just a lack of material wealth, but broken relationships with God, self, others, and creation.


Contact: Jerry and Nancy | sonofpierce@gmail.com

Postponed until spring




OPEN HOME

Connect with God and others in casual living room spaces all over town (virtual options available). Whether you’re new to church, curious about God or are a long-time attender, all ages and all stages are welcome! Meeting in groups of 10 or less to follow CDC guidelines. Explore the most recent sermon, study God’s Word and get to know others using our conversation guide.


Contact: Kati

Meeting: Weekly at your host's home

Registration is necessary to comply with CDC meeting guidelines.

Registration is closed at this time.




PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Join us for a time of fellowship, sharing stories, and prayerfully knitting or crocheting symbols of comfort and blessing. The shawls are then given to those in need of a tangible expression of God's love and care during seasons of loss, transition or celebration. Patterns are provided. Men and women are encouraged to come! 


Contact: Eileen

Meeting: Second Sundays in Mar, Jun, Sept & Dec, 11:15am - 12:45pm





MEN'S GROUPS



MEN'S MORNING BIBLE STUDY

We are currently engaging in a study of Philippians by N.T. Wright. If you are looking to grow in your relationship with God with a group of other guys trying to do the same thing, join us on Wednesday mornings for study and discussion.


Contact: Bruce | (612) 414-3825

Meeting: Wednesdays, 7-8am



HEARTS IN ACTION - ON HOLD

This group of men desires to help our church and local community by serving single mothers, widows, and those with special needs through home projects, such as repair work, electrical, plumbing, etc. They meet for breakfast at the Original Pancake House, Maple Grove and then head out to the work site. Men of all ages welcome - bring your sons! If you know of a widow, single mom, or those with special needs who could use some help, contact Maureen.


Contact: Del | (952) 412-7333

Meeting: Third Saturday of every month, 7am

Location: Original Pancake House, Maple Grove for breakfast and then head to the work site








WOMEN'S GROUPS



WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

Join with other women as we study God’s Word and are encouraged through community and connection. In person and online options available. Meets weekly, Jan-April, with breaks for holidays. We will be using Jennie Allen’s study of Philippians and finishing the year with a Priscilla Shirer book. 


Contact: Annika | ext. 1204

Meetings: Wed, Jan 20 – Apr 7, 7-8:30pm

Location: In socially-distanced groups at Open Door* OR on Zoom

Registration has closed


*In-person note: No kids programming available at this time. 

COVID precautions observed; face coverings, social distancing and bring your own beverage.




OD MOMS FACEBOOK GROUP

Open Door Moms Group is a place where all moms (no matter what age or stage) are welcomed and loved. As a community, everyone is encouraged to participate. We share with each other: happiness, sadness, advice, needs, inspiration, play dates, mom’s nights out, no-longer-needed items and more. Let's do this mom-life together!  Follow Open Door Moms on FaceBook circlefacebook  Contact us if you're not on Facebook, but still want to connect with other moms.


Contact: Kari




MOMS OF EMERGENCY WORKERS PRAYER GROUP

Join in intercessory prayer with other moms of adult children who work in emergency services (firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement personnel, etc). Exchange emails to share information and prayer requests. A dinner will be held every couple of months.


Contact: Cindy




YOUNG ADULTS (ODYA)

A place for young adults (18-30 somethings) to connect, build community, grow, and talk about life.

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Join other Open Door Young Adults for Carbs and Cardio Night (Social Distance/Outdoor Edition) on the 4th Friday of each month! It’s a fun evening of sports and food with a unique carbohydrate theme each time. Bring your favorite pre-packaged carb, your mask, warm/comfy clothes and a friend! We hope to see you there! Contact: Kati at kbeasley@thedoor.org

No registration needed.


Support Groups

We have a number of support groups available that will help you connect with others in community for the support you need. 

Support group offerings are listed on the Care page.