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!
Come hear stories where faith and life intersect. Grab a cup of coffee and connect with others
as people from our congregation share their stories and experiences with formational practices
and missional living. Be encouraged to live your real life fully alive in God. Come as you are and
when you can. Kids welcome!
Sundays, 9-9:45 AM
Mar 1 Lenten Reflections: Solitude
Mar 8 Lenten Reflections: Self-Denial
Mar 15 Lenten Reflections: Repentance
Mar 22 Lenten Reflections: Confession
Mar 29 Lenten Reflections: Suffering
In scripture circles, we gather together in small groups to dive into the Scriptures and learn from and encourage one another. Face-to-face we talk about the struggles of life and faith. Our teachers facilitate dialogue about the Bible, using questions as a gateway to discovery and intimacy with God. We look for threads connecting passages to the larger story of God and dig into the language roots that can help us unlock meaning beyond the surface level. We aim for Scripture Circles to be safe places for people to come as they are, and practice seeing and being seen in community.
This gathering is for any who want to step into a room like this. This is not a series, each circle is an individual, stand-alone event and requires a registration for each date. There are a total of 4 events to choose from. Sign up for one or sign up for all! Space is limited.
Meeting: March 9, April 13, and/or May 11, 7-9 PM (Sign up for each date you'd like to attend)
Cost: $25/event suggested donation
Register (Registration is through 40 Orchards)
BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS WINTER SESSION: WHAT STORY IS THE BIBLE TELLING?
Our concentration during the winter session is the larger arc of the Scriptural narrative. The Bible was meant to be listened to as one grand story - an unfolding drama with a beginning, middle, and end - with God active throughout the whole story. We will discover that the story of the Bible includes our present day and invites us to become active participants in its story today.
Biblical Foundations is a course offered over three separate sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Taking the sessions in order is recommended, but not necessary. Classes are facilitated by Dr. Ronn Johnson. Take a look at the Biblical Foundations info video to learn more about this class.
Meeting: Mondays, Feb 10-Mar 30, 7-8:45 PM
Cost: $40 suggested donation
Spring session registration will open on Mar 1.
ISRAEL STUDY TOUR
Here is your chance to study the land of Israel! This is a unique opportunity to learn the Bible while experiencing where it all took place. Our itinerary includes the full land of Israel, including five days within the Old City of Jerusalem. Please note that this will be a true study tour in the sense that the trip will demand more of the traveler than an ordinary tourist trip, both in terms of daily schedule and physical exertion. Our days will begin early and involve several hours of study and hiking. It is important that each traveler be capable of walking three to four miles a day, often up and down steep hills. The host and Bible teacher for the trip is Dr. Ronn Johnson. Four evening classes will be taught at Open Door during the spring of 2020 to help travelers prepare for the trip (recommended, but not required).
Trip Dates: June 27-July 9, 2020
Total cost : $4950 per person, double occupancy (includes roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis, air-conditioned coach, all hotels, daily breakfast and dinner, Israeli guide, study booklet, Galilee boat ride, and all entrance fees).
Registration required by March 26ht, 2020. A $350 deposit is required to secure your spot with the remaining balance due March 1st, 2020. Limit of 30 travelers. To obtain a full itinerary of the trip or to sign up, contact Ronn at 612-296-2796
EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
This powerful eight-week course will equip you with practical tools to really love people in difficult situations and mature into an adult follower of Jesus. Course topics include: Take Your Community Temperature Reading, Stop Mind Reading and Clarify Expectations, Genogram Your Family, Explore the Iceberg, Listen Incarnationally, Climb the Ladder of Integrity, Fight Cleanly and Develop a "Rule of Life" to Implement Your New Learnings. Classes are facilitated by Kati Beasley & Kari Smith.
Mon, Feb 10-Mar 30, 7-9pm
Cost: $30 suggested donation for materials
Registration is now closed.
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.
Contact: Annie-Claude | ext 1300.
Meetings: Tuesdays, Feb 11 - May 12, 7PM
Walk-ins always welcome
RE | ENGAGE
This 18-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.
Contact: Annie-Claude | ext 1300.
Meeting: Wednesdays, Jan 8 - May 6, 7-8:30 PM
Cost: $40 per couple (includes 2 workbooks)
Registration is closed for this session.
PRAYER BEFORE THE SERVICE
Before you head into the service on Sundays, get a cup of coffee and spend time with others who have a heart for pursuing God together to pray for Open Door, our community and beyond. This is open to anyone with an impulse to pursue God in prayer. “The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him” (A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God).
Meeting: Sundays, 9-9:45 AM
Location: toddler room at the back of the sanctuary
Connect with others in a home setting at locations throughout the metro. Explore the most recent sermon together, study God’s Word, talk about your marriage, build relationships with others your age or not your age, or just grow deeper in Christ as you connect with other attenders. Spring groups run Feb 10-Apr 5 (9 weeks). Contact: Kati
Click here for available groups. If you find a group that fits, email leaders to sign up!
2ND HALFERS LUNCH
This is a place for adults in the second half of life (age 50+) to connect with each other through social events, grow in faith with educational opportunities specific for second-half life dynamics, and serve others in our generation and those following. Lunch events are Sundays after church several times a year. We provide a buffet lunch. Donations to offset food costs will be accepted at the door. Get on the email list by contacting Jeff and Jolene.
Our next event is April 26.
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!
Meeting: Second Sundays in Mar, Jun, Sept & Dec, 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
HEARTS IN ACTION
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, 7 AM
Location: Original Pancake House, Maple Grove for breakfast and then head to the work site
MEN'S MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Are you looking to grow in your relationship with God with a group of other guys trying to do the same thing? Come join us on Wednesday mornings to study God's Word and discuss how it applies to us today! Take a look at the Men's Bible Study video to learn more about this group.
Contact: Bruce | (612) 414-3825
Meeting: Wednesdays, 6:45-7:45 AM
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 Contact us if you're not on Facebook, but still want to connect with other moms.
Contact: Kari Odorizzi
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.
YOUNG ADULTS (ODYA)
A place for young adults (18-30 somethings) to connect, build community, grow, and talk about life. Meet for coffee at 9 AM, then go to church together at 10AM.
Meeting: Sundays, 9AM (no mtg the first Sunday of the month)
Carbs & Cardio
It’s a fun evening of sports and food with a unique carbohydrate theme each time. Bring your carb to share, your comfy clothes and a friend or your kids! We hope to see you there!
Meeting: Fourth Fridays of the month, 7-9 PM