Even as we've pushed pause on meeting in person, we believe we can continue to learn and grow as a church by worshipping together in our homes with friends and family. We will continue to provide alternative ways and spaces for us to gather, grow closer to God, and remain in community, even as we are not physically together.
SUNDAY SERVICE: We will be recording the service each week and publishing it online. It will be up and ready for your viewing by 10am on Sundays. You can find it on the home page of our website or on our Vimeo channel.
- TheGathering@9: We gather online Sundays at 9am to be encouraged by a short time of sharing and small group chat, then watch the service online together at 10am. Link to join by clicking the title.
- How to Have Difficult Conversations: In her sermon on June 14 Peggy mentioned this resource by Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart. Most of us have not been taught to engage conflict well, so we fight (to win), or flee. Choose instead to learn from one another. This resource will give you some ways to do that. (Document linked in title)
- 6.12.20 Elder Update: This update includes information about the land sale, our fiscal year end and the Lead Pastor search
OPEN YARD: Ready to gather in person? Open Yard is an outdoor opportunity for an in-person, socially distanced gathering in backyards all over town! You will be invited to a nearby location, hosted by a wonderful leader and gathering with a group of 25 people or less. Open Yard meets on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of July and August and is a great way to meet other people and gather around scripture, prayer and practices in a fun and enjoyable setting. Whether you’re new to church, curious about God or are a long-time attender, all ages and all stages are welcome! Continue to engage with the service online before or after you come. We’d love for you to be part of Open Yard! Questions? Need more info? Ask Kati!
When: Sundays, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23; 11am-12pm
Where: Your host’s backyard
How: Register by July 7th (Registration is necessary to comply with CDC outdoor meeting guidelines)
Bring: Your own chair, a Bible and your morning beverage of choice
GROUPS: have moved to meeting online. Get in touch with your group leader to learn how your group is connecting right now. Let's continue to stay closely connected and care well for one another in this time.
ONLINE GROUP OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONNECTION
- Holy Spirit: The Forgotten God: This class will cover ways to engage with the Holy Spirit in daily life, learn about gifts of the Spirit and consider ways God communicates. Wednesdays, June 10-July 22, 7-8:45pm; Register
- Summer Book Club: Join others in reading 3 books over the course of the summer. Join in for one book or all. More info here.
- Men's Morning Bible Study: Group of men who gather around scripture on Wednesday mornings.Contact: Bruce | (612) 414-3825
- Next Youth Summer Gatherings: We have a few opportunities for your teens to gather this summer.
- Scripture Circles: Dive into Scripture with others and look for threads connecting passages to the larger story of God. Next circle is July 13. More info and registration here.
RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT & COMMUNITY
- Missional Life at Open Door FaceBook Group: a group for people committed to living for the sake of others
- Moms of Emergency Workers Prayer Group: group of moms devoted to praying for their children who work as emergency workers. Contact: Cindy
- Next Kids Email List: weekly email filled with resources, devotions, ideas for family connection and more. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email list.
- Open Door Moms FaceBook Group: a place for moms from Open Door to connect, share ideas, and encourage one another
- Open Door Womens FaceBook Group: a place for the women of Open Door to connect, share ideas, and encourage
We are grateful for the 38 years of ministry that David and Bonnie Johnson have given to our church. Church of the Open Door has made a financial commitment to them both as an affirmation of their ministry to our community, and as a blessing for the next chapter. We have created a Legacy Fund and invite you to give towards this blessing with a financial donation.
This fund is desired to be a gift to long-time staff ministry leaders who helped shape Open Door, and to support these servants as they fulfill their personal ministries after their time on staff has ended. We bless them as they step out in faith into what God has next for them. This fund exists through generous donations from individuals like you. Your gift is tax deductible.
Whether you are new to Open Door and you're wondering where to start, or you've been here for a while and you're looking to get more involved, we've got you covered! Connect with other new people, members, and staff, in a fun, light-hearted atmosphere. We believe that our journey to becoming more like Jesus happens when we get to know each other and invite others to walk this spiritual journey out with us. Engage with Open Door's mission and vision, learn more about our hope and future for this church, and activate your next step deeper into community, formation, and mission. You will leave this gathering with a few simple ways to move toward a more fulfilling life with God and others.
First Sundays, 11:15am - 12pm
Short term mission trips in the US and abroad are planned as needs arise.
We are currently partnering with ministries in the USA, Haiti, Liberia, Slovakia, and Guatemala.
If you are interested in participating in a trip, want to donate, or want to be added to a list for an upcoming trip, contact: Rose | ext 1600. Sign up for the Missional Life Email to get information about events and ways to serve others.
Minnesota Camp is an inclusive, safe, and fun Christian camp for adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Campers experience the beauty of Lake Geneva Christian Center while worshiping and learning about Jesus, building special relationships with their trained caregivers, engaging in adaptive activities, and having fun on the rock wall, big bikes, fishing, and more! From personal caregiving, driving boats, or being part of the Rec crew, there are a ton of ways to share your gifts with the amazing campers! Contact: Rene
Trip dates: Aug 18-23
Apply to volunteer at minnesotacamp.wordpress.com/volunteers.
This 10-12 day trip is the third in a long-term relational commitment to our Liberia family at Mission of Hope for the Disabled (MHD). Disability Motivational Network, Inverted Arts and Open Door are partnering with MHD to bring to life the dreams they have for their community. The heart behind the trip will be to continue building relationships by being present, loving, listening, seeing, learning, discerning, praying, and asking good questions. Our brothers and sisters at MHD are made in God’s image with talents, skills, gifts, abilities, dreams, ideas, and entrepreneurial spirits as well as a passion for Jesus and for one another! Due to the nature of difficulty traveling and limited housing, the team will be small and hand-picked at this time. We hope to expand the number of people and trips as we continue our partnership with MHD.
Open Door is joining Food for the Hungry (FH) in Guatemala to support a community called Caserio Lopez with their dreams and vision for their community. The local leaders work with FH to learn and develop a plan to partner with God as they work their way out of poverty. Partner with us and this community through prayer, attend an annual trip, or through a child sponsorship, and you may even have the possibility to meet your supported child in person. Join our October trip. Contact: Rose
Trip dates: Oct 12-20
Cost: Approx. $2000
Apply by Aug 4
We absolutely love that you are here! Our hope is that you experience the deep love of Jesus Christ and a community of people who believe that life is better when we live in the freedom of grace and truth.
More info (who we are and what we care about) can be found in the About Us section.
Church of the Open Door is in the process of searching for a new Lead Pastor. We encourage you to join us by praying for Open Door.
Here's a great opportunity to serve the community around us! Consider volunteering for Maple Grove Days 2019 with other Open Door folks! The Maple Grove Community Organization has a SignUpGenius available for volunteer opportunities. Convenient times are offered and you'll receive reminders. PLUS get free swag! All volunteers receive a Maple Grove Days t-shirt and are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Night, July 9.
Maple Grove Days
July 10 - 14
Next Gen Youth Wilderness Adventure Trip
This Wilderness Trip in Ely, MN will give students (entering 11th-grade to completed 12th-grade) space to unplug from the pressures of life that are causing anxiety, a chance to participate in outdoor experiences that will stretch them, and personal faith and growth tools that will help center them when they come back to the challenges of life. Leaders will be Kathy Collier and Jason Dyer. Contact: Kathy at email@example.com.
Trip dates: Sat, Jun 15- Fri, Jun 21
Registration closed. Please pray for the students and leaders on this trip!
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Help us collect new books for the students at Minnesota Excellence in Learning Academy (MELA) as they kick off their year of literacy next fall. The teachers have put together recommended reading lists for the summer in three grade categories. Open Door hopes to provide at least two books for each of the 180 students who attend school in the lower level of our building. Please, grab a request, purchase a book or more, and drop it off at Open Door by May 19. Then, we will assemble book packs for the students before they head home for the summer.
The book needs will be located in the Gathering Place from May 5-19...extended to May 26! Please deliver books to church by this weekend. Thank you for your generosity!
Online Amazon wish list purchases should be shipped directly to Church of the Open Door before May 19.
If Christmas celebrates God with us, then Easter celebrates God for us.
Our God is for us in all of life – for our healing, our wholeness, and our salvation – and not just for us, but for the whole world!
We have invited artists from our community to contribute creative reflections on the season’s lectionary readings in a Lenten Project. Receive a weekly email consisting of art, photography, poetry, and devotionals by our very own people from Ash Wednesday through Easter. As a community, we will be using this collection as a guide for our Lenten journey, March 6 - April 21, 2019.
Fri, Apr 19, 7pm
Sun, Apr 21, 9am & 11am
Our search for a new Lead Pastor involves a clear and well thought through process. Developed by NL Moore and implemented by the Governing Board of Open Door, we are currently working through this process that we believe God will use for us to find our next Lead Pastor.
- In March 2018, we started the process by asking the people of Open Door to participate in a "Congregational Assessment". We were highly encouraged when 876 people chose to respond!
- On April 29, 2018 the results of the Congregational Assessment were presented to the congregation and a two-page Executive Summary was made available. Copies of the two-page summary are available at the Welcome Kiosk before and after services.
- Following the Congregational Assessment, the people of Open Door were invited to participate in focus groups designed to hear their hopes and dreams for our faith community. Again, we were extremely encouraged that approximately 260 people participated in 19 focus groups and individual interviews. This totaled more that 25 hours of "listening to the voice" of the church as expressed through its people.
- On June 17, 2018 Nancy Moore presented a "Findings and Recommendations Report" based on the congregational assessment results and the feedback from the focus groups. A copy of the two-page Executive Summary that was presented is available at the Welcome Kiosk before and after services. An audio file of the presentation is available by following the link below.
- On July 15, 2018 in response to the Findings and Recommendation Report given the Gov. Board of Elders by NL Moore, Dave Fredrickson, Board Chairperson, shared an update with the congregation. A significant part of the update that day was the announcement and introduction of Gregg Bergman as our Interim Staff Pastor. Gregg will be working with the Lead Team, Staff, and Elders to accomplish some of the Elder's recommendations for the next three to six months. For more detailed information on this update, please refer to the two links below.
Gregg Bergman Bio
Audio from July 15
- On August 5, 2018 as part of an ongoing effort to keep the people of Open Door informed, Dave Fredrickson gave an update from the Gov. Board of Elders. This update included how our desire to be generous impacted a financial decision we recently made. Also addressed was our continued discernment regarding the recommendations from our consultant. To listen to the audio from this update, simply follow the link below.
- On August 15, we held our 2018 Annual Meeting. It was a night of significant updates and encouragement from the staff, Pastor Dave, and the Governing Board. If you were not able to attend the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to listen to the audio recording from the night.
- On August 26, 2018 our Pastor of Prayer Ministries, Peggy Lang, shared with us the importance of prayer during this time of transition, and also invited us to some upcoming prayer opportunities. Please take a few minutes to listen to Peggy's important words at this time in the life of our church.
- On September 16, 2018 Gov. Board Elder, Ben Monseth, gave an update followed by a special announcement from pastor Al Schuck. After Al's announcement that he would be leaving Open Door's staff and serving as Executive Director at Beyond Our Door Global, pastor David Johnson shared a few words. We highly encourage you to listen to these audio recordings if you were not able to attend.
- On November 18, 2018 Gov. Board Chairperson, Dave Fredrickson, gave an important update regarding the search process. That day, Taylor Bongard and Kati Beasley were also commissioned as new Associate Pastors for our congregation by David Johnson and the Governing Board of Elders. NL Moore and Associates have worked with the Search Team to present a completed "Candidate profile" to the board, and will officially begin the search for our next Lead Pastor in December.
Audio from Nov 18 Elder Update
- On November 25, 2018 We said goodbye to David & Bonnie Johnson, as we celebrated their ministry at Open Door and their new season of ministry and rest.
Video from Nov 25 David & Bonnie Johnson Celebration
- On Dec 16, 2018 Ben Monseth updated the congregation that the board has approved an Opportunity Profile for the position of Lead Pastor of Open Door. Our consultants have begun the active search process, and are currently making this Profile available to pastors. Ben also mentioned that Steve Pukal's scheduled time on the board has ended, and we have been very blessed to have had Steve serve for such a long time on our board. Thanks, Steve!
- On Jan 6, 2019 Dave Fredrickson gave an update from the Governing Board that the Opportunity Snapshot is ready for viewing. He also mentioned that Gregg Bergmann has agreed to stay on with us as Interim Staff Pastor through June 2019 and maybe even a little longer. We think that Gregg's presence could be a valuable overlap and hand off to a new Lead Pastor.
Audio from Jan 6 Elder Update
- On Feb 17, 2019, Search Team Chair, Doug Lang, gave an update on our search process
for our next Lead Pastor. Our search consultant, NL Moore, continues to
speak with candidates on our behalf narrowing down her list of more than 470
contacts with the goal of presenting about five candidates to the Search Team
in early April. From there the Search Team will begin the interview process
with each of these candidates. We are excited about the work that is being done
and ask that you continue to pray with us in each step of the process.
Doug also announced the addition of Jason Close and Wayne Thyren to our Search Team, giving the group a well-rounded blend of strengths and perspectives as they prepare for the interview process.
Audio from Feb 17 Search Team Update
Right here in our own community, children and adults are going hungry. Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Throughout March, we join Minnesota Foodshare, food shelves, faith communities, businesses, and organizations across Minnesota in acting to end hunger and food insecurity. Please bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to the shelves in the Gathering Place. Open Door will donate these items to Cross Services and CEAP. Top needs include: proteins, flour, cooking oil, sugar, canned fruit, dry rice, beans, and personal care items. Together, we can ensure #FoodForAllMN.
Mar 1 - 31, 2019
The world invites us to live our lives for ourselves, but Jesus invites us to live for something far greater. He calls us to turn our faces outward and live for the sake of others. Each Sunday we gather to hear how others from Open Door are serving people around them and get informed about upcoming events that help us see others through Jesus’ eyes. Contact: Rose | ext 1600
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This season is a time to walk with Jesus towards His death on a cross. We begin the Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday by repenting and remembering our need for God’s saving grace. For the next six weeks, we prepare our hearts with prayer and fasting, repentance, and Scripture meditation. On Good Friday, we stand vigil at the foot of the cross. Our journey ends on Holy Saturday as we watch and wait for Christ’s resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.
We invite you to join us as we intersect our stories with the bigger story of Jesus, and to prepare our hearts for Christ’s death and resurrection.
Fri, Mar 30, 7pm
Sun, Apr 1, 9am & 11am
Walk together with us through Advent and Christmastide with these reflections following the sermon each week. #TransformationTuesdays
From Dec 23 & 24 message by
Anne-Marie Finsaas, Pastor of Formational Life
"God came to earth two thousand years ago as a baby born in a manger in a tumble-down stable. And God comes to us now. He moves into our neighborhoods––our shabby, run-down, paint-peeling, cracks-in-the-sidewalk––neighborhoods. He comes to us and moves into our messy, complicated lives. The ones with mortgages to pay, and homework to do, and family relationships to patch up, and world news that scares us. Into these lives––not the frilly, fancy lives we wished we had, but our very real lives––Jesus is born."
• Reflecting Inward: Where, in your real life today, do you need God to come? Jesus can be born in the most unlikely places. Can you believe God is moving into that very unlikely place in your life?
• Reaching Outward: When God comes, everything changes. How will you live out the good news of Christ’s birth in your life today? How will you offer the good news of God coming to your world?
During the Christmas season an atmosphere of blessing is created as needs among the Open Door community are shared and responded to in turn. Think of how you may need support this Christmas season. This might include groceries, meals, rides, help decorating, purchasing of gifts, household preparations, repairs, help wrapping and mailing items, etc. Contact: Rose | ext 1600
Visit the Community Blessing wall in the Gathering Place to respond to the needs that were submitted.
Respond to needs Dec 2 - 16
*Note: We will also be supporting the needs of our Ministry Partners from Dec 3-10 at the Community Blessing wall.
Connect with others in a home setting at locations throughout the metro. There’s a group for everyone, whether you want to explore the most recent sermon together, study God’s Word, talk about marriage issues, build relationships with others your age or not your age, or just grow deeper in Christ as you connect with other attenders. If you don't see a group that fits what you're looking for, or if you'd like to start a group, let us know. Contact: Kati | ext 1204
Maple Grove Home Group
Connect with other families at Open Door through the good ole' combo of food, yard games, and other kid-friendly activites. We meet at Central Park in Maple Grove.
For: Families with young kids
Once a month, 5-7pm
Contact: John & Lisa
Minnetonka / Wayzata Home Group
This group embraces the struggle to become fully alive in God by connecting with each other in the of our shared life at Open Door. Through personal stories, discussion of the recent sermon messages, and periodic service projects, this group provides a place to know and be known.
For: Adults (20+)
Every other Mon, 7-9 pm
Contact: Jim and Liz
GiveMN.org links donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. Your tax-deductible gift to Church of the Open Door supports the work of God's kingdom here and beyond. Please help us reach our financial goals when you donate now through Nov 15.
November 1 - 15, 2018
The Center for Spiritual Formation offers the Saturday morning sessions of the Formational Community as a stand-alone experience. Each Saturday retreat focuses on different ways to intentionally arrange our lives around transformative spiritual practices.
Register for each retreat individually without the two-year commitment. Contact: Dawn | (763) 416-5846 ext 1406
Do you have a special skill or talent that you'd like the church to know about? Are you interested in helping the church with special projects? Maybe you have woodworking or metal skills, or can design a chalkboard wall. Maybe you play piano and would be available for funerals or weddings. Maybe you are a photographer or want to help feed our volunteers a meal on Wednesday nights.
We'll add your specialty to a list and check-in with you as needed. Let us know you'd like to be on the "Call me" list.
Be the Church
Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, instead of Sunday morning services, join us at 3pm & 5pm for a Christmas Eve candlelight service. That morning we encourage our church family to “be the church” to those around us. Find time that morning to serve your neighbors and ministry partners. A list of ideas is available below.
Sun, Dec 24
Open Door Christmas Gift Guide 2017
Christmas shopping is in full swing and we are excited to introduce the 2017 Open Door Gift Guide! Make your money and gifts go the distance by shopping at one or all of these companies whose whole purpose is to give back!