The Lord’s Plan

By Christine Bluemke The year was 2009 when we first heard about Bethel Christian Fellowship. We were heavily involved in a church on the east side of Saint Paul called Woodland Hills. We were regular attenders, and both Ron and I had been invested in the children’s ministry since 2000. Our son Aaron was 11…

Staying Connected From Afar

By Katie Cunningham I discovered Bethel by doing an online search for International House of Prayer sites in the Twin Cities back in 2011. Up popped Bethel Christian Fellowship in St Paul. My sisters had both attended International House of Prayer in Kansas City so I thought a fellowship of likeminded believers is where I…

The Continuing Story

By Matthew Cox It was the summer of 2012 and life in the city was harder than we expected. After living nearly a decade on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Emily and I had moved to familiar territory. Emily was within miles of her entire family of origin and I was familiar with…

Church Shopping

By Benjamin Mason Church shopping is the worst. I don’t enjoy it, and my anxiety rises as I think about it. The most comfortable way for me to find a new church would be to identify one large enough and offering enough service times for me to slip into the balcony seats and pretend I…

New Doors Opened

In the summer of 2019, we crossed state lines from WI to MN for several reasons, none of which included switching football allegiance to the Vikings (Go Pack Go!). Dominic was beginning medical school at the University of Minnesota and Kailey would be working remotely while starting graduate school at Bethel University. It would be…

Ten Terms from the Twenty-Tens

By Liz Kimmel The thought of being cancelled is something to regret, Unless you think of Jesus – how He’s cancelled all our debt. A meme is meant to capture something cool you’d like to share. Our lives are “memes” for Jesus, so that others are aware. A nothingburger’s over-hyped, and hardly worth your breath….

Editor’s Note: The Decade of the Tens

By Liz Kimmel As you read through our wonderful articles from people who have come to Bethel during the 2010s, notice that they share some similarities with catch-words from the same time period: Photobomb: “Someone moving into the frame of a photo.” We are so happy that Dominic & Kailey Dharam have positioned themselves so…

A Destiny of Irresistible Influence

By Ken Holmgren In our March/April LIFEline, I described how God called BCF to practice the foundational value that “our life and vitality as a congregation is dependent upon prayer.” The latter years of the 1990s saw a core group of prayer ministers lead our church body into the practice of resting in God’s presence…

Weekly Reminders of Our Annual Themes

By Greta Sandquist (interviewed by Liz Kimmel) For many years, only three people (other than Pastor Jim) knew the annual theme ahead of time.  These were the artists involved with creating the bulletin covers and the banners, Greta Sandquist (and her husband David, who provided technical help) and Julie Thompson. Pictured here you will see…

The Birth of CCCC

A Beautiful Time By Sam Snyder (Lead Pastor at CCCC) The last 11 years have been a beautiful time filled with several different seasons. Before moving to Minneapolis to lead Cross Culture, Sarah and I knew that our time was finished in Breckenridge, MN. Even though we didn’t want it to be, God had showed…