Quarantined with COVID 

by Josie Holmgren I’m pressed but not crushed, isolated but not alone, struck down but not destroyed, I know that I’m blessed and not cursed for His promises will endure  and God’s joy will be my strength. I’m trading my sickness I’m trading my pain I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord…

What my kids are teaching me about race

Visit Anna’s Blog by Anna Haugen A common question these days on social media is “How are you teaching your kids about racism?” I wish I had an amazing 5 step answer that showed that I am the most woke mom ever, but I’ve got nothing. I’m a white woman who grew up in a…

Taking the Kids to the Protest

 by Benjamin Mason When I was growing up, “protests” were something that happened in the 60s and 70s, probably involving hippies. There were also “marches”, which were different somehow, and involved noble heroes like Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks, who advanced a civil rights movement that defeated segregation in the South. Beyond all…

Being the Church in the World

It’s a challenging and confusing time in the Twin Cities, with bad news seemingly being chased by worse news each day. We all face challenges in different ways, but one of the unifying messages we’ve listened to at Bethel Christian Fellowship is to be the church in the world. For each of us, this can…

Finding My Fit

By Matthew Cox “I don’t remember you attending BCF back in 2002,” is the response I most often get from old-timers when I tell them I started attending BCF in college. “Do you remember the kid with the blue hair?” is my usual response. “Ohh…you were that kid?” I can see their memory returning as…

The Birth of S.A.L.T.

By David Pestel “Look across the street!” Mike Neterer, in Minnesota preparing with his family to return to some of the least reached people groups on the planet, felt he heard a guiding word from the Lord during a time of prayer – “Look across the street!” So he stepped out the third story veranda…

The Years of the Aughts

By Liz Kimmel The year 2000 brought to us a sense of great relief Surviving Y2K, there wasn’t much transitional grief. Social media didn’t exist until Facebook in 2004. So we interacted with our friends by showing up at their door.   We read our news in printed form and used our phones to talk;…

Blessed with Spiritual Growth

Heidi Bergstedt’s Story By Ken Holmgren Sunday, July 27, 2003, was a significant day in the life of Heidi Joy Bergstedt. It was the first time she came to Bethel Christian Fellowship. Heidi Joy came to BCF in response to the invitation of Stephanie Schwartz, a friend who, like her, lived at the Montreal Hi-Rise…

Building His Church Through Prayer

By Karen Underwood When James and I saw BCF’s entry in the Yellow Pages, “Called to be a House of Prayer for All Nations”, we were cautiously excited.  Did they really mean it? In spiritual inventories, we had seen a recurring theme of the nations throughout both of our lives: international and intercultural experiences, interests,…

Finding Community

By Cherie Monge The year was 2000, we heard our first theme message – A Year of Joy, and we were intrigued. We were looking for a place of worship in our neighborhood with authentic preaching and an active life in the Spirit.  We wanted to be comfortable enough to be at home and uncomfortable…