My Destiny

By Liz Kimmel The only One who knows for sure what my future holds Is God Almighty, who’s in charge of when and what unfolds. I am Designed in Christ for works my Father has prepared, And as I choose to walk in them, His glory is declared.  Ephesians 2:10 His Spirit will Empower me…

A Destiny of Unity, Bound by Love

By Kelsey Manfred We have been attending BCF for less than a year, and most of that experience has been at a distance or through the Sunday afternoon sermon discussion group we joined over the summer. We found ourselves at BCF as we were looking for a new church home following our return from a…

The 90-Year Forecast

By Pastor Steve Rasmussen What will BCF look like 90 years from now? I don’t know. I can’t see around the bend. “Vision 2020” – How many great projects and plans had some version of that title? But we re-discovered in 2020 that our vision is not 20-20. Our control is very limited. Many hopes…

A Look to the Future

By Pastor Andrew Gross I believe that BCF will have a powerful impact on our world for Jesus Christ by evangelistically modeling harmonious race relations.  We have been living this out internally for many years, as our congregation is becoming a glorious mix of people from many nations. We are learning how to live together…

Editor’s Note: Shepherding the Stories & Considering the Future

By Benjamin Mason Lynda Larson was one of the first Bethel members my family met when we joined the church. She and Dave are often quick to recognize and welcome newcomers and eager to bring them into the church family. Through many conversations with Lynda I have learned much about our Bethel family. Because of…

Ninety Years…And Still Building

By Ken Holmgren How can one adequately describe in just a few words what God has done at Bethel Christian Fellowship the past ninety years? After pondering this question, I would like to suggest a simple three-word expression that Lloyd Jacobsen, BCF’s pastor in the 1970s and 1980s, sometimes used to describe what God was…

Destination: East Africa

By Bethany Rasmussen We are certainly living in interesting times, aren’t we, Church? It seems that we are faced with a new form of “normal” every day, and have had to adapt and adjust with 2020’s every twist and turn. Amidst all of the change, uncertainty, and fatigue, I want to remind and encourage the…

Women in Eldership

Edited by LIFEline staff “Today, we want to communicate that we have agreed to recognize and receive women elders as God directs us.” Thus begins a statement that the BCF Elder Board presented to the church congregation at its annual membership meeting in February 2012. When the Elder Board took up the discussion of whether…

Remembering Borgie Thompson

By Julie Thompson Like many young people growing up through the Great Depression, Borghild Newhouse left the farm and moved to the big city after graduating from high school. Her oldest sister Signe was already living in St. Paul and attending Bethel Temple. Borgie joined Signe and made the train coach at Juno and Randolph…