Thursday, June 25, 2020

Sermon, Habakkuk Part 3 (LIVESTREAM)

The Church Irreplaceable; Why God’s People Must Gather

Luke Lundell found this great article considering why it is we meet together in person as a church, and why it is appropriately frustrating to "do church" through a screen.

You can read the article here.

Helping our Friends in Hutori

For those of you on the prayer chain, you heard the tragic news that earlier this week, Oleg Ustenko's house burnt down.  Oleg is the son of Pastor Vasiliy, the pastor of our sister church in Hutori, Ukraine.  Oleg serves as a pastor himself in Irdyn.  He has a wife, three children and a baby on the way.

A GoFundMe Fundraiser has been set up by his cousin to help the family through this tragedy.  

Here is what she has written.

On June 22,  my cousin’s family who lives in Ukraine lost their home due to a fire caused by a lightning strike. Everything burned down within minutes  before  fire trucks could even arrive.  Praise God everyone was able to get out of the house safely before it was too late.
They’re a family of five and expecting another baby in a few weeks. The father, Oleg, is a hard working man who works full time and serves as a lead pastor voluntarily in his free time. Now they’re left with nothing except smoke damaged pots and pans!

Their community, family and friends are coming together to help with basic needs like food, clothing, shelter at the moment but it will take another decade to be able to rebuild their home. There’s  no resources in Ukraine that can help them get back up faster. If you have it in your heart to help them by either giving anything or sharing this post it will be a blessing to this family!

All donations will go straight to this family!!!
Thank you so much for all your support!
I invite you to prayerfully consider making a gift to the family through this GoFundMe account.  You can follow this link:
If you use social media, please consider sharing this link so that others can see it and give as well.
Thank you
(NOTE:  GoFundMe keeps 2.9% of what is raised and $0.30 of every donation.  Knowing this, if you would love to know that the family received $100 from you, consider giving $103.30 to offset the GoFundMe costs)

Update (6/26/20):  I just learned that someone who knows the family and lives in the US will be traveling to Ukraine shortly, and can bring any financial donations collected.  If you would like to avoid the GoFundMe fee, you can write a check to New Journey Church and put "Hutori Fire" in the memo line.  All the money collected will go directly to the family.  Thank you in advance for your generosity to this special family in this difficult time.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

New Life Bible Camp info

Hello New Journey,

With New Life Bible Camp opening in July, many of you may have questions as to what things will look like in our current Covid-19 climate.

The New Life Bible Camp Facebook Page will have a Live Stream to answer questions tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM CST with camp director, Seth Maxwell. 

You can access it here:

There is a cap for the number of students allowed at camp this year due to Minnesota guidelines.  As of now, there is space for 9 more girls and 14 more boys for Elementary camp happening July 6-9th.

You can register your students for camp at

Other youth camps will be Teen camp, July 24-26th (Tyler will be speaking), and Soccer camp, July 27-30th.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective – Tim Keller

With all that has happened in our country these last few weeks, there are many voices of division and many perspectives on how to properly respond.  I've tried to be considerate in what is appropriate for me to share here on our church blog, and what is more suitable for me to share personally through social media, recognizing that what is placed on our church blog automatically is seen as endorsed by our church and that it would be unfair for me to present my personal perspectives here when perhaps not all the leadership in the church would share my perspective.  For this reason, I have chosen to share most of my thoughts through my Facebook account rather than here.

With all of that being said, the issues surrounding race are too close to the Father's heart for us as a church body not to dialogue about.  Below is a video by Pastor Tim Keller that I believe is of great value to us as a predominantly white congregation.

There are several in our church who are currently doing a Tim Keller Bible study.  He is gifted at looking at culture through the lens of Scripture.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Graduation Quilts

For those of you who didn't get the opportunity to see the beautiful quilts our quilting ladies made for our graduates, here are a few photos.

What a special ministry these ladies have in blessing our graduates every year and others throughout the year with such a tangible expression of love!  Thank you ladies.