Bloomington News

Jonah - The Reluctant Prophet

We begin an 8-week series on Jonah in February. Jonah was a walking contradiction; he is an anti-hero! He was devoted to God, yet he ran from God. He submitted to God, then sulked when he didn't get his way. In the Book of Jonah, we discover the grace of God that is stronger than all our anxieties, disappointments, anger, and wandering affections.

Jonah Devotional Book

Starting January 26, the Jonah Devotional Book will be available at the weekend services for no charge – please take only one book per person. You'll want this book for your quiet times, your small group, and even your family discussions!

Questions? Contact Pastor Jeff Groen at


Seriously dating/engaged couples

Mondays, February 19 - April 30, 7:00-8:30 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Room 119. Do you want an Evergreen/Rock/Urban Pastor to perform your wedding? Or do want to hold your wedding at one of our facilities?  If so, you’re required to attend this 11 week premarital class. Designed to give couples a godly perspective of marriage and equip them based on Biblical principles. Childcare available. Nonrefundable cost is $70/couple. Registration due Sunday, February online HERE or by filling out the brochure at picked up at church or online HERE. Questions? Send an email.

Super Blitz

Outreach during the Super Bowl

We’re hosting this joint effort of Revive Minnesota and Pulse Ministries. Each day from Feb 1-3 there will be outreach activities from 9am to 9pm based out of Evergreen's North Hall. Register HERE if you would like to join in. Questions? Contact Paul Ryland, 952-292 5999.

Women’s Conference

Soul Satisfaction

Friday, March 2, 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, March 3, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM, North Hall. Our souls long for peace on this broken planet. Even as the Healer mends our personal cracks and chips, we encounter pervasive grief and continued longing. With fresh insights from her new book, Tammy Smith will guide our earnest journey to real hope and authentic joy through pursuit of the living Christ. Registration of $39 ($49 after 2/23) includes the book, Soul Satisfaction, conference notebook and lunch. Go HERE.

Special Needs Ministry Meeting

Volunteers Required to Attend

Sunday, January 28, 10:40-11:10 AM, Room 121. Attendance at this meeting is required for anyone interested in serving with the special needs ministry, whether you have gone through the application process yet or not. If you have a completed application or would like to complete one, please turn it in by January 21. The dates we are planning to hold respite times are February 24, March 24, April 28, and May 19. Questions? Contact Rachel Schmitt, 616-490-0582.

Women’s Bible Study

Steadfast Love - a study of Psalm 107, a call to worship

Sundays, February 11-March 25, 10:30-11:10 AM, Room 200. Each season of our life is an opportunity to reveal the anchor of our souls. In this seven week study we'll learn how to face both storms and deserts with courage and trust in Jesus and to discover how tests in our journeys of faith reveal the true condition of our hearts. There is no fear in the one who fears the Lord. Cost is $15. Book provided. Register online by Monday, February 5 HERE. Questions? Send an Email.

All Location Marriage Conference


Friday, February 16, 6:30 to 9:00 PM, Evergreen-Lakeville & Saturday, February 17, 8:30 AM to Noon, Evergreen-Bloomington. Great marriages are built brick by brick, painstakingly, over a long period of time, with one little act of love at a time. Please join Evergreen’s founding pastors, Brent Knox and Mark Darling, as they share their greatest marriage lessons of love. They have been brick-laying with their wives for over 37 years. Compelling communication projects will be included to practically help you with your brick-laying.

Friday, Session 1: Brent teaches on the foundation of our need for relationship and Romans 12:15. Followed by communication project.
Saturday, Session 2: Mark teaches on how a husband should love his wife. Followed by a communication project.
Saturday, Session 3: Mark teaches on how a wife should love her husband. Followed by a communication project.

$15 per couple. 220 Couples Max
Online only HERE by Thursday, February 15

Contact Pastor Mike Olmstead.

Single Parent Oil Change

Saturday, January 20, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, 40 Carriage Lane, Burnsville. Get a free oil change and hang out with some friends. The potluck will be from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Please bring a dish to share. Please contact Suzanne with the year, make and model of your vehicle by January 18 at 612-644-0448 (after 5:00 PM or email

Ushers/Greeters Needed

Be the friendly face that people first see when they enter our building for a weekend service. Then help take the offering. We need a few more volunteers to serve every other Friday and every other Sunday at the 11:15 a.m. service. Volunteer with a friend! Contact Ken Johnson.

Refreshment Volunteers Needed

Facilitate fellowship at Evergreen by serving refreshments for the weekend services. Help once per month at either the 9:15 or 11:15 service. Join the team with a friend. Get to know people on the team. It's a fun group! Contact Rich Rhodes.


Is Jesus Really God?

Monday, January 22, 7:00-8:30 PM, Room 200. From Jehovah's Witnesses to Mormon's to Atheists, you will find a different answer to this question. Scott Boeser of Evergreen Bloomington and Faith Search International will equip you to defend the Deity of Christ.

Answers Class

Mondays, February 12-April 30, 7:00-8:30 PM, Room 200.Does Truth Exist? Does God exist? Are miracles possible? Is the New Testament true? Answer your doubts and the skeptics through this 12-week class, based on the book "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist," by Drs. Frank Turek and Norman Geisler. Because there is a workbook, participation fee is $15. Registration available online and due by Monday, February 5.

Questions? Contact Jeremy Winter, 320-250-2097.

Financial Peace University

Mondays, February 5-April 2, 7:00-8:30 PM, Room 121. This 9-week video series, taught by the entertaining Dave Ramsey, teaches you how to handle money God’s way, reduce debt, save, and give. Small group discussions are incorporated into each session. For more information go to or Stop by Ministry Hall (located between the refreshments area and the front lobby) after each service on January 26 & 28 and speak to an FPU coordinator. Cost is $100 per person or couple. Scholarships are available. Register online. Childcare will be provided! Questions? Contact Joel Adams, 952-454-6680.

New Facility Manager


Adam Sanderson has left the position of Facility Manager to pursue a business venture. He has been replaced by Mark Thompson. Mark and his wife, Jamie, have been involved at Evergreen for 25 years. They live within sight of Evergreen, across the soccer field. Mark is excited about working with ministry leaders and volunteers at Evergreen. He can be reached at this email.

Children’s Ministry Director

We would like to hire a Children's Ministry Director to work 10-15 hours per week overseeing all the weekend service ministries for children, which includes: recruiting and scheduling volunteers, connecting with parents and children, giving special attention to new families, ensuring the safety of our children, establishing metrics of success and working toward achieving success. Applicants must have strong relational skills and have been faithful Evergreen attenders for at least 2 years. Application deadline is January 29. Please contact Ken Johnson.

Women’s Breakfast

Nothing fancy, just girl time

Saturday, January 27, 10:00-11:30 AM, Room 200. Brave the cold! Invite a girlfriend to join you at our next Women's Breakfast. This month, Julia McClellan will share-MAKING IT REAL-her story of seeking to understand Christianity, faith, community and the realness of God through a series of life-shaking events. Are you seeking a more genuine relationship with God? Then come hear Julia and be blessed and refreshed. It's a potluck, so bring a breakfast dish or item to share. Age 15+. More info on Facebook @ Evergreen-Bloomington Women's Ministry! Questions? Contact Julie Choquette.

Pizza with the Pastors

Sunday, Febryary 11, 12:45-1:45 PM, Room 127. Newer to Evergreen? Don't eat lunch alone! Meet the pastors and their wives over a pizza and salad lunch. Learn a little more about Evergreen and get a full tummy to boot! We want to meet YOU! Questions? Contact Pastor Mike Olmstead, 612-750-7989.


Friday, January 19, 7:00 PM-Saturdays, January 20, 7:00 AM. Hey, students grades 6-8, come "overhang" with us and bring your friends! We'll have healthy snacks and pizza at midnight! Bring a pillow and a sleeping bag. Those who can't stay overnight need to be picked up by 11:00 PM. Cost is $5.00. Questions? Contact Mark Thompson at 612-363-3005.

Shape the World Through Prayer

Prayer Gathering

Saturday, January 20, 8:00-10:00 AM, Room 200. We all desire the supernatural touch of God. We don't want to live ordinary lives doing ordinary things that can be done in human strength. But only through gutsy, disciplined and fervent prayer will God respond, and the Kingdom move forward. If we want more for our church, families, and community, then we must pray together. Please join us for a fast-paced two-hour time of prayer and worship. We have not because we ask not. Questions? Contact Brent Knox, 952-895-0342.

Women’s Mentoring Intro and Kick-Off

Sundays, February 4, 10:30-11:15 AM and February 11, 12:30-2:00 PM, Room 200. The Women’s Ministry offers women the opportunity to be mentored one on one. Whether it is your personal walk with God or the challenges of family/work, we all can benefit from the counsel and encouragement of other women of faith. We invite women who would be willing to be mentors to also attend. This is a six-month commitment to meet with a mentor 2-4 times per month. The Intro is 2/4 and the Kick-Off is 2/11. To participate, attendance at both meetings is required. Please sign up at the Events Table in Ministry Hall. Questions? Contact Kathy Shafer, 952-888-2578.


Get out your smart phone and look up “Evergreen Bloomington” in your app store. This will be the tool you need, as an Evergreen attender, to be up-to-date on all the news, events and happenings here. You can:

Remember to turn notifications on. We’ll use those to give you critical messages like snow cancellations and other important reminders. Questions? Contact Kathy Grunditz.

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Evergreen EspaƱol

Did you know?

2nd & 4th Fridays each month,  7:15 PM, Room 134. In an effort to reach out and serve the Spanish-speakers in our community. During this time, we sing worship songs in Spanish, teach the Word and build community. Follow us on Facebook for these and other events, find us on FaceBook. Questions? Contact Sergio Choy at 952-913-3858.

January Shared Series!

In 2018, Evergreen Church celebrates its 30th anniversary. God has done so much in us and through us – church plants, salvations, and discipleship. But what does our future hold?

We are excited to roll out some ways that the Evergreen locations will unite for what we are praying is even greater Gospel impact in the future. Kingdom Builders will be a huge part of that because it’s all about Acts 1:8 and our mission to advance the Gospel locally and globally through various initiatives and church planting.

The generosity of our saints and the sacrifices they are willing to make for Jesus and the advancement of his church has helped us get this far. Kingdom Builders is a vision campaign that unites generosity and mission in a way that allows us to keep taking steps towards bringing God more glory.

On January 5th & 7th, we start to roll out plans for 2018 Kingdom Builders in a 4-week shared series. Please start to pray about how God might have you be involved in building His Kingdom in 2018!


Multi-location News

GCC Newsletter

Online or in print

Evergreen, The Rock & the Urban Refuge are part of a larger association of churches called Great Commission Churches. A newsletter is printed quarterly to provide information on how God is using GCC in His Kingdom. Please go online and read all about it.

Rollerson Family Send-Off

Sunday, January 21, 11:30 AM, The Urban Refuge, Gathering Space. The Urban Refuge is an Evergreen Location in south Minneapolis.  For the last three years, Rev. Terrance Rollerson has been doing a pastoral fellowship with Urban Refuge Pastors Andy and Chad and we are thankful for his contributions to our church family. Beginning in February, Terrance will be the new lead pastor at Hope Church, a multi-ethnic church community in Detroit, MI. Any interested may join a sendoff celebration and time of prayer for the Rollerson family after the Urban Refuge service. You can also contact Terance at

men’s support & recovery

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 PM, Evergreen Church-Bloomington (2300 E 88th Street, Bloomington). For those with life-controlling behaviors. Contact Adam at or 651-246-6778.


Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Gym. Have you ever been curious about how ‘martial arts’ can be Christian and biblically based? We train students in the physical, mental, and spiritual character traits to be successful in life and their walk with Christ. All ages 7 years old and older (adults included) are welcome. For more information contact Steve Mohror at or 612-729-6123.

UR Fit

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 AM, Urban Refuge-Downstairs. Join us for some faith-based fitness fun! Classes include a wide variety of different styles of group fitness including circuit training, kickboxing, cardio drumming and Zumba. Drop-ins of all fitness levels are always welcome and there is no fee. We will focus each class on a verse or devotion and end each time with stretching and prayer. It's more than just a workout, it's great fellowship too! Questions? Contact Crystal Vander Heiden at or 952-687-1217.

(Check the calendar HERE in case of cancellations)





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