Welcome Karen Lewis

Karen_0The Minnesota Conference is pleased to welcome Karen Lewis as our newest leadership team member.  Karen comes to us from Highland’s Ranch in Colorado, where she most recently worked as the evangelism director for The Healing Place.  Prior to that position, she was the Bible worker coordinator for the Colorado Conference.

Karen is the author of the “Lifting Up Jesus” series of Bible studies.  She has a passion to see Jesus lifted up and to train our church members to share their experience in Jesus.

Karen and her husband, Stephen, have two daughters, Amy and Melissa.  Amy is an occupational therapist and Melissa is a dental hygienist.

Sherman McCormick Ministerial Director – MN Conference of SDA

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Newest Leadership Team Members

Michael JonesMichael Jones has returned from the Seminary at Andrews University and has assumed responsibilities in the Dodge Center/Winona district.  Michael is married to Aquarius.  Together they have a son, Josiah.

JasonSalyersJason Salyers has recently become the pastor of the Minnetonka church.  Jason and his wife, Mindy, and their daughter, Brynlie, have joined us from Tennessee.BrianMungundi

Brian Mungandi and Enock BigogoEnockBigogo have recently come to us with the transfer of the Faith Church International and the Light of Christ Church to the Minnesota Conference from the Central States Conference.  We are glad to welcome these two churches to our pastoral staff.

Two men have recently been officially recognized as lay pastors.  Jonathan Boeyah is leading out in the All Nations church in Minneapolis.  Jim Johnson is leading our church in Staples.  We so much appreciate these men dedicating and donating their time and leadership to our conference.

Sherman McCormick Ministerial Director – MN Conference of SDA

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Minnesota Welcomes Three Teachers

Teachers3Three Minnesota classrooms welcome new personnel this year, all of whom have lived in Minnesota in the past and could not stay away for long!

Jayme Anderson, New Teacher BrainerdJayme Anderson graduated from Union College in May of 2013, and is the new head teacher at Oak Street Christian School in Brainerd.  She is a familiar face because she formerly worked at North Star Camp and also assisted Peggy Johnson in the cafeteria at Maplewood Academy.  At Union College she worked in Campus Ministries for Pastor Rich Carlson, UC Chaplain, who gave her highest recommendations.   New to Adventist education, parents are already noticing how much more contented and peaceful their children are after a day at school with Jayme! The good word is spreading and Jayme’s enrollment has tripled!

Tralese Syvertson lived in Minnesota previously as the daughter of Elder Bill and Francis Wilson, both of whom are well known to Minnesota Adventists for their many years of service in the ministry and the Conference office, as well as coordinating volunteer projects at North Star Camp.  Coming back to Minnesota as the wife of Paul Syvertson, Tralese formerly taught religion and Spanish I, II and III at Maplewood Academy.  Son Jamie, attended Maplewood, graduating in 2010, even after the family had moved away from Minnesota. Daughter Melissa is a currently a sophomore at MWA.   A project-oriented teacher, Tralese uses the classroom environment to create community in the midst of diversity.  This thriving upper-grade community currently has 10 students.  Her experience as a thoughtful Christian teacher has already distinguished her as a valued mentor among her colleagues.

Russ Bantin, new teach TRFRussell Bantin met his wife, the former Amy Purvis, while serving as fill-ins for Adam and Eve during a Minnesota camp meeting drama presentation.  Russell and a courageous school board have re-opened the Thief River Falls church school, renaming it Thief River Adventist Christian School or TRACS.  Students and teachers are on track with creative, interesting learning activities including science inquiry and classroom applications of technology.  One mother reports that her girls jump out of bed in the morning so excited to get to school!  Two of the Bantin children, Caleb and Sarah, are in the school, while little sister Anna is still at home with Amy.  Russell’s jolly personality and his embrace of servant leadership are bringing new life and a great deal of joy to the Adventist community in Thief River Falls.  Nearly one hundred percent of the church members participated in summer work bees to provide the school with a face lift and prepare it for ministry to children.

Russell is assisted in the classroom by Joan Freeman, a certified teacher from Middle River, daughter of Bonnie Dunston, a retired Minnesota Adventist teacher.  Joan enriches the classroom by volunteering in Language Arts and Music, and by serving as a personal learning coach.  Joan prepares for each day with prayer and the result looks like limitless patience!

It is wonderful to see evidence of God’s love in each of these classrooms.  Welcome back to Minnesota, Jayme, Tralese, Russ and Joan!  We hope you stay a long time!

By Connie McCormick, Education Director

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Summer Changes to Fall in Duluth

Fall Duluth Indian siteAs the summer changes to fall here in Duluth, Stone Ridge SDA Christian School is doing some changing of its own. This month the Indian Village was completed. Mr. Carlson has put up a teepee, wigwam and crafted an authentic looking fire pit. The village sits up on a rock out cropping and has become a favorite play place for the kids. With Indian blankets, baskets and different imitation food items found by Mrs. Carlson at local garage sales, the village has everything it needs for active imaginations.

Fall Duluth Mrs. CarlsonThe schools garden was harvested for the last time this year. The produce was used for lunches and at times sent home with those who had come up to the school. The garden beds have been weeded and hoed and are ready for next years’ growing season.

The school now sports it’s own web page and is working on community classes for the coming winter months. So far a camera class, sewing class and parenting seminar are being considered.

Fall Duluth Student with camaraIn support of it’s mission mindedness, the school is taking steps now to begin production of its own one-hour educational show entitled, ”For Kids By Kids” for the local public television station. The program will feature cooking, storytelling segments, and art segments, done by the students as well as tips on how to do homework more effectively by their teacher, Mr. Carlson.

By Collene Klick

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Preserving the Past, Enhancing the Future

Current Blackberry ChurchMost people who drive past Blackberry on Highway 2 in northern Minnesota don’t even know they’ve missed it.  But for those who’ve stopped to worship at Blackberry’s smallwhite church in the pines, most never forget it.

Original Blackberry ChurchIn November 1912, a 20’x30’ structure was dedicated in Blackberry as a sanctuary to the Lord.  Through the years hundreds of worshipers have met God in this space.  The building has weathered countless snowstorms and a few falling Red Pine.  Additions to the building have been made along the way, providing much needed supplementary space.

Blackberry renov2foundation pouredAs portions of the supplementary space have begun to age, the believers in Blackberry have determined that the time has come for a significant renovation.  Several years ago, the church was presented with a generous monetary gift for such a project.  Since then, much prayer and thought has gone into the plans to expand the Blackberry church building.

Blackberry renov studs on frame1One vital point was clarified through months of discussion: the members desired to maintain the original 1912 sanctuary space as the core of the church.  Expansion and renovation will provide new children’s classrooms, a new pastor’s study, new bathrooms, a kitchen, and a fellowship hall in addition to much needed updates and improvements. The project will not only preserve our history, but also enhance our future.

Blackberry renov inside drywall off to studs3Work on the project began in the fall of 2013, and is expected to be completed in early 2014.  The majority of the project will be covered by the generous financial gift, and the church aims to raise the remaining funds in the next several months.

We solicit your prayers, knowing that this new space is not an end in itself, but simply a new beginning.  Paul encouraged the Philippians to “shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life” (2:15b-16a).  Our desire is that this space will serve as a platform to spread the gospel to our little corner of the world.

You can follow the project’s progress by going to our web page, www.bb7day.com. There you will find project updates, a link to project photos on our Facebook page, and donation information for those who may desire to help in that way.  And don’t forget to visit us once the expansion is complete!

By Brent Lane

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