Urban Refuge News

United by the Core: Commitment to God & His Word


In a changing world, there is no greater comfort than the unchanging, enduring word of God. An unwavering, abiding commitment to the Word of God is at the very core of what unites us. “United By the Core” is a special all-location message series designed to encourage and unite our five locations. These three weeks in August will stir your heart and inspire renewed hope in the promises of our eternal God.

Youth Group Band


Wednesday, August 1, 7:00-8:30 PM, Sanctuary. We are gearing up towards another season of youth group, and we are looking to grow our band! If you are a youth entering 7th grade (or any grade higher) and would like to audition, this is your chance.  Please don't be nervous, we are going to make this as fun and easy as possible. Contact Katie at ktbrwn37@gmail.com or 612-581-1694 (call/text) with questions, to sign up, and for information on what you will need to prepare.


Wednesday, August 15, 7:00-8:30 PM, Sanctuary. For those of you already in the band, please mark your calendars for this upcoming meeting.

Harmony Movie Night


Tuesday, July 24, 9:00-11:10 PM, Father Hennepin Bluff Park (near Saint Anthony Falls, and starts 15 minutes after sunset). This summer, the Harmony Team invites you to join us for Movies in the Parks by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. July's movie, Hidden Figures, tells the incredible story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial lines and inspired generations. Questions? Contact harmony@theurbanrefuge.com.

All Church Prayer Night

Monday, July 23, 6:30-8:00 PM, Sanctuary. Summer is a busy time for most of us. However, we do not want to be so busy we forget to humble ourselves and seek our Lord for His hand of blessing on our church... His Body, His Bride. Join us for an open prayer night to set our eyes and hearts on Jesus as we prepare for Mission to Our City. Questions? Contact Trey Womack.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:1

Do Justice Conference

With Bryan Stevenson & Dr. Kenneth Young

At Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road Edina

Thursday, November 8, 1:00 - 5:30 PM, $79. The Do Justice Conference is for pastors and faith leaders to explore how racial justice is an essential part of the gospel. As we confront the ethical issues of mass incarceration and racial tension in society, we will explore our Biblical mandate to uphold principles of compassion, justice and forgiveness. Bryan Stevenson, Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author will share an impactful message on the power of just mercy to break the generational cycles of retribution, victimization and abuse of power. Bryan Stevenson is one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates.

For more information & Registration, go HERE.


Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy. Bryan Stevenson is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S. He recently served on President Obama’s task force on 21st-century policing.

Engage by Serving

Browse Through Our Ministry Profile

Here at Urban, there is a serving opportunity for everyone! We have ministries that work with children, others that pray for those in need, and many that work to walk alongside people, wherever they are in life and their spiritual journey. Go HERE and read through the various ministry opportunities that range from 15 minutes once a month to a couple of hours a week. We would love to help you serve in the areas God has gifted you.


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Multi-location News

30th Anniversary Celebration CANCELLED

Given the recent investigation results and all of the resulting emotions being felt throughout our multi-location church family, we have decided this August would not be the proper time for an anniversary celebration, so we have decided to cancel the previously planned August 19th event. Ecclesiastes 3:4 says, "There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance”. Let’s take this time to weep and mourn with those in need, knowing that the Lord will give us another time to celebrate in the future.

Immigrant Hope-Bloomington

Immigrant Hope, directed by Pastor Jeff Groen of Evergreen-Bloomington, is a non-profit organization that was created to serve the immigrant community in Bloomington and the Twin Cities south metro area with the HOPE of the gospel, HELP finding a pathway to legal residency, and a HOME in a church that cares for their needs. The staff is accredited by the Department of Justice and meets with immigrants, helping them understand their options and, if able, providing low-cost immigration legal services. Immigrant Hope – Bloomington is located in the Admin Wing here at Evergreen Church-Bloomington. Questions? Contact bloomington@immigranthope.org or 952-564-3767.

Classified Ads Online

Do you have something for sale, a room for rent, a business to advertise? Our classified ads come from and are available to all our locations, online. If you're a member (you have gone through the New Member’s Seminar and have signed the Membership Covenant) you can submit an ad by filling out the online form HERE.

The Classified can be seen online HERE.

men’s support & recovery

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 PM, Evergreen Church-Bloomington (2300 E 88th Street, Bloomington). Room 128.  For those with life-controlling behaviors. Contact Dick George at menssupport@evergreenchurch.com or 612-860-8081, please leave a message.


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 steveandalicemohror@gmail.com or 612-729-6123.

UR Fit

Urban Refuge-Downstairs, various days. Join us for some faith-based fitness fun! Classes will encourage everyone, regardless of age or ability, to become more prepared (more fit) to live lives that are healthy and whole so that we are better able to love God and others. Drop-ins of all fitness levels are always welcome and there is no fee. Contact Crystal Vander Heiden at crystalvandy@gmail.com or 952-687-1217 for the schedule.




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