Urban Refuge News

Will You Get in the Game?

Volunteer for Vacation Bible Camp

July 9-12, 6:00-8:30 PM, Urban Refuge. Kids ages 4-11 will get their "Game On!" as they gear up for life's big game by learning key plays from God's playbook. Many volunteers are needed to make VBC a success! Adults and youth (ages 12 and up) are needed to help with small groups, games, crafts, snacks, registration, decorations, and more. Contact Christine Strahl at christine.strahl@gmail.com or 612- 822-1700.

Kids Night Out

Underground Church

Saturday, June 9, 5:30-8:30 PM, Cafeteria. The Children's Ministry would love to serve your children, ages 3-11, with dinner, worship, and activities as we learn about the work that the Lord Jesus is doing in His Church in China. As part of the evening, we’re excited to have a local missionary and his family, share with the children their different experiences in serving Chinese exchange students as they study in America and return to their homes in China. Questions? Contact Rusty Grunditz, 651-210-4450.

Mission Detroit

Info Meeting

Sunday, June 3, after service, Cafeteria. Interested in serving the city of Detroit? Hope Community Church, pastored by Pastor T, is having the Detroit version of Mission to the City this August 23rd-26th. Come find out about how you can join the team of 20 who will be going from the Urban Refuge. Questions? Contact Kenya Mejia.

Worship with New Hope 29:11

Worship Group from South Africa

We will have a special worship time on Sunday, May 27. The worship group New Hope 29:11 is on their Reconciliation Exchange Tour, traveling all the way from Cape Town, South Africa. This unique musical group embodies all the aspects of Hope Exchange by exchanging talent, cultural values, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ toward a better future. The group of young vocalists and musicians serves the community through their music ministry. They often provide “food for the soul” in the community and assist with community feedings, day camps, and other programs for neighborhood children of the Jeremiah Project. Questions? Contact Kenya Mejia.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Sunday, June 10, 11:45 AM, Cafeteria. Following the service, please join us for a volunteer appreciation ice-cream party. If you've served in any capacity, join us with your family. We thank you for your faithfulness in service. Questions? Contact Kenya Mejia, 323-770-1353.

Membership Class This Fall – Save the dates

Thursdays, September 27 & October 4, 6:00-8:30 PM, Gathering Space. Save the dates for the next membership class. Come and learn about our Core Values and what it means to be a member of the Urban Refuge.



Thursday November 8, 6:30-8:30 PM, Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina. America has the largest prison population in the world – and the criminal justice system that puts the men, women, and children in these prisons is broken. Excessive punishment and abuse are widespread, and the collateral consequences are devastating lives and communities. An inspiring and unflinchingly honest speaker, Bryan Stevenson talks about defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. The stories he tells are heartbreaking, yet inspiring, and motivate audiences to make a change. Registration is free, and opens June 4. For more information, go to transformmn.org/event/bryanstevenson.


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.

Urban Refuge Camp Out

Baker Park Reserve, June 1 - June 3

Join us for a great family-friendly camping experience at the Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain, just west of the Cities. We'll kick it off with a Friday night community BBQ, then have a weekend of bonfires, biking, swimming, fishing, yard games, and great conversations. Non-electrical and electrical sites available, along with camper cabins. 20 sites, all together. Reserve your 2-night stay online by May 14 at HERE. Questions? Contact Randy Schmidt.

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

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.

Finance Department Opening

We’re looking for a church member to join the Finance Department at the all location office in the Evergreen-Bloomington location. This is a full-time position working with all aspects of church finances. The ideal candidate will understand accounting, electronic transactions and human resources. Please send your resume to jbird@evergreenchurch.com.

Bakers Needed!

2018 GCC Pastors & Leaders Conference

June 21-22, Evergreen-Bloomington. Our churches are affiliated with Great Commission Churches (GCC). Each year, GCC has a pastors & leaders conference somewhere in the U.S. This year, it will be held at Evergreen-Bloomington. We will be hosting over 200 GCC pastors and leaders and we need your help!

We're looking for baked goods for their break times. You can even get reimbursed for the cost of the groceries you need to make your item(s)!

If you would like to assist with this wonderful event by giving of your time and talents, please email the church office at office@evergreenchurch.com or call Jeanne-Ann at 952-564-3762.

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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