Faith briefs for the week of June 2

Berean Baptist Church Elder Board Chairman Tim Larson, center, welcomes Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, right, and the Rev. Wes Feltner, left, to the platform to kick off the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo submitted.

Berean breaks ground for expansion
Honored guests wielded golden spades turning heaps of earth to officially commence the building expansion at Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville. Berean’s Elder Board Chairman Tim Larson welcomed Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and Wes Feltner, lead pastor, to the platform to kick off the groundbreaking ceremony before a large crowd of Berean community members.

Larson opened the proceedings noting that seven representatives from the church’s 13 founding families were present to celebrate this 11th and final major building project. Mortgaging their homes and pooling their resources back in 1963, he recounted, those original families purchased the farmland that the church has occupied ever since.

“Burnsville is blessed that you chose this location,” Mayor Kautz said to the founding families. “Because of your vision, here we are in this place moving to the 11th expansion to continue preaching the word of God.”

Honored diggers included Larson, Kautz, Feltner, elder and building committee chairman Eric Rose, and founding members Jeff Mourning, Merlyn and Evelyn Pettit, Adelle Phillips, Donna Scholta, and Manley and Marvel Wheeler. Also present were architect Jean Turck from Miller Dunwiddie Architecture, and Norman Schroeder, senior project manager, and Todd Loeffler, project superintendent, from Anderson Companies, Berean’s construction partner.

The $13 million project will add 29,440 square feet to Berean’s existing facility, including a new worship center, larger commons, and additional classrooms and meeting spaces. Expanded parking also is part of the plan. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018.

More information about the church is at

Women’s luncheon
The Minnesota Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold its June luncheon 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at GrandStay Hotel & Conference Center, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley.

Speaker Donna Yecke will share “What’s it All About?” The event will include a fashion show.

Cost is $17.50. Reservations/cancellations: Jan at 651-434-5795 or [email protected]. Sponsored by Stonecroft,

VBS at St. John’s Lutheran
A summer children’s event called Maker Fun Factory VBS will be hosted 9 a.m. to noon June 12-16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lakeville.

At Maker Fun Factory, kids age 4 to fourth grade discover that God made them—and for a purpose. Kids participate in Bible-learning activities, sing songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Funshop Finale that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:30 a.m.

Kids at Maker Fun Factory VBS will join a missions effort to help create or provide materials for midwife kits for countries in Africa. Monetary donations are also accepted.

For more information, call 952-469-4916.

Community meals at Grace
Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley will serve community meals Mondays, June 5 and 26. Dining hall doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served from 6-6:30 p.m.

These meals are for senior citizens, single-parent families, families in transition and all others in the surrounding community seeking a healthy meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Although the meals are free, donations are accepted.

For more information, call the church at 952-432-7273. Grace Lutheran Church is located at the intersection of Pennock Avenue and County Road 42.

Salad luncheon at Farmington Lutheran
Farmington Lutheran Church’s annual salad luncheon is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 15. The luncheon features a variety of salads as well as rolls and beverages. Take-out is available.

Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children.

Farmington Lutheran is at 20600 Akin Road. Call 651-463-4100 for more information.

Garage sale at St. John’s
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 12508 Lynn Ave., Savage, will hold its Super Sale June 22-24.

An early bird sale will be 5-8 p.m. June 21 with $3 admission. Sale hours June 22-23 will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. A bag sale will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24; $5 per bag or five bags for $20.

For more information on the garage sale, call 952-890-9465 or visit

Kids camp at The Well
The Well, 14770 Canada Ave. W., Rosemount, offers a free Christian camp 6-8 p.m. June 26-29 where kids can participate in interactive worship and skill development in the areas of sports, the great outdoors or arts and crafts. It is open to children age 4 through fifth grade (fall 2017).

The camp theme is “Gadgets and Gizmos – Uniquely Wired, Wonderfully Made!”

Registration information is at