Remembering Newsworthy Stories around Redeemer through the Years!
News from April 2021
To God be the glory as we celebrate the completion of a four-and-a-half month remodel on our building. On April 25 the congregation was invited into the enlarged central lobby area for a special time of dedication to the Lord’s ministry.
The main goals accomplished by this project include create an environment where all are welcome to worship, gather and fellowship, plus learn to live and serve like Jesus; provide a centralized location that connects all areas of ministry and simplifies the navigation within the building; and increase the security for children, staff and congregation.
Thank you for praying, donating, and laboring to make our “Building declaration” a reality: “Develop and implement a master property improvement plan that will meet the changing needs of our growing congregation and mission by the end of 2021.”
Looking back on 2020
We will all remember 2020 as quite the year, very well described in our church chair’s report prepared for the Annual Report. Following are a few excerpts:
“WOW! What else can you say about 2020? A Covid-19 Pandemic & Social Injustice events literally impacted everyone on earth. Touching every part of our lives! But by God’s Grace our Redeemer Covenant family made it through 2020 finding new ways to worship our Magnificent God individually and as a church family.”
“We started 2020 with in church worship, discipleship and fellowship only to come to a screeching halt in mid-March. Through the hard work of staff and many of our members and attendees we found ways to worship, minister and spiritually feed our congregation. While many congregations went into a hibernation mode, Redeemer, driven by God’s strategic Vision and Mission for Redeemer, found ways to move forward on our Ministry Declarations including an exciting building renovation program preparing our ministry space for growth!”
“Our worship started with baby steps and put out audio recordings for worship and then grew to Zoom gatherings, outdoor services and eventually socially distanced in-church worship supplemented with live-streaming of our services, traditional and contemporary. God has blessed Redeemer in 2020 preparing us for new and exciting ways to worship and serve Him!”
“Here’s to a 2021 that will bear fruit of all the hard work so many labored on in 2020 for His Glory! In His Love, Rob Anderson, Chair, Redeemer Covenant Church”
News from April 2019
At our Spring Annual Meeting on April 28, the congregation approved updated Vision and Mission statements presented by Redeemer’s leadership as part of our refreshed Strategic Plan. We are excited to lean into these guidelines for focus over the next few years as we follow God’s direction for Redeemer. Explore more about What We Believe.
- Our new VISION statement: A Christ-Centered, Diverse Community United By God’s Redeeming Love, Growing Together and Going Together
- Our new MISSION statement: To join God’s work by reaching, discipling and equipping people to courageously and authentically live out God’s Word in Brooklyn Park and beyond
Our senior pastor, Rev. Ben Pease, writes: “In the Church, clear vision is critical. Proverbs 29:18 reminds us, ‘Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law’ (ESV).”
News from June 2018
Congratulations to Pastor Ben Pease! On Saturday, June 23, at the culmination of the nationwide gathering in Minneapolis of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) 2018 Annual Meeting, Pastor Ben, along with other brothers and sisters, was Ordained at a moving worship service. The service was hosted by the ECC President Gary Walter and Richard Lucco, Executive Director of Ministry Development.
So what is Ordination in the Evangelical Covenant Church and what does it mean?
The ECC believes that there is only one mission of the church: the mission of God made known in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. This mission belongs not only to the ordained, commissioned, licensed and consecrated persons, but to the whole church as a priesthood of believers. As it says in 1 Peter 2:9, “You are a chosen race, a royal Priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of the him who called you out of darkness into marvelous light.”
While the ministry of the Triune God belongs to the whole church, the ECC has recognized the specific service of the work of God by those endowed with the requisite gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit, discerned and confirmed by the church to be so equipped. This apostolic ministry is entrusted to those who have been formed and educated rightly to handle the word of truth, to equip the people of God, both corporately and individually, for their respective ministries in the world, and to build up the congregation in faith, hope and love.
In the rite of Ordination to Word and Sacrament, which Pastor Ben has completed, candidates are charged with the authority to preach the Word, to administer the sacraments, and to bear rule in the church.
Pastor Ben has completed all of the requirements for Ordination, which included years of studies and interviews at both the conference and national level of our denomination. Let’s extend our congratulations and appreciation to Rev. Ben Pease and his family!
Check out the Pastor’s Blog
News from July 2017
On Sunday evening, July 23, at our special congregational meeting, there was a unanimous decision to extend a call to Rev. Ben Pease by the members present. Now the Leadership Team is pleased to announce that Pastor Ben has accepted the call to be our new Senior Pastor at Redeemer Covenant Church and will begin immediately.
Installation service held on Sunday, August 23, 2017
News from July 2016
Redeemer is a serving church. A big thank you for sharing Jesus’ love in a big way and helping us make a big kingdom impact—both in Brooklyn Park, MN and in Flint, MI.
Feed My Starving Children – Nearly 80 volunteers joined us at Feed My Starving Children for two sessions on July 25, 2016! We packed 33,696 meals for children in Haiti! That’s enough to feed 92 kids for a whole year!!! The cost of the meals we packed is nearly $7,000.
Flint Water Project – A praise update from Redeemer’s Vacation Bible School the week of July 18, 2016! Our offering project raised funds for lead testing for kids in Flint, MI. Our goal was $400 to provide tests for 50 kids. Our final total was $567, enough for 70 kids!
News from June 2015
It is official! Pastor Seth was approved for his ordination to Word and Service on June 27, 2015, during the business session of the annual meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church held in Kansas City, with the service of ordination that evening.
News from October 2014
An article on the Covenant website highlights the work being done in our community by Pastor Steve Larson and many others connected with churches, the city, and other organizations, with a focus on the new Brooklyn Avenues youth safe house. Read more:
Pastor Todd Kardell and other youth pastors spent 48 hours on the roof of Discover Church to raise awareness of youth homelessness and raise funds for the new Brooklyn Avenues safe house for youth. Read the story in the Covenant Companion
News from May 2013
Did you know that each Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 my office becomes a bike shop? For the last year, I have been working with the staff and a group of kids from the Zanewood Recreation Center on a program called Spokes Kidz. Each participant in the program receives a bike, learns how to disassemble it, designs a new look for the bike, and then reassembles the “new” bike.
The program has been a lot of fun, a great learning experience for all involved, one that teaches important life skills, and has led to some great conversations along the way. -Pastor Seth Lindberg
News from Spring 2013
“How Becoming a Parent Made Me a Bad Youth Pastor (and a Better One Also)” is a refreshing article by Redeemer’s youth pastor Todd Kardell about how becoming a parent affects his youth ministry…in a great way.
Get to know Todd’s passion through this transparent message from his heart. Read a condensed version on page 3 of the Spring 2013 Northwest Conference Imprints newsletter.
News from June 2012
The Evangelical Covenant Church annual meeting concluded on June 24, 2012, in Irvine, California, where Pastor Todd Kardell was ordained to Word and Sacrament during the ordination and commissioning service.
News from April 2012
On Sunday, April 10, 2011, Redeemer Covenant Church began a yearlong celebration of our Golden Anniversary with a special kickoff presentation highlighting the early beginnings of Redeemer. Throughout this year 2012, we have seen glimpses back through Redeemer’s history in each week’s bulletin as well as in occasional media presentations and special pictorial displays.
Our 50th Anniversary year culminated on Sunday, April 15, 2012, with a banquet at the Northland Inn following a special service at the church. We thank and praise our God for his great love and faithfulness through these 50 years.
News from October 2011
“What’s Taste of Africa?” you ask. If you came to church on Sunday, October 9, you were greeted with the aromas of dishes like fried plantains, fufu and soup, rice bread and donuts, and puff puff—a delicious “taste” from a variety of African countries.
But the day wasn’t only about eating! Colorful costumes and lively music were shared in the Sunday morning service of praise and thanksgiving. Read all about it on the worldwide website of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
News from September 2011
Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, were a couple of lively, colorful days full of festivities. La Bendición Covenant Church and Redeemer Covenant Church joined to provide a rich cultural experience right here in Brooklyn Park! Read the thrilling report of Hispanic Heritage weekend on the national Covenant website: Festival Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
News from August 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011, was a day of celebration as we extended our congratulations to Pastor Steve Larson, who was ordained to Word and Sacrament at the Evangelical Covenant Church’s Annual Meeting on June 30, 2011.
News from Summer 2011
Our own soccer field is filled with kids on Tuesday and Thursday evenings who are participating in the Kickin’ Kids Summer Soccer program! Redeemer Covenant Church has teamed up with La Bendición Covenant Church to offer soccer camp for boys and girls in three age groups. The children meet new friends from the neighborhood while building strong team skills. Most importantly, players are introduced to Jesus in this fun and active setting.