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Our Newest Staff Member

Well Substance, I’d like you to welcome Substance’s newest pastor:  “Reverend Mark Mellon” (O.K., but you don’t actually have to call him reverend).  Yes, indeed, the Substance staff family is growing!  And I know that hiring Mark won’t surprise hardly any of you.  After all, he virtually runs all of our Sunday morning ministry teams. …
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“Stinkin’ Cool Pastors” Alert

Last Night I just hung out with some pastor friends, Tory and Elizabeth Farina.Talk about a fun couple!Seriously, every time I hang with them they make me feel like a million bucks (that’s a nice skill when you’re a pastor).As for me:I have an ability to make people around me more sarcastic.And, yes, that’s a…
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Substance Recordings Have Begun!

  For years I’ve been telling people that God’s got a call on this church to do worship albums.  In fact, my associate recently told me that 7 of the final 14 bands in the classic 3 degrees band tournament are Substance members.  (translation:  “We’ve got a stinking amazing number of talented musicians.”) Of course, a…
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We’re Gonna Get “Deep” on Sundays in April

  Today I took my daughter, True to Barnes and Noble.  My daughter thinks that she’s a coffee connoisseur; but, really, she just loves double chocolate chip frappuccinos.   Of course, she promises that she’ll share it with me; but, really she inhales it before I even get a single sip  (& then she has the…
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Stinkin’ Cool Church Alert!

Well, sorry I was gone this last Sunday.  I heard that Pastor Rob Ketterling from River Valley Church absolutely knocked it out of the park.  And in case you’re wondering he’s always that authentic.   Everyone says that he reminds them of the actor Jeremy Piven (You know… the actor with that sexy voice.)  Anyway…I was…
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Construction Has Begun!

  Well, ladies and gents!   In case you’re wondering where we’re at with the office center, it is finally under construction!  Yipee!  This stuff takes forever!!!!!!   Architects, Lawyers, Contractors, City Planners… gosh…why can’t it be more like building a fort in my backyard!?   But alas!  There is much to be thankful for!    In…
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Speaking at NorthCentral’s Missional Conference

What a weekend!I hope you guys enjoyed John Bolin!Talk about a fun guy.It was also a huge blessing to me as I was preaching at NorthCentral University’s Missional Conference.  I would be exhausted today if I had to preach 3 services, a leadership service, and then 3 more sessions here at the NCU conference. Today…
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Work Hard. Play Hard.

What a great week it’s been!  As many of you know, it’s been a bit crazy around here.  We’ve been neck high in decisions over our Operation Center in Roseville!   Wow!  Talk about fun watching this thing become a reality!  Of course, many of you also know that we recently hired a newer office administrator…
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Operation Center Video Tour is Online

Well I want to give everyone a heads up!  If you haven’t taken a video tour of Substance’s new 12,000 sq.ft. Facility, we now have the video available online!  www.substancechurch.com/facility I kept getting so many of you telling me: “Can we sneak in sometime for a tour?”  So, Pastor Pete and I decided to shoot…
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Finally! An Operation Center for Substance

Can you believe that we’ve gotten this large without even having any real offices? Whenever I tell my pastor friends that we’ve got over 1600 frequent attenders… a solid number of full-time staff, yet no offices, their question is always the same: How are you doing it? And frankly, I really don’t know! We’ve been…
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