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Pics of Lights at OC recording!

Well we just finished doing all of our new service times this weekend… and it all rocks. Wow.  Our Saturday recording at our Operation Center was stinkin cool! In case you didn’t know, starting this last Saturday August 1st, at 5pm, we started an event called the Saturday Night Recording at our Operation Center studio…
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Operation Center Opening Sunday!

  We have so many wonderful things going on this Fall.  We’re launching a new Substance worship experience at Northwestern’s fine arts theater (in addition to Fridley).  We’re also upgrading Fridley with a dual projection HD video system by this August (It will look like a huge vertical wall of video).  But, despite the flurry of…
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We’re going Multi-site! Fall Vision 2009

Well the staff and I just released some juicy church information in the new document:   The Substance Fall Vision 2009!  As many of you know, we continue to grow.  We have around 450 college students going home for summer this year…yet amazingly, we’ve filled almost every seat since they left!  Naturally, even if we…
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Innovation in Washington D.C.

What a crazy 24 hours!I just got back from a cool event in Washington D.C.No. I didn’t go for the national day of prayer.(However, I did throw a few up while I was there).Rather, it was basically a pastor’s round-table discussing the emerging forms of 21st century Pentecostalism.But the topic itself wasn’t the coolest part.The…
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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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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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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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