2018 September News and Events

Financial Update

YTD budget – $67,610 YTD Income – $67,568 YTD Expenses $63,345 Thank you for your faithful support of the ministry of the church!! God is providing what we need!

Check out the Minutes

Interested in the business of the church? The monthly minutes are posted from the Deacons and Church Council on the bulletin board.

Important Church News

  • Please pray for Mary Eklund who had surgery on August 31.
  • Please keep Wayne Swanson in your prayers after a difficult recovery from hip surgery.
  • Thanks to all who participated in our Summer Ministry activities!! 
  • Abram and Benny Blessing were baptized at Lake Auburn on August 18. Be sure to congratulate them.
  • We had 25 campers for our Family Camp at Lake Auburn on August 17-19. We had 30 come to our outdoor worship service on Sunday. We are already making plans for next year’s family camp. Details coming soon.
  • Harry and Lynn Birlew have showed a desire for church membership by coming forward in our worship service. They will meet with the Deacons to share their testimonies ASAP. If you are interested in membership or baptism please see Pastor John.
  • Youth Group Biking on September 15 – See Derek for details
  • Parents Meeting on September 16 – The parents of our youth are invited to attend our parents meeting to find out about the direction of our youth ministry. Please join us at 6:30 at the church for this important meeting.
  • David Koblish will be singing in our worship service on September 30. David has been with us before and brings a wonderful ministry in music. We will receive a love offering for his ministry.


Church Website

www.minnetristachurch.org. Get all your MBC news, dates, sermons etc…

St Boni Lunch Bunch

The community will meet on September 12 at 12 noon at the St Boni Community Center for a potluck.  Come and meet some of your neighbors and be a light to our community.

Food for thought…Satan puts question marks in your life where God has put periods!

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Our Mission

“The people of Minnetrista Baptist Church are Christ-followers who love, serve and share so our neighbors can come to know Him.”

Our Values

  • Preaching and Teaching God’s Word
  • Biblical Obedience
  • Prayer
  • Community
  • Evangelism

Our Vision

  • “Kitchen” – To inspire, equip and challenge one another to purposeful service within the Body of Christ
  • “Garage” – To train and support one another to live on mission, having confidence to tell His story
  • “Sidewalk and Road” – To bring Christ and His Gospel to our neighbors through meaningful relationships

2018 September Youth News

Dear MBC Family,

As our summer is coming to a close, I am thankful to say that we as a youth group had one final event to end the summer. On Tuesday, August 21st, our group went on a trip to Valleyfair amusement park in Shakopee. We had an amazing turnout, 18 kids and 5 adults, and of course, a great time! The objective of these kinds of events is for those in the youth group to get to know one another better. There are some who are coming into the group for the first time and this was a terrific opportunity for them to begin to get to know the others who are already in the group! For those who have been in the group, it was another great bonding experience for them as they begin to head back to school. I’ve been blessed with many opportunities this summer to build relationships with the teens and this was another opportunity as well. Altogether, Valleyfair was a fantastic time had by all! A special thank you to Laura, Jennifer, Danita, and Pastor John for tagging along and chaperoning on this trip.

For God’s Glory,

Derek Patz

2018 September Pastor John's Jots

I just received a postcard from my dentist. On the front were a flower and the words “A Gentle Reminder.” They probably sent the gentle reminder card to ward off any fears because the last time I was there I spent 2 hours in her chair and there was nothing gentle about it!! Sometimes the Lord gently reminds me of His love, grace, provision, truth, and comfort. Sometimes He not so gently reminds me of hurtful words, sinful thoughts, unnecessary anger, gossip, gluttony, pride and covetousness. Yes, your pastor is a sinner!! I know that may shock some of you but it is true. When we became Christ-followers God the Holy Spirit indwells us. One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is conviction. I’m glad the Holy Spirit is allowed to search my heart and show areas of sin and areas I need to grow in. I’m also glad my heart is soft to His poking around. A soft heart confessing sin and repents. I once heard a pastor say that he keeps short accounts with the Lord. The idea behind his statement was that he checks in with the Holy Spirit regularly and asks for those gentle reminders of sin. Take care to keep short accounts with God so He doesn’t have to set you in His chair for a 2 hour not so gentle procedure!!

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

And lead me in the everlasting way.

Psalm 139:23-24

See you in Church,

Pastor John