Join us in our Bible Readings for the year as a congregation as we read the "Connecting with Christ Bible Readings." The Sunday Speaker schedule is listed below the Bible Readings.
Do you want to connect with Christ in your life? Do you want to have the Holy Spirit remake your heart as you draw near to God through His Living Word? “Connecting with Christ Bible Readings” provides a pathway to finding God’s presence each day. Readings are set up for a 5 day a week reading, with 1 or 2 readings a day and two days off for reflection.
Readings for December
November 30 - December 4
John 20 Psalm 22
John 21 Isaiah 48
Hebrews 1 Joel 3; Ps.102
Hebrews 2 Ps. 22
Hebrews 3 Psalm 144
December 7 - 11
Hebrews 4 Psalm 95
Hebrews 5 Psalm 80
Hebrews 6 Eccles. 11
Hebrews 7 Psalm 96
Hebrews 8 Jeremiah 31
December 14 - 18
Hebrews 9 Psalm 76
Hebrews 10 Psalm 40
Hebrews 11 Psalm 132
Hebrews 12 Isaiah 38
Hebrews 13 Ps. 43; Ps.54
December 21 - 25
1 John 1 Isaiah 56
1 John 2 Isaiah 41
1 John 3 Psalm 91
1 John 4 Deut. 11
1 John 5 Psalm 47
December 28 - 31
2 John Isaiah 37
3 John Psalm 15
Ephesians 1 & 2 Ezekiel 36 1 Peter 1 Isaiah 55
Bible Readings for the year 2020 available to be mailed to your home address in a booklet form by contacting Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or available below as a download. A PDF download of the last year's 2019 Bible Readings in list/chart form and as a Excel download are available just below as well.
Courtesy of Mary Matthies
We will continuing with the time of 9:30 am for our worship service.
We have spaced out our seating in the church sanctuary to hold around 70 people and facilitate social distancing. Seating is spaced out for 50% capacity and social distancing. We also steam the service live to large TV in our basement if you feel you need more space or privacy. The wearing of masks will be according to the current mandates from the Governor of Minnesota: meaning at this time, masks are mandated for all indoor public gatherings. Check here or on the AHCC Facebook Pages for updates and for any changes. The Covid-19 Plan for the church required by the State of Minnesota is available at the church or by emailing, email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please call Pastor Steve at 605-881-9024.
We have reached our financial goal to begin building our new church, Lord willing in June. Thanks be to God! And Thanks to all, who have sacrificed and given over the last few years including those who helped as with the 20/20 Vision Project this spring. We welcome any donations to help us as there will always be extra expenses as we move forward with our building construction. We will still need donations as we move along. We will still need donations in the future as there are things ahead of us, that we are raising money for. Donations can be mailed to Antelope Hills Christian Church, 2075 280th Avenue, Canby Minnesota 56220.
November Update 11-02-2020
We endured some Thanksgiving like weather a month early with snow, wind, ice and cold. Thanks to all the crew on two different occasions that helped shovel snow (Yes, SNOW on our new floor). As of November 2nd, the roof is on the East side of the church ready for the shingles and the Schlenner crew along with some folks from Antelope Hills are hoping to set the remaining West rafters this first week of November. The roofline is tall and the building is really beginning to stand out against the blue sky.
October Update -10/1/2020
The concrete has all been poured and finished by Merritt Construction and Penning Construction. Heating and plumbing has been installed in the floor by CAS plumbing. The sewer system is being completed and connected up to the city sewer by Stu Frazeur and crew as we go into October. Work has progressed steadily on the walls by Ron Schlenner Construction. Many people are excited to see the building structure taking place. Rafters will be going up shortly. Thanks to all the contractors that have helped thus far and for those working on the continuing project and thanks to all who have helped from our congregation with equipment, time and work! Many thanks as well to Kent Goplen for leading the way as our General Contractor and all the others from the church who have brought equipment and donating many hours cleaning up and helping with the digging and cement work.
September Update - 9/27-2020
The concrete has all been poured and the floor is ready with the heating and plumbing has been installed in the floor. The sewer system is being completed as we go into October. The walls are going up and everyone is excited to see the building structure taking place. Rafters will be going up shortly. Thanks to all the contractors that have helped thus far and for those working on the continuing project!
July Update -7/28/2020
A great deal of work has gone into our building project that is not really evident. Rocks have picked up, fill dirt has been brought in, packed and leveled, much of this by members of our congregation. Contractors have gotten a lot of work done. The water lines are in, the gas line is in, the footings and the foundation walls are in, the underground plumbing network of pipes are in, the electricity has been brought to building site and other things are done. In the weeks ahead, the concrete will go in, along with the in-floor heating pipes, electrical work and other items completed. Hopefully we will begin to see the actual construction of the building starting in the next month. Many thanks, to Kent for heading up our construction project and for bringing his equipment for various jobs. Thanks to Stu and crew, Nathan, Ralph and Delroy for bringing their equipment as well. Thanks to Reed for keeping things on track, as the Chairman of the Building Committee. Thanks to all the people picking up rocks and working with shovels and rakes and a special thanks to the young people with their strong backs for helping with the packing of the fill.
Video Devotions from Pastor Steve Maas covering various subjects and topics. Hopefully these devotions will lead to some new insights from God's Word and help to strengthen and encourage followers of Christ in their faith. More Videos can be found by looking for the youtube channel of Pastor Steven Maas. Search for Steven Maas (click on the Steven Maas with the sunglasses, standing by the ocean) or copy this link -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeGc--J8yByaJcGGGpVpJrQ
We had a good turn out for our prayer vigil during the evening hours of Saturday Night, May 30th and into the next morning. On Sunday Night, May 31th we gathered at the new church site for a prayer time together, seeking God's comfort for the hurting and broken in this time of upheaval, wisdom, calmness and peace, and protection for families, people, protests, authorities, National Guard, police and all those in leadership. We also prayed for the Covid situation. We took time to pray over the building process for the new church and for the church body to seek God, his purposes, the Holy Spirit that we as a church might show the Light of Christ. Everyone is urged to continue to pray for calmness, safety, reason and God's intervention in the chaotic and dangerous situations across the country. Everyone is urged to continue to pray for our church, the construction workers and the stages of building along the way as we work towards the new church.
Thanks to all who participated in our overnight prayer time.
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There is a video link on the AHCC facebook page at the end of this article for those that would prefer to watch a video of these thoughts.
Some Pastoral Thoughts in this “Season of Concern”
Here we are in the middle of something that is much bigger than us. Here we are in an event that we never expected to be part of. Yet at the same time, we do not even know, if this corona-virus will even affect us locally or individually. Where do we look? What do we concern ourselves with, as we both face and live through this uncertain and unknown situation? Of course, we need to be wise and prudent in applying the guidelines from health officials and yet, we also need to guard ourselves from being consumed with the danger to our health and well-being by becoming overwhelmed with anxiousness or worry.
First of all, we need to release our anxieties to our Savior and Shepherd. We do this by praying as the Apostle Paul advised, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 8:12). We must trust in Christ and cast our concerns and anxieties on Him as we trust in Him knowing that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Be prayerful and instead of spending time worrying, give the time to memorizing Scripture, so that those promises can be a fortress for your mind to find a place to find refuge and strength.
Secondly, in these times when things are so serious, we need to be thoughtful, safe and careful while at the same time resisting any impulses to panic. When we panic, we become foolish in our decisions. Instead, we need to carefully consider things, not being quick to believe everything we feel or sense but to trust in God’s Word, follow wise advice from reputable sources and seek out sensible friends. Then we need to consider what steps are appropriate in each situation and in each day and plan to do those things (Proverbs 14:16). In considering our responses and being purposeful in our actions, we will be wise, we will find prudence, knowledge and discretion (Proverbs 8:12).
Finally, we need to fix our gaze on Jesus and encourage those around us to do the same. He is the one unchanging thing upon which we can find strength. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and thus our gaze should remain upon Him. We have His secure and eternal promise, to put our trust in. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me” (John 14:1). At the same time, we need to encourage each other with the encouragement that comes from trusting in our Lord. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up …” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Individually and together, we must steady our gaze upon our Lord. Our faith must always and continually be fixed on Christ. We must gaze upon Him and trust in the care, guidance and power, He brings to us every day as we walk with Him in faith. With our gaze fixed on Christ, our faith remains fixed on Him, no matter what the struggle, danger or fear we may encounter in the moment, in the day or in the season we might find ourselves in. In bleakness, we look for God’s provision and sufficiency. In fear and danger, we look for God’s strength and rescue. In what seems overwhelming, we look for God’s mighty hand. In the impossible, we look for the possibilities of God’s presence. In the waiting, we look for God’s wisdom. In the unknowing, we look for God’s knowledge. In the hard moments, we look for God’s grace. In the shattering, we look for God’s mending. In the busy, we look for God’s calming. In the noisy, we look for God’s quieting. Our gaze needs to fixed on Christ alone and all that comes from God because we know His love is steadfastly fixed upon us and His love endures forever. When our focus is on Christ, then He becomes your strength. His grace is always sufficient because His love is so extravagantly wrapped around us in all of our days (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Here is the incredible truth, Jesus Christ, is the Author of our faith, sustains us as we persevere through all things and will meet us to be our eternal King when we finish the race of life. We can know and trust that He will carry us through every moment, every day and every season. All we have to do is trust in Him!
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV).
(Take time to memorize this Life Verse and let it be strength to you and a place of refuge for your soul.)
A little prayer for the day … “Oh Lord, steady my gaze in the bleakness, steady my gaze in danger and fear, steady my gaze in disappointment, steady my gaze in heartache and doubt, steady my gaze upon You, and You alone. Oh Lord, steady my gaze upon You, in everything I face. Steady my gaze upon You, that I may see only Your love, care, guidance, and provision. Thank you for being with me, in all that I face today, tomorrow or in the future. Lift up my heart, whenever it is troubled. In Your Name, Jesus. Amen.”will
This is a painting done by Grace Vanderbush of the proposed church building ... the fellowship at Antelope Hills desires to build with the help of many people giving and sacrificing to create a place of worship and service to our Great and Loving Savior. We are appealing to God to bless this place as we seek to give honor to Him. None of this would have been possible without the Almighty God walking alongside us through provision and blessing. We cannot truly express our massive gratitude to God for opening doors and making this building of a new church possible. We also say "Thank You" to all from near and far who have given financially and in service to make this possible.
These are the plans for the inside of the new church composed and drawn up by Darren Matthies through the work of the Design Committee and the Building Committee.
We realize the we can never build a church capable or worthy of truly honoring the Almighty and Living who created the heavens and earth, but we pray that we as a church fellowship and individually will live humbly before him as we follow His Word and serve Him with our lives.
This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place? My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. Isaiah 66:1-5 NLT
For over nine years, Antelope Hills Christian Church has been giving away furniture to anyone in need in the local communities. Hundreds of pieces of furniture, appliances, medical equipment and household furnishings have been given away in the past few years. What started humbly in our church parsonage has expanded into rental space at the CAMA/Connection building in the town of Canby. Donations are accepted from the communities and passed along through advertising on social media and through local agencies. More information about this vital and growing ministry or about volunteering to help or serve with us is available by contacting Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church at 507-223-5626. We are open on Mondays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Wednesday mornings 8:00 to 9:00 am. Pastor Steve can also be reached at 605-881-9024.
It was a great evening at our Beef Stew Supper fundraiser along with the Silent Auction which was held on September 12th at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. A huge "Thank You" to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church for graciously granting us the use of their church facilities and to Bruce and Juli Wornson who were the chefs. Special Thanks as well to Danielle Frazeur who was the coordinator of the event, Renee Frazeur and Jane Goplen who managed the Auction and all the many helpers, preparation, decorating, and serving crews from church who made this event a great evening and a great success. Many thanks also to many individuals in the community and in our church family for your generous support in donating prizes, attending the auction and for your bidding on the items in the auction.
Antelope Hills Church Rummage Sale Number 2 was held on Saturday, June 29 in Dawson. This followed a Rummage Sale in Canby earlier. A huge thank-you to Renee Frazeur for organizing these rummage sales this summer. Thanks to all, who donated and those that helped before, during and after the sales.
All funds raised will go to the AHCC New Building Fund!!
Join us after church services for a some food, fun and fellowship on the nicest day of the year, this Sunday May 26th. A good chance to enjoy the fellowship of the Antelope Hills Church family. Remember our worship services start at 9:30 for the summer starting May 26th.
A Big Thanks to Darren, Mary, Lisa, Nathan, Reed, Danielle and Jim Thorpe and any others who helped with our Summer Kick Off.
Wow, can you believe it? $100,000 raised in one year! The Envelope Window fundraiser is complete. All the envelopes and more have been filled and given as offerings for the new building. So thankful to God and to all the people, near and far who gave in this fundraiser! Pastor Steve
A great evening with music and praise and extra touching moments that were shared with the group about the Holy Land. Thanks to the Worship Band and crew for the extra efforts at an new location. Thanks to everyone involved with the program. Thanks to all the men and women who helped out at Our Saviour's Church for our Salad Supper and a special thanks to those from Our Saviour's church.
Volunteers from all the churches volunteered for a Meals on Wheels Slot as Community Churches in March. Thanks to all who helped from the arious churches. It was much appreciated to finish the task in our long winter. Any questions, please call or email Pastor Steve Maas at 605-881-9024 or email@example.com
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Thanks to Nathan and Lisa Thorpe and family for the truck, coordinating the decorating and all their efforts to get the AHCC float together and in the Canby parade. Thanks to Grant, Danielle and Sharon for helping decorating as well and also to Danielle and Sharon for helping me hand out gifts along the parade route. Nice turnout, a little cold but a fun evening!
Grant Goplen 507-828-2131
Dale Schoberg 507-223-7187
Reed Frazeur 507-223-1517
Ted Berckes 507-290-9264
Wes Shepherd 507-277-5516
Dale Peterson 320-769-4655
Jim Sayre 507-223-7013
Grant Goplen 507-828-2131
Loren Demmer 507-223-7224
Delroy Thompson 507-223-5740 Wes Shepherd 507-277-5516 Dale Schoberg 507-223-7187
Every year, Antelope Hills Christian Church joins the churches around the world in remembering the Persecuted Church around the world. This year our day of reflection and prayer was on Sunday November 11, 2018. Sharon and Troy shared thoughts on the people and churches in Iraq and India. There were also some insights into the situation in Pakistan and a powerful video presentation on Pakistan. Please remember the Persecuted Church in your prayers and get involved in some way to help them. Various opportunities are listed at https://www.persecution.com/IDOP/ and https://www.opendoorsusa.org/ The video can be seen at https://www.persecution.com/IDOP/
WE started this fundraiser last winter in February/March and we are on our way with the Envelope Money Raiser for our new church building. Our goal is $100,000 dollars. The envelopes start in the single digits and go up to $300 as of now. As of August 6, 2018, we have raised around $46,000.00. Way to go, everyone. Grab an envelope and put it in the offering! Out of towners, we welcome all donations, large and small. Thanks to all, who have given to make this a successful endeavor to get into our new building to serve our Lord and Savior in new ways!
With the help of God moving in people's hearts, we completed this fundraiser as of February 1st, 2019 with well over $100,000.00 raised and all the envelopes taken and filled ... thanks to everyone from the church and friends and family from near and far, who gave as well.
Thanks to Delroy, Wes and Jim for their work on getting the church sign up and solidified with concrete!
Thanks to Rebecca Shepherd for making our new sign for our "Furniture Ministry" space at the Connection Building in Canby. It looks good and the general public will be able to know the location of the furniture in a more recognizable way.
A great day on the Laq Qui Parle River. Young and not so young, all had a great day! Thanks to Adrian for helping organize this day on the river. A reflection on the day, follows the pictures.
Thanks to all who helped out with our New Church Garage Sale on June 16th - 7:00 to 1:30. Over $600.00 was raised to go into our Building Fund Campaign. A great big hand to Renee Frazeur for organizing the sale and working hard to make it a big success!
On Sunday May 20, a good group gathered to pray over the new church site and building site. May it be the first of many gatherings!
The Church Body of Believers at Antelope Hills are reading through the New Testament in 2018. We are reading 5 Chapters a week which should take around 5 minutes or so a day and then taking time to reflect each day or on the weekend. Join us on this adventure in reading God's Word together. Reflections on the readings from the week are shared during our Sunday Services by people from the congregation. We feel this reading of the Word together will be blessed by the Holy Spirit in a unifying way that we might together serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you would like to be part of the 5X5 Reading plan, please pick up a schedule at the church or click on the link below to access the downloadable 5X5 Bible reading plan at the Navigators website. Thanks
This is long overdue ... but many thanks to the men and women of Antelope Hills Church for all they do outside the walls of the church. You are volunteering in school groups and functions, coaching, civic groups, blood drives, Meals on Wheels! I am thankful to all of you and all the different places you serve!
I would like to say a big thank you to Barb for playing for me all these years at Sylvan Court, Marvin for helping out and for Nancy who has helped out in the summer at Sylvan.
As a church body along with some other members of the community and some other pastors along the way we have spent hundreds of hours fixing, remodeling, cleaning, organizing, building, planning and working at the CAMA/Connection Building as we moved from the old Connection building and remodeled the new one. The creative blackboard wall and the Lite Bright wall just below are two of the coolest things we built working at the CAMA/Connection building with Betsy Schmitt's (Connection Manager) ideas to make a blackboard area and use the old garage door from the new Connection building. Thanks to all the AHCC movers, cleaners, food providers, workers and painters for your help ... Lisa, Adriane, Cheyenne, Stuart, Dale S., Dale P., Jim S., Betty, Marcella, Mary Anne, Charlotte, Emily, Delroy, Greg and Zach C. and myself. Will put up some more pictures from the CAMA/Connection in the next few weeks. Antelope Hills rents part of the CAMA/Connection building for our Furniture Ministry. Thanks to all who have helped me out delivering or loading furniture with the Furniture Ministry as well Jim T., Darren, Wes, Reed, Stuart, Grant, Dale S., Mary Anne, Dale P., Emily, Toby and Delroy and many others. Also thanks to all those who helped with the Van carpet redo ... Jim S., Kent, Delroy, Marvin and Dale S. and Jane for giving us some snacks along the way.