by Michael Curl on June 21st, 2021
We know! The past year has been one of separation, boredom, anxiety, and uncertainty...but now the weather is changing, things are opening up, and it feels like we can take a huge exhale and get on with a bit of normalcy. With summer, that means getting out and seeing the world.At Branches, a lot of effort goes into making an environment and Sunday experience that you can bring your friends to. Bu...
A Letter To Branches
by Daniel Knutson on March 25th, 2021
Almost 14 years ago, I walked into the front doors of a church founded by a family who had already been an inspirational part of my journey with Jesus. I had recently found myself in the darkest, most destructive season of my life and it was in the midst of that darkness that I encountered a love so deep, so real, and so unequivocal that I had no choice but to pursue it with every ounce of energy I could muster. Which at that point in my life, wasn’t much energy at all.
January 24th Service Update
by Michael Curl on January 19th, 2021
Here's an update about the plans for Sunday Services on January 24th.
FY 2021 Semi-Annual Report (Q1 & Q2)
by Michael Curl on November 29th, 2020
Twice a year, we want to take time to share with those of you who call Branches home what is happening in our church. As you read on, you will see a financial snapshot as well as some of the events and opportunities people have participated in over the course of this last fiscal year.
Clarity and Unclear Times
by Daniel Knutson on March 17th, 2020
Here are some powerful words from our Youth Pastor, Timmy Rotter...
by Daniel Knutson on March 16th, 2020
Hey Branches!What a crazy time we are in right now! And what an amazing opportunity we have to spread the love, hope, and confidence we have in Jesus!Last Sunday Yesterday was unique, but it was awesome! It is hard to parse out exactly what kind of engagement we had, but Instagram Live had around 45 people watching, and Facebook showed over 600 people joined us for any amount of time! Again, it is...
Branches Kids Director
by Daniel Knutson on March 11th, 2020
If you attended services on February 23rd, you heard that not only is our Kids attendance growing in Branches Kids, but so is our team at Branches Kids! We have a huge desire to create amazing environments for our Kids at Branches. We want to see kids learn to love God, and not fight coming to church to hear more about Him! And there is so much potential to see God do amazing things in our Kids de...
Fair vs. Favor
by Daniel Knutson on March 4th, 2020
"Dad! He's not being fair!" "Mom! Why do I have to? It's not fair!"With four kids living in our house, we have the "fair fight" daily! Usually multiple times a day. If you are like me, I get exhausted hearing the same complaints multiple times. My patience wears thin, and eventually, I end up snapping back with, "Life isn't fair! Get over it!" And if your kids are anything like mine, you know that...
by Daniel Knutson on February 26th, 2020
Baggage. We all have some. I’m not talking about expandable carry-ons, soft shell duffels, hard cases with spinner wheels, or designer totes.Nope. I’m referring to the kind of past life experiences, personality traits, family dynamics and belief systems that play a less-than-best role in determining how we approach and navigate relationships.Similar to an airport, bus or train station, as peopl...
The Rhythm of Reading
by Daniel Knutson on February 19th, 2020
"The Bible Says” has more meaning to it than we give it credit for. Jesus's resurrection isn’t true because the Bible says it. The Bible says it because the resurrection is true. The stories in the Bible aren't fairy tales, they are a recounting of what actually happened. The Bible contains writings from more than 40 authors spanning 1600 years, with eyewitness accounts supporting the narratives f...
by Daniel Knutson on February 12th, 2020
The young people in our church and our city hold an exceptional place in my heart. Young students are in one of the most incredible seasons of learning, observing, and mimicking what they see. So to provide a place for kids and youth to learn and emulate the things of Christ is of the utmost importance. It all starts when your kids attend one of our Branches Kids environments, designed for student...
The Thought Isn't Enough...
by Daniel Knutson on February 5th, 2020
You probably heard it said, "It's the thought that counts." Usually this is said in reference to a poorly selected gift or ill-crafted statement intended to help or encourage. But does simply thinking about someone else actually count?Over the last few years, I have had some really interesting interactions with people who have been on my mind.In one instance early on last year, I had this thought ...