I noticed yesterday that the Gateway Ministry Center has opened next to Cost Cutters in Heritage Square along S. Hwy 3. Back in 2007, I blogged that they had opened Northfield Healing Rooms in Heritage Square, also selling books, art, health products, coffee, and art. Steve Roberts and Rebecca Roberts were the pastors, according to a listing in the Northfield News. Their focus at that time:
Our mission is to help unite, equip and empower the body of Christ to promote healing as a vital part of ministry. Our focus is on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to work through us to heal the sick and infirmed.
Now they seem to have a different focus, though it’s not clear to me what it is. Steve Roberts is still listed as the pastor but there’s no mention of Rebecca Roberts. Their site also has a Gateway Youth Ignited page though this may be a discontinued program as their website doesn’t have a navigation option to it.
They also use the domain name gatewayawakening.net and have an affiliation with Gloryhouse International Church in Burnsville.
While the discussion rages (36 comments and counting) in last week’s blog post titled Downtown retail: struggling, thriving, searching, new stores keep opening along Hwy. 3.
A Sociale Make & Take Gourmet franchise (“Make it at our place. Bake it at yours!“) is due to open in Feb. in Heritage Square, next door to US Federal Credit Union. The corporate web site describes a Cooking for the Community program that “… enables parents, teachers, family and friends to help raise money for specific organizations.”
I think this is the second “take and bake” place in Northfield. The other: Papa Murphy’s, in the same mall. Are there others?
A few doors down, the Gateway Ministry Center of Wanamingo has opened Northfield Healing Rooms. “Our mission is to help unite, equip and empower the body of Christ to promote healing as a vital part of ministry. Our focus is on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to work through us to heal the sick and infirmed.”
Update 1/18: They also sell books, art, health products, coffee, and art. And the Northfield News lists them in the ‘Other’ section of their Faith Services page, with Steve Roberts and Rebecca Roberts, pastors.