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Sunday Book Study with Pastor Dana:

June 1st, 8th, 15th

in the Fellowship Hall from 4-5:30

 Join us in a book/bible study based on Marcus Borg’s Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning And Power -- And How They Can Be Restored.

 Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

Christian language has become a stumbling block in our time.  Much of its basic vocabulary is seriously misunderstood by Christians and non-Christians alike.  Big words like salvation, saved, sacrifice, redeemer, redemption, righteousness, repentance, mercy... have acquired meanings that are serious distortions of their biblical and traditional meanings.... The book’s purpose is to redeem or reclaim Christian language in all of its richness and wisdom.

 Come to one session or all! 



All Church BBQ – June 15:

Bring a dish to pass and whatever you may want to grill.  The Deacons will help out grilling if you don’t want to do it yourself.  Lemonade, coffee, water will be provided by the Deacons.  We plan to start after the congregational meeting has concluded.  Hope to see you there!


Calling All Families!!!!

                              JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION!

On Sunday June 15th, after worship during the All Church Barbecue, Amy DeMaster will put out a call for young families to gather on a patch of grass for conversation.  The purpose will be to get to know one another a bit better and see if there is a desire to get together throughout the year for events or dinners, or to share resources, or simply to play!


A Night At The Movies For All Ages!  (with popcorn, of course!)

Saturday, June 21st, 6:30

                             There will be two films to view: 

GOLD FEVER     Join us in the Fellowship Hall for a screening of this award winning documentary about gold trade and the struggles of the people in Guatemala.

And for the young and young at heart: 

THE LORAX   In the Education area, there will be a screening of The Lorax, which is based on a children’s book by Dr. Seuss. The film chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler.


June 29th, Mankato Moondogs:

Game starting at 6:05pm at Franklin Rodgers Park.  Tailgating to start at 5:00pm in the Madison East Parking lot.  Bring your own beverages, chips and hot dogs will be provided.  Tickets are $4.00 each, please pre pay and sign up by June 22.  Any questions please contact Dan Stueber.


Hotdog Stand 2014 - June 27, 28 and 29th:

The signup sheet for our 2013 Hotdog Stand at Cub Hilltop is on the bulletin board.  The profits from this activity are used for our help at Common Hope in Antigua, Guatemala.  This is a fun time for all.  We will need 27 people to fill all of the slots.  Please consider signing up to help or just stop by to have a great brat or hotdog!!



Pilgrim Point Family Camp:

 Family Camp 2014 at Pilgrim Point will be Friday, July 11th through Sunday July, 13th. Each summer members of our congregation gather for a weekend of intergenerational fellowship and relaxation. The camp is located on a prominent point of Lake Ida just north of Alexandria, MN. It sits on 56 acres, many of which are in the woods with a number of hiking trails. The remainder being on the sandy shores of Lake Ida.

 This year we will be in three of the POEM cabins which consist of two units per cabin with 8 beds in each unit. In addition there will be a few campground spots available. The cost is $50/person (13 & older), $36/person (4 to 12), and free to those 3 and younger. The cost includes meals and lodging for the weekend. Camp registration forms are available in the church office or from Dan Pesonen who is available to answer any questions you might have. He can be reached at 507-317-3481.

Whether you come as an individual or with a group, young and old, all are welcome.

 For more information on Pilgrim Point check out their website at


Pilgrim Point in Alexandria, MN for Youth Camp on July 27 - August 1, 2014. If you haven't already done so, please sign up by e-mailing by May 15th.  This for students in 6th-12th grade.

We are also currently looking for 2 more adult volunteers who are interested in heading up to camp with us. Please let Pastor Dana know you are interested. Check out our video from last year. and see all we got to do last year. 



Mark Your August Calendar for VBS at 1st Congregational UCC!

Sunday, August 3rd - Wednesday, August 6th, for children ages 3 through just completed 3rd grade. Laurie Palesotti is this year’s organizer. Registration information and the VBS schedule will be posted as soon as they are available.  


Tuesday Morning Healing Circle:

We will stop meeting as a group until next fall.  Prayers and healing energy will continue on an individual level.  Char Lusher


CADA Garden:

Watch our garden grow!


UCC's Summer Sunday School

All children, aged preschool to grade 6, are invited to attend First Congregational UCC’s Summer Sunday School Program. We are excited to share that this summer’s program is organized around the theme of “Hospitality.” The youth will be divided into two groups: preschool through grade 3 class and grade 4-6 class.

The summer schedule will provide a few Sundays where youth can attend church with their family and experience intergenerational opportunities in worship. The summer schedule is as follows:


·   June 8, 2014 – Theme: Baptism

·   June 15, 2014 – Theme: Baptism

(Youth are asked to bring a family photo with them to Sunday School.)

 ·   June 22, 2014 – Theme: Unexpected Guests

          ·   June 29, 2014 – Theme: Communion

 ·   July 6, 2014 – Theme: Communion

          *children and youth will return to worship for prayers and communion

 ·   July 13, 2014 –Theme: Welcome / Blessing / Animals and Plants

 ·   July 20, 2014 – Theme: Blessings

 ·   July 27, 2014 – Theme: Sacred Pause (Listening to Others)

 ·   August 3, 2014 – Theme: Pause and Centering

          *children and youth will return to worship for prayers and communion

 ·   August 10, 2014 – Theme: For the Good of All

 ·   August 17, 2014 – Theme: For the Good of All

 ·   August 24, 2014 – No Sunday School

 ·   August 31, 2014 – No Sunday School

 ·   September 7, 2014 – Rally Day begins a new year of Church School and Youth Programming (through May, 2015)



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