september 2019 at FirsT CONGREGATIONAL UCC

Please contact the church office for further information . . .


IN OUR FELLOWSHIP HALL ART GALLERY

SHOWER OF STOLES EXHIBIT

From Sunday September 8th through 19th.

In this season of Mankato PrideFest, come see this 

partial collection of stoles worn by religious

leaders who have served in thirty-two 

denominations and faith traditions, in six

countries, and on three continents.  The collection

celebrates the gifts of GLBT persons who serve 

God in countless ways, while lifting up those who

have been excluded from serving because of their

sexual orientation or gender identity.  The

collection bears witness to the huge loss of

leadership because of unjust policies.


AUTUMN VISIONS

September 22nd through November 20th 

Photography and Paintings by local artists.  A

stunning exhibit that lifts up this season’s richness

and change.


BOOK/BIBLE STUDY

Join in a reading of Walter Brueggemann’s:

A Gospel of Hope

Tuesdays September 3, 10, 17, 24    11am-12:30pm

The book is rich with insights and written in a way that people can come as they are available and jump right in.  


CHILDREN’S COMMUNION GATHERING

A gathering for those in 2nd and 3rd grade to learn about Communion: where it comes from, why we share in it, and how we do this in our church.  We’ll read stories in the bible and explore symbols and questions that emerge, and prepare the elements in our kitchen.

Parents, please join us for the last 15 minutes as we will celebrate this holy meal together.

There are a few dates set aside as possibilities.  Please contact the church office for details... 


SUNDAY CHILDREN’S FAITH LEARNING COMMUNITY

One Small Action…One Single Person…Makes a Difference!

Rally Day is fast approaching!      

On Sunday, September 8, 2019, meet us at the Registration Table in the narthex between 9:00 – 9:20 am.  

Faith Learning Community is for children ages 3 through Grade 6.  Nursery is also a Sunday regular for our very young.


CALLING ALL ACOLYTES!

The children from the Children’s Faith-Learning Community enjoy helping during worship. Families are signing up as Acolytes and helping prepare the congregation for worship by lighting the candles. If you would like a turn to help, please text/call Pat with a date that works for your family. 


THE FAITH FORMING COMMUNITY (4th and 5th grade)

Meets one Wednesday evening each month (usually the 3rd) 6-7:15pm 

Our first class will be on Wednesday September 18th, and parents are asked to join in at 7PM to go over expectations and schedules.

As 4th and 5th graders, this will be a faith

learning, community building and fun time together as we move through the church calendar together.  


THE GATHERING (7th and 8th grades) 

Meets one Wednesday evening each month from 6-7pm (usually the 2nd)

Our first class will be on Wednesday September 11th, and parents are asked to join in at 6:45 to go over expectations and schedules.

Our class will be made up of those who are in the 7th and 8th grades, and will serve as a pre-confirmation/confirmation class where there will be a focus on exploring our stories and faith tradition and our questions. 

In the fall, pre-confirmation youth will receive their Bible. It’s anticipated that 2nd year youth (those who are in the 8th grade) will study toward confirmation in the spring, 2020.

It’s also anticipated that The Gathering youth will attend Synergy as well (usually the 4th Wednesday evening), and assume more of a leadership role.  In addition, the youth will have opportunities to participate in Sunday and special worship leadership.

 

SYNERGY (6th-8th grade)

Meets one Wednesday each month (usually the 4th) 6-7:15pm 

Our first class will be on Wednesday September 25th, and parents are asked to join in at 7pm to go over expectations and schedules.

Synergy is for those in 6th-8th grades, and serves as an active faith learning community.  Service

and a deepening understanding of our Christian teachings will be our focus.  

Also, the plan is to arrange a trip to the Global Market for World Communion Sunday, the Basilica of St Mary, perhaps a Buddhist temple-- making our own church calendar/holy days come more alive. (Some of these activities, and others the youth would like to participate in will likely need to be on a day other than Wednesday.)  

At this point:  Global Market trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th.  Basilica of St Mary Advent is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th.


YOUTH SINGERS, DANCERS, MUSICIANS!

All youth are invited to sing/play/dance on particular Sundays and in special services.  Just let me know if you are interested!  For each occasion, a couple of rehearsals will be planned to accommodate schedules.            


CREATION JUSTICE, FAIR TRADE, IMMIGRANT WELCOMING, INTERFAITH...

Check out the Board in the Narthex for a monthly preview of events offered by our work groups.


ROADSIDE CLEAN-UP: Saturday morning, September 14th.  Enjoy the exercise, donuts, and conversation as we help to recover this good earth!


THE GUATEMALA FOCUS

Sunday September 22, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in

our Fellowship Hall

Everyone, who is a current or former Sponsor of a child in Guatemala THROUGH COMMON HOPE, and anyone who is interested in learning about sponsorship, or about joining a group from our church to travel to Guatemala on a Mission trip is invited. 

Come share stories and learn more about how sponsorship changes lives and what we do on Common Hope Mission trips.  We are hoping to put a group together for 2020 to go on a Mission Trip.     


NEIGHBORS IN NEED

The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will

receive on October 6, is a special mission offering

of the UCC that supports ministries of Justice and

Compassion through the US.  One third of NIN

funds support the Council for American Indian

Ministry (CAIM).  The remaining funds are used

by UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM). 

You will receive a letter in the mail explaining how

your dollars are used in this important mission.


AT THE FARM: AN INTERGENERATION TRIP

SEPTEMBER 28TH to rural Sleepy Eye, MN. Hayless Hayride, Games/Activities, Buildings to Explore, and More...


DINNER OUT

Saturday, September 21, 5:30 p.m. ALL ARE INVITED to share in these monthly social outings.

Place:  The Woods – on County Road 21 (near St. Peter). 


MEN’S GROUP Saturday, September 14, 8:00 am

at the WOW! Zone

WOMEN’S GROUP Saturday, September 14, 9:00

am at the WOW! Zone 


HEALTH MINISTRIES

If you would like your blood pressure checked,

please just reach out to one of the team members

and we're happy to check it for you. 

Stay tuned for fall workshops!