SEPTEMBER 2018 at First

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SEPTEMBER 2018  AT FIRST

Please contact the church office for further information...


WORSHIP HIGHLIGHTS

9:30am 

September 2nd: Guest Musicians: Mark Wamma Strings

September 9th: On this day of reconnecting and welcoming those with us for the first time, we’ll share Communion and bless our beginning again.

September 23rd: Our Choir begins again!

September 30th: Centering Strings begins again!


THE CENTERING STRINGS

The Centering Strings will be getting together for rehearsals, and will be participating in worship this fall into winter. Anyone interested in joining is welcome! Please contact Diana Stoll.


MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

Our Choir is ready to sing again this fall and would love for you to be a part of the fun! All levels of talent and ability are welcome.  All that is truly needed is a love of singing and a desire to raise your voice in praise! Don’t worry if you 

can’ t commit to all dates.  We can be very flexible and welcome you anytime you are able to participate.  

Contact choir director Angie Braunwarth, with any questions.

September 5th, 5pm, opening potluck and rehearsal!


THE GATHERING (7TH GRADE)

MEETS ONE WEDNESDAY EVENING EACH MONTH

6-7pm (usually the 2nd)

Our first class will be on Wednesday September 12th, 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 grade and will serve as a pre-confirmation class where there will be a greater focus on exploring our stories and faith tradition and our questions. 

In the fall, these youth will receive a Bible. 

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


SYNERGY YOUTH (5TH-7TH GRADE)

 MEETS ONE WEDNESDAY EACH MONTH (usually the 4th)

6-7:15pm 

Our first class will be on Wednesday September 26th, and parents are asked to join in at 7pm to go over expectations and schedules.

Synergy is for those in 5th-7th grade and serves as an active faith learning community.  Service in our neighborhood 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, a synagogue and the Basilica of St Mary, perhaps a Buddhist temple-- making our own church calendar/holy days come more alive.   

(Some of these activities will likely need to be on a day other than Wednesday.)  


THE FAITH FORMING COMMUNITY (4TH GRADE)

MEETS ONE WEDNESDAY EVENINGS EACH MONTH (usually the 3rd)

6-7:15pm 

Our first class will be on Wednesday September 19th, and parents are asked to join in at 7pm to go over expectations and schedules.

Last church year there were several occasions for our third graders to get together to learn about communion and what Lent is about, and the plan is to do this on a regular basis beginning in September 2018.  As 4th graders, this will be a faith learning, community building and fun time together as we move through the church calendar together.  All 4th graders are welcome!


YOUTH SINGERS! Angie, our choir director, will be reaching out to youth who would like to sing on particular Sundays and in special services.  



CHILDREN’S FAITH LEARNING COMMUNITY

ON SUNDAYS

WELCOME! WELCOME BACK!It’s time to begin this new church year of the Children’s Faith Learning Community. Rally Day / Communion Sunday will be September 9, 2018.  On this Sunday, children and parents are asked to come early (9:00 – 9:20 am) and join me at the CFLC Registration Table. Each child will design their own name tag, and after registration, the children will gather as a group and enter worship together with me and Pastor Dana.  As this is a Communion Sunday, children will remain in worship. Teachers are in place to begin classes on Sunday, September 16. Classes are designed for children ages 3 through grade 6.If you have any questions, please call or text Pat Thompson.


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 Thompson with a date that works for your family. Thank you.


     

ADULT STUDIES Returns... 

Sundays 3:30-5 

(our ongoing gathering time may be adjusted according to the needs of participants)

September 23rd, 30th

October 7th, 21st, 28th

Join in a reading of Walter Brueggemann’s Interrupting Silence: God’s Command To Speak Out.


PRIDE FEST

Saturday, September 8th

Once again this September we’ll be walking as a church in the Pride Fest parade on Saturday morning at 11:30 (we’ll gather at 11am), and again we’ll be hosting a booth in Riverfront Park beginning at noon. Volunteer sign-up sheet is on the kiosk. Please contact Blake with questions about how to become involved with preparations! 


PRIDE FEST MOVIE NIGHT

Sunday, September 9th We’ll gather in Fellowship Hall at church at 5pm for a light meal, view the documentary film directed by Justin Lee, “Through My Eyes”, and engage in conversation after.  



SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH, 4-6PM

OPENING RECEPTION

Sierra Club LENS ON THE BORDER photography exhibit

The 1st Congregational UCC Earthwise Work Group is excited to announce a photography exhibit seeking to portray the reality of the Mexico-U.S. border region.  

The exhibit has been compiled by the Sierra Club’s Borderlands Team in collaboration with photographers and artists from the U.S. and Mexico with a wide range of backgrounds. Exhibit curators called it an “act of resistance” designed to dispel the stereotypes, sensationalism, paranoia and xenophobia that plague mainstream representations of the border. In addition to the devastating impact on families, existing barriers and fencing are already disrupting the lives of wildlife along the border, including threatened or endangered species like bison and jaguar. 

The exhibit has been shown in Tucson, where participants from our church’s border trip saw it last November, as well as Mexico City, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. cities.  

A reception for members and the larger local community will be held on September 16th from 4-6 p.m. The exhibit will remain with us until October 12th.



ARIZONA BORDER TRIP

Thursday, November 15th - Sunday, November 18th

Once again this year, members of our church have the opportunity to travel to Tucson and Nogales Arizona to explore the impact of the border wall of life -- human and environmental.  

We’ll meet up with members of other UCC churches (including members of Mayflower UCC in Minneapolis), and though our schedule of activities in not yet set, it is likely that we will spend some time in court (to witness Operation Streamline), gather at the wall with ranchers to hear about their experience, talk with those who are intimately engaged with the plight of immigrants crossing the desert on foot, and with those who know the experience first hand.

A block of hotel rooms is being held for us (you can figure between $35 and $40 a night double occupancy) and soon we will be arranging air transportation.  

If you are interested to know more, please JOIN IN A CONVERSATION AT 10:45AM ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH.  



MISSION MINISTRY: 

Neighbors in Need: The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 7th, is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of Justice and Compassion throughout 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.


CADA SHOES:  THANK YOU TO ALL!  

Through August we collected funds to purchase gift certificates for shoes for the children living next door in the Safe House.  


MEN’S GROUP 

Saturday, September 8th, 8:00 am at the WOW

Zone. Just show up! All are Welcome!


WOMEN’S GROUP

Saturday, August 8th 9:00 am at the WOW! Zone

Just show up!  All are welcome!


DINNER OUT is back!

Saturday, September 15th at 5:30 pm, the Deacon Ministry Team will be hosting the first “Dinner Out” of the season. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the kiosk. More information to follow…


HEALTH MINISTRIES

Blood pressure check will be on Sunday, 

September 2nd. The Parish Nurse will be in the

Church Library after worship.