May 2019 at FirsT CONGREGATIONAL UCC

Please contact the church office for further information . . .



MAY IMMIGRANT WELCOMING 

learning opportunities...

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MAY 17TH AND 18TH


Friday evening May 17th we’ll gather at 6:30pm for light refreshments and a viewing of the film 

Undeterred, a documentary about how residents in a small rural community, caught in the cross-hairs of global geo-political forces, have mobilized to demand human rights and to provide aid to injured, and often times dying people funneled across a wilderness desert. 


Saturday morning May 18th at 10:30am we’ll gather for Bible Study to reflect on what our sacred texts have to say about welcoming the stranger and resisting violence.


We’ll share lunch at 12pm with our guest speakers.


And continue our conversation at 12:30pm with Lisa Kremer from Familias Juntas, and other residents from Worthington, MN, to explore how the local community (food shelves, churches, schools etc.) has been responding to the increasing fears and threats that immigrants, documented and undocumented, are encountering. 


YOUTH FAITH FORMATION…

4TH GRADE COMMUNITY 

Wednesday: May 15th (6-7:15pm)

SYNERGY YOUTH (5-7th grades):

Wednesday: May 22nd (6-7:15pm)

THE GATHERING (7th grade):   

Wednesday May 8th (6-7pm)


CONFERENCE YOUTH SUMMER WEEK!  

A new venue, new focus...

SUNDAY JULY 28TH @4PM THROUGH THURSDAY, 1 @11:30AM

$400

An Improvised Life: The Practice of Being, Belonging, and Becoming

Camp is open to those from 6th-12th grades.

For more information head to uccmn.org

or call the church office and we can do things together.


Here’s a bit about the week:

Improvisation is an important metaphor for the spiritual life, and life in general. This year’s youth camp week invites youth to learn some fundamental tools of improvisational comedy – being present in the moment, deep listening, building trust, and saying “yes, and” – and see how these same skills help deepen and enrich our spiritual lives and relationships. We are excited to be working collaboratively with The Theater of Public Policy to develop this year’s youth camp experience. The Theater of Public Policy “advances the understanding of complex ideas and issues by drawing on improvisational comedy.” Each day youth will be invited to explore a unique focus area through a variety of interactive experiences. The focus areas may include topics such as: 

Taking the Risk of Being Yourself 

Trust and Relationships 

Finding Questions and Belonging 

Working Together to Make the Biggest Impact 

Throughout the week, youth will have opportunity to enjoy other traditional camp experiences – swimming, camp fire, down-time with friends, outdoor games and exploration, music making, etc. All youth currently enrolled in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in this event.


CHILDREN’S FAITH-LEARNING COMMUNITY on Sundays! There is no Children’s Faith Learning Community on Communion Sundays, which is usually the 1st Sunday of each month. At the entrance to the sanctuary there are canvas bags filled with children’s activities related to communion. Please enjoy!  

Nursery Care is available for the very young (up to age 3).


STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH

 On Sunday, May 5th, we will be receiving the “Strengthen the Church” special mission offering of the UCC. This builds our future by:

Funding new churches and invigorating existing congregations;

Nurturing lay and pastoral leadership;

Building youth and young adult ministries;

Supporting the “God is Still Speaking” ministries, welcoming everyone.

All gifts are directed to activities and programs of our church’s local conference as well

as the United Church of Christ national ministries.


EARTHWISE COMPOST SALE FUNDRAISER 

May 4 and 5 (Saturday & Sunday) and May 11 (Saturday), 11:00 to 1:00 in the parking lot. The compost will be $3.50 a paper bag of 20 pounds. The compost comes from Mike Fitzsimmons and Sons Farm in Good Thunder. They are a commercial compost facility. Their compost is very high quality, has been tested for pollutants and found safe for edible gardens. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk for ordering and volunteering. You don't have to order ahead of time. You can just come the day of and pick up. Thanks.



ROADSIDE CLEAN UP

Saturday, May 4th at 9 am. 


EARTHWISE CONVERSATION Sunday, May 19th

10:45am. GREEN NEW DEAL Presentation/Speaker


CHURCH GARDEN Church Garden spots available!! Please sign-up for a garden plot that you can tend to this summer. The map of the garden is on the kiosk. If you have never noticed, the garden is over by the storage garage. Sign your name on one of the beds. First come, first gets! Water available in the area when the rain barrels are put in place.


WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY IS MAY 11 

It is a time to honor and celebrate our hard-working producers and farmers in developing countries that provide all the wonderful high quality products we love and buy. Mankato Fair Trade will have Fair Trade coffee sampling as usual at Hy Vee Hilltop and Cub East from 11:00 to 3:00, Saturday the 11th. Please stop by and see all the Fair Trade products these stores carry. We will also have display boards at The Coffee Hag that serves only Fair Trade, Tandem Bagels, The Fillin' Station and Neutral Groundz in north Mankato that all serve Fair Trade coffee and Mary Lou and Ewe Yarn shop that carries Fair Trade yarn handcrafts. 


A THANK YOU NOTE…

A big thank you to everyone who made our Lenten project a success. One hundred pounds of food and $400. were delivered to Echo Food Shelf. These amounts were doubled because of March Madness. Ten baskets of goods were delivered to S.S. Resource Center to help the homeless with needed items to settle into their new apartments.


MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL SERVICE

Sunday, May 12, bring one of your mother’s favorite recipes filled with love and memories.  Let’s honor our mothers by bringing a recipe (photo copy, or a recipe card) complete with a photo and a memory if you wish!  Also add you name so others can ask you for a copy. We will display them on the fellowship tables May 12. What a yummy way to honor and cherish our moms. 

So many thanks to Jan for the stunning quilted Ordinary Time Banner hanging by the entrance to the sanctuary.


THE MEN’S GROUP: Saturday, May 11, 8:00 am at the WOW! Zone


THE WOMEN’S GROUP: Saturday, May 11, 9:00 am at the WOW! Zone 


DINNER OUT GATHERING: Saturday, May 18th at 5:30 pm, Trailblazer Bar & Grill, 301 Main Street, Madison Lake.

The last gathering of the season! 


FLEXIBILITY WORKSHOP

Join UCC member Theresa on Saturday, May 4,

from 10-11am here at church to learn about the 

benefits of flexibility, practice several key 

stretches you can do on your own, and try a

sample of Theresa’s assisted stretch service. This

will benefit you, whether you’re already slowing 

down or to prevent slowing before you “age.”


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.