january 2019 at FirsT CONGREGATIONAL UCC

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JOIN US EACH SUNDAY!  

9:30am Worship


JANUARY 20th, 9:30am

MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND

Last November a group of us traveled to the border in Nogales, Arizona. This morning’s worship will be based on our experience, and the stories of people we met along the way.

In this same spirit, a film will be shown on Friday evening the 18th and on Sunday the 20th in the late afternoon.  Details to follow!


CENTERING STRINGS

The Centering Strings are getting together for rehearsals and will be participating in worship this winter and spring. Interested? 

Talk with our music director Diana.


MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

ALL SINGERS ARE WELCOME! The UCC Choir 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.  Talk with our Choir Director Angie.



BOOK STUDY CONTINUES!  

Tuesday, January 8th, 2 pm. This will be our final gathering for sifting through W. Brueggemann’s, Interrupting Silence: God’s Command to Speak Out.

Stay tuned for our next book and meeting times!


2019 WINTER/SPRING YOUTH SCHEDULE

THE GATHERING (7th grade)

Wednesdays 6-7pm

  January 9th

  March 13th

  April 10th

  May 8th


SYNERGY (5th -7th grade)

Wednesdays 6-7:15pm

  January 23rd

  February 27th

  March 27th

  April 24th

  May 22nd


4TH GRADE COMMUNITY

Wednesdays 6-7:15pm

  January 16th

  March 20th

  April 17th

  May 15th


FOR ALL YOUTH:

Saturday February 2nd: Trip to the Basilica (details to follow about this and other trips this spring!)


CHILDREN’S FAITH LEARNING COMMUNITY on

SUNDAYS.  All children, pre-k through sixth grade are welcome.  Nursery care is available for the very young.  Please contact Pat with questions.


CALLING ALL BRIGHT LIGHTS!

The children from Sunday School 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 sign up on the Acolyte list found on the kiosk or text/call Pat with a date that works for your family.  


S.S. RESOURCE CENTER, in downtown Mankato,   is newly opened to provide shelter and resources for homeless people every day in the afternoons. It is filling the gap between Salvation Army noon meal and the Rotating Shelter that opens at 7pm.
On Sundays, the shelter is at St. John's Episcopal Church from 1 to 7pm as the Resource Center is not large enough to accommodate all.  We have the opportunity to provide healthy snacks for people on Sunday afternoons. The Salvation Army still has the noon meal, but these snacks would be in between meals. Light, healthy snacks are great: Muffins, bread or bagels with cream cheese, peanut butter, butter or jelly, granola or other nutrition bars, fruits, raw veggies, cheese or meats, etc.
There is a schedule you can sign-up on at the kiosk that goes through February. Two people can sign up for each Sunday. 


In January our mission focus is on JUSTICE AND WITNESS MINISTRIES of the UCC, seeking a just, compassionate and peaceful world that honors all of God’s creation. The JWM invites members to support the “Peace Fund” through its annual campaign. These funds support state and local justice events and education. The offering for this mission will be received on Sunday, January 20th.


A NOTE OF THANKS!

Thank you to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers who participated on December 2nd. Donations collected fund those in need in our community.

Thanks to all who furnished and purchased food and craft items Sunday, December 16th, at our Annual Bake & Craft Sale. The money raised will be used for the future Guatemala Mission Trip.

The Christmas Fund offering will benefit our active, retired clergy and lay employees with their needs, throughout our UCC denomination. Thank you for your continued support.


MEN’S GROUP 

Saturday, JANUARY 12th, 8:00 am at the WOW! 

Zone.  Just show up! All are Welcome!


WOMEN’S GROUP

Saturday, JANUARY 12th 9:00 am at the WOW!

Zone Just show up!  All are welcome!


DINNER OUT Saturday, January 19, 5:30 pm, Patrick’s on 3rd,    125 S. 3rd Street, St Peter. Kim & Jan will be your hosts for the evening. Please contact them with any questions or if you need a ride. Sign up sheet is on the kiosk in the Narthex. 


HEALTH MINISTRIES

Blood pressure check is always available on

Sundays.  Please reach out to the Parish Nurse if

you would like one!

And heads up!  Workshops are being planned to

keep us limber and on our feet this winter!