JANUARY 2020 at FirsT CONGREGATIONAL UCC

Please contact the church office for further information . . .

JOIN US EACH SUNDAY!  

9:30am Worship


JANUARY 12th, BORDER CONVERSATION

After worship in Fellowship Hall join in conversation with members who traveled to the border in Arizona this past November. They’ll share what it’s like to sit in court and witness Operation Streamline, spend time with migrants in two shelters, walk the desert and speak with a border rancher, a Sheriff and humanitarian aid 

workers.


FELLOWSHIP ART GALLERY 

As this new year opens, come see art inspired by our trip to the border in Arizona.


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 will resume in February!  

Stay tuned for our next book and meeting times!


YOUTH SCHEDULE (our adjusted schedule!)


SYNERGY (6th -8thth grade)

Wednesday 6-7:15pm

January 8th


THE GATHERING (7-8thth grade)

Wednesday 6-7pm

February 12th


FAITH FORMING COMMUNITY 

(4th and 5th grade)

Wednesdays 6-7:15pm

February 19th


FOR ALL YOUTH:

Wednesday, February 26th Ash Wednesday Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m. and Worship at 7:00 p.m.


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.  


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.


NOTES OF THANKS!


Thank you everyone for supporting this year’s Advent Project of Gift Cards for students of MSU who are also part of the Cultural Diversity Center. 


Thanks to all who furnished and purchased food and craft items at our annual bake and craft sale. The money raised will be used for the future Guatemala Mission trip. 


Thanks to all for supporting The Christmas Fund offering that will benefit our active, retired clergy and lay employees with their needs, throughout our UCC denomination. 


Thanks to all for supporting the Pastor's discretionary fund that will help assist people in need throughout the year, in our church and our community. Gift cards for groceries and gas, and monetary gifts will help when emergency requests (confidential) are received. 


Thanks to all for supporting Christmas at CADA House -- Slipper socks for adults for adults were purchased and given to our neighbors at CADA House.


CREATION JUSTICE DOINGS

Organics recycling is back in operation in our community. You may have noticed our elegant new trash, recycling and compost bins! We have already had positive feedback on how beautiful they are and you all seem to be doing a pretty good job of figuring out what goes where! 

Thank you all for doing the right thing and keeping items out of the landfill. Turning organics into compost is one very valuable thing we can do to address climate change.


MEN’S GROUP 

Saturday, JANUARY 11th, 8:00 am at the WOW! 

Zone.  Just show up! All are Welcome!


WOMEN’S GROUP

Saturday, JANUARY 11th 9:00 am at the WOW!

Zone Just show up!  All are welcome!


DINNER OUT Saturday, January 18, 5:30 pm,

ALL ARE WELCOME!

WOW Zone, Mankato


HEALTH MINISTRIES

Blood pressure check is always available on

Sundays.  Please reach out to the Parish Nurse if

you would like one!