april 2018 at First

Please contact the church office for further information...


APRIL 1st: EASTER SUNDAY, Alleluia!

   9:30am Worship 

   8:30am All Church Breakfast and Children’s Activities

  10:30am Fellowship and Children’s Easter Egg Hunt


CENTERING STRINGS

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

contact our music director Diana.


MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

All are welcome to join in our choir! Please see the schedule of rehearsals and worship participation on the kiosk in the narthex and talk with our choir director Angie.


BIBLE/BOOK STUDY...

Sundays 3:30-5pm

we’ll re-start soon!


THE MANKATO ISLAMIC CENTER TUTORING PROGRAM  continues through early May...

THE BASICS:

Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6pm

Tutors choose one of the days that works best for them. 

Basically, there are some young people that we work with who have lived in Mankato for much of their lives, and others who have just arrived from Somalia and other war-torn countries. For some, language is the first challenge. They are all in school, the older students come with their computers from school, and there are three learning groups:

  • younger children (k-1) who are working on reading and basic arithmetic;
  • 3rd-5th graders who are, as you can imagine, all over! Math, science, social  studies;
  • 6th-9th graders are focused on math and science

As those who have been tutoring have expressed,

this project is gift giving all around.  The hope this coming year is to also work with mothers of these young people...

Please contact Pastor Dana if you would like to volunteer.



POET SERIES: Thursday, APRIL 5th, 3-4pm; Fellowship Hall

Open to the whole local community!

The MSU Good Thunder Reading Series:  

Join creative nonfiction writer and poet Nicole Walker as she discusses her essays that examine nature, the environment, and the parallels between environmental abuse and sexual abuse.


CONFIRMATION (8th grade):   

Wednesday: April 11th (6-7:15pm)

We’ll be in the sanctuary preparing for Sunday’s Credo reading and the Rite of Confirmation!

RITE OF CONFIRMATION: 

SUNDAY APRIL 15TH, 9:30AM WORSHIP

         

SYNERGY YOUTH (4-6th grades):

Wednesday: April 18th (6-7:15pm


HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP...


PILGRIM POINT YOUTH CAMP (Youth who have completed 6th to those who have completed 12th grade): Sunday July 29th - Friday August 3rd 

This year’s theme: Sowing Beauty, Sowing Life

Come dig more deeply into the meaning of gratitude and how it shapes our lives.

Registration is open! 


IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO DO THE YOUTH CAMP WEEK, HAVE A LOOK AT THIS.  

YOUTH MISSION WEEK at PILGRIM POINT

SUNDAY JULY 22 - FRIDAY JULY 27TH

Theme:  This week Pilgrim Point will partner with Interfaith Power and Light to create a week of service-learning. Service projects will be at Pilgrim Point Camp and in the surrounding community, and will offer youth an opportunity to explore the church’s work for justice in the world and how they might use their energy and resources to become change makers in their own communities.


HERE’S A THIRD WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY: The West Central Regional Youth Event (WCRYE) 

June 19 -22 on the campus of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. 

Registration for WCRYE will be open until May 15, 2018.

A gathering of youth (those who have completed 6th grade through graduated high school seniors) from the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ.  The West Central Regional Youth Event theme is Faith = Action: A Just World for All



CHILDREN’S FAITH LEARNING COMMUNITY

ALL CHILDREN AGE 3-6TH GRADE ARE WELCOME! This year’s Sunday learning happens through children’s literature, bible stories, thematic activities, and focuses on helping the older children develop leadership skills.


MISSIONS...

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Lenten projects. An update will be given when all the numbers are in. 


EARTHWISE WORK GROUP FUNDRAISER:

Our Compost fundraiser will be April 28, Saturday and April 29th, Sunday from 11am to 1pm in the church parking lot on the driveway to the storage shed. We will be selling 20 pound compostable lawn bags (sturdier than last year) of compost for $3.50 each. Anyone wishing to order bags ahead of time, please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the kiosk. We will be filling bags that Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00.


SPRING HIGHWAY CLEAN UP: Saturday, April 21 at 9am.  Meet at the usual place on the north side of Eagle Lake, Hwy 26. 


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORK DAY:

The Mission Ministry Team is “floating” the idea of doing a work day to help build an affordable home for a deserving family. This would be a one-day event, generally on a Saturday. An ideal work group would be eight to ten people, men and women. HfH provides a crew leader, materials and safety training. Their policy requires a minimum age of 16.  It is a good opportunity to gain some hands-on experience with home building. First Step… is to establish our level of interest. There is a Sign-Up Sheet on the kiosk in the narthex.


FILM NIGHTS IN APRIL...


April 13th, Friday at 6pm

JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY

A documentary about the food we eat, and the incredible amount of food that goes uneaten!  Here’s what’s been said...

Filmmakers and food lovers, Jen and Grant, dive into the issue of food waste from farm to retail, right to the back of their own frig.  In a deliciously entertaining challenge, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food.


WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? (stay tuned for the date)

We’ll have a second viewing of this powerful film, as many of you have requested!

This documentary film by Gael Garcia Bernal and Marc Silver is a Sundance Film Festival and NY Film Festival award winner that will touch hearts and open minds!   

Here’s a bit about it:

The body of an unidentified migrant is found in the Arizona desert.  In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and actor/filmmaker Gael Garcia Bernal embedded themselves among the migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border.  This film provides rare insight into the human stories that are so often ignored in the immigration debate.


STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH:

On Sunday, April 29th, we will be receiving the "Strengthen the Church" special mission offering.

This builds our future by:

     Funding new churches and invigorating existing congregations

     Nurturing lay and pastoral leaderships

     Building youth and young adult ministries

     Supporting the "God is Still Speaking" ministry, welcoming everyone

These offerings will benefit the MN Conference as well as our denominations national ministries.  A letter with more information will be sent on April 23, 2018.


MEN’S GROUP 

Saturday, April 14th, 8:00 am at the WOW! 

Zone.  Just show up! All are Welcome!


WOMEN’S GROUP

Saturday, April 14th 9:00 am at the WOW!

Zone Just show up!  All are welcome!


DINNER OUT 

SATURDAY April 21st, 5:30, Good Thunder Bar. Sign up on the kiosk in the church narthex.


PILGRIM POINT FAMLY CAMP: JUNE 22-24th

Come enjoy a weekend of relaxation and fun on the shores of Lake Ida! Sign up on the kiosk in the narthex!


HEALTH MINISTRIES

Blood pressure check will resume the first Sunday 

in May. The Parish Nurse will be in the Church

Library after worship.