january 2018 at First

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Martin Luther King Jr. Service - January 14th at 9:30 am


Join us in worship as we reflect on the radical hope of Martin Luther King Jr. Our own musicians and students from the MSU theatre department will move us along. 



CENTERING STRINGS


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


Contact our music director Diana Stoll for more information.



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.



THE MANKATO ISLAMIC CENTER TUTORING PROGRAM


On Sunday January 7th after worship (10:45) we’ll gather in Fellowship Hall, coffee and donut in hand, to reflect on this past fall’s experience, and talk about our next series of tutoring with the young people at the Mankato Islamic Center. The plan is to begin again on Thursday January 11th and go through March 1st (eight weeks) Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. Tutors choose one of the days that works best for them. 


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, you name it; 6th-9th graders are focused on math and science. As those who have been tutoring have expressed, this project is gift giving all around. It is definitely a cross cultural experience! The hope this coming year is to also work with mothers of these young people. 


Please contact Pastor Dana for more information.



BOOK STUDY resumes...


Sundays, 3:30-5 pm

January 14th, 21st, and 28th

February 11th, 18th, and 25th


We’ll gather to continue reading, and questioning!

Living The Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity (By Felton and Procter – Murphy).


Each chapter can stand alone, so come as you can.



CONFIRMATION: (8th grade youth)


We’ll gather on Wednesday 6:00 pm - January 10th, 24th


SYNERGY(4th to 6th grade youth)


We’ll gather on Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:15 pm - January 17th



CALLING ALL BRIGHT LIGHTS!


The children 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 Thompson with a date that works for your family.



CHILDREN’S FAITH-LEARNING COMMUNITY ALL CHILDREN AGE 3-6TH GRADE ARE WELCOME!


This year’s Sunday program for children will involve learning through children’s literature, bible stories, and thematic activities, and will focus on helping the older children develop leadership skills.



UCC FUND will be received on January 21st


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.



A NOTE OF THANKS...

At the Salvation Army Downtown, First Church members served 100 people a delicious meal on December 10th. Thanks to our cooks and servers!


And thanks to our Salvation Army Bell ringers!



MEN’S GROUP


Saturday, January 13th, 8:00 am at the WOW! Zone. Just show up! All are Welcome!


WOMEN’S GROUP


Saturday, January 13th 9:00 am at the WOW! Zone. Just show up! All are welcome!



DINNER OUT Saturday January 27th, 5:30, at Jakes Pizza.


Come enjoy a warm gathering in the midst of winter! Contact Dan P. to reserve a spot!



HEALTH MINISTRIES


Blood pressure check will resume the first Sunday in January, the 7th. The Parish Nurse will be in the Church Library after worship.