juLY 2019 at FirsT CONGREGATIONAL UCC

Please contact the church office for further information . . .

New Life Through Transitions.

The photography exhibit in the Community Area will continue until July 26th.


CENTERING STRINGS

The Centering Strings will be getting together for

rehearsals, and participating in worship during

the summer and fall months. Interested?  Let Diana know!


MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

The Choir is off for the summer months but we 

will be back rehearsing in the fall.  

AND... this summer if you would like to sing in the Women’s ensemble in July, and the Men’s in August during our outdoor worship service, let Diana know!


JULY  IMMIGRANT WELCOMING

Members of Church Council, in response to the All Congregational Meeting held on Sunday March 24th, have put together a series of learning events: films, speakers, bible study. 

We’ll be taking off August, and resume our series in September...


But before you go!

JULY 26th FRIDAY there will be a showing of the FULL version of the documentary:

HARVEST OF EMPIRE  The film takes look back to what’s contributed to and shaped the present struggles with violence and poverty in Central America and what’s happening at the southern border today.


BOOK/BIBLE Study will resume mid-August.  Stay tuned for details...


ALL YOUTH GATHERING!

We’ll resume in September...

  

CONFERENCE YOUTH SUMMER WEEK!  

A new venue, new focus...

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

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


Our campers are heading out soon with blessing from all of us!


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).

SAVE THE DATE!

What: Vacation Bible School

When: August 4-7, 2019

Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ. VBS will again be in Community with children of families from First Presbyterian Church. 

Time: 5:30 - 7:55 pm

For children: Ages 3 - Grade 4

Children in Grades 5 and older are encouraged to help and lead groups of children through rotation stations.  😊

NEW this year...

•Meal together for parents and children - 5:30 - 6:00 pm

•Earlier end time - 7:55 pm

We encourage younger children to attend - even if it is for a shorter time period.

VBS Theme: To Mars and Beyond!

Vector Verse: Glory to God, who can do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us!


Thanks to all who attended and bowled and raised almost $3000 S.S. RESOURCE CENTER.  

S.S. Resource Center provides essentials free to homeless people who are transitioning into housing. It also provides resources and training to help those transitioning to productive lives. 


THE LARGER CHURCH:

MN Conference Annual Meeting, June 7th and 8th

UCC National Synod, June 21st through June 25th

This year we were represented by church members at both events. 

On Sunday August 11th, after worship, they will share their reflections on both experiences!


THE MEN’S GROUP: Saturday, July 13th 8:00 am at the WOW! Zone


THE WOMEN’S GROUP: Saturday, July 13th 8, 9:00 am at the WOW! Zone 


MANKATO MOONDOGS GAME & TAILGATE OUTING!

Thanks to the 40 of us who gathered for a VERY GOOD TIME!  


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. 


STRETCHING: PRACTICALLY A PANACEA!

We’ve all been told somewhere to stretch as part of our exercise routines to prevent injury. Indeed, proper stretching can prevent injury, improve our flexibility and mobility, and help us feel looser. But, did you know that good stretching can restore our muscular strength, improve our balance, relax us, an even improve our blood flow? And, flexible muscles can prevent and treat injuries like shoulder impingement, thoracic spinal arthritis, neck pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, heel spurs, an array of knee and hip injuries, low back pain, and (my personal favorite) sciatica!

While it’s true that many modern stretches have yoga foundations and yoga can be very good for a person, you needn’t take yoga or even leave your seat for most stretches! A qualified exercise professional can teach you many adapted versions of stretches, and an assisted stretch professional, or a physical therapist can put your body into the correct positions and hold them for an optimal amount of time.  I would like to offer a class at church if there is interest. And, if anyone just has questions, I would love to connect for conversation.

Health Ministries Member, Theresa