May 2018 at First

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MAY 2017  AT FIRST

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ART EXHIBIT As we welcome spring, come have a look at Kay Helm’s photography exhibit in the Fellowship Hall and learn more about the Seven Mile Creek Watershed.  


BOOK/BIBLE STUDY: Sundays 3:30 - 5pm

details to follow about a new study beginning toward the end of this month...


THE MANKATO ISLAMIC CENTER TUTORING PROGRAM is drawing to a close this month.  In June we’ll gather to reflect on where we are and look forward to a summer outing!

Please connect with Pastor Dana if you would like to know more about or volunteer in the efforts of Interfaith Collaborative. We’ll resume tutoring in the fall. 


SYNERGY YOUTH (4-6th grades)

Wednesday: May 16th (6-7:15 pm)


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! Sunday learning happens through children’s literature, bible stories, thematic activities, and focuses on helping the older children develop leadership skills.


THANK YOU!

for the many gifts collected as part of our Lenten season that will help our neighbors locally, nationally and world wide!

Many boxes of food that you donated were taken to the Open Door Health Clinic Pantry. 

Funds raised to help The Open Door purchase a special reliable refrigerator to keep vaccines secure, and funds raised for One Great Hour of Sharing, our UCC mission, have been sent off with blessings! 


MAY 12th, Saturday, CHURCH CANOE OUTING at Swan Lake, 9 am. 

Join us on a fun, fascinating and informative 2 hour canoe trip on Swan Lake. Scott Kudelka, our knowledgeable and dynamic DNR naturalist, will guide us on this adventure of North America's largest wetland complex just north of the Minnesota River near Nicollet. It is one of the most important breeding and migratory stop overs for a diverse selection of birds. We will paddle from Nicollet Bay Access Point and talk about significant natural and historical characteristics of Swan Lake. Ages from 6 years and up can come along. Please sign-up on the kiosk at church.


MAY 19, Saturday, ROADSIDE CLEAN UP, 9 am. Meet at the usual place on the north side of Eagle Lake, Hwy 26. 


MAY20th, Sunday, CHURCH BIKE RIDE to Red Jacket Park. More information to follow.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 

Interested in participating in a local workday in the next month or two?  Please check the kiosk in the narthex for more information and to sign up. 


OUR CHURCH’S ORGANIC GARDEN is getting itself ready for us!

YUM!! Can you taste those tomatoes!!  Some prep work was done on the raised beds last fall so they are good to go.  There are still 6 (4’x6’) and 2 (4’x4’) raised bed planting areas available. For those knowledgeable in gardening let us know which one you would like.  For those new to gardening a single 4’x6’ raised bed would be easy to manage throughout the growing season.  Char is available to help you choose what would work best for your space and the time you have to make this an enjoyable experience.  Maybe think about sharing a space with someone.  Please check the kiosk in the narthex for more information and to sign up.


MEN’S GROUP 

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

Zone.  Just show up! All are Welcome!


WOMEN’S GROUP

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

Zone Just show up!  All are welcome!


DINNER OUT Saturday, May 19th, 5:30PM

A sign-up sheet is posted on the kiosk in the church Narthex.  Join in the meal at the WOW ZONE! 


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 Sunday May 6th.

The Parish Nurse will be in the Church

Library after worship.