March 2020 at FirsT CONGREGATIONAL UCC

Please contact the church office for further information . . .

JOIN US EACH SUNDAY!  

9:30am Worship



Wednesday, February 26th ASH WEDNESDAY

7:00 pm Worship

We’ll mark the beginning of the Lenten journey, 

the journey that offers an opportunity for us to

reflect on ourselves, our world, and how we stand

in it.  It’s a chance to explore what it means to live

as a child of God.

6:00 pm Soup Supper

A simple meal to remember that none of us is

alone on the journey.



A LENTEN BOOK/BIBLE STUDY

Mondays: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

March 16, 23, 30 and April 6

Biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine’s book:  “Entering the Passion of Jesus”



FELLOWSHIP ART GALLERY 

SIMPLE SHAPES, EXTRAVAGANT COLOR

Opens March 8th

A stunning display of quilts by Jan Shaffer.



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.



ADVOCATING: 


In March several speakers will join us after worship to talk about what is happening in our local community in terms of nightly shelters and affordable housing.  They will also talk about how we can engage our legislators to support these efforts.  All are welcome to come and listen -- bring a friend!



SUNDAY MARCH 8TH, 11am

Jen Theneman, CEO of Partners for Affordable Housing, and Chad Adams, CEO of Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, will join us in Fellowship Hall to discuss their work on short and long term housing solutions, and will also talk about how we can join with others from around the state to speak directly to law makers about our needs.



SUNDAY MARCH 15TH, 10:45am

Anne Krisnik, executive director of Joint Religious Legislative Coalition will join us to talk about the work of this interfaith organization, which essentially advocates for social justice in MN.

We’ll also hear about the Day on the Hill which takes place on April 1st.  The theme of this event is For The Common Good; the MN Conference UCC is one of the sponsors of this event. For those interested in attending -- we can head up to the Capital together from Mankato to hear speakers and meet with our legislators around issues of poverty and housing.


     

YOUTH Faith Formation:

SYNERGY (6th -8th grade)

Wednesday 6-7:15pm

March 25th

THE GATHERING (7-8th grade)

Wednesday 6-7pm

March 11th

FAITH FORMING COMMUNITY 

(4th and 5th grade)

Wednesdays 6-7:15pm

March 18th



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.  



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, March 14th, 9:00 am at the WOW! 

Zone.  Just show up! All are Welcome!


WOMEN’S GROUP

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

Zone Just show up!  All are welcome!


DINNER OUT Saturday, March 21st, 5:30 pm,

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Jake’s Stadium Pizza, Mankato


HEALTH MINISTRIES

Blood pressure check is always available on

Sundays.  Please reach out to the Parish Nurse if

you would like one!


QUESTION ABOUT CALLING AN AMBULANCE?

Jessica Fite, EMT, will be available to answer your questions on March 22 after the church service.  Come coffee and donut and have your questions answered!