Gather.  Listen.  Speak.  Act.

First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.

Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop

This ancient spiritual practice is a Christian way of meditating that teaches one how to listen for God’s invitation to deeper relationship. The workshop will be held at First Church on Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (note date change). Suggested donation: $15. Please bring a bag lunch. Sign up in Pilgrim Hall or by contacting the office.

 Caregiver Group meets 2nd Saturdays

However you define caregiving and whether you are currently a caregiver, were a caregiver, or anticipate being a caregiver, you are welcome at this support group! Meet with others who are also on the caregiving journey. Share tips and resources, and enjoy a morning dedicated to your needs and concerns. Meets second Sundays in the parlor from 10:30-noon. If you have questions, let Joy Gullikson know.


Dementia Friend Session

During the month of February, the Inclusion Infusion Team at First Church is focusing on dementia awareness. In promotion of this awareness we are offering a session on becoming a Dementia Friend. The session will be led by Linda Kelsey, who is a Dementia Champion and trained to lead these sessions by ACT on Alzheimer’s of Minnesota. At a Dementia Friend session, you will learn more about dementia, its symptoms and causes, and what it’s like to live with the disease. You will learn simple facts and strategies that will help you interact and understand someone who has been diagnosed — either in your own family or your community. The session lasts approximately one hour. It’s open to all, including your friends and family. Dementia Friends Session: Wednesday, February 12, 7 p.m., at First Church. To sign up, please contact the office.

Mardi Gras Mini-Golf

Tuesday, February 18!

UnknownJoin us for tacos, doughnuts, and the unique experience of playing mini-golf in church! Given that caucuses will be held on Feb. 25 this year, we’ll be doing our Mardi Gras mini-golf event a week earlier than usual. This event is hosted by our confirmation class and our youth, and we need some additional helpers, too. If you can help with setup, food, or cleanup, please let Jane know.


 First Gallery News

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Susan Leschke, fiber artist, will be showing a selection of her work at First Gallery this January through March. There will be a reception for Susan on Sunday, January 19, in Pilgrim Hall. Please plan to join us to welcome Susan and visit with her about the artwork. The collection of work for First Gallery was created over a period of years and shows various ways Susan has experimented with large and very tiny formats, objectivity and abstraction. “All of it tells a narrative of time and place, stretching and growing.” Susan teaches at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, and some of our community may know her from her work there.













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