First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.
Study at First
Welcome Our Student Neighbors!
Are you a student looking for a quiet study space during finals? Our fellowship room is open for studying December 12-13 and 16-17, from noon-10 pm each day. You will find tables and couches, free wifi, and snacks to keep your energy and focus. Stop in and study!
Upcoming Advent Events
Sunday December 15. Auden reading @the Hobbies, 7p.
Monday December 16. Longest Night Service, 7p. During this service we contemplate the ways in which the Advent message brings healing for our pain.
Sunday December 22. Festival of Lessons & Carols, 10a. Caroling with our elders after worship, 11:30a;
Tuesday December 24. Cocoa/cookies/fellowship, 4p. Candlelight Christmas Eve service, 5p.
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.
Members of the congregation are hosting house meetings to make space for a deeper conversation about politics and faith, and to invite you to join them on a path with ISAIAH toward a just and inclusive Minnesota. Meetings will be held on Dec. 14, Jan. 4 and Jan. 5. Contact the office for more information.
First Gallery News
We are pleased to welcome Rita Corrigan, landscape artist, to First Gallery. Rita’s show continues through December 31, with a reception on Sunday, October 13. Rita works in pastels, focusing on landscape images of northern Minnesota, especially along Lake Superior. Her work is light and colorful, and as she refers to her work in her artist statement, “color-charged landscapes and seascapes.” Enjoy these lovely pieces, and be sure to stop by the reception on Oct. 13 to say hello to Rita.