First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.
There’s something for everyone in our fall Small Groups programming.
“The Cash Value of Whiteness”
Adapted from the UCC’s White Privilege curriculum, this group will explore how economic systems, educational systems, and housing practices in the US are set up in ways that generally advantage white people and disadvantage people of color. Led by the Racial Justice Team; meets Sundays: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 8:30-9:45 a.m. at First Church.
“Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps”
Guided by Richard Rohr’s book of the same name, this group seeks to provide space for a conversation about addiction and recovery and spirituality. It is open to anyone, regardless of your relationship to addiction or to Christianity. Each meeting will begin with a time of silent (centering) prayer before moving on to discussion. Led by Jane; meets Mondays: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5. 7-8:30 p.m. at First Church.
“Race and Your Story”
“Excursions and Service”
Saturday, October 20
We’ll gather from 10a-2p to take care of some small repairs and winterization tasks: weather-stripping and lawn/garden prep; ceiling repair; organ maintenance; and a few other jobs. We’ll also enjoy some lunch together. Please sign up for specific jobs in Pilgrim Hall or let Brad know that you are available on that day. We are also looking for a few people to set up for lunch.
Upcoming 2nd Hours
First Church was recently awarded a grant from the St. Paul’s Family Resources Foundation. The intention of the grant is to allow us to access resources from the Wilder Foundation in order to better support caregivers. Along with Jane, Paul Snyder and Joy Gullikson are guiding this project. Our first step is to begin a conversation and build awareness about caregiving. On October 21 and November 4, we will be hosting 2nd Hours about our caregiving experiences. We will be joined by Catherine Engstrom, Caregiver consultant at the Wilder Foundation. Our time will be focused on sharing the challenges and joys of our caregiving work and reflecting on how the church might better support us in this work.
Joint Thanksgiving Service
This year’s service will be held on Tuesday, November 20, at Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street, Minneapolis 55414 at 7:30 p.m. Singers are invited to be part of a joint choir, which will rehearse at 6:30. Please let the office know if you can bring pie for the reception