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.



Join us for a potluck lunch on October 6 after worship.  Everyone is Welcome!  Bring what you wish, but please label the ingredients.


1:1 Campaign

This fall, members of the justice team are continuing to engage in 1:1 conversations.  The conversations center around the formative experiences of your life, your values, and how you feel about issues in our community and world.  The conversations will help us build our capacity to act together for justice. Conversations will take place after church on Sundays during September and October.

 Caregiver Group will meet 2nd Saturdays starting October 12.

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 starting on October 12. If you have questions, let Joy Gullikson know.

Seeking Storytellers and Artists

This fall, our worship will focus on the parables of Jesus. The worship team is looking for people of all ages who are interested in learning a parable by heart and telling it to the congregation, or who would like to provide a visual illustration to a parable. Talk to Sally W. to volunteer for storytelling or Maggie G. to volunteer art.

Chimes bells are tolling for you . . .

As part of our Climate Care theme for the coming year, we are extending an open invitation to anyone to contribute an article in our monthly newsletter, Chimes. What’s on your mind? Did you have a meaningful experience you’d like to share? Reflections on the state of the world, or even your own backyard? Maybe you’re new to the First Church community and would like us to get to know you better. Maybe you’re living far away and want to give us an update on your life. Maybe a sermon or piece of music has moved you . . . or maybe you want to share a great book, movie, or television show. Don’t worry about length, or format (we take poetry and artwork as well!).

 If you would like to share your words and thoughts please let Sarah Tittleknow; articles are due on the 20th of each month. Consider this an open call for you to let your voice be heard. Thank you!

First Gallery News

Caribou RiverWe 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.












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