First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.
Church Music Sunday – June 2
The choir will mark the end of its season by participating in a service that features music drawn from the year just passed. This year we are looking for congregational input on what music you enjoyed the past year. Let Byron know your favorites!
Also on June 2 – an All Age, All Welcome Bike Ride! Ride or bring your bike to church on June 2. We will head out for a bike ride after worship service.
Come to the Table Day Camp:
Registration now open!
Children entering k-8th Grade
Registration is now open for this year’s camp, which will explore food justice, creation care, radical welcome, communion, and being part of a global community as we play, pray, do art, sing and learn togetherJune 17-21, from 9a-4p each day. Campers should be entering K-8 th grade. High school youth and adults are invited to be volunteer leaders (stipends are available for high school youth!) Camp is held at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave S, Minneapolis. You can download a registration form here . Deadline to register is June 1. Please contact Daniel or Jane if you’re interested in being a youth or adult leader.
Let’s Go Camping!
Sign up now for the First Church camping weekend at the Abbie Larson Memorial Campground in New London, Mn. on the north shore of Long Lake. There are tent camp sites and a small cabin that sleeps 4-6. Boating, swimming, hiking are all on the schedule! Cost is $50.00/ person or $100.00/ family. Financial aid is available. Talk to Jane or Daniel.
First Gallery News
Abstraction, collage, color, and texture have long defined Severns’ works and these large-scale works are no exception. Almost monumental in size—measuring at the largest 6’x7’—he explains: “These paintings grew out of collaging paper together which is something I do when I’m feeling intimidated with a larger scale. They also use a couple themes that I really love working with: decorative patterning that is subverted through rule breaking and feelings of awkwardness.”
One rule, however, that Severns didn’t anticipate was confronting gender assumptions about what art men can and cannot create. “After completing a couple larger pieces in 2007 I gained a small amount of attention,” Severns recalls. “Most of it was centered around the fact that I was a male who’s medium was sewing so in some people’s eyes I was undermining gender stereotypes. While there is a long history of men who sew (tailoring in particular) I wanted people to focus on the work aesthetically – not on any politics around it. I’ve since relaxed quite a bit and am more interested in making the work than trying to control how people approach it.”