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January Family Activities
For kids, birth-6th grade, parents and grandparents:
Sunday Jan. 14: At 9 a.m. we invite kids to get together with worship buddies for a time of getting to know each other better. We’ll provide snacks, juice and coffee!
Saturday Jan. 20: Families will participate in our congregation’s monthly volunteer morning at the food shelf. We will gather at Community Emergency Services (1900 11th Ave S) at 9 a.m. to pack up bags of groceries. Then we’ll head over to St. Paul’s residence to deliver the groceries to friends who live there. We are usually finished around 11 a.m.
Sunday Jan. 28: Families will join in our congregation’s monthly meal at Lexington Commons, 4-6 p.m. We will bring food to share for the meal and then take time to eat with the residents and spend time with them.
The annual “Better Than Average” Pancake Breakfast, cooked and served by our Chancel Choir, will be held on Sunday, January 28 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. If you’ve attended in the past, you know how true the “Better Than Average” description is! Bring your friends! Free will donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit First Church music programming.
Calling older adults at First Church – let’s get together!
On January 17 at 11:30 a.m., you’re invited to lunch and a time of conversation with Jane and church leaders. We’re planning for this to be the beginning of a regular (perhaps quarterly) time together. The agenda for the first meeting will be simply to talk about what your hopes are for a ministry like this. Community and caring? Knowing what’s going on at church and sharing your input? Sharing your concerns about accessibility or inclusion? Space and time to discuss important issues about aging, spirituality, life? Something else? Please let the church office know that you are coming to our gathering—or sign up in Pilgrim Hall.
New Faces Gatherings
In the new year we will be holding a series of gathering for those who are interested in learning more about our church. At the first gathering we will share stories of our lives and faith. The second will be a session exploring the history and identify of the UCC. Finally we will focus on First Church. Let Jane know at email@example.com if you are interested or have questions.
First Gallery News: Margit Schmitt to exhibit January – March
Margit Schmitt will be exhibiting her oil paintings through the winter quarter at First Gallery, with a reception after worship on Sunday, January 14. Margit’s Artist Statement includes the following: “I paint in two realms simultaneously: the visible world and the
unseen eternal reality. I draw inspiration for my work from biblical themes and scriptural texts which are represented through the binary opposites of art and life: light and dark, form and chaos, right and wrong. In a world that is unstable and fluctuating I focus my life and work on the unseen reality that I believe is eternal.” This will be a provocative and beautiful show, sure to bring inspiration to our thinking and conversations throughout the winter.