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.

At First Church, we care about each other and the world. We look for God in the scriptures and everyday life. We think and pray and break bread together. We ask questions that don’t have easy answers. We serve our neighbors. We raise our voices about the justice issues of our day. We proudly belong to the United Church of Christ. We think diversity is a beautiful gift from God and we do our best to truly welcome everyone. Worship is at the core of our life together. Join us at 10 a.m. each Sunday.

 

First Church is requesting proposals for Design Services connected to the preservation of our historic building.

This Project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society. Find the RFP here.

Advent 2014. Ponder.

Advent means “coming.” The Advent season (the four weeks before Christmas( is a time of pondering the possibility of birth… the irth of Jesus… the birth of God’s hope, justice and love in our barren places… the birth of a new creation.

Here is a list of First Church worship services and events during Advent:

December 7     10am worship, Jane McBride preaching, communion; 11:30am, Holiday Marketplace! Do some shopping and do some good–you’ll find jewelry, hand-crafted wearables, candles, etc. Part of all proceeds go to a charity of the crafter’s choice.

December 14     10am, Celebration of Advent and Christmas Music led by the Chancel Choir

December 18     7pm, Longest Night Service. This service of healing includes readings, music, silence, and healing prayer.

December 21     10am worship, Jane McBride preaching; 11:30am, light lunch followed by caroling with our elders

December 24     4pm, cocoa, cookies and fellowship; 5pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Special music by the Chancel Choir, Christmas pageant, and special offering for the San Lucas Toliman Mission and the UCC Christmas Fund.

 

Opportunities to Give, Share, and Create Community

Christmas caroling: On Sunday Dec. 21 carolers will head out to sing with members in their homes. We will provide a light lunch for carolers.

St. Stephen’s Shelter Christmas Eve Party: We are collecting contributions to underwrite gift bags to be given out to shelter guests on Christmas Eve. checks can be made out to First Church with a notation for St. Stephen’s gifts

Mitten Tree/Winter Coat Collection: We will decorate our Christmas tree in Pilgrim Hall with new hats, scarves, and mittens. We’ll also be collecting gently used winter coats, boots and other cold weather apparel. After Chrsitmas these items will be delivered to the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Center. Ment’s coats will be delivered to St. Stephen’s shelter

Christmas Eve cookies cocoa and fellowship: We welcome your cookie donations! Please mark if they contain nuts and place in the kitchen freezer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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