First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.
Small Groups are here!
This year’s Lenten theme is “Heart Space.” There are several opportunities to join in a group. Sign up in Pilgrim Hall or email the office.
Voices in Stones: Lessons from the Native Way. Co-led by Marilyn Burns and Mary Byers. Based on a book of the same title, we will learn how native cultures can teach us about our own faith and care for others. Meets Wednesdays at 10am starting Feb. 21 at the home of Marilyn Burns.
Introduction to Centering Prayer. Co-led by Jane McBride and Nick Tangen. Learn how to practice this method of silent, contemplative prayer. Meets Thursdays at 7p starting Feb. 15 at First Church.
Reverse Lent: Finding God in the World. Led by the Faith Formation Ministry Team. Designed especially for youth in 5th-12th grades, each week we will actively seek out God’s presence in Minneapolis thourh service, encounter and exploration. Meets Sundays from 3-4:30p at various locations starting on Feb. 18.
Cash Value of Whiteness. Led by the Racial Justice Team. Adapted by 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. Meet at First Church on Saturdays from 10am-1pm in two, two-part sessions. Group 1 will meet on Feb. 17 and March 17. Group 2 will meet on March 3 and 24.
On February 18, noon-2, we’ll enjoy a light lunch here at church as we explore the history and identity of the UCC and the ministries of First Church. We also welcome longtime members to participate in these sessions, as a way of building our community. Please email the church office to sign up.
- March 25 – Palm Sunday Worship 10 am followed by a Walk Through Holy Week
- March 29 -Maundy Thursday Service – 6 pm – meal intertwined with worship in remembrance of the Last Supper
- March 30 – Good Friday – 7 pm Worship Service
- April 1 – Easter Sunday – Sunrise service at the Stone Arch Bridge
– Breakfast served at First Church 8:45-9:45 am
– Worship Service at First Church 10:00 am
First Gallery News: Margit Schmitt to exhibit January – March
Margit Schmitt will be exhibiting her oil paintings through the winter quarter at First Gallery. 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.