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Lenten Small Groups
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The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Christ and His Message, by Cynthia Bourgeault. Discussion led by Mary Byers and Jane. Please order a copy of the book.
In this book, Bourgeault explores a tremendous paradigm shift happening within Christianity. We are moving away from our centuries-long attachment to defining faith as a set of beliefs. We are reclaiming Jesus as a teacher of wisdom who provided a path to transformation for the whole human being. Monday evenings at 7p at the home of Cynthia and Russell Hobbie, March 2, 9, 16 & 23 OR Thursday afternoons at 1p at the home of Jerry and Betty Clark, March 12, 19 & 26 and April 2.
Arts and Crafts led by Kristen Anderson
We will discover the treasures of First Church’s arts and crafts supplies, and we will express the gifts of our creativity and playful spirits. Want to make an angel out of construction paper and glitter? Want to paint or doodle? Want to bring your own knitting and be with us? Come as you are able!
At church, 11:30a-12:30p Sundays March 1 (in conjunction with the all-church read discussion), March 15 & March 29
Caregiver Group meets 2nd Saturdays
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. If you have questions, let Joy Gullikson know.
Mardi Gras Mini-Golf
Tuesday, February 18!
Join us for tacos, doughnuts, and the unique experience of playing mini-golf in church! Given that caucuses will be held on Feb. 25 this year, we’ll be doing our Mardi Gras mini-golf event a week earlier than usual. This event is hosted by our confirmation class and our youth, and we need some additional helpers, too. If you can help with setup, food, or cleanup, please let Jane know.
First Gallery News
Susan Leschke, fiber artist, will be showing a selection of her work at First Gallery this January through March. There will be a reception for Susan on Sunday, January 19, in Pilgrim Hall. Please plan to join us to welcome Susan and visit with her about the artwork. The collection of work for First Gallery was created over a period of years and shows various ways Susan has experimented with large and very tiny formats, objectivity and abstraction. “All of it tells a narrative of time and place, stretching and growing.” Susan teaches at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, and some of our community may know her from her work there.