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First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.



Seeking Minister of Music

First Congregational Church of Minnesota, UCC, an Open & Affirming, Just Peace, Immigrant Welcoming, and Sanctuary Supporting spiritual community, is seeking applicants for the position of Minister of Music. The Minister of Music supports the spiritual life of the congregation by overseeing a music ministry that enriches worship and church activities. The Music of Minister will engage in collaborative worship planning, direct the choir, select repertoire, coordinate with musicians in the church and wider community, and play the organ and piano at a professional level. We are a congregation of 200 members with approximately 20 singers in our choir. This position is a 12-month appointment at 20 hours per week from September through May and 10 hours per week from June through August. Compensation: salary range of $23,000-25,000, plus benefits.  

To apply, please submit a resume with at least three references and a cover letter describing your interest in and qualification for the position, as outlined in the job description available here 5-9-18-2018 Job Description Music Minister.   Send application materials to Jane McBride ( by June 15.

Wednesday Inclusive Movie Nights  weathered-movie-reel


Join us for dinner, movie and discussion!  Bring your own sandwich, we’ll provide side dishes.

  • June 6 at 6:30pm, “Simon Birch”
  • June 13 at 6:30pm, “Wonder”
  • June 20 at 6:30pm, “Life Animated”
  • June 27, at 6:30 pm, “Same Kind of Different as Me”

“Love your Neighbor” Day Camp

June 18-June 22


Register now for this progressive ecumenical summer day camp experience that offers faith formation in a fun, safe setting.  All entering kindergarten though 8th grade are welcome.  The cost is $30.00 per child for the entire week – but no child will be turned away.  Go to to register.

Pilgrim Point Weekend

July 6-8


Spend a relaxing weekend on the shores of Like Ida in Alexandria, MN. Swimming, boating, singing, relaxing, roasting marshmallows, talking are all on the agenda! Sign up in Pilgrim Hall or let Daniel or Jane know if you are interested.

Summer Musicians


Please consider playing an instrument and/or singing during the summer services. As you know, our adult choir takes “vacation” between Memorial Day and Labor Day. You are welcome and encouraged to share your musical talents. Please speak with Jayson Engquist (or leave a message) about scheduling a Sunday. He can be reached at: or 914-649-0844. The adult choir will resume rehearsals sometime in the Fall. Watch for details.


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First Church Gallery: Art work in plein air

First Gallery has a unique show (although all our shows are unique!).  Kay Raabe is exhibiting her work at First Church Gallery for the first time. She often paints plein air (outdoors) in the St. Croix River valley, North Shore of Minnesota, and locations in the Rocky Mountains, with her close friend, Susan Horn. Susan has previously exhibited landscapes and abstracts at First Gallery. Their friendship has influenced each other’s work over time. Both artists studied art at the University of Minnesota and have extended their studies in separate but complementary ways.

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