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.


There’s something for everyone in our fall Small Groups programming.

“The Cash Value of Whiteness”

Adapted from 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. Led by the Racial Justice Team; meets Sundays: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 8:30-9:45 a.m. at First Church.

“Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps”

Guided by Richard Rohr’s book of the same name, this group seeks to provide space for a conversation about addiction and recovery and spirituality. It is open to anyone, regardless of your relationship to addiction or to Christianity. Each meeting will begin with a time of silent (centering) prayer before moving on to discussion. Led by Jane; meets Mondays: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5. 7-8:30 p.m. at First Church.

“Race and Your Story”

Prerequisite: Participants must have attend an earlier “Cash Value of Whiteness” series. This group will focus on how your race and your culture weave together in shaping your life story. Come together to write and share your story. Knowing that our culture is built on many systems–educational, legal, medical, financial, immigration, housing, etc–it’s valuable to know how those systems serve to shape who you are and how you are in the world. Led by the Racial Justice Team; meets Mondays: Oct. 8. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 7-8:30 at First Church.


“Excursions and Service”

This intergenerational activity group will meet at different locations and will alternate between exploring differnet parts of the metro area and engaging in service projects that will strengthen our connections to our neighbors and to the world. Meets Tuesdays: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6. 6-7:30 p.m. Locations tbd.



This Bible-based study group will read and discuss the texts that are the focus of our fall worship, from the books of Ruth, Samuel, and Kings.  Led by Jane; meets Wednesdays: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7. 10-11:30 a.m. at First Church.
Sign up by  emailing the office or adding your name to the sheets in Pilgrim Hall.

Work Day

Saturday, October 20

We’ll gather from 10a-2p to take care of some small repairs and winterization tasks: weather-stripping and lawn/garden prep; ceiling repair; organ maintenance; and a few other jobs. We’ll also enjoy some lunch together. Please sign up for specific jobs in Pilgrim Hall or let Brad know that you are available on that day. We are also looking for a few people to set up for lunch.

Caregiver Experiences

Upcoming 2nd Hours


First Church was recently awarded a grant from the St. Paul’s Family Resources Foundation. The intention of the grant is to allow us to access resources from the Wilder Foundation in order to better support caregivers. Along with Jane, Paul Snyder and Joy Gullikson are guiding this project. Our first step is to begin a conversation and build awareness about caregiving. On October 21 and November 4, we will be hosting 2nd Hours about our caregiving experiences. We will be joined by Catherine Engstrom, Caregiver consultant at the Wilder Foundation. Our time will be focused on sharing the challenges and joys of our caregiving work and reflecting on how the church might better support us in this work.

Joint Thanksgiving Service


This year’s service will be held on Tuesday, November 20, at Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard Street, Minneapolis 55414 at 7:30 p.m. Singers are invited to be part of a joint choir, which will rehearse at 6:30. Please let the office know if you can bring pie for the reception

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