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.
Join our weekly (virtual) worship!
Click here to view the bulletin for the February 28 service.
Our worship takes place on Zoom. We also provide a livestream of the Zoom meeting. The information to join worship on Zoom is in the bulletin. To view the livestream, and recordings of previous services, visit our YouTube channel. We begin live-streaming at (approximately) 9:45 am each Sunday.
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First Church COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
The board and staff recently worked together to update our COVID-19 preparedness plan, which you can find here. We ask that you read and abide by it whenever you take part in church activities, or when you are meeting inside the church.
Lenten Small Groups
This Lenten Season we are offering two opportunities to gather on Zoom:
What does justice look like?
As part of our conversation on reparations, the Racial Justice Working Group is offering a Lenten book study of What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland by Waziyatawin, a Wahpetunwan Dakota scholar. The book discusses the relationship between Dakota people and white settlers throughout Minnesotan history, describing the violence wrought upon the Dakota nation by colonialism. Waziyatawin makes a clear case for reparations by speaking to the historic injustices faced by her community, and suggests pathways toward reparative justice that white settlers in Minnesota might take to forge ethical coexistence with Native nations. The book is a productively challenging read, as it prompts questions about the responsibilities settlers have to the original stewards of the lands on which we live. According to Birchbark Books (a Native-owned and operated bookstore), the book “offers the further opportunity to explore what we can do between us as Peoples to reverse the patterns of genocide and oppression, and instead to do justice with a depth of good faith, commitment, and action that would be genuinely new for Native and non-Native relations.” The study will be offered at two different times:
Wednesdays, February 24, March 10 and 24, at 7p, led by Carey Seeley-Dzierzak
Saturdays, February 20 and 27, March 6 and 13, at 2p, led by Sarah Pawlicki
Please consider ordering the book from the publisher (rather than from Amazon). You can find it here.
How do we know what music means?
Music Minister Byron Almen will be offering a small group with this theme. His group will meet Tuesdays February 23, and March 2, 9 and 16 at 7:30 pm.
Sign up to participate in either group by contacting the First Church office.
Weekly Spiritual Practice
Let’s stay connected and grounded! During this time of physical distancing, members of our community invite you to pause with them for shared prayer, practice or meditation. To participate, click on the zoom links provided below.
Mondays, 8 pm: Sandy Johnson shares the poetry of hymn texts and a brief reflection, followed by community prayers. Click here to join the Monday gathering.
Tuesdays, noon: Vicki Snowden leads breath work and meditations from her kundalini yoga practice. Click here to join the Tuesday gathering.
Wednesdays, 8 pm: Jane McBride leads lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Click here to join the Wednesday evening gathering.
Thursdays, 10:30 am: Jean Chagnon leads guided meditations focused on topics like connecting with your authentic self, feeling more grounded and centered, or revitalizing your energy field. Click here to join the Thursday gathering.
Faith on Tap is (for now) Faith on Zoom!
Faith on Tap is going virtual (and with a slightly altered name). If you’re interested in fun and thought-provoking discussions about faith, spirituality, and life, join us at 7:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month for Faith on Zoom. Just click on the meeting link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/97550902366 All are welcome!