Entries by Linda Owen

Blessing of School Tools Aug. 14

Donations to our annual School Tools campaign will be blessed during worship on Sunday, Aug. 14. This is the final Sunday to bring donations of new school supplies to help low-income children in our community thrive in their education. Here’s a shopping list of needed items: High-priority items:   Backpacks 3-ring binders Calculators Facial tissue […]

God’s good pleasure

By Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis — As we hear this text from Luke (Luke 12:22-32), I wonder how in the world humans can actually stop worrying. Perhaps you remember Bobby McFerrin’s song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” from the late 1980s. I found a music video online featuring McFerrin and Robin Williams, dancing around in funny […]

New teaching positions open for children’s faith formation

Applications are now being received for two part-time teaching positions in our children’s faith formation program. Our Executive Board recently approved the job descriptions developed by the Children’s Ministry Team for teachers in our Explorers and Seekers groups (K-5th grade and 5th through 8th grade classes) during First Hour on Sunday mornings. Each position is […]

Gathering of the Waters Sept. 18

As we gather again as a congregation in the fall, we will use the gift of water to symbolize the summer journeys that have refreshed us. Are there special water places that give you rest, adventure, rejuvenation? Save some water (best kept in the freezer until September!) and bring it with you to worship Sept. […]

Open and Affirming educational forum Aug. 7

Our Open and Affirming working group is planning several educational forums to help us move into a more intentional welcome of the LGBT community. The first will be Sunday, Aug. 7, following worship, from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room. Pastor Anne Swallow Gillis, Dave Hill and Rachel Flaherty will lead a session […]

Pastoral search expectations: what we’ve said so far

With your help and input during two Guided Conversation Sundays, the Pastoral Search Committee has truly begun the collective work towards finding our new pastor. Thank you to all who participated and have shared your thoughts and opinions. Evidence of this work is on display in the Gathering Room. What have we said so far […]

Sandwich-making for Simpson House Aug. 11

Our next “300 sandwiches” assembly line is Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Room. All ages are welcome to help make sandwiches and pack bag lunches for guests at the Simpson House shelter in Minneapolis. Our first Sunday special offering pays for supplies for this outreach project.

‘Migration for peace’ display of peace cranes this Sunday

Paper peace cranes that have flown in other communities torn by violence will be on display this Sunday only, July 24, in the sanctuary of Falcon Heights Church. In a nationwide “migration for peace,” the cranes have traveled to United Church of Christ churches across the country as a gesture of shared grief, love and […]

Join second Guided Conversation July 24 on new pastor

Plan to attend the Pastoral Search Committee’s second Guided Conversation Sunday, July 24, on our congregation’s expectations of a new pastor. Please join us and make sure your views are shared! Our worship service will go from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and will include about 45 minutes of small-group guided conversations. Kids’ program and extended […]

Your input needed on new pastor; here’s how to participate

If you missed the first Guided Conversation Sunday with the Pastoral Search Committee on June 26, you can still share your expectations of our next pastor regarding worship, faith formation, and creativity. Hearing from you is important to the journey we are on! It’s possible you will receive an email sometime soon from one of […]