Entries by Linda Owen

April food shelf collection: canned protein

We continue our focus on canned protein in our April food collection for the Department of Indian Work: tuna, chili, hash, beef stew, chicken, ham, corned beef, peanut butter. Your donations are much needed to keep the shelves stocked.  The Department of Indian Work is part of Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul.

Easter message

By Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis — The Gospel of John tells us that Mary Magdalene discovers the empty tomb first. This is a rather remarkable given how patriarchal and repressive of women the Christian church will later become. Other men and women followers of Jesus were reported to have gone to Jesus’ grave that early […]

Help immigrants practice their English

Falcon Heights Church has begun a new partnership at Fairview Community Center, helping immigrants in the Adult Learning Center practice their new English language skills in informal conversations with Americans. We will meet Wednesday mornings twice a month to begin with. Our students are hungry for more conversation, and we can use more volunteers. For […]

Weekend breakfast for hungry kids

Falcon Heights Church is partnering with Falcon Heights Elementary School to help provide weekend meals for students in need. The school sends backpacks home with kids each Friday, filled with food to supplement their meals over the weekend at home. We are currently collecting large boxes of non-sugary cold cereal through June.  Please note that […]

A provocative entry

By Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis — There once was a United Methodist pastor who was discussing Palm Sunday palm branches with his congregation’s worship committee. “Our budget is tight this year, and you know those leafy palm fronds cost us about a dollar apiece…” cautiously began one committee member. “That’s right,” someone else quickly chimed […]

Help build a new house with Holy Hammers

Spring is here, and so is the Holy Hammers project with Habitat for Humanity! Sign up to work with FHC volunteers alongside members of other area churches. No construction experience is needed; you will be taught everything you need to know. We have reserved slots on May 6, May 26, June 15, and July 14. […]

The Lord’s Prayer: Facing evil, making choices

By Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis — We have come to the final request of the Lord’s Prayer: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” As Protestant Christians, we are used to the prayer continuing with closing words of praise, “for thine is the Kingdom and the glory, forever.” This ending was probably […]

The Lord’s Prayer: The challenge of forgiveness

By Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis — In Jesus’ time, it was nothing new to say that God forgives. Within the Jewish tradition and Hebrew scriptures, God was constantly rebuilding bridges between Godself and careless, rebellious, sinful humans. When it came to broken relationships between humans, much was also written in Jewish law about forgiveness between […]

Offering for Heifer International

From March 6 through May 15, we will be taking a children’s offering in our First Hour classes. The offering will be given to Heifer International, an organization that works with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Heifer uses donations to provide animals to individuals within a community. […]

Confirmation class begins

A group of five young people in grades 6-8 has begun to meet with Pastor Anne each Wednesday evening. They are exploring their ideas about God, Jesus, the Bible, the Church and how they hope to live their lives. They are learning to listen to God in prayer, reading the Bible and paying attention to […]