Entries by Linda Owen

Wednesday night suppers resume

Join the cast of our spring musical, along with other hungry folks, for supper and conversation on Wednesday evenings beginning March 30. Food is served from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with the play rehearsal beginning at 6:20 p.m. No charge, no dinner prep, although contributions of funds and/or salads or desserts are always welcomed. Contact […]

Open and Affirming celebration April 9

The Open and Affirming Ministry Team of the Minnesota Conference UCC presents the annual Open and Affirming celebration Saturday, April 9, at Linden Hills Congregational United Church of Christ. Workshops begin at 1 p.m. A 2:30 p.m. worship service features preaching by the Rev. Lawrence Richardson, minister for digital evangelism for the United Church of […]

The Lord’s Prayer: bread and fish for all

By Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis — We don’t know the actual context in which Jesus taught his followers the Lord’s Prayer. They may well have been in the middle of eating together. Perhaps a relaxed evening meal or a hastily consumed mid-day snack as they walked from one town to the next. “Give us this […]

The Lord’s Prayer: the Kingdom of God’s good pleasure

By Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis — “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Let’s consider what we are asking for when we pray this part of the Lord’s Prayer. As the saying goes, different people really do approach life differently: Some see life, events around them, as a […]

The Lord’s Prayer: What’s in a name?

By Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis — One of the things pastors love most is when other people pray, not us. Seriously, one of the most frustrating things is to have people assume that I am the only one in the room who can pray…out loud…appropriately. Over these next five weeks of Lent, I’m inviting us […]

Lenten outreach: Have a heart for homeless youth

On any given night in Minnesota, 4,000+ youth and young adults are homeless and on their own. Beginning on Valentine’s Sunday, we will have the opportunity to open our hearts to some of those kids by donating to a Minneapolis organization called Avenues for Homeless Youth. Melissa Peterson, Community Engagement Manager at Avenues, will tell […]

Lenten Suppers and Evening Prayer

Join us the next two Wednesdays, March 9 and 16, for Lenten Supper and Evening Prayer. These are simple meals of soup and bread. We’ll start serving at 6 p.m. (bring a dessert if you wish), then join us for informal singing, prayer and closing time. Suppers are sponsored by the Intergenerational Ministry Team. Contact […]

Adult series on “transformation” this month

The word “transformation” is used often today and is part of our vision statement. Have you ever wondered what it means to be transformed and how true transformation takes place? Find out what Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar who founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has to say about transformation. […]

Congregation approves 2016 leaders, budget, receives Annual Report

The congregation of Falcon Heights Church held its Annual Congregational Meeting Jan. 31, 2016. It approved the slate of lay leaders for 2016, including Lynne Bradbury as moderator and Peter Duddleston as moderator-elect. Also approved was the 2016 budget and a proposal to allow the Executive Board to proceed with the sale of two parcels […]

New Vision Statement for our church

After a year of conversation and study, the congregation of Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ, has adopted a new vision statement: “Seekers and servants, growing in God’s transforming love.” The statement is a milestone in an ongoing process in which our congregation is seeking to discern what God wants us to be and […]