FoodShare drive begins

Falcon Heights Church will once again take part in Minnesota FoodShare. This is an annual campaign to collect food and raise funds for food shelves statewide.

Our church’s participation benefits the Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action in St. Paul.

  • When: Sunday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, April 7.
  • Recipients: All food and money (more later on this) will go to the Department of Indian Work.
  • Where do I bring the food? Leave it in sturdy bags/boxes by the white buckets in the entry or in the shopping cart in the coat rack area.
  • What types of food? Non-perishable food in cans and packages. Same as what you want your family to eat: vegetables, especially varieties of beans, fruit, and the same types of foods with protein that the Outreach Team requests monthly. Don’t forget healthy foods that kids like to eat too.
  • Is there a maximum? Absolutely NOT! Nancy Duffrin and Chuck Gramith would LOVE to make multiple trips to the DIW (Department of Indian Work) with a minivan or pickup truck loaded down with food.

New group aims to support immigrants

Want to help your immigrant neighbors? Want to find out how to increase our church members’ involvement in helping immigrant neighbors?

From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, Falcon Heights Church is hosting the inaugural meeting of CAN, the Coalition to Accompany (Immigrant) Neighbors. We will be activating a group of concerned neighbors to provide support to immigrant families in our community facing issues today. Come and find out what it’s all about and how you can get involved!

Meeting agenda:

6:00 — Welcome and introduction to CAN

6:10 — Individual introductions: Name, where you live, what community of faith you are connected to

6:25  — CAN: immediate needs vs long-term goals

  • Immediate needs: equip a small group of people to provide support to immigrant neighbors as an extension of Ana’s ministry
  • Long-term goals: engage congregations in the IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory), have quarterly meetings for CAN group to gain support, insight, education, expand partnership by building relationships with other nonprofits, advocacy groups, and community organizations.
  • Tonight we are focusing on the immediate need of activating a group of concerned neighbors to provide support to immigrant families in our community facing issues today.

6:45 — Current situation and urgent needs: Describing the current situation and needs, explaining desired form of communication between her, families, and CAN members, ways that CAN members can accompany families.

7:20 — Accompaniment vs. “saving”

7:35 — Note on confidentiality and privacy

7:45 — Group inventory – interests, availability

8:00 — Closing prayer

What is God calling us to do now?

What is God calling us to do and be. . . TODAY?

Did you read the recent Star Tribune series of articles on organized religion? We watch and hear of declining attendance, financial struggles, and closing churches. And we know that profound societal shifts are demanding that churches change in response to them, or die. As a matter of faithfulness to God, we all must ask what God is calling us to do and be…TODAY.

To help us find our calling, the Minnesota Conference UCC has invited our congregation to be part of a new program called Crossroads. This program builds on the work of our Discovery Team and pastoral search process. As part of a consortium of other UCC Minnesota churches, Crossroads will help help us answer this vital question.

We will work with Vibrant Faith, a Christian research-based organization that provides training and coaching. Eight members of Falcon Heights Church have volunteered to undertake this exciting one-year journey.  We will be “looking inward” at who we are and also at how we can “turn outward.” We will consider what dreams we have for the future, and where we go from here.

Vibrant Faith will prepare participants in the Crossroads program to develop new forms of ministry and leadership. We need to respond to the changing ways people approach faith and religion in our society. We can expect coaching on ministry models, leadership skills and supportive learning communities.

Feeding our neighbors

This month we reach out to our community by feeding our neighbors and sharing warm seasonal clothing.

  • Help restock the food shelf at the Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action in St. Paul. Our focus for October is fruit and vegetables. DIW has an increasing need for food. They stock their shelves at the beginning of the week and by Thursday, they are running really low. Please leave your donations in the buckets in the church lobby.
  • Clothing donations: As you take out your winter clothing, are there lightly used items that don’t fit or you no longer wear? Bring them to church in bags and place them in or near the grocery cart by the coat rack. They will be taken to DIW for their clothing closet. If you are sharing outerwear, coats, sweaters or hats that are for smaller people, put them in a separate bag and label SMALL. Nancy Duffrin will take them to the Fairview Community Center for immigrants in the Adult Learning Programs. Most come from countries with very hot weather.  Minnesota winters are very challenging for them.
  • We’re again collecting breakfast items for children in need at Falcon Heights Elementary School. The program has begun and we can use cold cereal (low sugar content), oatmeal packets and granola bars or little packs of nuts or dried fruit. The food is sent home with children as part of their weekend food packs. Please leave your donations in the church lobby.

Deliver Meals on Wheels

We need more drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors in our area. By volunteering, you can help seniors stay healthy and live independently at home. All it takes is one morning every three weeks.

Falcon Heights Church provides drivers every third Monday morning for Roseville Area Meals on Wheels. We pick up the meals at the Fairview Community Center at 10:45 a.m. Delivery time usually runs about an hour.

The delivery routes cover Falcon Heights and Roseville. We need drivers either to take on a regular route or to be on call as a substitute.

Typically, each route includes six to 10 meals.  Our drivers use their own cars and work individually or as two-person teams.

If you are interested, please talk with Carolyn Hill at 651-646-6656 or by email: davidcarolynhill@msn.com.

Congregation elects 2018 leaders

The congregation of Falcon Heights Church elected its lay leaders for 2018 at its annual meeting Jan. 28. They are:

Officers

Moderator: Pat Bohman
Moderator-elect: Carol Holm
Financial Secretary: Lee Barry
Clerk: Bryan Seyfarth
Treasurer: Dave Hill
Assistant Treasurer: Sue Lillehei
Historian: Kyle Roeckeman

Executive Board

Jeanie Morrison
Jacob Kanake
John Reitan
Kyle Roeckeman
Conee Biggs
Peter Duddleston
Marv Fabyanske
Bob Olsen
Noah Keitel

The congregation also approved the 2018 budget and nominations to ministry teams.

Conversation with immigrants

Join other  volunteers from Falcon Heights Church who are helping adult English language learners at Fairview Community Center to practice their conversation skills. We meet every other Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:40 a.m. when the public schools are in session. Many immigrants and refugees are taking daily classes in English, but it is tremendously helpful for them to have a chance to talk with native English speakers in more informal conversational settings. We talk about everything from families to food to life in people’s native couintries and in America. The volunteers learn at least as much as our conversation partners!

Contact Nancy Duffrin at nduffrin@gmail.com or 651-348-7880 to learn more.

 

Rev. Rick King is called as pastor of Falcon Heights Church

The congregation of Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ, voted unanimously Aug. 13 to call the Rev. Rick King as our next lead pastor. He will join us Nov. 1, after completing his current interim ministry in Colorado.

Rev. Rick graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1989 and was ordained Jan. 28, 1990. Over the past 27 years, he has been called into covenant with several congregations, serving 10 years in Winona, Minnesota, and eight years in Longmont, Colorado. He has also served in interim roles in Illinois, Colorado and North Carolina. He is a member of the First Congregational Church in Loveland, Colorado.
Rick and his wife, Linda, have three teen-agers: Gabe, who will start high school in St. Paul this fall; Samuel, who will remain in Colorado with his mother for his senior year; and Elijah, a student at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.

Watch video of July 8 Service of Prayer and Recommitment

Videos from the July 8 Service of Prayer and Recommitment are now online at YouTube. You can view all nine of them here as a playlist, or go to https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOoJSJzmgg2gd5qAM5exRuQaoj9voA8zK

 

Congregation approves expanded Open and Affirming statement

At a congregational meeting Sunday, March 19, members of Falcon Heights Church unanimously adopted a revised Open and Affirming (ONA) statement that not only recognizes and affirms people of any sexual orientation, but also those of any gender identification and gender expression, as “equal recipients of God’s love.”

The new statement was developed through a process that included several well-attended Sunday meetings where members of the congregation could learn about and discuss transgender and gender identity issues. The expanded statement commits our church to working to make justice and inclusivity a reality in the community as well as in the congregation.

Read the original and revised statements:

ONA statement