Get acquainted Oct. 28

Join us for a “get acquainted” event for all ages at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, after worship. Our Adult and Intergenerational Ministry Team is hosting a special coffee time that will allow us to sit and talk with others we may not know as well.

You will take a card as you enter the Gathering Room that will direct you to a particular table. Questions will be provided at the tables for each person to answer. Have a treat, learn about others, and have some fun!

All Saints Sunday Nov. 4

On All Saints Sunday, Nov. 4, you are invited to bring a photo or memento of someone who is a saint in your life.

This may be a loved one who has passed away, a friend who shows support, or an international leader who has inspired you.

We will include saints who have gone before us and saints who are living examples to us today. We will be sharing our saints with each other during Open Space during Nov. 4 worship.

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.

Book discussion: Healing the Heart of Democracy

  • 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 24 (no meeting during MEA week)
  • Church Gathering Room

Join Patti Hoffman for a special three-week series as we read and discuss Parker Palmer’s “Healing the Heart of Democracy.” We suggest that you obtain and read the book before the first discussion. We’ll provide a soup and bread dinner each time.

Contact the church office at office@falconheightsucc.org or 651-646-2681 if you’d like to attend. You can still sign up if you can’t attend all three sessions (but please mention the dates you won’t be there).

“For those of us who want to see democracy survive and thrive–and we are legion–the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for us and for our nation.” –From “Healing the Heart of Democracy” by Parker Palmer

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