Newcomer to our church? Information series coming up

New to Falcon Heights Church? Consider attending a newcomer information series to learn more about us.

This first of these newcomer sessions will be during Lent. We’ll meet over dinner on Sunday evenings, Feb. 18 and 25 and March 4 and 11.

The Rev. Rick King will lead the sessions. In addition, church members will be on hand to answer your questions.

Please RSVP with the church office at 651-646-2681 or office@falconheightsucc.org if you plan to attend.

Annual congregational meeting Jan. 28

Our annual congregational meeting is held each January. At this meeting, the members gather to hear reports from the past year. The meeting also sets the direction for Falcon Heights Church for the year to come.

Invitation to Congregational Annual Meeting
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
11:45 a.m. in the Gathering Room

1. Approval of minutes from last Congregational Meeting on Jan. 29, 2017

2. Presentation of written annual report, with additional Ministry Team reports as needed

3. Reports from the Executive Board

4. Presentation and vote on Nominating Committee’s slate of leaders for 2018

5. Approval of proposed 2018 budget

Documents for the meeting:

2017 Annual Meeting minutes

March 2017 congregational meeting minutes

Congregational Call Meeting minutes August 2017

 

Adult faith formation: the Great Migration

Millions of black Americans migrated from the south to the north in the 20th century. This Great Migration was like a refugee movement we would see today—but within one country’s borders.

Join us during adult First Hour faith formation at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, to discuss Krista Tippett’s “On Being” podcast on this timely topic.

Tippett talks with journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson’s book “The Warmth of Other Suns” chronicles the migration and the lives of the people who took part in it.

We will play the first 15 minutes of the podcast to set the stage. However, we recommend people listen to it beforehand or read the transcript if possible. Go to the podcast page

In February, our adult First Hour theme will be hospitality and welcoming.

  • On Feb. 4 Rev. Rick King will discuss what the scriptures say about hospitality.
  • We’ll have an all-ages Super Sunday service project Feb. 11.
  • On Feb. 25 we’ll discuss becoming a welcoming community with Do Good Roseville. (There is no First Hour Feb. 18.) All adults are invited to join in.

(The photo depicts Florida migrants on their way to New Jersey to pick potatoes in 1940. Taken by Jack Delano, it is now in the Library of Congress.)

Blankets of love for children

Two water buffalo and counting

Last month our Sunday school children collected money for Heifer International. Heifer gives farm animals to families in poor areas of the world, offering them a sustainable livelihood and a chance for a better life.

Our congregation donated $935.18–enough to purchase two water buffalo, with money left over to buy additional animals or support other projects for farmers and communities. Read more about Heifer

Thanks to everyone who gave to this project!

Leadership opportunities for young adults

The Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ will offer two leadership programs in 2018 for young adults 19 to 35 years old. The programs are in partnership with the national UCC.

Both YASC and SCOS help young adults to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually. At the same time, they foster community and promote justice. Applicants can select from the sites in Minnesota and others around the country.

The application for each program is open now. The selection/interview process will begin in late February 2018.

Ring in the new year with our bell choir

If you’ve always wanted to try playing in the bell choir but were afraid to try, now’s your chance!

We need quite a few ringers to fill out a choir again. So when you join, you’ll be in good company with other newbies.

Contact Carol Meeter if you’d like to learn more (651-647-4430, cmeeter@mmm.com). You can also leave a message in the box in the church office.

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.

UCC responds to racist violence and white supremacy

In the wake of racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, both the national leadership of the United Church of Christ and Minnesota Conference Minister Shari Prestemon issued pastoral letters denouncing these hateful acts and outlining the responses to which we are called as followers of Jesus.

National UCC Pastoral Letter 

Minnesota Conference Minister’s Pastoral Letter

The UCC has also collected a wide variety of online resources for clergy and lay people at www.ucc.org/stopwhitesupremacy to help congregations resist racist abuses in our communities and organize against white supremacy.