Christmas greetings from national UCC leaders

Christmas greetings from the United Church of Christ! The national officers of the United Church of Christ share the blessings and love of this sacred season in a video card:

Appearing in the video are the UCC’s general minister and president, the Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer; Executive Minister the Rev. Traci Blackmon; and Executive Minister the Rev. Jim Moos.

Boundaries training for working with kids

The Minnesota Conference UCC will present a boundaries training workshop Saturday, Jan. 12. This training is for lay leaders and volunteers who work with children, youth and families. The workshop will be at Mayflower United Church of Christ, 106 E. Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis. It will cover:

  • An introduction to boundaries, power, and vulnerability
  • Appropriate touch and healthy self-disclosure
  • Boundaries, the internet, and social media
  • Essential self-care
  • Best practices in safe child/safe church policies

Lori Alford, program director of Pilgrim Point Camp and Retreats, and the Rev. Kevin Brown, associate conference minister of faith formation for children and youth, will lead the training created by the Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune of FaithTrust Institute.

The registration fee of $25 covers materials, a continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Register by Jan. 4 at http://uccmn.org/calendar/healthy-boundaries-workshop-101

Blue Christmas service

Blue Christmas

Feeling blue during the holidays? You are not alone. Join us Dec. 21 in a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. in the contemplative space in our sanctuary.

For many people, the holiday season is a time of loneliness, sorrow, alienation, anxiety and chaos. On the evening of the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, Falcon Heights Church will offer a space to claim those feelings and find hope in the compassionate love of God.

There will be candlelight, silence, music, readings and time to reflect.

Come and find comfort for your soul.

“Bethlehem Inn” Dec. 16

On Dec. 16, come be a guest at the Bethlehem Inn, run by Eli and his wife, Sarah. A cast of characters ages 4 to much, much older will retell the old Christmas story in  song and movement during 10:30 a.m. worship.

Accommodations in Bethlehem are hard to find due to the census, but Eli has managed to hire a rambunctious group of younger workers to assist in making your stay comfortable.

Oh, don’t mind the pounding on the door, the complaining about taxes, the strangers sleeping in the stable, a fiery star (or is it a dragon?) overhead, and a ragtag group of sheepherders with an alarming story to tell. Follow the Christmas Star right to the Bethlehem Inn and maybe you will find a room, but wait…come quietly. There’s a baby sleeping…hush!

Human Rights Day Dec. 10

Falcon Heights Church will host the annual Human Rights Day event sponsored by the city of Falcon Heights’ Community Engagement Commission. This year’s theme will be discrimination in housing. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

State Rep. Alice Hausman and Tim Thompson of the Housing Justice Center will give presentations.

Have you ever found a house that you loved in a great neighborhood with good schools and a beautiful park? But you were told to live somewhere else due to your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or family status? Fair housing is your right!

If you have any questions about the event, please call Falcon Heights City Hall
651-792-7600 or email amanda.lor@falconheights.org

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.