Transgender Day of Remembrance this Sunday

Falcon Heights Church will observe Transgender Day of Remembrance Sunday, Nov. 19, during 10:30 a.m. worship.

Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, began the annual remembrance in 1999. Her purpose was to memorialize the murder of a transgender woman, Rita Hester, in Allston, Massachusetts. This Sunday, we will light candles and read the names of those who have been killed in transphobia-motivated violence this past year.

In addition, during coffee hour after worship, the tables will have cards with trans facts for worshipers to read and take with them.

Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ, is an Open and Affirming church. In fact, we recently recommitted ourselves to inclusion and justice for all of the LGBTQ community. We also adopted an expanded Open and Affirming statement. It recognizes people of any gender identification and gender expression as “equal recipients of God’s love.”

At a time when rights and protections for transgender, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer citizens are increasingly under attack, we believe it is important to take a stand.

The annual date of the Day of Remembrance is Nov. 20. Each year, the national United Church of Christ and its Open and Affirming Coalition have urged congregations to renew their commitment to welcome and advocate for the transgender community.

 

Community Thanksgiving Eve service

On Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 22, Falcon Heights Church will join other local churches in worship to give thanks for our many blessings. The 7 p.m. service is at Como Park Lutheran Church, 1376 Hoyt Ave. W., one block west of Hamline. Also participating is New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville.

Canned and dry goods will be collected, as well as an offering for the Keystone Community Services food shelf. The evening also includes a pie social.

Rev. Rick will be participating in the service, and members of the Falcon Heights Church Chancel Choir will sing in an ecumenical choir. If you’d like to sing, arrive just before 6 p.m. to rehearse with the combined choir–no robes required.

Choir and orchestra to offer Schubert mass Dec. 10

The Chancel Choir of Falcon Heights Church and a professional orchestra will present Schubert’s beautiful Mass in C at the Dec. 10 Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. This annual choral offering to our congregation and community is directed by Joel Johnson. Admission is free.

Christmas pageant to be presented Dec. 17

An all-ages cast will present Falcon Heights Church’s annual all-ages Christmas pageant during 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday, Dec. 17.

Hamil stars in “Just a Lowly Camel

Hamil the Camel, our giant camel puppet, stars in “Just a Lowly Camel,” written and directed by Margot Olsen. The musical performance retells the Christmas story in song, dance and humor.

 

Kids and adults will play the parts in the pageant, sing and dance, build and paint sets and gather props and costumes. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings, preceded by a soup supper. For more information, contact Margot Olsen at margot@olsenfamilycircus.com.