Gifts for Lyngblomsten residents

We are collecting money and gift cards to purchase gifts for seniors at Lyngblomsten Care Center who do not have families or visitors to remember them at Christmas. In turn, the Lyngblomsten staff will use your donations to buy gift items for the residents.

Suggested cards include Target, JCPenney, Walmart, Kohls and Macy’s. You can purchase them at the Scrip table during coffee hour. Please make checks payable to Lyngblomsten Foundation.

There will be a designated donation box in the church lobby. We will take the donations and cards to Lyngblomsten Friday, Dec. 8.

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.

 

“Super Sunday” of service for Aliveness Project

Bring your creativity and holiday spirit to the next Super Sunday during First Hour, 9:30 a.m., on Nov. 12!  All ages are welcome to help make holiday gift tags for the Aliveness Project’s Holiday Gift Program.

The mission of the Aliveness Project is to link people living with HIV to resources for leading healthy, self-directed lives. It offers referral and counseling services, community meals, a food shelf, individual case management, integrative therapies, health and wellness workshops and more.

For the upcoming holidays, the Aliveness Project is hosting a Holiday Gift Expo and Party, a celebration featuring games, activities, entertainment, a winter wear giveaway and a holiday meal. At this party, each member of the Aliveness Project will be given a reusable bag that can be used in the project’s food shelf.

On Super Sunday, our church will help the Aliveness Project by decorating fun holiday gift tags to attach to these reusable bags. The Children’s Ministry Team will provide the tags and an array of decorating materials. We need you to provide the creative energy! Adults and children are welcome to volunteer. We’ve taken on the challenge of decorating 100 tags so we are hoping for a lot of creative hands!

For more information about the Aliveness Project, go to www.aliveness.org.

Sandwich making for Simpson House Nov. 9

Volunteers of all ages are needed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Gathering Room to help make 300 sandwiches and fill 50 bags with snacks for Simpson House. Please sign up on the sheet in the church lobby. This outreach ministry is funded by your first Sunday communion offering.

Sing with the choir and professional orchestra

Sing along with the Chancel Choir and professional orchestra in the presentation of Schubert’s beautiful Mass in C at the Dec. 10 Sunday morning worship service. It’s a short-term commitment of eight brief rehearsals, starting Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The music will be worked on during the first part of the rehearsal. If you’re interested, speak with any choir member or contact Joel or Karen Johnson, 651-426-4505 or joeloj@msn.com.

Fill the altar with bounty to share Oct. 15 & 22

This Sunday and next, Oct 15 and 22, let’s fill the altar table with the bounty we have to share with those in need. Take your gifts right up to the front of the sanctuary before worship begins. (You can also drop items off at the church during the week.)

What to bring:

  • Low-sugar cereal, individual packs of instant oatmeal, granola bars
  • Protein-rich foods such as stews, chilis and soups
  • Cold-weather clothing in good condition (coats and boots)

The cereals will go to Falcon Heights School for students’ weekend backpacks and the other foods to the Department of Indian Work food shelf. Clothes will go to DIW or to new immigrants at Fairview Community Center.

Fall book discussion: “A Good Time for the Truth”

We are launching an all-church book club with the very popular, eye-opening book about race in our community, “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.” Stories by 16 excellent Minnesota writers tell us, from their differing perspectives, how racism has affected them and their families.

Join in the discussions after worship on Oct. 15, 22 and 29, and Nov. 12, or discuss it in another church group or with your friends–but don’t be left out of this opportunity to share this book with others in our church community.

 

October food and clothing collections

Protein-rich food: We’re collecting soups, chili and stews for the Department of Indian Work food shelf in October. Please place your donations in the buckets in the church lobby. Other food is also always welcome.

Breakfast cereal for kids: We’re also collecting healthy low-sugar cereal and granola bars for the weekend food backpacks that are sent home with students at Falcon Heights Elementary School. We’ll start distributing the cereal the first week in October.

Warm clothes: We will collect winter clothing this month for the Department of Indian Work’s clothing closet. As you begin to change to your winter wardrobe, bring clothing and boots that are in good condition for the season ahead. Some of the smaller-sized clothing may be taken to Fairview Community Center for immigrants not prepared for our winter weather. Place the clothing near the shopping cart by the coat rack.

Hear Pastor Jacob’s story Oct. 6

Mark your calendar for the Friday, Oct. 6, Women’s Fellowship meeting (men are welcome, too). After socializing and snacks at 10 a.m., Pastor Jacob Kanake will share some childhood memories of growing up in a communal village with many siblings (originally 12) and a very special grandmother. He will share stories about his beginnings, and how his early schooling, his Christian faith, and the eventual transition to the United States has shaped who he is today.

Jacob has some fascinating observations regarding race relations and about Kenyan extended family cultures as compared to American freedom and individualism. And if asked, he may even share some hopes and dreams for Kenya, the USA, the United Church of Christ, his children, and his future.

“Welcome Back” BBQ and potluck Sept. 17

The Intergenerational Ministry Team invites everyone to join us for lunch after church Sunday, Sept. 17, at about 11:45 a.m. Enjoy catching up with friends and neighbors as we get back into our regular routine. Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and beverages will be provided. If you are able, bring a side or dessert to share—or just bring yourself! We look forward to having the whole community together as we start the program year.