Prayer list

This is the current prayer list for Falcon Heights Church. Please hold the following people in your prayers:

Cindy Duddleston and family, in the death of her mother, Pat Moore.
Chriss Joyce and family, in the death of Chriss’ mother, Rita.
Margaret Thorn and family, in the death of Margaret’s husband, Gary.
Marilyn Baden, in the death of her brother, Gerald Mansergh.
Sharon Goldsmith, a friend of Susie Risher, cancer.
Brian Richardson, Carol Meeter’s brother-in-law, life’s challenges.
Charlie Rose, recovering from liver transplant surgery and a recent fall
Brad Wicklem, organ failure and car accident.
Lucille Moser and family; Lucille is Helen Brown’s sister and is on hospice.
Landen, the 5-year-old boy critically injured when a stranger threw him off a balcony at the Mall of America.
All those affected by hate crimes, unjust treatment at our borders, and discrimination based on race, sex and other factors.

If you have a request for prayer, please contact Jan Blomberg, jblomberg1@msn.com, who will pass on your request to the Prayer Group. If you would like prayers for someone other than yourself, please obtain permission from that person first.

Prayer list last updated 6/10/19

 

Solar energy documentary

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society will have a June 13 screening of “Point of No Return,” a film about the first solar-powered flight around the world. The viewing is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Cambria Gallery, Minneapolis.

The event is also a fund-raiser for MRES. Information and tickets at www.mnrenewables.org/film-screening-point-of-no-return.

Suicide prevention

Ramsey County will host a listening session about suicide prevention from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul.

Share your experiences with suicide prevention resources, needs, partnerships, support, and ideas about how to spread community awareness. More information: Kari Umanzor, 612-916-6998 or Kari.umanzor@ramseycounty.us.

Outdoor Painters exhibition

Falcon Heights Church will host an exhibition of art work by members of the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. Learn more about the group–which is planning to use space at FHC for meetings and activities. Come and exchange ideas about future collaboration on community art events.

Appetizers and desserts will be served.

Holy Week events

Join us for these Holy Week events:

  • Maundy Thursday Service of Tenebrae, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 — A deeply moving service of readings, reflection, choral music and candlelight.
  • Easter Sunday, 10:30 a.m. April 21 — We celebrate the Resurrection with triumphal music from our choir and a professional brass ensemble.
  • We’re serving a delicious Easter breakfast of baked French toast, ham, fruit, coffee and juice before the service, starting at 9:15 a.m. A goodwill offering will benefit church programming.

Share an Iftar meal

Ramadan is a holy month of the Islamic lunar calendar (May 5-June 4 this year) during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. A meal called an Iftar breaks the fast each day. Next month, members of our congregation are invited to attend a traditional Iftar through Taking Heart, a long-running program coordinated by the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.

Taking Heart aims to bring Christians and members of other faith communities together with Muslims for wonderful food and conversation during Ramadan. FHC members have participated in the past. There are two nearby open houses in May:

  • May 13 at 7 p.m. at Masjid Alhuda–ICCC in Northeast Minneapolis.
  • May 21 at 8 p.m. at Masjid At-taqwa, just outside the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.

The open houses are free and open to the public, but you need to register online.

More information on Taking Heart

Special service May 5

Our worship service May 5 will have a communion theme and will end 15 minutes early, so we can move to the Gathering Room for a Crossroads Team-led “working” portion. We will close by noon with a hymn and a prayer.

The worship service will be a specially designed, narrated experience for all ages to more deeply enter into the meaning of communion.

As for the Crossroads gathering, here’s an update from our Crossroads Team:

“A small but plucky team of FHC members began a year-long journey this winter to understand where we as a congregation might be going and how to prepare for our future. The Crossroads Team, led by Cor Wilson and including the Rev. Rick King, Margee Fabyanske, Conee Biggs, Larry Schumacher, Brian Knapp, Mary Gaasch and Carol Holm, is working this spring on understanding the demographic trends affecting our community and revisiting our congregational road map from the pastoral search process.

“We plan to bring the findings of our initial steps to the congregation and begin gathering input from members about their hopes for the future of Falcon Heights Church, UCC, and its relationship to the community at a presentation and discussion on May 5.”

Be in our kids’ play

Rehearsals are starting for our kids’ spring play, “My Name is Jesus. WHAAAT?” The show will be performed at Falcon Heights Church Sunday, April 28. Do you know a young person age 6 to 14 who would like to get involved? Everyone is welcome!

Margot Olsen wrote and directs the play. It tells the tale of a group of children who find a stranger sleeping in the sanctuary of their church who says he is Jesus. The children try to determine if it really is Jesus. If it is him, why is he back, and how can they help? The story will be told through music, and conversations, and interactions between Jesus and the kids.

Margot is a theatre and music teaching artist and member of Falcon Heights Church, UCC. She is an experienced magician at creating a fun theatre experience for kids of all ages and experience levels, bringing out the best in each one and telling a very creative story.

Rehearsals are from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 13, 20 and 27, and April, 3, 10, 17 and 24, with a possible dress rehearsal April 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Contact Margot at margot@olsenfamilycircus or 651-646-2983 and leave a message.

Mardi Gras party March 5

Come celebrate Mardi Gras with us Tuesday, March 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

  • Eat a rich dinner of pancakes, sausage, donuts and fruit before we head into the season of Lent.
  • We will have a craft project starting at 5:30 and dinner around 6.
  • After supper, join us for a pancake toss and limbo.
  • We will conclude the evening with a simple Ash Wednesday service appropriate for all ages.

Lenten activities on Wednesday evenings

Wednesday evening Lenten activities begin March 13. We’ll have soup suppers, rehearsals for our spring children’s play, and an adult faith formation series.

Lenten soup suppers

Everyone is welcome at our Lenten soup suppers at 5:30 p.m. A brief worship time follows just before 6 p.m.

Children’s play rehearsals

Children’s rehearsals during Lent are from 6 to 7:15 p.m. This year’s show, “I’m Back…”, will be performed during worship April 28. The play will be performed by kids 7 to 16. It tells the tale of a group of children who find a homeless man sleeping in the sanctuary of their church who says he is Jesus! The children try to determine if it really is Jesus. If so, why is he back, and how can they help?

Margot Olsen wrote and will direct the show. She is a local theatre/music teacher/artist and member of Falcon Heights Church, UCC. Rehearsals are March 13, 20 and 27, and April, 3, 10, 17 and 24. There’s a possible dress rehearsal April 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For information or to sign up, contact Margot at margot@olsenfamilycircus.

Adult Lenten discussion group

Adults will meet from 6 to 7:15 p.m. during play practice to discuss Media Literacy. What does it mean for our kids and for us as adults? We’ll continue a discussion that began in First Hour adult faith formation around use of media by children. We’ll explore media literacy through a series of videos and discussions to give us the tools to decide how we and our kids should be interacting with media. Watch the first video before play practice begins and bring your questions to the discussion each Wednesday night after supper.