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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

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

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.

Heal the Earth Garden Party & Swap Meet

Heal the Earth






On Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, come kick off our summer of intergenerational fun with eco-friendly service projects!

We have four projects to help bring healing to our beautiful planet Earth. You can participate in any or all of them, or just serve as a friendly “sidewalk superintendent.”

  • Creating a pollinator-friendly garden behind the church
  • Creating an “indoor garden”–a paper mural for the Gathering Room
  • Creating stenciled reusable shopping bags
  • An eco-friendly garden-themed swap meet–a chance to re-use good stuff

We’ll provide hearty snacks and lemonade. The event will go on RAIN OR SHINE! We’re hoping for beautiful weather, but everything except for planting the pollinator garden can be moved indoors if necessary.

Invite your friends! You can copy and send them this link:

Guidelines for the swap meet

Please bring only items that are lawn and garden-related and in good condition (garden hoses, decorative pots, tools for planting/weeding/harvesting, a treasured garden gnome, maybe even some patio furniture).

You can bring plants of any kind; ones that are good for pollinators may be used in creating the new back-of-church pollinator garden.


Children’s outdoor toys and play furniture would be great. Ask your kids, grandkids or great-grandkids to help you find some things to bring. They can enjoy swapping old toys for something new.

Drop items off at the church during the week before the June 15 event (but bringing them the day of the event is okay).

We’ll be posting signs about this in the neighborhood – anyone is welcome to participate. Invite your friends.

No money will be exchanged. Bring things you no longer want. Take things you can make use of. Anything left after 12 p.m. will be donated.

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.