All-church BBQ Sunday, May 22

As school-year activities wind down each May, Falcon Heights Church celebrates the past year and welcomes summer with a barbecue on our patio and a potluck in our Gathering Room. A shiny new grill donated by the Women’s Fellowship will be put to the test. You’re invited to join us at worship at 10:30 a.m. May 22 and stay for the BBQ lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Two outreach projects wrap up May 22

During worship on Sunday, May 22, our children will dedicate their First Hour offerings to send animals to needy families through Heifer International. Adults are also invited to add to their offerings by indicating “Heifer” on a check or offering envelope.

Our Youth Group will also distribute Blessing Bags for us to carry in our vehicles for distribution to people in need.

Rev. Dr. Marion Pocker, former pastor, dies

The Rev. Dr. Marion Pocker, who served as pastor at Falcon Heights Church from 1973 to 1988, died May 4 at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul. A memorial service will be held at Olivet Congregational UCC in St. Paul at 2 p. m. Saturday, May 14, with visitation at 1 p.m. We remember his wife, Dorothea, and adult children, Mike and Sarah, in our prayers.

Search committee leaders named

May 8, 2016 – On May 3, the Pastoral Search Committee met with the Rev. Rick Wagner, associate conference minister of the Minnesota Conference UCC, and learned more about creating a church profile and interviewing.

The committee also chose Carol Holm and Jenica Domanico as co-chairs, Joe Vance and Kari Willey as recorders, and Pat Bohman as chaplain.

May food collections: peanut butter and cereal

Peanut butter is the focus for this month’s food collection for the Department of Indian Work food shelf. In addition, we will continue to collect large boxes of non-sugary cold cereal through the end of May for students in need at Falcon Heights Elementary School. The food is sent home with children each Friday.

Please bring your donations to the church lobby and place them in the bins provided.

Plant sale May 7-8

The Women’s Fellowship will have its annual plant sale Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, with plants also for sale before and after church on Sunday, May 8. There’s a big selection of perennials and other plants this year — so big, in fact, that we’re in need of more pots. Donated pots can be left under the coat racks or on the back patio. Helpers are also needed to pot plants that will be sold.

Pastoral Search Committee begins work

April 28, 2016 — Your Pastoral Search Committee met for the first time this week. Members are Pat Bohman, Mike Bradbury, Chuck Michaelson, Margot Olsen, Joe Vance, Carol Holm, Kari Willey and Jenica Domanico.

Pastor Anne led the group in getting to know one another and sharing their hopes and concerns about the search process. They explored some of the biblical grounding for their work, with a discussion of one of the Apostle Paul’s metaphors for the church,  the Body of Christ. Also discussed was the difference between a “hire” (Pastor Anne is hired by the Executive Board for a limited period) and a “call” (where a congregation votes on and extends a call to an open-ended partnership between themselves and a pastor). Unlike a hire in the business world, the biblical notion of covenant involves responsibilities, accountability and compassion between both parties.

The committee expressed eagerness to involve the congregation in exploring expectations of what a sole pastor would do here at Falcon Heights Church. In what ways do you expect the new pastor to lead you as you move forward the vision of being seekers and servants, growing in God’s transforming love?

The group is prayerfully considering who will be the chair (or co-chairs), recorders/secretaries, and chaplain for their work. The specific contents of their discussions, and the identifying details about candidates, needs to remain confidential. However, the group is eager to keep the congregation updated and involved in this important work. They ask for your ongoing prayers, as well as your participation in upcoming small group discussions.

–Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis

“Blessing Bags” for street people

Our Senior High Youth Group is collecting items in April for “Blessing Bags” that can be given to people in need who ask for help at street intersections. Bins for donations will be set up in the lobby. These items are needed:

  • Bottled water (12 ounces)
  • Cliff bars (nut-free)
  • Rice Krispie treats (nut-free & prepackaged)
  • Emergency blankets

Money donations are also welcome. Place donations in the offering plate at worship, noting “Blessing Bags” in the check memo or on the envelope.

Children’s musical, “The Sailor’s Bible,” to be presented May 8

Our children’s spring musical, featuring the talents of kids in grades K-8, will be performed during worship on May 8. The show, “The Sailor’s Bible,” tells the stories of Noah and the Flood and of Jonah and the Great Fish. There are fun songs and characters and water–real and fake! Rehearsals have begun on Wednesday evenings, 6:20 to 7:30 p.m., with a dress rehearsal Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Questions? Contact Margot Olsen at

April sandwich making for Simpson House

All ages are welcome to help make 300 sandwiches and 50 bag lunches for Simpson House on Thursday, April 21. The assembly line begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Room. The food is distributed to clients of the program as they leave in the morning for another day on the streets. This project is supported financially by our special communion offering the first Sunday of each month.