Listening sessions for parking lot proceeds

Our Executive Board is holding listening sessions in May to get feedback on proposed uses for the money we received from selling the church parking lot. All church members and friends are welcome to attend.

At the April congregational meeting, the Executive Board proposed using the money from the sale of the parking lot parcels to leverage resources in three areas. We would use 25 percent as matching funds to pay down the mortgage, earmark another 25 percent to cover expected city street and sidewalk assessments, and set aside 50 percent to support our church’s mission and ministry.

Dates and times

All meetings will be at the church.

  • Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 20 at noon
  • Wednesday, May 23 at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 24 at 3 p.m., and again at 7 p.m.

Mother’s Day events

Flower fundraiser

Don’t miss our Mother’s Day Flower Fundraiser on Sunday, May 13. Volunteers from the Como Park Falcon Heights Block Nurse Program will be selling flower packs of four for $5 each after worship. Proceeds go to help seniors in the area improve their wellness and stay in their homes. The program provides homemaker services, exercise classes, health care visits and companionship.

Root Beer Run

Also on Mother’s Day, join Chriss Joyce and her family in a Root Beer Run from noon to 3 p.m. at Boom Island Park, Minneapolis. Run, walk or stroll a half mile or full mile and enjoy root beer with or without ice cream. All registration fees go to People for Parks, a Minneapolis nonprofit that sponsors programs to enhance and promote city parks. Register here

Rally for Science

Rally for ScienceRally for Science May 19 with other Minnesotans concerned about science funding, education, public health and environmental stewardship. This event, organized by March for Science MN, will be at noon in Mears Park in St. Paul.

  • It will include activities to engage families, educate the public and raise awareness of our needs to lawmakers.
  • Learn about our initiatives; meet with lawmakers, our partners and your neighbors who care about science; and learn what you can do.
  • Help gather support for the policy changes needed to sustain a healthy public and a healthy world.

United Theological Seminary moving to St. Paul

United Theological Seminary announced recently that it will move its campus from New Brighton to St. Paul at the end of 2018. The 55-year-old ecumenical graduate school is an affiliate of the United Church of Christ.

Leaders cited a desire to better serve students who rely on public transportation, to be closer to urban ministries in keeping with the seminary’s social justice emphasis, and to relocate in a smaller, more intimate space. The school currently has 85 students, almost half of whom are distance learners.

The school is looking for new quarters in the Hwy 280/University Avenue neighborhood. It plans to sell the New Brighton facility to Global Academy Charter School, which serves first-generation immigrant students.

“In the Image” children’s musical May 6

The children of Falcon Heights Church will present a spring musical, “In the Image,” in worship Sunday, May 6. Everyone is invited to join us at 10:30 a.m. to enjoy the performance and its inspiring message.

Mark Burrows’ musical features a group of children who have just experienced the story of the Creation. And now they’re starting to wonder what it really means to be created in the image of God.

Through humorous, earnest exploration, the children discover that the answer isn’t about physical appearance.

It’s about creativity, faithfulness, responsibility, community, and the ability to find the good in things.

Margot Olsen directs the production and Patti Holmes provides piano accompaniment.

 

Healthy Aging Group under discussion

Falcon Heights Church and other local churches and agencies are discussing establishing a Healthy Aging Group in northern Ramsey County.

The goal of a Healthy Aging Group is to enable older people to thrive in their communities. Two other groups are already operating in the St. Paul area: The West St. Paul group includes Hamline-Midway, Rondo, Union Park and the West 7th area; a second group focuses on the East Side of St. Paul.

Ours would be the third area group, and like the other two, would focus on the specific needs of our particular populations of older adults.

Falcon Heights Church has been looking for ways to advance our senior ministry. Rev. Rick King has been in touch with Julia Wolf, a planner with St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, and Lisa Kane of the Living-at-Home Block Nurse program about this potential partnership.

On March 27, our church hosted the first gathering to explore starting a group, which Julia Wolf would establish but which would become self-directing, self-sustaining and community-based.

A follow-up meeting is scheduled April 24 at 3 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Falcon Heights Church. We expect to meet with people from Como Park Lutheran, New Life Presbyterian, Lyngblomsten, District 10, and others.

Breakfast for justice

Falcon Heights Church is working with other area congregations to support a Saturday, April 7, breakfast for justice for Latino residents of New Brighton’s Oak Grove Mobile Home Park. This fundraising event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 1660 W. County Road B, Roseville. We are recruiting volunteers to help with greeting, setup and cleanup.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeted the Oak Grove community after residents organized to fight the park’s unjust business practices and held a public vigil in January. ICE has detained about 13 residents and five have already been deported. Others are in court proceedings.

Mobile home park residents organized the fundraiser to help pay legal defense costs. It includes an authentic Mexican breakfast and an opportunity to meet some of the residents and hear their stories. Please RSVP if you plan to attend the breakfast. More information: Breakfast fundraiser flyer

Free STAR-lite training in healing and justice

A free one-day STAR-Lite training will take place April 21 in St. Paul. STAR-Lite is an evidence-based training that integrates several fields. These include neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience. The training also covers restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. Everyone is welcome.

This training is in line with Falcon Heights Church’s mission to continue racial reconciliation work and become a trauma-aware congregation. Rev. Rick and Sara Wright have taken the training and can answer any questions you have.

The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute (www.mnpeace.org) sponsors this training, with support from foundation grants. There is space for 60; you must pre-registrer. Details and online registration

 

Sign up for Holy Hammers

Sign up now for Holy Hammers and help build a house for a family this spring.  

Falcon Heights Church is part of a consortium of 14 north suburban churches that partner with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to build affordable family homes such as this one.

This year’s build is at 717 Geranium Ave. E., near Payne and Maryland avenues on St. Paul’s East Side. Framing begins in April and interior work will take place in June.

Stop by the Holy Hammers display in the Gathering Room to learn more about this year’s Habitat build and how to sign up to volunteer. Our church’s work dates are April 27, May 10 and 23, and June 21.

Host homeless families

Help host homeless families for the Project Home Emergency Shelter at New Life Presbyterian Church, 965 W. Larpenteur in Roseville.

Each night in April, New Life hosts a family homeless shelter at the church at Victoria and Larpenteur. We serve up to 20 guests, all families with children, who are temporarily without housing. The Project Home staff screens the families, who come by bus from the Family Center day shelter in downtown St. Paul. This is New Life’s ninth year. Members of Falcon Heights Church have participated in the past.

  • Evening Hosts (5:30-8:30 p.m.) greet guest families (along with Project Home staff), serve an evening snack (provided), chat with guests and play with children.
  • Overnight Hosts (8 p.m. to 7 a.m.; until 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday) help families settle for the night, spend the night in a separate sleeping area (beds provided), serve a light breakfast (provided) and tidy up the space.
  • Training is provided online, in print or in person.
  • Children and youth are encouraged to serve as hosts alongside their parents or guardians.

Get more information or sign up online.

Or contact New Life’s volunteer coordinator, Jan Hubbell, at janhubbell2@gmail.com or 651-489-4713. Thank you for sharing God’s love through this ministry!