We’re seeking a part-time office manager

We’re looking to hire a part-time Church Office Manager. This position is for 30 hours a week.

The Office Manager:
  • Works collaboratively with the Lead Pastor and staff to support the congregation’s vision. Our vision is to become “seekers and servants, growing in God’s transforming love.”
  • Advances the priorities and programs of Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ, by performing administrative and office support functions. This work strengthens us as an inclusive, intergenerational community that models progressive Christianity.
  • Reports to the Lead Pastor and works with the church staff, congregation, and general public in the church’s ministry and mission.
Additional responsibilities:
  • In addition to general office management, the position includes communications, record-keeping, and building use coordination.

If you’re interested, please contact the Rev. Rick King at revrick@falconheightsucc.org.

Spiritual practices: sermon series

Have you ever wondered about spiritual practices to help you strengthen your faith? In June, the Rev. Rick King will give a series of sermons on some specific practices to deepen your relationship with God.

June 3: Leavening Our Life (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46) – Practice: Centering Prayer.
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer in which we experience the God within.

June 10: Listening for God (Matthew 6:5-8; Romans 8:22-27) – Practice: Lectio Divina.
Lectio Divina means literally “holy reading,” but as a practice it means reading slowly, reflectively, savoring a particular word or phrase that speaks to us, and then using that word or phrase as the basis for a period of reflection and contemplation. Think of that word or phrase as being a key that opens the door to communing with the God within.

June 17: The Trellis and the Vine (John 15:1-11; Romans 12:1-8) – Practice: Developing a personal Rule of Life.
Think of a Rule of Life not as a list of do’s and don’ts, but as an aid to growth in our spiritual lives, much as a trellis helps climbing plants to begin to grow up rather than out.

Summer at Falcon Heights Church

We don’t take a summer vacation at Falcon Heights Church. Here’s what’s in store on summer Sundays beginning in June:

  • Worship time moves to 9:30 a.m. as of June 3. Summer hours continue through Sept. 2.
  • Our Summer Sundays children’s ministry, “Whole Children,” starts June 3. Kids will begin worship with their families. Then right after the children’s message, they’ll go to Faith Formation. Kids will learn practices such as seed art, aromatherapy, meditation and labyrinth walking as a basis for developing self-care and wholeness of life.
  • We’ll have an informal Contemplative First Hour at 8:30 a.m. Sundays through Sept. 2. There will be an ongoing Centering Prayer group and a Labyrinth Walk set up. Both these are open to youth as well as adults.
  • Starting June 10, worship moves from the sanctuary to the more informal, inviting Gathering Room. We’re planning elements of worship to make it more participatory than usual.
  • We’ll resume 10:30 a.m. worship time on Sept. 9 with a “Gathering of the Waters” liturgy and special festivities to kick off the new program year.  And, our First Hour start time in the fall will be 9:15 a.m., which will give us more transition time before worship.

Healthy Aging Forum

Learn more about healthy aging at a Healthy Aging Forum Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent St., in St. Paul.

This is a free interactive event featuring 30-minute mini-sessions on topics including heart health, scam and fraud prevention, caregiving, the health benefits of volunteering, diabetes self-care, brain health and more. Advance registration is required at aarp.cvent.com/HealthyAgingForum, or call at 1-877-926-8300.

Sponsors are Ramsey County Public Health, AARP Twin Cities, 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten, the American Heart Association, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.

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.

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.