Two water buffalo and counting

Last month our Sunday school children collected money for Heifer International. Heifer gives farm animals to families in poor areas of the world, offering them a sustainable livelihood and a chance for a better life.

Our congregation donated $935.18–enough to purchase two water buffalo, with money left over to buy additional animals or support other projects for farmers and communities. Read more about Heifer

Thanks to everyone who gave to this project!

Leadership opportunities for young adults

The Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ will offer two leadership programs in 2018 for young adults 19 to 35 years old. The programs are in partnership with the national UCC.

Both YASC and SCOS help young adults to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually. At the same time, they foster community and promote justice. Applicants can select from the sites in Minnesota and others around the country.

The application for each program is open now. The selection/interview process will begin in late February 2018.

Training for healing, restorative justice

Want to learn what you can do in your work and personal life to bring healing and peace to our communities? Consider signing up for the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute’s one-day training Jan. 12 in Minneapolis. This session, called “Star-LITE,” focuses on psychological trauma healing, resilience, restorative justice and nonviolent conflict transformation.

We’re hoping to take a group of church members to this multicultural, multi-faith training. And we’re thinking it could provide an avenue to move forward in our church’s racial truth and reconciliation work. We encourage you to learn more and sign up by Jan. 5 (space is limited) at www.sljan122018.eventbrite.com. There is a $99 fee.

The one-day “STAR-Lite” session is a condensed version of the institute’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience training. It builds on restorative justice principles and practices to help people:

  • break free from revenge
  • heal trauma
  • reconnect with others to satisfy our basic human needs for justice
  • become agents of positive change.

Epiphany celebration Jan. 6

Worship with us Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, come and experience the joy of this holy season. Join us for one (or more) of three worship services celebrating the coming of the Christ child:

  • Morning worship at 10:30 a.m., with special music and a Christmas message.
  • Our family-friendly 4:30 p.m. service, with stories and songs suitable for all ages.
  • A candlelight service at 10 p.m., with our Chancel Choir and “Silent Night” sung in the darkened sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

Ring in the new year with our bell choir

If you’ve always wanted to try playing in the bell choir but were afraid to try, now’s your chance!

We need quite a few ringers to fill out a choir again. So when you join, you’ll be in good company with other newbies.

Contact Carol Meeter if you’d like to learn more (651-647-4430, cmeeter@mmm.com). You can also leave a message in the box in the church office.

Buy a blossom to help the food shelves

Help our neighbors in need by buying a white silk poinsettia for our Gathering Room Christmas tree! All proceeds from these sales will go to restock local food shelves.

Rather than offering live poinsettias for sale this year, we recognize that many people in our communities are struggling to make ends meet. So we’ve decided to redirect the money that would have been spent adorning the sanctuary to helping those who are food-insecure.

The silk blossoms are $15. Tell us who you’re honoring or remembering with your blossom by filling out the attached order form. Pay at the Scrip table during coffee hour through Sunday, Dec. 17, and hang your flower on the tree. Or you can send the form to the church office by Monday, Dec. 18, and we’ll hang a blossom for you.

Make checks out to Falcon Heights Church UCC and include the notation “Ornament.”

Along the Borderlands

Read Rev. Rick King’s blog about racial divides and reconciliation in our community.

December donations for Dept. of Indian Work

During December, we will collect cleaning products for the Department of Indian Work. Clients of the agency need kitchen, clothing, dishwashing and general use cleaning products. Government assistance does not cover these items.

We also continue to collect low-sugar cereal, instant oatmeal packets and granola bars for children at Falcon Heights Elementary School. These breakfast items go home with students on the weekend.

Please bring donations to the church lobby.

Christmas giving opportunities

This Christmas season, share the gifts of remembrance and warm clothing for those in need. Here are two opportunities:

Christmas gifts for seniors

We are collecting money donations and gift cards to purchase gifts for seniors at Lyngblomsten Care Center who do not have families or visitors to remember them at Christmas. The Lyngblomsten staff will use your donations to buy gift items for the residents.

Suggested cards include Target, JCPenney, Walmart, Kohls and Macy’s. You can buy these at the Scrip table during coffee hour. Please make checks payable to Lyngblomsten Foundation. Look for a designated donation box in the church lobby. We’ll take the donations and cards to Lyngblomsten Friday, Dec. 8.

Christmas hats and mittens for kids

Look for the tree in the lobby, where we’ll collect hats and mittens for children and youth. The Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action in St. Paul will distribute your gifts to its clients. Bring donations by Sunday, Dec. 17.