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!

Book discussion: “Growing Young”

Growing Young book cover

A new book discussion at Falcon Heights Church will help support our youth and strengthen our church’s future.

“Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church” is our all-church read over the six weeks from March 21 to May 2.

We’ll meet after supper every Wednesday from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. during the spring musical rehearsals. You can also participate via email if you can’t attend every gathering.

Please sign up if you can commit to this important conversation.

Where to buy it

The book is available in hard copy, Kindle and other formats. You can buy it at:

Read an excerpt
Read an article about the book in Christianity Today

Donate to March food drive

We’re beginning a month-long food drive to collect food and money for the Department of Indian Work food shelf. Interfaith Action in St. Paul runs this year-round program.

Your donations to the Generous Spirit Food Drive through the end of March will directly benefit hungry people. Donations to this drive also helps determine the amount of the incentive grants the food shelf receives from Minnesota FoodShare. The incentives are based on the total weight of food received along with dollars received.

High-priority items include dry and canned goods and personal care items. Read more

Place food donations in the bins in the church lobby. To donate money, write a check payable to Interfaith Action with “Food Drive” in the memo line and put in the collection plate. You can also give online at interfaithaction.org/donate.

 

Food shelf facts

  • Adults, children and seniors made more than 3 million visits to Minnesota food shelves in 2015. That’s almost 9,000 people per day seeking food assistance.
  • At the Department of Indian Work, 2,141 people visited the food shelf last year and 69,095 pounds of food were distributed.
  • Last March, together with area faith communities and individual donors, Interfaith Action collected 3,869 pounds of food and raised $14,028 in donations.

More hunger facts

Food shelf high-priority needs

These are the high-priority needs for the March 2018 Generous Spirit Food Drive. These items will be distributed to clients of the Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action, St. Paul.

Dry goods: white rice, brown rice, wild rice, navy beans, pinto beans, crackers, pancake mix, flour, baking powder, yeast, sugar, baking soda, iodized salt, macaroni, spaghetti, macaroni & cheese, instant potatoes, dry onion and chicken noodle soup mixes, unflavored oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, breakfast cereals, artificial sweetener, sugar-free items for diabetics

Canned & bottled goods: navy beans, pinto beans, baked beans, spaghetti sauce, vegetable oil, syrup, canned tuna, chicken, spam, ham, corned beef and beef stew, stewed, diced, whole and puree tomatoes, applesauce, orange, apple, cranberry, pineapple and tomato juice, peanut butter, jam

Personal care & household items: toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes

Holy Week at Falcon Heights Church

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday, March 25

  • 9:30 a.m.: Our First Hour faith formation time will bring kids and adults together to visit the Stations of the Cross in our sanctuary and work on a service project in our Gathering Room.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Weather permitting, we’ll gather outside the church to begin the Palm Sunday processional. (If nature is uncooperative, we’ll start in the Court in our education wing.)

Maundy Thursday, March 29

  • Service of Tenebrae, 7 p.m., with spoken Passion and special music.

Good Friday, March 30

  • The Sanctuary will be open from noon to 3 p.m. for individual reflection.

Easter Sunday, April 1

  • 9:15 a.m.: Easter Breakfast, supporting our youth mission work.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Worship, “Risking Resurrection,” with Holy Communion, choir and brass.

High school youth winter event

High school youth, come spend a weekend of self-exploration and community connection at Luther Crest Camp in Alexandria March 9-11.

The theme of the 2018 Winter High School Youth Event is “Becoming Yourself: 6 Qualities for Spiritual and Personal Formation.” You’ll find opportunities to connect with God through scripture readings, music making, videos and art. This event is open to youth in grades 9-12, confirmation groups and adult leaders.

Leading the event are:

  • Pastor Sheri Nelson from First Congregational UCC in New York Mills
  • Minnesota singer, songwriter and worship leader Hans Peterson

Learn more and register

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