Adult faith formation: the Great Migration

Millions of black Americans migrated from the south to the north in the 20th century. This Great Migration was like a refugee movement we would see today—but within one country’s borders.

Join us during adult First Hour faith formation at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, to discuss Krista Tippett’s “On Being” podcast on this timely topic.

Tippett talks with journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson’s book “The Warmth of Other Suns” chronicles the migration and the lives of the people who took part in it.

We will play the first 15 minutes of the podcast to set the stage. However, we recommend people listen to it beforehand or read the transcript if possible. Go to the podcast page

In February, our adult First Hour theme will be hospitality and welcoming.

  • On Feb. 4 Rev. Rick King will discuss what the scriptures say about hospitality.
  • We’ll have an all-ages Super Sunday service project Feb. 11.
  • On Feb. 25 we’ll discuss becoming a welcoming community with Do Good Roseville. (There is no First Hour Feb. 18.) All adults are invited to join in.

(The photo depicts Florida migrants on their way to New Jersey to pick potatoes in 1940. Taken by Jack Delano, it is now in the Library of Congress.)

January food collections

This month we’re collecting soups, chili, stew and other canned food for hot meals with protein. The donations will go to the Department of Indian Work food shelf.

In addition, we’re collecting low-sugar cereal, granola bars and snack packs of nuts or dried fruit for for students at Falcon Heights Elementary School. Students take the food home on Fridays to help tide them and their families over during the weekend. Falcon Heights Church is one of several congregations supporting kids in this way through the Sheridan Project.

Please place your donations in the designated bins in the church lobby.

Help make blankets for Project Linus

Kids and adults are invited to help make no-sew blankets in an all-ages service project Sunday, Jan. 14. This activity is part of our monthly “Super Sundays” during our 9:30 a.m. First Hour faith formation classes. The blankets we make will go to other children in need of emotional comfort from a soft, warm covering.

Project Linus brings people together to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers.'”

All materials are provided. Learn more about Project Linus 

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.