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.

Donations for Department of Indian Work

Our donations to the Department of Indian Work food shelf in November will emphasize hygiene items, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, assorted forms of soap, shampoo and women’s sanitary supplies. No government assistance covers these items, so recipients have to buy them with their limited incomes.

In addition, we are still collecting coats and outerwear in good condition.

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

Please bring donations to the church lobby.

Gifts for Lyngblomsten residents

We are collecting money and gift cards to purchase gifts for seniors at Lyngblomsten Care Center who do not have families or visitors to remember them at Christmas. In turn, 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 purchase them at the Scrip table during coffee hour. Please make checks payable to Lyngblomsten Foundation.

There will be a designated donation box in the church lobby. We will take the donations and cards to Lyngblomsten Friday, Dec. 8.

Transgender Day of Remembrance this Sunday

Falcon Heights Church will observe Transgender Day of Remembrance Sunday, Nov. 19, during 10:30 a.m. worship.

Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, began the annual remembrance in 1999. Her purpose was to memorialize the murder of a transgender woman, Rita Hester, in Allston, Massachusetts. This Sunday, we will light candles and read the names of those who have been killed in transphobia-motivated violence this past year.

In addition, during coffee hour after worship, the tables will have cards with trans facts for worshipers to read and take with them.

Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ, is an Open and Affirming church. In fact, we recently recommitted ourselves to inclusion and justice for all of the LGBTQ community. We also adopted an expanded Open and Affirming statement. It recognizes people of any gender identification and gender expression as “equal recipients of God’s love.”

At a time when rights and protections for transgender, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer citizens are increasingly under attack, we believe it is important to take a stand.

The annual date of the Day of Remembrance is Nov. 20. Each year, the national United Church of Christ and its Open and Affirming Coalition have urged congregations to renew their commitment to welcome and advocate for the transgender community.

 

Community Thanksgiving Eve service

On Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 22, Falcon Heights Church will join other local churches in worship to give thanks for our many blessings. The 7 p.m. service is at Como Park Lutheran Church, 1376 Hoyt Ave. W., one block west of Hamline. Also participating is New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville.

Canned and dry goods will be collected, as well as an offering for the Keystone Community Services food shelf. The evening also includes a pie social.

Rev. Rick will be participating in the service, and members of the Falcon Heights Church Chancel Choir will sing in an ecumenical choir. If you’d like to sing, arrive just before 6 p.m. to rehearse with the combined choir–no robes required.

Choir and orchestra to offer Schubert mass Dec. 10

The Chancel Choir of Falcon Heights Church and a professional orchestra will present Schubert’s beautiful Mass in C at the Dec. 10 Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. This annual choral offering to our congregation and community is directed by Joel Johnson. Admission is free.

Christmas pageant to be presented Dec. 17

An all-ages cast will present Falcon Heights Church’s annual all-ages Christmas pageant during 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday, Dec. 17.

Hamil stars in “Just a Lowly Camel

Hamil the Camel, our giant camel puppet, stars in “Just a Lowly Camel,” written and directed by Margot Olsen. The musical performance retells the Christmas story in song, dance and humor.

 

Kids and adults will play the parts in the pageant, sing and dance, build and paint sets and gather props and costumes. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings, preceded by a soup supper. For more information, contact Margot Olsen at margot@olsenfamilycircus.com.