Easter Week photos online

Photos taken by members of our congregation during Lent, Palm Sunday and Holy Week, and Easter are now online on our Flickr page.

While you’re on the site, check out our other albums to see what’s going on at Falcon Heights Church.

Spring musical this weekend: “Table for Five…THOUSAND!”

Bring family and friends to worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23, as we present our intergenerational spring musical, “Table for Five…Thousand! The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes,” by Tom S. Long and Allen Pote.

Margot Olsen directs the retelling of this miracle, the only one (apart from the Resurrection) that is reported in all four gospels.
Our version includes details from all four, but particularly the narrative as it appears in John. One young boy with five loaves and two fishes is the catalyst for everything that follows. We don’t really know anything about the boy, other than his apparent willingness to share, but we know the results! It was an event so startling that members of the crowd wanted to proclaim Jesus as king.

Later, the event leads to an even greater revelation as Jesus tells his disciples: “I am the Bread of Life. Those who come to me will never never go hungry.”

Come hear this wonderful story and learn more about how God is with us in everything we do. There will be songs, movement, lines for the entire cast, and of course bread and fish for everyone.

Help make 300 sandwiches for Simpson House April 20

This 6:30 p.m. outreach project on Thursday, April 20, is a great way to get your whole family involved. We don hairnets and plastic gloves (all provided) and assemble 300 sandwiches, along with a number of lunch bags. Outreach Ministry Team members drive these to the Simpson House shelter in Minneapolis later that evening. The next day, the sandwiches go into bag lunches for the residents. The residents vacate the Simpson House premises during the day for school, appointments, jobs and/or job hunting. They often do not have resources for lunch, and these sandwiches make all the difference.

This ongoing project is supported by your special offerings received on the First Sunday of each month, in the Communion offering taken at the rear of the sanctuary as worshipers depart. Sign up on the clipboard in the church lobby if you can help, or contact the church office.

Holy Week: a time to reflect, celebrate

Join us for Palm Sunday and Holy Week observances April 9-16 and share in the mystery and joy of Jesus’ death and Resurrection.

Palm Sunday, April 9 – Worship at 10:30 a.m. We join in a festive blessing of the palms at the beginning of our worship service, coming forward to receive fronds as we sing our opening hymn together.

Maundy Thursday Service of Shadows, April 13 – A moving and meditative Service of Tenebrae (Service of Shadows) at 7 p.m. commemorates the night of the Last Supper and Jesus’ arrest with scripture readings, beautiful anthems by our choir, Holy Communion and the slow extinguishing of candlelight.

Good Friday, April 14 – On this solemn day, we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. Our candle-lit sanctuary will be open from noon to 3:00 p.m. for private meditation and prayer. Come and go as you are able; all are welcome.

Easter Sunday and Breakfast, April 16 – Our Easter Breakfast, sponsored by the youth of the church, begins at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., all ages join to celebrate the Resurrection with bells and brass. Our sanctuary will be filled with spring blossoms and the joyful music of a professional brass ensemble will accompany the choir. A designated Easter offering will go to support the home-building work of Habitat for Humanity. (No First Hour faith formation this day, but nursery care will begin at 9 a.m.)

Multiplying our gifts: How 250 pounds of food became half a ton

Our Falcon Heights Church congregation donated just over 250 pounds of food during our March food drive, including many protein items. The food was taken to the Department of Indian Work food shelf this past week — along with an additional 250 pounds from a generous giver who matched the donations pound for pound.

The folks at DIW were astonished to see 500 pounds of food arriving at their door. “Look at all this food! This is unbelievable!” said one person who came to help unload. “This is one of our biggest donations this month.”

But that’s not the end of the story. Minnesota FoodShare matched our 500-pound donation, resulting in 1,000 pounds of food — half a TON — for the food shelf. Our Outreach Ministry Team says “Miigwech,” the Ojibwe word for thank you!

Wednesday suppers extended through April 19

We have had an overwhelming response to our Wednesday night Lenten suppers and programs so far, and are extending the meals through April 19 (including during Holy Week). Kids and adults have packed the Gathering Room and the soups, salads, homemade breads and desserts have all been delicious. Contact Sue Gramith at suegramith@hotmail.com if you can bring a hot soup. You can also bring a salad, bread or dessert to share. Or, just let us cook for you that night! Spring musical rehearsal and adult program on the “From Jesus to Christ” DVD series follow supper, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Honor someone with flowers for our Easter Chancel Garden

Honor someone special in your life by purchasing a plant ($20 each) to help us build our Easter Chancel Garden. Forms will be available in the Sunday bulletins or in the Gathering Room, or download a form below.

Please return the completed form and money to the church office no later than Friday, April 7, or you can purchase plants at the Scrip table in the Gathering Room on Sundays. Orders must be placed by Sunday, April 9.

Easter Garden order form

Generous Spirit Food Drive March 1-26

Our March food collection will benefit the Department of Indian Work food shelf at Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul. The Generous Spirit Food Drive is part of the Minnesota FoodShare March campaign. It is the time to give generously. Bring your donations of canned or dried food, especially canned protein, to our church lobby by Sunday, March 26, for timely delivery.

And this month, your generosity will be matched not once but twice!

A member/friend of FHC has offered to match food donations pound for pound between now and Monday, March 27. So two pounds donated for the Department of Indian Work will become four pounds, which will then be matched by FoodShare for a total of eight pounds of food. Checks can also be made out to FHCUCC, with “Interfaith Action” in the memo line.

Sunday morning study during Lent, “Who is this Jesus?”

Throughout the five Sundays of Lent, our First Hour adult discussion at 9:30 a.m. will focus on the question “Who is this Jesus?” by looking at a series of encounters Jesus had with different individuals. Each interaction gives us another view of how to understand who Jesus is for us today. This scripture study will be based on the passages used in that Sunday’s worship. Sessions will be led by Pastor Anne and members of the congregation. Drop in when you can for an interesting exchange of views!

Join our choir for Holy Week

Deepen your Holy Week experience by singing with our Falcon Heights Church choir and a professional brass ensemble. It’s a short-term commitment:

  • Three Wednesday rehearsals, beginning March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Three Holy Week worship services: Palm Sunday, the deeply moving Maundy Thursday service and the triumphant Easter Sunday service with professional brass ensemble.

Contact Music Director Joel Johnson at joeloj@msn.com or 651-426-4505, or speak with any choir member. We’ll pair you with a friendly singer who “knows the way.”