The position of lead pastor for Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ, has now been posted on the websites of the national UCC and the Minnesota Conference. More information and a link to the national UCC ministry opportunities listings can be found on the Minnesota Conference jobs page.
On Saturday, March 4, we head to the House of Charity in Minneapolis to prepare and serve a meal. We will meet in the church parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to carpool and return around noon. Between five and eight people are needed to help prepare food and serve it to residents and homeless people. Call or text Nancy Ellias or Tracy Faville with questions or to sign up.
On Saturday, March 4, we are heading to the House of Charity in Minneapolis to prepare and serve a meal. We will meet in the church parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to carpool and return around noon. Between five and eight people are needed to help prepare food and serve it to residents and homeless people. Call or text Nancy Ellias (651-983-1157) or Tracy Faville (651-483-0260 or Tracy.Faville@gmail.com) with questions or to sign up.
Because so much of our adult life is devoted to work, our individual identity is often closely tied to our work. When we retire, we need to shed the identity and the time demands that have dominated our life. And while letting go, we need to find the “new me” and refocus on our relationships and use of time. To what does God call us at this stage of our lives?
The Rev. Philip Rohler, retired Church of the Covenant pastor and soon-to-be member of our congregation, will lead three Monday sessions, Feb. 13, 20 and 27, devoted to these questions. The time will be either 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m., depending on interest. The focus will be on exploring the experiences of retirees with different retirement experiences, with follow-up discussion. Please contact Philip directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being part of this class.
Ever wondered what to make of Revelation, the strange, final book of the New Testament? How do we as progressive Christians understand the wild and often violent imagery of this piece? What was the historical context for these writings and the author’s original intent? Why has a literal interpretation of these writings become so popular in American religious history? How might a non-literal interpretation of Revelation deepen our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus in this day and age?
Paul McCune-Zierath will lead this three-week study of Revelation during Sunday First Hour Feb. 5, 12 and 26 from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Paul brings years of biblical study, starting with his completion of a Master of Arts in Theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and is eager to explore these curious and complex texts with us. Come to all the sessions, or just drop in for one.
This 6:30 p.m. outreach project 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.
Breakfast for hungry kids: Thanks to all who have donated boxes of cold cereal for 22 students at Falcon Heights Elementary School who receive a weekend food package through the Sheridan Story organization. Now we have enough cold cereal for the rest of the year, but for the next month or so we still need individual packs of instant oatmeal and low-sugar snack bars. Leave donations in the bucket in the church lobby.
A subgroup of the Pastoral Search Committee is working to fine-tune our church profile to get it ready to send to our Minnesota Conference representative, the Rev. Rick Wagner. After we receive his feedback, probably close to the end of January, the full committee will resume regular meetings to focus on any changes needed before we release the profile to the congregation. We look forward to your comments and feedback as well. Blessings and peace to you in the New Year!
–Carol Holm and Jenica Domanico, co-chairs
An invitation from Falcon Heights Church Moderator Lynne Bradbury
As I sat in church on Sunday, Jan. 1, I heard with my ears and heart Pastor Anne’s message about how important it is at this time, in this New Year, to stand up for those who are marginalized in our society. I want to invite you to take a step forward in action with and for those who are marginalized.
As Falcon Heights Church, we will provide an opportunity to gather and carpool to the Women’s March Minnesota at the state capitol on Jan. 21. Marchers are asked to be at the event meeting point by 10:30 a.m. Please watch the TAB and Sunday bulletin for details about when and where we as a church group will convene to go to the starting point for the march. All are invited. Please see the official website for more information and to RSVP. When you RSVP, you will receive email updates regarding parking, sign-making events, etc.
The march is a sister event to the nationwide Women’s March in Washington, D.C., on the same day. Organizers state: “We march in solidarity with our sisters in Washington, D.C. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
As an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, Falcon Heights Church welcomes those in the LGBTQ community into our life together. This month, it’s all about the “T” in LGBTQ. Our Open and Affirming Working Group invites you to three after-worship conversations in January, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
We will learn more what “transgender” means and find some answers to questions and misconceptions about gender identity and gender expression. The discussions will cover:
Jan. 8 – Getting to Understanding: What is gender and how have society’s expectations of gender changed? Who are transgender people? How does gender identity differ from sexual orientation? (Rachel Flaherty and Pastor Anne will lead this session.)
Jan. 15 – Getting to Acceptance: What does our Christian tradition say? How do other cultures see gender? (Peter Morris of OutFront Minnesota will join the Rev. Philip Rohler and Pastor Anne in leading this session.)
Jan. 22 – Getting to Welcoming: How do we help transgender persons know they are welcomed here? How do we help our community be welcoming? (Lee Barry and Pastor Anne will lead this session.)
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Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ
1795 Holton St.
Falcon Heights, MN 55113