Weekday class: Finding the “new you” in retirement

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 bewell.p@gmail.com if you are interested in being part of this class.

New adult study: the book of Revelation

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.

300 Sandwiches for Simpson House Feb. 16

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.

Outreach donations


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.

(Updated 2-3-17)

Pastoral Search update for January

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

Join us at Women’s March Minnesota Jan. 21

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.”

Discussion series on transgender issues

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.)


Civil War speaker at Women’s Fellowship

Church member Bob Wicklem will speak about the American Civil War at the Women’s Fellowship meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 6. Both women and men are welcome to join us in the Gathering Room for this informative program.

Bob describes what draws him to this pivotal event in our history as a nation:

“I have been asked by the Women’s Fellowship to give a talk about the American Civil War. It has been an interest of mine for at least the past 25 years. I have read about and visited most of the national historical sites related to this period, which was a defining moment in our nation’s history. I intend to give a general overview of the war, including why it happened, some of the events and what resulted from this tragic, yet important event.”

Epiphany party Jan. 6

Join us as we close the 12 days of Christmas with a welcoming of the Three Kings at 6 p.m. on Epiphany, Friday, Jan. 6. All ages will gather for supper, a brief time of prayer, song, and sharing hopes for the New Year around an outdoor bonfire. Bring a small piece of your holiday greens for the bonfire. Sign up in the Gathering Room to bring any kind of chili to share, and we will have a blind tasting with prizes. The Children’s and Intergenerational Ministry Teams will provide beverages.

New refugee group needs winter clothes and supplies

The Roseville Schools Adult Learning Center, where several FHC members volunteer in the English language program, has received a new group of refugees from Ethiopia who need warm winter clothing now. As you receive new items for Christmas, please consider giving good items you no longer use, or look for sales after the holidays.

Needed now through the end of January are gloves, socks, hats and other warm clothing and blankets. The refugees can also use towels, pots and pans and other basic items. Place contributions in the grocery cart near the coats, or in designated boxes. We will work through the Learning Center staff to distribute them.

The refugees are Anuak people, a minority ethnic group in southwestern Ethiopia near South Sudan. The mostly Christian Anuak have been under attack from the government and other groups. After fleeing to refugee camps in Kenya near the equator, this group arrived in Minnesota this summer with few clothes and flip-flops for shoes. Now winter has arrived and there is little support for them here.

Contact Nancy Duffrin for more information, nduffrin@gmail.com.