Ellie Krug to speak on Transgender 101

Attorney, author, trainer and transgender advocate Ellie Krug will be our guest Sunday, Jan. 12, at our 9:15 a.m. First Hour faith formation gathering and during 10:30 a.m. worship. Her First Hour forum topic is “Transgender 101,” and her presentation during worship is on “Bridging Divides,” which will empower listeners to think differently about to the internal and external divides in our lives.

Christmas giving opportunities 2019

Our annual Christmas giving drive starts now. Christmas is coming fast, so don’t delay!

You can make the holidays brighter for elders in long-term care, neighbors in need of food, kids in need of warm clothing, and LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Check out the details below, and please give generously!

 

Christmas gifts for seniors

We’re collecting money and gift cards to help purchase gifts for seniors at Lyngblomsten Care Center. The Lyngblomsten staff will use your donations to buy gifts for their residents. Suggested cards include Amazon, Target, JC Penney, Visa and Kohl’s, and can be purchased at the Scrip table during coffee hour. Please make checks payable to Lyngblomsten Foundation. Leave donations in the designated box in the church lobby. Donations and cards will be taken to Lyngblomsten on Dec. 8.

Hats and mittens for kids

FHC will again collect warm hats and mittens for children and youth, to be distributed by the Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action in St. Paul.

Hang your gifts on the hat and mitten tree in the lobby by Sunday, Dec. 15.

 

Buy a blossom to restock the food shelves

Help our neighbors in need by purchasing a silk poinsettia blossom for our Gathering Room Christmas tree. All proceeds will go to restock the Keystone Community Services food shelves. Checks can be made out to Falcon Heights Church. Please buy your blossom by Sunday, Dec. 22, or get your check to the office by Monday, the 23rd.

Support homeless youth

For 25 years, Avenues for Homeless Youth has supported its clients ages 16-24 including LGBTQI+ individuals. Whether a young person needs someplace to stay for just one night, or a year and a half, Avenues empowers youth to find their path out of homelessness. Their team of professionals do that by providing a stable home, building trusting relationships, and navigating the youth’s education, career, health and wellness and housing goals.

Supporting Avenues through Christmas giving can help to make the season so much brighter for the young people who are served through their programs. Either an offering-plate monetary donation or an item from the Avenues Holiday Wish List will be welcomed.

A decorated donation box will be in the church entrance Dec. 1-22 for unwrapped gifts you would like to purchase and bring to church.

 

 

Feeding our neighbors this fall

Help feed our neighbors this fall. We continue to help restock the food shelf at the Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action in St. Paul. Please leave your donations in or near the bucket in the church lobby. Peanut butter and protein foods are especially appreciated.

We are once again collecting breakfast items for Sheridan Story, which provides weekend food for food-insecure students at Falcon Heights Elementary School. Bring donations of low-sugar cereal, oatmeal and snacks (granola bars, nuts, etc.) to the church lobby.

Community thanksgiving service

Falcon Heights Church will host a community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. Also participating will be New Life Presbyterian Church and Como Park Lutheran Church.

A combined choir, clergy and lay leaders from the three churches will lead worship. Fellowship will follow the service, with coffee, hot cider and pie. All are welcome!

Christmas gifts for seniors

We are collecting money and gift cards to purchase gifts for seniors at Lyngblomsten Care Center. The Lyngblomsten staff will use your donations to buy gifts for their residents.

Suggested cards include Amazon, Target, JC Penney, Visa and Kohl’s. They can be purchased at the Scrip table during coffee hour.

Please make checks payable to Lyngblomsten Foundation. Leave donations and cards in the designated box in the church lobby. Deadline: Dec. 8.

Advent musical offerings at FHC

Don’t miss our advent musical offerings in December. They’re free and open to all ages.

  • Be sure to invite friends and family to worship on Dec. 8, when our choir and a professional orchestra will present Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” under the direction of Joel Johnson.
  • On Sunday, Dec. 15, our annual children’s pageant will be presented in worship. Margot Olsen directs “‘Buon Natale’ from Circo Piccolo,” with accompaniment by Patti Holmes.

Newcomer information series coming up

Are you new to Falcon Heights Church? Or are you a member who needs a refresher course on all things UCC? Here’s your chance to learn more about our church!

Join us from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sundays, Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, when Rev. Rick and others will lead a newcomer information series. The group will be a mix of folks new to FHC and those who’ve been coming for longer. Child care will be provided, and dinner is on us!

Sign up here or on the clipboard in the church lobby. Also, please let us know on the signup form if you need child care, and if you have any dietary needs that we should be aware of. We hope to see you soon!

Prayer list

Solar energy documentary

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society will have a June 13 screening of “Point of No Return,” a film about the first solar-powered flight around the world. The viewing is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Cambria Gallery, Minneapolis.

The event is also a fund-raiser for MRES. Information and tickets at www.mnrenewables.org/film-screening-point-of-no-return.

Suicide prevention

Ramsey County will host a listening session about suicide prevention from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul.

Share your experiences with suicide prevention resources, needs, partnerships, support, and ideas about how to spread community awareness. More information: Kari Umanzor, 612-916-6998 or Kari.umanzor@ramseycounty.us.