Sunday Worship

Through 8/31/14: 9:30 a.m. Starting 9/7/14: 10:30 a.m.

Office Hours

9 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Tuesday-Friday

300 Union Street
Northfield, MN 55057
507-645-7532
church@firstucc.org

Sermon Archive

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Sermon 7/20/14

Click below to read Pastor Abby’s sermon, Your People Shall Be My People (Ruth 1:1-22).

Sermon 7-20-14

No audio this week.

Rev. Mark Follansbee Obituary

One of our former ministers, Mark Follansbee, has died. Here is his obituary, published in The Burlington Free Press on July 22, 2014.

MARK FOLLANSBEE – SOUTH BURLINGTON – Mark Follansbee died on July 19, 2014, at the age of 93. He was born in Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 26, 1921, son of the late Marcus Acheson Follansbee and Mary Hosack Follansbee. Swimming and camping were great loves of his. He was captain of the Ohio State National Champion Swim Team, which would have gone to the Olympics, had it not been for W.W.II. He led many church canoe trips for youth and families. He loved the outdoors – and people! Mark was a graduate of Ohio State University and Yale Divinity School. Ordained in 1953 in the United Church of Christ, he served churches in Ohio, Minnesota, Connecticut and Montpelier, Vt. After retirement from the ministry, he was an early director of JUMP (Joint Urban Ministry Project). He was also chaplain of a cancer rehab team and a Hospice volunteer (after helping to found Central Vermont Hospice). Mark was among the founders of Vermont Interfaith Action. He had great love for the Church, and since 1987 was an active member of College Street Congregational Church, singing in the choir there for years. Mark is survived by his wife, Marylou Crooks; her children, Merriam Rink and Curtis Crooks, and their children; and his sons, Mark Alston-Follansbee, David Follansbee and Peter Follansbee; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service at College Street Congregational Church (UCC) will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to College Street Church Steeple Fund, 265 College St., Burlington, VT 05401; or to Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP), 38 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

 

Last Week's Chronicle (7/17/14)

Apologies for the delay! Check out last week’s Chronicle for information about:

  • Special congregational meeting on 7/27/14
  • Proposed Core Values
  • Wellness Project Update
  • Community Action Center needs
  • And more!

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Special Congregational Meeting July 27

The church’s aging boiler failed repeatedly last winter, causing expensive emergency repairs.  Recent, professional assessment resulted in a strong recommendation for replacement this summer rather than risk catastrophic failure when we need heat the most.  Research on appropriate equipment that meets engineering standards for our historical building has produced one bid of $225,000 and another bid has been requested.  Because this is an unexpected and unbudgeted expense, the Trustees have explored ways to finance the work in a timely way. To meet the heating season deadline, maintain reasonable reserves, and avoid significant debt, the Trustees recommend dividing the cost so that half comes from reserves (to be replaced over time) and half comes from a loan (to be repaid on a reasonable schedule).  The Facilities Committee would evaluate bids and forward a recommendation to the Trustees for review. The Moderator and Treasurer will then sign a contract with the chosen vendor and the Trustees will arrange a loan with acceptable terms.  Facilities and Trustees will approach the project holistically, engaging independent engineering advice, seeking a highly-energy-efficient installation, and anticipating the likelihood of eventual air conditioning.

At the special congregational meeting after worship on July 27, we will vote to grant the Trustees and Facilities committee the authority to pursue the plan outlined above.

Sermon 7/13/14

Click here to read Pastor Todd’s sermon Where We Are Loved (Exodus 20: 17).

You can listen to the sermon by clicking here.

The Chronicle 7/10/14

Please refer to this week’s edition of The Chronicle for information about:

  • Memorial service for Dixon Bond
  • Assistance needed for memorial service
  • Special congregational meeting
  • Community Action Center needs

And more.  You can get The Chronicle delivered right to your inbox each Thursday by subscribing from our website.

Dixon Bond

Dixon BondDixon Bond, age 77 of Northfield, passed away suddenly at his home Monday, June 30, 2014. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Monday, July 14th at the First United Church of Christ in Northfield with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-5:00 pm Sunday, July 13th at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield and at the Church on Monday 1 hour prior to Services.

Dixon Jay Bond was born January 21, 1937 in Minneapolis, MN, son of Joseph and Harriet (Lovett) Bond. He graduated from Southwest High in 1955 and then attended Carleton College graduating in 1959 with a degree in Economics. At Carleton he started the men’s vocal group The Carleton Knights. The Knights continue as a Carleton men’s singing group, still gathering for practice at the Dacie Moses House, as they did from the beginning.

As Dixon began working he was involved with both business and non-profit institutions, including Green Giant, Carleton College, the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, Minneapolis Children’s Theater, Pillsbury Center, and the Ordway Music Theater, working in marketing, development, building project management, and administration. Following the completion of the Ordway Music Theater, he served as President of the Ordway for a number of years.

Dixon was involved in so many committees, projects and causes over the years it would be impossible to list them all. He served on countless boards and commissions with goals to improve the quality of life for everyone and to make the world a better place. He was President of the Northfield Arts Guild, served on the Northfield City Council for 6 years, the Northfield Hospital Board, Board of Directors at the Laura Baker School, Epic Enterprises, Carleton College, the Dacie Moses House Committee and the WCAL Board. Dixon’s goal of making the world a better place has become his legacy.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchild, taking care of his cats, gardening at his home, finding new plants for inside his house, and the challenge of finding interesting gifts for family and friends at the holidays and for birthdays. He was a member of the UCC Church for many years, enjoyed music and the arts, the Farmers Market, and assisting countless neighbors and friends when they needed help.

Dixon Bond is survived by sons Jeff Bond and partner Debbie Kramer of Randolph, Doug Bond and wife Lisa of North Oaks; former wife Judy Bond of Stevens Point, WI; sister Penny Bond and husband Chuck Grimsrud of Wayzata; 4 grandchildren; I great grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Joseph.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Laura Baker Association, Epic Enterprise, Northfield Arts Guild, or American Heart Association.

Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.

Sermon 7/6/14

Click here to read Pastor Todd’s sermon Honoring the Sabbath (Exodus 20: 8-11).

You can listen to the sermon by clicking here.

The Chronicle 7/3/14

Please refer to The Chronicle for information about:

  • Pilgrim Point all-church retreat
  • Adult chaperone needed for youth trip next week
  • Solar update
  • Summer lunch program

And more.  You can sign up to have The Chronicle delivered to your email each week from our website.

Sermon 6/29/14

Click here to read Pastor Todd’s sermon God Loves All People (Ten Commandments & Isaiah Binding the Covenant Event).

You can listen to the sermon here.

Worship With Us At Valley Grove

Our worship service on Sunday, July 6, will be held at Valley Grove Church at 9:30 am with a picnic to follow.  Please bring your own lunch, a dessert to share, table service, chairs and blankets.  Lemonade and water will be provided.  Please note that SCRIP card orders and deliveries will not be done at Valley Grove.

The Chronicle 6/26/14

Included in this week’s edition of The Chronicle is information about:

  • Pilgrim Point registration deadline
  • Summer musician schedule
  • Valley Grove worship service
  • Strawberry Fest
  • Church Council meeting review

And more.  You can sign up to receive The Chronicle in your email each week from our website.

Sermon 6/22/14

Click here to read Pastor Todd’s sermon Nothing Before (Exodus 20: 1-3).

You can listen to the sermon here.

The Chronicle 6/19/14

Review this week’s edition of The Chronicle for information about:

  • Pilgrim Point registration deadline
  • Strawberry Fest
  • Photo directory
  • Summer musician schedule

And more! Sign up on our website to get The Chronicle in your email each week.