Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

300 Union Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Office Hours

9am-2pm, Tuesday-Friday

Holy Week Schedule

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 13 – 10:30 am Worship
NO supper or meditation on Wednesday, April 16
Maundy Thursday, April 17 – 7:00 pm worship
Good Friday, April 18 – 12:00 pm worship
Easter Sunday, April 20 – 8:30 am and 10:30 am (Coffee Hour to be held between services)

All Church Retreat and Youth Camp at Pilgrim Point

Mark your calendars!  We will gather again at Pilgrim Point on July 18 – 20, 2014.  Get excited about the place, the people, and the promise of summer by watching some wonderful videos from last year’s retreat put together by Shannon Garlitz.  We’ll share the videos gradually over the next few weeks – find them here, on Facebook and in The Chronicle.  We hope you’ll include this special weekend in your summer planning!

In addition to this, there are many other opportunities for youth and adult volunteers to enjoy Pilgrim Point starting in May.  If you are interested in attending any of these events as youth OR adult leader, please contact Abby.

1. Spring Middle School Event: Faith in Action, May 9-11, 2014. For grades 5-8. An exploration of the “doing,” “thinking,” and “dreaming” of faith.

2. High School youth service project July 8-11. We’ll do service work at the camp and a building project in the town of Alexandria.

3. Youth camp (middle and high schoolers), July 20-25th, 2014. Attend camp for an unforgettable ministry and life-changing week! You won’t want to miss out on the adventure course, the Lake Ida water slide, (NEW) day of mission experiences, vespers and excellent food. Read more about Pilgrim Point’s new youth camp model here.

The Gospel of Matthew

From now until the Sunday after Easter (end of April) we will be reading through the Gospel of Matthew. You are invited to read along. Matthew discussions will be held every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. from Feb. 16 through April 13 in the church library, led by our own Dr. Bill Poehlmann. I’ll be there, and I hope you will be there too.

The schedule and links for worship readings are :

April 13 – Matthew 21: 1-11, Matthew 26:14-27:66 – Palm Passion Sunday
April 20 – Matthew 28: 1-10- Easter
April 27 – Matthew 28: 11-20

The book study schedule is:

April 13 – Concluding perspective

The Chronicle 4/17/14

Please click here for the 4/17/14 issue of The Chronicle.

Wedding Coordinator Needed

First UCC is looking for a wedding coordinator.  This person works with couples before and on the day of their ceremony at First UCC, helping them coordinate wedding details.  The wedding coordinator is a great help to couples and to officiants.  An honorarium is provided per event.  Please contact the church office you are interested.

Palm Sunday Passion Narrative

Please click here to listen to the passion narrative according to the Gospel of Matthew.



Join Free Workshops and Activities on Sat. April 26th

Make goat cheese and goat soap, sew snack bags, attend a solar tour, make a felted wool project Plant seedlings in the Arb and more!

At 5pm on Sat.4-26 join us for entertainment & a free soup supper- community potluck at the Weitz Center. After supper visit local sustainability stations. Bring your instruments and voice- we will end the day with a community jam session.

Registration required: starts 3-24 for 4-26 activities/soup: www.transitionnorthfield.org

“Community Solar 101”
Friday April 25th Free presentation & evening coffee
6:30p-8pm – First UCC- 300 Union St
Registration for Fri 4.25 begins now at:www.transitionnorthfield.org

All Are Welcome-Hope to See You There!

Questions? northfieldearthday@gmail.com

Sponsored by:

*Transition Northfield * First UCC * The Center for Community and Civic Engagement- Carleton * CRWP
*Just Food Coop * All Energy Solar * Northfield Rotary Club * Organic Farming Works * Life Skills Education * Eco Gardens * Thousand Hills
*Montessori Children’s House * Sustane Natural Fertilizer

The Chronicle 4/10/14

Please click here for the 4/10/14 issue of The Chronicle.

Visitation Ministry Training on May 10

Do you feel called to connect with elders in our community who are homebound, mobility-challenged, and/or managing illness? Then this training is for you! We are inviting Gloria Swanson, a geriatric pastoral care specialist, to lead a visitation ministry workshop on Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Topics covered will include: aging, religion, and spirituality; tips for visiting at home, hospital, or hospice; and boundaries and self-care. Refreshments will be provided.

A gifted teacher and speaker, Gloria presents seminars to a wide variety of audiences on issues of aging, the implications of Baby Boomers on congregations, senior ministries in the local church, developing lay ministries, and on death and dying. She is an Associate in Ministry with the ELCA and completed her graduate studies in aging and death education at the University of Minnesota. She is also a graduate of the Center for Aging, Religion and Spirituality at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and the Fairview Clinical Pastoral Education Center in Minneapolis.

Questions/RSVP to Abby.

Centering Prayer Group

If you have found yourself enjoying the meditation service during Lent and would like to continue the practice of meditation or centered prayer, we are looking to form a meditation group.  Please click on this link to sign up if you are interested.  We will be contacting everyone in a few weeks to determine dates and time.

Sermon 4/6/14

Please click on this link for a readable/printable version of the sermon: “Is It Loving?”

Please click here to listen to the sermon.

First UCC Wins the (Solar) Lottery!

In March, at a special congregational meeting, First UCC voted unanimously to apply for state funds for solar through the Made in Minnesota solar incentive program.  The incentive program was described as a “lottery.”  If there were more applicants than funds available, not all projects would be funded.  This week First UCC learned that we won the lottery.  This means that First UCC will be moving forward with a solar array on the office wing!  Next steps will include a structural analysis and replacing the shingles on the office wing.  Bethel Lutheran Church of Northfield also received funds through the Made in Minnesota program.  Two Northfield churches will be making a public statement about the importance of caring for God’s creation, encouraging everyone who sees the solar installations to think differently about how they consume energy and where their energy comes from. 

A special thank you to the Barbour family for a gift that is making this installation possible.   

Congratulations First UCC!

The Chronicle 4/3/14

Please click here to view the 4/3/14 edition of The Chronicle.

Scrip Coordinator Needed

Since 2007 Mary Hakes has been diligently coordinating the Scrip program for First UCC. She has decided it is time to hand over the reins to someone else. We are deeply grateful for Mary’s faithful leadership of this program. Read the following from Mary if you are interested in coordinating Script for First UCC.

“It’s not a huge time commitment, about 60-90 minutes on Sundays after worship, and about 30 minutes during the week to pick up Co-op cards and fill the orders. The most important thing is that there’s always someone there to take orders on Sunday, and submit the online order within a day or two. The person who takes this on should have good math skills (understand debits & credits, balancing funds that come in and out of the account), good computer skills to manage the online ordering, and be a meticulous record-keeper. (I worked at Chicago Title for years as a mortgage closer – those skills have served me well as head Scripper!)”

See Mary Hakes at the Scrip table after worship if you have interest in coordinating Scrip.

First UCC Needs YOU!

First UCC is in need of volunteers in several areas.  Whether you have an hour or 20, we have something for you!

  • Congregational Care Team – needs volunteers to help provide meals and rides
  • Worship Team – needs ushers, communion servers and children who are willing to be acolytes
  • Hospitality Team – needs coffee hours hosts (sign up for specific times here)
  • Artists who are willing to create or share pieces for our bulletin covers
  • Scrip coordinator(s)

To help in any of these areas, click on this link and check any or many that you would be interested to help with!


Sermon 3/30/14

Please click on this link for a readable/printable version of the sermon: “Equal By Grace.”

Please click here to listen to the sermon.

Pastor Abby is Heading to Taizé!

From Pastor Abby: “As many of you know, I have been invited by the Minnesota UCC Conference to be a mentor on a pilgrimage for young people to the Taizé Community in France! I’ll see you in worship this Sunday, and then I’ll be out of the office starting April 2 for two weeks. I plan to be back at work on April 15 (just in time for Holy Week!). I am so grateful for this opportunity. Thank you for your support and prayers!”