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.
Everyone is warmly invited to the 14th Annual Strawberry Fest, Friday, June 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 in the Assembly Room. Help us honor First UCC’s beloved elders and dear friends, and enjoy delicious strawberries, a gathering of UCC friends and entertainment by delightful musicians.
If you can attend, need a ride or can volunteer to help, please sign up with Kristin Kasten on Sundays after worship or call they church office. We hope to see you there!
Isaiah MN is a faith-based community organization that seeks to be “a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully towards racial and economic equity in the state of Minnesota.” Isaiah is holding a “Binding the Covenant” gathering on Saturday, June 28th, at which they plan to gather with 1,500 people of faith from Minnesota and the gubernatorial candidates at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The Core Organizing Team and the Service and Social Responsibility Team are inviting you to attend this Binding the Covenant Event. We think this event is so important that we’re providing a charter bus for transportation. The bus will leave First UCC at 11:45 a.m. for the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event lasts from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Here’s what Isaiah MN is saying about this event:
We have invited Minnesota’s gubernatorial candidates and other top elected legislative leaders from both parties to join us, and join with us, as we tell and celebrate our compelling story of power and race. We will join in a sacred covenant, pledging to stand with each other and for our shared values of economic dignity, pathways to opportunity and racial equity.
We will proclaim our new vision of a path from our own times of systemic oppression and inequity to God’s Commonwealth. This prophetic path shows how we will transform the structures of power to be just, sustainable and to serve God’s vision for our lives in community with one another.
Please contact Pastor Todd or Carolyn Fure-Slocum if you would like to attend. Register below for the bus and the event.
“In our work to transform Minnesota, a new reality has become clear in our own congregations and communities where we have personally witnessed the impact and swath of despair caused by the lack of a livable wage; the school-to-prison pipeline; the loss of wealth in our communities; the mass incarcerations and deportations - and the list goes on and on.
As prophetic people of God, we are embarking on a new strategic direction for ourselves, our elected leaders and our communities to move Minnesota towards racial and economic equity.
On Saturday, June 28th from 1 pm – 4:30 pm we will bring 1,500 people of faith together with the gubernatorial candidates and Minnesota’s top elected officials to endorse and proclaim a new vision of a prophetic path towards achieving God’s commonwealth.
We will begin the day from 9 am – 12 pm by launching a movement to organize tens of thousands of religious voters to stand up for our shared values of economic dignity, family security, and racial equity in the public arena.”
An exciting option for good food and hanging out is coming to a church near you! Starting May 6, come to the First United Church of Christ parking lot on Tuesdays between 11am–1pm to pick up a tasty, affordable lunch from a different food truck each week. See friends, have a picnic on our lawn, and sample some fun new eats!
In the last few years, food trucks–also known as mobile kitchens or catering trucks–have grown in popularity in American cities, business districts, and university campuses. Operated by restaurant professionals, the trucks serve specialty dishes across a variety of gourmet and ethnic cuisines.
First UCC hopes that Northfield will become a vital market for Twin Cities metro food trucks. Let’s enjoy good food and good company together! All are welcome!
Visit the new Food Truck Tuesday page on our website for more information, the schedule of food trucks and more!
FRIDAY & SATURDAY APRIL 25th& 26th
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!
*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
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.
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!”
The annual Parent Potluck will be held on Saturday, March 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the home of Regi and Amy Haslett-Marroquin (4597 315th St. West). This is an adults-only event where parents have an opportunity to socialize with one another in a fun and informal setting. This is always a great time, and we’d love to have you join us! Please bring your own beverage and a dish to pass:
A – J = Side dish (veggies, bread, fruit, salad)
K – Q = Main Dish
R – Z = Dessert
Please RSVP by March 12th to Carrie Menk.
Childcare – First UCC youth will provide childcare at the church for a donation toward youth programs. A meal will also be provided. Drop off your kids at 5:30 and pick them up no later than 8:30. You can register online here. Questions? Email Shana Hodel.
This is always a fun and enjoyable evening! We hope to see you there!
-Sponsored by the Children’s Faith Formation Committee
Andre Een and Theo Wee, with guest Minnesota Orchestra violinist Taichi Chen, once more do a benefit concert for the Friends of Way Park at 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 8 at First UCC. Desserts and a short jaz surprise after a concert of Mozart, Rebecca Clarke compositions and others. Suggested donation of $10 aunts and $5 for youth 15 and under.
An exhibition, “This Amazing Earth” has been hung on the walls of the church main floor halls, assembly room, library and parlor this fall through November 17.
The work is the visual expression of three artists in our congregation, Meg Ojala, Margit Johnson, and Jan Shoger, to the theme of “This Amazing Earth”. The exhibit honors and celebrate’s God’s creation of the earth and all that is alive within it. The exhibit will serve as inspiration for our faith community, as we contemplate this fall, the ways we can address the severe nature of global warming and the changes we can make to our facility and within our lives.
October 6 after worship, at Adult Forum, the artists will informally talk about the ideas and content of the visual work. Come to join in that conversation.
On Saturday, October 12 at 6:30pm there will be an evening weekend coffee house event at which poets and musicians from our congregation will join the visual artists of the exhibit to share their art with our congregation and the wider Northfield Community.
In our United Church of Christ, a service of installation for a pastor is a service of holy covenant. During the service, a local church and its newly called pastor and teacher enter into a covenant bond, which remains in effect as long as the pastor continues to serve that congregation. During the service a covenant is also created between the church and its newly called pastor and all the United Church of Christ congregations in the conference where that church is located
Rev. Clyde Steckel will lead a service of installation for Rev. Abigail Henderson at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29. A meal, hosted by Special Functions and Parish, Life and Fellowship committee members, will follow the service. All are welcome.
All are invited as we gather in the Assembly Room every Wednesday night for Food, Fun and Faith. The evening begins with supper at 5:30 pm. The WFFF program depends on volunteers helping with shopping for groceries, coming a little early to work preparing the meal, and stepping in to do cleanup. Menus and grocery shopping lists are provided each week. There is a container out each week for donations to cover the cost of the meal. If you have any questions or are ready to sign up to help, please contact Lynne Severson.
Children’s Choirs also begin on Wednesday. Angel Choir, ages 4 through grade 1, starts at 4:45 and Rainbow Choir, grades 2-5, begins at 6:15.
When the Weather Channel camps out in your town, some outdoor activities will be postponed. Be ready Saturday May 11th though. We’ll plant 450 trees at River Bend Nature Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. If you want to car pool, meet at the church at 9:15. Otherwise come on out to the Nature Center when you can and we’ll direct you to the planting site. Bring your own food and water and wear appropriate clothing.