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First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for February 22- March 2, 2018

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in News | Comments Off on First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for February 22- March 2, 2018

First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for February 22- March 2, 2018

CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
# Happy Birthday to Carolyn Burt, who will celebrate her 80th birthday February 28.
# Happy Birthday to Isabel Huizenga, who will celebrate her 98th birthday February 28.
# Happy Birthday to Shirley Gove, who will celebrate her 97th birthday March 1.

LOOKING BACK
# An amazing group of people! A number of our 81 50+-year members were here last Sunday for Anniversary Sunday. Congratulations, all! You’re special and you hold a special place in the history of our church.
# A huge “thank you” to Mary Potter for organizing the reception in honor of the church’s anniversary, something she’s done every year since about 2010. She had an amazing group of helpers working with her – thanks to them also.

LOOKING FORWARD
*Wednesday, February 21*
# Priscilla Circle will meet at 9:15 a.m. in the lounge.
# A Festival of Music is hosting Lenten Noonday Organ Recitals from 12:15-12:45 p.m. each Wednesday in Lent. The guest organist February 21 is Jeffrey Daehn. To accommodate those attending the concert, please do not park in the parking lot between 12 noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in Lent.
# Crafters Group will meet at 3 p.m. in the social hall.
# Lenten Bible study opportunity. Rev. Parlette is leading a study of the book “Moses: In the footsteps of the reluctant prophet” on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. beginning February 21.
# Wednesday activities are on schedule.
4:15 p.m.: Alleluia Ringers (grades 2-5)
5:00 p.m.: Youth Choir (grades 6-12)
5:45 p.m.: Middle School youth group (grades 6-8)
5:45 p.m.: Senior High youth group (grades 9-12)
6:30 p.m.: Adult Bible Study: “Moses: in the footsteps of the reluctant prophet” led by Rev. T. J. Parlette.
7:00 p.m.: Joyous Praise handbells (grades 6-12 and adults)

*Thursday, February 22
# Jubilate Deo (6:15) and Chancel Choir (7:30) rehearse as usual.

*Sunday, February 25*
# Worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Preaching: Rev. T. J. Parlette. Message: “Rebranding for Lent.” Scripture: Mark 8.31-38.
# Singing: Special music at 8:30; Chancel Choir at 11 a.m. Ringing: Alleluia Ringers at both services.
# Education Hour.
9:40-10:45: Nursery – preschool (3-year-olds)
9:40-10:45: Sunday school/education hour for grade 6 – adults
9:40-10:20: Sunday school for PreK and Kg/1; Calvin Choir rehearsal for grades 2-5
10:20-10:50: Sunday school for grades 2/3 and 4/5; Cherub Choir rehearsal for age 4-grade 1
# Adult Education: (1) Current Issues: “Current Events: Beyond the Headlines (Al Depman); (2) Kerygma Bible study (Jane Goodfriend and Ruth Walts); (3) The coffee pot will be on in the social hall.
# Chancel Choir rehearses from 9:45-10:30 a.m.
# Please join us in the social hall from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Carol Shaffer’s ordination. There’ll be tasty treats, joyful music, and a memory-sharing time. If you can’t attend but would like to share a memory, contact Bill Oehler (WMOehler@aol.com).

*Tuesday, February 27*
# Chancel Guild meets at 1 p.m.

*Wednesday, February 28*
# A Festival of Music is hosting Lenten Noonday Organ Recitals from 12:15-12:45 p.m. each Wednesday in Lent. The guest organist February 28 is Sebastian Modarelli, Organist and Director of Music and Liturgy at St. John the Evangelist Church in Rochester.
# Lenten Bible study opportunity. Rev. Parlette is leading a study of the book “Moses: In the footsteps of the reluctant prophet” on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. beginning February 21.
# Wednesday activities are on schedule.
4:15 p.m.: Alleluia Ringers (grades 2-5)
5:00 p.m.: Youth Choir (grades 6-12)
5:45 p.m.: Middle School youth group (grades 6-8)
5:45 p.m.: Senior High youth group (grades 9-12)
6:30 p.m.: Adult Bible Study: “Moses: in the footsteps of the reluctant prophet” led by Rev. T. J. Parlette.
7:00 p.m.: Joyous Praise handbells (grades 6-12 and adults)

*Thursday, March 1*
# Jubilate Deo (6:15) and Chancel Choir (7:30) rehearse as usual.

*Friday, March 2*
# Join other Christian women for World Day of Prayer at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (2124 Viola Road NE). Coffee fellowship will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a worship service at 10:30. The service is written by women in Suriname on the theme “All God’s Creation Is Very Good.”

*Saturday, March 3*
# Orchestra rehearsal at 1 p.m. for those playing for the cantata March 11.

*Sunday, March 4*
# Worship and communion at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Preaching: Rev. T. J. Parlette.
# Singing: Chancel Choir at 8:30 a.m.; special music at 11. Ringing: Jubilate Deo at both services.
# Education Hour.
9:40-10:45: Nursery – preschool (3-year-olds)
9:40-10:45: Sunday school/education hour for grade 6 – adults
9:40-10:20: Sunday school for PreK and Kg/1; Calvin Choir rehearsal for grades 2-5
10:20-10:50: Sunday school for grades 2/3 and 4/5; Cherub Choir rehearsal for age 4-grade 1
# Adult Education: (1) Current Issues: “Current Events: Beyond the Headlines (Al Depman); (2) Kerygma Bible study (Jane Goodfriend and Ruth Walts); (3) The coffee pot will be on in the social hall.
# Chancel Choir rehearses from 9:45-10:30 a.m.
# One of our parish nurses will be in the library between services and available to take your blood pressure.

*Tuesday, March 6*
# Grief Support Group meets at 11 a.m. in the library.
# Deacons meet at 7 p.m. in the south fireside room.
# Most committees meet. Check with your lead elder if you aren’t sure about yours.

*Wednesday, March 7*
# Guest organist for the Noonday Organ Recital (12:15-12:45 p.m.) March 7 is Paul Kosower from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
# Charter House worship and communion at 1 p.m.
# Wednesday activities are on as usual.
# Rev. Parlette continues the Lenten Bible Study “Moses: in the footsteps of the reluctant prophet” from 6:30-8 p.m. in the lounge.

*Thursday, March 8*
# Prayer Shawl group meets at 1 p.m. in the lounge.
# Jubilate Deo (6:15) and Chancel Choir (7:30) rehearse as usual.

*Friday, March 9*
# Sitter Service is open from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sign up March 4 in the atrium or call the church office by March 6.

*Sunday, March 11*
# Worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The Chancel Choir with orchestra will present the cantata “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest at both hours.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
# To accommodate those attending the concert, please do not park in the parking lot between 12 noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in Lent.
# Blanket Sunday donations were dedicated February 11. Sponsored by Church World Service, Blanket Sunday provides blankets and relief efforts to victims of war and natural disasters. Offering envelopes are in the pews or checks marked ‘blanket fund’ can be mailed to the church any time in February.
# Members: to stay informed about church events text the word ‘connect’ to 507-200-3175.
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# “It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work and that when we no longer know which way to go we have begun our real journey.” (Wendell Berry)
# “Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.”
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*WEATHER ADVISORIES* If we need to cancel services due to extreme weather conditions, we will send that announcement to KTTC-TV, KTTC.com, put it on our WEB page FPCRochester.org, put it on the church’s answering machine, and send you an e-mail (if possible). Whenever canceling is a possibility, please check these sources for up-to-date information.

Soul Shop is coming to FPC

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Soul Shop is coming to FPC

Soul Shop is coming to FPC

 

Now we have an opportunity to save the lives of people in our congregation and others who are in the midst of suicidal desperation.  The opportunity is a training event/workshop called Soul Shop. The workshop equips participants to minister to people impacted by suicidal desperation including:

  1. Adults and youth who are considering suicide.
  2. Family members and friends who are anxious about a person considering suicide.
  3. Persons who have lost a loved one to suicide.
  4. Second Day people – those who have been suicidal in the past but have found a way out of suicidal thinking.

The Soul Shop workshop demonstrates simple conversational tools and other helpful information that can save a life.  You can ease the suffering of someone dealing with the hopelessness and isolation of suicidal desperation.

Mark your calendars for this exceptional opportunity on April 28th.  Contact Rev. Rowland for more information or go to soulshopmovement.org

A Word from the Pastor by Rev. T.J. Parlette

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in News | Comments Off on A Word from the Pastor by Rev. T.J. Parlette

A Word from the Pastor by Rev. T.J. Parlette

Our hearts break every time we hear about these random acts of violence.  In the world in which we live, there are steps we should take, no matter where we are, to make ourselves as safe as we can be.  I don’t know that we’ll ever be able to stop these kinds of vicious acts – but there are things we can do without living our lives in fear.

First of all, be aware of the people around you.  If you are at church and you see someone you don’t recognize, introduce yourself and initiate a conversation.  If you have suspicions about the person, report it to the church office.  We want to be welcoming, but we also want people to be safe.

Second, take a moment the next time you are at church to locate the exits in the areas that you tend to frequent.  How would you get out if something happened? Our teachers have been trained on emergency evacuation routes, so if you have a child in Sunday School, they will exit with their class.  Know *your* exit route.

And lastly, our teachers have been trained using the “Run.Hide.Fight” policy.  You may view a training video by doing a google search of Run.Hide.Fight. It is a common sense approach to an active shooter situation.  First – get out.  Call 911 as soon as you can safely do so.  Second – if you can’t get out, Hide. Where is the nearest room with a door that locks? Barricade the door if possible.  Silence your cell phone.  Third – be prepared to fight back if necessary.

I hope you will prepare yourself with these simple suggestions so that you know what you would do in the event of an emergency.

Peace

T.J.

 

Festival of Music Announces Schedule of concerts for 2017-2018 Season

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Music | Comments Off on Festival of Music Announces Schedule of concerts for 2017-2018 Season

Festival of Music Announces Schedule of concerts for 2017-2018 Season

 October 15, 2017 4:00 p.m.

GABRIEL PREISSER

LYRIC BARITONE                                            
ORLANDO, FLORIDA

As Executive and Artistic Director of Opera Orlando, Gabriel Preisser serves the company in areas of growth and development, artistic vision and planning, and administration. He draws from performance experience in over 40 operatic and music theatre roles. Preisser graduated from Florida State University in Vocal Performance and Business and completed a Master’s degree in Voice at the University of Houston.

Preisser has been praised for his beautiful, luscious baritone and his compelling, commanding stage presence.   He has received rave reviews for his performance of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Putz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night with Minnesota Opera.

This season, Mr. Preisser reprises the role of Lt. Gordon (Silent Night) in his Michigan Opera Theatre début.  He will sing Maximilian (Candide) with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) and Dandini (La Cenerentola) with Opera Tampa. He will also sing the title role in Don Giovanni with Opera Orlando and Skylark Opera,  narrate HK Gruber’s Frankenstein and sing the baritone solo in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Colorado Symphony.

Outside of his performing career, Mr. Preisser co-founded Angels & Demons Entertainment, an opera/music theater production company focusing on semi-staged and site-specific opera and music theater presentations. He currently lives in Winter Garden, FL with his wife and son.

 

November 19, 2017 4:00 p.m.

RACHEL LAURIN

CONCERT ORGANIST
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA

Rachel Laurin was born in St-Benoît des Deux-Montagnes, Québec, Canada. She was Associate Organist at St-Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal (1986-2002) and Titular Organist at Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa (2002-2006). She now devotes herself to composition, recitals, master-classes and lectures.

Rachel Laurin has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States and Europe. Well known as an improviser, she has had many opportunities to teach this art in schools, workshops, and academies across Canada and USA. She has been an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre since 1989 and “House Composer” at Wayne Leupold Editions since 2006. She has composed more than a hundred works for various solo instruments, voice, instrumental ensembles, choir, and orchestra, including a piano Concerto and a Concerto for organ, string orchestra and timpani. Her compositions are recognized internationally and have been performed and recorded on the five continents. She has won many awards, including the “Prix Conrad-Letendre,” the Holtkamp-AGO Composition Award, and first prize in the Marilyn Mason New Organ Music Competition. A feature-length program devoted to her work as a composer and organist, titled “Rachel’s Children”, was broadcast by American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS presented by Michael Barone in October 2012. Laurin composes almost exclusively on commissions and always has a work in progress.

Rachel Laurin has been a member of the “Comité d’Honneur de la Fédération Francophone des Amis de l’Orgue” (FFAO) since 2016.

 

February 11, 2018 4:00 p.m.

DUO NEGLIA-KHACHATRYAN

DR. GRIGOR KHACHATRYAN
CONCERT PIANIST
CONCORDIA COLLEGE, MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA
DR.DINA MARIA NEGLIA-KHACHATRYAN
CONCERT VIOLINIST
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY CHALLEY SCHOOL OF MUSIC, FARGO, ND

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Dr. Grigor Khachatryan graduated from Barsej Kanachyan’s Music School of Yereva. Shortly thereafter, Dr.Khachatryan moved to the United States and continued his education in musical studies at Indiana University, earning degrees in Piano Performance, Composition and Music Theory. During his graduate studies, he served as Junior Faculty of Piano at the Jacobs School of Music, where he taught undergraduate and graduate piano courses.  Recent highlights include Dr. Khachatryan’s debut at Carnegie Hall, supported by the Armenian General Benevolent Union, as well as a concert tour with the Concordia Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Khachatryan is now working on recording and publishing two piano sonatas and is also on faculty at the Northern Lights Music Festival.  Dr. Khachatryan is equally passionate about composing new music and educating young musical minds at Concordia College, where he serves as Assistant Professor of Piano.

Dr. Dina Maria Neglia-Khachatryan earned her Doctorate in Violin Performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and enjoys a multifaceted musical career.  Dedicated equally to teaching, scholarship, and performance, Dr. Neglia-Khachatryan has taught at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Vincennes University and North Dakota State University.  As a performer, Dr. Neglia-Khachatryan is immersed in a variety of musical mediums.  She has been featured on MPR Classical Radio and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe.  She regularly performs with her husband, Dr. Grigor Khachatryan, as a member of Duo Neglia-Khachatryan.

 

March 18, 2018 4:00 p.m.

WARTBURG COLLEGE CASTLE SINGERS

DR. NICKI TOLIVER, DIRECTOR
WAVERLY, IOWA

The Wartburg College Castle Singers have been hailed as a model of musicianship, performing a wide variety of choral literature with flexibility, stamina, and dramatic flair.  Under the direction of Dr. Nicki Bakko Toliver, this chamber ensemble sings everything from Byrd to the Beatles and beyond.  Comprised of advanced vocalists who are dedicated to exploring challenging choral literature, the Castle Singers enjoy performing both on and off campus throughout the academic year.

For the second year in a row, the Castle Singers will be joined by Wartburg’s chamber orchestra Kammerstreicher (in German, literally “chamber strings”).  This string ensemble’s repertoire is equally as eclectic as the Castle Singers, playing traditional music by classical giants like Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, as well as arrangements of songs by contemporary artists, such as Radiohead.  Kammerstreicher’s conductor, Dr. Jacob Tews, is also a gifted composer, regularly writing music for his ensembles in addition to many other music ensembles at Wartburg.

April 15, 2017 4:00 p.m.

ANNUAL LEE AND FRIENDS CONCERT

LEE J. AFDAHL, ORGANIST AND PIANIST
ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA

Lee Afdahl is Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Rochester, Minnesota, a position he has held since 1991. A graduate of Luther College, Decorah, IA, Lee is a church musician with forty years of experience in leading choral and handbell ensembles in Michigan and Minnesota.  Currently he and his part- time music assistant are responsible for leading four vocal and three handbell choirs, an elementary instrumental program, and a church orchestra.  He also advises the church’s annual concert series.  Lee Afdahl is frequently a conductor and clinician for handbell conference, choral workshops, and church music conferences internationally.  He has conducted festival conferences for the Handbell Musicians of America (HMA) at the local, area, and national levels.  He has also conducted handbell classes of American Guild of Organists, Fellowship of United Methodists and international handbell events in England, Japan, South Korea and Australia.  Mr. Afdahl is the immediate Past President of the Handbell Musicians of America.  He represented the organization as a conductor at the International Handbell Symposia in Australia, England and South Korea.  Lee has taught intermediate and advanced conducting for HMA Seminars and currently teaches conducting for certification.  Lee is an active organ recitalist and published composer and arranger of handbell, instrumental, and choral music with over seventy compositions and arrangements in print.  Joining Lee this season will be Christopher Boswell, handbells; Paul Kosower, cello; Jan Matson, piano; Mary Schneekloth, harp and Timothy Wells, basson.

 

Lenten Organ Recital Series 2018

Noon-day thirty minute recitals, 12:15-12:45 PM

February 21, 2018

Jeffrey Daehn, freelance organist, Rochester, MN

February 28, 2018

Sebastian Modarelli, organist, Church of St. John the Evangelist, Rochester, MN

March 7, 2018

Paul Kosower, freelance organist, Eau Claire, WI

March 14 2018

Ceri Benson, organist, St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Rochester, MN

March 21, 2018

Lois Marsh,  freelance organist, Rochester, MN

 

Youth Ministry Update – April 2015

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Youth Ministry Update – April 2015

 

FPC Youth Group ~ Strengthening Youth through Faith & Service

Youth Group News:  The middle school group is currently discussing a video study entitled “Why Jesus” by David Nassar.  The senior high youth are currently discussing a video study entitled “Dare to Dream:  Creating a God-sized Mission Statement for Your Life.”

The groups are also planning a hands-on service project to fill meal-packs with the organization Feed My Starving Children this spring.

Wednesday Evening Dinners: If you are interested in providing a meal for FPC youth and adults who attend Wednesday Evening Activities, please call the office, (507) 282-1618.

Sunday School News: During the Gathering Time, tithing (donating) was discussed with the Sunday School youth. We discussed how we can use our donations to help others. It is awesome to see how the youth have responded to this discussion. Thank you to all the parents who allow the youth to locate spare change in the sofas and cars!

Youth Art Work Project: Can you draw, paint, color, and/or take pictures? If you can answer yes, please consider working on an art piece for the Youth Activity Lounge. It would be nice for the the walls to be covered with artwork from the Youth and the leaders.