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First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for June 22 – June 30, 2017

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First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for June 22 – June 30, 2017

# Thank you, Rick! Thank you, Vera! Thank you, Kelly! It is with sadness that we announce that Rick Morris, Vera Herr, and Kelly Bock have resigned their positions at First Presbyterian Church. We wish them well in their future endeavors.

Farewell from Rick. “At the end of the month I will be leaving my position as the coordinator of youth and Christian education. I have loved joining in the ministry with our amazing crew of volunteers and especially getting to know our students. It’s therefore with a heavy heart that I share this news. Fortunately, I will not be leaving Rochester. You may see me around town in my role as an environmental advocate with the Sierra Club, so please do say ‘hi’!” (Rick Morris)

# Job openings. First Presbyterian Church has three job openings: (1) Coordinator of Youth and Christian Education, (2) Custodian; (3) Child Care worker. If you would like to apply for any of these positions, please pick up an application form and job description in the church office.

# From now through Labor Day Sunday we will have one service of worship at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.

CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
# Happy Birthday to Margaret Harris who will celebrate her 107th birthday July 1.
# Happy Anniversary to Alan and Martha Sessler, who will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary July 4.

LOOKING FORWARD
*Wednesday, June 21*
# Crafters Group will meet at 3 p.m. in the social hall. Bring that almost finished project or help us make cards for C.A.R.E. members of FPC. All card supplies are provided.

*Thursday, June 22*
# FPC softball team will play Assembly of God (green) at 6:30 p.m. at McQuillan Field #1 (1 mile south of Cub Foods on Marion Road, turn right at stop light). Go, team!

*Friday, June 23-Sunday, June 25″
# Handbell ringers from Alleluia Ringers and Joyous Praise and chaperones will attend a Young Ringers Camp at Camp Victory near Zumbro Falls.

*Saturday, June 24*
# Watch for the First Players in the RochesterFest parade. The parade begins at 2 p.m.

*Sunday, June 25*
# Worship at 9:30 a.m. Preaching: Rev. Jay Rowland. Message: “Discipleship Matters.” Scripture: Matthew 10:24-39.
# Coffee and donuts will be available in the atrium both before (beginning at 8:45 a.m.) and after the service.
# Join Mark Mueller for a group walk through downtown Rochester. Start in the First Presbyterian parking lot at 1 p.m. and spend some time admiring the architectural details of some of the downtown buildings. We’ll talk about some local history and we may uncover some surprises. Questions? Contact Mark Mueller (markmueller@chartermi.net).

*Monday, June 26-Friday, June 30*
# In lieu of offering our own Vacation Bible School this summer, we are partnering with Christ United Methodist Church to offer a VBS program June 26-30. Scholarships are available through our church office. Register at CUMethodist.com/vbs-2017.

*Wednesday, June 28*
# Bible Study led by Al Depman at 6:30 p.m. in the lounge. Everyone is invited! The topic June 28 is “What we believe – The Apostles’ Creed.”

*Thursday, June 29*
# FPC softball team will play Calvary Baptist at 6:30 p.m. at McQuillan Field #2 (1 mile south of Cub Foods on Marion Road, turn right at stop light). Go, team!

*Sunday, July 2*
# Worship and communion at 9:30 a.m.
# One of our parish nurses will be in the library following worship July 2 and available to take your blood pressure and answer questions you may have about your health.

*Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4*
# The church will be closed both days in observance of Independence Day.

*Tuesday, July 4*
# Grief Support Group will *not* meet July 4, but instead will meet Wednesday, July 5.
# Deacons do NOT meet in July or August. Their next meeting will be September 5.
# Most committees do NOT meet in July, but if you are’t sure about your committee, check with your lead elder about date, time, and place.

*Wednesday, July 5*
# Grief Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. in the library.
# Worship and communion at Charter House at 1 p.m.

*Thursday, July 6*
# FPC softball team will play Assembly of God (yellow) at 6:30 p.m. at McQuillan Field #2 (1 mile south of Cub Foods on Marion Road, turn right at stop light). Go, team!

*Sunday, July 9*
# Worship at 9:30 a.m.
# Summer Walk-in Choir will sing. Come at 9 p.m. to rehearse. All singers are welcome! Please join us and bring friends or family members who do not usually sing with us. The choir will also sing August 14.

*Sunday, July 16*
# Worship at *10:30 a.m.* in the social hall. After worship we will have a picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages, and paper products provided. Please bring a side dish, vegetable, salad, fruit, or your favorite pie. Sign up in the atrium on Sundays July 2 or 9 or call the church office.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
# Many thanks to everyone who brought glassware for our Pentecost celebration. Please pick up your items in the church office.
# The Bdecan mission team is gathering supplies for babies on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation who go into foster care right after birth. The list of requested supplies includes sleepers, onesies, little socks, rattles, baby shampoo and other baby supplies. If you would rather help financially, we would welcome funds to buy diapers while we are in Devils Lake. Please make the check out to FPC with “baby program” on the memo line. (Marylynn Aalderks)
# Fleece + Pattern + Love = Toy. For those of you who have a sewing machine, here is another opportunity to be part of the Bdecan Mission Team. We have fleece remnants from the baby blankets we made in April and Vicki Wintheiser, who creates fleece animals for the pediatric department at St. Mary’s Hospital, has shared her animal patterns. Now all we need is YOU! During June, fleece and patterns will be available in the atrium. All you need to do is cut out the fabric, sew two pieces together, and sew on eyes and mouths (no buttons); we will do the “stuffing.” Please return your finished animals to the church by July 1 and we will have a “stuffing party” before we leave on July 11. (Jane Hallman)
# The Pentecost Offering was dedicated June 4. One of the special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Pentecost Offering helps bring God’s transforming love to children at risk, guide and mature young people’s growing faith, and provide opportunities for young adults to be spiritual leaders. You can contribute any time through June. Please note “Pentecost” on your check.
# Book giveaway continues. As the church library revitalization continues, outdated books are continually being removed and made available for free. Look for the “free books” note on boxes in the library and the foyer and the cart in the atrium. More books are added weekly.
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# “There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.” (Harold Stephen)
# “The truth is … everything counts. Everything. Everything we do, and everything we say. Everything helps or hurts; everything adds to or takes away from someone else.” (Countee Cullen)

A Celebration of Life Picnic & Worship Service July 16

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A Celebration of Life Picnic & Worship Service July 16

A summer is not complete without the gathering of friends and family for a good old fashioned picnic and barbecue.

We will grill hamburgers and hot dogs and ask everyone to bring a potluck dish or salad and your favorite pie as we celebrate and honor those special in our lives.  The worship service will be in the social hall at 10:30 a.m.  Lunch and games will follow the service.

 

Bdecan team gathering supplies for babies going into foster care

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Bdecan team gathering supplies for babies going into foster care

Bdecan team gathering supplies for babies going into foster care

 

The items needed for this undertaking are sleepers, onesies, little socks, rattles, baby shampoo and other baby supplies.

Heidi Pierson from Social Services on the Reservation has asked for these items and she will distribute them throughout the year.  Heidi says the foster families would welcome diapers and basic baby clothes when the baby first arrives at their home.  The Bdecan VBS team will take them to North Dakota with them in July.

If you would rather help financially, we would welcome funds to buy diapers while we are in Devils Lake.  Please make the check out to FPC with “baby program” on the memo line.

Thank you for your generous support for these little ones.

 

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

 

November 19, 2017 4:00 p.m.

RACHEL LAURIN

CONCERT ORGANIST

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA

 

February 12, 2018 4:00 p.m.

DR.DINA MARIA NEGLIA-KHACHATRYAN

CONCERT VIOLINIST

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY CHALLEY SCHOOL OF MUSIC

DR. GRIGOR KHACHATRYAN

CONCERT PIANIST

CONCORDIA COLLEGE, MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA

 

March 18, 2018 4:00 p.m.

WARTBURG COLLEGE CASTLE SINGERS

DR. NICKI TOLIVER, DIRECTOR

WAVERLY, IOWA

 

April 2, 2017 4:00 p.m.

ANNUAL LEE AND FRIENDS CONCERT

LEE J. AFDAHL, ORGANIST AND PIANIST

ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA

The Festival of Music Concert Series was begun by Lee Afdahl when he became the Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in 1991. Now in its 27th season, one of the series’ highlights is the annual “Lee and Friends” concert.  A graduate of Luther College, Lee has served as a church musician for more than forty years–leading active programs of choral and handbell ensembles in Michigan and Minnesota.  He has conducted festival conferences for the Handbell Musicians of America and several international handbell groups and led handbell classes for the American Guild of Organists.  He has served the Handbell Musicians of America in various capacities, including president. Lee represented the organization as a conductor at the International Handbell Symposia in Liverpool, UK in 2012 and Jeju, South Korea in 2014.

 

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, oganist, Church of St. John the Evangelist, Rochester, MN

March 7, 2018

Lois Marsh, freelance organist, Rochester, MN

March 14 2018

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

March 21, 2018

Paul Kosower, freelance organist, Eau Claire, WI

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.