The Leadership Team invites congregational members and attendees to participate in a special Town Hall meeting on Sunday, April 30th at 11:00 a.m. in the Lounge, which will include a brief presentation of a new strategic plan for growth and extended time for congregational input. A second meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, from 11:00 a.m.-noon in the Lounge. Childcare will be available and if you would like to help with childcare please contact Carma. Please join us!
Join us at noon on Sunday, April 30th for our Arts and Crafts kick-off get-together in the lounge, following the Town Hall meeting. We will order lunch from Jimmy Johns.
Welcome to all knitters (beginners welcome), crocheters, scrapbookers,colorers, quilters, etc. Bring your own supplies.
Questions - call Ruthie Mattox at 651-481-3148.
After this initial meeting, we will meet on the third Sunday of each month.
Interested in becoming a member? All are welcome at First Cov, but in order to vote on important matters, you must be a member. We invite you to consider attending a class about membership, which Pastor Dan Collison will lead. Attending does not commit you to membership. To register for one of the above dates, please contact Dan Collison (email@example.com or 612-927-3123).
This year's Global 6K for Clean Water is to on May 6th. You can join our team and provide clean water, while also hanging out with cool 1st Cov people. Please note that this will be in place of the monthly group run. Meet at the First Cov Parking Lot at 6am. Contact Nick Cross (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Roger Fossum (email@example.com) for more information.
Every year after the shelter season ends, volunteers put on their aprons and head for Fellowship Hall, where our kitchen gets its “spring cleaning”. Ovens, fridges, countertops, dusty ledges, pots and pans all get a good scrubbing. It’s fun...really!!! Want to help? Contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in connecting with others from First Cov in a low-key setting? Then join us for the launch of Saturday Suppers! Dinners will be hosted for 6-9 people at someone’s house. Dependent upon the host, guests may be asked to bring a dish to share. If you are interested in hosting OR in attending, please contact Pastor Sara at email@example.com. And mark your calendars for the first Saturday Supper: Saturday, May 20.
First Covenant is hosting a pop-up thrift store and mending table at the First Annual Elliot Park Earth Fest in Elliot! We are looking for used clothing donations of all styles, shapes and sizes, as well as hangers if you’ve got them! en, come join us for the festivities, as we gather with friends and organizations from all around Elliot Park to promote health, wellness and sustainability. Want to help with the store? We need volunteers! Contact Todd Bratulich for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Lenten journey this year invites us to follow Jesus en-route or “on the way” to Jerusalem. Like Jesus, our journeys are filled with in-between spaces, thresholds, or “liminal” spaces where we are invited to turn toward that which calls and perhaps frightens us. From the moment Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem, he would face the very real challenges of mortality, suffering, and betrayal, even as he availed himself to the work of Love which would bring about new life. In this season of reflection, we too are invited to turn toward those unknown spaces and places where we are confronted by the limits of our mortality, and where Mystery interrupts, bringing unexpected and unexplainable new life. Join us for this Lenten journey, where we’ll explore the soul-deepening joys and trials of being a people “on the way”.
Ash Wednesday, March 1 “Setting our Faces”
Palm Sunday, April 9 “Mourning our Blind Spots”
Maundy Thursday, April 13 “Setting the Table”
Easter Sunday, April 16 “Awakening to Mystery”
The message, “Awakening to Mystery,”concludes Holy Week and commemorates theresurrection of Jesus. All are invited!
Join us for a special Maundy Thursday service as we come to the end of the season of lent and journey through Holy Week. “Setting the Table” will stage the story of Jesus’ last night with his disciples on the eve of his death through reflection, worship, and participation in the sacraments Jesus instituted on that solemn night. Childcare will be provided.
We’re going bowling on Saturday, April 1, and that’s no foolin’! Whatever your age or bowling ability, all are welcome to join us for a morning of bowling, food and fun. This is a non-competitive event, but there will be trophies, so bring your best...or your worst, and perhaps you could be the next Gutter-ball Guru! Cost of admission includes bowling, shoes, prizes and pizza lunch.
$10/person or $30/family
Memory Lanes 2520 26th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN
What: Just Mercy Book Club
Why: We are readers who want to open our minds and hearts to books that will inform and change us
When: The last Thursday of every month, 6:30–8 p.m.
Next meeting: Thursday March 30
Currently discussing: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Where: Open Book Café: 1011 S. Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Join the Facebook group for updates!
Runners and others!
The official "launch" for 1st Covenant's World Vision Team, to encourage people to consider being part of the team, will be at the Sunday, March 26th service at First Covenant.
The team's sign-up page is up and running (http://www.teamworldvision.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=7641), and we've got some who have already joined the team!
If you're interested in running or assisting, there are weekly Monday evening gatherings at Common Roots Cafe at 7pm. We hope you'll join!
If you're on Facebook, we also have a Facebook page: "First Covenant - Mpls Team World Vision Team". If you're not a member on that page but would like to be added, please let Roger Fossum know and he'll add you. He will be posting updates and information there.
Here are some links to more information:
www.teamworldvision.org - website for general information about Team World Vision - lots of info here about TWV in general, what we do, why we do it, the impact we're having, and the opportunities open to participate
www.teamworldvision.org/twincities - more specific information about Team World Vision here in Minneapolis/St. Paul, including current stats on participants and fundraising
Pastor Dan Collison is a feature presenter from the Christian perspective at the 9th Annual Abrahamic Traditions Dinner in the Twin Cities. This dinner will be held at Mount Zion Temple 1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 and will bring community members from different cultures, religions, and experiences together to share the joy of friendship and universal values to learn the art of living together.
This year’s topic is “How does our faith instruct us to respond to discrimination, bullying, and hate speech and action?” More than 100 people from all walks of life of diverse communities, religions, and organizations will come together to share how their faiths lead people to stand against in discrimination and bullying. Guests share a meal and speakers share the perspectives of their faiths on a single question. During the program, guests are invited to talk about the question, and others, at their tables.
Check in for the event starts at 6:00; dinner and program will start at 6:30 pm and end 9:00 pm.
The event is open to the public and there is no cost for the dinner but registration is required. Please register at the link: https://goo.gl/forms/rwZEszphM6Zm5nFK2
Gathering at 7:30am at First Covenant, FREE Parking (limited, first come first serve)
Ride the LRT together over to St. Paul
For more information: Contact Pastor Todd Bratulich
Who: Hundreds of Minnesotans from across the state and YOU!
What: Advocacy training, legislator meetings, and more!
Where: Central Presbyterian Church and the State Capitol
When: Tuesday March 14, 2017 9am-3pm (registration opens at 8:15am)
Cost: FREE and open to the public, but registration is required.
Register Today!: www.mnhomelesscoalition.org/advocate
The Awesome Songwriting Event (ASE) is a night of showcasing new and seasoned songwriters. Curated by the Good Arts Collective, ASE provides a platform for artists to share their songs and stories with a new audience in a intimate setting. Some artists have done it for years, some it will be their first time on stage, but what they all share in common is a passion for music. Snacks and refreshments will be provided in the Good Arts Collective space.
Check out the Facebook event page and see who else is attending: https://www.facebook.com/events/1240922672643466/
The Good Arts Collective is hosting a free showcase performance of the fabulous cover band, The Covers. Admission is free, and snacks and refreshments will be provided. Dancing is highly encouraged!
Please RSVP to Sara Renner at email@example.com to get on the list!
Join us on Saturday February 4 from 2:30-5pm for some winter outdoor fun at Theodore Wirth Park! Bring a sled for free sledding or rent a tube and try your luck on the tubing hill. We’ll have hot cocoa, fun treats, and lots of laughs together! Look for more details to come soon.
First Covenant is joining a number of local churches and non-profits concerned with human trafficking to participate in the “Off the Streets Super Run” at 10am on February 4th at Target Field. 100% of proceeds go toward fighting human trafficking among youth in our city. This 5k walk/run is open to runners and walkers of all abilities!
To learn more or to sign up, visit www.offthestreets5k.com.
Want to run with others from First Covenant? Meet us here at church at 9am, park for free, and we’ll ride the train over together to the race.
Contact Pastor Todd Bratulich for more details.
"The Deep End" will help you ask (and answer) six essential questions: “Who has God made me to be?”, “How will I be spiritually formed?”, “How do I deal with difficult matters?”, “How is Christian mission possible in our culture?”, “How can we form Christian community in a globalized world?”, and “What does it mean to be a leader?”.
These three-hour intensive learning experiences provide interested people a very candid look at the some of our most important questions and quandaries as a diverse, multi-generational, urban Christian community. There will be optional reading and written reflection assignments for each session and the content will include a combination of interactive teaching, dialogue, video, and media.
This class will meet once per month on the fourth Monday—from 6-9 p.m., January 23 - June 26. Please contact Pastor Dan if you are interested in participating. Jump into the deep end of your faith.
You are invited to begin the new year finding rest, renewal and delight in the midst of the fullness of your life on the WINTER SABBATH RETREAT. The Sabbath Retreat will be 24 hours of slowing and holding the sacred gift of your life with God. We will be retreating at the Franciscan Retreat Center located in beautiful Prior Lake, MN. There are great walking trails, cozy rooms, great food and intimate times connecting with God through silence, guided reflection, listening, creative prayer, and play. We will begin our retreat on Friday evening at 7pm. You are welcome to come anytime on Friday and have a little more time of rest. This retreat is for women and men, singles, couples, old and young, anyone who is longing for a holy pause and an extended time to quiet the mind and hear God!
For answers to questions and more information about cost and details and a registration brochure please contact Carma Gjerning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about First Covenant Church? Learn more about this community of faith. Pastor Dan will lead a helpful seminar in the Lounge or at a coffee shop if a smaller group. Attending does not commit you to membership. Come to ask questions and make friends. To register, please contact Pastor Dan.
The Good Arts Collective is happy to announce the anticipated sequel story of everyone’s favorite Christmas detective! This year we will present “Oliver Holiday & the Cinnamon Sabotage”... a show for the whole family. Discover Oliver’s latest escapades, meet some new kooky characters, hear great music, and laugh along the way! Tickets are $10, kids 12 & under get in FREE! Buy your tickets in advance here or purchase them at the door.
Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm!
32nd Homeless Memorial March and Service.
5:00 pm | March & Silent Vigil
Hennepin County Government Center
3rd Avenue South & 5th Street South, Minneapolis
The march will follow 5th Street South westward to Nicollet Avenue and proceed south to 28th Street.
6:30 pm | Service of Remembrance
Simpson United Methodist Church
2740 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis
7:30 pm | Community Meal
Lower level of Simpson United Methodist Church
Advent Wake-Up! Join us for a special Advent Wake-Up this coming Sunday, December 4 at 8:15am in the Gym. Everyone will have the opportunity to create an advent rope filled with hope to help you count down the days until Christmas. And if that doesn’t entice you, come try your hand at rolling fresh krumkake (yummy Scandinavian waffle cookies), and then filling it with whatever tantalizes your taste buds at the krumkake bar. All ages welcome, no need to sign up, just show up with childlike wonder!
Now that the Vikings are once again playing across the street from First Covenant, our parking lot has provided us with a unique opportunity for revenue. Each Vikings game represents a $10,000 opportunity for First Covenant, and presents a great way for each member of our church to make a huge impact. For each event, eight volunteers are needed, with duties including setting up and taking down event signage, watching the Impark pay station and assisting customers, directing traffic and more.
Volunteers are needed for the following home games - please contact Brian Ogren at email@example.com to get involved!
Thursday, December 1 (7:30pm kickoff)
Please click on the following link to sign up for a time slot:
Sunday, December 18 (noon kickoff)
Sunday, January 1 (noon kickoff)
Meets every Monday from November 28 through December 26, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Take a break from the Christmas rush to spend an evening each week tending to the deep questions of our faith with others through discussion, the practice of contemplative prayer, and a personal time of silence to journal with words, art and prayer. Contact Pastor Joy Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more info.
Downtown Congregations To End Homelessness, a group to which First Covenant belongs, is hosting an event called "Songs From the Street" which features an interactive concert of choirs whose members care deeply about homelessness through their shared experience and empathy. It is taking place on Sunday, November 13th from 2-5pm at Plymouth Congregational Church (1900 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404). It is an all ages, free event! We hope you'll join us!
Robert Robinson and the First Covenant Gospel Choir will be performing a joint concert with the gospel choir at Park Avenue Methodist Church this afternoon. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.), and is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be received. The concert will feature traditional and contemporary gospel songs and feature a special musical tribute honoring international gospel pioneer, Andrae Crouch. For more information, contact Robert Robinson at email@example.com, or speak with any of the Gospel Choir members.
Park Avenue United Methodist 3400 Park Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Everyone is invited to enjoy the apple harvest and the gift of being together. We will meet at the church at 9 a.m. and drive to Afton Apple Orchard (which opens at 10 a.m.). Transportation will be provided. There are activities for every age. Enjoy time in the countryside, play on a straw mountain, walk through the corn maze, spend time with the friendly critters at the petting zoo, pick apples, and spend some time with the friendly critters from our church community. We would love to have you join us! After lunch we will return to First Covenant.
The Good Art's Collective is hosting an Awesome Songwriting Event, and you're invited! Several musicians will be sharing their compositions, and we'll have the opportunity to hear their stories. Refreshments will be provided. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
$5. All ages.
Interested in going? Click here to go to the Facebook event page and invite others to join you!
The Bible is the most popular and historically preserved book of all time and yet it is also the most misunderstood and mishandled book of all time. “Living the Book with Humility” is a four-part class intensive that will provide a historical overview of biblical interpretation and challenge participants to interact with one another about the conclusions and questions that have arisen from that history. Additionally, this class will propose a framework for understanding the complex controversial issues that have sifted the American church in the last 250 years: slavery and racial segregation, the role of women in church and society, and most recently—same-sex relationships.
Because of site redevelopment the “Living the Book with Humility” class will meet at Pastor Collison’s house in South Minneapolis from 6-9pm on the third Tuesday of every month from September through December. (September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20) Please contact Pastor Dan Collison if you are interested in joining the class.
Tonight, we will be gathering together for a picnic and lake baptism at Lake Nokomis Beach in Minneapolis. (Please note the location change!) Come as early and stay as late as you want. We will secure a picnic spot around 4 p.m., eat at 5 p.m., and hold the baptism service at 6 p.m. Church will provide the hot dogs, lemonade, and paper products, you bring a dish to share. Interested in being baptized? Get in touch with Todd Bratulich.
What do law enforcement leaders recommend citizens do to help make their communities and themselves safer? What is law enforcement doing to increase trust and mutual respect, and reduce lethal and non-lethal friction in interactions between citizens and officers? As a community discussion focused on solutions, we come together to pursue our shared desire for enhanced safety; a goal we hope to achieve by increasing our understanding of each other. The public is invited, and the panel discussion will include ample opportunity for audience Q&A.
Event is hosted in the Sanctuary.
Thinking about attending? Click here to RSVP!
You are challenged to come on a seven-week adventure pilgrimage as we become part of the crowd following Jesus. Together we will read the four gospels in chronological order. We will attempt to capture a true life historical account, following Jesus throughout His ministry. Using maps and historical background of the times, we will become “a fly on the wall” or one of the crowd, attempting to see and experience for ourselves, who really was Jesus—a good teacher, a prophet, or truly God in flesh among us? And ultimately, you are invited take a chance to see if this pilgrimage can actually change your faith in any way.
Contact Chris Fossum (email@example.com) for the class outline or any other information or questions.