Mark your calendars! On August 27, we will be gathering together for a picnic and lake baptism at beautiful Theodore Wirth Beach in North Minneapolis. The park offers lots of recreational options including a playground for children, swimming beach, and plenty of green space for all ages to enjoy. 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. If you're bringing a dish, please sign up here. Thank you! Interested in being baptized? Get in touch with Todd Bratulich!
Help young people who have experienced homelessness get back on their feet by donating to our Welcome Basket drive! St. Barnabas apartments, located across the street from First Covenant Church offers young people ages 18-24 coming out of a situation of homelessness the opportunity to have a supportive housing environment and build skills for self-sustainability. A partnership between Aeon (housing provider) and YouthLink MN (services provider) St. Barnabas provides housing, case management, employment and education services, and meaningful community to dozens of young people striving to get on their feet.
We can support the great work of YouthLink and our young neighbors by providing basic household needs that will go a long way to making their new apartment feel like home. Between now and September 24, bring the following shopping list with you on your next Target or Dollar Store run, and pick out an item or two, or an entire basket! Drop off your new, unwrapped donation items in the lobby at church and we will organize and deliver the welcome baskets by the end of the month.
Donation Items Needed: (Items should be new and unwrapped)
- Small laundry basket
- Paper towels (single or double roll)
- Toilet paper (4-6 roll packs)
- Body soap
- Dish soap
- Sponge/dish brush
- All-purpose cleaning spray
- Dusting spray
- Clorox wipes
- Toilet disinfectant
- Toilet brush
- Laundry detergent
- Twin bed sheet set
- Bath towel/hand towel
- Shower curtain/ liner/ shower rings
- Bath mat
- Personal welcome/ greeting card
- Basic cooking utensils
- Basic cookware
If you have any questions, please contact Todd Bratulich.
In addition to donating items for the welcome baskets, another way to support our neighbors at St. Barnabas is by participating in our fall quarterly offering. You can give online here or write a check with the words “quartery offering” in the memo line and drop it in the offering plate the next few Sunday mornings. All funds will go to support the mission of Youthlink, which provides critical services to young people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Learn more at youthlinkmn.org.
The weekend of August 4-5, we hope you'll join us for a night of camping, s’mores, and all sorts of outdoor fun at Cleary Lake Regional Park in Prior Lake, MN. We have a group campsite reserved, so all you need to do is bring yourself, a tent or camper, and some food to share! All ages and experience levels are welcome. Need camping equipment? We’ve got you covered! Pick up and fill out a registration form in the usher stands, or contact Todd Bratulich for more info.
“For in Christ we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17: 28
On a warm summer night children from our church community and kids from around the city will gather to experience the love of God-KIDS STYLE! There are three amazing nights of experiencing the ADVENTURE of following Christ and the generosity and BIGNESS of God’s love. Children are invited to “taste and see” that the Lord is good through fabulous worship, captivating drama for all ages, creative art, playing, hands on exploring, reflecting and practicing prayer.
Our theme “MooVana” will invite kids to join the Apostle Paul as he goes on some wild boat adventures, visiting various islands, teaching about the gift of God’s love and inviting others on a spiritual journey. Once again our gifted and passionate actors and actresses will invite us to open our eyes and heart to the wonder, mystery and awe of the “good news.” Through a variety of learning stations children will discover ways to connect God’s story to their story and continue to be transformed by God’s love and discover their divine DNA as God’s beloved.
There are three ways to get involved:
- DONATE: Help sponsor the 50 children we are planning for. Your gift of $65.00 will cover the cost for one child. Please consider sponsoring a child or two. Every gift is valued and important and all contributions are tax-deductible. After clicking "Donate" above, please select "Kids Adventure Week."
- VOLUNTEER: Kids Adventure Week is also an opportunity to connect with others in the First Cov community, so jump on-board and sign up to help.
- REGISTER YOUR CHILD(REN): You can register your child online!
Contact Beloved Carma, Director of Children & Family Ministry with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) will be hosting a special benefit concert with musician/composer Ken Medema and StreetSong (a choir consisting of those experiencing homelessness and their advocates) at Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Ave. Minneapolis). The concert is free and tickets are not required, though donations are welcomed and all proceeds will go to benefit the work of DCEH in ending homelessness and poverty in our community. Concert starts at 7pm.
Join us for a fun and leisurely bike ride around the beautiful city of Minneapolis! We will meet on Saturday, June 10 at 9:30am at Lake Hiawatha Park (2701 E 44th St, Minneapolis) and ride a loop around the bike trails following the lakes and Minnehaha creek, returning back to the park for a picnic lunch together. Bring your own bikes and a sack lunch. All ages and skill levels are welcome!
You are invited to a special prayer service. Let’s gather—members and regular attendees, young and old—to pull closer together as a community, humbly seek God, and ask for guidance in taking our next steps as First Covenant Church. Please join us in the sanctuary.
First Covenant has been invited to join our Muslim neighbors in a special dinner. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn until dusk, and this dinner will celebrate the breaking of the fast once sunset occurs. Pre-registration is required by Monday, May 22nd. Please contact Dan Collison at email@example.com if you wish to attend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And mark your calendars for the first Saturday Supper: Saturday, May 20.
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 email@example.com.
Opera and Musical Theater have created beloved characters through the years that speak to the hearts and soul of many. The stories these characters tell transcend gender, race, creed and sexuality. Yet, there are traditional aspects to most performances that call for a specific "type" of actor to portray these classic characters. We at the Good Arts Collective think that is crap. Any performer at any time should be able to express themselves through any song, any scene, any time, EVER! If you agree, we have a treat for you.
The Good Arts Collective presents: "THEY SANG WHAT?! An unconventional cabaret". You will hear your favorite show tunes, arias, and some new pieces sung from different (and possibly more interesting) points of view. Come join us for an entertaining and unforgettable night of song as we celebrate what makes us different through the one thing we all have in common: the love of music.
The show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. All proceeds benefit The Good Arts Collective.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-927-3123).
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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!