Free Lindy Hop Class at FCC! (Monday evenings beginning February 12): Join us as we learn what is considered America's national folk dance: Lindy hop. Lindy hop was pioneered by black teenagers in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s and is considered one of the oldest types of swing dance. Although this dance was created by black people, it's history is not very well known by the general public, including some dancers. In this four week series, you will not only learn basic movements and partner connection but also some history that will help you to better appreciate and enjoy the dance. Please note that it's not necessary to have a partner, dance shoes, or even rhythm to join. The rhythm comes later. It's only important to dress comfortably and wear shoes that facilitate sliding. This free class will take place on Monday evenings from 7-8:15pm in the Gym beginning February 12 through March 5. If you have any questions, please reach out to the dance instructor, our very own Bionca Davis.
Invitation to Lent: Join us as we enter into the Lenten season with our series, "An Unraveling Hope”. We begin with an Ash Wednesday Service this coming Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. with Andrea Hollingsworth preaching on “A Trembling Trust.” Our series will explore how the journey of faith, like Jesus’ own journey, is filled with mystery, paradox, and unknowing. It seems that the more we give ourselves to faith and hope, the less our journeys look like climbing the ladders of certainty or success, and more like an unraveling of all that we once expected of God. How can we make sense of this unsettling God, whose embodiment of love led to execution? Perhaps the questions of our sacred texts can be our guide as we embark upon our own unraveling this Lenten season.
Thanks to all who participated in our lively discussion on December 3rd as we began processing “How does our ministry foundation inform, direct, and govern our inclusive ministry?” Due to the Super Bowl and other scheduling issues, we will gather again to continue the discussion on Sunday, February 11th during our monthly all-church meal. Children will be dismissed at 11:30 as we begin the conversation. Childcare will be provided in the Gym as well as in the infant room. In the meantime, we will be sending out some materials and information that we hope will prepare everyone for an open, safe and meaningful dialog on February 11th.”
New adult spiritual formation experience beginning In February! Finding Me will guide participants in an exploration of four essential questions that form the basis of how we engage with God, ourselves and our world: 1) Who am I? 2) What do I love? 3) Knowing I will die, how do I want to live? And 4) What is my gift to the world? Through conversation, teaching, and guided spiritual practices, we will dig deeply into what it means to live as the beloved of God. The class meets on the first Tuesday of the month for 5 months beginning February 6 from 6:30-9pm. The course is free but registration is required as space is limited and we need to prepare course materials ahead of time. Please RSVP with Ashley Aamot via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re a group of readers who want to open our minds and hearts to books that will inform and change us. We meet on the last Tuesday of every month, from 6:30–8:00 p.m. at Open Book Minneapolis (1011 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis). This group is open to all who want to learn more about issues of race, justice and more. Please join the Just Mercy Book Club group on Facebook for current information. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 30th. We’ll be reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
You are invited to an Interfaith Gathering to Celebrate Unity and Shared Purpose
January 28, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church at Nicollet Mall and 12th Street, Minneapolis.
In partnership with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, this celebration will showcase Minnesota's national leadership in multi-faith dialogue and cooperation, and will raise money to prevent homelessness through the Interfaith Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The celebration will feature music, testimonies from people helped by the Emergency Rental Assistance Program... and a few surprises!
For more information, contact Westminster at (612) 332-3421
To donate to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program go to www.dceh.org/give
Questions about First Covenant Church? Learn more about this community of faith. Pastor Dan Collison will lead a helpful seminar in the lounge. Attending does not commit you to membership. Come to ask questions and make friends. To register, please contact Dan Collison (email@example.com or 612-927-3123).
Join with others from First Covenant for lunch after the service! The invitation is open to all, and provides a way for us to get to know each other more. You can meet in the lobby and walk over together or meet us at Normandy Inn (405 S. 8th St.). Parking is free with a validated ticket. From the church take 7th Street to Portland Avenue, go left on Portland to 9th Street, then right on 9th, and go 1.5 blocks to Normandy Inn Parking. If you have questions please call Ruthie Mattox (651-283-7317) or Barbara Newman (847-868-4672).
Join the Advent Meditation group, meeting this year on three Tuesday evenings, December 5, 12, 19, from 6:30 - 8:30pm, at First Covenant, as we explore art journaling together. Art journaling is a way of playing with color, images and words to express our feeling and thoughts as we read scripture and pray together. There is NO previous art experience required. The group will be engaging with Henri Nouwen’s book, Advent and Christmas Wisdom. Contact Joy Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or if you have any questions. The book and supplies will be available at the first gathering on December 5th.
10th Annual Abrahamic Traditions Dinner (November 30, 6:15pm): We are excited to invite you to the 10th Annual Abrahamic Traditions Dinner, which will feature speakers and conversation on the topic: “What happens when our core values are hijacked from within?” The dinner will be held at Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley (7800 W County Rd 42, Apple Valley, MN 55412). This event is free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP (https://goo.gl/forms/2eJipLPvt65YH0hO2).
In addition, the Niagara Foundation is adding a "next step" to these gatherings ... providing an opportunity for participants to continue the conversation. The 3Faiths@TheTable program groups individuals, couples or families of three faiths -- any three faiths -- for shared dinners in their homes, providing an opportunity to meet and share in a more intimate environment. Our experience has been that sharing food and inviting others into our homes leads to more trust and deeper relationships. For more information and questions, send an email to Minnesota@niagarafoundation.org.
Join a diverse group of faith leaders and community members as we come together to give thanks for the abundance in our lives. This year’s service will call on us to recognize that not everyone in our community experiences abundance in the same ways by lifting up the voice of those who do not have stable housing. The offering collected will go directly to the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness and their efforts to address homelessness and housing instability in our community through education, advocacy, and emergency rental assistance. The event is hosted by the downtown senior clergy and will be held at the Basilica of Saint Mary.
Bear & the Barrel presents.... Sweet Cornucopia!
Sarah Sweet contemplates going home for the holidays, despite her small town family ruining another holiday feast. With hesitation she embarks on the journey. Meeting some new faces along the way, all the while trying to understand what family is all about.
Join us for Episode 5 of Bear and the Barrel - a television network's variety show with song, dance, and puppets.
Buy tickets online:
You can also purchase tickets at the door.
Kids 12 and under get in free.
When: November 17 & 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: First Covenant Church - Sanctuary
Discover First Covenant class (Wednesday, November 8, 6-9:00 p.m.): Questions about First Covenant Church? Learn more about this community of faith. Pastor Dan Collison will lead a helpful seminar in the Lounge. Attending does not commit you to membership. Come to ask questions and make friends. To register, please contact Dan Collison (email@example.com or 612-927-3123).
We’re a group of readers who want to open our minds and hearts to books that will inform and change us. We meet on the last Thursday of every month, from 6:30–8:00 p.m. at Open Book Minneapolis (1011 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis). This group is open to all who want to learn more about issues of race, justice and more. Please join the Just Mercy Book Club group on Facebook for current information.
What we're reading this month: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Community Gospel Music Workshop Concert!
The community gospel music workshop choir has been rehearsing for the past five weeks and has some beautiful music to showcase for you. Please join us this Sunday, October 15 at 7pm for an incredible and FREE show that you won't want to miss. Invite your friends and enjoy a night of gospel music. Free parking is provided in the church parking lot.
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 October 1, 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
- School supplies for high school and college
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.
Everyone is invited to enjoy the apple harvest and the gift of being together. You can meet us at church at 9 a.m. to carpool to the orchard (transportation will be provided) or you can drive to Afton Apple Orchard (which opens at 10 a.m.). 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.
Our parking lot provides a lot of financial support for the community and all of the good work that happens in the building and on the block. Would you either be willing to serve as the point person for volunteers this fall and/or be willing to help out for a shift? Sign up here to serve alongside other FCC folks in welcoming parkers to our lot and our block. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ashley Aamot (firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 927-3101).
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 race-based oppression, the role of women in church and society, and most recently—same-sex relationships and LGBTQ identity.
The “Living the Book with Humility” class will meet from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. in the third floor conference room on the third Monday of every month from September through December: (September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18) Please contact Pastor Dan Collison if you are interested in joining the class.
Discovering First Covenant class (Wednesday, September 13, 6-9 p.m.): Questions about First Covenant Church? Learn more about this community of faith. Pastor Dan Collison will lead a helpful seminar in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. Attending does not commit you to membership. Come to ask questions and make friends. To register, please contact Dan Collison (email@example.com or 612-927-3123).
The picnic and baptism has been relocated to Lake Nokomis Beach. 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!
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!