The Deep End: Six vital explorations of faith
Sep
18
to Feb 19

The Deep End: Six vital explorations of faith

"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 2 ½ 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 is free and will meet once per month on the third Tuesday—from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Church Building, September 18-Ferbuary 19. Please contact Pastor Dan if you are interested in participating (dcollison@1stcov.org <dcollison@1stcov.org> or 612-927-3123). Jump into the deep end of your faith.

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Winter Sabbath Retreat
Jan
4
to Jan 5

Winter Sabbath Retreat

We know it’s still summertime… But schedules around the holiday get busy.  So make sure that this special event makes it on your calendar now.  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, please contact Carma Gjerning at cgjerning@1stcov.org.

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Fall Overnight Camping Trip
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Fall Overnight Camping Trip

Join us for a night of camping, s’mores, and all sorts of outdoor fun at William O’Brien State Park just north of Stillwater, 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!  Look for registration details/form in the worship guide soon or contact Todd Bratulich at tbratulich@1stcov.org for more info. 

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All-community picnic and baptism!
Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

All-community picnic and baptism!

Mark your calendars! On August 26, we will be gathering together for a picnic and lake baptism at beautiful Lake Nokomis.  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. Interested in being baptized? Get in touch with Todd Bratulich at tbratulich@1stcov.org!  Do you need a ride?  We can provide transportation from church for those who need it.  Reach out to Ashley Aamot at  or (612) 927-3101. Please note: the all church picnic takes the place of our all church meal for the month of August.  

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Kids Adventure Week 2018
Jul
10
to Jul 12

Kids Adventure Week 2018

Community of the beloved- Check your calendars and save the date, July 10-12, 2018 for our fabulous, fun and faith nurturing Kids Adventure Week!  The theme this year is Holy Poppins :)

To register a kiddo in your life for the week, please fill out the registration form and return it to First Covenant either via snail mail (810 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415), email or dropping it off in person.

To support Kids Adventure Week financially, please consider sponsoring a child or two to attend the week's activities.  We are in the midst of raising $3250 to sponsor 50 children to be involved with the week.  $65.00 covers the cost for one child.  Every gift is valued and important and all contributions are tax-deductible. Donate here.  

To volunteer during Kids Adventure Week, please fill out this volunteer registration form and return it to First Covenant either via snail mail (810 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415), email or dropping it off in person.  

 

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Special Worship Gathering with Pastor Judy Peterson!
Jun
24
8:30 AM08:30

Special Worship Gathering with Pastor Judy Peterson!

This Sunday, in honor of Pride month and the ECC Annual meeting taking place in Minneapolis, we have a modified schedule for Sunday morning worship.

Schedule of events on Sunday:
8:30 AM - Gathering in the Foyer with refreshments
9:15 AM - Head up to the Sanctuary because Robert Robinson and the choir are beginning early and gracing us with some wonderful music!
9:30 AM - Service begins and Judy Peterson will be preaching
11:00 AM - Committee on Racial & Economic Justice (CREJ) invites you to head to the Pride Parade! Meet in the Foyer to go together.

As you plan to come, here are a few things you may want to know:

  • You can get here easily via bike, public transportation (light rail or bus), or by car. So you know, you can park for free in our lot (its between the church and the US Bank Stadium)
  • All are welcome...this means all!
  • Dress is anything from very casual (like a t-shirt or sweatshirt) to business casual. You can even wear a suit if you prefer...however you want to come dressed to church you will be welcomed.
  • Children are welcome in the service, though we do have childcare for babies and toddlers (optional). We also have Children's Church which kids go to partway though the service. When you arrive you can ask someone where to bring your kids, and they will be happy to help!
  • Services last for about an hour and fifteen minutes (approx. 75 minutes). 
  • We rotate preachers, who gives announcements, and who leads worship music...so be sure to come back more than once to really get a feel for the rhythm of our community.
  • And more than anything...please know you are welcome...come as you are and who you are.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a note at info@1stcov.org.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Special congregational meeting
Jun
10
11:30 AM11:30

Special congregational meeting

Special congregational meeting (Sunday, June 10): On June 10th, we will have a special congregational meeting directly following the all-church meal where members will vote on the updated terms with the Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC).  Especially if you are a voting member, we strongly encourage you to attend.

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Committee on Racial & Economic Justice
Jun
3
11:00 AM11:00

Committee on Racial & Economic Justice

CREJ is moving to June 3, with a special guest presenter!  In order to avoid the Memorial Day weekend and Saran Sidime’s celebration, we are moving this month’s Committee on Racial and Economic Justice (CREJ) to next Sunday, June 3 at 11 a.m. in the Lounge. We will be joined by Christine Nelson, founder of the non-profit Power of Choice MN.  Christine is a survivor of commercial sex-trafficking, and she will present her art essay “SHE” that focuses on the public health epidemic of commercial sex trafficking. Her artwork was created as a catalyst for societal change and to bring forth a conversation on how education and a public health approach is vital to ending sex trafficking.

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Bowling! (rescheduled)
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Bowling! (rescheduled)

We have rescheduled the bowling event for Saturday, May 5th!
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

Please RSVP by filling out the form below

Name: *
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Life Group Invitation
Apr
20
to Apr 30

Life Group Invitation

Want to join a small group at First Covenant? New Life Groups are forming. These small groups of people meet together in homes or at the church. They support and encourage one another, grow spiritually, look for ways to serve others, and have fun. Group members decide what to do: study the Bible, discuss a book, do something fun, serve a meal at the shelter. Your Life Group will help you build relationships that matter while experiencing God more deeply. Interested? Fill out the Life Group sign up form below. Questions? Contact Pastor Todd Bratulich (tbratulich@1stcov.org or 612-927-3122).

Name *
Name
Address
Address
Phone
Phone
Feel free to list one or several or say "I'm not sure."
i.e. Good listening skills, ability to make others feel safe and cared for, ideas for Bible study or book topics, good at planning fun activities, etc.
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Easter Sunday Worship Service
Apr
1
9:30 AM09:30

Easter Sunday Worship Service

Easter Sunday: “Journey to the other side of grief” (Next Sunday, April 1, 9:30 a.m.): In John’s account of Jesus’ resurrection, Mary was both the first to arrive and the last to leave the empty tomb. Stricken with grief, she stood, and held the pain of losing her beloved teacher. While the other disciples came and left quickly, baffled and in a mixture of belief and disbelief, Mary waited, and wept. It wasn’t until she was consoled by who she thought to be the gardener that Jesus revealed himself to her. Could it be that God reveals God’s self most profoundly when we attend to these two questions; “Why are you weeping?” and, “Who are you looking for?”  Join us on Easter Sunday as Pastor Dan leads us in reflecting on this Easter text.  

  • You can get here easily via bike, public transportation (light rail or bus), or by car. So you know, you can park for free in our lot (its between the church and the US Bank Stadium)
  • All are welcome...this means all!
  • Dress is anything from very casual (like a t-shirt or sweatshirt) to business casual. You can even wear a suit if you prefer...however you want to come dressed to church you will be welcomed.
  • Children are welcome in the service, though we do have childcare for babies and toddlers (optional). We also have Children's Church which kids go to partway though the service. When you arrive you can ask someone where to bring your kids, and they will be happy to help!
  • Services last for about an hour and fifteen minutes (approx. 75 minutes). 
  • We rotate preachers, who gives announcements, and who leads worship music...so be sure to come back more than once to really get a feel for the rhythm of our community.
  • And more than anything...please know you are welcome...come as you are and who you are.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a note at info@1stcov.org.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Maundy Thursday Worship Service
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday Worship Service

Maundy Thursday: “The Downward Path” (Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.): Join us for a special Maundy Thursday service as we reflect upon the events of Holy Week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. “The Downward Path” will follow the trajectory of Jesus’ life and ministry by looking at the final night spent with his disciples on the eve of his death. The service will include reflection, worship, and participation in the sacraments. Childcare will be provided.

  • You can get here easily via bike, public transportation (light rail or bus), or by car. So you know, you can park for free in our lot (its between the church and the US Bank Stadium)
  • All are welcome...this means all!
  • Dress is anything from very casual (like a t-shirt or sweatshirt) to business casual. You can even wear a suit if you prefer...however you want to come dressed to church you will be welcomed.
  • Children are welcome in the service, though we do have childcare for babies and toddlers (optional). We also have Children's Church which kids go to partway though the service. When you arrive you can ask someone where to bring your kids, and they will be happy to help!
  • Services last for about an hour and fifteen minutes (approx. 75 minutes). 
  • We rotate preachers, who gives announcements, and who leads worship music...so be sure to come back more than once to really get a feel for the rhythm of our community.
  • And more than anything...please know you are welcome...come as you are and who you are.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a note at info@1stcov.org.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Just Mercy Book Club
Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

Just Mercy Book Club

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.

What we're reading this month: TBD

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Palm Sunday Worship Service
Mar
25
9:30 AM09:30

Palm Sunday Worship Service

Join us at our 9:30am worship service in the Sanctuary on Palm Sunday.  Mark Osler will be preaching and the sermon title is: "With weeping and righteous anger."

  • You can get here easily via bike, public transportation (light rail or bus), or by car. So you know, you can park for free in our lot (its between the church and the US Bank Stadium)
  • All are welcome...this means all!
  • Dress is anything from very casual (like a t-shirt or sweatshirt) to business casual. You can even wear a suit if you prefer...however you want to come dressed to church you will be welcomed.
  • Children are welcome in the service, though we do have childcare for babies and toddlers (optional). We also have Children's Church which kids go to partway though the service. When you arrive you can ask someone where to bring your kids, and they will be happy to help!
  • Services last for about an hour and fifteen minutes (approx. 75 minutes). 
  • We rotate preachers, who gives announcements, and who leads worship music...so be sure to come back more than once to really get a feel for the rhythm of our community.
  • And more than anything...please know you are welcome...come as you are and who you are.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a note at info@1stcov.org.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Lindy Hop dance class
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Lindy Hop dance class

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 12.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the dance instructor, our very own Bionca Davis.

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All-church Meal/Adjourned Annual Meeting
Mar
11
11:00 AM11:00

All-church Meal/Adjourned Annual Meeting

Our Adjourned Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 11, during our monthly all-church meal.  We’ll have time to grab some food, get settled and the meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.  Children are invited to remain downstairs in Fellowship Hall during the meeting.  We will share ministry updates, the pastor’s report, welcome new members, and update you on several important matters and opportunities before our congregation. We encourage all to make time to attend; you do not need to be a member as the purpose of this meeting is for the sharing of information and to celebrate the continuing life of our church community and how God is actively leading FCC.

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March Food Drive for CES
Mar
1
to Mar 31

March Food Drive for CES

March Food Drive: In conjunction with our quarterly offering opportunity, First Covenant is partnering with our local food shelf, Community Emergency Service (CES) to participate in the Minnesota FoodShare program through the month of March!  Join us by bringing food and hygiene donations to our donation drop in the foyer throughout the month of March.  You can also stretch your donation by writing a check to First Covenant Church with CES in the memo line as CES can purchase nearly 10X the food on the dollar through local food bank programs.  Pick up food drive bags from the greeters in the foyer with a list of needed items.  Checks can be mailed to, or dropped off at, the church.

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Women's History Month
Mar
1
to Mar 31

Women's History Month

This Women’s History Month, we will be hearing from several women during the worship services about the spiritual “races” they’re running (Phil. 3:14), the obstacles they face, and ways they press on in spite of the roadblocks. On March 11, Frances Woodson will talk about how cultural messages around body image—specifically, what a “beautiful female body” looks like—have impacted the course she’s on. On March 18, Hattie Thompson will talk about how fundamentalist evangelical teachings about marriage, sex, and attraction have affected her path. And on March 25, Magen Saralampi will talk about how bi-erasure (or bisexual invisibility) has shaped her journey. Please come and hear these courageously vulnerable women share their stories of resiliency.

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Lindy Hop dance class
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Lindy Hop dance class

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.

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Ash Wednesday Service
Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

Ash Wednesday Service

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.

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All-church Meal & Listen and Dialogue
Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

All-church Meal & Listen and Dialogue

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.”

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"Finding Me" Formation Experience
Feb
6
6:30 PM18:30

"Finding Me" Formation Experience

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 info@1stcov.org.  

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Just Mercy Book Club
Jan
30
6:30 PM18:30

Just Mercy Book Club

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. 

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Bold Hope in the North
Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

Bold Hope in the North

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

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