FoC Covid19 Update

Our 2021 Lenten theme is Finding Meaning in the Middle and will have a focus on the Psalms, utilizing a book entitled Psalms for Sojourners by James Limburg. Acquire this book to read along with the staff throughout Lent, which runs from Feb. 17 to April 3.  Our worship on Lenten Sundays and Wednesdays will help us explore the Psalms (found of course in the middle of the Bible) while also thinking of how we are enduring the middle of the Pandemic.

SUNDAY WORSHIP:

February 21: Worship Premiering on our YouTube Channel at 10 am

  • Check back later in the week for this week’s bulletin
  • Send prayer concerns to either Pr. Josh Nelson or Pr. Kimberly Buffie
  • Holy Communion will be celebrated next during worship on Sunday, March 7 and 21.  Please prepare a special bread and special wine/grape juice on this Sunday to share with those in your home who regularly commune.

PASTORAL CARE & PRAYER REQUESTS  Reach out to Pastor Josh or Pastor Kimberly with any prayer concerns or troubles you may be facing.  If there is something they can do to help you, they sure will try, and that goes for the church staff and the church council too.  Use their emails, cell phones numbers or leave a message on the church phone (952-934-5659) and they will get back to you.

ALTAR FLOWERS  A gift of flowers for Sunday worship is a lovely and meaningful way to remember a loved one, a special occasion, or a blessing received. For a very affordable $25, we will create a beautiful fresh arrangement to adorn the altar, which you may take home after Sunday worship, if you’d like. Sign up HERE.

WEDNESDAY MID-WEEK DEVOTIONS:

PSALMS WITH PSOUP  From Feb. 24 to March 24 those on our email list will receive a video devotion each Wednesday at noon. Join our Pastors and Faith Formation pstaff as they highlight a different Psalm each week, while sharing a bowl of soup and giving you the recipe.  Mary Hegre and musicians will close each devotion with a beautiful hymn. This will definitely be a pspecial highlight for this year’s Lenten journey.  Email Lynn Winkleman if you are not currently on our email list and would like to be added.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

VIRTUAL NARTHEX ON FEB. 28 AT 11 AM  We had a great time doing this back in Jan., so we want to try it again.  After worship has concluded on Feb. 28 (approx. 11 am), plan on getting a hot beverage and joining us for a larger group online Zoom event where we’ll share in some fellowship.  Reconnect with some old friends, and maybe meet some new ones.  Some of our staff will be on hand, and will help guide our conversation.  This will definitely be a fun way to connect here in mid-winter.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89494602982?pwd=U3E2b29GOS8rbTV3VktTUXdva1pMdz09

Meeting ID: 894 9460 2982   Passcode: 853915

ANNOUNCMENTS:

SUNDAY SCHOOL, CHRISTOS & CONFIRMATION   All youth education is currently taking place online only.   Sunday school (age 2-2nd grade) is held on zoom at 8:15 and 9am each Sunday.  Email Teri Burns to get signed up.  Christos (3rd-5th grade) and Confirmation (6th-9th grade) take place on Wednesday evenings.  Email Teri Burns (Christos) or Leann Thompson (Confirmation) to get registered.

SEEDS OF HOPE   Thank you to all who have renewed your sponsorship fees for the 2021 school year.  SoH continues to invite any who are interested in sponsoring students in El Salvador to reach out to the Pastors or visit the Seeds of Hope Website for more information and contact information.

RESULTS OF THE FOC ANNUAL MEETING   We had a great meeting time together after worship on Jan. 31, with some people able to be present in the Sanctuary, while others joined us via Zoom.  We are pleased to announce the results of the election for four council member positions.  Kristi Stoa was elected to serve as President for 2021, which is her fourth year on council.  Hilary Salzwedel was elected as Vice President; Scott Boros was elected as Secretary; and Karin Olson was elected as an At-Large member.  In addition, the following were elected to serve as an Endowment Committee for 2021: Leif Gunderson, Joel Jenkins, Donna Even, and Dawn Fieldseth.  There were presentations and discussion about last year’s financial report, and then a vote of approval over the 2021 budget spending plan.  Please read through Family of Christ’s Annual Report by CLICKING HERE.

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MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS:

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS PAGE– Please check out our Mental Health & Wellness page where we list a variety of resources.  We will be updating and adding to this page often so be sure to check back to see what may be new.

Take-Care-Tuesdays

TAKE CARE TUESDAY (care for self, care for others) is our way of emphasizing the need to take care during this pandemic. We will post a short devotional, tip, exercise or prayer that can help you frame your day in a positive light. This weekly morning post will be on FB, Twitter and Instagram (search #takecaretuesday).