Periodic Pondering

In connection with this summer’s Sunday theme (What Were They Thinking), we’re inviting people to answer certain questions so we can get to know more about the folks around Family of Christ. I hope you will also ponder these questions after reading and discussing with others. -Solveig Nelson, Summer Media Specialist 

What Were They Thinking? 

Melissa Gunderson- Our Saviour’s Housing Services  

Question: What do you think about while serving?

Melissa: “As people come through the line, I can’t help but think about their life stories. What are the circumstances in their lives that brought them here? Some are more talkative than others. Some will tell you their life story, while others will talk about their day, or a new job they got, or the apartment they are excited to move into. You can feel the genuine gratitude of the residents when they yell, ‘Thank you!’ as we walk out the door with arms full of empty crockpots and serving dishes. I leave feeling fulfilled and grateful for the opportunity to spend time at Our Saviour’s. I also start to think about who else at FoC I can ask to make a casserole or salad for next time. The sign-up sheet is posted on the CIA bulletin board every other month! Please reach out if you would like to help in some capacity.

Bill McMahon

Question: What do you think have been the most meaningful church memories or experiences from anytime in your life?

Bill: “Joining High School Young Adults on Mission Trips. One was to Sky Ranch Base Camp in Colorado for five days of high-altitude backpacking. Another trip was a one-week canoeing trip to Wilderness Base Camp in the Boundary Waters. I came home totally energized after each trip. On each trip we were alone in the wilderness with God and the “Team” worked together to solve challenges we encountered each day. It made me realize that these resilient and resourceful young adults will continue to make our world a great place to live. We learned to trust God and trust each other!”  

Question: What do you think is the most meaningful part of church for you?

Bill: “We are a Family in the truest sense. In leadership, staff, the church’s members; we are caring, active in the community, out serving, joyful, and supportive. That is what families have and do.” 

A Few Announcements:

COMMON THREAD Summer Picnic Jim and Kay Leonard’s House, July 14th, starting at 2:00 PM; bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to or by calling 612-817-7891      

THE O.W.L. GROUP invites all families to join us on Sunday, July 14th, at 4:00 PM at the FoC Playground where we will be joined by the Barron of Bubbles, Larry Ripp, and the Men’s Group will be grilling for us.    

5th ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY IS JULY 24 We are getting prepared and making all of our fun plans for another terrific Church Block Party! The date is Wednesday, July 24 and there will be gargantuan pizzas and cookies! This year’s band is “Distant Edge,” featuring our own Aaron Eiden. There will be jumpy-houses for kids, face painting, lawn games, a fire truck, a Young Adult Fundraiser, and much more. Plan on coming to our fabulously wonderful Block Party July 24 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  

BLOOD DRIVE Memorial Blood Center will be at our block party sponsoring a blood drive from 5:00-8:00 PM. Please sign up to donate, they are running short on supply this summer and your donation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions talk to Kim Schaeferle: and enter sponsor code 4049.  

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN There will be a work session at FMSC on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 9:30-11:30 AM. Come help pack food for the worlds hungry. All welcome. If you have any questions, ask Ron and Elaine Larson.     

COLLECTION FOR REFUGEES Here is a way you can help newly arrived refugees in our area by participating in the Refugee Co-Sponsorship Model of the Minnesota Council of Churches. It provides residences for the     refugees and a four month sponsorship by volunteers. By collecting and providing personal hygiene items and household items, we’ll offer a sign of hospitality. See the receptacle box in the narthex for your donations of toilet paper, shampoo, tooth brushes, soap, and deodorant. For more information go to    

THE TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN’ The church staff has been working on adjusting the times of our fall worship services for this coming September, and we know this will affect our Sunday School, Confirmation, Christos and Music Ministry too. So we want to give a big heads up to all the congregation that we are planning to schedule our worship times for Sunday at 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, and 10:30 AM, and Wednesday at 6:00 PM. Though this is only a 15 minute change for the latter two Sunday services, and a 30 minute change on Wednesday, we know it will be an adjustment. Please speak to the Pastors or to any of our staff members if you have questions or concerns about this upcoming change.        

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