Periodic Pondering

In connection with this summer’s Sunday theme (What Were They Thinking), I’m interviewing members of our congregation, highlighting the different events and groups so we can get to know Family of Christ people even better. -Solveig Nelson, Summer Media Specialist 

What Were They Thinking?

Jim Leonard-Common Thread  

Question: How do you think you’d describe Common Thread?

Jim: “Common Thread is a group of “seniors” focused on the common thread of our faith and being mutually supportive.”  

Question: What do you think has been your favorite event Common Thread has done in the past year?

Jim: “Our participation in the RibFest at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg; in fact, it is coming up again on Saturday, August 17!  It is open to all ages, it is a major fund drive for the youth of their church…and FABULOUS RIBS”  

Question: What do you think you like most about Common Thread events?

Jim: “We have a very informal social atmosphere, providing support to each other and the church as a whole.”   

Question: What do you hope to see Common Thread do in the future?

Jim: “What do we hope to see Common Thread do in the future: It is important to continue to grow in numbers, welcome the next generation of seniors, and grow our number of service projects and contributions to the church.”

Lisa, Tony, Anna (5), and Jack (2) -O.W.L (Only with Littles, families with young children)  

Question: What do you think was your favorite part about the O.W.L event from July 14th?

Anna: I liked the bubble jewel, popping the bubbles, and playing on the playground.

Jack: “BUBBLES!”

Tony: “Enjoyed watching all the kids have fun together.”

Lisa: “It was fun to meet some families I didn’t know and watch the kids have so much fun.”  

Question: What do you think has been your favorite part of the church?

Anna: “Sunday School.”

Question: “What do you like best about Sunday School?”

Anna: “Everything!”

Jack: *makes a noise* (playing with the tractor and bubbles in the nursery)  

Question: What do you think has been a past event your family has enjoyed being a part  of?

Lisa: “The block party is always good, and the 5K we participated in. I also think the best part about being here with young kids is that there are lots of opportunities for kids to be involved like being apart of the service or service projects. We look forward to all the programming that FoC has to offer.”  

(The next O.W.L event is on Thursday, August 8th, at 5:30 PM at Lake Susan in Chanhassen)    

A Few Announcements:

ROOTBEER AND HYMN SING For the worship portion on Wednesday, July 31, we’ll enjoy a good ol’ fashioned hymn-sing complete with root beer floats out on our church lawn. Come help us sing our faith!    

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who turned out for our Family of Christ Block Party this past Wednesday. We had a tremendous attendance, gorgeous weather, and a whole lot of fun. The music, the games, the food, and the fellowship were all terrific. Thanks especially to council members and staff members and others who pitched in to make the event such a success. Thanks also to Thrivent Choice dollars plus a Thrivent grant that helped fund this event, keeping it free for participants. Thank you to these business and individuals for their participation: The Distant Edge Band, Party Pizza of Victoria, Buck Beuch with his unique  factory-floor fire engine, Pop-Up Party Rental of Carver, Memorial Blood Center – thanks to those of you who made donations for Launch Ministry, for whom we raised $367.99.  

WOOF! MEOW! CHIRP! RIBBIT! TWEET TWEET! SLITHER HISS! Bring your very special members of your family for our Pet Blessing Service for the final Simply Summer event of the season. This will be on Wednesday August 7 at 7:00 PM, and we’ll serve a picnic supper beforehand starting at 6:00 PM.

COMMON THREAD The August event is going to be Saturday, August 17 – RIB FEST at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, MN. For ride-share meet at FOC at 4:30 PM. For tickets in advance (lower price) contact Kay and Jim Leonard at or 612-817-7891. Prices: Seniors (62+)  $16, Adults  $25. Join us for fabulous ribs and lots of fun!  

OUR SAVIOUR’S HOUSING We are looking for volunteers to prepare a meal, or to help serve dinner to the residents of Our Saviour’s Housing on Friday, August 16th. Prepared meals or food items can be dropped off at FoC, and the servers will bring them along to serve that evening. If you would like to be part of this ministry, there is a sign-up sheet on the CIA bulletin board near the kitchen for you to sign up to bring food, serve or both. Contact Melissa Gunderson with any questions at or at 952-807-1122.         

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help paint the down stairs hallway and preschool classrooms. All we need is a few hours of your time. Everything will be provided! Snacks included! The dates are Friday, August 9th from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Saturday, August 10th from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Sign up online at or on the kiosk at church.

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