CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

TUESDAY, August 26th
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers

WEDNESDAY, August 27th
10:00 am Bible Study
Newsletter goes in the mail

THURSDAY, August 28th
United Way Food Drop

NEXT Sunday, August 31st
10:00 am Family Worship
11:00 am Fellowship

Today we welcome Emmett John Hemann as the newly baptized member of the family of Mike and Amanda Hemann. Congratulations and welcome.

Notice to Ushers & Lay Readers: There are sign-up sheets at the back of the sanctuary for Lay Readers and Ushers for August 31st and for the month of September. If you would be available to serve, please indicate. Thank You-The Worship Committee

Our Angels responsible for visiting and
delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in August are Audrey Froemming (763-5965), Viva Froemming (320-808-3271), and Niki Froemming (759-0817). Thank you, Angels.

Please look in the kitchen! Please pick up your pans or bowls left in the Church kitchen. Some hve the name of the owner and some do not. Thank you-Kitchen Committee

INVITE SOMEONE TO WORSHIP AT PILGRIM POINT CAMP ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH

A “Must Read” – Copies of our revised Safe Church Policy and Conditional Attendance Agreement are available at the back of the sanctuary or from the Church office. Everyone is encouraged to familiarize yourself with these new documents. Thank you–Church Council

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH, Worship With Us at Pilgrim Point Camp! We have reserved the recreation hall at Pilgrim Point Camp for our annual Camp Worship service on Sunday, September 7th. There is PLENTY of parking! The camp is just a 15-minute drive from town. The address is: 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd NW, Alexandria, MN 56308. Take CR 34 North (past Carlos Creek Winery); turn left at the sign for the Camp on Pilgrim Point Rd. Following worship, we will enjoy a potluck meal. Please bring a cooked dish to share, a salad, or dessert. Table service and beverages will be provided. Envelopes marked “Pilgrim Point Camp” are available at the Ushers’ table if you’d like to make a donation to the Camp. Checks should be made payable to the Church and marked for the Camp. That way you will be able to get credit on your giving statement for the Camp donation. Thank you!

Note: Since we will be at the Camp on the 1st Sunday of the month (which is usually KXRA broadcast Sunday), our broadcast will be aired on the 2nd Sunday in September, which is September 14th, instead.

The New (Pink) Phone Books have been printed and assembled (thanks to my volunteer team of Sandy Hill & Quinn, JoAnne Norling, Celesta Podolske and Romayne Strand) and are available at the back of the sanctuary on the pedestal.-Barb, office

Even when you are away on vacation—please do your best to keep your financial pledges current. Our bills and expenses keep on coming and thanks to your contributions, we are able to keep on
serving. If you need a copy of your giving statement, please contact the Church office and one will be prepared for you. Thanks again, and have a wonderful, joyful, restful (?!) vacation and return safely to us.

In an Effort to be More Accessible, we have re-configured our seating for Sunday fellowship. Since the big round table is closest to the back of the Church, it is best suited for folks in wheel chairs and those who use walkers. Note that the upright pedestal tables are furthest from the sanctuary and are best suited for those who do not require seating. Let’s try this new seating arrange-ment for a couple of weeks and see what adjustments may be necessary. Thank you

Thank You for Sitting Further Forward—Not only will you have a better view of things on Sunday morning, but our many guests who watch the service on Charter Cable 7 and U-stream will know that someone is actually IN Church! Thank you for your flexibility.

Please Vote for Hymn-sing Sundays: The Ushers will have some yellow “ballots” on which you may indicate some of your favorite hymns that we might sign on the last Sunday of each month for our Hymn-sing Sundays. Please place your ballot in the offering plate anytime and we’ll draw from the ballots on the last Sundays of each month. Thanks for your input-Worship Planning Team

Camp Scholarship Money is available, specifically for Pilgrim Point Camp, from Memorial Funds. Applications are in the Church office or you may call Evelyn Henrickson, (Memorials Committee Chair) 763-5663 with any questions you might have. Thank you

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Calvary Lutheran will have their Swedish Fall Festival on Saturday, September 20th, from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm. See poster on the East bulletin board for details.

CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

MONDAY, August 18th
Newsletter items are due today

TUESDAY, August 19th
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers
9:30 am Administrative Board meets

WEDNESDAY, August 20th
10:00 am Bible Study

THURSDAY, August 21st
9:30 am Memorials Committee
6:30 pm Church Council meets

NEXT Sunday, August 24th
10:00 am Worship/Baptism
11:00 am Fellowship

Our thanks this morning to Marc Blakesley for leading our worship service and to the Sweet Adelines for providing our special music.

Everyone is Invited to stay after worship this morning to celebrate with Hope Bisek on her 98th birthday.

Notice to Ushers & Lay Readers: There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the sanctuary for Lay Readers and Ushers for the rest of August. If you would be available to serve, please indicate. Thank You-The Worship Committee

Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in August are Audrey Froemming (763-5965), Viva Froemming (320-808-3271), and Niki Froemming (759-0817). Thank you, Angels.

Camp Scholarship Money is available, specifically for Pilgrim Point Camp, from Memorial Funds. Applications are in the Church office or you may call Evelyn Henrickson, (Memorials Committee chair) 763-5663 with any questions you might have. Thank you

A “Must Read” – Copies of our recently-revised Safe Church Policy and Conditional Attendance Agreement are available at the back of the sanctuary or from the Church office. Everyone is encouraged to familiarize yourself with these new documents.–Church Council

Worship with us at Pilgrim Point. We have reserved the hall at Pilgrim Point Camp for our annual special worship service to be held on Sunday, September 7th. Communion will be served and we will follow the worship service with a potluck meal. More details will follow, but we wanted to let you know so you might mark the date on your calendar

Note: Since we will be at the Camp on the 1st Sunday in September (which is usually KXRA broadcast Sunday), our broadcast will be aired on the 2nd Sunday in September, which is September 14th.

Even when you are away on vacation—please do your best to keep your financial pledges current. Our bills and expenses keep on coming and thanks to your contributions, we are able to keep on serving. If you need a copy of your giving statement, please contact the Church office and one will be prepared for you. Thanks again, and have a wonderful, joyful, restful (?.)
vacation and return safely to us

Special thanks to LaDonna Anderson, DiAnne Loch, Kirk Anderson, and Kathryn LeBrasseur for covering the basics in the Church office while I was on vacation-Barb, Church office

Pastor Scott will be out of the office until Thursday, August 21st. During this period, Pastor Neal Olson will be on call for pastoral emergencies. He may be reached at 320-852-7059. Thank you, Pastor Neal.

In an Effort to be More Accessible, we have re-configured our seating for Sunday fellowship. Since the big round table is closest to the back of the Church, it is best suited for folks in wheel chairs and those who use walkers. Note that the upright pedestal tables are furthest from the sanctuary and are best suited for those who do not require seating. Let’s try this for a couple of weeks and see what adjustments may be necessary. Thank you.

Thank You for Sitting Further Forward—Not only will you have a better view of things on Sunday morning, but our many guests who watch the service on Charter Cable 7 and Ustream will know that someone is actually IN Church. Thank you for your flexibility.

Please look in the kitchen Please pick up your pans or bowls left in the Church kitchen. Some have the name of the owner and some do not. Thank you-Kitchen Committee

New Phone Books have been printed and assembled (thanks to my volunteer team of Sandy Hill & Quinn, JoAnne Norling, Celesta Podolske and Romayne Strand) and are available at the back of the sanctuary.-Barb, office

CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

TUESDAY, August 5th
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
WEDNESDAY, August 6th
9:45 am Worship Committee
10:00 am Bible Study @ Evelyn’s
NEXT Sunday, August 10th
10:00 am Worship/Communion
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Pack up back packs

Welcome Back to our Lead Organist/ Volunteer Music Coordinator, Diane Alveshere! She has been out since early June and we’re glad to have her back!

We extend a warm welcome and greeting to our KXRA listeners this morning. Our service is broadcast each 1st Sunday of the month at 11:00 am. Our broadcast this morning is sponsored in memory of Harold Podolske from Celesta and family.

Everyone is Invited to Stay after Worship
Today to hear Katy Mohabir present the highlights of her Bolivian Adventure once again. And in case today doesn’t fit into your schedule, Bethesda Lutheran Church will also be hosting an evening with Katy on Tuesday, August 5th, at 6:30 pm!

Notice to Ushers & Lay Readers: There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the sanctuary for Lay Readers and Ushers for the month of August. If you would be available to serve, please signup. -The Worship Committee

Our Angels responsible for visiting and
delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in August are Audrey Froemming (763-5965), Viva Froemming (320-808-3271), and Niki Froemming (759-0817).

School Backpack Mission Project—We are now gathering school supplies for the children in Sisseton, South Dakota. New or lightly-used backpacks and all school supplies including, paper, pencils, notebooks, binders, calculators, rulers, colored pencils, sticky notes, school glue and erasers are all welcome! Please Note: Next Sunday, August 10th, we will need volunteers to help pack the supplies. Anyone who can help Julie, please stay after Church. Thanks–The Missions Committee

Camp Scholarship Money is available specifically for Pilgrim Point Camp from memorial Funds. Applications are in the Church office or you may call Evelyn Henrickson, (Memorial Committee chair) 763-5663 with any questions you might have. Thank you!

Tell Others about our Worship Service on Charter Cable TV Channel 7 at 9:00 am every day. The most recent service is aired on Wednesday through the following week. Our service is also on Ustream any time. Go to Ustream on the internet and in the search window type in our church channel name: firstcongochurch. You can even watch live Sunday morning –The Tech Team

First Congregational Mugs for Sale! Thank you to those who purchased a Church mug and to those who donated $5 or more to pay for a visitor’s mug. You may buy a mug or donate at any time during the year. Call Barb in the Church office or Donna Jamieson at 320-763-7044 if you wish to buy a mug. Please make checks payable to First Congregational UCC and mark “Church mug” in the memo section. If paying with cash, put it into an envelope and mark it for Church mugs. We look forward to serving you -Membership Committee

Please look in the kitchen! Please pick up your pans or bowls left in the Church kitchen after the funeral and the Bazaar. Some have the name of the owner and some do not. -Kitchen Committee

A “Must Read” – Copies of our recently-revised Safe Church Policy and Conditional
Attendance Agreement are available at the back of the sanctuary or from the Church office. Everyone is encouraged to familiarize yourself with these new documents.–Church Council

Just a Heads Up: We have reserved the hall at Pilgrim Point Camp for our annual special worship service to be held on Sunday, September 7th. More details will follow, but we wanted to let you know so you might mark the date on your calendar.

New Phone Books have been printed and assembled (thanks to my volunteer team of Sandy Hill & Quinn, JoAnne Norling, Celesta Podolske and Romayne Strand) and are available at the back of the sanctuary.-Barb, office

Even when you are away on vacation please do your best to keep your financial pledges current. Our bills and expenses keep on coming and thanks to your contributions, we are able to keep on serving. If you need a copy of your giving statement, please contact the Church office and one will be prepared for you. Thanks again, and have a wonderful, joyful, restful (?!) vacation and return safely to us!

Regular Secretary on Vacation: Barb will be out of the Church office from Tuesday, August 5th, until Thursday, August 14th. During this period, the office will be covered from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm daily by some very generous volunteers who will cover the important basics of answering phone calls and meeting visitors. Thanks for your patience in case there are gaps. –Barb, ofc

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Hospice of Douglas County will have a Memorial Butterfly Release on Wednesday evening, August 6th, from 5:30-6:30 pm at Alexandria City Park.

CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

MONDAY, July 21st
Items for August VISITOR due today
TUESDAY, July 22nd
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
12:30 pm Yoga
WEDNESDAY, July 23rd
9:00 am Team assembles phone book
10:00 am Bible Study @ Evelyn’s
THURSDAY, July 24th
12:30 pm Yoga (last one for now)
6:30 pm Church Council meets
United Way Food Drop takes place
NEXT Sunday, July 27th
10:00 am Worship/baptism
11:00 am Fellowship
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Notice to Ushers & Lay Readers: There is a new sign-up sheet at the back of the sanctuary for Lay Readers and Ushers for the month of August. If you would be available to serve, please signup. Thank You! -The Worship Committee
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Our Angel responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in July is Cathy Johnson (763-3947). Thank you, Cathy. -Angel Care Team ___________________________________________School Backpack Mission Project—Beginning today we will start gathering school supplies for the children in Sisseton, South Dakota. New or lightly-used backpacks and all school supplies including,
paper, pencils, notebooks, binders, calculators, rulers, colored pencils, sticky notes, school glue and erasers are all welcome! Please Note: On Sunday, August 10th, we will need volunteers to help pack the supplies. Anyone who can help Julie, please stay after Church. Thanks!
–The Missions Committee
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Camp Scholarship Money is available
specifically for Pilgrim Point Camp from
memorial funds. Applications are in the Church office or you may call Evelyn Henrickson, (Memorials Committee Chair) 763-5663 with any questions you might have. Thank you!
___________________________________________
Tell Others about our Worship Service on Charter Cable TV Channel 7 at 9:00 am every day. The most recent service is aired on Wednesday through the following week. Our service is also on Ustream any time. Go to Ustream on the internet and in the search window type in our Church channel name: firstcongochurch. You can even watch live Sunday morning! –The Tech Team
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First Congregational Mugs for Sale! Start your day out right with a cup of coffee in your new Church mug!! The Membership Com-mittee has ordered new colors in our Church mugs to give to visitors and for sale to those who would like to purchase one. The mugs are available in Kelly green, dark blue, black, and burgundy at a cost of $5 each. The $5 donation helps pay for the cups for our visitors. We have a display of mugs set up in the in the Plymouth Room today.
-The Membership Committee
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Please look in the kitchen! Please pick up your pans or bowls left in the Church kitchen after the funeral and the Bazaar. Some have the name of the owner and some do not. Thank you! -Kitchen Committee
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Back by popular demand! Katy Mohabir will give another presentation about her
Bolivian Adventure once again on Sunday, August 3rd, downstairs immediately following worship. So if you haven’t had a chance to hear all about it, maybe this additional opportunity will work for your schedule! Tell your friends and come join the fellowship!
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Many, many thanks to all who participated in the 2014 Bazaar. As we all know, a LOT of work goes into collecting, planning, setting up, organizing, cooking/baking/salad making, cleaning, and then pulling the whole thing off on that big day (and then the clean-up afterwards!). Good job well done again. Watch for a report of all those efforts soon. The quilt drawing as won by Bill Meyer.
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Come Shop after Church! There are always items left for sale following the Church Bazaar that may be of interest to you. So grab a cup of coffee after worship today and head down to the Plymouth Room to peruse and purchase all of the good deals! Thank you for your support.
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Barb Grover has done it again (along with everything else)!! She has written another book; its title is, “Postcard History Series
Alexandria.”
There is a copy in the Church library. PS- notice the word “series” in the title – she’s already considering another one!
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A “Must Read” – Copies of our recently-revised Safe Church Policy and Conditional Attendance Agreement are available at the back of the sanctuary or from the Church office. Everyone is encouraged to familiarize yourself with these new documents. –Church Council
___________________________________________
Just a Heads Up: We have reserved the hall at Pilgrim Point Camp for our annual special worship service to be held on Sunday, September 7th. More details will follow,
but we wanted to let you know so you might mark the date on your calendar!

OUR CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

MONDAY, July 14th

2:30 pm  meet to carpool
for Amish adventure
6:30 pm  Community is invited for
Amish evening
Items for August VISITOR due NEXT Monday
TUESDAY, July 15th
    8:30 am  Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
9:00 am  Lefse making session
9:30 am  Administrative Board meets
12:30 pm  Yoga
WEDNESDAY, July 16th
10:00 am  Bible Study @ Evelyn’s
THURSDAY, July 17th
  10:00 – 2:00 Bazaar in progress
11:00 – 1:00 Salad Luncheon being served
NEXT Sunday, July 20th
10:00 am  Worship
11:00 am  Fellowship
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Our Angel responsible for visiting and deliver-
ing blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in July is Cathy Johnson (763-3947).  Thank you, Cathy. _______________________________________________
School Backpack Mission Project—Beginning Sunday, July 20th, we will start gathering school supplies for the children in Sisseton, South Dakota. New or lightly-used backpacks and school supplies are all welcome!  On Sunday, August 10th, we will need volunteers to help pack the supplies.  Anyone who can help Julie, please stay after Church.  Thanks!    –The Missions Committee
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Our Missions Committee has designated Someplace Safe to receive our Bountiful Basket
donations. Donations will be received through  July 20th.  See the poster on the basket for their specific needs.  Thank you for your generosity!!
_______________________________________________
Camp Scholarship Money is available
specifically for Pilgrim Point Camp.  Applications are in the Church office or you may call Evelyn Henrickson, 763-5663.
_______________________________________________
Tell Others about our Worship Service on Charter Cable TV Channel 7 at 9:00 am each day, with the most recent service aired on Wednesday through the following week.  Our service is also on U-stream any time. –Tech Team
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    “Make a
Joyful Noise”
Bazaar

Thursday,
July 17th, 2014

Plans are in place for the 2014 Bazaar taking place THIS week!!!   Wilma Carlson has once again generously donated a quilt for our raffle and the committee chairs are in full gear, but we need everyone’s help!!  There are sign-up sheets in the back of the Church for the various committees, salads, etc.   Be thinking about all the ways you can help and join in the fun of “Making a Joyful Noise!”     
                              -Katy Mohabir, Bazaar Co-Chair

                            * * * * * * * * *
Also:  Basket Raffle!  
We would like to make the raffle open to more people and sell the $1 chances today for the baskets of your choice.  We will be selling the tickets at the back of the sanctuary.  The drawing will take place at 2 pm on July 17th and the winners will be called; you don’t need to be present to win.                                    -Donna & Mary Jo

                            * * * * * * * * * *

        If it’s in Your Way, Give it Away!
Just a reminder, a few days from now,
the Bazaar will happen, as always, somehow.
So bring in your trinkets, we still need a lot;
we even saved you a very nice spot!

We’ll take anything you’re willing to give,
a vase, a statue, a pillow or two,
needles and pins, holiday trims,
Even that ugly ___? Aunt Bertha gave you.

So, check your jewelry box,
Look in the junque drawer,
be sure to look everywhere,
there’s bound to be more.

A mug, a jug, a basket will do;
Potholders, cheese graters, biscuit
tins, too.

We need the stuff,
You need the space;
so bring in your treasures.
Quick!  Hurry!  Make haste!
              -LD, for Next-to-New Dept. for the Bazaar
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First Congregational Mugs!  Start your day with a cup of coffee in a new Church mug!!  The Membership Committee has ordered new colors in our Church mugs to give to visitors and for sale to those who would like to purchase one.  The
mugs are available in Kelly green, dark blue, black, and burgundy at a cost of $5 each.  The $5 donation helps pay for the cups for our visitors.  We will be selling the mugs at the back of the sanctuary today.     -The Membership Committee
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Please look in the kitchen!  Please pick up your baking pans left in the Church kitchen after the funeral.  Linda Namur, Delores Richter, andJoe Capistrant have pans there.  In addition, there are 5 cookie/bar sheets and 2 cake pans that are not labeled.  Thank you.          -Kitchen Committee
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Back by popular demand!  Katy Mohabir will be presenting her Bolivian Adventure story once again on Sunday, August 3rd, downstairs after worship.  So if you haven’t had a chance to hear all about it, maybe this additional opportunity will work for your schedule!  Join us that Sunday in August.

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Tomorrow!!!  Everyone is invited to join us for the next event in our offerings of mini-mission/ educational experiences!!  We will be visiting some Amish people and have an opportunity to learn about another religious belief.  This will be a 2-part educational/exploration experience into the Amish way of life.

1.  An afternoon adventure of discovering
     Amish goods for sale in the area, and
     viewing their shop and homestead.
     Meet at the Church at 2:30 pm to carpool.
     Please be prepared to each contribute $2
     to the drivers for their gas expense.  Supper
     will be on your own.  This afternoon adventure
     will be followed by …

2.  An open-to-the-community evening
     beginning at 6:30 pm in our Church
     sanctuary with guest speaker Anna Olson,
     a former member of an Amish community.
     She will talk about the Amish lifestyle and
     religion.  Anna will answer any questions that
     we have about Amish life and faith.  The pub-
     lic is invited to this evening with Anna, so tell
     your friends and neighbors!!!  Dessert and
     beverage will be served in the narthex.  A
     free-will offering will be taken.

(These mini-mission/educational experiences have been planned by Pam Schauff and the CE Board and the Missions Committee.)
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         COMMUNITY HAPPENING
The beautiful gardens of some of our Church members are featured in the annual Garden Tour taking place today in the community!!

Ecumen Bethany Community invites everyone to their Pie & Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 15th. from 2:00-3:30 pm.  All are welcome!

OUR CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

OUR CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK
TUESDAY, July 8th
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
12:30 pm Yoga
WEDNESDAY, July 9th
10:00 am Bible Study @ Evelyn’s
6:00 pm M.I.S.S. meets
THURSDAY, July 10th
12:30 pm Yoga
NEXT Sunday, July 13th
Communion
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship

We extend a warm welcome and greeting to our KXRA listeners this morning. Our service is broadcast each 1st Sunday of the month at 11:00.
We still need Ushers and Lay Leaders for the month of July. There is a sign-up sheet along the back wall of the sanctuary. Thank you for serving when you can!–Worship Committee

Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in July are Cathy Johnson (763-3947) and Dorothy Shinn (762-8557). Thank you, Angels.

Please Help Us Update Our E-mail List!! We are diligently making a big effort to get e-mail addresses from as many of our Church members and friends as we possibly can. Please, if you have not given the Church your e-mail address, consider providing it now. It’s a fast, efficient, and inexpensive communication tool to let you know what’s happening in the life of the Church and saves a lot of postage and telephoning time.
Thanks!!! -Barb, Church office

A “Must Read” – Copies of our recently-revised Safe Church Policy and Conditional Attendance Agreement are available at the back of the sanctuary or from the Church office. Everyone is encouraged to familiarize yourself with these new documents.
–Church Council

Our Missions Committee has designated Someplace Safe to receive our Bountiful Basket
donations through the month of July. See the poster on the basket for their specific needs. Thank you for your generosity!!

Camp Scholarship Money is available specifically for Pilgrim Point Camp. Applications are in the Church office or you may call Evelyn Henrickson, 763-5663.

Tell Others about our Worship Service on Charter Cable TV Channel 7 at 9:00 am each day, with the most recent service aired on Wednesday through the following week. Our service is also on U-stream any time.
-Tech Team

“Make a Joyful Noise” Church Bazaar
Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Plans are in the works for the 2014 Bazaar. Wilma Carlson has once again generously donated a quilt for our raffle and the committee chairs are getting in gear, but we need everyone’s help!! There are sign-up sheets in the back of the Church for the various committees, salads, etc. Be thinking about all the ways you can help and join in the fun of “Making a Joyful Noise!”
-Katy Mohabir, Bazaar Co-Chair
Also: If you are planning to make a Theme Basket for us to sell chances on, please have it in Church by next Sunday before the Bazaar, which is July 13th. We would like to make the raffle open to more people and sell the $1 chances on that Sunday for the baskets of their choice. Have fun creating a Theme Basket of $25 value or more! Thank you!
-Donna and Mary Jo

Notice to our snowbirds who are “home” for the summer: According to our schedule of fellowship servers following the Sunday worship services… in July, our “Summer Minnesotans” are invited to provide the refreshments. We have one more Sunday to fill and that is next Sunday, July 13th. There is a sign-up sheet for this at the back of the sanctuary, too!
Thanks!!-Barb, Church office

First Congregational Mugs! Start your day with a cup of coffee in a new Church mug!! The Membership Committee has ordered new colors in our Church mugs to give to visitors and for sale to those who would like to purchase one. The mugs will be available in Kelly green, dark blue, black, and burgundy at the cost of $5 each. We will begin selling the mugs this Sunday, July 6th, in the Cambridge Room. Happy coffee time with a new mug! The Membership Committee

Please look in the kitchen! Please pick up your baking pans left in the Church kitchen after the funeral. Linda Namur, Delores Richter, Elaine Krassas, and Joe Capistrant have pans there. In addition, there are 5 cookie/bar sheets and 2 cake pans that are not labeled. Thank you!-Kitchen Committee

Back by popular demand! Katy Mohabir will be presenting her Bolivian Adventure story once again on Sunday, August 3rd, after the worship. So if you haven’t had a chance to hear all about it, maybe this additional opportunity will work for your schedule! Join us that Sunday in August.

Coming Soon – Monday, July 14th, the next event in our offerings of mini-mission/educational experiences!! We will be visiting some Amish people and have an opportunity to learn about another religious belief. This will be a 2-part educational/exploration experience into the Amish way of life.

1. An afternoon adventure of discovering Amish goods for sale in the area, and viewing their shop and homestead. Meet at the Church at 2:30 pm to carpool. Please be prepared to each contribute $2 to the drivers for their gas expense. Supper will be on your own. This afternoon adventure will be followed by

2. An open-to-the-community evening beginning at 6:30 pm in our Church sanctuary with guest speaker Anna Olson, a former member of an Amish community. She will talk about the Amish lifestyle and religion. Anna will answer any questions that we have about Amish life and faith. The public is invited to this evening with Anna, so tell your friends and neighbors!!! Dessert and beverage will be served in the narthex. A free-will offering will be taken.

(These mini-mission/educational experiences have been planned by Pam Schauff and the CE Board and the Missions Committee.)

COMMUNITY HAPPENING

Ecumen Bethany Community invites everyone to their Pie & Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 15th from 2:00-3:30 pm.

OUR CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

TUESDAY, July 1st
8:30 am  Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
12:30 pm  Yoga

WEDNESDAY, July 2nd
9:45 am  Worship Committee
10:00 am  Bible Study @ Evelyn’s
4:30 pm  Missions Committee

THURSDAY, July 3rd
12:30 pm  Yoga

FRIDAY, July 4th
Office closed for holiday

NEXT Sunday, July 6th
KXRA Radio Sunday
10:00 am  Worship
11:00 am  Fellowship

Our thanks to Kathy Hodges for leading our worship service Sunday morning.  Kathy has begun her journey in training for ministry.

Urgent Plea!!  We need Ushers and Lay Leaders for the month of July.   There is a sign-up sheet along the back wall of the sanctuary.  Thank you for serving when you can–Worship Committee

New Phone Books to be Printed Soon:  Please let the Church office know of any changes of address, phone or e-mail for the upcoming phone book by this Tuesday, July 1st.   Thanks-Barb, Church office

Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in June are JoAnne Norling (763-6703) and Romayne Strand (846-5031).  Those serving in July will be Cathy Johnson (763-3947) and Dorothy Shinn (762-8557).  Thank you, Angels.
Please Help Us Update Our E-mail List!!  We are diligently making a big effort to get e-mail addresses from as many of our Church members and friends as we possibly can.  Please, if you have not given the Church your e-mail address, consider providing it now.  It’s a fast, efficient, and inexpensive communication tool to let you know what’s happening in the life of the Church and saves a lot of postage and telephoning time.  Thanks-Barb, Church office

Radio Broadcast Sponsorships Available:  Our worship service is broadcast on KXRA Radio on the first Sunday of each month at 11:00 am.  Sponsorships are available for the upcoming months for anyone wishing to do so.  The full cost of a broadcast is $110, but sponsorships of any amount are welcome.  Thank you!

A “Must Read” – Copies of our recently-revised Safe Church Policy and Conditional Attendance Agreement are available at the back of the sanctuary or from the Church office.  Everyone is encouraged to familiarize yourself with these new documents.–Church Council

Our Missions Committee has designated Someplace Safe to receive our Bountiful Basket donations through the month of July.  See the poster on the basket for their specific needs.  Thank you for your generosity

75861_468426057327_973417_nCamp Scholarship Money is available specifically for Pilgrim Point Camp.  Applications are in the Church office or you may call Evelyn Henrickson, 763-5663.

Tell Others about our Worship Service on Charter Cable TV Channel 7 at 9:00 am each day, with the most recent service aired on Wednesday through the following week.  Our service is also on U-stream any time.-Tech Team

1004955_280881752063709_690908088_n“Make a Joyful Noise” Bazaar
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Plans are in the works for the 2014 Bazaar.   Wilma Carlson has once again generously donated a quilt for our raffle and the committee chairs are getting in gear, but we need everyone’s help!!  There are sign-up sheets in the back of the Church for the various committees, salads, etc.   Be thinking about all the ways you can help and join in the fun of “Making a Joyful Noise!”-Katy Mohabir, Bazaar Co-Chair

Also:  If you are planning to make a Theme Basket for us to sell chances on, please have it in Church by the Sunday before the Bazaar, which is July 13th.  We would like to make the raffle open to more people and sell the $1 chances on that Sunday for the baskets of their choice.  Have fun creating a Theme Basket of $25 value or more!  Thank you-Donna and Mary Jo

Notice to our snowbirds who are “home” for the summer:  According to our schedule of fellowship servers following the Sunday worship services… in July, our “Summer Minnesotans” are invited to provide the refreshments.  We have one more Sunday to fill and that is July 13th.  There is a sign-up sheet for this at the back of the sanctuary, too!  Thanks-Barb, Church office

Pastor on Vacation:  Pastor Scott will be out of the office until Sunday, July 6th.  During this period, Pastor Neal Olson is on call for pastoral emergencies.  He may be reached 320-852-7059.

First Congregational Mugs!  Start your day with a cup of coffee in a new Church mug!!  The Membership Committee has ordered new colors in our Church mugs to give to visitors and for sale to those who would like to purchase one.  The mugs will be available in Kelly green, dark blue, black, and burgundy at the cost of $5 each.  We will begin selling the mugs next Sunday, July 6th, in the Cambridge Room.  Happy coffee time with a new mug-The Membership Committee

Please look in the kitchen!  Please pick up your baking pans left in the Church kitchen after the funeral.  Linda Namur, Delores Richter, Elaine Krassas, and Joe Capistrant have pans there.  In addition, there are 5 cookie/bar sheets and 2 cake pans that are not labeled.  Thank you-Kitchen Committee

Next Weekend is the 4th of July!  Let’s wear our red, white, and blue colors!

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS!

Alexandria Senior Center fundraiser—
First Annual One-Mile Fun Run on Wednesday, July 2nd, 9:30 am or 5:30 pm.  Meet at Big Ole.  Enter for $20 per person and a get a free t-shirt.  Call 762-2087 to register.  Thanks for your support.

Special Note FYI:  The organizers for the Annual Band Festival have asked to use our parking lot this afternoon starting at about 12:30 for parking and to line up for the parade, etc.

Notice

You may see “no parking” signs around the Church when you come on Sunday. They DO NOT apply until after worship on Sunday. The Band Festival organizers have asked to use the parking areas of nearby churches for the bands to line up, etc. But they won’t need our space until after 12:00 noon.

OUR CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

MONDAY, June 23rd
6:30 pm Film Discussion Group

TUESDAY, June 24th
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
9:00 am Pie making session
12:30 pm Yoga

WEDNESDAY, June 25th
10:00 am Bible Study @ Church Newsletter goes in the mail

THURSDAY, June 26th
12:30 pm Yoga
United Way Food Drop

NEXT Sunday, June 29th
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship

Today we welcome the newest member to our Church Family! Jennie Bengtson comes to us from Elim Lutheran Free Church in Ortonville, MN. She is the oldest of 8 children and grew up and went to school in Clinton, MN. Jennie used to sew and loved to quilt. She came from a musical family and loves Country music and doing puzzles. Our Church reminds her of her Church in Clinton, MN, where she was confirmed years ago.

Adult Forum Gathering: On Monday evening, June 23rd, at 6:30 pm, there will be a discussion about the contents of the film, “Girl Rising.” This is a documentary film that tells 9 stories about the power of education to change the future for girls, families, communities, and entire nations. We invite you to watch the film on your own, or come, even if you haven’t seen the film, to be part of a stimulating discussion.–Missions Committee

Urgent Plea!! We still need Ushers for June 29th. There is a sign-up sheet along the back wall of the sanctuary. Sheets for July Lay Leaders and Ushers are back there as well. Thank you for serving when you can!–Worship Committee

Next Sunday, June 29th, our guest preacher will be Kathy Hodges. She recently received authorization to pursue ordination instruction. Please come next Sunday and show your support!

Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in June are JoAnne Norling (763-6703) and Romayne Strand (846-5031). Thank you, Angels.

Please Help Us Update Our E-mail List!! We are diligently making a big effort to get e-mail addresses from as many of our Church members and friends as we possibly can. Please, if you have not given the Church
your e-mail address, consider providing it now. It’s a fast, efficient, and inexpensive communication tool to let you know what’s happening in the life of the Church and saves a lot of postage and telephoning time. Thanks!!! -Barb, Church office

Radio Broadcast Sponsorships Available: Our worship service is broadcast on KXRA Radio on the first Sunday of each month at 11:00 am. Sponsorships are available for the upcoming months for anyone wishing to do so. The full cost of a broadcast is $110, but sponsorships of any amount are welcome. Thank you!

A “Must Read” – Copies of our recently-revised Safe Church Policy and Conditional Attendance Agreement are available at the back or from the Church office. Everyone is encouraged to familiarize yourself with these new documents. –Church Council

New Phone Books to be Printed Soon: Please let the Church office know of any changes of address, phone or e-mail for the up-coming phone book by July 1st. Thanks!! -Barb, Church office

Our Missions Committee has designated Someplace Safe to receive our Bountiful Basket donations through the month of July. See the poster on the basket for their specific needs. Thank you for your generosity!!

Camp Scholarship Money is available specifically for Pilgrim Point Camp. Appli-cations are in the Church office or call Evelyn Henrickson, 763-5663.

Make a Joyful Noise Church Bazaar
Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Plans are in the works for the 2014 Bazaar. Wilma Carlson has once again generously donated a quilt for our raffle and the committee chairs are getting in gear, but we need everyone’s help!! There are sign-up sheets in the back of the Church for the various committees, salads, etc. Be thinking about all the ways you can
help and join in the fun of “Making a Joyful Noise!” -Katy Mohabir, Bazaar Co-Chair

Notice to our Snowbirds Who are “Home” for the Summer: According to our schedule of fellow-ship servers following the Sunday worship services… in July, our “Summer Minnesotans” are invited to provide the refreshments. If you would be interested in helping in this way, please contact the Church office with the Sunday you wish to cover. There is a sign-up sheet for this at the back of the sanctuary, too! Thanks!!
-Barb, Church office

We had Fathers’ Day Recognition last Sunday, June 15th!
Pies were given to: Todd Pushing, Ron Branch, Clayton Mielke, Merle Harth, Jon Haaven, and E.J. Froemming. Balloons, mugs and Tootsie Rolls were given to Pastor Steve Johnson and Merle Higley. Thank you to all the ladies who brought the pies: Donna Jamieson, Donna Myers, Julie Thompson, Jennie Bengtson, and Audrey Froemming.
-Julie Hjelm, Coordinator

Special Note: The organizers for the Annual Band Festival asked to use our parking lot next Sunday afternoon, June 29th, starting at about 12:30, for parking and to line up for the parade, etc.