Don’t forget!

Our CE Board is hosting our Rally Day Celebration this Sunday, September 21, right after worship with a baked potato bar! They are providing the potatoes and dessert. You bring the potato toppings! Confirmation orientation for 7th-9th graders will follow

CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

TUESDAY, September 23rd
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
1:00 pm Strength & Balance class
WEDNESDAY, September 24th
10:00 am Bible Study
Newsletter goes in the mail
THURSDAY, September 25th
United Way Food Drop
FRIDAY, September 26th
10:00 am Strength & Balance class
NEXT SUNDAY, September 28th
10:00 am Worship/Hymn-sing
11:00 am Fellowship
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Our thanks this morning to Bill Michaelis for sharing his talent on the trumpet today. -The Music Committee
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Please sign in on the pew pad when it comes around. Thank you! -Worship Committee
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Our collection for the Bountiful Basket through Sunday, October 26th, is for the ATCC. Julie and helpers will pack up the items after worship that morning and she will deliver them to the tech college on Monday, October 27th, for their Grocery Bingo Night that Wednesday, October 29th, at 5:30 pm at ATCC. There is a great need for basic items for the students. Thanks for what you are able to do to help!
-Missions Committee
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Join us after worship this morning for a baked potato-bar potluck hosted by our CE Board to
celebrate the new Church year. Those families with students in 7th-9th grades are especially encouraged to come for our Confirmation Orientation session following the potato-bar potluck. Our CE Board will provide the baked potatoes; you provide the toppings! They are also providing the dessert. Join us!!
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Our Stewardship kick-off was last Sunday!
Packets remaining after last Sunday’s worship service were mailed this past week and you should have received yours by now. (If not, there are extras on the pedestal at the back of the sanctuary). Please give prayerful consideration to how you wish to support the Church for 2015 and return your pledge card by Sunday, October 12th, when we will celebrate our blessings together with a potluck meal and service of in-gathering.
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Buy Your Church Mug Today—It has been said that coffee tastes better in a First Congregational Church Mug! Fortunately we have a large supply of Church Mugs available to purchase! Dark blue, Kelly green, black, and burgundy mugs will be on sale after services today and through October 5th. Please consider donating $5 to help with the cost of giving a Church Mug to our visitors, or purchase one for yourself. For each $5 donation or mug purchased, you will be given the opportunity to select a “treasure” from our gift table. Thank you!! -Membership Com.
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The Confirmation Class orientation is today! Following the potato bar, families with youth 7-9th
grade are welcome to attend an organizational
meeting. Learn more about our program and ask all the questions you need to make the important decision about confirmation. –The Confirmation Team
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Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in September are Ceil Campbell (763-5886) and Elaine Krassas (846-0168). Thank you, Angels.
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“Celebrate our Blessings!” This is a big week!!! The Stewardship Committee has our pledge sheets ready for us! Deciding on our personal annual pledge to our wonderful Church demands much thought! As you are thinking about what to give, think about the fact that this year stewardship and recognizing our over 90 members and friends are combined under “Celebrating Our Blessings.” That gives us real food for thought! How much of the joy and memories we share in our Church Family do you relate to our “over 90” members who have played the major role of stewardship over the years? Plan to join in the Celebration on October 12th.
-Kathryn LeBrasseur, Publicity
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Spaghetti Dinner—Our annual Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction and Bake Sale are scheduled for Wednesday, November 5th! Please note that the sign-up sheets for the event are up. Take a moment or two and look the roles over. If you are a new member or have never participated before, this is your opportunity to be part of it all. Don’t know how to do the tasks? Someone will teach you how. In fact, you could get more advice than you want, but you will end up “a skilled laborer.” We need YOU! -Kathryn LeBrasseur, Publicity
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Note Change in the “Strength & Balance” Classes: Wanda Hohler is again leading classes on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm and Fridays at 10:00 am. Please note the change of days and times from those given in the September issue of the VISITOR.
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It’s Flu Shot Time Again!!! Former Parish Nurse, Sandy Hill, urges everyone to get a flu shot as soon as possible. It will not only help protect you, but others around you as well.
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Herberger’s Community Days…Yes, that is me waving those books in the fellowship area after Church! I am trying to help you do your Christmas shopping! Herberger’s books have all kinds of discount coupons to help you defray the costs of gifts, plus the books make wonderful gifts themselves! They are a good way to express appreciation to someone who provides you special service! You pay $5. The Church keeps that $5. The one who receives the book has many discount coupons plus a coupon worth $10! It is a good deal! –Kathryn LeBrasseur, Publicity
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Watch Us on a NEW Channel! Charter Cable TV has updated their public access channel listing for our weekly Church service rebroadcast. We are now on Channel 181 at 9 am daily. Be sure to tune in to catch highlights from the service and please do invite friends and family to watch. The most recent service is aired on Wednesday through the following week. Our service is also on the internet on U-stream any time. Go to U-stream and in the search window type in our Church channel name: firstcongochurch. You can even watch live Sunday morning! –Tech Team
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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. –Church Council
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AROUND TOWN

Ecumen Bethany Community will have their annual All-Saints Service on Sunday, October 5th, at 2:00 pm. The public is invited to honor, remember or celebrate the special people who have touched their lives. Honor lanterns cost $50 and donation forms are available in our Church office, or by contacting Bethany Community.
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CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

MONDAY, September 15th
Newsletter items due in Church office

TUESDAY, September 16th
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
9:00 am Administrative Board meets
1:00 pm Strength & Balance class

WEDNESDAY, September 17th
8:30 am – noon Habitat Bridge Party
10:00 am Bible Study
5:30 pm Choir practice

THURSDAY, September 18th
9:30 am Morning Circle @ Judy K.’s
1:00 pm Circle II meets
6:30 pm Church Council meets

FRIDAY, September 19th
10:00 am Strength & Balance class

SATURDAY, September 20th
8:00 – noon Electronics and large item
recycle day at Pope/Douglas Solid Waste;
most items $5/each

NEXT SUNDAY, September 21st/Rally Day!!
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship/baked potato bar
11:15 am Confirmation orientation
We extend a warm welcome and greeting to our KXRA listeners this morning. Our service is broadcast each 1st Sunday of the month (this month being an exception) at 11:00 am. Our broadcast this morning is sponsored in memory of Don Bluhm by Caroll and his family.

This is Stewardship Kick-off Sunday!
Individual packets are at the back of the sanctuary on the wooden pedestal. Please look for yours (so we don’t need to mail them) and give prayerful consideration to how you wish to support the Church for 2015. Please return your pledge card by Sunday, October 12th, when we will celebrate our blessings together with a potluck meal and service of ingathering.

Buy Your Church Mug Today—It has been said that coffee tastes better in a First Congregational Church Mug! Fortunately we have a large supply of Church Mugs available to purchase! Dark blue, Kelly green, black, and burgundy mugs will be on sale after the Church services today and for the following three Sundays, through October 5th. Please consider donating $5 to help with the cost of giving a Church Mug to our visitors, or purchase one for yourself. For each $5 donation or mug purchased, you will be given the opportunity to select a “treasure” from our gift table. Thank you!! -Membership Comm.

Newsletter items are due in the Church office tomorrow morning, Monday, September 15th.
I will be in the office working on it. Thanks!
-Barb, Church Office

Habitat Bridge—Hope you can join us as hosts or card players this Wednesday morning at 8:30 am. Our Church is hosting the annual Habitat for Humanity Bridge Benefit that morning! It is a fun morning starting out with a continental breakfast at 8:30! If you love to bake, we would love to have you share some of your goodies with us. Call Audrey Froemming (763-5965) and let her know you will do that. If you play bridge, tell your friends about this event! It is a long-time mission tradition at First Congregational UCC! Tickets are a $10 donation to Habitat and are available at Elden’s, Trumm Drug, and at the door! Hope to see you here. Men are welcome, too. We know you like to play cards and your money is good for the cause! -Kathryn LeBrasseur, Publicity

Morning Circle will meet on Thursday, September 18th, at 9:30 am, at the home of Judy Kuhlmann. –Donna Jamieson, Secretary

We Need Ushers & Lay Readers for the month of September! There are sign-up sheets at the back of the sanctuary. If you would be available to serve, please indicate. Thank You!

Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in September are Ceil Campbell (763-5886) and Elaine Krassas
(846-0168). Thank you, Angels.

“Celebrate our Blessings!” According to the dictionary, a “blessing” is something that brings
happiness!! We members of First Congregational UCC have many things that bring us happiness but we have selected Sunday, October 12th, as a special Sunday to celebrate a couple of special ones! Part of the celebration will be the conclusion of the Stewardship Drive where we are asked to “celebrate” by donating financially to our Church. The other part will be the cele-bration and recognition of our members who are over 90 years of age!!!! We will “celebrate their aging” and the contributions to our faith lives they have given us! If indeed, a blessing is something that brings happiness, just think of all the times one of our honorees has touched your life in a positive and helpful way! Nineteen of our members have been identified as being in that age group! We are truly blessed. Do plan to celebrate with us at our traditional “bring in the harvest of grain and game” following services on Sunday, October 12!! -Kathryn LeBrasseur

Spaghetti Dinner—Hope you have written Spaghetti Dinner across the calendar block on Wednesday, November 5th!! The Management Team is getting organized and there will be an opportunity for you to sign up to work your area of choice next Sunday!!! Hear Diane Alveshire already has the “music-to-dine-by” group lined up and they are looking forward to returning. Not only are they invited back by “popular demand,” they are coming because they love being part of this major family event and they aren’t even members of this Church! This is a truly “special gathering.” -Kathryn L., Publicity

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 U-stream any time. Go to U-stream on the internet and in the search window type in our Church channel name: firstcongochurch. You can even watch live Sunday morning! –Tech Team

Note Change in “Strength & Balance” Class:
Wanda Hohler will again lead sessions of classes beginning Tuesday, September 9th, at 1:00 pm and Friday, September 12th, at 10:00 am. Please note the change of days and times from those given in the September VISITOR.

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. –Council

Herberger’s Community Days…are scheduled for November 14th and 15th. This presents us with a wonderful and painless way to raise money toward the mission work of our Church each year. Last spring we were the fifth top fundraising group in our area, thanks to the efforts of 12 women and those of you who purchased a book!! Hopefully you will consider making this $5 donation again. You pay $5 for a book of coupons that provides major discounts on the majority of items in the store. WE KEEP THAT $5! We give you the booklet and you already have gained $5 as there is a $10 coupon you can use on any item over $10 you purchase. Pretty simple? You spend $5. We gain $5 and you gain $5. Books available after Church and in the office! –Kathryn LeBrasseur, Publicity

Ecumen Bethany Community will have their annual All-Saints Service on Sunday, October 5th, at 2:00 pm. The public is invited to honor, remember or celebrate the special people who have touched their lives. Honor lanterns cost $50 and donation forms are available in our Church office, or by contacting Bethany Community.

CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

MONDAY, September 8th
7:00 pm  Garden Club meets
Newsletter items for October issue due in Office NEXT Monday, September 15

TUESDAY, September 9th
8:30 am  Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
9:00 am  Friendly Service resumes
1:00 pm  Strength & Balance class begins
4:00 pm  Membership Committee

WEDNESDAY, September 10th
10:00 am  Bible Study
6:00 pm  M.I.S.S. meets

THURSDAY, September 11th
 9:30 am  Circle III meets to clean kitchen

FRIDAY, September 12th
10:00 am  Strength & Balance class

NEXT SUNDAY, September 14th
10:00 am  Worship/KXRA Sunday/Stewardship Kick-off
11:00 am  Fellowship

Our Thanks to Pastor Wade Zick (our Associate Conference Minister of Faith Formation for Children and Youth) for participating in our worship this morning
and sharing his message.  If you have any questions about the MN Conference and the direction of ministry being planned for the future, please speak with him after the service.

Welcome to Worship at Pilgrim Point Camp!  Envelopes marked “Pilgrim Point Camp” are available if you’d like to make a tax-deductible contribution 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 are at the Camp on this 1st Sunday of the month (which is usually KXRA broadcast Sunday), our broadcast will be aired on KXRA radio next Sunday,
September 14th, from the Church.

Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in September are Ceil Campbell (763-5886) and Elaine Krassas (846-0168).  Thank you, Angels.                      

Tell Others!  Our Worship Service is 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 U-stream any time.  Go to U-stream on the internet and in the search window type in our Church channel name: firstcongochurch. You can even watch live Sunday morning!                                               –Tech Team

Note the Changes for “Strength & Balance” Class:  
Wanda Hohler will again lead sessions of classes beginning Tuesday, September 9th, at 1:00 pm and Friday, September 12th, at 10:00 am.  Please note the change of days and times from those given in the current VISITOR.

Welcome to Worship at Pilgrim Point Camp!

ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, September 7, 2014

Announcements and Greetings
Prayer of Invocation
Responsive Call to Worship
Opening Hymns: Black #28 & Red #485
1st Reading: Psalm 148:1-6, 12-13
Prayer Hymn: (on screen)
A Time of Prayer
2nd Reading: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Luke 18:15-17
Meditation: “Faith Formation at Home and at Church”
Musical Interlude
Communion Hymn: (on screen)
Service of Communion at the tables
Invitation to Give/Doxology/ Prayer of Dedication
Closing Hymn: (on screen and sung with Choir)
Responsive Benediction

Need directions? Here is my map

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

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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

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        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!