CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

TUESDAY, April 21st
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
9:30 am Board of Administration meets
THURSDAY, April 23rd
United Way Food Drop @ New Life
7:00 pm Douglas County Cemetery Association meets in basement
NEXT SUNDAY, April 26th
10:00 am Worship/Hymn-sing
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Rescheduled last F.R.O.G. mtg.

Ushers Needed for Next Sunday, April 26th. Also, new sheets for Ushers and Readers for the month of May are on the back table. Please sign up where you would be available to help out. Your participation in our worship services is greatly appreciated. Thank you-The Worship Committee

Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in April are:
Cindy Fleming (763-8901) and
Julie Thompson (846-4768).

Thank you, Angels. If anyone is aware of someone in the congregation who could use a caring visit, please contact one of the Angels named above.

Sponsor U-stream for Just Twenty-five Dollars. As of April 1st, we have had 1,800 people view us on U-stream, our internet TV channel. We also have 17 regular followers who watch as well—snowbirds and homebound members who can’t get to worship and wish to stay connected to the Church they love. The cost to us as a Church for this service is $99 monthly, roughly $25 per Sunday. If you would like to underwrite a weekly broadcast in honor or memory of a loved one at $25, or for a month or more of broadcasts at a higher level, please contact Barb in the Church office. Thank you.-Board of Administration

Take Two, Give One Away. Our Membership Committee has provided bookmarks. Please take one for yourself and another to give to a friend. The bookmarks may be found on the
Visitors’ table at the back of the sanctuary where the visitor coffee mugs are located.

Watch Our Worship Service on Charter Cable Channel 181. 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 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 our website on the Media tab. http://www.firstcongregationaluccalex.com/media/

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

KXRA Broadcast Sponsorships Available—
As you may already know, our worship service is rebroadcast each 1st Sunday of the month at 11:00 am. We are thankful that so many of you have sponsored a monthly broadcast in memory of a loved one or to honor a special event. We have “openings” for the upcoming summer months of June through August if anyone is interested in sponsoring, partially or in full. The full price is $110, but some folks may like to share a particular date. Please contact the Church office if you’d be interested in this outreach opportunity. Thank you.

Please Pick up Your 2015 Offering Envelopes: Boxes of offering envelopes for 2015 are available at the back of the sanctuary. Please sign your name on the line next to the number of the box that you take. Thank you.

UCC Annual Conference coming up in June. The Conference will be held on the weekend of June 12-14 this year at the College of St. Benedict near St. Cloud. Registrations are due before May 4th. We are eligible to send 2 adults and 1 student. LaDonna Anderson and Daisy Stahlberg are planning to attend for the full day on Saturday along with Pastor Scott, but there is still 1 slot available for a student. Please talk to Pastor Scott very soon if you have any questions or if you are interested in attending as a student or as a non-voting guest. Thank you.

Our Bountiful Basket collection for the months of April and May will be for our Alexandria Area High School Food Shelf. This program was started a few years ago by students for students on an “as needed” basis. Some suggestions for donations to the Basket are: cereals, spaghetti noodles & sauce, trail mix, peanut butter, wheat thins, baked beans, dry roasted peanuts, taco dinner kit, microwave popcorn, applesauce, instant oatmeal, canned fruits and vegetables, granola bars, toilet paper, laundry soap, strawberry jam, Alfredo sauce, body lotion, graham crackers, other general non-perishable items, and cash to fund the food shelf. Thank you for helping our students. -Missions Committee

Thank you for Contributing to OGHS—Thanks for your generous response to our UCC Conference offering for “One Great Hour of Sharing” received last Sunday. You provided a total of $462 thus far for the benefit of folks in need around the world. Envelopes are still available at the Ushers’ table if you wish to make a gift. Thank you-Missions Comm.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS.

-Sunday, May 3rd — Confirmation Sunday during our regular worship service at 10:00 am with special reception following at 11:00 am
-Sunday, May 17th — Spring Musical Cantataby our Church choir and also featuring other musicians and artists
-Monday, May 25th — Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast (using a very special Heidel House recipe.) to “Awake the Lakes,” serving from 8:30 am until noon. Adults $7, children ages 4-10 are $4; children 3 and under are FREE
-Friday, June 12th thru Sunday, June 14th — Annual Conference of MN UCC held at the College of St. Benedict near St. Cloud

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Spring Salad Luncheon hosted by the United Methodist Church will be held on Friday, May 1st, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Adults are $8 (or 4 for $30); children age 6 and under are $3; a children’s Maypole Dance is planned for 11:00 am.

Join Someplace Safe in a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” to be held on Thursday, May 7th, 5:30 pm, at Big Ole Park. This is an international event to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Susan Keehn has details.

CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

MONDAY, April 13th
7:00 pm Garden Club meets
TUESDAY, April 14th
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
9:00 am Friendly Service meets
1:30 pm Newcomers Garden Club
4:00 pm Membership Committee
WEDNESDAY, April 15th
Newsletter items due for May issue
THURSDAY, April 16th
9:30 am Morning Circle @ Kathryn L.’s
1:00 pm Circle II meets
3:00-6:00 pm Local Harvest Market here
5:00-8:00 pm Block Party by WSN
6:30 pm Church Council meets
NEXT SUNDAY, April 19th
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Last F.R.O.G. meeting until Fall

Ushers Needed for the remainder of April;
and the last Sunday, April 26th, is open yet for a Lay Reader. Please help where you can and sign up on the sheet at the back table. Your participation in our worship services is greatly appreciated. Thank you-The Worship Committee

OGHS Offering Today—We will receive our denomination’s annual offering for One Great Hour of Sharing. There are extra envelopes available at the Ushers’ table if you have not already received one. Thank you for sharing.–The Missions Committee

Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in April are: Cindy Fleming (763-8901) and Julie Thompson (846-4768). Thank you, Angels.
If you are aware of someone in the congregation who could use a caring visit, please contact one of the Angels named above.

Be a U-stream Sponsor. As of April 1st we have had 1,800 people view us on U-stream, our internet TV channel. We also have 16 regular followers who watch as well—snowbirds and homebound members who can’t get to worship and wish to stay connected to the Church they love. The cost to us as a Church for this service is $99 monthly, roughly $25 per Sunday. There is enough money left in the “Enhanced Worship Fund” to guarantee 11 more months of broadcasts. Therefore, the Board of Administration is asking for your support. If you would like to underwrite a weekly broadcast in honor or memory of a loved one at $25, or for a month or more of broadcasts at a higher level, please contact Barb in the Church office. Thank you-Board of Administration

Take Two, Give One Away Our Membership Committee has provided bookmarks. Please take one for yourself and another to give to a friend. The bookmarks may be found on the Visitors’ table at the back of the sanctuary where the visitor coffee mugs are located.

Watch Our Worship Service on Charter Cable Channel 181 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 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.–Tech Team

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

KXRA Broadcast Sponsorships Available— As you may already know, our worship service is rebroadcast each 1st Sunday of the month at 11:00 am. We are thankful that so many of you have sponsored a monthly broadcast in memory of a loved one or to honor a special event. We have “openings” for the upcoming months of May through August if anyone is interested in sponsoring, partially or in full. The full price is $110, but some folks may like to share a particular date. Please contact the Church office if you’d be interested in this outreach opportunity. Thank you.

Please Pick up Your 2015 Offering Envelopes: Boxes of offering envelopes for 2015 are available at the back of the sanctuary. Please sign your name on the line next to the number of the box that you take. Thank you.

UCC Annual Conference coming up in June. The Conference will be held on the weekend of June 12-14 this year at the College of St. Benedict near St. Cloud. Registrations are due before May 4th. We are eligible to send 2 adults and 1 student. LaDonna Anderson and Daisy Stahlberg are planning to attend for the full day on Saturday along with Pastor Scott, but there is still 1 slot available for a student. Please talk to Pastor Scott very soon if you have any questions or if you are interested in attending as a student or as a non-voting guest. Thank you.

Our Bountiful Basket collection for the months of April and May will be for our Alexandria Area High School Food Shelf. This program was started a few years ago by students for students on an “as needed” basis. Some suggestions for donations to the Basket are: cereals, spaghetti noodles & sauce, trail mix, peanut butter, wheat thins, baked beans, dry roasted peanuts, taco dinner kit, microwave popcorn, applesauce, instant oatmeal, canned fruits and vegetables, granola bars, toilet paper, laundry soap, strawberry jam, Alfredo sauce, body lotion, graham crackers, other general non-perishable items, and cash to fund the food shelf. Thank you for helping our students.–Missions Committee

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Neighborhood Block Party.. Our neighbors, Widseth-Smith-Nolting, will be having a Block Party here in the shared parking lot on Thursday evening, April 16th, from 5:00-8:00 pm—rain or shine. They have invited employees and staff of the businesses in our block and are calling this their “Food Shelf Challenge” with their Brainerd office (whom they intend to defeat again.). They will be collecting items for our local Outreach Food Shelf. So just be aware of what’s happening in the parking lot that evening and give them the space they need, as they are always kind to us when we need extra parking space for our events. _
Spring Salad Luncheon hosted by the United Methodist Church will be held on Friday, May 1st, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Adults are $8 (or 4 for $30); children age 6 and under are $3; a children’s Maypole Dance is planned for 11:00 am.