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Resurrection Stories: Resurrection from Oppression

This country is made up of so many who escaped to the “promised land” from oppressive regimes. Throughout history, people have had to flee situations of horror. Even within our own country and in our own time, there are those who live with oppression and fear. How might we widen our understanding of what we must do to continue to work for liberation on so many fronts?
Our choir is debuting to new anthems this Sunday! These two songs were created just for us by composer Gary Ruschman through the Faith Partners program. The bell choir will also be playing so get ready for a Sunday filled with beautiful music.

Pastor Leslie will not hold drop-in office hours today, Thursday April 19.
She is at the Capitol in St. Paul for LGBTQ lobby day.
Sunday, April 22

Hosts: Ellie Burkett & Sharon Carlson
Ushers/Greeters: Rebekah & Caroline Bender, Jean Gustafson, Tracy Lyons & Ann Turnbull
Counters: Nancy Gould & Lowell Johnson

Sunday, April 29
Hosts: Sue Hadland & Lisa Wigand
Ushers: Reed Campbell, Greg Johnson, Austin Newgord & Gary Whiteman
Greeter: Jan Morton
Counters: Sharon Carlson & Judy Whiteman
Pastor Leslie has posted her sermons online so you can access and share them!  Click here to access the manuscripts. Selected sermons are uploaded to the church website:
No new sermon was uploaded this week due to having a guest speaker.

April 22 – David Crum
April 29 – Ellie Burkett

Please contact Barb Stokke
if you are interested in
being a liturgist.

Confidence Learning Center needs volunteers!
Due to the snow, they are behind schedule. Help is needed April 21, 25 and 26 from 9-3:00. Please contact Mary Harder 851-3275.

Tasks that need to be done are: leaf removal (please bring a leaf blower if you have one), cabin cleaning and painting.

Lunch and a volunteer t-shirt are provided!

This Week
Thursday, April 19

6:00 pm – Taize Service

Friday, April 20

10:30 am – Book Group

Saturday, April 21

11:00 am – Spring Salad Luncheon

Sunday. April 22

10:00 am – Worship & Food Shelf Offering
11:00 am – Fellowship
11:15 am – Sunday School
11:30 am – Adult Forum – Earth Poems and Prose
11:30 am – New Member Class

Tuesday, April 24

7:00 pm – Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 25

9:30 am – Prayer Circle
11:30 am – Men’s Group @ Sawmill Inn
6:00 pm – Confirmation Class
Thursday, April 26
5:30 pm – PPRC
Friday, April 27
10:30 am – Book Group
4:00 pm – Soup Kitchen
Adult Forum This Sunday:

Earth Poems and Prose
Bring a poem or other writing to share. Our theme is the Earth and nature. All are welcome to come and listen!

New Member Class
Interested in joining the church? Want more information about the UCC and First Congregational? Come to the first of three sessions of the new member class in the 2nd floor meeting room after worship this Sunday.
(The first class was to be held last Sunday but was cancelled due to weather.)
All ages welcome!
Book Reading

Beginning Wednesday, May 2, the Men’s Group will add one half hour to our meeteing time, 11:30-1:00 (our past schedule has been 11:30-12:30). We will begin with “eat and chat time,” then shift to a book study. This will be an experiment for about 4 weeks. The book will be Marcus Borg’s MEETING JESUS AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME. We will read and discuss at each session. We are hoping more men will join us.
Questions: Call David Crum 330-3168.

We have an opportunity as a church to support much needed comprehensive sexuality education in our community. The Our Whole Lives Sexuality and Our Faith is a medically accurate and comprehensive sexuality education program developed through a partnership of the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. We are hoping to offer this curriculum for high school students (likely 10th and 11th grade) next year. In order for that to happen we need to train additional facilitators and purchase a copy of the curriculum for each facilitator. Your support is needed!

If you would like to support this incredible program, please consider donating.
It costs $200 to train a facilitator (we need at least 2 or 3 more) and the curriculum for the high school level is $78. Checks can be made out to First Congregational UCCC and write “OWL” in the memo line. We have already been blessed with two donations from people in the Brainerd community who are not part of the church but who know how needed this program is and who want to make sure it happens.

If you are interested in becoming a faciliator, please contact Pastor Leslie ASAP as the training class is filling up! For more information about the Our Whole Lives program, click here.

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