First Congregational United Church of Christ Posts

As we enter the season of Advent, we light the candles of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. In the poem “The Coming of God” by Ann Weems, she writes that our hope is that God will come. God will come when and where we might least expect God to be.

Yet, here we are again with a new variant of COVID, countries are locking down and scientists are working fast and furiously to keep ahead of it. We hear of countries struggling with coups and inflation and hunger. We continue to hear that the legacy of injustices continue to wreak havoc in our country. Where is the hope? Where do we look for it?

We look for the stories not making headlines. We see God working with those stocking a food shelf. We see God working to help Afghan evacuees and other refugees settle into a foreign land. We see God working to care for those who are lonely, discouraged or ill. We see God working in the stranger who smiles at you as you walk down the street. We see God working in those who work tirelessly to bring peace and justice to those who are oppressed.. These are places where we find hope.

Hope and peace spring from our souls filled with God’s love. Our hope springs from our thoughts and actions. Hope is not always in the large, expansive gestures. It is found in the small, every day encounters. Hope can be found in even a stable in Bethlehem. Hope often comes from unexpected encounters when we say, “oh, there is a God.”

It is God who is our hope that brings about the peace of Christ. It is God who is our joy and it is God who loves us steadfastly. Sometimes we just have to look a little more closely or a little more intently to see where God is breaking into our lives and into our history. God is there. God is here. And may God continue to be with all of us in this season of Advent.

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First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Cannon Falls, MN is seeking a part-time secretary to work with this small but robust church!

HOURS: 8-10 hours/week
REPORTS TO: Trustees (daily coordination with Pastor)

QUALIFICATIONS
Ability to type and use church’s computer system. Working knowledge of Word and Gmail; (use of Excel, ServantKeeper, and/or Publisher – a plus)
Ability to use basic office machines (copier, telephone, paper folder, etc.)
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to communicate in a courteous mature manner
Ability to prioritize and keep church office in an orderly fashion

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide phone and receptionist coverage
Prepare weekly church bulletin and weekly email announcements
Collect information for mailings and create, duplicate, fold, collate, and mail/email them
Maintain paper and computer files in an efficient and orderly manner
Open and distribute US mail as appropriate. Process office email and maintain inbox
Perform other duties as assigned

If interested, please send your resume to: First Congregational Church, UCC, 220 Main Street W., Cannon Falls, MN 55099.

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Just a reminder that the Women’s Coffee is Thursday, November 18th at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall at First Congregational Church of Cannon Falls.  All are welcome for coffee and conversation.

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Creator God, as I prepare to go out into the world, help me to see the sacramental nature of wearing of this cloth. Let it be a tangible and visible way of living love for my neighbors, as I love myself.

Christ Jesus, since my lips will be covered, uncover my heart, that people would see my smile in the crinkles round my eyes. Since my voice may be muffled, help me to speak clearly. Not only with my words, but with my actions.

Holy Spirit, as the elastic touches my ears, remind me to listen carefully and caringly to all those I meet. May this simple piece of cloth be shield and banner, and may each breath it holds, be filled with Your love. In Your name and in that love, I pray.

Amen

Source: Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator Presbyterian Church of Canada

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Where: First English Lutheran Church, 511 W Belle Street Cannon Falls

When: 4 pm Sunday, November 21, 2021

“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come; raise the song of harvest home.” The words of the hymn invite us all to come and thank God for the blessings God provides, both during this season and all the seasons of the year, as well as the seasons of our lives. Pastor Grace will be our preacher. Various clergy and lay members of area congregations will lead parts of the service. Members of the Cannon Falls Community Band will provide special music.

The offering for this service will be given to the Cannon Falls Good Samaritan Fund. You may also bring non-perishable food items in support of the mission of the Cannon Falls Food Shelf. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend. “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”.

First English Lutheran Church is following the CDC guidelines with physical distancing and mask wearing.

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First Congregational Church of Cannon Falls, November 7, 2021 Service
Today’s Scripture Ruth 2:1-23; 3:1-5; 4:13-17
SERMON “Belonging”
Pastor Grace Anderson, Music Director Dawn Husmann

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First Congregational Church of Cannon Falls, October 31, 2021 Service
Today’s Scripture Ruth 1:1-18
SERMON “The Gifts of Grief”
Pastor Grace Anderson, Music Director Dawn Husmann

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