Author: <span>Mary Pat Kleven</span>

Habitat for Humanity has broken ground on a home here in Cannon Falls and looking for volunteers. To volunteer or for more information, please contact: Carrie Wittenberg carriewittenberg@gchabita

 

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In consideration of our health and comfort in worship and church gatherings, the Reunion Team met to discuss the increase in COVID cases due to the Delta variant. We are aware that Goodhue County is now at a “Substantial Risk” for community spread. The guidelines below are gathered from advice of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. Please know that we are still gathering together as a community and we are gathering with the safety of all in mind!
Face masks – Everyone entering the church building is asked to wear a face mask – both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Face masks are available at the front entrance. We will still sing as a congregation while wearing facemasks.  People who have difficulty wearing a facemask should consider viewing the service from home. If you would like technical help on how to access the recorded service, please reach out to Pastor Grace who would be happy to help you get set up.
Social Distancing –We will return to social distancing both in the sanctuary and for in person meetings in the church. Meetings can be held in the downstairs Fellowship Hall.
Sign in – We will continue to sign in when entering the building.
Fan and air conditioning -The air conditioning and fans will be turned off during the service.
Worship Leaders – Those leading any portion of the service will not be wearing face masks since we will be at a safe distance from the pews.
Vaccinations – If you or someone close to you would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, a list of local clinics offering the vaccine is located at the entrance of the church. Members of the Minnesota Dept. of Health continue to report on the effectiveness and the importance of the vaccine in protecting you, your family, your friends and all those in our community.
Thank you for understanding and patience during this ever-changing landscape of this COVID world!
Blessings to all,
Pastor Grace and the Reunion Team

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The Outreach Ministry Team is hosting this year’s National Neighborhood Night Out on the First Congregational Church lawn
220 E Main St, Cannon Falls, MN. The event will be from 5:30 – 7 p.m., and is a chance for folks to get out and meet their neighbors.  We’ll be providing free Refreshments and Lawn Games.

The event has been held annually since 1984, and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States. The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts. The event in Cannon Falls is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Police Department.

 

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This week’s Sermon – Going Home Again

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We are inviting you to join us for a special service of installation for the Rev. Grace Anderson as she begins her ministry with First Congregational.  The service is at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.   All are welcome.
 
Bill Peterson
Moderator, First Congregational Church

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Happy Birthday, Church! Rev. Grace Anderson (Pastor Grace) will lead the Pentecost Sunday Services, in-person at the First Congregational Church. Services beginning at 9:30 a.m. Masks and social distancing as well as other COVID protocols will be required for the time being. For those unable to attend, the service will be recorded and posted early in the week.

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By unanimous consent, the First Congregational Church of Cannon Falls called Rev. Grace Anderson as their Designated Pastor.  She replaces Rev. Glen Herrington-Hall who retired April 30th, 2021.  Rev. Anderson will serve the church in a focused position for a two year term.  A designated pastor is eligible to move to a permanent call, if that is desired. Rev. Anderson went to the seminary after a career in television production; she has served at hospitals and hospices with a certification in grief counseling.  She resides in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota with her adult daughter and grand-kitty.

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This Sunday, May 2nd, the Rev. Grace Anderson will lead our worship and after the service we will convene a congregational meeting to consider issuing a call to Pastor Grace to serve a 2-year term as a designated pastor.

A designated pastorate is when a congregation calls someone for a specific period of time to serve as pastor with a particular focus. In this case, we would be asking Rev. Anderson to lead the First Congregational through a period of discernment about what our future might hold. A designated pastor tends to serve longer than an interim and also is eligible to move to a permanent call, if that is desired.

Please make every effort to attend the service and meeting afterwards. All necessary protocols involving masks, singing and social distancing will be in effect. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the church office.

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