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