Brother Frantzich and family delight local concert goers

Singer and songwriter Brother Timothy (Timothy Frantzich) along with his lovely family, his wife Carrie and their two daughters, Esther and Svea, delighted a crowd of music lovers at the First Congregational Church on Sunday, August 11th wit
h their beautiful renditions of songs from Neil Young to John Prine. The Frantzich family artfully blended familiar folksy songs with original music and poetry for an evening that combined uplifting messages with gentle humor and personal stories. By the end, the audience was singing along with old hymns and newer music, providing a unique musical experience that we hope can be repeated.

Proceeds after expenses went to the Good Samaritan Fund which is held by the Cannon Falls Church Interaction Council (CCIC) and used to provide immediate assistance to local families in need

First Congo Hosts National Night Out Event

On Tuesday, August 6th the First Congregational Church hosted it’s second annual National Night Out celebration by welcoming the community to the church grounds for Root Beer Floats.  The Cannon Falls Police Department stopped by and chatted with folks who came out to enjoy the nice weather and good company.

National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August

Invite your Friends!

Concert this Sunday at 6:30 PM –  First Congregational Church

Singer and songwriter Brother Timothy (Timothy Frantzich) will perform solo and then be joined by his wife Carrie and their two daughters, Esther and Svea, singing everything from Neil Young to John Prine, original songs and even an old hymns, all in three part harmony. There is nothing quite like family harmony!

A free will donation of $10-20 is suggested to meet expenses for this Good Sam Jam and benefit the CCIC (Community Churches Interaction Council) Good

Samaritan Fund, supporting Cannon Falls residents in need of emergency funds to meet expenses beyond their immediate abilities.

Root beer floats will be served following the concert.

Hymns on Tap and Good Sam Jam August 11

4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Tillion Brewery
432 Mill St W, Cannon Falls, MN

Three local pastors, Cindy and Nick Fisher-Broin, from Spring Garden Lutheran Church, and Drew Yackel, from Urland Lutheran Church, invite you to join them for an afternoon of Hymns on Tap. These sing-alongs have brought out good crowds and great voices before. Join them for a fun afternoon with neighbors and friends.

6:30 pm at First Congregational
220 W Main Street, Cannon Falls, MN

United Church of Christ
Singer and songwriter Brother Timothy (Timothy Frantzich) will perform solo and then be joined by his wife Carrie and their two daughters, Esther and Svea, singing everything from Neil Young to John Prine, original songs and even an old hymns, all in three part harmony. There is nothing quite like family harmony!

A free will donation of $10-20 is suggested to meet expenses for this Good Sam Jam and benefit the CCIC (Community Churches Interaction Council) Good

Samaritan Fund, supporting Cannon Falls residents in need of emergency funds to meet expenses beyond their immediate abilities.

Root beer floats will be served following the concert.

Saturday Leaving Parma 6/22

It is Saturday, June 22. WOW…… Where did the week go. It seems that it was just yesterday that we were packing up the vehicles to leave on our mission trip. Well a week has gone by and all our projects are completed. We packed up, checked out, and prayed for safe travels by 8 am. We drove about 4 hours to the next stop just north of Howe, IN, where we got gas and switched vehicles. Joe’s vehicle occupants went to see Ella in Green Bay, WI, where she is working as summer staff next week (June 23-29). They got into Green Bay, WI. about 8:40 pm. The rest of us went on to Cannon Falls, in the RV. We got into Cannon Falls, MN. about 9:30 pm.
When I spoke with the youth and adults that went on our trip, they said that they loved it and would go again. Next year we are looking at going to Sheboygan, WI, which is June 21- 27. The one thing I can say is, I’m glad I went as a Red Shirt this year, but I did miss being with our Youth during their youth group devotions and hearing what they had to say. So the next time I might go to two camps; one as a Red Shirt, and a second camp as a camper with the youth.
Just a few facts on how we, the participants at this camp, impacted the community:
* There were 197 campers, from 13 different churches and 9 states
* There were 33 different work crews
* There were 25 different work sites (projects)
* All 25 work site projects were completed
* We worked 5,910 total hours during the week
* There were 425 items donated to the community food shelf, including cash donations.

Thank you to all our home church members who contributed to the food shelf and our camp scholarships.

Also just a reminder to come to church on July 7th. The Youth will be giving the Sermon that Sunday. They will be telling of their experience from camp.


Thanks again for all your support!!
Cindy Mae

Friday in Parma OH – 6/21




It is Friday, June 21. Our last day of camp. There is No Rain. The campers are coming back to the school one Crew at a time. Homes are being completed. If a crew was finished by 2pm, they were being moved to another site that was needing the help. We completed 100% of our work sites. So both Brian and Chuck, one of the host, will get a whip cream pie tonight at program. That was awesome. Some of our Youth were on Channel 8 News. See link below. Plus I hate to say that our Red Shirts lost to the 3on3 team from Cannon Falls.

Today along with all of my responsibility this week, I rode along with the Camp Director, Brian, getting some training on how to be a camp director. That was fun. While I was out with Brian, we saw 2 sites being interviewed and filmed for the channel 8 news in Parma OH. https://fox8.com/2019/06/21/teens-spending-summer-vacation-making-home-repairs-for-families/

Friday’s Theme is:GOD WANTS US TO PURSUE HIM (every day!) God has a heart for you, long after camp is over! Psalm 63:1-8. What happens at your mission trip doesn’t have to end or stay in that community. It can be the beginning or the next step in your relentless pursuit of God. Our last day will help us realize that God wants us to pursue him every day of our lives.
In morning program we focused on Psalm 71:17-18. We read that scripture and then asked ourselves how David’s words can be applied to our life today. Then the Crew devotions continue on with that same scripture from this morning and how it relates to Relentless. For the Evening program, the residents were invited to come for the program. We read scripture from Psalm 63,
continuing on Davids life. The youth Group Devotion continuing on the same theme.

We will be leaving Saturday morning about 8am after 7:30 check out. We will be home later that evening. Also just a reminder that the youth will be doing the sermon on July 7th at 9:30am at the 1st Congo Church.

Thursday in Parma OH – 6/20


It is Thursday, June 20th. The week is about over and the youth are trying so hard to get their site projects done for by 3:30 pm Friday. They were told if we get 100% of the Camps Sites completed that Chuck (one of the Camp Host) and Brian (the Camp Director) will take a Whip Cream PIE in the Face. As of this evening they have about 3 sites out of 25 Completed. About 90% of the sites have some type of panting that is needing to be done. But due to the Rain we had late this morning and early afternoon, some of those sites have been delayed.
Today they had a 3 on 3 tournament. Our Youth had a team and they won. Now they play my team, the Red Shirt on Friday afternoon.
My responsibilities have been about the same all week long. But today I got some Site Coach Training with Jeff and Mark 2 of the Site Coaches that are at this camp. The Awesome Summer Staff, stated the other day that I was crazy, but they love me for it.
Thursday’s Theme is: GOD FORGIVES YOU (for everything!) Moving forward, past your sin. The story of David and Bathsheba. 2 Samuel 11. No matter what we’ve done or thought, God forgives us. It’s sometimes hard to believe or understand but it’s always true. David’s example will be our guide as we learn that truth for ourselves. God forgives… all of it.
During the morning program we focused on Psalm 51:1-3;7-10. We talked about sin we/you struggled with the most – the one you keep saying you won’t do anymore. Then with this sin in mind and remembering what Psalm 51 states. Then we read Psalm 51 again slowly as a prayer and made it our own. In our Crew Devotions, we we continue to read Psalm 51 talking about Sin and Transgressions. In the evening program we talked about forgiveness. How God can forgive our sons. Then for our Youth Group Devotions we read 2 Samuel 12:7-9,13-14. The scripture talks of how God sends his prophet Nathan to confront David of his Sin.

Wednesday in Parma OH 6/19




It is Wednesday, June 19th. Along with my other responsibilities for the day today, I helped the campers get their lunches for the day and instead of taking pictures I followed a site coach around to different sites.
Today is our half day. So the Youth are on their sites trying to get as much down by noon due to we are looking at rain Thursday morning. The youth were back to the school by noon. They cleaned up and we were off to our youth group outing .
Our Youth Group split up in to groups. Glen and Ethan went to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame with another youth group. They really enjoyed the time they were there. Then the rest of the group drove around to some of the youth’s work sites to see what they are doing and see their progress. Then we went over to one of John Coyle’s friends(Judy & Vince). From there we went to the Squire’s Castle. While John C. and Jon S. visited with Judy and Vince about the Castle’s History, the rest of us went swimming for an hour. We went back to Judy and Vince’s house for supper. We had Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. It was an AWESOME Meal.
Wednesday’s Theme is: GOD WANTS YOU TO HAVE RELATIONSHIPS (they’re a big deal!) God desires you to have friendship. 1 Samuel 20:16-17, 42. Relationships are a big deal for all of us. And yet sometimes, they are very difficult. A great example of real friendship was between David and Jonathan. They both had reasons to hate each other… to actually kill each other. But they ended up being the most loyal and committed friends.
During morning program we focused on John 13:35. After reading it slowly. We were asked to think about this: What can impact the way you interact with people and Jesus today? In our Crew Devotions we continue to look at John 13:35 and then John 15:13. Think about this: What is one way you can improve your efforts to be a better friend? For our evening program we talked about Friendship. We were asked to think of your best friend and how do they have your back like Jonathan did for David. Also what kinds of things make someone a good friend? The youth devotions was based off tonight’s evening program.

Tuesday in Parma OH – 6/18

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It is Tuesday, June 18th. The weather today is partly sunny and so far no rain. Along with my other responsibilities for the day, today I helped the campers get their lunches for the day, worked in the Camp Office, and because I did such an Awesome job with the Camp Store they asked if I could work it again.
There are 13 different Youth Groups at this camp.

Spoke with some of our youth today. They stated they are having lots of fun. Between doing the Get Down Dance from by Audio Adrenaline during the evening program to working with their doing the site project. Most of them are doing painting and with some construction. They are mostly replacing the bad boards and putting in some new steps.
One thing I forgot to mention yesterday, they introduced CARE CARDS. Here is the website that explains care cards better then I can. It is about Teddy and Fluffy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLKINK4YydE . I LOVE this video and I hope you do too.
Today’s theme for Tuesday: GOD IS WITH YOU (always!) God helps you overcome. The story of David and Goliath. 1 Samuel 17. No matter what we’re going through, God is with us. It’s not always easy to see or know but God is right there with us. As we explore the story of David and Goliath, we will discover that the most important difference between David (the shepherd boy) and Goliath, (the giant warrior) was that God was with David.
In our Morning Program today, we read Psalm 139:1-10 slowly. Then paused when something jumped out at us. Then asked yourself, what were the day’s highs and lows for the pass 24 hrs. In the Crew Devotions, we read 1 Samuel 17:34-35. Can you imagine having that kind of Confidence as David did when facing Goliath? Then we continued on with that Scripture for our Youth Group and also read 1 Samuel 17:37. Then asked,”Why did David know that he will not be alone?”