As Christians, we understand that ‘being’ and ‘doing’ for each other is what Jesus’ time on earth taught us. We have the privilege of worshiping together as community, hearing God’s message for us, and then going out into the world to share and to serve.
First Congregational supports the Friends of San Lucas, for the materials and equipment for the school in San Luca Toliman, Guatemala. For more information on the school and the many other development programs at the San Lucas Mission, click here.
Our church regularly collects different items for the Cannon Falls Food Shelf and we encourage monetary donations, especially in March during Minnesota Food Share month. For each dollar donated, the Food Shelf can purchase about $9 worth of food. Go to giveMN.org and donate today!
Throughout the year, many people crochet or knit prayer shawls to be given away. Anyone can receive a shawl that has been prayed over and throughout its creation. These are displayed in the Education wing.
Feed My Starving Children is a community-wide event held the November weekend before Thanksgiving. The events for 2020 and 2021 have been cancelled due to COVID 19. We will keep people posted on how they can still help. Each year over 100,000 meals are packaged to be shipped to countries around the world in need of emergency food. Many local businesses, service organizations, churches, and individuals donate to support this event, and First Congregational Church is proud to support this effort with fundraisers and volunteers.
Each year we “adopt” a family in Goodhue County, put their clothing, toy and gift card requests on a decorated tree, and church members delight in selecting a family member, purchasing their requests, then providing gifts and wrapping paper to help brighten the holidays for our neighbors.
THESE and more mission opportunities are part of what happens here. We believe that being Christ’s hands and feet in the world is what God needs to co-create God’s kingdom right now, right here on this beautiful planet we call home.
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies and for shredding and recycling. Their pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment. We collect pill bottles and solicit cash donations to help defray mailing costs.