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Due to Memorial Day weekend, the CCIC dinner for May is scheduled instead for Sunday, May 22 @ 5pm. All are welcome to enjoy this meal at no cost at our church.

Volunteers from Cannon River Lutheran Church will be serving this month’s dinner.

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Today’s Worship Leader is Jacqui Broin.  Follow along with the bulletin HERE.  Today’s sermon – Our Roads to Damascus – is HERE.

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With an abundance of caution, I am letting you know that two of our members tested positive for COVID this week. Two of them attended Bible Study on Tuesday and I had contact with one of them again on Thursday. Until I know I can test and know I am safe, we (Jacqui Broin, Worship Chair) thought it would be prudent that Jacqui leads worship tomorrow morning (Sunday, May 1 in person at 9:30 a.m.). She and the other worship leaders will lead prayers and music for the service. In other words, we will have a service but without Communion or a sermon.

As the number of cases begin to rise, especially since two of our own are positive, please wear a mask if you attend the service tomorrow. And if you do have any symptoms or are positive yourselves, please feel free to watch the service on our YouTube channel (YouTube/First Congregational Church Cannon Falls).

We recognize that even as we are so done with COVID, COVID does not seem to be done with us. May our laments be mixed with prayers for those who are ill and for those of us concerned for our own health and the health of our loved ones.

With God’s peace and blessings,  Pastor Grace

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Adult Education
Each Wednesday evening in May (starting May 4) @ 6:30pm via Zoom, we will discuss the book “Love Is the Way – Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times” by the Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry. Bishop Curry is the priest that preached at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.    On the jacket of the book, it reads “The way of love is essential for addressing the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the world today: poverty, racism, selfishness, deep ideological divisions, competing claims to speak for God. This book will lead readers to discover the gifts they need in order to live the way of love: deep reservoirs of hope and resilience, simple wisdom, the discipline of nonviolence, and unshakable regard for human dignity.”  Contact the church office for a Zoom link.

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Today’s  Guest Preacher – The Rev. Dwight Wagenius

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