July 16, 2015
Monday July 20 4 p.m. ff: Help serve a dinner for youth in the Twin Ports area working through the Wildfire mission camp. Contact Pastor David if you can help
July 20-24: CHUM is looking for volunteers to assist with the Voyagers Lutheran Ministry Day Camp as they work with the children at the Steve O’Neil Apartments. Volunteers would help serve snacks, help staff with meal preparation, and provide support for camp counselors. Two adults are needed, ideally for the entire week, (9-3 Monday-Thursday and 9-Noon of Friday), as well as a few high school or college students.
July 8, 2015
Fresh from his nomination for bishop at the Minnesota Annual Conference, Pastor David was the guest of honor at an after-worship reception June 21. The event marked ten years since David’s first sermon here, on June 22, 2005, as well as his birthday on June 24. He’s shown here with FUMC clown Pansy.
More: Celebrating 10 years with Rev. David Bard
July 8, 2015
Members of the Minnesota Annual Conference voted unanimously (through a round of applause) in favor of nominating and endorsing Rev. Dr. David Bard for the office of bishop. The nomination will be forwarded to the North Central Jurisdictional Conference, which will take place July 13-16, 2016 in Illinois. Bard was also nominated for bishop in 2008.
Faye Christensen, who was elected last year as a lay delegate to the 2016 General Conference and who submitted the legislation, told members that Bard has “a deep and abiding spiritual foundation and love for God” and “a strong desire to see the church minister to all people with acts of compassion and justice.”
Following the vote, Bishop Ough led members in a prayer for Bard and thanked God for his selflessness and deep humility.
More on Pastor David Bard
July 7, 2015
Our church building has provided us with the space and community to worship, learn, and grow in our Christian faith. It has allowed us to reach out and touch many in our community. In order to continue this path of meeting the deepest needs of our church family and our community, we must take on the responsibility to build on and maintain the tools we use to do so, including our church building.
We are asking you to pray for wisdom, vision, and strength for the upcoming capital campaign. Prayers are needed for the members of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, the many volunteers who will be assisting with the campaign, the church staff, and the pastoral team. We also ask that you pray for yourselves and for each other as each of us considers the commitment we will make to this capital campaign and to ensuring a bright and vibrant future for our church.
In August a prayer card will be sent out in First Family. The card will be used as a daily reminder to pray for the success of the campaign and as a prayer guide.
July 7, 2015
The First UMC Church Council will not meet in July. The council will next meet Tuesday, August 11, beginning at 6 pm in the Fireside Lounge.