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Current Sunday In-Person and Online Services and Bulletins

March 29, 2024

May 26 is Memorial Weekend Sunday. Rev. MaryAnne Korsh will lead us in worship and Rev. Nancy Wheeler Handlon will present her sermon, “Belonging.”

While the service will be streamed and available at any time following, we hope you will be able to attend in person. It is truly an enhanced experience.

A nursery is available for children in Kindergarten and under; the nursery is located on the lower level to the left of the bathrooms. Activity bags on the Family Resource Table outside the Sanctuary are available
for children to use during worship. Please return the activity bags following the service.
Sunday School will resume in the fall.

For those who will watch the service online, either live or later, please use the Connect Card. If you are attending in person, you may also record your attendance using this card. If you need help or have questions, please call the church office at 218-727-5021.


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Strikepoint Announces Japan Summer Tour

February 1, 2024

It’s been a busy year of planning, budgeting, rehearsing, and communicating for Strikepoint, our touring handbell ensemble. This August the 11-member group will travel to Hamamatsu, Japan to participate in the 21st International Handbell Symposium.

It has been 38 years since Strikepoint last visited Japan. That was for the 2nd International Symposium, held in Gotemba. Many of the friendships formed at that 1986 event are still strong to this day. Three members of Strikepoint who participated at Gotemba are returning this year: Sue Marquardt, Nancy Eaton, and Bill Alexander. This year’s event will host 700 handbell musicians.

The International Symposium is held every two years and rotates among the world’s eight countries with national handbell organizations. Strikepoint has previously participated in five symposia—Japan, USA (Albuquerque and Orlando), England (Birmingham), and Canada (Toronto). It’s going to be an exciting year!

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Faith Forum, May 2024

April 1, 2024
Our Faith Forum series continues on Sundays in May from 9–9:45am in the Fireside Lounge.


• May 5: Pastor Jeanine and MaryAnne Korsch update us on the latest from Annual Conference.
• May 12: David Peterson discusses his African safari photos on display in the Fireside Lounge—and maybe his circuitous journey to FUMC.
• May 19: Dan Schutte from Shore View Natives discusses replacing lawns with native plants.

First Family—Printed and Online

February 1, 2024

The May 2024 edition of First Family has been printed and may already be in your homes. The online version of May’s First Family on this website is viewable, downloadable, and sharable, and has all the information you will need as we head in summer. It also has all the links clickable. You can find years of First Family, available in the archives at any time.

Upcoming Worship

February 1, 2024

Sunday Worship in May

There are three ways to participate in worship:
• 10am, live in our Sanctuary on Sundays. (We hope you choose this one when you can—there is something wonderful about being in person with others.)
• 10am livestreamed service on Sundays as worship is taking place
• Anytime afterwards on our YouTube channel.

May 5: Garden Sunday – We will celebrate Holy Communion and will continue our sermon series called Brave Faith. The focus this week will be “The Courage of Fortitude.” Following worship at our fellowship time, we will have the opportunity to thank Mary Giese for her years of service as our Director of Welcome. She has done an outstanding job living “welcome” in her every word and action.

May 12: Mother’s Day/Children’s Music Groups – We will continue our sermon series, Brave Faith, and the focus this week will be “The Courage of Love.”

May 19: Pentecost, Music Appreciation, Graduate Recognition, and Commissioning Pastor Jeanine for her renewal leave – Most of our adult music groups will be participating, and we will conclude our sermon series, Brave Faith. The focus this week will be “The Courage of Hope.” Following worship there will be a reception thanking our musicians and celebrating our graduates.

May 26: Memorial Weekend – A focus on baptism. Our guest preacher is former FUMC member, Rev. Nancy (Wheeler) Handlon.


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