Pastor's Periodic Pondering  
by Guest Ponderer, Leann Thompson,
Director of Faith Formation

In the midst of the snow, we continue to grow - J-Term 2019

This was the final comic strip of Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbe's cartoon.

I love it's message: "Let's go exploring"

With all the focus on resolutions this time of year, I think it's easy to get so wrapped up in the idea that things aren't quite good enough. We are told that we need to change ourselves and change the future. But what if that narrow focus causes us to miss out on the opportunities and experiences right before us in the here and now?

I'd like to encourage us all to accept Calvin's challenge to go exploring. There are so many adventures and experiences waiting for us to embrace right now!

J-Term 2019 offers us opportunities to go exploring...

...from creating a vision board learning about bees body therapy yoga manna meals essential oils wood whittling making wool mittens or snowman baskets exploring hope planning our later years

Come explore with us during J-Term 2019! Complimentary childcare and fabulous desserts are included! We are grateful to financial support from our Thrivent members through their Thrivent Choice donations.

You can register for J-Term classes on the PLUG IN kiosk in the narthex or by clicking here.

~ Leann

We resume our regular worship schedule this Sunday, Jan. 6 with services at 8, 9:15 & 10:45am (Sunday school offered during the 9:15 & 10:45 services).  
FoC Couples' Retreat
Registration is now open for the Family of Christ Couples' Retreat scheduled for the weekend of February 15-17, 2019 at Luther Crest Bible Camp near Alexandria, MN. Our guest speakers for this year's retreat will be Pastor Josh and Beth Nelson . They will be sharing about The Seven Powers (the powers of perception, unity, attention, free will, love, acceptance and intention) and how those powers impact our relationships.  Cost for the weekend retreat is $275 per couple and includes private lodging in the Adult Retreat Center, four meals and all programming. Space is limited. A $50 deposit holds your spot.  Learn more and register HERE. Contact Leann Thompson, Director of Faith Formation, with your questions or interest.
Our first FoC packing session of the new year at Feed My Starving Children is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, from 9:30 - 11:30.   No need to sign up, just show up.
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