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A weekly e-newsletter of
First United Church of Christ, Northfield
An Open and Affirming, Just Peace Church
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All-Church Retreat 
Playing together
Playing together
One of the best things about Pilgrim Point is the chance to just hang out as a community. Check out our latest video: Playing Together! We hope you'll include our all-church retreat on July 18-20 in your summer plans! Stay tuned for more details and registration info soon. 

April 17, 2014 


Holy Week!


I look forward to seeing you at our Holy Week services this year.  Read more below and remember that we have two Easter services this year:  8:30 a.m. and 10:30a.m.

April 17th, Maundy Thursday - Worship at 7:00p.m.  


Maundy is the English form of the Latin word meaning commandment.  

Jesus' new commandment that the disciples "love one another as I have loved you," and the events of Jesus' last supper, arrest, and betrayal are the focus of this service.  To demonstrate the new commandment, Jesus washes the disciples feet, then he shares the last supper with them, and then he is arrested and betrayed.  Our service will include a simple foot washing, and communion.  The foot washing is optional, of course.  If you choose to participate in this meaningful ritual, you may wish to wear footwear that is easy to remove. 


April 18th, Good Friday - Worship at Noon   


Before the miracle of Easter, there is the tragedy of the crucifixion. Our Good Friday service on April 18 at noon is an opportunity to prayerfully mark this event and contemplate its place in our faith. If you are unable to attend, please see the attached  Good Friday resource with annotated scripture readings, suggestions for observing Good Friday with children, and poems/prayers for reflection.  



April 20th, Easter - Worship at 8:30 and 10:30 am


We will celebrate resurrection with two worship services, one at 8:30 and one at 10:30 a.m.  The services will be identical.  Please attend the service that is the best fit for you.






Here's an invitation to all of our friends/members who are instrumentalists to participate in our Easter services by joining other instrumentalists to play in the UCC Easter Band which would accompany the congregation on the opening hymn of the day.  Details follow:     

  • Music - Contact Theo Wee @ or   645-5347
  • Warm-up Rehearsal  -  Easter Morning @ 8:05 a.m. (before 1st service) @ 10:05 a.m. (before 2nd service)





In worship, through Lent and Easter, we will be reading through the Gospel of Matthew.


The schedule for readings is below:

  • April 20 - Matthew 28: 1-10- Easter
  • April 27 - Matthew 28: 11-20

In Faith and Service,

Pastor Todd and Pastor Abby 


Pastor Abby Back From Taiz�


From Abby: I had a profound experience traveling to the Taiz� Community in France with young leaders from the Minnesota Conference of the UCC. It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage. During our week-long stay, we attended prayer services three times a day; engaged in Bible study and conversation with some of the brothers who have devoted their life to the community; took long, peaceful walks around the French countryside; spent time in contemplation and silence; and engaged in conversation and volunteer work with visitors from all over the world. I found the worship services to be deeply meaningful and grounding. After a long winter with a broken ankle, I found Taiz� to be a healing experience on many levels. I am so grateful for the opportunity to enrich my spiritual life and ministry.  I hope to share more of the experience with you as time goes on. And I am happy to be home and ready to join with you in Holy Week! 


Click here to see photos from the trip. 

Wedding Coordinator Needed

First UCC is looking for a wedding coordinator.  This person works with couples before and on the day of their ceremony at First UCC, helping them coordinate wedding details.  The wedding coordinator is a great help to couples and to officiants.  An honorarium is provided per event.  Please contact the church office if you are interested.
All Church Wellness Project Update


  • Interested in submitting a poem, photo, artwork, or essay to the Calmness Kit book about what makes you feel calm?  Please submit it by April 25th to so that we can start to compile the content of the book.
  • We are looking for more people to make wood boxes.  If you are interested in helping with this part of the project, please contact Michael Garlitz at for more information.
  • Starting Sunday April 13th, there will be a large chalkboard in the assembly room. You'll have a chance to share "What Helps You Feel Calm?". Images from the chalkboard will be incorporated in the Calmness Kit book.
All Things Pilgrim Point!


In addition to our all-church retreat on July 18-20, there are many opportunities for youth and adult volunteers to enjoy Pilgrim Point starting in May. If you are interested in attending any of these events as youth OR adult leader, please email Abby


1. Spring Middle School Event: Faith in Action, May 9-11, 2014. For grades 5-8. An exploration of the "doing," "thinking," and "dreaming" of faith. 


2. High School youth service project July 8-11. We'll do service work at the camp and a building project in the town of Alexandria. 


3. Youth camp (middle and high schoolers), July 20-25th, 2014. Attend camp  for an unforgettable ministry and life-changing week! You won't want to miss out on the adventure course, the Lake Ida water slide, (NEW) day of mission experiences, vespers and excellent food. Read more about Pilgrim Point's new youth camp model here.

Visitation Ministry Training on May 10

Do you feel called to connect with elders in our community who are homebound, mobility-challenged, and/or managing illness? Then this training is for you! We are inviting Gloria Swanson, a geriatric pastoral care specialist, to lead a visitation ministry workshop on Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 


Topics covered will include: aging, religion, and spirituality; tips for visiting at home, hospital, or hospice; and boundaries and self-care. Refreshments will be provided. 


A gifted teacher and speaker, Gloria presents seminars to a wide variety of audiences on issues of aging, the implications of Baby Boomers on congregations, senior ministries in the local church, developing lay ministries, and on death and dying. She is an Associate in Ministry with the ELCA and completed her graduate studies in aging and death education at the University of Minnesota. She is also a graduate of the Center for Aging, Religion and Spirituality at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and the Fairview Clinical Pastoral Education Center in Minneapolis.


Questions/RSVP to Abby
Craft Sale to Benefit Heifer International


On May 4, there will be a special sale of crafts made by our F.A.S.T. Families to benefit Heifer! You can see everyone crafting here

High School Service Trip 7/8/14-7/11/14


Pilgrim Point wants us back to help ready the camp for the summer season, and to do a building project in the town of Alexandria. This year, we'll also join forces with youth from St. Anthony UCC in St. Paul!


Here's the tentative schedule.... 

Tuesday: Arrive in p.m. 

Wednesday: Habitat project in Alexandria 

Thursday: Service work @ Pilgrim Point

Friday: Service work in a.m. then depart


If you are an interested high school student OR adult, please contact Abby

Youth Camp at Pilgrim Point
Several of you have been asking about camp this summer. Pilgrim Point is using a new camp model this year. Rather than doing separate middle and high school weeks, they will offer two similar youth camp week experiences where congregations attend with leaders and their young people. Read about it here.  First UCC has selected the first week, July 20th-25th, i.e. the week following our church retreat. We are hoping to invite a representative from Pilgrim Point to visit First UCC to talk more about the new model with families. In the meantime, if you are interested in registering your child, or have questions or concerns, please speak with Abby! Thanks. 





Join Free Workshops and Activities on Sat. April 26th

Make goat cheese and goat soap, sew snack bags, attend a solar tour, make a felted wool project Plant seedlings in the Arb and more!


At 5pm on Sat. 4-26 join us for entertainment & a free soup supper - community potluck at the Weitz Center. After supper visit local sustainability stations. Bring your instruments and voice - we will end the day with a community jam session.


Registration required: starts 3-24 for 4-26 activities/soup:


"Community Solar 101" Friday April 25th 

Free presentation & evening coffee

6:30p-8pm - First UCC- 300 Union St

Registration for Fri 4.25 begins now                              at

All Are Welcome-Hope to See You There!




Sponsored by:


*Transition Northfield * First UCC * The Center for Community and Civic Engagement- Carleton * CRWP

*Just Food Coop * All Energy Solar * Northfield Rotary Club * Organic Farming Works * Life Skills Education * Eco Gardens * Thousand Hills * Montessori Children's House * Sustane Natural Fertilizer

Click on the header above for information about the upcoming I Cantanti concert on April 27.
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Northfield, MN  55057


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