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The Chronicle
A weekly e-newsletter of
First United Church of Christ, Northfield
An Open and Affirming, Just Peace Church
In This Issue...
All-Church Retreat

Registration materials for the All-Church Retreat at Pilgrim Point are here!

Prayer List
If you would like the congregation to keep an individual or family in prayer, click here or contact Todd or Abby. Names must be submitted by 8:00 am Wednesday morning to be included in that week's Chronicle and bulletin.
Food Truck Tuesday

*July 1

*July 8 

*July 15

*July 22
*July 29
*August 5
*August 12
*August 19
*August 26
July 10, 2014 

This Sunday in Worship


Calling all Mad Men fans!  This week we'll listen to the wisdom of Madison Avenue advertising agencies and compare it to the purpose of the 10th commandment, "you shall not covet."  If you aren't familiar with the television show Mad Men, I promise to provide enough context for all of us to go on this journey together.  I'll see you in worship Sunday for the last of our four weeks with the Ten Commandments!
Memorial Service for Dixon Bond

First UCC will be celebrating the life of Dixon Bond with a memorial service at 11:00a.m. on Monday July 14 and a lunch to follow. There will also be a visitation from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at First UCC.

Helping Special Functions

Are you available to assist with the luncheon following the Monday, July 14 funeral for Dixon Bond?  Please contact Bobbie Peterson (645-6782 or to volunteer or get more information. The Special Functions team could use some help with the set-up on Sunday, serving the lunch on Monday, and making bars.
Pilgrim Point All-Church Retreat 
July 18-20!


Register for Pilgrim Point! 


The Pilgrim Point All Church Retreat is upon us!  The bus for Pilgrim Point will be leaving from the First UCC parking lot at 12:30 p.m. on July 18.  If you haven't returned your registration materials, please do so ASAP.  We're looking forward to seeing you at Pilgrim Point! 
Special Congregational Meeting July 27
The church's aging boiler failed repeatedly last winter, causing expensive emergency repairs.  Recent, professional assessment resulted in a strong recommendation for replacement this summer rather than risk catastrophic failure when we need heat the most.  
Research on appropriate equipment that meets engineering standards for our historical building has produced one bid of $225,000 and another bid has been requested.  Because this is an unexpected and unbudgeted expense, the Trustees have explored ways to finance the work in a timely way. To meet the heating season deadline, maintain reasonable reserves, and avoid significant debt, the Trustees recommend dividing the cost so that half comes from reserves (to be replaced over time) and half comes from a loan (to be repaid on a reasonable schedule).  The Facilities Committee would evaluate bids and forward a recommendation to the Trustees for review. The Moderator and Treasurer will then sign a contract with the chosen vendor and the Trustees will arrange a loan with acceptable terms.  Facilities and Trustees will approach the project holistically, engaging independent engineering advice, seeking a highly-energy-efficient installation, and anticipating the likelihood of eventual air conditioning.
At the special congregational meeting after worship on July 27, we will vote to grant the Trustees and Facilities committee the authority to pursue the plan outlined above.
The Photo Directory is Here!!!

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 church directory is published and available in the church office. Your patience has been appreciated! 

Solar Update

Here's the latest on First UCC's upcoming solar installation.  Due to increased interest in solar power, the solar panel manufacturer, TenK, is having problems keeping up with demand.  This is good news, though it will push back our installation. All Energy Solar is expecting that solar panels will be available from Ten K in mid-July.  As soon as we know when contractors will be installing panels at First UCC, we'll be sure to let you know! 
Thank You Jennifer Kluzak!

Last week our Office Manager Jennifer Kluzak accepted a full-time position as the Office Manager at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Northfield.  Her last day at First UCC will be Friday July 11th.
Jennifer has been the First UCC Office Manager for 3 years.  During that time she has helped the church through a tremendous amount of pastoral transition, working with four different pastors.  Jennifer has improved communication within the church, managing a shift to Constant Contact software and facilitating the move to a weekly newsletter.  She has helped us integrate video into our website, sync our website, newsletter and Facebook page, and she is helping to prepare a new office database before she leaves.  She has even been scheduling Food Trucks!  All of this is in addition to working with office volunteers, preparing the weekly bulletin, greeting all office visitors and managing the use of our building.  

We're going to miss Jennifer's skill and dedication to the ministry and mission of First UCC.  Jennifer has been a pleasure to work with, and we will miss her friendly presence around the office.  We give God thanks for her work, and ask for God's blessing to go with her as she begins at St. Dominic's.
Hanna Somatic Education Classes

June 3 - August 26, Tuesdays 9:00-10:15AM 

Location: First UCC


Drop-in, free-will donation. Come when you can and give what you can. Please bring a mat or two for cushion and a blanket or large beach towel. If you want to purchase a nice mat for Somatics visit  Please note: the only props provided are chairs.  More information about Hanna Somatics Education is available here.   



Community At Large


Fare For All Express: Northfield

St. Dominic is hosting Fare For All in Northfield on July 10, August 7, September 4th,  from 4:00pm-6:00pm.  Fare For All is a non-profit food program that does NOT require pre-registration or purchase.  There is also no eligibility requirement, everyone is invited to benefit from the amazing food that Fare For All has to offer.  Questions?  Call the CAC at 507-664-3550

-   Produce Pack - $10: Typically includes five varieties of fresh veggies & two varities of fresh fruits.

-   Meat Only Pack - $11: A minimum of four assorted meat items (3-5lbs). (Does not include pork)

-   Regular Pack - $20 Save an extra dollar by combining the Produce & Meat Only Pack.

-   Mega Meat Pack - $25  Typically includes 7-9 frozen meat items. 


Clothes Closet

Did you know that the Clothes Closet is open to the public?  Shopping at the Clothes Closet means you are supporting your neighbors because all of the proceeds are fed directly into CAC programs.  Your purchase does not limit access to good clothes, it provides support that the CAC can use in programs.  Come support your neighbor and look great at the same time!

Please contact




"Challenge Yourself to End Hunger"

Accept the 2014 Food Shelf Challenge from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless teaming with the Community Action Center of Northfield this July.


You can help the families we serve make great meal time memories.


What if you had to decide which of your children will eat today because there isn't enough food in the house for everyone?


Summer should be a time for relaxation and vacation.  But for many Minnesota families, summer is a stressful time.  With children out of school and out of school meal programs, many parents worry about how to feed everyone in the house.  And no child should go without food.


Make a bigger impact on hunger in Northfield this July

Every day, Minnesota food shelves serve 3,500 children.  Last July the CAC Food Shelf served 1,330 individuals and 432 families.  You can make a real difference this year by donating throughout the month of July.


The more you donate, the larger our food shelf's grant from Open Your Heart to the Hunger and Homeless will be.  The challenge funds will proportionally match your donation.  Your donation will go farther due to our buying power.  We can stretch one dollar 3x's as much through our partnership with food banks.  $55 will purchase 450 lbs. of food and feed 3 families for 3 to 6 days.


Thank you Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless for your match grant!


Food Shelf Accepts Garden Produce

The Food Shelf of the CAC will accept produce from home gardens.  Produce may be delivered to the Food Shelf on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 12pm to 5pm. For more information please call the CAC at 507-664-3550.


Northfield Works - Members Seeking Mentors

Let your valuable experience help another rebuild his or her life.  The CAC is seeking volunteer mentors who can:

-       Commit to at least one year of service, sharing one hour per week

-       Encourage, guide & support mentee toward employment retention and advancement

-       Participate in volunteer enrichment events

For more information call 507-664-3550 or



Operation Backpack for 2014

The United Methodist Campaign for Children will again support this annual event held the week before school starts.  Each child participating in the program is given a new backpack filled with the specific items needed for his or her grade level.


We welcome and appreciate monetary donations.  This type of donation allows program coordinators to buy supplies in bulk, making each dollar stretch as far as possible, and ensure that specific supplies for each grade level are available.  Please make checks payable to Operation Backpack and send them to the Community Action Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS-200, Northfield, MN 55057.  For more information please call the CAC at 507-664-3550.


CAAR - Cars for a Cause

We are currently seeking road-worthy vehicles to be donated to our Community Action Auto Recycling (CAAR) Program.  Your donation to the CAC entitles you to a tax deduction.  The CAC gives the car to someone urgently needing a vehicle.  Contact the CAC at 507-664-3550 for any questions. 




Application Assistance

We are available to help people complete applications for free and reduced lunches in schools, MN Sure, food support or other county programs.  We have social workers who are ready to assist you through the entire process.  Call and set up your appointment today at 507-664-3550


Summer Lunch Program

Free lunch will be provided to kids ages 0-18 at the Jefferson Square Apartment Community Room.  There is no registration required.  Simply show up!  For more information call the CAC at 507-664-3550 or text "Summer Food" to 612-516-FOOD (3663) to find a location nearest you.


When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the summer break

June 16th - - August 15th

12:15pm - 1:00pm


Where: Jefferson Square Apartments

            Community Room

            1356 Jefferson Rd, Northfield MN 55057


Who:    Children 0-18 and parents brining their children may also have lunch.


Registration for Operation Backpack

If you are not a CAC client and wish to prepare your child for school through Operation Backpack, please call our office at 507-664-3550.  Registration for Operation Backpack ends Wednesday August 13th, no exceptions.  All families who registered after this deadline will be placed on a waiting list.


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Northfield, MN  55057


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Thank you...
...for the generous gift you made to Heifer International.  Your partnership with us will enable change on a global scale. ~ Pierre U. Ferrari, President and CEO, Heifer International 
...[for your] very generous contribution of 110 pounds of food for the month of June. ~ Jim Blaha, Executive Director, Community Action Center of Northfield

Summer Musician Schedule
Jun 22
Andrea Een
Jun 29
Eric Broker
Jul 6
Theo Wee
Jul 13
Brian Borovsky
Jul 20
Bob Kahn
Jul 27
Henry Beimers
Aug 3
Arthur Campbell
Aug 10
Branden Grimmett
Aug 17
Bill Child and         Wind Quintet
Aug 24
Hodel family
Aug 31
Yaron Klein
Sep 7
Mary & Holly Fischer

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