Church is not just a place, but also a people. The people of First Christian work together, eat together and care for each other. We are always looking for people who would like to join us on our journey. Here are a few ways you can get involved in the life of the church.
Join our Bible Study. Weekly lectionary Bible Study is every Wednesday at 7PM from September to May. We come together for an hour to look at the upcoming passages for Sunday. From time to time, there are Christian Formation opportunities after worship on Sunday.
Join us for dinner (at 11:15am). Every second Sunday of the month, we gather for a potluck after worship. It is a great time of fellowship. You don’t need to bring anything, just come on down and join us!
Take part in a mission project. We try to have hands-on mission every month. Sometimes that means making sandwiches for the homeless, volunteering at a homeless shelter or making welcoming baskets for refugees. Work with us as we strive to be Christ to a broken world.
Can you play a musical instrument? If you play the piano or the violin or the banjo or the bagpipe (no, we aren’t joking…you gotta bagpipe? Bring it!), come and participate in worship offering praises to God in song.
To learn more on how to get involved, please contact us at email@example.com.
"A passion for justice is a natural outgrowth of our love of God and neighbor. When we love God fully, we love all God’s children as neighbor. Our spirit recognizes each child of God as part of the true community we share in Christ, and we want for each the same wholeness of life that we want for ourselves."
-Sharon Watkins, Former General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
MISSION @ FCC
Jesus came preaching the good news to people. But while he preached that salvation has come to the world, he also healed people. He provided food to crowd of thousands. He healed the paralyzed, and the blind and even raised people from the grips of death. Jesus also confronted the ways that the leaders in society found ways to oppress and exclude .
Because Jesus preached the good news, because Jesus was the good news, we are called to work for justice and look for a day when hunger, poverty and exclusion are defeated by God's justice.
As Christians, we are called to be agents of peace, following Jesus footsteps. We are called to preach the good news, to preach Jesus in our words, and in our deeds.
At First, we are engaged in mission not because it is a nice thing to do. We join in mission to follow what Christ did on earth and what God calls each one of us to do: to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.
Below is a listing of the different agencies that we partner with to bring justice in our world.
Hope for the Journey Shelter: A ministry of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale, Hope for the Journey is the only family shelter in Washington County. We partner with them to give families a place to stay. First provides financial support as well as volunteers and we make sandwiches for clients.
Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf: Housed at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Church in Mahtomedi, the area food shelf helps families living in the Mahtomedi School District place food on the table. First supports them financially and also by donating food every Sunday.
White Bear Area Emergency Foodshelf: Since we are on the border of White Bear Lake and Mahtmedi, we also support the White Bear Foodshelf as well. The foodshelf "provide food and support to neighbors who live within or attend the White Bear Area School District and self-identify a need for food."
Solid Ground: Formerly known as the East Metro Women's Council, Solid Ground "helps families build the strong foundations they need to emerge from homelessness into a brighter future."
Northstar Youth Outreach Center: One of our newest partners, NorthStar is a drop-in space in Maplewood where young people, ages 13-24, and their children can come to seek services and safety.Center began as a project of the White Bear Unitarian Church’s social justice committee and a desire to partner with Tubman Resources and Services to help youth in the community. This volunteer-run program is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people.
Minneapolis Recreation and Development (363days): This program delivers sandwiches to persons experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We make sandwiches every few months.
Feed My Starving Children: This Minnesota-based ministry "that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children."
Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services: First Christian has a long history of welcoming refugees. In the 1970s, we welcomed Southeast Asians fleeing war. We support Refugee Service because of our heritage of welcoming the foreigner.