FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST – OUR OPEN AND AFFIRMING GREAT FALLS CHURCH WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

CINDY ADDISON MEMORIAL

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the CINDY ADDISON memorial to replace a set of organ pipes.  So far we have received $3,800 towards our goal of $7,600.  With half of the funds raised, the pipes have been ordered.

SOCIAL GROUP UPDATES
Spiritual Yoga is temporarily suspended until we find an instructor who is able to hold classes on Wednesday. The number of participants on Fridays is too small to be able to continue the program. Stay tuned for details on a Wednesday class. The Bridge Group continues to meet on the first and third Wednesdays at 10:00 A.M. at the Talus Apartments (2100 26th St. S). Please call Syneva Heupel, 453-7200, for more information. Book Club has chosen the book The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown for their October selection.  The group plans to meet on the last Monday of each month, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. in the parlor. Members will take turns leading discussion and providing treats.

PROGRESSIVE DINNER- FOOD and FUN! –

This festive fall feast is scheduled for this Sunday, October 22nd from 5:00-8:30 P.M..  18 folks will be organized into a variety of different small groups to enjoy a four-course evening!  The fun begins with appetizers, hosted at the homes of Liz Lee or Lynne Spencer-Smith & Greg SmithParticipants will be contacted with information for the evening’s time schedule and host addresses for the first three coursesEveryone will gather in the church parlor at 7:30 P.M. to indulge in luscious sweet treats!  Please call the church office, 453-4316, if you have any questions.

LADIES’ COFFEE

 MARK YOUR CALENDARS – NEW TIME, DIFFERENT PLACES – – Ladies coffee will meet at 9:00 A.M. beginning in October.  On Saturday October 21st, they will be at Morning Light Coffee Roasters (1701 9th Ave. S).  In November, on Saturday the 18th, ladies coffee will meet at Cory’s Block Bakery up in the balcony (4 5th St. S).  Due to busy schedules, ladies coffee will not meet in December.

MENTORING AND READING AT WEST

Thank you to Mary Fry for mentoring 2nd graders on October 17th and to Carol Davidson, Joan Duncan, and Mary Fry who read to 1st graders.  Mentoring and reading continue on Tuesdays, 9:00 A.M.-9:30 A.M., Individual Reading, 2:30-3:00 P.M.  Please remember this is CHURCH-WIDE and all are invited to sign up.        

FISH NEWS
In October, FISH board members will begin selling Herberger’s coupon books for community days November 4th-8th. Books sell for $5.00 and FISH keeps all the money plus it is matched by Town Pump. Brookdale Retirement home, 1104 6th Avenue N., has selected FISH to receive the offering from their buffet breakfast on Wednesday, November 8th. Breakfast starts at 8:30 A.M. Come early to get a seat! Cost is $4.00. Reservations can be made by calling 727-0447

 

FROM OUR PASTOR

WHAT NEXT?

Well, one year down. More to go.

Yep, we’ve been together for an entire year. We’ve gone through an entire cycle of holidays together. I’ve learned the traditions that are so important. You’ve had the chance to experience some new things and new ways of doing things. We’ve tested the waters on a few things. Some went well. Others…. not so much. (BTW – if you ever have any concerns or joys, to be shared about any of this, the Pastoral Relations Committee is a great avenue to do so. They’ll be meeting on Monday, October 30th – Tom and Jan Robitaille, June Rovero, Dick Kloppel and Hank Branom).

Now, as one of my favorite TV characters (Jed Bartlett from “The West Wing”) so often says, “What’s next?”

As a way to help us explore that question, your Church Council will be meeting for a one day retreat at our house to explore some all-church goals and do a little leadership development. We’ll be drawing from the expertise of Josie Caton, the Camp Mimanagish Director who has training and experience in leading these types of things.

I hope that you will hold your leaders in prayer as we gather on November 4th do explore a bit of “What’s Next” in God’s dreams for First Congregational UCC in Great Falls. Just a reminder, your Church Council members are: Officers: Hank Branom, Dick Kloppel, June Rovero, and Elaine Balzer; Mary Fry and Frank Carpenter, Christian Service Board Co-Chairs; Tom Spencer and Cathrine Rigali, Christian Education Board Co-Chairs; Karen Spencer, Church Growth and Vitality Chair; Lila Byers and Kim Kay McCarty Martin, Fellowship Board Co-Chairs, Kevin Johnson, Business Affairs Chair; Tom Robitaille, Worship Board Chair (although Tom won’t be able to attend the retreat so the Worship Board will be represented by one of their members); Anna Johnson and Andrew Davidson, Youth Representatives; Jaybe Floyd and Greg Smith, Members at Large; myself and Janet Koostra, ex-officio. If you get a chance, you might want to thank these folks for their leadership.