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8/4 News and Opportunities



As of July 6, Cascade County remains at level red for Covid. Beginning on June 22, Benefis returned to mandating twice a week testing for staff going into senior service areas. When informed of this change, your Church Council made the decision return to strongly recommending masks for those attending worship out of concern and caution. We will continue to implement our other mitigation strategies – social distancing, check in at door, ventilation, etc. Given these additional precautions, the Council did not feel it necessary to returning to the practice of requiring masks for worship attendance. Keeping in mind that masks not only help protect the wearer but protect those around and greatly reduce the transmission of the Covid virus, the council hopes that masks will be worn even though they are not required for worship attendance.

Sunday, August 14 (Christ United Methodist)

9:30 A.M.      In person worship, Tellers: Liz Lee, Ed Venetz

In-person worship will be offered in the church sanctuary at 9:30 A.M.  We will continue to register folks upon entry and will have the ventilation system going.  Facemasks strongly recommended. Please continue to observe physical distancing as much as possible.  Televised worship will air at 9:30 A.M. on local NBC.

First Congregational United Church of Christ Summer Contact Information

    Pastoral Care/Support– Sara Branom, sara@greatfallsucc.org

Sara will be in the office on Wednesdays and Sundays.  If you would like to visit with Sara in person, please contact her via email or call the church office to schedule an appointment.

    Administrative Needs– Dick Kloppel, dick_kloppel@charter.net ; Karen Spencer, karen1spencer@charter.net

    Office Needs– Holly Garcia, greatfallsucc@bresnan.net

Call for Delegates to CAM

The Annual Meeting of the Montana/Northern Wyoming Conference UCC is going to be held virtually via Zoom this fall on September 23, 24, 25. Even though registration is not yet open, this is a call for delegates to “attend” and represent First Congregational UCC-Great Falls. This year’s annual meeting promises to be quite interesting and engaging with the upcoming retirement of Conference Minister Marc Stewart and the significant challenges facing the aging and declining membership within our Conference. Please consider joining Conference Moderator Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith, incoming Conference Moderator Hank Branom, and your UCC colleagues in attending and representing FCUCC-GF.

Anyone interested in and willing to participate is asked to let Sara Branom, Dick Kloppel, or Karen Spencer know – or let Holly know and she’ll pass the information along. The registration link is posted at the top of this page.

Christian Education News

Don’t forget!  Nursery care is provided this summer during worship!  And the “Pray Ground” and “Christ Kid” bags are available to engage kids during worship. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!  Sunday school begins on September 11th

Stewardship Board

Please plan to be with us (in person) for RALLY DAY AND STEWARDSHIP KICKOFF on Sunday, September 11th, at 10:30 A.M. after our church service.

Many of us continue to worship in person, but many connect on-line or watch the pre-recorded service.  Rally Day is an awesome day to re-engage in-person in our church’s life and fellowship. Join the Church Boards Carnival celebrating the abundance of God. Corndogs, chicken skewers, ice cream sundaes, pigs in a blanket, a cake walk, ping pong ball fun, popcorn, and so much more will be provided.

Please note the COVID protocol for your safety and comfort as we hope you consider joining us in person to celebrate our faith.

Important Notes

Summer worship with our friends from Christ United Methodist Church is at 9:30 A.M.

The next newsletter will be mailed on August 17th. Please have articles submitted by August 12th.  Thank you.

Office hours continue to be Monday-Thursday, 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. It is advised that you please call ahead of time before coming over to insure that someone is here and the doors are unlocked.

Join Us in Prayer – On the second Tuesday of each month, a group of folks gather to pray (and visit).  This is an informal gathering where participants share prayer concerns of their own, prayer concerns for others and prayer concerns for our world.  The group will meet on Tuesday, August 9th at 6:00 P.M. at the church. All are welcome! No experience necessary.

Fish Thank You’s – We had a good week at the FISH Food Pantry – not real busy, but some big families! And we kept running outside on Friday to watch the Thunderbirds practicing!  Thank you to these wonderful people:  Jack Armstrong, Elaine Balzer, Connie Brauer, Lila Byers, Carol Davidson, Dennis Dell, Maribeth Doan, Peggy Floen, Sharon Kiffe, Sandy Nicolai, Sue Skees, Karen Spencer and Nancy Zbinden.  Your help is always appreciated!  Our next FISH time is October 3-7.  Maybe see you then!

Taste of the Philippines

On Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 P.M., Fil-Am Great Falls will be presenting a “Taste of the Philippines” Fundraiser at the church.  Proceeds of the fundraiser go towards local scholarships in Great Falls, cultural awareness projects, and disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.  The event kicks off at 4:00 P.M. with Great Falls Principal Flutist Norman Menzales, who will present classical Filipino Flute works including a new transcription from his upcoming album.  Following the presentation, guests will have an opportunity to taste an array of Filipino cuisineTickets are $25.00 per person and may be purchased either in the church office beginning July 25th or through Fil-Am Great Falls

Global Ministries Mission Dash 5K

Interested in climate justice? Want to make a difference in the world from right where you live?  You can support these things by participating in Global Ministries Mission Dash 5K for climate justice! Participants may walk, roll, run, jog, advocate, or spiritually sprint wherever you are! You may choose to do the dash with a friend, a family member, or on your own. The cost is $25 per person, and each registrant will receive a collapsible water bottle and magnet. Register and make plans to join us at www.globalministries.org/5kRegistration.  Want to help but don’t want to do the 5K? No worries! You may support Janet Koostra or Carol Shipley, who have already registered to participate.  You may support their 5K fundraiser by clicking on the following link of your choice:

Janet   https://runsignup.com/JanetKoostra  

Carol  https://runsignup.com/Race/121787/Donate/HnOdqlINud7wKuI2

You may also write a check made payable to FCUCC with 5K in the memo line. Helping our Global Ministries partners address climate change around the world is critical, and happens with efforts in tree planting, water projects, innovative farming practices and solar lighting projects. Please prayerfully consider taking part—run, walk or donate. Make a difference today!

Upcoming Event

Tuesday, August 9

6:00 P.M.       Prayer Meeting

Sunday, August 14 (Christ United Methodist)

9:30 A.M.      In person worship, Tellers: Liz Lee, Ed Venetz

10:30 A.M.    Worship Board, Parlor

Monday, August 15

6:30 P.M.       Church Council via Zoom

Wednesday, August 17

10:00 A.M.    Bridge

Saturday, August 20

4:00 P.M.       Fil-Am Taste of Great Falls

Sunday, August 21 (First Congregational)

9:30 A.M.      Praise Worship with Dean Jardee – Lay Reader: Joan Dailey – Ushers: June Rovero, Bill Walters – Tellers: Carol Shipley, Nancy Zadick

Sunday, August 28 (First Congregational)Welcome Back, Rev. Lynne!

9:30 A.M.      In person worship, Choir – Lay Reader: Kelly Quick – Ushers: Bonnie Lane, Liz Lee – Tellers: Paul Haffeman, Sue Skees               

3:00 P.M.       Stewardship Board, Zoom                   

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