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Sunday Service Schedule
- Worship – 9:30 am
- Coffee and Refreshments – 10:30 am
Current Operations Status (during COVID-19 pandemic)
Worship on Zoom continues (with outdoor worship option on June 13),
church small groups welcome inside,
and office open beginning June 1 Mondays-Thursday, 8:30-11:30am.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, First Pres is moving carefully back to in-person ministry options, while continuing to put the needs of the most vulnerable in our community first, as Christ teaches us to do.
Our phased approach adjusts our operational status according to the current St. Croix County Risk Level for COVID-19.
We continue to share God’s love and grow in faith through virtual and in-person ministries as best fits the situation.
Pastor Kendra Grams
- Plan to gather for worship either outside (on the church lawn) or on Zoom, your choice! Check out all the instructions for either worship option.
- View the order of service here.
- Email Pastor Kendra (firstname.lastname@example.org) your prayers of joy and concern by 8 am Sunday (or write them on cards provided/ enter them in the Zoom chat during worship) for inclusion in our shared prayers.
WE’RE HIRING-Seeking a Family-Intergenerational Ministries Coordinator
We are seeking a Family-Intergenerational Ministries Coordinator to coordinate opportunities for young people and their families to grow in faith and share God’s love and opportunities for the entire congregation to be in ministry to and with young people and their families. View the full job description here.
Fellowship Hall, Fellowship Hall
Fellowship Hall, Fellowship Hall
Holy Humor Sunday
The Second Sunday of Easter we celebrated the unbridled joy of the good news of Christ’s resurrection with a bit of “holy humor,” a tradition extending to some of the earliest Christian theologians who noted that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. Easter was “God’s supreme joke played on death.” So the Sunday after Easter became a “bright Sunday” filled with joy and laughter as people played jokes on each other, sang, danced, told jokes and had fun. We enjoyed a ridiculous skit by the staff “Teaching God to Zoom,” a delightful medley of “15 Hymns in A Minute,” and jokes by First Pres’s own Rich Jordahl!
Joyful Easter Proclamation
We celebrated Easter joyfully this year with worship leadership of all ages and many delightful Easter proclamations! We began with the joyful proclamations at the empty “tomb”—Christ is risen! We shared Luke’s telling of the first Easter morning with many voices! And Pastor Kendra reminded us, that if our hearts are still tender after the last year (filled with trauma), it’s okay to receive the good news of Easter slowly and gently!
Virtual Palm Parade
Our 2021 Palm Sunday celebrations began with a wonderful “virtual” palm parade! It was great to see so many friendly faces joyfully waving their eco-palms! Check out the parade, which includes First Pres family and friends from age 1-108!
“Grief & Goodness” Prayer Wall
As part of our Lenten worship series on “Grief and Goodness Intertwined,” we were blessed to have First Pres member and artist Richard Ward create a prayer wall for the First Pres family and wider community. The wall stood along Vine Street throughout lent for people to share both their prayers of grief/ lament and gratitude for goodness. Early on Easter morning, the prayer wall was transformed with a flower cross to celebrate how Christ’s rising offers new life and transformation to all (watch a time lapse of the transformation here).