April Sunday Forum & Fellowship – SFF

Spring is upon us or so we think and feel. We continue the Lenten journey but with an eye towards a great celebration. Easter Sunday, the culmination of our journey.

What does April have in store for our Sunday fellowship and Forum? The month will focus on the gathering of members as we celebrate Easter and each other.

4/7: Fellowship and sharing. Nothing currently planned.
4/14: Tentative plan to put together some small Easter baskets for our shut-ins. Much like we have done at Christmas time.

4/21: Easter Breakfast
4/28: Sundae Sunday – A time to enjoy lots of fun food”. Ice cream, toppings, and other goodies. A mixing of the generations. Sunday school and coffee drinkers!

As always, coffee and cookies depend on volunteers for making and serving on Sundays. A calendar is passed around for sign-up. Please think about it when it comes your way.

P4W Thanks You

To nourish a mind, we must first nourish the body.

40% of Elementary children in Red Wing qualify for Free & Reduced meals. Sometimes school meals are the only meals they can rely on.

According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), schools in the United States with a subsidized meal rate of 10% or less produced students who scored 551 on reading, second only to Shanghai, China. At the other end, students at schools with a population of 75% or more qualifying for free and reduced meals scored only 446. This data reminds us that US Schools do well by students who come to school ready to learn, but it is impossible to ignore the persistent correlation between poverty and performance.

Packing for the Weekend started in January 2011 at Sunnyside School in Red Wing by sending bags of food home with 30 children chosen by the school.  Each bag contains food for three full meals for the family and additional snacks for children. Because of caring and generous communities, some schools are able to continue the program over the summer months.

Currently, United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties sponsors Packing for the Weekend programs in Red Wing, Goodhue County Education District, Lake City, Cannon Falls, Zumbrota, Goodhue and Wabasha.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, 58,623 missing meals were provided across our service area within these school districts during the 2014-2015 school year!!

URLC March Council Notes

The following were voted in as officers on the Church Council. Please feel free to contact any of us for questions or comments:

President: Linda Herrick
Vice President: Ron Gabrielson
Secretary: Lori Copeman
Treasurer: Willie Rauen
CLICK HERE for a list of all council members and their contact information on our website.

A technology technician position was approved and will be posted.

Technology Technician position.

We are looking for a person or people interested in the position. The job description is: Provides technology support during church services including recording of services and running computer for service. Works with church secretary and pastor to develop computerized support for the service including order of worship, hymns, announcements, and other requested audiovisual items to be broadcast during the service. May be asked to support other special events or services.

Pay is $50 for Sundays with 2 services which includes slide preparation and being present at both services to set-up and run the media. Pay is $35 for single services. If you are interested, please contact Linda Herrick at 507-250-4567.

Good Friday

Join us for the Good Friday service April 19th 6:30 PM

Let the Children Come

Both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday can lack participation from families with children. Adults feel compelled to shield children from the hard parts of the story, as if the hard parts don’t seep into their knowing. On these days when we tell the hard part of the story, it helps us to hold the whole big story of life, death, and resurrection together. Just like characters in a play are changed through experiences, the story of life, death, and resurrection changes who we are, helping us to remember in our experiences that the hard parts lead to life.

Easter Services Sunday April 21st
– Youth Easter Drama at 7:00 AM
* (Breakfast to follow 7:30 – 8:30 AM)
– Easter Services at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM