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319 Downtown Plaza, Fairmont, MN 56031

Week of July 19 - July 25, 2021


Tues July 20:                                              
10:00 Goldfinch Communion

Wed July 21:
5:45 Church Council

Sun July 25:
Blessing Box Collection
9:30   Worship


Birthdays for July 18 – July 24, 2021
July 18     Shelby Marks      
                   Dalene Prindle
July 19     Joy Rachuy
                   Abby Shoen
July 20     Kelly Moller
July 21      Alex Neitzel
                   Sarah Wannarka  
July 24     Nicholas Thate

Anniversaries for July 18 – July 24, 2021
July 20     Tracy & Jessi Kotewa       19 yrs
July 21     Brad & Vonnie Cone         20 yrs
July 22     Lorin & Joy Pollock           26 yrs
July 22     Jeff & Nanci Skog              36 yrs
July 24     Jeff & Renae Vetter           34 yrs


 
Coming Up . . .

Free Community Meal, Wednesday, July 28th
Serving:  Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Fruit Cup,
Bar and Water
Sponsored by the East Chain 4H

 

Newsletter Submissions are due this Friday (23rd) at 9 am.Type your paragraph here.


​​​​​​​If you are in need of prayer, or have special needs or concerns, please feel free to contact Pastor Cory or the Diaconate Members:

    July Blessing Box: Heaven's Table Backpack Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​First Congregational UCC Announcements​​

Interested in joining First Congregational UCC?

Please speak to Pastor Cory after the service or send him an email. 





Week of July 26 – August 1, 2021

Mon July 26:                                               
7:00 Parent To Parent

Wed July 28:
5:30 Free Community Meal

Thurs July 29:
9:30 Bible Study

 Sun August 1:
Blessing Box Collection
9:30   Worship

Birthdays for July 25 – July 31, 2021
July 25    Robbin Celander
July 26    Cheryl Ashland
                  Dolores Gronewald
July 27    Renae Vetter
July 28    Whytnie Goerndt
July 30    Melissa Neitzel
                  Asia Gilbertson
July 31     Courtney Grefe

Anniversaries for July 25 – July 31, 2021
July 25    Tony & Jenna Smith            6 yrs
July 26    Matt & Brittany Goerndt   7 yrs
July 27    Mark & Rita Craven           47 yrs
July 30    Dave & Cindy Martens      38 yrs 


Free Community Meal, Wednesday, July 28th
Serving:  Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Fruit Cup,
Bar and Water
Sponsored by the East Chain 4H

KInship Industrial Commercial Rummage Sale/Auction
Thursday & Friday, July 29 & 30 from 8 AM - 6 PM
Dutch Auction (prices reduced every 1/2 hour) Saturday,
July 31 from 8:30-11 AM at the Martin County fairgrounds
Purchases support youth mentoring in Kinship of Martin County.
Thank you,  Char
chark@kahlerautomation.com
(507) 236-4606


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​​ If you are in need of prayer, or have special needs or   concerns, please feel free to contact Pastor Cory or the   Diaconate  Members:


ACOLYTES – Parents of children in third grade and up, please see our “SignUpGenius” site to get your child signed up to light candles in 2020!  The link is posted to our church website for your convenience.
 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A thought from the Mission Board . . .
Part of showing and sharing our love of God is to love and nurture his creations.  Over the next year we will be highlighting different ways we can show that love.  We are beginning our focus on cutting down on the amount of garbage we create.

We’d like to encourage you to bring your own coffee mug or tumbler with you rather than getting a disposable cup.

We invite everyone to begin this by bringing one to Sunday morning coffee at church, to Sunday School, to meetings, to the Community Meal!


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​First Congregational UCC Announcements​​

Interested in joining First Congregational UCC?

Please speak to Pastor Cory after the service or send him an email.

First Congregational United Church of Christ Fairmont

COVID-19 Safety Plan


SAFETY

Participants should understand and agree to the following COVID-19 Safety Plan for First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairmont prior to attendance:

Stay home if you or anyone in your household is sick or has symptoms associated with COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. 
Persons who are at higher risk for severe illness (elderly or underlying health conditions) are strongly encouraged to stay home.
Masks are required, whether homemade cloth or disposable.  Disposable masks will be available at entrances if you need one.  *CDC guidelines do not require children under age 2 to wear a mask.
Use of hand sanitizer will be required upon entering the church.
Signs are posted at church entrances listing other COVID-19 related restrictions and guidelines to be observed by all in attendance.
Worship services will continue to be available via electronic means:

      Facebook Live - https://www.facebook.com/firstcongofairmontmn/    [live at regular worship time or archived]

      RightNow Media – https://www.rightnowmedia.org                           [contact Pastor Cory if you need access]

      Fairmont Cable Channel 12 – Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm

ATTENDANCE
Names of all in attendance will be recorded each Sunday.  This contact tracking is necessary in case we become aware of a coronavirus case within the congregation and need to inform you of possible exposure. 

CAPACITY
Percentage of total church occupancy is not an accurate method of determining safe seating capacity for worship services.  Physical distance of at least 6’ between individuals/family groups will be maintained when in the church building.  To maintain this distance:

There are 12 pews available on the main floor, with one empty row between to ensure proper physical distancing between congregants.
Seating estimates allow for a maximum of one couple on each end of a pew.  Total will generally be 4 per pew, unless part of a larger family unit.
4 pews are also available in the balcony with same physical distancing restrictions as the main floor.
 
GREETERS
Greeters will meet people at the front and alley doors (original north entrance is closed) to ensure that everyone has, or is provided, a mask and uses hand sanitizer upon entering.  Greeters will also ensure names of those in attendance are recorded as stipulated in “attendance” above.     

USHERS
Ushers will show people to appropriately spaced seating.  Please follow the usher’s directions and avoid congregating in church common areas.

At the end of the service the ushers will dismiss the congregation by rows.  Please exit the church as you are dismissed and avoid congregating in church common areas.  Socializing can be done outside at a safe distance.


CHANGES TO THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE
No congregational or choir singing.  Special music will still be provided. 
Offering plates are not being passed.  Place offering in plates provided in the Narthex.
Communion is still planned on the first Sunday of each month.  Safe methods for distribution will be explained during the service.

SANITIZATION
Sanitizing will be done after services.  Please refrain from entering any areas that have been taped off.


​Rev. 3 – July 23, 2020
*All provisions contained herein are subject to change in accordance with local, state, and national public health guidelines.

    July Blessing Box: Heaven's Table Backpack Program