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Interested in joining First Congregational UCC?

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





Week of April 19 – April 25, 2021

Tues Apr 20:                                               
10:00 Goldfinch Communion

Wed Apr 21:                                    
4:00 Confirmation   
5:30 Church Council

Sun Apr 25:
Blessing Box Collection
9:15   Sunday School
10:30 Worship

 

Birthdays for April 18 – April 24, 2021
April 18           Terry Riggs
April 21           Cameron Hainy
                           Arianna Moller Smith
                           Jerry Norman
 April 22          Donna Grotte
                           Rachael Tonneson

 

Anniversaries for April 18 – April 24, 2021
April 20     Jacob & Abbey Shoen             8 yrs
April 20     Eugene & Polly Mosloski    17 yrs


The bouquet of flowers today is given by
Elaine Zoeller, in memory of her Mother,
Gladys Thate.


Newsletter Submissions are due
Friday, Apr 23th by 9:00 am.

Most long-term care facilities are now allowing visitations!
If you are healthy and willing, please consider reaching out to our nursing home, assisted living, or shut-in friends
with a short visit, call, or card.




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!


April Blessing Box: Strengthen the Church

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.

  April Blessing Box: Strengthen the Church



+1.507.235.5382

319 Downtown Plaza, Fairmont, MN 56031

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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 April 12 – April 18, 2021

Mon Apr 12:                                    
5:00 FCH Foundation        

Wed Apr 14:                                    
4:00 Confirmation   
5:15 Mission Board
6:30 CE Board      
   

Sun Apr 18:
9:15   Sunday School
10:30 Worship



​Birthdays for April 11 – April 17, 2021
April 12           Doug Guritz
                          Will Hawkins  
April 13           Joyce Knudson
April 15           Randy Rowan
                           Chris Draper 
April 16           Lyle Norris
                           K.T. Magnussen

 
Anniversaries for April 11 – April 17, 2021
April 12          Amanda & Ryan Cain         13 yrs
April 16          Kirk & Gina Jorgensen       16 yrs

 
Council Agenda Items are due Friday, Apr 16th by 9:00 am.

Most nursing home policies now allow for visitations!
If you are healthy and willing, please consider reaching out to our nursing home or shut-in friends with a short visit, call, or card.  At Lakeview Methodist Health Services in Fairmont, you will be asked screening questions and required to wear a surgical mask (supplied), but this is a small price to pay in keeping our friends safe.  Check with other area facilities for their specific visitation protocols.