Celebrate the Child, a one-man play featuring Christian actor and speaker Jonathan Swenson, will be performed at First Presbyterian Church at 220 East Hickory Street, Mankato on December 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Written by Curt Cloninger, this combination of “characters and carols” explores the birth of Jesus through the eyes of six different people whose lives were somehow intertwined with the birth of Christ. Both entertaining and thought-provoking, the drama invites the audience to experience the Nativity in fresh and meaningful ways.Swenson is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A. in Psychology, Theater and Music, 1988) and Luther Seminary (Master’s of Divinity, 1994). As an ordained pastor, he has served parishes in IA and MN for nearly 20 years. As a professional Christian actor and speaker, and the founding director of Paraphrase Theatre, Swenson travels throughout the country speaking and performing at churches, national conferences, camps, retreats, and other special events. This year he will also share his ministry internationally, travelling to China and Vietnam on an outreach mission trip to schools and communities in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Hanoi.
His regional theatre credits include such roles as Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), Daddy Warbucks (Annie) and Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls). He is also a regularly featured soloist with Orchestra Iowa’s Follies.
This Coming Sunday Posted 11/8/2014
This Coming Sunday Posted 10/16/2014
This Coming Sunday Posted 10/13/2014
We all need healing many times in our lives. Healing can mean restoring our physical bodies by removing illness, or restoring our ability to deal with illness. It can mean restoring our emotional well-being, or restoring our souls in the midst of a spiritual struggle. It can also mean restoring our relationships with our families, our God, and outselves. In a healing service we invoke not only the power of our individual faith but more importantly the faith of our whole Christian community.
NEXT SUNDAY, October 19th, the Congregation of Care Task Force invites you to participate in a brief healing service. Immediately following Sunday worship we will gather at that front of the sanctuary for a brief time of prayer, comfort, and encouragement. Normally, we hold this service on the fourth Sunday of the month, but due to the annual congregational meeting on October 26, we are holding it one week early. The November service is scheduled for November 23rd.
Speaker – Kari Berit! Posted 10/8/2014
Mental Fitness Guide. She hosts her own syndicated radio program and is a frequent guest lecturer throughout the nation.
a large majority of the 78 million Baby Boomers, Kari seeks to open
dialog about the care of our loved ones and how it it affects our
> lives, both emotionally and financially. Her positive, humorous and uplifting message is not to be missed!
Speaker – David Braveheart Posted 9/4/2014
David Brave Heart is an Oglala Lakota enrolled on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He currently works as a Tribal Liaison Technical Assistance for Central CAPT, Associate Director and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center, and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Juvenile Detention Reentry Training and Technical Assistance Center at Education Development Center in Waltham, MA. He has over 20 years of experience in reentry work with American Indian offenders; adults and juveniles, and has over 30 years of experience in working with American Indian communities in addressing chemical dependency and substance abuse. David earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership, and has dedicated his efforts in the promotion of holistic well-being through cultural teachings and way of life.
Upcoming Speakers: John Thavis and Kari Berit
Fellowship and All That Jazz Posted 7/16/2014
The First Church will “make a joyful noise” Sunday July 27, hosting a jazz worship service at 10 a.m. The service will feature the EZ Jazz Trio, with Evan Bierer on sax, Ben Marti on piano, and Eric Zimmerman on bass. There will be great music including old-time gospel singing. Fun for the kids as well!
The service will be followed by a barbeque picnic lunch in the fellowship hall. Bring a friend!
With a mission to glorify God and enjoy God forever, all people are invited and welcome to worship Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
A tour of historic First Presbyterian Church was the featured Sunday morning June 29 event for the Betsy-Tacy Deep Valley Homecoming celebration. Guests then attended the worship service and were able to visit with descendants of Mankato persons featured in the Betsy-Tacy series of books at a special coffee hour honoring them and new church members received that morning. First Presbyterian Church is the oldest church mentioned in the books that is still serving as a church.
New Treasurer & Bookkeeper! Posted – June 16, 2014The Budget Committee and staff at First Presbyterian Church Mankato is pleased to introduce to you our new church Treasurer/Bookkeeper, Jamie Goulson. Jamie resides in Lake Crystal and works full time as the Senior Accountant at BENCO Electric Cooperative. She has two adult children and is looking forward to soon being a grandmother. Jamie looks forward to her duties at FPC as a way of expanding her social network and continuing her involvement in not for profit work.
Jamie’s extensive accounting experience and exceptional efficiency will allow her to perform her duties at FPC on a part time basis. She anticipates being in the church office immediately following the worship service on Sundays as well as two or more additional evenings throughout the week.
Feel free to contact Jamie at <firstname.lastname@example.org> with questions regarding your pledge or other financial matters involving FPC. Please keep in mind it will take Jamie a few weeks to become fully acquainted with the church’s various funds and record keeping system.
Stop by the Treasurer’s office after worship and give Jamie a warm welcome.
Seeking Two Staff positions Posted 5/21/2014
Wanted: A part-time church treasurer for our church! Job responsibilities include processing all financial transactions. We are also currently seeking an organist to provide music for Sunday worship services. The organist will also accompany the Sanctuary Choir for performances as well as rehearsals. Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. or PO Box. 495, MN 56002, if you are interested in either position.
Resignation of Ken Tate & Mariya Bergquist Posted 5/18/2014
We are currently seeking to fill their positions. If you, or anyone you know would be interested in these positions, please contact Pastor Chris, Pam Grems – Chair of Personnel Committee, or Doug Otopalik – Clerk of Session.
All Church Spring Clean Up Posted 4/30/2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 9:00am.
Have you ever wondered how we change the light bulbs way up in the dome of our sanctuary? Join us on Saturday to find out. While the youth group will be working on sprucing up the memorial garden, we could use help with projects such as wiping down the kitchen cupboards, sorting the silverware and purging unnecessary items.
Post Secondary Education Scholarships Posted 3/22/2014
Guidelines for the grants:
1. The applicant must be a member of First Presbyterian Church, Mankato.
2. Grants will be available to enrolled or enrolling college/university and post-secondary students.
3. One grant application per school year will be accepted with a lifetime maximum of four grants awarded per person.
4. The application deadline is April 30, 2014. Late applications will not be considered for award.
5. Application is to be made on the form provided and can be submitted in either written or electronic form.
6. Applicants must include a current transcript with their completed application.
7. If awarded, grant money will be forwarded directly to your school upon verification of your enrollment.
8. You must re-apply annually for a grant even if you previously received a grant and meet all other eligibility requirements.
Applications are available in either a hardcopy form (sent to you via the USPS) or in an electronic format that can be emailed to you and/or your student.
If you, or a student you know, meet the grant eligibility requirements and would like to apply, please contact Kimberly in the church office to have an application form sent to you.
Photos of the Installation Ceremony of Pastor Chris Conlin last Sunday, March 2, 2014 Posted 3/4/2014