Photos of the Installation Ceremony of Pastor Chris Conlin last Sunday, March 2, 2014 Posted 3/4/2014
Caring for Caregivers Posted 2/21/2014
A warm welcome to First Presbyterian Church members who are Caregivers. If you are frequently helping a spouse, family member or other loved one, please join us. Learn about relating to and giving care to your loved one and taking care of yourself. Talk with other family caregivers and listen to them in a group that is confidential and supportive. There will be time for sharing and also an educational component. Meetings will be one hour maximum. If you have friends who are also caregivers, please invite them.
Local caregiving expert, Dr. Jeff Buchanan, will present a kick-off talk at our first meeting. His special area of teaching and work is older adults, particularly with Alzheimers.
Caring for Caregivers will meet four Thursdays: March 20, 27, April 3. 10 at 3:00 – 4:00 PM in the lower level.
Janet Goff and Nadine Sugden are facilitators. If you have questions, please call Janet at 345-7166 or Nadine at 625-6390.
A Congregation of Care Ministry
First Fridays at First Church Announces Speaker Lineup
Historic First Presbyterian Church in downtown Mankato will launch a speaker series in April. “First Fridays at First Church” aims to present compelling speakers on a variety of topics dealing with living a spiritual life, the social gospel, caregiving, and more. On the first Friday of the month, speakers will give a one-half-hour presentation during the noon hour, followed by an opportunity for questions. All presentations will take place in the sanctuary of the church at Broad and Hickory downtown, and will be free of charge. Many of the presentations will be recorded for re-broadcast on KMSU, the Minnesota State-Mankato campus radio station.
Kicking off the series on Friday, April 4 is John McKay, renowned pianist and music professor emeritus from Gustavus Adolphus College, speaking on Music and Spirituality. John served as interim pastor at First Church as we awaited the arrival of Chris Conlin, and though that tenure was brief, John was much beloved by the congregation. With his deep knowledge of both music and religion, this should be a compelling talk.
On Friday May 2, we welcome author Rachael Hanel. As of this writing, Hanel is a finalist for the prestigious Minnesota Book Awards, for her acclaimed memoir, “We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down.” It’s the story of her family, and of her growing up as the daughter of a gravedigger, whose everyday playgrounds were cemeteries here in south central Minnesota. Hanel is a former reporter for the Mankato Free Press, and currently is a fulltime faculty member in the Mass Media Department at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
On Friday June 6th, you’ll learn the full story about the Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic, which returns to Mankato this summer. The massive effort, which kicked off its Minnesota campaign in Mankato two years ago, aims to provide critical dental care at no charge to thousands who lack dental insurance. First Church member and chair of our Session, Doug Otopalik, is a major force behind this effort to literally follow Jesus’ teaching to heal the sick. He will be joined by the state director of the program, Alejandro Aguirre.
Coming up this fall, we’re lining up presentations on Native American spirituality in connection with the PowWow, and renowned radio host and speaker Kari Berit will join us to talk about the squeeze so many of us are feeling as caregivers, whether for a spouse, an aging parent, or maybe someone “sandwiched” between caring for children AND an aging parent.
We invite all members of our congregation and the community to join us on First Fridays, starting in April, for these important presentations, which are underwritten by generous support from our First Presbyterian Endowment Committee.
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