2016 – First Presbyterian Church of Mankato, Minnesota The 1st “Blog” & Home Page

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Introducing Madelaine Smith
Director of the Children’s & Youth Choirs                 January 24, 2016

I am a senior at Bethany Lutheran College, studying elementary education. Since it’s my last semester, I’m currently student teaching at a local Mankato school. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to direct the children’s and youth choirs here at First Presbyterian, and have really enjoyed getting to know the kids and working with them.

Music is a huge part of my life. I’ve played the flute since 6th grade, and sung since before I can remember. I also enjoy playing the piano and listening to all kinds of music in my free time. Being a future teacher, working at as a children’s choir director is a wonderful fit for me because I get to combine two things that I love doing, and get paid for it!

I grew up in Corcoran, Minnesota with my 2 parents, 2 younger siblings and cat, Maggie. My favorite movie is a toss up between Jonah, A Wrinkle in Time and Matilda and I have too many favorite books to choose just one (that’s a common teacher problem). I’m also huge fan of anything Disney, musicals, hot chocolate, and jelly beans.
I’ve immensely enjoyed getting to know those of you that I’ve met and hope to meet the rest of you, so please come introduce yourselves :)

Introducing Holly Havemeier
Church Organist-Pianist-Accompanist                      January 21, 2016

Holly became our church organist-pianist-accompanist on September 28th!   We have had a busy fall and just had time to chase her down and ask her a few questions.   We want to make sure we welcome her officially to all members who have not yet had time to meet or talk with Holly.

I am very excited to be a part of First Presbyterian Church’s music program. I’ve met quite a few members and I hope to meet all of you. I have enjoyed playing on such fine instruments and playing a three manual organ is a dream come true for me. 

I am a stay-at-home mom and I have a personal business with Mary Kay Cosmetics for the past 19 years. This fall I added my 15th piano student. I’ve been teaching piano for the past 15 years. 

I married my high school sweetheart, Devron, and we’ve been married for 19 years. We’ve been blessed with 3 children: Garrett, (10)Autumn, (6) and Lucas, (4). We live on a hobby farm outside of Nicollet and my husband enjoys farming and raising corn and soybeans. And of course, the kids enjoy Jack Frost, our dog, and all their chickens, ducks and kittens. 

My first organ lessons were at 11 years of age and at age 13, I lead my first church service. I continued organ lessons and then studied with Dr. Linda Duckett at Minnesota State University. I served at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Crystal for the past 22 years before coming to Mankato’s First Presbyterian Church.

I enjoy spending time with my family taking nature walks and summer nights with campfires and smores with the little ones. 


Celebration of Life – George Sugden                         January 12, 2016



Tuesday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Northview Mankato Mortuary and Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church of Mankato 1 hour prior to the service.

Funeral Service 
First Presbyterian Church – Wednesday January 13 at 11:00 am.

Immediately following the service.

Graveside Service
Following luncheon – With military honors at Glenwood Cemetery.

Thanks to Generous Donors                                 December 31, 2015

Partners in Outreach thanks those who generously donated items to the Mitten Tree.  Partners for Affordable Housing gratefully accepted our church’s donation of 7 winter coats, 2 pairs of snow pants, 18 pairs of mittens or gloves, 5 hat/glove/scarf sets, 5 scarves and 3 pairs of toe socks.

Thank you also to those who donated twelve pounds of food items to the ECHO Food Shelf.  Your donations were greatly appreciated.

Thanks to Generous Donors

Christmas Eve Services

Thursday, December 24th, 2015
2:45 p.m. ~ Orchestra Rehearsal
4:30 p.m. ~ Christmas Eve Orchestra Performance
5:00 p.m. ~ Worship Service with Candlelight

Christmas Eve Orchestra

Our Christmas Eve Orchestra will again play carols preceding the 5:00 p.m. service. We hope that you will come at 4:30pm to listen to us! If you would like to join in on the playing, we will have one practice on that day at 2:45pm. Please bring your instrument and a music stand if possible.

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New Partnership with MNSU Communication Studies Department
First Presbyterian Church has been looking for different ways to develop more relationships with the community and one way of doing this is through one of the many colleges in the Mankato area. FPC and Minnesota State-Mankato have teamed up beginning this fall to develop a Communication Internship program for current Communica11760269_10207008520599929_4227779061139024803_ntion Studies students. This is to allow a current college student hands on experience of real world communication work. Some tasks that have been included are social media, mass e-mailing, advertising, website work and many more tasks for the future!
This fall we have Ashley Kuhlman as our Communications Intern!   She is a senior studying Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology. Ashley has provided great insight and assisted the Communications Committee along with adding her Communications Studies expertise and advice during this busy fall church season. When Ashley is on break from school she likes to spend her summers working as a camp counselor and also enjoys going on hikes, hanging out with family & making all sorts of crafts. Ashley hopes to work in a church community or with children after she graduates from MNSU this spring.

First Fridays Series – Debbie Richman – Friday November 6, 12pm

Join us 12pm on November 6th’s First Fridays Series – Debbie Richman who will be joined by Sandi Lubrant! They will be speaking about the subject of, “Where is God in Alzheimer’s?”.This event is free and all are welcomed to join!


Salvation Army – Bundle Me Warm “Coat off Your Back” Event

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Guide                 August 6, 2015


 The Mankato/North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s team has put together a resource guide which also has an online version.  The guide includes the FPC caregivers’ support group and the online version has a hyperlink to the FPC website—cool!!!

Here is the link to a PRINTABLE PDF:


Here is the link to the online version:

The action team understands that people in our community want information when the need arises and this is an excellent way for people to get started. We want the resource guide to get out to as many people as possible.


Ecumenical Prayer Service    Saturday June 20th at 4:30 pm
An ecumenical prayer service will be held to honor and rememberthe shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. 

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The service will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 720 S. 2nd St, in the chapel.

All are invited.




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FREE Monthly Class
May – August, 2015 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Are you or is someone you love living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia? These FREE education classes will help you understand the disease, what you can expect and provide you with resources. You are not alone.

Join us!

Mankato's most Historic Family Church. (507) 387-2160, 220 East Hickory Street, Mankato, Minnesota 56001 Worship with us! Everyone is welcome… Time: 10:00 a.m. Sunday