Please Join Us for Worship This Holy Week!
Maundy Thursday, March 24, 6:00pm
Good Friday, March 25, 7:00pm
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES,
7:30am and 10:00am
Youth Easter Egg Bake Served By the Youth Group,
8:15am – 9:45am.
and also to our alternates: Mark or Rhonda Taylor and Terry Kuechle. Thank you to our team captains: Lynn Kuechle and Sally Coomes and Patty Conlin who launched this effort. The event raised a record-breaking $103,000.
Thank you to all who made Soup and Pie for Habitat on March 6, such a success. We raised $889 for habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota. Thank you to pie donors, servers, dishwashers, dining room set up crew, promoters, guests and our pi/pie tapestry maker!!
Communication Committee Intern March 2, 2016
First Presbyterian Church has been looking for new 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 again this spring, to develop a Communication Internship program for current Communication 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 for the future.
Mary E. Roed, 89, of Mankato passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 24, 2016.A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Mankato. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m., Monday, February 29, 2016 at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Woodland Hills in Mankato.
Mary was born February 13, 1927 to William and Nan (Seaton) Eberhardt in Alden, IA. She attended Prairie Dale Country School and graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1944. On May 2, 1948 she married Verland “Dusty” Roed in Alden, Iowa. Together they raised three children, Steven, James, and Nancy Jo.
Mary worked as a bookkeeper at several companies, including 15 years at Kreutzer Motor Express in Mankato. Mary was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church since moving to Mankato in 1961. She served in a variety of roles including Sunday-school teacher, deacon, head usher, funeral service chairman and choir member. As a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, she held many positions in her local chapter as well as being a state and national representative. She volunteered for many organizations such as Vine, Meals on Wheels, the RSVP reading program at Kennedy School, Habitat for Humanity, Cub Scouts and Campfire Girls. In her spare time, Mary enjoyed walking, reading, gardening, doing crafts, and being with her family and friends. She will be remembered as a fun, giving, strong and independent woman who will be greatly missed by many.
Mary is survived by her children, Steven (Gloria) Roed of Lino Lakes, MN, James (Bonnie) Roed of Eden Prairie, MN, and Nancy Jo (Neal) Duncanson of Mendota Heights, MN; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Verland “Dusty” in 1993; sisters, Betty Nan and Patricia; and brother, Bill.
The family prefers memorials to the First Presbyterian Church or the donor’s choice.
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!
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.
First Presbyterian Church – Wednesday January 13 at 11:00 am.
Immediately following the 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.
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.
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
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.
The service will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 720 S. 2nd St, in the chapel.
All are invited.
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.