Dear Church,
 
Bailey here! I hope you are all having a wonderful week, and I hope you are excited for our first session of Compassion Camp – our entirely virtual and inter-generational summer program! Compassion Camp will begin THIS Sunday (July 5) and take place on Facebook Live at 10:00 am every Sunday through August 2. And don’t worry – you don’t need to sign up, pay a fee, or anything! This is just a fun way for us to mix up how we worship and learn together.

The theme for Compassion Camp is “Be Loved, Be Kind. Be You.” Through these next five weeks we will learn what it means to be compassionate toward others, the world, and ourselves. You will see lots of familiar faces helping us as we learn and grow, including Pastor Lindsay, my puppet friends, and members of our congregation!

In each week’s eblast, I will attach printable elements of the Compassion Camp curriculum related to the upcoming Sunday’s lesson. These will include a “Daily Examen,” which offers questions of reflection for the day, and a colorable prayer page. Kids, adults, and families can all enjoy these easy methods of prayer and reflection! I will also include a “Compassion in Action” activity or challenge for the week. You can easily do these on your own or with your family – and share your results with us!

I look forward to sharing this super fun program with all of you. Be sure to share your thoughts with me as we go along, and let me know if you want to get involved somehow! I have lots of easy and fun ideas up my sleeve for anyone who wants to participate! 

All the Best,
Bailey

COMPASSION CAMP MATERIALS FOR JULY 5
Daily Examen
Colorable Prayer Page
COMPASSION IN ACTION: This week, create a centerpiece for your next meal together that can stay there as a reminder of how God draws everyone together at the table.
SUGGESTED SUPPLIES: A container like a mug or vase; pipe cleaners, straws, construction paper, tissue paper, bits of nature items like sticks, flowers, leaves, or rocks; and candles.
Before you begin, think about what kind of centerpiece you want to make. What kind of container do you want to use? What do you want to display in that container? Will you find things in your yard or home? Will you use craft materials to make things like flowers or little paper banners to go into the container? Go collect your items and get creative putting together your family’s table centerpiece!

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
The Caregivers Support Group is meeting TODAY at 2 pm at Sibley Park. Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair and coffee or water (or whatever!) and they will social distance by sitting 6′ apart. Questions? Contact Janet Goff, 507-351-5719.

WELCOME INTERN ELIZABETH PROUTY!
We are so excited to have Elizabeth Prouty on board as our intern for the summer! Elizabeth will be working with Lindsay and Bailey with extra hands and feet to help with all our summer fun! Thanks for joining the team, Elizabeth!

DON’T FORGET TO GIVE!
The work of the church continues during this time – and a virus cannot even stop us! Make sure you are mailing in your pledge, in gratitude for all we have and all we are, by God’s grace. Online donations are easy and secure, and special gifts are ALWAYS welcome – it’s how we continue to love and serve our people and neighbors in need, maintain our building, appreciate our staff, and more.

COVID-19 PROTOCOL
All businesses (including churches) are required to have a protocol for this strange season of COVID-19. With a big thanks to Lynnette, we have a working protocol, and it can be viewed HERE. Note, committees can now meet in the church, but there are some rules and regulations we must follow to keep everyone safe. Click HERE for the guidelines. Call the church office with any questions or to set up a meeting. Most importantly, be kind, be well, and be safe.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS
The Presbyterian Church USA meets every other year for a big meeting to do church business all together. Click HERE for a rundown of what happened in that recent online multi-day gathering.

JOIN US SUNDAY MORNINGS  FOR WORSHIP ON FACEBOOK!
Remember to join us LIVE each Sunday at facebook.com/FPCmankato for worship with Pastor Lindsay at 10:00 am, Puppet Story Time with Bailey at 10:20 am and Music with Ben at 10:30 am. If you are unable to watch live, you can always access recordings of all of the above at fpcmankato.org/virtualchurch.