Dear Church,
 
Bailey here! I am stepping in for Lindsay this week because she is recovering after a hospital stay due to a severely infected dog bite. Please be sure to keep her in your prayers! If you would like to send her any well-wishes, I know she would be deeply appreciative.  You can send cards to:

Lindsay Conrad
220 E Hickory Street
Mankato, MN 56001

The staff sure misses having Lindsay around, and we wish her all the best for a quick recovery. Until she is able to work again, please contact Lynnette or me with questions, concerns, etc.

Meanwhile, this has been a super busy week in the church! Connections Ministry officially  began their lease on Monday, and they are slowly starting to move into the top floor of our building. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the MANY VOLUNTEERS who stepped up to clean, reorganize, and clear out our building. THANK YOU to those who dedicated their time and effort this past Tuesday (and throughout the past few months)!

As always, be sure to join us on Sunday on Facebook Live at 10:00 am. This week,  Sarah Ruble will be stepping in as our guest preacher! We are so excited to have her teach and lead us again. NOTE: We will be postponing communion to the following Sunday when Lindsay can lead us.

I wish you all the best, and I hope you are staying healthy and well. Please let me know if you need any resources for staying active and civically engaged during these difficult times.

Peace be yours,
Bailey DeVetter
Director of Christian Education
(507) 995-4817
educator@fpcmankato.org 

SEND US YOUR ANIMAL PHOTOS!
Sunday, June 14 we are going to have a special “Blessing of the Animals” Service. I am collecting  pictures of your precious animal family members for a special project. Send me a photo (or two!) of your non-human family members to educator@fpcmankato.org  We will also be remembering  animal friends who died in the past year, so send those photos along too!

FIRST FRIDAYS ~ Celebrating Juneteenth! 
TOMORROW, JUNE 5, 12 NOON via ZOOM

Bukata Hayes, Executive Director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, will talk about the significance of Juneteenth – the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States – to the black community in Mankato and across the country. This event takes place on June 19 each year.  2018 marked the first year Mankato celebrated community-wide.  
Click on the ZOOM link HERE.
Meeting ID: 875 2938 6851
Password: 432909

JUNE NEWSLETTER CORRECTION
By now you should have received your June Communicator in the mail. After going to print, we realized we had a wrong last name for one of our college grads, Nick Davis (not Taylor!). Congratulations, Nick, on your graduation, and please accept our apology! (P.S. The electronic version is correct!)

MANKATO FAMILY YMCA COLLECTING ITEMS FOR TWIN CITIES YMCA’S
The Mankato Family YMCA is gathering items today, tomorrow and Monday to be donated and delivered to two YMCA’s in the Twin Cities in neighborhoods directly affected by the arson and looting occurring in the area. If you would like to help, please click HERE for more information on what items are needed and where and when you can drop them off.

FLOWER FUND
Church flowers are not being purchased at this time as they normally were. However, our friends at Becky’s Floral are willing to deliver Sunday flowers for us again to some of our beloved that are isolated these days. If you would like to contribute to the flower fund, please make your check out to the church and include “flower fund” in the memo (or in the memo line in your online giving). Bouquet + delivery is $30.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL IS ON ZOOM
Join us throughout the summer! This is a great time to try out Adult Sunday School! We can’t wait to see you Sunday mornings at 8:30! Register in advance for the Sunday School ZOOM meeting HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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.