Dear Church,
 
OH! How I miss y’all already! It has been good for my heart to see many of you virtually, to hear your voices in phone calls and teleconferencing, and to write you cards as I pray for you and your loved ones. I hope you hear loud and clear that I am holding each of you and all of you in my heart – these days more than ever!

These e-blasts are going to to be the replacement of a newsletter for the time being. We know information changes fast, and that you need updates more than once a month right now, so this will be your weekly email with everything you need to know from the church! These emails will come on Thursdays (usually) as we prepare for the weekend and gathering on Sunday. Anyone who requires a paper mailing, PLEASE do not hesitate to let us know! I am working on resources for our folks without technology at their fingertips!

Check out below for what’s going on, how you can be the virtual hands and feet of the church, and more ways to connect with God and one another!

Peace be yours, dear ones, 
Pastor Lindsay
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PRAYER ZOOM hosted by Pastor Lindsay ~ Wednesday Evenings at 5:30!
Register in advance: 
https://zoom.us/…/regist…/tZEkfuigpjgrMhZ2i1DF6Tl4gWGnZD50GQ
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Then you can simply join with Pastor Lindsay each Wednesday night for the next month as we pray for the needs of our community, each other, and the world. 

FPC CONNECTION CHALLENGE!
Pastor Lindsay is working on checking in with, and checking on, our beloved staying-home-and-being-safe members (which we hope everyone is who can!). The good news is that she doesn’t need to do this alone – we are the church together! Email her at Pastor@fpcmankato.org to accept the challenge and call/email/reach out to five church members in the next week. Then report back about the delight you had getting to know someone, how they are doing, and that you want five MORE people to check on!

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
This is the season for a very important PCUSA offering. The three programs supposed by OGHS: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope. You can give by mailing a check to the church (please write OGHS in the subject line) or go to the OGHS web page here.

REMEMBER TO “LIKE” AND FOLLOW FPC on FACEBOOK! 
Click here for instructions. JOIN US for Worship live every Sunday at 10:00 am with Pastor Lindsay, Story Time with Bailey at 10:20 am and Music with Ben at 10:30 am. Here is a link to the Facebook event.

CONNECTIONS SHELTER UPDATE
From Connections Staff…
“Today (March 23) we move our guests to the isolation of their hotel rooms. With all of the info that says we must social distance and we must stay home, we must make that a reality for our guests. It is quite impossible to social distance in a shelter setting. So, with the help and work of many many hands, today we move our guests to their own room. Each guest is receiving a bag full of essential items including quarters to do their laundry. Staff will still check in with guests every day and prepare and deliver an evening meal. Last night was our last meal together and we didn’t even have time to reflect on it. End of season has come in a flash thanks to a pandemic, BUT we are so thankful we are able to provide this care for our guests. If you would like to donate to this effort, please let us know. It is a change that requires a lot of money, but it must be done.” You can donate here.

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PARENTS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
Click here to read a recent REWIRE article by Gretchen Brown interviewing Pastor Lindsay and others about this important topic!

FIRST FRIDAYS IN APRIL
…is going digital! Stay tuned for more details coming soon!