Dear Church,
 
As you are reading this, the staff is working on a Pentecost service that is coming to you LIVE this Sunday! Pentecost has long been celebrated as the birth of the Church. In a way, Pentecost this year is like a re-birth of First Presbyterian Church, as the next day is June 1, which is the beginning of our contract with Connections Ministry. I hope you take some time with me this weekend to pray for this next chapter in ministry for First Presbyterian Church.

I am also taking extra time this week to be grateful for the generosity of this congregation. Because of the generosity and thoughtfulness of church members, staff had bagels from Tandem Bagels waiting for them this morning as they arrived to prepare worship for you. Because of the generosity of members past (establishing a healthy endowment fund) and present, a new organ is about to be installed in the church – completely paid for! Because of the grit and determination of church leadership and staff, our building is getting cleaned and reorganized – we are working hard to be ready when it is safe to worship and serve all together again. Because of your patience, love for one another, and insistence that all are welcome at First Presbyterian Church, we are continuing to love and serve in creative ways outside of our church building – worshiping online, loving from a distance, and keeping our community healthy. For all of this, and for the privilege of being your pastor in such time as this, I am grateful.

So I charge you as you go into this weekend to pray for how God will lay on your heart reason to celebrate and respond in gratitude for the life – the GIFT – that has been given to you on this weekend, the birthday of the Church. 

Peace be yours,
Pastor Lindsay

SEND US YOUR ANIMAL PHOTOS!
Sunday, June 14 we are going to have a special “Blessing of the Animals” Service. Bailey is collecting  photos of your precious animal family members for a special project. Send her 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! 
JUNE 5 at 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

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.