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The Council has called a special Congregational Meeting March 16th immediately following worship. At that meeting the Congregation will vote on whether to purchase a solar array for the office wing of the church on the condition that we receive state incentives. First UCC has entered a state lottery for incentives along with other organizations wanting to install solar. Here is a proposal from AllEnergy Solar and Ten K, a company out of Bloomington.
The solar group felt this was the best proposal we’d seen. Our initial cost will be $58,363, but through state incentives we will receive payments over the course of ten years that will reduce our cost to $24,255.73. This is $7,000 less than other proposals. AllEnergy Solar has been using the Ten K panel for three years and is confident that it is a high quality and durable panel.
We will need to replace the shingles on the office wing before the solar array is installed, and we expect that cost to be close to $5000. We are exploring the change in our insurance, but we don’t expect it to be substantial.
If we do not receive funds through the lottery the deal is off, and we are free to apply for another incentive program in April or May. Other incentives will not be as generous.
The church has funds to pay the initial cost. Leadership is exploring selling and reinvesting our Excel Energy stock to cover half of the cost of the array. Various options for covering the rest of the cost of the array are being considered.
The Solar Group is excited to be at this place in the process. Please plan to attend the Congregational Meeting on March 16th.
Please click on this link for a readable/printable version of the sermon: “Found.”
Team captains are still needed to coordinate and provide the Lenten soup supper at 5:30 on March 12 and March 26. As captain, you recruit a few volunteers to help you provide ad prepare food, serve an clean up on your designated Wednesday. You’ll get a guide for how much food is needed. There is a sign0up sheet in the assembly room newer the kitchen. To sign up or if you have question, contact Pastor Abby.
P.S. – There are a few soup makers in search of a captain…if you sign up, we’ll get you connected!
Join us Saturday, March 15 for our last Minnesota History Player of the series! Thanks to all the folks that came to see them and learn more about Minnesota and Northfield History! Here is a link to more info on Wanda Gag!
Please click here to read the latest issue of The Chronicle.
All parish committees meet Tuesday, March 18, beginning with dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Our parish Lenten Reconciliation Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
It’s a fundraiser for the Northfield Historical Society…Hops, Grapes & History, with The Belfast Cowboys…at The Grand. And Cary Langer at the Cow, and Ray Coudret and Lori Williams at The Tavern, and the JNH Band at Froggy Bottoms, and the Carleton Orchestra at the Concert Hall, and the St. Olaf Philharmonia at Boe Chapel…and a whole lot more, in Music City, MN.
Friday, March 7th: Carey Langer, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Over & Back Band, 7:30 p.m., Grand Event Center; Dance: Friday Night Lights, 7:30 p.m., Studio One Dittmann Center on the St. Olaf College campus; Carleton Orchestra, 8:00 p.m., Concert Hall on the Carleton College campus; Ray Coudret and Lori Williams, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; The Erverators, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m., Contented Cow; and JNH Band, 9:00 p.m., Froggy Bottoms.
Saturday, March 8th: Luke Smith, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Hops, Grapes & History, 6:00 to 11:30 p.m., The Grand Event Center; Philharmonia and Chapel Choir, 7:30 p.m., Boe Chapel on the St. Olaf College campus; Ben Cook-Feltz, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and Thea Ennen & Dave Ja Vue, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m., Contented Cow; and Gross Domestic Prada, 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Contented Cow.
Sunday, March 9th: Quiz Night, 8:00 p.m., Contented Cow.
Today: Charlie Stark, All Energy Solar, “Solar Energy Today.”
Birthdays: Kevin Rodgers (3/4) and Pat “Cadillac” O’Neill (3/5).
Next Week: Lucas Coelho, Exchange Student Presentation. (Lasswell and Frago)
Craig Hall would be a great candidate to grace the cover of any number of news stand magazines: Fly fishing for “Field and Stream,” ski-racing for “Sports Illustrated,” or a cute photo of him and his dog riding motorcycles for “Cycle World.”
Let’s just say Craig embraces the outdoors, and he gets around.
It’s been that way from the beginning. He grew up in Robbinsdale, hunting with this Dad and fishing with this grandpa. He played soccer, ski-raced and ran track in high school and continues to pursue those interests well into adulthood. He hikes. He camps and has set foot in all 50 states.
Craig was attending the University of Minnesota and on a path to become an industrial arts teacher, when he joined the Army Reserves and veered into a career in medicine. Through the reserves, he earned a nursing degree and ultimately became a nurse anesthetist.
He, his wife, Cheryl, and their two daughters moved to Northfield in 1998. He said they were looking to leave the Twin Cities for a small community with good schools for their kids. They have not been disappointed.
“It was a good decision on our part,” Craig said. “It’s been an amazing community in so many ways.”
Craig has been active in the community, coaching youth soccer and the high school ski-team. It was the exchange programs that drew him to Rotary. Both of his daughters were outbound exchange students. He saw first-hand how transformative that experience can be. The Hall family has also served a host family for an inbound student.
Craig’s had some personal and professional setbacks. But he is now on a new path. He does property maintenance, mostly residential, but some commercial, under the handle of Cannon River Property Management.
Vicki Dilley somehow turned a mini-classification into a “story treatment” for “Murder She Wrote.” She shared a vignette from her Peace Corps days about her quest to book passage on an airplane to join Lee on the island of Tuvalu. After several weeks of waiting for someone to cancel and free up a seat for her, she chartered her own aircraft, filled the seats and returned to a hero’s welcome. The takeaway, Vicki said, is she is not patient when passionate. So noted.
Last Week’s Guests: Cheryl Hall (Hall) and Raphaela Cogan (Cogan)
Scholarship Enhancement: Robert Will, who will undoubtedly invest in something safe, like a T-bill, or hide it in an old sock.
Volunteers are needed to help with Beyond Words to be held at Sibley Elementary School on Thursday, April 3, from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Beyond Words event is a celebration of art and literacy. All Sibley students will have work displayed. Volunteers are needed to help guide student projects. In addition to all the displays and activities, attendees may purchase a pasta dinner and bid on silent auction gift baskets. Please contact Chris Weber if you can volunteer.
We will be hosting a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Sweden April 30-May 3. We will need host families and other support for this visit. If you can help, contact Lee Dilley.
Erin Mayberry is looking for volunteers who would be willing to share something about their vocation with the Summer Plus K-8th grade program some time this summer. Talk to her if you are interested.
Mar. 20 – Robert Jacobel, Professor of Physics and Climate Scientist, “Climate Change Research in Polar Regions” (Anderson)
Ash Wednesday – March 5
Join us for a soup supper at 5:30 pm and for worship that begins the season of Lent at 6:30 pm.
Lenten Meditation Classes
On Wednesdays from March 12 – April 9, First UCC will be hosting free meditation classes from 6:30 – 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. The sessions are intended for ages 10 and up, but parents are invited to use their discretion concerning the appropriateness for children. Soup supper will precede the meditation classes beginning at 5:30 in the assembly room.
Please click here for the 2/27/14 issue of The Chronicle.
Cynthia, Emma, Jasper & Nate helped make some pet toys that will be donated to thewww.prairiesedgehs.org. We also discussed the upcoming TAB benefit garage sale! If you have some extra stuff laying around please box it up and save it to donate to our "GOODS FOR GOOD GARAGE" sale coming up in May!!
Local elementary schools need 20 more tutors to help struggling elementary students build their reading and math skills. Volunteer for 1 hour a week and help close the achievement gap in Northfield’s elementary schools. For more information and instructions on how to get started, visit our website: acceleratenorthfield.org
Andre Een and Theo Wee, with guest Minnesota Orchestra violinist Taichi Chen, once more do a benefit concert for the Friends of Way Park at 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 8 at First UCC. Desserts and a short jaz surprise after a concert of Mozart, Rebecca Clarke compositions and others. Suggested donation of $10 aunts and $5 for youth 15 and under.
Please click on this link for a readable/printable version of the sermon: “Good Company.”
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Joan Janus of Northfield’s MTFYADU opined about the benefits of eating, talking and connecting with family members in this Northfield News guest column.
Kathy Sandberg of the Rice County Chemical Health Coalition expanded on this topic in an interview http://mayorstaskforcenorthfield.org/wp-content/uploads/Kathy-Sandberg-1.mp3 with KYMN Radio’s Jeff Johnson.
Stations of the Cross will be prayed on the Fridays of Lent–March 7, 14, 21 & 28; April 4 & 11–at 6:00 p.m. in English and in Spanish (Via Crucis) at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. A soup supper will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the O’Gara Social Hall except April 4, which is the fish fry sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Please note time change: St. Dominic School students will lead the Stations of the Cross at 8:20 a.m. at the church on all Lenten Fridays, except March 28 when there is no school and April 11, when Stations will be prayed at 10:00 a.m.