First Congregational Church of Aldrich is located in central Minnesota, between Staples and Wadena, about 45 miles west of Brainerd. They have a lay pastor, David Seaton. Their attendance is down slightly (from 11 to 9) due to illnesses and those in nursing homes who cannot attend. With a membership of 12, that’s still a great attendance percentage. The congregation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013. They are now in a roofing project due to last year’s storms. They try to keep awareness for all their members. They pray for the world issues and for their local members. They often pray for our government, law enforcement, and teachers. They support the area with collections for the Verndale and Wadena food shelves. They support the Conference with 5 for 5 funds (Yes, with a membership of 12, they are a 5 for 5 church!). The wish of the church members is to be able to continue services for their area. The congregation is mostly made up of those whose families have worshiped there for a long time.
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UCC General Synod
In June 2017, thousands from across the country (and abroad) will gather for General Synod 2017. Together, we will discern resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. We will stand up for issues that demand a faithful witness. And we will join together in worship each day to lift up the Stillspeaking God.
Fall Clergy Convocation
Clergy Wellness and Wholeness: a retreat for Authorized Ministers in the Minnesota Conference. This retreat will focus on the various facets of clergy wellness - personal, financial, spiritual, and physical - and will include presentations from Pension Boards' staff.
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, MN
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Church on the Move - Money & Ministry
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