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Faith Focus: Winona church service focuses on environment

Staff WriterMay 19, 2019

Winona church service focuses on environment

First Congregational Church of Winona will hold a special worship service on Sunday that will focus on caring for the environment.

Worshipers will gather at the church for a quick prayer and then choose from three different activities. They are:

• Tending the church gardens, including the new raised garden which will be used to grow vegetables for our Souper Thursday community meal program;

• Doing trail maintenance behind Holzinger Lodge;

• Joining Ranger Ed Legace for a special learning activity about pollinators (for children of all ages!).

“During this special service we will be worshipping God with our whole selves. We believe in the United Church of Christ that all of Creation is sacred, and as Christians we are called to care for our environment. This special service will allow us to do just that,” said Reverend Danielle K. Bartz, Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church of Winona, a United Church of Christ.

The service begins at 10 a.m. Please dress appropriately for outdoor work. The program with Ranger Ed is geared for children, but everyone is invited. That program will take place inside the church.

For more information, contact the church, 507-474-9085, or visit www.winonaucc.org.

Five named Franciscan Cojourners

On Sunday, April 28, five individuals were received as Cojourners with the Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester. They are: Carolyn Isaak, Melinda Holtegard, Kathy Graff, Arne Graff and Cheri Didderich-Johnson.

Cojourners are women and men from various professional backgrounds and faith traditions who commit to living the mission of the Rochester Franciscan Sisters within the context of their own lives and responsibilities; they are not vowed. Sisters and Cojourners seek to build community with each other because of a desire for spiritual growth, support and mission. To become a Cojourner, they must meet with a Companion Sister or Cojourner over a period of several months, as they learn of the history of the Rochester Franciscan Sisters, including Franciscan values and charism.

Margo Kroshus, Cojourner coordinator, and Sister Ann Redig, candidate liaison, were instrumental in making the arrangements for this Cojourner Covenant ceremony.

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