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Widening the Circle

Many exciting things are taking place as the Welcoming Task Force, the team that has been working to establish First as welcoming and affirming to the LGBT+ community, continues in its work.

You may have already noticed the Interactive Prayer Installation for the Reconciling Movement in the lobby of the sanctuary.

This interactive experience moves you through three experiences that invite you to a time of reflection and prayer regarding the ways that faith communities, including ours, have been closed to the LGBTQ+ community. The installation will stay up until November 28th and we welcome you to participate anytime the church is open.

The Scotts (Lexi and Chelsea) will be hosting the next Casual Conversations-“Friday Tie Dye!” on Friday, November 16 at 6pm, 1st floor Education Wing of the church. Come ready to have some colorful fun! Also, a sandwich dinner will be enjoyed.

The sign-up sheet is available at the Information Desk. The cost of $10 covers the cost of the shirt, supplies to tie-dye, and a light dinner. We welcome everyone for conversations, concerns, questions, and celebrations!

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