Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Jan
23
Thu
We-Awareness Series: MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Beginning January 23, 2020 Firstfruits will be offering interactive retreat days in solidarity with the marginalized in our community.

All are broken in some way. That brokenness is what we all have in common. In community we can seek to provide an avenue for the Holy Sprit to create Oneness and empowering compassion.

The day begins at 9:00am and ends at noon. It includes a presentation, dialogue, and optional lunch.

In the first of the series we welcome Sister MacCanon Brown and members of the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary community.

There is no cost for the day but we ask for a freewill offering to benefit the organization highlighted.

We will be collecting the following items for the Homeless Sanctuary wish list:

Women’s new socks (any size)
Deodorant
Bar Soap
Shampoo
Body and Hand lotions
Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
Throat lozenges
Vaseline
Kleenex
Hand Sanitizer
(Small or medium sized items are preferred over large. Hotel/motel room toiletries welcome.)

Mark your calendars for February 24, when we will welcome Franciscan Peacemakers for the second retreat day in our We-Awareness series.

When we connect marginalized people
with mainstreamed people of faith
it results in mutual transformation
and mutual holiness.
                                Sister MacCanon Brown

 

Feb
4
Tue
Called and Gifted (Tuesdays: 5-week Series)
Feb 4 @ 9:15 am – 11:00 am

God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. He has gifted you with charisms or spiritual gifts to carry out that work. Our charisms are clues to God’s purpose for our lives. Have you asked yourself lately “Is this all there is?” Have you felt restless and unsettled in life, wondering what you should be doing? Are you at a place in life where you are assessing what to do next or where God might be calling you? Come and learn more about what charisms are. Begin to discern what your charisms might be and where God might be calling you to use them to bring goodness to the world and great joy to your life.

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.    1 Peter 4:10

This is a 5-week series that meets on Tuesdays between February 4-March 3, 2020.

Fee includes class materials.

Numbers: Limited to 10 registrants.

Must register by Jan. 28, 2020.

Presenter: Joan Carey

Feb
8
Sat
Called and Gifted (Saturdays: 5-week Series)
Feb 8 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. He has gifted you with charisms or spiritual gifts to carry out that work. Our charisms are clues to God’s purpose for our lives. Have you asked yourself lately “Is this all there is?” Have you felt restless and unsettled in life, wondering what you should be doing? Are you at a place in life where you are assessing what to do next or where God might be calling you? Come and learn more about what charisms are. Begin to discern what your charisms might be and where God might be calling you to use them to bring goodness to the world and great joy to your life.

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.    1 Peter 4:10

This is a 5-week series that meets on Saturdays between February 8-March 7, 2020.

Fee includes class materials.

Numbers: Limited to 10 registrants.

Must register by Feb. 1, 2020.

Presenter: Joan Carey

Feb
11
Tue
Called and Gifted (Tuesdays: 5-week Series)
Feb 11 @ 9:15 am – 11:00 am

God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. He has gifted you with charisms or spiritual gifts to carry out that work. Our charisms are clues to God’s purpose for our lives. Have you asked yourself lately “Is this all there is?” Have you felt restless and unsettled in life, wondering what you should be doing? Are you at a place in life where you are assessing what to do next or where God might be calling you? Come and learn more about what charisms are. Begin to discern what your charisms might be and where God might be calling you to use them to bring goodness to the world and great joy to your life.

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.    1 Peter 4:10

This is a 5-week series that meets on Tuesdays between February 4-March 3, 2020.

Fee includes class materials.

Numbers: Limited to 10 registrants.

Must register by Jan. 28, 2020.

Presenter: Joan Carey

Feb
15
Sat
Called and Gifted (Saturdays: 5-week Series)
Feb 15 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. He has gifted you with charisms or spiritual gifts to carry out that work. Our charisms are clues to God’s purpose for our lives. Have you asked yourself lately “Is this all there is?” Have you felt restless and unsettled in life, wondering what you should be doing? Are you at a place in life where you are assessing what to do next or where God might be calling you? Come and learn more about what charisms are. Begin to discern what your charisms might be and where God might be calling you to use them to bring goodness to the world and great joy to your life.

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.    1 Peter 4:10

This is a 5-week series that meets on Saturdays between February 8-March 7, 2020.

Fee includes class materials.

Numbers: Limited to 10 registrants.

Must register by Feb. 1, 2020.

Presenter: Joan Carey

Feb
16
Sun
February Fire-A Women’s Winter Workshop to Ignite Action and Spiritual Growth
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Do you struggle to stick to those resolutions or personal growth?

You know, the ones you were all fired up about just a few short weeks ago? Is anything still kindling that spark?

In this series of three workshops, we will use the rich language of the scripture for the day to rekindle our inspiration *and ground those insights* by identifying where in our lived experience we can more adequately reflect the values we profess.

Each workshop will build upon the last so that by the end of our time together, you’ll see those sparks of insight growing into fire that warms, purifies, enlightens – and fuels even more change.

And the best part? The energy of beloved community to support you on the way.

In this series of three workshops, Shelly Roder, Associate Certified Coach and seasoned lay minister, will incorporate the rich language of the scriptures for the day into exercises and activities used in her coaching practice designed to facilitate lasting change. This opportunity is a great way to ignite those changes you have been hoping to see happen in your life.

When (3 Sundays in February from 3-5 pm):

    • February 9, 2020 (cancelled due to snow)
  • February 16, 2020
  • February 23, 2020
  • March 1, 2020 (new date due to snow)

Workshop builds on itself so participants are invited to participate in all three sessions in the series.

More info and registration is available at www.shellyroder.com/groupcoaching.  (Registration deadline is February 11.)

The cost is $50 for the three-part series or $25 for Firstfruits Members.  Please note there is one scholarship available. Please go to  www.shellyroder.com/groupcoaching for more information and to find the scholarship application.

Presenter: Shelly Roder

Feb
18
Tue
Called and Gifted (Tuesdays: 5-week Series)
Feb 18 @ 9:15 am – 11:00 am

God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. He has gifted you with charisms or spiritual gifts to carry out that work. Our charisms are clues to God’s purpose for our lives. Have you asked yourself lately “Is this all there is?” Have you felt restless and unsettled in life, wondering what you should be doing? Are you at a place in life where you are assessing what to do next or where God might be calling you? Come and learn more about what charisms are. Begin to discern what your charisms might be and where God might be calling you to use them to bring goodness to the world and great joy to your life.

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.    1 Peter 4:10

This is a 5-week series that meets on Tuesdays between February 4-March 3, 2020.

Fee includes class materials.

Numbers: Limited to 10 registrants.

Must register by Jan. 28, 2020.

Presenter: Joan Carey

Feb
22
Sat
Called and Gifted (Saturdays: 5-week Series)
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. He has gifted you with charisms or spiritual gifts to carry out that work. Our charisms are clues to God’s purpose for our lives. Have you asked yourself lately “Is this all there is?” Have you felt restless and unsettled in life, wondering what you should be doing? Are you at a place in life where you are assessing what to do next or where God might be calling you? Come and learn more about what charisms are. Begin to discern what your charisms might be and where God might be calling you to use them to bring goodness to the world and great joy to your life.

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.    1 Peter 4:10

This is a 5-week series that meets on Saturdays between February 8-March 7, 2020.

Fee includes class materials.

Numbers: Limited to 10 registrants.

Must register by Feb. 1, 2020.

Presenter: Joan Carey

Feb
23
Sun
February Fire-A Women’s Winter Workshop to Ignite Action and Spiritual Growth
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Do you struggle to stick to those resolutions or personal growth?

You know, the ones you were all fired up about just a few short weeks ago? Is anything still kindling that spark?

In this series of three workshops, we will use the rich language of the scripture for the day to rekindle our inspiration *and ground those insights* by identifying where in our lived experience we can more adequately reflect the values we profess.

Each workshop will build upon the last so that by the end of our time together, you’ll see those sparks of insight growing into fire that warms, purifies, enlightens – and fuels even more change.

And the best part? The energy of beloved community to support you on the way.

In this series of three workshops, Shelly Roder, Associate Certified Coach and seasoned lay minister, will incorporate the rich language of the scriptures for the day into exercises and activities used in her coaching practice designed to facilitate lasting change. This opportunity is a great way to ignite those changes you have been hoping to see happen in your life.

When (3 Sundays in February from 3-5 pm):

    • February 9, 2020 (cancelled due to snow)
  • February 16, 2020
  • February 23, 2020
  • March 1, 2020 (new date due to snow)

Workshop builds on itself so participants are invited to participate in all three sessions in the series.

More info and registration is available at www.shellyroder.com/groupcoaching.  (Registration deadline is February 11.)

The cost is $50 for the three-part series or $25 for Firstfruits Members.  Please note there is one scholarship available. Please go to  www.shellyroder.com/groupcoaching for more information and to find the scholarship application.

Presenter: Shelly Roder

Feb
24
Mon
We-Awareness Series: Franciscan Peacemakers
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Beginning January 23, 2020 Firstfruits will be offering interactive retreat days in solidarity with the marginalized in our community.

All are broken in some way. That brokenness is what we all have in common. In community we can seek to provide an avenue for the Holy Sprit to create Oneness and empowering compassion.

The day begins at 9:00am and ends at noon. It includes a presentation, dialogue, and optional lunch.

Our February event highlights Franciscan Peacemakers. We welcome Sherry Roder and women from the Franciscan Peacemakers family.

There is no cost for the day but we ask for a freewill offering to benefit the organization highlighted.

We will be collecting the following items for the Franciscan Peacemakers wish list:

For use in Hospitality Center:

  • paper towels
  • toilet tissue
  • tins of coffee
  • packets of sugar
  • packets of sweetener
  • coffee creamer (nonperishable)
  • paper cups
  • paper plates
  • garbage bags
  • sanitizing wipes

To Give to our Guests:

  • Gloves or hats for women
  • Socks for women
  • Individual packets of Kleenex
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Travel-sized toothpaste
  • Travel toothbrushes
  • Travel-sized hand sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • 31 day (preferred) pre-filled MCTS cards
  • Gift cards (any increments)
    • Target
    • Pick N Save
    • Menards
  • Gas Cards (any increments)
    • Speedway, BP, Shell, etc.
  • Food cards ($5 increments)
    • McDonald’s
    • Subway
    • Burger King
    • Cousin’s Subs

 

When we connect marginalized people
with mainstreamed people of faith
it results in mutual transformation
and mutual holiness.
                                Sister MacCanon Brown