Lead Pastor Dan Collison

Lead Pastor – Dan Collison

Dan Collison has been serving churches for 22 years. He says, "I love helping people discover the purpose and joy of serving and knowing Jesus Christ." Dan is a Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research Fellow, received a Doctoral degree in Ministry from Fuller Seminary (CA), a Master’s degree in Divinity from Bethel Seminary (MN), and a Bachelor’s degree from The Eastman School of Music (NY). Before becoming a pastor, Dan—and his wife, Holly—ran an adult foster care home for men with developmental disabilities where he learned the importance and rewards of servanthood. 

Dan lives in downtown Minneapolis with Holly and their sons, Walker and Atley. His favorite pastimes are hanging out with his family, music, percussion, and sweating at the gym.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.

"Sacred Rhythms: Practices that Nourish and Transform" class

What is your deepest spiritual longing? For most of us it is to truly know and experience the presence of God in our lives. It is to sense his voice and his leading and to have the encouragement and strength that the God of all creation longs to give us so that we can live life to the fullest. We have been given tools – spiritual practices that draw us into this kind of growing relationship with God. We can learn to listen to God’s voice and recognize him in our lives. What are these biblical practices and how can we know that God is connecting with us through them? Get to know others from First Covenant as you together discover and experience the various spiritual life rhythms of listening, prayer, Bible reading and more. These 4 popular sessions draw from Ruth Haley Barton’s powerful study, “Sacred Rhythms”. The classes will meet in the Lounge on Wednesday evenings starting September 10 through October 1. Sign up with Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org or 612-927-3120) by September 7.

Thursday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Sunday, September 21, 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Wake-Up

Join us for our first Wake-Up of the fall season in the gym. Whether you’re young or old, Wake-Ups are highly participatory experiences designed to awaken our bodies and souls to Gods presence among us. This month we will spend time creating and reflecting as we pay attention to how our stories have shaped us. In case you need a little extra incentive, refreshments will be provided!

Sunday, September 21, Noon-2:00 p.m.

College, Young Adult, and FCC Staff BBQ at Boom Island Park

College students and young adults (20’s & 30’s) join us out at Boom Island Park after church next Sunday for a BBQ! This is a great opportunity to get to know the First Covenant Staff and other young adults in our community. We will provide beverages, burgers, brats and veggie burgers, you can bring a side or dessert to share if you are able, and if not, just bring yourself! Kids are most certainly welcome, but child care will not be provided. Boom Island Park is located just across the river from downtown Minneapolis at 724 Sibley Street NE.

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.

"Sacred Rhythms: Practices that Nourish and Transform" class

What is your deepest spiritual longing? For most of us it is to truly know and experience the presence of God in our lives. It is to sense his voice and his leading and to have the encouragement and strength that the God of all creation longs to give us so that we can live life to the fullest. We have been given tools – spiritual practices that draw us into this kind of growing relationship with God. We can learn to listen to God’s voice and recognize him in our lives. What are these biblical practices and how can we know that God is connecting with us through them? Get to know others from First Covenant as you together discover and experience the various spiritual life rhythms of listening, prayer, Bible reading and more. These 4 popular sessions draw from Ruth Haley Barton’s powerful study, “Sacred Rhythms”. The classes will meet in the Lounge on Wednesday evenings starting September 10 through October 1. Sign up with Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org or 612-927-3120) by September 7.

Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.

Ensemble Aventura concert

Returning to First Covenant after their well-received Valentine concert last February, Ensemble Aventura will present their new program, "Dancing and Romancing" in the Sanctuary. Put on your dancing shoes for a whirlwind musical tour, featuring exuberant fiddle tunes from Sweden, Ireland, Russia, and Texas, love songs from Argentina and France, and classic jazz standards. Ensemble Aventura is a creative world music quintet, featuring violins, voice and rhythm. Admission is free; donations will be accepted for the benefit of First Covenant Church.

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.

"Sacred Rhythms: Practices that Nourish and Transform" class

What is your deepest spiritual longing? For most of us it is to truly know and experience the presence of God in our lives. It is to sense his voice and his leading and to have the encouragement and strength that the God of all creation longs to give us so that we can live life to the fullest. We have been given tools – spiritual practices that draw us into this kind of growing relationship with God. We can learn to listen to God’s voice and recognize him in our lives. What are these biblical practices and how can we know that God is connecting with us through them? Get to know others from First Covenant as you together discover and experience the various spiritual life rhythms of listening, prayer, Bible reading and more. These 4 popular sessions draw from Ruth Haley Barton’s powerful study, “Sacred Rhythms”. The classes will meet in the Lounge on Wednesday evenings starting September 10 through October 1. Sign up with Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org or 612-927-3120) by September 7.

Thursday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Sunday, October 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tour of First Covenant

New to First Covenant? During Third Hour, Pastor Dan Collison will offer a tour of the building and lead a conversation about the history and vision of First Covenant. Get your coffee in the Foyer, then meet in the Sanctuary.

Tuesday, October 7, 6:00 p.m.

"Living the Book with Humility" Class

The Bible is the most popular and historically preserved book of all time and yet it is also the most misunderstood and mishandled book of all time. “Living the Book with Humility” is a four-part class intensive that will provide a historical overview of biblical interpretation and challenge participants to interact with one another about the conclusions and questions that have arisen from that history. Additionally, this class will propose a framework for understanding the complex controversial issues that have sifted the American church in the last 250 years: slavery and racial segregation, the role of women in church and society, and most recently—same-sex relationships.
The “Living the Book with Humility” class will meet from 6-9 p.m. in the Lounge on the first Tuesday of every month from September through December. Please contact Pastor Dan Collison at dcollison@1stcov.org or 612-927-3123 if you are interested in joining the class.

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Sunday, October 12, 5:00 p.m.

140th Anniversary Celebration

In celebration of the 140th anniversary of First Covenant Church, the gospel choir at First Covenant will be performing its first choir concert in the Sanctuary. Doors will open at 4 PM. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. A freewill offering will be received. A dessert reception will immediately follow in the gym. The concert will feature gospel and worship songs that have blessed the congregation over the last four years. Local gospel artist and First Covenant’s artist-in-residence, Robert Robinson will lead the choir and will be one of the featured vocalists. Our special guest for the concert will be the Gospel Choir from Community Covenant Church under the direction of Robin Doublette. Come and join us for an evening of joy, love, spirit and song as we celebrate God and honor the work and long life of First Covenant Church.

Wednesday, October 15, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Discover First Covenant

Questions about First Covenant Church? Learn more about this community of faith. Pastor Dan Collison will lead a helpful seminar in the lounge. Attending does not commit you to membership. Come to ask questions and make friends. To register, please contact Dan Collison (dcollison@1stcov.org or 612-927-3123.)

Saturday, October 18, 3:00 p.m.

Mill City Quartet concert

Join us in the Sanctuary for a wonderful concert by the Mill City Quartet. A reception will follow in the foyer. Admission to the concert is free. Donations received at the concert will benefit the ministries of First Covenant Church.

Thursday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Sunday, October 26, 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Wake-Up

Please join us for our monthly family friendly, multi-generational event to awaken the body and heart. This month’s Wake-Up is Harvest Celebration. We will meet in the gym

Thursday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Tuesday, November 4, 6:00 p.m.

"Living the Book with Humility" Class

The Bible is the most popular and historically preserved book of all time and yet it is also the most misunderstood and mishandled book of all time. “Living the Book with Humility” is a four-part class intensive that will provide a historical overview of biblical interpretation and challenge participants to interact with one another about the conclusions and questions that have arisen from that history. Additionally, this class will propose a framework for understanding the complex controversial issues that have sifted the American church in the last 250 years: slavery and racial segregation, the role of women in church and society, and most recently—same-sex relationships.
The “Living the Book with Humility” class will meet from 6-9 p.m. in the Lounge on the first Tuesday of every month from September through December. Please contact Pastor Dan Collison at dcollison@1stcov.org or 612-927-3123 if you are interested in joining the class.

Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 p.m.

"Living the Book with Humility" Class

The Bible is the most popular and historically preserved book of all time and yet it is also the most misunderstood and mishandled book of all time. “Living the Book with Humility” is a four-part class intensive that will provide a historical overview of biblical interpretation and challenge participants to interact with one another about the conclusions and questions that have arisen from that history. Additionally, this class will propose a framework for understanding the complex controversial issues that have sifted the American church in the last 250 years: slavery and racial segregation, the role of women in church and society, and most recently—same-sex relationships.
The “Living the Book with Humility” class will meet from 6-9 p.m. in the Lounge on the first Tuesday of every month from September through December. Please contact Pastor Dan Collison at dcollison@1stcov.org or 612-927-3123 if you are interested in joining the class.