Everyone wants to feel welcomed and comfortable when they participate in an activity – whether it's in a worship service, a new class or out in the community helping those in need. For some, that's an easy task – they make new friends easily – but for others it can be a challenge. In the last year at First Lutheran, we have been working to create a more welcoming community of faith – from new signage in our parking lots, to creating a series of resource brochures for those who come in to our building in need of assistance, to making our publications more accessible online and in print for those who don't use a computer or smart phone. We want everyone to be able to connect with others and get involved in classes, groups and through volunteering. Please take a look at these opportunities to get connected at First Lutheran. Whether you are a life-long member or new to a church, we welcome you and hope you make us a part of your faith family. Below are a few things happening at First Lutheran. Take a few minutes and check out the Groups and Ministries tabs at the top of the page.
Upcoming Classes, Events & Activities
Senior Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 11, at noon in the FLC Gathering Room. All First Lutheran senior adults and their friends are invited to join us for our monthly luncheon. Joel Nevin will speak about pancreatic cancer. On the menu is a baked potato bar. Please RSVP by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, no later than Wednesday, April 5. If you need a ride call Project CAR, 332-2777, no later than
9 a.m. on Monday, April 10.
Healthy Cooking Classes On Tuesday, April 11, Sanaa Abourezk is back to teach Italian dishes. On Tuesday, April 25, Avera Health & Wellness will be leading a class on Balance and Flexibility, and Gwen Wawers will be making homemade granola energy bars. This class is open to the public, so bring a friend and join us from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room! Please pre-register for each class you wish to attend on the web at flcsf.org/healthy-cooking or call 336-3734.
Advance Care Planning: Start the Conversation. Join us for a free seminar Tuesday, April 18, from 6 – 7 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Learn how to plan for your future medical care in the event you aren’t able to speak for yourself. Presented by USD nursing students and Sanford Health. Please call the church office to register, (605) 336-3734.
Wednesday Night Forums: 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Friendship Room
April 19 – Social Media & Youth – Led by John Hegg
John Hegg brings a wealth of insight into the lives of youth, and will help you understand the good, the bad, and importance of social media today.
April 26 – Ayuda – Led by Jennifer Lunder & Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman
Immigration is among the most highly polarizing topics of our day. However, immigration-related discourse from both media and politicians can make it difficult to sort fact from fiction. “Immigration: Myths and Realities” offers participants an opportunity to study research-based truths about immigration, recognize myths and misconceptions about our immigrant neighbors, and better understand how members of faith communities are called to respond to immigration-related issues. Jennifer Lunder, Ayuda coordinator, and Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman, local author, researcher and immigration advocate will present this forum as part of the ELCA’s Ayuda (“Help” in Spanish) initiative to promote connections, revitalization, and support among all God’s people, with particular emphasis on the Latino community of Sioux Falls.
First Lutheran is a member congregation of the AYUDA initiative. We are seeking a person to fill a position on the board. If you feel called to be an advocate for people in need of both God’s grace, and help, please contact Jeff Backer at email@example.com, or 339-1983 ext. 209.
Sharing Word and Spirit. Members and friends are invited to explore how God communicates his love for us and how we can reflect that love in our daily lives. Based on Gary Chapman's book “The Five Love Languages,” the class will meet on five Mondays, beginning April 24, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. There is no cost. Please register by stopping at the Information Desk or calling the church at 336-3734.
WEEKLY & MONTHLY ONGOING
Free Coffee and Prayer
Swing under the atrium canopy at First Lutheran Church each Wednesday from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. for FREE Coffee and Prayer! Grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or bottled water, and have a prayer to get your day started, and we will get you on your way!
Would you be willing to help with this wonderful ministry? Please contact Jeff Backer at 339-1983 ext. 209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you on Wednesday mornings for Coffee and Prayer!
MOPS at First Lutheran│2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
For information please call Katie Bossman, 201-5718.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) at First Lutheran is for all moms of children, birth through kindergarten, to experience community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope.
Open Gym│ Most Saturdays, 10:15 a.m. – noon
Join First Lutheran Church members and friends in Reformation Hall (gym) most Saturdays, for open gym. Equipment is not provided. Open gym is available to all ages, however, those under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. At times, Open Gym is cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Please check thewebsite calendar to confirm.
Pickleball│Mondays at 5:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Pickleball is a fun combination of tennis, ping pong and badminton. It is a strategic game played on a small court in the gym with a whiffleball and a paddle (equipment provided).
Quilting│Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
FLC Quilters make quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other local organizations. There's a role for everyone; coffee and snacks are provided. Contact Dorothy Mikkelson at 339-1469 to learn more!
Yoga│Mondays, 5:30 p.m. & Fridays, Noon│Upper Room.
All ages and abilities are welcome to this hour-long class taught by Gretchen Borgum. Cost: $5 suggested donation. Come try your first class free!