Get Connected

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. 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. Also, take a few minutes and check out the Groups and Ministries tabs at the top of the page.

Upcoming Classes, Events & Activities

“Maggie and David” Concert – August 11. Pastor David Houck and his wife Margaret, known by their stage name, “Maggie and David,” are performing a musical program at the Inn on Westport (4000 S. Westport Ave in Sioux Falls) on Friday, August 11th from 3-4 p.m. This program will feature popular music of decades past, Christian hymns, Scripture, prayer, and spoken words of encouragement. Maggie and David are happy to provide this program in conjunction with the Caring Ministries of First Lutheran Church. All members and friends of FLC are invited to attend! 

Aug. 3 WELCA Gathering – Tea Time at the Tea Museum!
 If you prefer coffee we will have that too. All ladies of First Lutheran are invited and welcome to join us for our August meeting with Bible Study led by Ginny Christopherson and “Tea for Two” at the Tea Museum in Tea! We will meet at 10 a.m. at the museum for a light breakfast and coffee or tea, some singing and fellowship, Bible Study and time to browse and enjoy the Tea Museum which includes a special display of teapots. Directions: Take I-29 south out of Sioux Falls to the first Tea exit #73. Turn west or right at the bottom of the ramp on to 271st St. Drive west to the first stop light which will be Heritage Parkway/469th Ave. Turn left (south) at the light and go south on Heritage until you reach East 1st St. (Sunshine Grocery at the corner). Turn right (west) on East 1st and drive to Mary Ave. (just past the Cenex Station). Turn right (north) on N. Mary Ave. and drive one block to Maple St. The museum is in the old Catholic church at the corner of Mary and Maple. We will meet in the community room on the west end of the building. Please call Marcia Huffman at 360-4168, or Kathy Stelzer at 332-1820 if you need help with transportation. All are welcome and we hope to see you there.

Senior Luncheon. All First Lutheran senior adults and their friends are invited to join us for lunch Tuesday, Aug. 8, at noon. Jeff Backer, FLC Intern Pastor, will speak about his June study trip to the Holy Land. The menu is taverns, potato salad and baked beans. Please remember to RSVP by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, by Wednesday, Aug. 2 If you need a ride, call Project CAR, 332-2777, no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7.

Young Adult Bible Study. Join Pastor Lars and the First Lutheran Young Adults for the Galatians Summer Bible Study. We meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Manos de Cristo room at First Lutheran Church. After-work snacks provided as we walk through Paul’s letter to Galatia. Contact Kiri Jacobsen at, for more information.
Bazaar meeting, Monday, Aug. 21, (changed from 8/28) at 5 p.m. in the Gathering Room. All women of First Lutheran and their friends are encouraged to come take part in making the annual fall bazaar a huge success. Here’s why… did you know that from the 2016 bazaar proceeds, $42,150 was given to local, state, national and world-wide ministries, projects and agencies?

Worship in the Park and Blessing of the Backpacks will be Sunday, Aug. 20, at 11 am in McKennan Park. The annual Worship in the Park will be held Sunday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m., at the McKennan Park band shell. Larry Olson and friends will provide worship music. Children and youth are invited to bring their school backpacks for our annual “Blessing of the Backpacks.” Please bring a lawn chair. Plan to stay for lunch provided by the Evangelism, Mission and Outreach Board. The 8 and 9:30 a.m. services will be held in the Sanctuary as usual. The 11 a.m. service will be in the park.

Second Annual Block Party – Aug. 30. Please join us at our Neighborhood Block Party on Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 5:30-7 p.m.. Open to the community so bring your friends and lets rock at 11th & Dakota Ave. Accepting donations of toilet paper, full size shampoo, toothpaste and bars of soap for Charis Ministries. 
Free Supper | Live Music | Bouncy Houses | Child ID Machine





Free Coffee and Prayer│Wednesdays│7:30-8:30 a.m.
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
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. 
MOPS is off for the summer and will resume is September.
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. To learn more, please contact the church office at 336-3734 to leave a message for Dorothy Mikkelson.

New Chair Yoga Class at First Lutheran, Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. taught by Jeff Nelson. Classes continue on Mondays 5;30-6:30 p.m. with Jeff Nelson, and Fridays Noon – 1 p.m. with Gretchen Borgum. Classes meet in the Upper Room. Bring your own mat or use one of ours. Cost for each yoga class is a $5 (suggested donation)