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
WELCA – June 1. All women are invited – come one and all, young and old, long-time and new members – to our monthly meeting on Thursday, June 1, at 10 a.m., in the Gathering Room. We will have coffee and a Bible Study sharing the theme of the 2017 WELCA Triennial Gathering, “All Anew.” Please bring your graduation photo, eighth grade, high school, technical school or college. We will play a game matching the photos to our members and guests. What will be our clues – something in the eyes or a certain smile?
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)
Grieving with Grace continues June 3. Participants learn about the grieving process and are gentle with themselves as they work through the grief of a loved one’s death. Monthly sessions are held the first Saturday each month beginning with social time at 9:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room at First Lutheran. The group sessions last from 10-11 a.m. All sessions are open to first-time participants. Led by Pastor Katherine Olson, sessions include video clips on topics relating to grief, comfort from Scripture, prayer, encouragement, and access to additional resources for support. Please join us on June 3 for "Beyond the Broken Heart: Naming Grief." Come see how many you can identify In July class meets on the first Saturday to discuss "Beyond the Broken Heart: Understanding Grief." There will be no session in August.
If you have questions about Grieving with Grace, reach out to Pastor Katherine at email@example.com, or 339-1983, ext. 214.
Women's Summer Bible Study begins June 7. Beth Moore’s "Entrusted – A Study of 2 Timothy," a new six-session Bible study will meet Wednesdays, June 7 – July 19, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Classes include discussion of weekly homework, DVD presentation and prayer. Workbooks can be purchased at Crossroads’ Bookstore for $17.99. Questions? Call Donna Johnson at 359-8623, or DeAnn Clark at 359-4754. Learn to guard what God has entrusted to you!
“Maggie and David” vocal duet - June 7. Pastor David Houck and his wife Margaret, known by their stage name, “Maggie and David,” are performing a musical program at Bethany Meadows (3008 E. Aspen Blvd., Brandon) on Wednesday, June 7, 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!
Equal Exchange Coffee Sale – June 11. Stop by the Welcome Center between services to purchase fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate. Benefits Lutheran World Relief fair trade projects.
The Delta Dental Bus at FLC – June 12-16.
Delta Dental's Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program is an innovative dental outreach program that brings care directly to under served children across South Dakota. It provides restorative and preventive dental care to children who do not have access to care. No child is turned away for inability to pay. Call First Lutheran Church today, 336-3734, to register a child in need!
Lutheran Men in Mission’s next golf outing is set for Tuesday, June 13. Everyone, including women, is invited to join in the fun at Spring Creek Golf Course. Shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m. A best ball scramble format will be used. Register for golf by calling the church at 336-3734 or Norm Ekeland at 371-0695. The cost is $25 which includes a cart. Following the round, players may head to First Lutheran for the Senior Ministry Luncheon at noon. (RSVP to the church for lunch by June 7.)
Senior luncheon is Tuesday, June 13 at Noon in the Gathering Room. All First Lutheran senior adults and their friends are invited to join us for our monthly luncheon. The program will be Heather Miller about CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates
The menu is BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw and baked beans. Please remember to RSVP by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, by Wednesday, June 7 If you need a ride call Project CAR, 332-2777, no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, June 12.
WEEKLY & MONTHLY ONGOING
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 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.
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.
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!