Men's Bible Study with Pastor Dave Johnson
Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room
This study explores the books of the Bible. Coffee and rolls are available. All men are welcome.
Lutheran Men in Mission
Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) is a national organization of the ELCA. Its mission is to strengthen men’s Christian faith, relationships and mission in their homes, churches and community. The men of First Lutheran organize golf tournaments, work the parking lot during Washington Pavilion events, wash dishes at First Lutheran events and take part in quarterly meetings. Contact Orrin Anderson at 332-5957 to get involved.
First Lutheran Church Women
2013–2014 study takes place in individual circles
All women of the church are invited to the first meeting (including a meal) on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
FLCW holds Bible study as part of the monthly circle meetings. There are circles that meet in the morning, afternoon and evening. The Bible study for 2013–2014 will be introduced by Pastor John Christopherson at the Thursday, Sept. 5, meeting. This year’s study, “In Good Company,” will introduce nine women from the Old Testament and a few from the New Testament. Learn about their heartaches and their faithful decisions while getting to know yourself better, too. For information on how to join a circle, contact Nancy Olson at 332-4350 or Arlene Bich at 275-6891.
Senior Ministry Luncheon
Second Tuesday of each month at noon in Fellowship Hall
Senior Ministry offers opportunities for fun, fellowship and growth. The second Tuesday of each month the group meets for a meal and a program. Programs explore a variety of interests from art and history, to current events and technology.
For young adults:
Events take place once a month
4:12 is Christian adults in their 20s and 30s experiencing ministries through a balance of fellowship, life sharing, spiritual growth and outreach. 4:12ers take part in a variety of events throughout the year including hay rides, Canaries games, canoeing and more. Contact Marnie Dahle Backer at 339-1983, ext. 204, for more information.
Theology on Tap
Fourth Tuesday of the month
Theology on Tap meets to enjoy fellowship and conversation centered on scripture, theology and life. The gathering takes place at a local pub/bar/eatery usually in downtown Sioux Falls. Jeff Backer is the facilitator. For more information, please call Marnie Dahle Backer at 339-1983, ext. 204, or email mdbacker [at] flcsf [dot] org. Join us on Facebook. Search for “Theology on Tap Sioux Falls.”
Bible Study with the Pastors
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the Gathering Room
Participants meet at 9:30 a.m. for fellowship and coffee.
Midweek is a great time for renewal through God’s Word. Studies of the text for the following Sunday are offered by the pastors weekly.
Sundays, Sept. 15 through Nov. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. (includes a meal)
As a non-pressured, community-oriented and fun way to explore the fundamentals of the Christian faith, the Alpha Course is an excellent opportunity to invite friends, co-workers, and family members to explore a personal and transforming relationship with Jesus Christ!
Alpha is also for people who, although regularly going through the motions of a religious life, have not really experienced the joy and transforming power of the Christian faith for daily living. Alpha can equally bring reenergizing vigor to Christians who are struggling with times of dry spiritual wells in their lives.
Registration is required. And is available at the Information Desk. To register, or for more information, call the church at 336-3734, or Pastor Natanael Lizarazo at 339-1983, ext. 214. Contact the church if childcare is needed.
Thursdays starting Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Family-to-Family is a series offering education and support for people who have relatives with mental illness. It is offered through the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and is facilitated by Pastor Barbara Wangsness. Those who participate will:
• Gain insight into how mental illness affects people
• Take an eye-opening look inside some of today’s current brain research related to mental illness
• Learn about the medication issues involved in mental illness and the latest treatment options
• Learn to cope with worry and stress
• Learn to focus on care for self and loved ones
Registration is required. Contact Wendy Giebink, NAMI SD Executive Director, at namisd [at] midconetwork [dot] com or 271-1871 to register or for more information.
Mental Health Support Group
Second Tuesday of the month starting Sept. 10, from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. in the Pentecost Room
This a support group for people who have a family member(s) that is/are living with mental illness. Pastor Barbara Wangsness will be leading the support sessions.
Stephen Ministry Training Class
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. from Oct. 3 through March 6
The deadline for turning in an application is Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
Stephen Ministers work alongside the pastors to care for, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time or a transition in their lives. If you have gifts for caring, encouragement, and listening, please begin to prayerfully consider whether you might want to be part of this fulfilling ministry. For more information, please call Melody Roberts at 339-1983, ext. 262, or email mroberts [at] flcsf [dot] org.
Sundays starting Sept. 15, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. in the Friendship Room
Among the forums scheduled this fall are a three-part series on God and His Creation, a series on Ministry Through Music and a series on Death and Dying. The complete schedule will be available online at www.flcsf.org/adultforum and as a bulletin insert in the coming weeks.
Bible Study: The Story (New Testament)
Sundays from Oct. 6 through Nov. 24 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Manos de Cristo
This eight-week study will be offered on Sundays in October and November. The Story helps people experience Scripture like never before. Read carefully selected verses from the New Testament organized chronologically. Discover the heart of God’s Upper Story—his master-plan unfolding in the lives of the Bible’s characters as well as in your own life. A participant’s guide and book are available. The cost is $8 each, though they are not necessary for participation. For more information, please call Marnie Dahle Backer at 339-1983, ext. 204, or email mdbacker [at] flcsf [dot] org. Come every week or when you can.
Parenting Book Club
Wednesdays, Oct. 9, 16 & 23, and Nov. 13 & 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Manos de Cristo
A wealth of interesting and provocative parenting materials are available to read and digest. Have you read any good books or articles about parenting? It is fun to share our thoughts or concerns with others as we read these materials. Please join the First Lutheran parenting discussion group, facilitated by John Hegg, professional school counselor at Memorial Middle School. This is for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles of any aged child—or anyone who is interested in parenting. You can come to share your thoughts or just sit back and listen as we discuss books and articles written about parenting. To sign up, please call Marnie Dahle Backer at 339-1983, ext. 204, or email mdbacker [at] flcsf [dot] org.
Nine to Dine
Schedule varies based on group
Nine to Dine is a program that gets a group of nine people together—members, prospective members, visitors, church friends—for a meal on a regular basis. Participants take turns hosting and can be in a “restaurant” group or a “home” group. The time provides a chance to meet with new friends or reconnect with older friends and engage in conversation. Sign up on the website (www.flcsf.org)starting Sept. 1, or call Marnie Dahle Backer at 339-1983, ext. 204, or email mdbacker [at] flcsf [dot] org.
Faithfully Fit Forever
Thursday starting Sept. 19 from 8:50 to 9:30 a.m. in the Pentecost Room
Faithfully Fit Forever is a chair exercises class for men and women. A devotional and health tip is part of each weekly exercise session. Howard Bich is the facilitator. Contact Parish Nurse Paula Bartels for more information at 339-1983, ext. 234.
Fridays at noon in the Upper Room
Take care of your mind, body and spirit with breath and movement. All are welcome. No previous experience required. Bring a yoga mat or a towel. A freewill donation will be accepted to offset the cost of the instructor. For more information, please call Melody Roberts at 339-1983, ext. 262, or email mroberts [at] flcsf [dot] org.
Bell choirs and vocal choirs
Times and dates vary
Music is a strong and vibrant part of the mission and ministry of First Lutheran. A variety of musical offerings give each person a chance to find a place to worship through music. Music choirs are available for first graders through adults. There are opportunities to use your voice, ring a bell or play an instrument. Call Shirley Barlow at 339-1983, ext. 261, or go to www.flcsf.org/music to learn more.
Wednesday Night Meals
Wednesdays starting Sept. 4, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in Reformation Hall
Take time for food and fellowship with the First Lutheran Church family before taking part in Wednesday night activities. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6 and under.
Would you like to become a member of First Lutheran? To learn more, please call Linda Carpenter at 339-1983, ext. 231, or email lcarpenter [at] flcsf [dot] org.