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Tuesday, Dec. 24
Family worship at 4:30 p.m.
Candlelight services at 8 & 10 p.m.
(The service will be broadcast on the CW (13.2) at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It will be re-broadcast at 11 a.m. on KSFY on Christmas Day. It also will be availabile on YouTube.)
Wednesday, Dec. 25
Lessons & Carols with Holy Communion at 10 a.m.
First Lutheran is considering creating a new pictorial directory! However, this project will require some volunteer effort. Please contact Linda at lcarpenter [at] flcsf [dot] org or 339-1983, ext. 231, if you are interested in being part of the volunteer effort to make this project a reality!
We need people to help contact families to sign up for portraits and to serve as hosts during photography.
Sign up for a portrait session by clicking the image below.
The December First Word is now available online.
Stories in this issue include:
A sacred time of waiting
A journey of friendship: Reed pump organ and Hoosier cabinet items up for bid
Card Room proceeds support First Quilters
‘Waiting' is the theme of the Advent e-mail devotional
Youth and Family has been working on an Advent devotional featuring families of First Lutheran and their stories of waiting. Make sure you are on the list. Sign up today!
New York City, NY
Saturday, May 31-Saturday, June 7
Cost: $600 plus transportation
Friday, July 18- Monday, July 28
College-age and adults
Cost: $900 plus transportation
Family Camp at Outlaw Ranch
Black Hills, S.D.
Sunday, June 29-Friday, July 4
Families of any shape and size
Cost depends on family size
Flathead Rafting & High Ropes
Sunday, July 6-Friday, July 11
Cost: $525 plus transportation
Metigoshe Discover Week
Sunday, June 15-Friday, June 20
Cost: $245 plus transportation
Metigoshe Seek Week
Sunday, June 15-Friday, June 20
9th & 10th grade
Cost: $250 plus transportation
Black Hills, S.D.
Sunday, June 15-Friday, June 20
Cost: $425 plus transportation
Sunday, July 27-Friday, Aug. 1
5th & 6th Grade
Cost: $420 plus transportation
Shetek Full Week
Sunday, Aug. 3-Friday, Aug. 8
4th & 5th Grade
Shetek Mini Camp
June 29-July 1
Shetek Mini Camp
Wednesday, Aug. 6-Friday, Aug. 8
2nd - 4th grade
Shetek Day Play
Tuesday, July 15
1st & 2nd grade
Shetek Day Play
Wednesday, Aug. 6
1st & 2nd grade
Just as five loaves and two fish fed a hungary crowd of 5,000 (Matthew 25:31-40), we also know that small change can be a great blessing to poor and vulenerable people.
This mission outreach effort is meant to provide teaching and giving moments for our entire families, and to offer shared blessings for all those whom Jesus himself calls the least of his family.
Imagine what difference we can make together as a congregation, in Jesus' name, by joyfully placing in the healing hands of Jesus our loose change each week!
Insignificant as it may seem, we trust Jesus will multiply it and thus in his name we will serve holistic human needs.
Drop off your loose change
in the specially designated jar in the atrium, and it will be used to support mission outreach projects that are not fully funded. The jar will be available through Sunday, Dec. 29.
Thanks for your generosity!
Thank you to the congregation of First Lutheran Church for purchasing a portable ultrasound for the Garoua Boulai Protestant Hospital in Cameroon. The ultrasound is critical in treating patients who are unable to travel to the hospital.
Through the "God's Gifts. Our Responsibility." campaign First Lutheran also pledged $40,000 to the hospital. We pray that many people are healed and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ through their stay at the hospital. To God be the glory!
"Even in the small, humble churches we visited, the almost palpable energy that filled the room as the congregation worshiped without the restriction that stems from self-consciousness was inspiring," says Mara Klecker.
Paul Greenfield was inspired by the openness of the new friends he made, saying, "It truly amazed me how two different groups of people, with different backgrounds and speaking different languages can come together as one family under God."
The group wishes to thank the family of First for their prayers and support during the trip. Following is a slideshow put together by Mara Klecker.
The 2013 Fall Learning and Fellowship Opportunities brochure is now available! Find a Bible study, a small group, or a place where you can get involved. Pick up a brochure in the brochure racks or download it here.
A few late additions did not make the brochure. They include:
Praying in color introduces an active, visual and meditative way to pray using drawing and doodling. Perhaps you want to pray but the words escape you. Or sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge. Join Pastor Barbara Wangsness on Wednesdays starting Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Friendship Room to learn more about this new way to pray.
A Women's Bible study on David:Seeking a Heart Like His using a DVD presentation by Beth Moore takes place on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Trinity Room. All women are invited.
Come to Reformation Hall on Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 for a meal with your First Lutheran family. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for those age 6 and under. All are welcome!
Sept. 4: Sandwiches, potato salad and fruit
Sept. 11: Lasagna and tossed salad
Sept. 18: Chicken and cheesy hashbrowns
Sept. 25: Roast beef and baby red potatoes
Oct. 2: Turkey and mashed potatoes
Oct. 9: Ham and au gratin potatoes
Oct. 16: Lasagna and tossed salad
Oct. 23: Chicken and cheesy hashbrowns
Oct. 30: No meal
Nov. 6: Roast beef and baby red potatoes
Nov. 13: Chicken and cheesy hashbrowns
Nov. 20: Ham and scalloped potatoes
Nov. 27: Turkey and mashed potatoes
Dec. 4: Lasagna and tossed salad
Dec. 11: Taco bar
The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod, was elected ELCA presiding bishop on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Elected on the fifth ballot, she received 600 of the 889 votes cast during the vote. Current Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson received 287 votes.
A communication from the South Dakota Synod office said, "Prior to becoming synod bishop, Eaton served as pastor for ELCA congregations in Ohio. She earned a Master's of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor's degree in music and education from College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
You may remember Bishop Eaton from her time with us at the South Dakota Synod Assembly in 2011. Please keep Bishop Eaton and this church in your prayers during this time of transition."
Read more about Eaton on the ELCA website.
At the beginning of the "God's Gifts. Our Responsibility." capital campaign, the congregation of First Lutheran pledged to make a gift of $40,000 to The Community Outreach payable over five years. That pledge was fulfilled recently with a gift of $16,000.
"Precisely because God in Jesus Christ calls us to serve our neighbors, particularly those who struggle with the most basic necessities of daily life, we celebrate the completion of our Capital Campaign gift of $40,000 to Community Outreach," says Pastor Natanael Lizarazo. "We know God is using these mission gifts to offer hope, empowerment and blessing to all those who are served by Community Outreach! To God be the glory!"
Yoga classes will be offered twice a week in the Upper Room: Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. Freewill donations will help offset the cost of the instructor. No experience necessary! Bring a yoga mat or a towel. Contact Melody Roberts at mroberts [at] flcsf [dot] org or 605-339-1983, ext. 262, with questions.
Zumba classes will take place on Saturdays from 10-10:45 a.m. in the Upper Room. Zumba is a dance fitness program that combines Latin and international music with a variety of dance moves. Cost is $5 per week. Email cdickson [at] flcsf [dot] org with questions.
The pathway of reconciliation project in the community garden located on the McKennan Hospital campus received recognition in the most recent issue of Thrivent magazine. An article on the project is also in the latest Being There newsletter from Lutheran Social Services.
Pastor Natanael Lizarazo worked with the Translators of Culture to tell stories of stories of war, loss and reconciliation from refugees, immigrants and veterans. Lutheran Men in Mission donated money toward the project. Read the Thrivent article here.
Stop by and take a look at the project! It's located at Cliff Avenue and 21st Street.
Because of the gracious donations of the people of First Lutheran Church, four clean water wells have been dug in rural Africa. Here is a portion of the thank-you note from the managing organization, Water to Thrive:
"I wanted to personally thank you for the $20,000 that your congregation has so generously donated to Water to Thrive for the provision of four clean water wells in rural Africa. I am happy to report that your money has been assigned and thanks to your generosity, four wells are almost fully implemented in Tanzania. What an incredible blessing you have provided!! First Lutheran has given the gift of clean, safe water to hundreds of people who desperately needed it. It is such a privilege to be able to share this information with you now."
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The pilot project, which started in August 2011, focused on providing transportation to behavioral-health-related appointments for people in need. The public bus route that served Southeastern Beahavioral Health Center was eliminated at that time, so volunteer drivers from Peace Lutheran, St. Mark's Lutheran and First Lutheran churches along with Project CAR (a transportation program already in place in the community) began transporting people to and from appointments at Behavioral Health with 75 round-trip rides provided in a six month period.
Healthy Rides Project to Expand
The Charis Ministry Partners Board recently approved plans to expand the transportation ministry to those in need of transportation to any type of medical appointment, not just behavioral health, in cooperation with Project CAR. Those requesting rides must be referred by an authorized person, in most cases a parish nurse or similarly-appointed individual from a participating congregation with appointments made several days in advance.
How can you help?
Increased involvement from Charis Ministry Partners congregations is needed. The need for volunteer drivers for Project CAR is expected to increase in 2012. Volunteers can choose a day each month to drive, specifying morning or afternoon. Those willing to volunteer are asked to complete a volunteer form available from Project CAR at (605) 332-2777.
How is Healthy Rides Funded?
A grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has covered the cost of the Healthy Rides program thus far. All clients ride free, and Charis Ministry Parnters pays Project CAR $7 for each round-trip to cover transportation costs. Individuals are encouraged to donate money to Charis Ministry Partners through their congregation to help cover the cost of the additional rides.
Who is Charis Ministry Partners?
Charis Ministry Partners consists of the following congregations: Augustana Lutheran Church, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, East Side Lutheran Church, Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Church, Peace Lutheran Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Renner Lutheran Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. John Lutheran Church and West Nidaros Lutheran Church. Charis Ministry Partners also oversees the Food to You Mobile Food Pantry.
Go to www.vibrantfaithathome.org for tools, tips and resources.
"This web site offers families great ideas to share faith at home!" says Marnie Dahle Backer, director of Family and Young Adult Ministries. "I love it! And it's rooted in Lutheran goodness."
This is the resource that is used on the back of the bulletins each week.
Thanks to funds from the "God’s Gifts. Our Responsibilities." campaign, Media Ministries recently upgraded its equipment and is now broadcasting in high definition (HD).
Equipment to stream the Sunday service on the Internet was also purchased, and the 9:30 a.m. Sunday broadcast will be posted to www.youtube.com/user/flcsf.
The 2011 Christmas Eve Worship is now available. Make sure to check it out.
Pastor Andrew and Barbara Hinderlie serve as our missionaries in Eastern Africa. They recently moved to Tanzania. The following was published in the Fall 2011 "Hand in Hand," the ELCA's Global Missionary Support quarterly newsletter:
"Today," reflected Barbara, "I stand on the successful ministries of our predecessor missionaries." An ELCA missionary in Madagascar, Barbara Hinderlie has served with the Malagasy Lutheran Church in Madagascar. She has assisted the church with strategic planning, self-reliance and the monitoring and evaluation of existing ministries. ...
As Barbara's family recently prepared to leave Madagascar for new missionary responsibilities in Tanzania, she felt privileged to have helped prepare the Malagasy Lutheran Church for the next generation of missionaries. She notes that the "next missionaries will assist with bridge-building for the long-term relationships of the church. They will be called to fill a gap identified by the local church and their work will be done in coordination with a Malagasy counterpart."
"As a member of the ELCA, it has been exciting to serve in one of the fastest growing churches in The
Lutheran World Federation," concluded Barbara.
Our support of missionaries helps to equip the church for missions. We are thankful that as First Lutheran Church, we are part of it through our missionary sponsorship of the Hinderlie family!
Click here for resources from the South Dakota Synod: http://www.sdsynod.org/resources/social-statement-resources/
Is there someone on your mind and heart who could benefit from a homemade meal? Meals from the Heart invites all ages to make a difference in someone’s life! Pick up the freezer key at the Information Desk; go to the Luther Lounge; select a meal; sign the log; deliver the meal to someone who would appreciate a homemade meal. Want to take the mission a step further? Purchase a Hy-Vee card from the Youth and donate the card to Meals from the Heart. For more information, contact Linda Carpenter at (605) 339-1983, ext. 231, or Jean Hoff at (605) 361-7267.