News Notes: Aug. 6–20

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Classes & Events

Senior Luncheon – Aug. 8.  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.

“Maggie and David” Concert – Aug. 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 11, 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!

Worship in the Park/Blessing of the Backpacks is Sunday, Aug. 20, at 11 am in McKennan Park. Bring a lawn chair and join us for worship at 11 a.m. at the McKennan Park Bandshell. Larry Olson and the crew will be leading the music. Students of all ages are invited to bring your backpacks!  Afterward, the EMO Board will be providing lunch of chicken, salads and chips. There will be a potluck dessert option for those that would like to bring something.

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. 

Broadcast Station Change – Aug. 20. Join us for the First Lutheran Church broadcast at 11:00 a.m. on Sioux Falls CW and ME TV instead of KSFY.

Stepping Into Health Celebration – Aug. 27. The Holistic Health Team invites all those who participated  in one or more of the 9 Stepping Into Health walking/running sessions to the Gathering Room for healthy treats between services on Sunday, August 27 in order to celebrate “Wellness” at First.  All those wishing to register for the 10th session beginning Oct. 1 are also invited to attend.  

Third Annual Block Party – Aug. 30. FLC has teamed up again to offer the 3rd annual Rock around the Block Party on Wednesday, August 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. There will be FREE walking taco’s, games, bouncy houses, gaga ball, live music and ton’s of fun! This year we are sponsoring Charis Ministries and will be accepting donations at the Block Party of toilet paper, full-sized shampoo, bar soap, and toothpaste. 

Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover” will be offered at First Lutheran on Tuesdays, Sept. 12 – Nov. 7, from 6 – 8 p.m., in Manos de Cristo. Classes will be led by Phil and Amanda Olinger. These nine class sessions can change you and your family’s financial future. For more information contact them at (605) 630-3161.

Worship with St. Dysmas Congreagation – Sept. 21. You are invited to join First Lutheran as we worship with the St Dysmas congregation at the SD Penitentiary on Thursday, Sept. 21, from
6 – 7:30 p.m. This is a wonderful experience and a unique way to see and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Security paperwork is required and must be turned in by Sept. 5. Please contact Donna Jahr at or at 339-1983 ext. 202, to sign up.




Children, Youth, Young Adults
and Families


Open Gym, most Saturdays, 10:15 a.m. – noon. Bring your own ball. Unsupervised.


Children’s BINGO in the Church Pew! Check out this new feature along with our recently added Children’s Bibles! Help your child be more engaged in what is happening in worship by playing a little Worship BINGO! Remember there are also church bags and children’s bulletins available to help our children feel a part of all the wonder in worship.

Day Camp Campers are going to experience many aspects of church camp without leaving town. NeSoDak camp counselors bring the fun and faith to us! Campers include Carl Olson, Addyson Elton, Finn Backer, AvaMarie Wood, Bryson Goodroad, Alice Masters, Braxton Hoffman, Cyrus Kirstein, Lincoln Kirstein, Regan Johnson, Isabel Johnson, Wilnel Farhat, Wilainu Farhat, Lindsey Ohling, Melody Olesyuk, Kyle Simpson, and Nathaniel Herbst.

Middle school Youth

Save the date – Middle School Lock-in is Fri.-Sat., July 28-29, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Bring $25 for snacks, breakfast and unlimited Thunder Road from 11-5 a.m. Friends are welcome. Register outside the Youth & Family office before Monday, July 24, or email Elias at

Summer Open Gym will be every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to Noon. Bring your friends and hang out in the gym for basketball, hula-hooping, ball throwing and other fun gym stuff. Friends are welcome. Gym time will be supervised and one hour will be organized game playing.

Summer Youth Group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Come to Manos de Cristo and enjoy games, food, Bible study and hilarity. Friends are welcome. If you’re coming for Open Gym too, bring $5 for lunch and a staff member will take kids to a nearby eatery between activities.

High School Youth

Summer Bonfire  coming up on  Wednesday, Aug. 16. We will be meeting at Tooley’s house. Call the Youth and Family office for the address. Friends are always welcome!

2018 National Youth Gathering is in Houston, Texas, June 25 to July 1. Registration is due Sept. 24. Information is available in the Youth & Family office or talk to Elias Youngquist, Youth Minister. You do not want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Around the Church

Compassionate Connections Volunteers Sought. Our church frequently becomes a point of contact for those who find themselves in need of crisis support and are not sure where to turn. First Lutheran Church is seeking help from volunteers to help the staff compassionately connect with such persons, for the need is great. Check out the description for Compassionate Connections volunteers on our church’s website at

Bazaar News

Mark your calendars - First Lutheran Bazaar will be Saturday, Nov. 4!

Attic Treasures will accept donations Aug. 15 - Oct. 15.  Items must be in good, clean condition.  Fragile items should be wrapped and packaged to avoid damage. We cannot accept electronics, clothing or furniture. Rooms in Attic Treasures are toys and games; Christmas; floral, baskets and vases; purses, jewelry and scarves; kitchen items, house decor, pillows, artwork, frames and seasonal decorations.

Bazaar pricing day – Monday, Aug. 21. It’s a big job and many volunteers needed. Any amount of time you can donate will help from 9 a.m. – noon, in the Upper Room.  

Bazaar meeting – Monday, Aug. 21. Please join us at 5 p.m. in the Gathering Room. Please come with your ideas, suggestions, and invite someone to come with you!
Linens and wool sweaters are still being accepted in the Quilt Service Center.

Rescheduled – Quilt Board Painting Project. A new date has been scheduled for the quilt board painting, Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Quilt Service Center. The cost is $35 per participant, an additional $5 if you want a custom designed pattern of a quilt block you particularly love. You may either keep your project or donate it to a new shop at the bazaar where the profits will go to the WELCA Mission projects. Fee includes all you need to complete a 2’ x 2’ painted board and hands-on instruction. Please register by Sept. 15 – limited to 10 painters. To register or for information, please call Nancy Olson at 332-4350.