News Notes: Apr. 30 – May 14

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Classes & Events

Choir Concert – Bach Vespers for Easter – April 30. Hear the combined choirs of First Lutheran Church and Augustana University, with chamber orchestra perform Johann Sebastian Bach's "Vespers for the Easter Season, Cantata No. 4." Sunday, April 30, 7 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church sanctuary.

Stepping into Health – Register April 30. It's not too late to sign up. Holistic Health Ministry’s Stepping into Health program resumes May 1. Participants are encouraged to walk or run each day from May 1 – July 31 and be accountable for their progress by recording steps on a tracking calendar. Pedometers are available for a small donation. New to Stepping into Health? Please call John Hegg at (605) 339-2582. If you have participated previously, please contact John Hegg by phone or email,, to sign up for this session.

Wednesday Night Forums May 3 – 24. The "Augsburg Confession" – led by Pastor Lars Olson will be held May 3, 10, 17 & 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Friendship Room. As part of our deepening learning about the Reformation during this 500th Anniversary, this class will look into the content, purpose, history, controversies, and ongoing use of the "Augsburg Confession" in Lutheran churches. We will explore the theological perspective of the Augsburg Confession as compared with the writings of Luther, other Reformers, and other Christian traditions.

Women of First Lutheran - Monthly meeting May 4. 
Please join us for our monthly meeting on Thursday, May 4, at noon in the Gathering Room. Come enjoy a salad luncheon and program,  “Seeds of Love” with Jennifer Lunder of the Ayuda Initiative. Come for fellowship, learning, and to celebrate God’s love for all of us! All First Lutheran Women are welcome. 

Grieving with Grace continues May 6. Grieving with Grace is an open group of 20 – 30 people learning about the grieving process and being gentle with themselves as they work through the grief of a loved one’s death together. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room, and the sessions are 10 – 11 a.m. Led by Pastor Katherine Olson, sessions include video clips, comfort from Scripture, prayer, encouragement, and access to resources for support. Please join us May 6 to discuss “Are We Changed Forever by Grief?” If you have questions about Grieving with Grace, reach out to Pastor Katherine at, or 339-1983, ext. 214.

Pick More Daisies – May 7. This year we need items for the mission trip to Peru to help fit rooms for children who are transitioning out of the orphanage; new and used children’s books for Garfield Elementary – they are hoping to send each child home with one book for the summer (over 500 children); and peanut butter for Food to You through Charis Ministries. Look for the daisies in the Atrium on Sunday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 10. 
Prayer Bus Tour – May 7. Join us Sunday, May 7, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Welcoming the Immigrant and Refugee with Love. Tour originates at First Lutheran Church at 1:30 p.m. heading to Mt. Zion Jewish Temple and returning to First Lutheran by 3 p.m. Let us come together as we pray and as we present ourselves in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters here and abroad.

Blessing of the Bicycles – May 7. On Sunday, May 7, we will gather in the FLC parking lot for Blessing of the Bicycles. In cooperation with Falls Area Cyclists, we will gather at 2 p.m. for the blessing, and ride together through Downtown to Queen City Bakery where we will have treats and refreshments. Grab your bike, and a friend, and come enjoy this opportunity. See also Bike to Work Week, pg. 2.

Movers For Moms donations – through May 8. First Lutheran is a collection site to support Movers For Moms® along with Two Men and a Truck. The Movers For Moms is for moms living in shelters this Mother’s Day. Many of the women are victims of domestic abuse, homelessness or human trafficking. Suggested donations include nice soaps, hair styling products, shampoo, conditioner, pillows and blankets, slippers and robes. Please bring donations to the box in the Welcome Center by May 8 for delivery on Mother’s Day.

Senior luncheon is Tuesday, May 9 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 by Bernie Hunhoff, Founder and Editor of South Dakota Magazine. The menu is penne pasta alfredo, salad, bread stick. Please remember to RSVP by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, no later than Wednesday, May 3. If you need a ride call Project CAR, 332-2777, no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, May 8.

Worship with St. Dysmas – paperwork due May 9. On Thursday, May 25, First Lutheran worship with the St. Dysmas congregation at the SD Penitentiary. Meet at 6 p.m. at the front entrance, go through security, and to Hope Chapel. Afterward, participants are invited to meet at the Fryn’ Pan on East 10th to meet with former members of the St. Dysmas congregation to talk about our experience. This is a hugely rewarding opportunity to worship “behind the walls.” Security paperwork must be completed and turned in to the church office by Tuesday, May 9. Please contact Donna Jahr, (605) 339-1983 ext. 202, or

Healthy Cooking and Living. Tuesday, May 9: Willie Bertsch will do pork loin (low-fat, lean meat) and vegetables on the BBQ. Willie is an instructor for Plum’s Cooking Company. Tuesday, May 23, Gwen Wawers will be making Spring Salad and talking about cholesterol. Classes are free and open to the community. Please remember to register for each class you will attend so we have enough supplies. To register, please stop by or call the church Information Desk at 605-336-3734, or visit

Food To You Mobile Food Pantry – serve May 11. First Lutheran Church will be working the May 11 Food To You Mobile Food Pantry distribution at Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church (5100 E. Madison Street). We will need 6 – 8 volunteers at 4:15 p.m. and 16 more volunteers at 5:15 p.m. Volunteers will be done by 8 p.m. Please contact Jeff Backer ASAP at (605) 339-1983 ext. 209, or, to sign up. Donations of 150 jars peanut butter are also needed for May 11. Please consider serving or donating.

Equal Exchange Coffee Sale – May 14. Stop by the Welcome Center between services to purchase fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate. Benefits Lutheran World Relief fair trade projects.

Bike to Work Week – May 15. First Lutheran will also be offering an energizer station during the annual Sioux Falls Bike to Work Week, May 15 – 19. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. of that week, we will greet bicyclists with beverages, a snack, and a prayer to get them going!

Join us for NAMI Walks 2017 – May 20. On Saturday, May 20, walkers from First Lutheran Church will participate in a 5k walk to support the work of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in South Dakota, raise awareness and show support for those affected by mental illness. Watch for a booth in the atrium to sign up or visit and look for “First Lutheran Walkers” among the top teams listed on the left of the page. Click “Join our Team” to become a walker, or click on our roster and support one of our team member’s efforts with a donation. Please pray for our efforts and help us end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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!



Drive-by Coffee and Prayer Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Just pull under the south entrance canopy for your choice of coffee, hot chocolate or bottled water and a quick prayer to get your day started!

Wednesday Night Meals. The entire community is invited most Wednesdays (September–May) from 5 – 6:15 p.m., in Reformation Hall. The cost is:  $5 adults and youth, $3 for ages 3 – 6 years and ages 2 and under are free.
May 3 – Pork Loin, mashed potatoes & gravy
May 10 – Spaghetti, tossed salad, French bread

Children, Youth, Young Adults
and Families

VBS registration deadline is May 1
Visit for more info.

144 Envelopes Fundraiser for 2017 Mission Tripsis being held in the Welcome Center on Sunday, April 30. Choose an envelope number off the board and donate that same amount of money. All money goes toward mission trips and is tax deductble. Thank you for all your support! Contact Elias Youngquist for more info

For Families

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

Scripture First and Wednesday WOW. Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., with a Family class at 10:40 a.m. in the Pentecost Room, and Wednesday, evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Adult Education classes are offered during all hour long sessions. Saturday night Scripture First meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Gathering Room. 
Look for more information at Scripture First ends on Sunday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 24.

For Moms and Children

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Gathering Room. Contact First Lutheran member, Katie Bossman, at 201-5718 for info. 

For Children

Wednesday Night WOW for children three-years through fifth grade resumes on Wednesday, April 19, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. We begin in the Sanctuary. Games, art projects, worship and the Scripture First learning time are all included. Please join us! More info at

Vacation Bible School Registration DEADLINE is May 1. VBS for children preschool through second grade (2016-17 school year) is June 5 – 9, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (with childcare offered 7:30 – 9 a.m. and 3 – 5:30 p.m. for families who need it). This will be a great week with Passport to Peru – Discovering God‘s good gifts. Crafts, games, music, friends, Bible teaching, Peruvian themed snacks and more. Sign up online at to register by May 1.

Middle & High school

Middle School Youth Group Mark your calendars Sunday, April 30, May 7 & 21 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and continuing throughout May. Join Elias and Heather for a time of games, Bible study, fun activities and more! You can bring ALL your friends and meet new ones! Something brand new for awesome middle schoolers!

Scripture First for Middle & High School Youth meets on Sundays in Manos de Cristo at 9:30 or 10:40 – 11 a.m. (head to 9:30 worship and then come right after for Bible study OR…still be able to go to 11 a.m. worship.) Yummy treats will always be served! Learn the Scripture. Hear the Bible. Share the Scriptures.

High School Youth Group meets on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 
9 p.m. in Manos de Cristo. Friends are always welcome! 

High School Bible Study meets Thursdays from 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. at Caribou on East 10th or 4 – 5 p.m. at Bagel Boy on south Minnesota Avenue. Meet Elias there and bring your Bible and a friend or two!

Senior Recognition Day is Sunday – May 7. Seniors and their families will come together at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for a breakfast. At the 11 a.m. service, the seniors will be recognized, prayed for and blessed with a quilt from the FLC Quilters. Please pray for these young adults and their families as they prepare for all the adventure that lies ahead.


Young Adult Ministry

4:12 Bible Study – the Book of Romans. Paul offers more “general” statements about the nature of sin, the promise of salvation and the call to mission. Thursdays in May, 7 – 8 p.m., Prairie Berry East Bank (322 E. 8th St.). Bring your Bible.

4:12 Great Bear Hiking & Picnic. Join us on Sunday, May 21 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Great Bear Recreation Park (5901 E. Rice St.) for some nature time on the trails and a picnic! Bring a picnic for yourself and a blanket/chair. (Childcare available at the church.)

4:12 is Christian adults in their 20s and 30s experiencing ministries through a balance of fellowship, life sharing, spiritual growth and outreach. Invite a friend and come join us.

Around the Church

Encouragement through Music – CD Ministry. First Lutheran member Sue Severson has recorded two CD’s of inspirational piano music, “You are Loved” and “Hymnprov.” To learn the story behind Sue’s CD ministry, see the article in the May First Word. To request a CD for a friend or neighbor who is going through a tough time (cancer, chronic illness, bereavement, relationship struggles, etc.), contact Pastor Katherine Olson, Parish Nurse Jana Elkins, or Executive Secretary Donna Jahr at the church, 336-3734, and they will set aside one of the Caring Ministry’s CDs for you to pick up from the Information Desk, free of charge. You may purchase a CD for yourself or as a gift for a music lover at the Information Desk for $10.

May 90+ Birthdays. Happy birthday to: Vivian Bauer (90), Elva Brudvig (101); Bernice Jacobson (95); Ken Kessinger (92); Lorna Kilian (91); Alfred Lorenz (92); Richard Lundin (90); Lyn Oyos (90); Eileen Quanbeck (93); Fern Skrabuha (93) and Marcene Scully (94).

Senior Ministry Luncheon assistants needed. Would you be willing to help once a month with the senior ministry luncheon? We would love to give our senior members an opportunity to come to the meal and enjoy the fellowship without having to work every month. The senior luncheon is on the second Tuesday of each month. We need people to help set tables, serve the food and help with clean up. Please consider joining this ministry team by volunteering a few hours once a month. Contact Jean Hoff, 339-1983, ext 231 or, if you are interested in finding out more about this ministry opportunity. 

Book Group – Do you love to read? Would you be interested in participating in a book club with other individuals? We have several members interested in forming a book club. If you are interested, please call the church 336-3734 and leave your name with the receptionist. Be sure to leave your phone number as well so we can reach you when the small group gets started.

FLC Prayer Chain. Did you know that the church has a prayer chain? Is praying for others something you feel called to do? If you would be interested in lifting up our members and others in prayer, please contact Donna Jahr at 339-1983, ext. 202 or Currently we have about 50 prayer partners on the chain but we would love to have more. You can either be contacted via email when a prayer request is received.