News Notes: Sept. 17–Oct. 1

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Special Announcement

Hurricane Relief. You may give through First Lutheran Church to assist those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please designate “Hurricane Relief" on the memo line of your check. 100% of your gift will be used for these disasters. To give online to the ELCA's Hurricane Harvey Relief fund click here.

Classes & Events

Wednesday Night Meal. Meals are served Wednesdays from 5 – 6:15 p.m. in Reformation Hall. Cost is $5 Adults & Youth, $3 for ages 3 – 6 years, free for ages 2 and under.
    Sept. 20 - Potato bar, tossed salad
    Sept. 27 - Chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans
Weekly menus are available online at

Wednesday Adult Forums, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Gathering Room
Luther and his Conversation Partners, Pr. John Christopherson
    Sept. 20: Understanding a Reformation: Erasmus of Rotterdam and Luther
    Sept. 27: Understanding the Nature of God: John Calvin
and Luther
    Oct. 4: Understanding a Sacrament: Ulrich Zwingli and Luther
Christian Apologetics continues with Dr. LaMoyne Pederson
    Nov. 8: The Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Age
    Nov. 15: God, Ethical Relativism, and the Search for Moral Foundations

Volunteers Still Needed to serve Breakfast at The Banquet
– Sept. 20.
Come help FLC serve breakfast at The Banquet. Prep workers are needed at 5:30 a.m. and servers begin at 6:30 a.m. All volunteers will be finished by 8 a.m. Please let Betty DeBerg know if you willing to serve, or (319) 961-2227.
Worship with St. Dysmas Congregation – Sept. 21. FLC will be worshipping with the St. Dysmas congregation at the SD Penitentiary on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. If you have security paperwork from a previous visit on file, you still have time to sign up to attend. Please contact Donna,

Healthy Cooking Class – Sept. 24. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room. Sept. 24 - Lite Salad and Pasta, with Gwen Wawers. Learn to cook and eat healthy food. Some of the best cooks in Sioux Falls share their techniques and recipes for vegetables, meats and desserts. The classes are free but please register for each class you plan to attend to ensure we have enough supplies. Register at the Information Desk, call the church at 336-3734, or visit

Feed Seniors NOW Food Drive – Sept. 24–Oct. 18. At least one in nine seniors are at risk of going hungry. Comfort Keepers has set up food-drive boxes to help local seniors and raise awareness for this growing epidemic that affects millions of older Americans trying to remain healthy and independent. While all non-perishable foods are welcome, items containing high levels of protein (hearty soups, protein bars, peanut butter, canned meat, beans, etc.) are especially appreciated. These items supplement the Senior Commodities Program, which distributes more than 5,500 boxes to seniors in the Sioux Empire each year. Please bring your donations to the specially marked boxes located in the atrium, Welcome Center and near the Caring Ministry office.

Necessities for Neighbors – Oct. 1. FLC will be serving at Necessities for Neighbors on Sunday, Oct. 1, at Peace Lutheran Church. We will need 20 volunteers from 2:30 – 4:30. Necessities for Neighbors program distributes products like toilet paper, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and detergent; items that WIC (Women, Infants and Children Food/Nutrition Program),  does not allow to be purchased. Please consider donating items.
To prepare, we are collecting a “mountain of toilet paper” and unopened feminine hygiene products to donate. Please bring your donations to the church during September.

Grieving with Grace – Oct. 7. Group participants learn about the grieving process and are gentle with themselves as they work through the grief of a loved one’s death. Grieving with Grace sessions usually take place on the first Saturday each month in the Gathering Room.  Join us for “Responding to Grief” on Saturday, Oct. 7. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m. with group session from 10-11. Led by Pastor Katherine Olson, sessions include video clips relating to grief, comfort from Scripture, prayer, encouragement and additional resources for support.  Newcomers are always welcome! Questions? Please contact Pastor Katherine, or 339-1983, ext. 214.

Save the date - Bazaar Preview, Sunday, Oct. 8. Join us between worship services in the Welcome Center for a special Bazaar Preview. Come and see some of the wonderful items you will see on Nov. 4!

Around the Church

WELCA Bible Study Circles

Tues. 9/19     9:00 am   Lois Circle, Carol Greenfield’s home
                      9:30 am   Katie Circle, Donna Hanson’s home
Thurs. 9/21   9:30 am Dorcas Circle, Trail Ridge Game Room
                      9:30 am   Elizabeth Circle, Parish Meeting Room
                      9:30 am   Lydia/Rachel Circle, Gathering Room
                      9:30 am   Sarah Circle, Friendship Room
                     1:00 pm   Martha Circle, Gathering Room
                     1:00 pm   Rhoda Circle, Elaine Moore’s home
                     7:00 pm   Ruth Circle, Phyllis Knutson’s home
Thurs. 9/28  6:00 pm   Hannah Circle, Gathering Room
Remember our September Service Project items – Personal Care Kits. Items needed are listed in the WELCA Directory.

Visitation Ministry for the Hospitalized. Every weekday, a First Lutheran pastor visits members and friends of First Lutheran Church who are hospitalized. Our pastors are there to listen, pray, read Scripture and administer communion during a time of vulnerability and need. No matter what health care system you are part of, be sure your medical record indicates you are a member of First Lutheran, so the hospital staff can release your name to us when we make our calls! Additionally, we encourage you to call the church (336-3734) if you or someone you love is in need of this type of care.

Compassionate Connections at First Lutheran. 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 currently has five trained volunteers to help the staff compassionately connect with such persons. This small ministry has already made a significant impact in the life of our church! Anyone who is interested should contact Pastor Katherine at or 339-1983, ext. 214.

WELCA Monthly Stewardship Activities and Projects – an opportunity to be a good steward. Are you interested in helping people of our state, country and the world with simple donations each month? We invite you to join our WELCA group by donating useful items monthly as we collect various materials for Lutheran World Relief and other agencies. Our project for September is Personal Care Kits. The following items may be brought to the Welcome Center Desk any day of the week. The kit includes: large comb, nail clipper, bath size towel, toothbrush and large bar of soap.  All donations are very much appreciated. Thank you.



Reformation Hymn Festival, Sunday, Oct. 29, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Join the Sioux Falls community and a 100-voice community choir, brass, violin, flute and organ, in singing the faith we share! Led by Dr. John Schwandt, Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma, and Dr. Steven Paulson, Professor of  Luther Scholar. Following the Festival, a German supper of bratwurst and German potato salad will be served ($5) in Reformation Hall. 

Free Tickets are required for the festival. Reserve today!

Children, Youth, Young Adults
and Families


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

First Step Milestone for children who will be three years of age by Sept. 1, 2017. Join us on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for parents and children to get to see the church, their Sunday School room, meet teachers, eat lunch and more. They will also receive their first Bible! Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Third Grade Bibles Milestone is Sunday, Sept. 17. Families, please join us at 9:30 for breakfast, learning time and an introduction to your new Bibles. We will then gather at the 11 a.m. worship for a blessing and the official giving of your Bible. Please RSVP to by Monday, Sept. 11.


2017-2018 Scripture First ("Sunday" School) Registration is now open on the church website at Please sign your child up for Scripture First today. Scripture First (Christian education for preschool through 5th grade children) happens on:
• Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Parent/Child Orientation is Wednesday, Sept. 6.
• Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 
Parent/Child Orientation is Sunday, Sept. 10.

Volunteers are needed for our children’s ministry on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. We are in need of shepherds, teachers, greeters, music team folks and more! Please connect with Heather Smith, Children’s Minister, at  You have great gifts and we would love for you to share them!

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.

Middle school Youth

Confirmation kicks off during the month of Sept. We are excited for another great year of teaching and building relationships! Please mark your calendars for:
• 6th Grade Large Group Orientation, Sept. 6, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., for parents and youth.
• 6th Grade Group Building, Sept. 13, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., youth only
• 7th and 8th Grade Large Group Orientation, Sept. 13, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., parents and youth.
• 7th and 8th Grade Acolyte and Usher Training, Sept. 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., youth only
• Confirmation Shepherd Training, 6th, 7th, 8th grades, Sept. 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
• Confirmation Classes Begin, Sept. 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

God & Go-Carts Youth Night is Friday, Sept. 22 from 7 – 10 p.m. Meet at Thunder Road (201 N. Kiwanis Ave.) Bring your friends. FREE Event! Sign up outside the Youth & Family Office. Talk to Elias if you have questions.

High School Youth

Youth Group meets Wednesday nights from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Bring a friend!

High School Bible Studies meet every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. or 4 p.m. at the Einstein/Caribou (2300 S. Minnesota Ave.) Bring your Bibles. See you there!
High School Senior Luncheon will be Sunday, Sept. 24, at 12:15 in Manos de Cristo. This lunch is for seniors and their parents. Please join us for a free lunch and time to talk about the exciting year ahead. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Ninth Grade Confirmation Orientation/Class begins on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 7:30 – 9 p.m. for students and parents. We will meet in the Chapel. Class continues for ninth graders on Oct. 11, 18 & 25. Mark your calendars.
Tenth Grade Confirmation Banquet & Mini Retreat is Sunday, Oct. 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. This is a night to celebrate all you have accomplished, hear your confirmation Bible verse, prepare for your Affirmation of Baptism and bless you and your family. Please confirm the number attending from your family by contacting the Youth & Family office.

2018 National Youth Gathering is in Houston, Texas, June 25 to July 1. 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!

Young Adults

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. 

4:12 Bonfire & Outdoor Movie Night is coming Friday, Oct. 13, from 6 – 9 p.m. Meet at Jeff & Marnie Backer’s (308 W. 34th Street). Childcare will be available at the church. Hot dogs and S’mores! Bring your favorite beverage and a chair/blanket. Movie – TBA! 4:12 is young adults in their 20s and 30s experiencing ministries through a balance of fellowship, life sharing, spiritual growth and outreach.

Bazaar News

FLCW Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 4


Bazaar Planning Mondays, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16, 5 p.m. in the Gathering Room. Come see what you can do to help make this the best bazaar/community fundraiser ever!

Special Events

There will be a Bazaar Preview in the Welcome Center on Sunday, Oct. 8. Come and see some of the wonderful things you will see at our Nov. 4 Bazaar!

Volunteers needed

•    Attic Treasures - Pricing day is Tuesday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. - noon in the Upper Room. It’s a big job and many volunteers needed. Any amount of time you can donate will help!
•    Volunteers to press, measure and label tablecloths. Contact Betty DeBerg,
•    We are looking for Rosette Makers on Monday, Oct. 30, in the Fellowship Hall. “On the job training” for those who have never made rosettes! Come enjoy the fun!
•    Please consider Volunteering to work in a shop, waitress, help set up, help clean up, help in any way!
We need and want you to be involved! Many jobs are available!  You will have the time of your life!
Contact Jean Colon - 334-7718, or
Sandy Fink - 339-2933,


Unless otherwise noted, please leave donations for the Bazaar in the "Bazaar Box" located by the Atrium elevator. 
•    Attic Treasures is accepting donations through Oct. 15. Items must be in good, clean condition/working order. Fragile items should be wrapped and packaged to avoid damage. We cannot accept electronics, clothing or furniture. 
Attic Treasures items needed include:
• All varieties of baked goods and sweets, homemade canned goods. (Bring to church Friday, Nov. 3): Homemade baked goods, Home-canned items, Homemade candies (caramels, divinity, fudge, toffee, brittle, etc.), Popcorn balls, Caramel corn, Sweet Shop Treats (candy apples, chocolate covered pretzels, etc.) 
• Antique, Vintage, collectibles
• Baby and children's items (baby blankets, baby toys, tents, doll clothes, etc.)
• Crocheted/knitted/sewn items
• Jewelry - new shop this year! Do you make jewelry or do you have jewelry you no longer wear? – Please bring donations of fine jewelry, costume jewelry and jewelry you have created to the reception desk at church for safe keeping.
• Linens are being accepted in the Quilt Service Center. 
•  Pet items (homemade dog biscuits, sweaters, toys, etc.)
• Plants (bring beginning Oct. 30) and garden items
•  Scandinavian items and crafts
• Used books of all kinds
• Yarn

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.