News Notes: Feb. 19–Mar. 5

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Daily Scripture Readings

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Bella Noche Dinner and Auction is Sunday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. This is our Youth’s biggest fundraiser and funds raised from the dinner and auction support summer camps and missions. Tickets are available at the youth office during the week and at the Welcome Desk on Sundays for $20 each or $150 for a table. Childcare is available for $20 per family in advance.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feed is Feb. 28, 5 – 7 p.m., in Reformation Hall. All the Chris Cakes® pancakes you can eat. Fun for the whole family; featuring the Balloon Squad, face painting, a special Lenten craft and a photo booth. The cost is $5 per person, children age 6 and under, $3. Sponsored by Youth and Family Ministry.

Lent at First Lutheran

Wednesday Lenten worship services will be held at
11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 1. (No meals will be service on Ash Wed.)

Soup lunch and family dinner. Meals and fellowship provide an opportunity for our congregation to gather together both around God’s Word and in community to share in faith with our neighbors. Join us for soup lunch or family dinners in Reformation Hall. $5 per adult, $3 per child under 6.
• Noon Soup Lunches will be served from 12 – 1 p.m.
• Evening Dinner will be served from 5 – 6:15 p.m.

Devotional booklet and email. First Lutheran’s Lenten Devotional, written by our First Lutheran community including pastors, staff, and members young and old will be available for pick up at First Lutheran beginning Sunday, Feb. 26. Then beginning Ash Wednesday, March 1, through Holy Saturday, April 15, we will be sending the daily devotions from the booklet to anyone who wishes to receive them. To receive the devotion emails you must subscribe to the list at Give it a try, you can unsubscribe at any time. 
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Volunteers needed. Lenten noon meals begin March 8. Volunteers are needed for morning set up, to serve soup, refill bread baskets and coffee pots, clean off tables and of course, dishwashers. If you would be willing to help in any of these ways, please contact Jean Hoff at 339-1983, ext. 231, 
or We are in need of gallon ice cream buckets. Please bring to the Information Desk.


Free Coffee and Prayer Drive Thru each Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:30, pull through the atrium canopy and have your pick of coffee, hot chocolate, or bottled water, we will have a quick prayer to get your day started! 

Save the Date - First Friday Movies - Zootopia! - March 3
Join us for a fun family evening, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at First Lutheran. Great movie and free snacks. Don't miss it!


Don’t forget members of Thrivent Financial have until March 31 to allocate any available Choice Dollars for 2016. Choice dollars can be given to FLC. Don’t let your dollars expire. Do you need help with this process? Please call Jeff Backer at 339-1983 ext. 209.

Upcoming Classes and groups

Women of the Church – Please join us at WELCA. The monthly general meeting of our First Lutheran Church women will be held on March 2 at noon in the Gathering Room. Jana Elkins, Parish Nurse, will be our speaker. All women are welcome!

Grieving with Grace Sessions continue March 4. Anyone grieving the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend the next “Grieving with Grace” session on Saturday, March 4, in the Gathering Room of First Lutheran. Social time is 9:30 – 10 a.m., and the group meets 10 – 11 a.m. Led by Pastor Katherine Olson, the monthly sessions include video clips, Scripture, prayer, encouragement and access to additional resources for support. The March gathering will explore the concept of grief’s “time line.” (Spoiler alert: grief has no time line!) Contact Pastor Katherine Olson at or 339-1983, ext. 214.

NEW - Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover” will be offered at First Lutheran on Tuesdays, March 14 through May 9, from 6:30 – 8:30 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 please contact them at (605) 630-3161.

New Class – "Uninvited"  New six-week study session starting March 8 – April 12, from 1 – 3 p.m., entitled Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely written by Lysa TerKeurst. There will be a short DVD presentation, large and small group discussions, fun activities and fellowship with coffee and pastries to share. Don’t delay, sign-up today at the information desk and pick-up your free book and study guide.

Lenten Lectures - Bach’s B Minor Mass on Sunday evenings, March 19 – April 9, 6 p.m., First Lutheran Sanctuary. Join South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Delta David Gier, for a series of lectures on Bach’s monumental "B Minor Mass," four Sunday evenings during Lent. Read more in the February or March First Word. 

First Lutheran Church will be closed for President's Day on Monday, February 20.


Children, Youth, Young Adults
and Families

Registration is open for summer camps!
Visit for more info. 

For Families

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

Scripture First. Classes on Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Family Scripture First is offered at 10:40 a.m. in the Pentecost Room. Adult Education classes are offered during all hour long sessions. New! Saturday night Scripture First meets the second and fourth Saturdays, from 4 – 5 p.m., in the Gathering Room. Look for more information at

Wednesday Night WOW. No classes for WOW on Feb. 22 and throughout Lent. We encourage families to worship together at 6:30 p.m.

JOB OPENING – Nursery Staff. We are looking for someone with gifts for small children and parents to be a part of our nursery staff. Primary hours would be Sunday mornings with additional evening events as they work with your schedule.

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. 

Middle & High school

Middle School Confirmation. There is no class on Feb. 22. Beginning on March 1, Ash Wednesday, confirmation students attend Lenten Worship from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sign-in at the Welcome Center Desk.

Middle School Half-Lock In Augustana outreach team will provide games, a craft and Bible study for students March 3 6:30 – 11 p.m. Friends welcome! Free! Sign up on the clipboard on thw wall across from the youth office.

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.

Youth Group meets on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in Manos de Cristo. Friends are always welcome! 
No Youth Group Feb. 22 or Ash Wed. (March 1).

30-Hour Famine. On Saturday and Sunday, March 4 – 5, high school students are invited to spend the day fasting, playing games, serving the community and standing together with the world’s hungry. The 30-Hour Famine starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and ends March 5 at noon with us breaking our fast at Pizza Ranch. Cost is whatever you would normally spend in a day on food (average is $25). Proceeds go to World Vision.

Young Adult Ministry

4:12 Game Night and Potluck is March 26, from 5 – 8 p.m., in Manos de Cristo. Bring a favorite board game or learn a new one. Bring an appetizer to share. Childcare provided.