News Notes: June 11 – 30

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Classes & Events

Equal Exchange Coffee Sale – June 11. Stop by the Welcome Center between services to purchase fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate. Sales benefit Lutheran World Relief fair trade projects.

The Delta Dental Bus at FLC – June 12-16. Delta Dental's Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program is an innovative dental outreach program that brings care directly to under served children across South Dakota. It provides restorative and preventive dental care to children who do not have access to care. No child is turned away for inability to pay. Call First Lutheran Church, 336-3734, to register a child in need!

Lutheran Men in Mission’s next golf outing is set for Tuesday, June 13. All First Lutheran men and women golfers are encouraged to join in the fun at Spring Creek Golf Course. Shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m. A best ball scramble format will be used. Register for golf by calling the church at 336-3734 or Norm Ekeland at 371-0695. The cost is $25 which includes a cart. Following the round, players may head to First Lutheran for the Senior Ministry Luncheon at noon. (RSVP to the church for lunch, 336-3734.

Senior luncheon is Tuesday, June 13 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 Heather Miller about CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates. The menu is BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw and baked beans. Please remember to RSVP by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734. If you need a ride, call Project CAR, 332-2777, no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, June 12.

Festival of Cultures – June 17. First Lutheran's Evangelism, Mission and Outreach Board will have a booth at the 21st  Annual Festival of Cultures Saturday, June 17. Visitors to the Festival will travel the world without leaving South Dakota. Come experience a variety of sights, sounds and tastes from around the globe. The Festival of Cultures is a great family event that promotes diversity in our community through entertainment, food and information booths. The festival will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Coliseum, 515 North Main Ave. There is no admission or parking charge.


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!

New Chair Yoga Class at First Lutheran, Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. taught by Jeff Nelson. Classes continue on Mondays 5;30-6:30 p.m. with Jeff Nelson, and Fridays Noon – 1 p.m. with Gretchen Borgum. Classes meet in the Upper Room. Bring your own mat or use one of ours. Cost for each yoga class is a $5 (suggested donation)

Around the Church

Gladys Halstenson will be celebrating her 100th birthday with an Open House on Saturday, July 1, from 1 – 3 p.m., in First Lutheran Church Reformation Hall.

Bazaar notes: 
• Donations of 100% wool sweaters are needed. Sweaters are made into mittens for the Bazaar. 
• Donated linens for the Bazaar are very much appreciated. Please bring donations to the Quilt Center. If you can help with preparation of the linens, please call Sandy Fink, 339-2933, Jean Colon, 334-7718, or Betty DeBerg, (319) 961-2227. No other items are being accepted at this time. Please do not bring any items but wool sweaters and linens to the church.
• Pricing dates for Attic Treasures are Tuesday, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, June 22 at 5 p.m in room 210. All help is welcome!


Woodshop’s pens a great Father’s Day gift! The FLC Woodshop volunteers have made beautiful hardwood pens ($10) and acrylic pens ($15) that are available for purchase at the Information Desk. Funds raised enable the Shop to purchase equipment and supplies to create many beautiful wood pieces for the building, and other church campus projects. 

Children, Youth, Young Adults
and Families


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

Wall Lake Family Day will be Sunday, June 25, from 2 – 8 p.m., at Bill and Marcia Huffman’s wonderful home on Wall Lake (46270 W. Shore Place, Hartford). Come for a day of swimming, relaxing, games and more. Bring chairs, towels, drinks and a dish to share. We will provide burgers and hot dogs. Sign up in the Youth and Family office by Wednesday, June 21, so we know how many to plan for.


Children’s Bibles in the Church Pews! Check out the awesome new children’s story Bibles in the pews! Wonderful pictures and simple stories for children to look through during worship time. 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

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.

Outlaw Ranch Campers are headed out on Sunday, June 11, for a week of Bible Camp. Please join us in praying for: Grace Cain, Ellie Dewitz, Lexi Hopp, Sophia Kramer, Luke Martin, Donnie Stoltz, Kaitlyn Zimmer and Youth Minister, Elias Youngquist. May God bless their travels and give them a wonderful adventure in Christ!

Camp Metigoshe Campers will be headed north on Sunday, June 18. Please pray for Finn Backer, Ashley Elton, Max Martin, Adam Monson, Becca Nevin, Isaac Reiner, Blake Stark and Marnie Dahle Backer. Traveling mercies and a week of adventure anchored in Christ.

High School Youth

Summer Bonfire on Wednesday, June 21, (more to come in July & August) from 8 – 10:30 p.m. Join us at the home of Colleen Kokenge (3500 E. Apple Blossom Circle) for a fun evening. Friends are always welcome! 

Summer Mystery Night will be Wednesday, June 28, from 6 – 11 p.m. Put this on your schedule now, take work off and join us for a great night of mystery and intrigue – all wrapped in the almighty arms and Word of God. Friends are welcome. FREE!

New York City Mission Trip leaves on Saturday, June 17, for a week serving at Trinity Lutheran on the Lower Eastside, exploring this amazing city, and hearing how God is at work through Bible studies and his people. Please join us in praying for safe travels and a blessed week: River Bourne, Sage Bourne, Peter Christopherson, Alisha Hamkens, Dylan Hankel, Kaitlin Johnson, Brooke Kokenge, Lindsey Kokenge, Taylor Neely, Tyler Neely, Cole Olson, Meredith Reiner, Emelia Skogstad, Nick Stark along with Pastor Lars Olson, Heather Smith and Elias Youngquist. 

In the Community

Volunteer Mentors Needed. Join in the fun and learning with reading/tutoring/educational games at Augustana Lutheran/Pueblo de Dios (235 N. Prairie Ave.). Mentors meet with children on Wednesdays, from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. this summer beginning Wednesday, June 14. Spend an hour getting to know some great kids! Materials are provided. No need to commit to every Wednesday. High school students and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Contact Jennifer at (605) 201-9160 or to sign up.

Aging Faithfully 2017 Conference
Spirituality and well-being in the second half of life
Whether you are an older adult, you work or care for an
older adult, or you are simply interested in the topic, join us to take part in this day of reflection and discussion with Dr. Scott Morris. People of all faiths are invited.
     • July 27, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
     • Augustana University Elmen Center
     • Tickets are $25 through July 17; $35 on/after July 18
     • Scholarships available until July 14; call Bill Kubat at
       605-553-4836 or email

For information and to Register visit