News Notes: Aug. 20 – Sept. 4

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Daily Scripture Readings

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Classes & Events

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.

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. 

Grieving with Grace Continues on Sept. 2. Grieving with Grace 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 are the first Saturday morning of the month in the Gathering Room. Join us for “Yielding to Grief” on Saturday, Sept. 2, and “Responding to Grief” on Saturday, Oct. 7. Social Time begins at 9:30, and the group sessions are 10 – 11 a.m. Led by Pastor Katherine Olson, sessions include video clips on topics relating to grief, comfort from Scripture, prayer, encouragement, and access to additional resources for support. Newcomers are always welcome to attend! If you have questions, reach out to Pastor Katherine at or 339-1983, ext. 214.

Lutheran Men in Mission Fall Golf Tournament – Sept. 12. 
All First Lutheran men and women, and their friends, are invited for a great morning of golf on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m., at the Spring Creek Golf Course. The tournament is played in a scramble format  Following the tournament everyone will gather for prizes and enjoy coffee and rolls. Cost is $25 + tax – includes cart.

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.

Serve Breakfast at The Banquet – Sept. 20. Mark your calendars to help FLC serve breakfast at The Banquet. Prep workers are needed at 5:30 a.m. and servers begin at 6:30 a.m. Let Betty DeBerg know if you want this opportunity to serve, or (319) 961-2227.

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.

Around the Church

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 in getting involved should contact Pastor Katherine at or 339-1983, ext. 214.




Children, Youth, Young Adults
and Families


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


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 Trainings are coming up on: Aug. 23, 24 or 31, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. You have great gifts and we would love for you to share them!

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 noon, for parents and children to see the church, their Sunday School room, meet teachers, eat lunch and more. Children will also receive their first Bible! Please RSVP, 336-3734, by Friday, Sept. 1.

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 Family Interviews, Aug. 28 or 29. Check your snail mail for details
• 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.

High School Youth

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. 

Bazaar News

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

Donation information:
•    Attic Treasures is accepting donations through 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.
•    Linens and wool sweaters are being accepted in the Quilt Service Center.
•    Used Books are appreciated anytime!

•    New Shop this year! Do you make jewelry, or do you have jewelry you no longer wear? This fall the Bazaar will include a new Jewelry Shop. We will begin collecting donated jewelry – fine jewelry, costume jewelry, and jewelry you have created – on Monday, Aug. 21. Please bring donations to the reception desk at church for safe keeping. 

Unless otherwise noted, please leave donations for the Bazaar in the "Bazaar Box" located by the Atrium elevator. Thank you!

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.