News Notes: May 28 – June 11

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Classes & Events

WELCA – June 1. All women are invited – come one and all, young and old, long-time and new members – to our monthly meeting on Thursday, June 1, at 10 a.m., in the Gathering Room. We will have coffee and a Bible Study sharing the theme of the 2017 WELCA Triennial Gathering, “All Anew.” Please bring your graduation photo, eighth grade, high school, technical school or college. We will play a game matching the photos to our members and guests. What will be our clues – something in the eyes or a certain smile? Come see how many you can identify

Grieving with Grace continues June 3. Participants learn about the grieving process and are gentle with themselves as they work through the grief of a loved one’s death. Monthly sessions are held the first Saturday each month beginning with social time at 9:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room at First Lutheran. The group sessions last from 10-11 a.m. All sessions are open to first-time participants. 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. Please join us on June 3 for "Beyond the Broken Heart: Naming Grief." In July class meets on the first Saturday to discuss "Beyond the Broken Heart: Understanding Grief." There will be no session in August. If you have questions about Grieving with Grace, reach out to Pastor Katherine at, or 339-1983, ext. 214.

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!

“Maggie and David” vocal duet - June 7. Pastor David Houck and his wife Margaret, known by their stage name, “Maggie and David,” are performing a musical program at Bethany Meadows (3008 E. Aspen Blvd., Brandon) on Wednesday, June 7, from 3 – 4 p.m. This program will feature popular music of decades past, Christian hymns, Scripture, prayer, and spoken words of encouragement. Maggie and David are happy to provide this program in conjunction with the Caring Ministries of First Lutheran Church. All members and friends of FLC are invited!

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 by June 7.)

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, by Wednesday, June 7 If you need a ride, call Project CAR, 332-2777, no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, June 12.


Stepping into Health: The Holistic Health Team reminds all walkers/runners to report their May steps to  or 339-2582 by June 7, 2017.

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)

Children, Youth, Young Adults
and Families

For Families

First Lutheran Night at the Canaries. Join us Saturday, June 10, for the 6:05 p.m. game vs. the Cleburne Railroaders. We have reserved a private deck. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved in the Youth & Family Office. Sign up by Sunday, June 4.

Summer Send Off Milestone for all children, youth and adults attending Bible Camp or a Mission Trip this summer will be Sunday, June 4. Join us at 10 a.m. for breakfast in Fellowship Hall and a special project. At the 11 a.m. worship service, there will be a special blessing with milestone pebbles for each trip. Please RSVP to Youth & Family by Wednesday, May 31.

For Children

Vacation Bible School is June 5 – 9, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (with childcare being offered from 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. Please pray for these children, volunteers and staff as they come together for an awesome adventure in Christ.

Middle school Youth

Middle School Bonfire at Palisades! Saturday, June 3, from 7 – 10 p.m. meet at the church. Friends are welcome! Sign up in the Youth & Family Office. Free event! Games, S’mores, Campfire, Friends and God’s Word.

Summer Open Gym will be every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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 in between activities.

High School Youth

Summer Bonfires meet on Wednesday June 7 & 14 (more to come in July & August) from 8 – 10:30 p.m. Join us June 7 at Eli & Ethan Moore’s house (5217 S. Sweetbriar Ct.) 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!

2018 National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas will be June 25 to July 1. Information is available in the Youth & Family office or talk to Elias Youngquist. You do not want to miss out on this once in a lifetime experience!

Young Adult Ministry

Marriage Milestone for couples who were married in 2016 will be on Tuesday, June 6, from 7 – 8 p.m. at The Market (196 E. 6th Street). Please RSVP to Marnie if you can join us.

Around the Church

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!

Housekeeping note: You will see that there are new laminated instruction signs in all of the kitchens: how to operate the dishwasher, make coffee, as well as hand washing requirements and more. If you note any changes to the signs or anything that needs to be added, please contact Donna Jahr, 339-1983, ext. 202.


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. 

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