News Notes: Apr. 16–30

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Classes & Events

Advance Care Planning: Start the Conversation - April 18. Join us for a free seminar Tuesday, April 18, from 6 – 7 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Learn how to plan for your future medical care in the event you aren’t able to speak for yourself. Presented by USD nursing students and Sanford Health. Please call the church office to register, (605) 336-3734.

POSTPONED due to illness – Rescheduled for June 7
Maggie and David” vocal duet - April 19. 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, April 19, 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!

Wednesday Night Forums: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Friendship Room
• April 19 – Social Media & Youth – Led by John Hegg.
John Hegg brings a wealth of insight into the lives of youth, and will help you understand the good, the bad, and importance of social media today. 
• April 26 – Ayuda – Led by Jennifer Lunder & Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman. “Immigration: Myths and Realities.” Gain a better understand how members of faith communities are called to respond to immigration-related issues.

Sharing Word and Spirit - register by April 21. Members and friends are invited to explore how God communicates his love for us and how we can reflect that love in our daily lives, using Gary Chapman’s book “Five Love Languages.” The class will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on five Mondays, beginning April 24. There is no cost. To register stop at the Information Desk or call the church at 336-3734 by April 21. 

New Member Dinner – April 23. Interested in becoming a member of First Lutheran Church? Please contact the church office at 336-3734 and plan to join us for a fun get-acquainted dinner on Sunday, April 23, at 5 p.m., in the Gathering Room. New members will be received on Sunday, April 30 at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. 

Bach's B minor Mass - final Session April 23. Please join us at First Lutheran for a wrap-up panel discussion and reception on Sunday, April 23, at 5 p.m., following the SDSO Bach B minor Mass performance at the Washington Pavilion. Discussion will be led by Maestro Delta David Gier, Dr. John Christopherson, Father Charles Cimpl, J. Mark Bertrand and Dr. James Johnson.

Serve at the Banquet - April 25. On Tuesday, April 25, FLC will prepare and serve the evening meal at The Banquet. Many people are needed: 6 – 8 people to help prepare the meal at 2 p.m., and 38 – 40 to serve and cleanup at 5:15 p.m. Anyone age 13 and up may work in the kitchen; under 13 may work under the supervision of an adult in the dining room. Please contact Betty DeBerg and let her know you can serve, (319) 961-2227 (call/text) or

Worship With Pueblo de Dios – Sunday, April 30. First Lutheran has been invited to worship with the Pueblo de Dios congregation. They worship at 12:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church (235 N. Prairie Avenue) in the historic district of Sioux Falls. Worship is bi-lingual (Spanish/English).  A meal will be provided after the worship service to allow a time for fellowship and interaction. We will be able to bring up to 20 people for this worship experience. Please contact Jeff Backer at, or 339-1983 x 209 to sign up today. This will be an amazing worship experience!

Choir Concert – Bach Vespers for Easter – April 30. Hear the combined choirs of First Lutheran and Augustana University with chamber orchestra perform "Vespers for the Easter Season, Cantata No. 4." 7 p.m. First Lutheran sanctuary.
Women of First Lutheran - Monthly meeting May 4. Please join us at our monthly meeting on Thursday, May 4, at noon in the Gathering Room for a salad luncheon and program - “Seeds of Love” with Jennifer Lunder of the Ayuda Initiative. Come for fellowship, learning, and to celebrate God’s love for all of us! 
WELCA Bible Study Circles meeting times/locations – see calendar on page 4. April Service Project – two three-yard pieces of cotton fabric and matching thread.

Grief Support – Grieving with Grace continues on May 6. Grieving with Grace is an open group of 20 – 30 people learning about the grieving process and being gentle with themselves as they work through the grief of a loved one’s death together. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room, and the sessions are 10 – 11 a.m. Led by Pastor Katherine Olson, sessions include video clips, comfort from Scripture, prayer, encouragement, and access to resources for support. Please join us May 6 to discuss “Are We Changed Forever by Grief?” If you have questions about Grieving with Grace, reach out to Pastor Katherine at, or 339-1983, ext. 214.

Food To You Mobile Food Pantry - serve May 11. First Lutheran Church will be working the May 11 Food To You Mobile Food Pantry distribution at Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church (5100 E. Madison Street). We will need 6 – 8 volunteers at 4:15 p.m. to help unload a truck and an additional 16 volunteers at 5:15 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, or accompanied by a parent. All volunteers will be done by 8 p.m. Please contact Jeff Backer at (605) 339-1983 ext. 209, or, to sign up. If you are not available to help serve, please help by donating peanut butter. Our goal is 150 jars of peanut butter to be distributed on May 11. Please consider donating.

Join us for NAMIWalks 2017 - May 20. On Saturday, May 20, walkers from First Lutheran Church will participate in a 5k walk to support the work of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in South Dakota, raise awareness and show support for those affected by mental illness. Join our team or be a financial supporter of the cause. In May look for a booth in the atrium to recruit walkers and support or visit and search for “First Lutheran Walkers” among the top teams listed on the left of the page. Click “Join our Team” to become a walker, or click on our roster and support one of our team member’s efforts with a donation. Please pray for our efforts and help us end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Worship with St. Dysmas congregation on May 25 – security paperwork due May 9. On Thursday, May 25, First Lutheran will worship with the St. Dysmas congregation at the SD Penitentiary. Meet at 6 p.m. at the front entrance, check through security and proceed to Hope Chapel. Afterward, we will meet at the Fryin’ Pan on east 10th with former members of the St. Dysmas congregation to talk about our experience. This is a hugely rewarding opportunity to worship “behind the walls.” Security paperwork must be completed by May 9 to attend. Please contact Jeff Backer at (605) 339-1983 ext. 209 or


Movers For Moms donations – through May 12. First Lutheran is a collection site to support Movers For Moms® along with Two Men and a Truck. The Movers For Moms is for moms living in shelters this Mother’s Day. Many of the women are victims of domestic abuse, homelessness or human trafficking. Suggested donations include nice soaps, hair styling products, shampoo, conditioner, pillows and blankets, slippers and robes. Please bring donations to the box in the Welcome Center by May 12 for delivery on Mother’s Day, May 14.

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!

Children, Youth, Young Adults
and Families

Camp registration deadline is April 15
Visit for more info.

144 Envelopes Fundraiser for 2017 Mission Tripsis being held in the Welcome Center on Sundays, April 23 and 30, and April 26 at Wednesday Night Meal in the gym. Choose an envelope number off the board and donate that same amount of money. All money goes toward mission trips and is tax deductble. Thank you for all your support! Contact Elias Youngquist 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

Vacation Bible School Planning Team is being formed for this year’s VBS – June 5 – 9. We need YOU and your planning skills! If you might be interested in being a part of this effort, please contact Children’s Minister, Heather Smith, at

Summer Camp Registration DEADLINE for grades 1-10 is April 15. Please consider sending your child to Bible Camp this summer. Go to for a listing and to register. If finances are a concern, please talk to Marnie, we will make it work. 

Vacation Bible School Registration DEADLINE is May 1. Get your children, cousins, friends, the neighbor kids and anyone else you’d like to join you signed up for a great week of VBS, June 5 -9. Go to to register.

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. 

For Children

Wednesday Night WOW for children three-years through fifth grade resumes on Wednesday, April 19, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. We begin in the Sanctuary. Games, art projects, worship and the Scripture First learning time are all included. Please join us! More info at

During April, Scripture First children are collecting items for Charis Ministries and hygiene kits: toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and bars of soap. Please bring items with you to your classrooms.

Middle & High school

Middle School Youth Group begins Sunday, April 23, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Join Elias and Heather for a time of games, Bible study, fun activities and more! You can bring ALL your friends and meet new ones! Something brand new for awesome middle schoolers!

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.

High School Bible Study meets Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m. at Bagel Boy on south Minnesota Avenue. Meet Elias there and bring your Bible and a friend or two!

Youth Group meets on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in Manos de Cristo. Friends are always welcome! 

Ninth Grade Confirmation Faith Statements are DUE on Wednesday, April 19. We meet with parents from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the Chapel for our final confirmation class time.

Young Adult Ministry

4:12 at Fernson Brewery. Join us on Friday, April 21, from 7 – 9 p.m., at Fernson Brewery (1400 S. Robur Dr.) for fellowship and for a Pastor Katherine cheese spread! (Childcare will be available at the church.) 
4:12 is Christian adults in their 20s and 30s experiencing ministries through a balance of fellowship, life sharing, spiritual growth and outreach. Invite a friend and come join us.

Around the Church

Senior Ministry Luncheon assistants needed. Would you be willing to help once a month with the senior ministry luncheon? We would love to give our senior members an opportunity to come to the meal and enjoy the fellowship without having to work every month. The senior luncheon is on the second Tuesday of each month. We need people to help set tables, serve the food and help with clean up. Please consider joining this ministry team by volunteering a few hours once a month. Contact Jean Hoff, 339-1983, ext 231 or, if you are interested in finding out more about this ministry opportunity. 

Book Group – Do you love to read? Would you be interested in participating in a book club with other individuals? We have several members interested in forming a book club. If you are interested, please call the church 336-3734 and leave your name with the receptionist. Be sure to leave your phone number as well so we can reach you when the small group gets started.

FLC Prayer Chain. Did you know that the church has a prayer chain? Is praying for others something you feel called to do? If you would be interested in lifting up our members and others in prayer, please contact Donna Jahr at 339-1983, ext. 202 or Currently we have about 50 prayer partners on the chain but we would love to have more. You can either be contacted via email or by phone when a prayer request is received.

The Property Board thanks all the volunteers who answered the call to help clean the church in preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Your hours of work made a difference for everyone.