Evangelism, Mission & Outreach

FLC serves at The Banquet│Tues., April 25

Feeding the hungry is a vital form of Christian service. In our community, we partner with The Banquet to carry out this ministry need. Coming together also provides sound fellowship.  
We need a large crew:  6 – 8 people to prepare the meal at 2 p.m., and 38 – 40 to serve and cleanup at 5:15 p.m. All volunteers will be finished by 8 p.m.
This is a wonderful opportunity for families or groups to come work together to help those in need. Anyone age 13 and up may work in the kitchen. Under 13 may work under the supervision of an adult in the dining room.
If you can help, please contact Betty DeBerg, (319) 961-2227 (call or text) or deberg@uni.edu. Thank you!

Wednesday Night Forum – Ayuda

April 26│6:30-7:30 p.m.│Friendship Room
Led by Jennifer Lunder & Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman

Immigration is among the most highly polarizing topics of our day. However, immigration-related discourse from both media and politicians can make it difficult to sort fact from fiction. “Immigration: Myths and Realities” offers participants an opportunity to study research-based truths about immigration, recognize myths and misconceptions about our immigrant neighbors, and better understand how members of faith communities are called to respond to immigration-related issues. Jennifer Lunder, Ayuda coordinator, and Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman, local author, researcher and immigration advocate will present this forum as part of the ELCA’s Ayuda (“Help” in Spanish) initiative to promote connections, revitalization, and support among all God’s people, with particular emphasis on the Latino community of Sioux Falls. 

First Lutheran is a member congregation of the AYUDA initiative. We are seeking a person to fill a position on the board. If you feel called to be an advocate for people in need of both God’s grace, and help, please contact Jeff Backer at jbacker@flcsf.org, or 339-1983 ext. 209.

If you have any questions about worship, please contact Jeff Backer at 339-1983 x 209.

Worship with Pueblo de Dios!

On 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 Ave.), 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, 339-1983 ext. 209 or jbacker@flcsf.org to sign up. This will be an amazing worship experience!

First Lutheran Church is one of 13 member congregations of the Charis Ministry partners. The three ministries that are offered are the Food To You Mobile Food Pantry, Necessities for Neighbors, and Healthy Rides. Each of these ministries provides unique ways of supporting those who are challenged to meet basic needs – food availability, personal hygiene products or transportation issues getting to medical care.

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 e-mail at jbacker@flcsf.org, 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.

Downtown Outreach Task Force

Do you work, live, or play downtown or have a passion that has you downtown often? The members of the Downtown Outreach Task Force invite you to learn about opportunities to reach people outside of First Lutheran Church, and ways in which we can be involved in exciting ways in downtown activities…for the sake of the Gospel. Please contact Jeff Backer, 339-1983 ext. 209 or jbacker@flcsf.org, to learn more.

Free Coffee & Prayer

The Sioux Falls community is invited to start your Wednesdays off on a good note. Each Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:30, Lutheran Men in Mission offers drive-up Free Coffee and Prayer. Swing under the canopy on the south side of the church and have a coffee, hot chocolate, or bottled water and a quick prayer to start your day off right! 

Movers For Moms Collection

Starting in April, First Lutheran Church will be a collection site to support Movers For Moms along with 2 Men and a Truck. 
Movers For Moms Collection is to recognize those moms living in shelters this Mother’s Day by arranging delivery of small gifts for women who are victims of domestic abuse, homelessness, or human trafficking.  The donations we suggest include any/all creature comforts items: 
•    nice soaps
•    hair styling products
•    shampoos & conditioners
•    pillows & blankets
•    slippers & robes
We will be collecting items through Friday, May 12, to deliver them on Mother’s Day (May 14)


EM&O in the World

Mission Experience in Colombia

Dates: November 10 - 18, 2017. For information contact Jeff Backer, Director of Evangelism, Mission & Outreach, at jbacker@flcsf.org or (605) 339-1983 ext/ 209.

FLC 2016 mission trip to Colombia

FLC 2016 mission trip to Colombia

January – March 2017 Emmaus Road Ministries update

2016 Emmaus Road Ministries Annual Report

September and October/2016 Update: Greetings from Bogota, Colombia! Here is our latest update. God's blessings! 
Stella Lizarazo, Executive Director Emmaus Road Foundation

May/June 2016 Update: Missionary greetings from Bogota, Colombia! This is our May/June 2016 update for the Emmaus Road Foundation (Colombia) and our newly formed 501c3 non-profit organization, Emmaus Road Ministries in the United States. In this update we share two significant new aspects of our shared ministry and mission. Read more...