Evangelism, Mission & Outreach


First Lutheran Serves at Food-To-You Mobile Food Pantry

On Tuesday, May 11 the EMO Board along with 20 volunteers served at the food distribution at Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church on the northeast side of Sioux Falls (by Washington High School).  While families wait to enter the food distribution, Messiah New Hope offers a warm meal. On this particular night, goulash, salad, and fresh bread were offered.

Here are some of the statistics:
· 2,827 lbs. of food was distributed
· 89 households were served (256 people including 73 children)
· Of those households, 61 households do not qualify for food assistance programs.
· Of the 256 people served, 65 of them were age 65 or older and 73 were under the age of 17.
· Of the adults served, 51% were employed at least part-time.
· 30 total volunteers

First Lutheran Church is one of 13 partner congregations of the ELCA supporting Charis Ministries which is the Parent organization for Food-To-You Mobile Food Pantry, Necessities for Neighbors, and Healthy Rides. 

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 Monday, May 8, 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...