|At the Time of Death |
During times of grief and loss First Lutheran Church pastors and members want to share the peace and presence of the Lord with you. Contact the church office at (605) 336-3734. On evenings, weekends and holidays, contact the First Lutheran pager at (605) 331-8933.
In times of emergency, call the church office on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at (605) 336-3734. For evening, weekend, and holiday emergencies, contact the pager number (605) 331-8933. One of the pastors will be contacted immediately.
Nursing Home and Homebound Visits
Visitation pastors make monthly visits to those who are homebound and to nursing home residents, providing Holy Communion and devotional time. Twice a year, the pastors conduct worship in nine local care centers. Contact the church at (605) 336-3734 if you become aware of a homebound member who is not receiving regular visitation.
The pastoral care staff maintains regular contact with the hospitalized and the recuperating. Visits are made to Avera McKennan Hospital, Avera Behavioral Center, Avera Heart Hospital, Sanford Health Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and hospice locations each weekday, and other times as necessary. If you know of a member or friend of First Lutheran who enters the hospital through emergency services, please inform the church office at (605) 336-3734.
More than 100 people at First Lutheran Church participate in phone or email prayer chains. The prayer chain is for both those who wish to have a prayer or would like to pray for others. Contact Secretary to the Pastors Carol Knapp (605) 339-1983, ext. 202, or email her at cknapp [at] flcsf [dot] org.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer shawls are given to those who need an extra measure of comfort, warmth and as an expression of God’s constant loving presence and care. Knitters pray as they knit each shawl. Contact Melody Roberts at (605) 339-1983, ext. 262, for more information.
Stephen Ministers are trained laypersons who are able to meet with those experiencing a crisis situation in life. They operate closely with Pastor Barbara Wangsness. A training class is offered each year. Contact: Melody Roberts at (605) 339-1983, ext. 262.
If you would like to apply to become a Stephen Minister, please print and complete this form and bring it to Melody Roberts at First Lutheran Church.
Meals from the Heart encompasses a hands-on mission of cooking, fellowship and hospitality. Volunteers meet monthly to prepare nutritious meals at the church. The meals are portioned and frozen. Members of First Lutheran are invited to deliver them to anyone in need. The hospitality of a delivered meal symbolizes a message of Christ’s love and acceptance through the heart of caring service and our commonality of food.