Get Connected

Everyone wants to feel welcomed and comfortable when they participate in an activity – whether it's in a worship service, a new class or out in the community helping those in need. For some, that's an easy task – they make new friends easily – but for others it can be a challenge. In the last year at First Lutheran, we have been working to create a more welcoming community of faith – from new signage in our parking lots, to creating a series of resource brochures for those who come in to our building in need of assistance, to making our publications more accessible online and in print for those who don't use a computer or smart phone. Please take a look at these opportunities to get connected at First Lutheran. Whether you are a life-long member or new to a church, we welcome you and hope you make us a part of your faith family. Also, take a few minutes and check out the Groups and Ministries tabs at the top of the page.

Upcoming Classes, Events & Activities

“Maggie and David” Performances. Pastor David Houck and his wife Margaret, known by their stage name, “Maggie and David,” will appear at Primrose Retirement Community (7400 S. Louise) on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. and at Trail Ridge (3408 W Ralph Rogers Rd.) on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. for a Halloween concert. Their program features popular music of decades past, Christian hymns, Scripture, prayer, and spoken words of encouragement. Maggie and David provide this program through Caring Ministries. Everyone is invited to attend!

Senior Luncheon – Oct. 10. All First Lutheran senior adults and their friends are invited to join us for lunch Tuesday, Oct. 10, at noon. The program is with Zachary Rygiel, First Lutheran Music Director and Organist. The menu is broccoli cheese soup, cocktail sandwiches. Please remember to RSVP by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, by Wednesday, Oct. 4. If you need a ride, call Project CAR, 332-2777, no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9.

Healthy Cooking Classes. Classes meet the second and fourth Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room. Oct. 10 is Healthy Coffee Treats and Oct. 24 the topic is Inflammatory Foods. Learn to cook and eat healthy food. Some of the best cooks in Sioux Falls share their techniques and recipes for vegetables, meats and desserts. The classes are free but please register for each class you plan to attend to ensure we have enough supplies. Register at the Information Desk, call the church at 336-3734, or visit

4:12 Bonfire & Outdoor Movie Night is Friday, Oct. 13, from 6 – 9 p.m. Meet at Jeff & Marnie Backer’s (308 W. 34th Street). Childcare will be available at the church. Hot dogs and S’mores! Bring your favorite beverage and a chair/blanket. Movie – TBA! 4:12 is young adults in their 20s and 30s experiencing ministries through a balance of fellowship, life sharing, spiritual growth and outreach.

Fall Clean up – Oct. 16. The First Lutheran Property Board invites you to participate in the all-church, outdoor fall cleanup from 4 – 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. Please bring a rake and gloves.







Free Coffee and Prayer│Wednesdays│7:30-8:30 a.m.
Swing under the atrium canopy at First Lutheran Church each Wednesday from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. for FREE Coffee and Prayer! Grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or bottled water, and have a prayer to get your day started, and we will get you on your way!
Would you be willing to help with this wonderful ministry? Please contact Jeff Backer at 339-1983 ext. 209 or
Hope to see you on Wednesday mornings for Coffee and Prayer!

MOPS at First Lutheran│2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
For information please call Katie Bossman, 201-5718. 
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) at First Lutheran is for all moms of children, birth through kindergarten, to experience community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope. 

Open Gym│ Most Saturdays, 10:15 a.m. – noon
Join First Lutheran Church members and friends in Reformation Hall (gym) most Saturdays, for open gym. Equipment is not provided. Open gym is available to all ages, however, those under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. At times, Open Gym is cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Please check thewebsite calendar to confirm.

Pickleball│Mondays at 5:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.  Pickleball is a fun combination of tennis, ping pong and badminton. It is a strategic game played on a small court in the gym with a whiffleball and a paddle (equipment provided).

Quilting│Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
FLC Quilters make quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other local organizations. There's a role for everyone; coffee and snacks are provided. To learn more, please contact the church office at 336-3734 to leave a message for Dorothy Mikkelson.

Yoga Classes at First Lutheran

  • Yoga–Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m. with Jeff Nelson, Upper Room
  • Yoga–Fridays Noon-1 p.m. with Gretchen Borgum, Upper Room Bring your own mat or use one of ours.
  • Chair Yoga–Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m. with Jeff Nelson, Pentecost Room
  • Cost: $5 suggested donation per class session

Young Adult Bible Study. Join Pastor Lars and the First Lutheran Young Adults for the Galatians Bible Study. We meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Manos de Cristo room at First Lutheran Church. After-work snacks provided as we walk through Paul’s letter to Galatia. Contact Kiri Jacobsen at, for more information.