News Notes: June 24-July1

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Classes & Events

Serve at the Banquet June 26. First Lutheran Church will be serving breakfast at The Banquet on June 26. 5-6 volunteers are needed at 5:30 a.m. to prepare the meal, and 20-25 volunteers are needed at 6:30 a.m. to serve. All volunteers will be finished by 8:30 a.m. This serving opportunity is an important relationship with the downtown community. Please sign up by calling the Information Desk at 605/336-3734 or by email:

Grieving with Grace continues on Saturday, July 7 with new curriculum. Grieving with Grace is a support group where adults learn about the grieving process and how to care for themselves as they work through the grief of a loved one’s death. First Saturday of the month in the Gathering Room of First Lutheran Church.  Social time at 9:30 a.m., and group sessions are 10–11 a.m. For the next several months, we will journey through the book “Understanding Your Grief” written by grief expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Group members will receive a free copy of the book and their own grief journal. All sessions are open to first-time participants and talking out loud is not required. For more information contact Pastor Katherine Olson, the group’s facilitator, at or 339-1983, ext. 214.

Senior luncheon –  July 10. All First Lutheran senior adults and their friends are invited to join us for a delicious catered lunch and an entertaining program on the second Tuesday of each month. On Tuesday, July 10, at noon, the menu is chicken, mashed potatoes and corn. The program will be a music program by Pr. David & Margaret Houck, “Maggie and David.” Please remember to RSVP for the luncheon by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, before Wednesday, July 3. Need a ride? Please call Project CAR, 332-2777, by 9 a.m., Monday, June 9. 

Laundry with Love. On Tuesdays, July 10 and 24, First Lutheran volunteers will partner with Church on the Street in two events called “Laundry with Love.” At a local laundromat, 7–9 p.m., we will be offering free quarters, soap and supplies, food and fellowship to anyone who comes through the doors. Six First Lutheran volunteers are needed to help support Laundry with Love on July 10 and 24. Would you be interested in helping?  Call or email Pastor Katherine Olson to inquire, at 339-1983 ext. 214 or

Worship in the Park – July 15 and August 19. First Lutheran Church's summer Worship in the Park continues two more Sundays at 11 a.m. at the McKennen Park band shell. Larry Olson and friends will provide worship music. On Sunday, July 15, the congregation is invited to bring a picnic lunch for themselves and we will gather together after worship to eat and enjoy fellowship at picnic tables by the playground equipment. On August 19 we will worship and celebrate the annual Blessing of the Backpacks and the Evangelism and Outreach Board will provide lunch. Invite a friend, bring a lawn chair and join us for worship. In case of rain, worship will be held at First Lutheran.

Around the Church

Toilet Paper Drive - Necessities for Neighbors distributes products that are not available through normal assistance means like SNAP. Products offered are toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and detergent. Necessities for Neighbors is held the first Sunday of each month at Peace Lutheran on the west side of Sioux Falls and soon, a second day hosted by FLC on the third Tuesday of each month. We will need 1500-2000 rolls of toilet paper per month. Beginning now, we will be collecting toilet paper as an on-going need. The other products are also being accepted. Please bring your donations to the Atrium.

Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families

Take-Out Family Faith Kits – JULY! This summer we are offering families some faith activities for the road! We know you are all busy with vacations, sporting events and more! Pick up this great option that gives you a few faith-filled activities to do together as a family. A new one each summer month! And, when in doubt – there is always the FAITH5 * Share – Read – Talk – Pray – Bless. Jesus is with you wherever you go!

Open Gym,  Saturdays, 10:15 a.m. – noon. Bring your own ball. Unsupervised. 


We want more kids at Day Camp. Sign your soon to be 4th-6th grader up for Day Camp, July 30–Aug. 2. Bring a friend for half price! Cost is $50 for FLC children – bring a friend (non FLC member) for only $25. This covers 4 days of fun faith formation brought to us by counselors from NeSoDak Bible camp, food, and transportation to one surprise outing. Contact the Youth and Family staff for more information or register online at

Middle school Youth

Summer Middle School Wednesdays for all youth entering grades sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their friends. 9 a.m. – noon is Open Gym and 1 – 3 p.m. is Youth Group.  It's FREE! (If you want to stay for lunch, bring some money or a sack lunch.) Get out of the house!  No Wednesday activities on June 27 or July 4. See you July 11.

Summer Worship Reflections - confirmation students who fill out a worship reflection will be entered into a drawing for a cool prize! If you attend church while vacationing out of town, visit the church website,, to find the online version of the worship reflection. WIN-WIN!

High School Youth

ELCA Youth Gathering to Houston leaves Monday, June 25 – Monday, July 2. Please pray for all these amazing youth and adult leaders as they head off to join 1300 other South Dakotans and over 30,000 youth from all over the nation and the world. The theme is This Changes Everything focusing on Ephesians 2:8.

Summer Youth Group Bonfires continue on Wednesday July 11 from 8 – 10:30 p.m. at Isaac Hewitt’s house (2804 E. 51st St.) Friends are always welcome! Mark your calendars for July 25 – Bonfire #4!

– Young Adults –

4:12 Shrimp Boil & Israel Chat will be Sunday, June 24, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Jeff & Marnie Backer’s house (308 W. 34th St.). Join us for a backyard, delicious meal followed by Jeff’s Israel trip presentation. Cost is $10. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 20. Bring your friends and a lawn chair! Childcare will be available at the church. 
4:12 is Christian adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s experiencing ministries through a balance of fellowship, life sharing, spiritual growth and outreach.