News Notes: March 11 – April 1

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Classes & Events

Wednesday Night Forums, 6:30 – 7:30, in Friendship Room. April 4, 18 & 25 – I John Bible study led by Pastor Lars Olson. 
April 11 – Pastor Wayne Gallipo, St. Dysmas Prison ministry

Maggie and David” Concerts. Sponsored by FLC Caring Ministries, Pastor David Houck and his wife Margaret perform a program of popular music of decades past, hymns, scripture, prayer and spoken words of encouragement. Everyone is invited to attend: Wednesday, April 4, 3 – 4 p.m., Bethany Meadows; Thursday, April 12, 3-4 p.m., Good Samaritan Society, Luther Manor

Women of the ELCA – Thursday, April 5, Noon in the Gathering Room. All FLC women are warmly invited to join us this Thursday as we welcome Anne Marie Rossing, a retired Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, for her timely presentation on “The Power of Forgiveness.” Once again we celebrate with thankfulness Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins. Anne Marie will share what forgiveness means for us as individuals and persons interrelated in faith, family, and relationships. Come dine with us at noon for a delicious lunch and special music by FLC Music Director and Organist, Zachary Brockhoff. The WELCA Board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Friendship Room (note room change). 

“Returning to Life After Caregiving Ends” – Saturday, April 7. April’s Grieving with Grace session will center on the specialized topic of the grief caregivers experience after the one they have cared for has died. Social time in the Gathering Room of First Lutheran begins at 9:30 a.m. with a video and discussion 10 – 11 a.m., led by Intern Pastor Jeff Backer. This event is open to anyone interested in the subject, including current caregivers and the friends who support them. No RSVP is required.

Senior luncheon – April 10. All senior adults are invited to join us for a delicious catered lunch and an entertaining program on the second Tuesday of each month. On Tuesday, April 10, at noon, The menu is scalloped potatoes and ham, green beans, roll followed by a program by Rebel Hurd, Mission Developer at Church on the Street. Please remember to RSVP for the luncheon by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, before Wednesday, April 4. Need a ride? Please call Project CAR, 332-2777, by 9 a.m. on Monday, April 9.

FLC serves supper at The Banquet – Tuesday, April 10. We will need a large crew. Prep shift is at 2 p.m. and service shift begins at 5:15 p.m. Please let Betty DeBerg know if you would like to help:, or (319) 961-2227

Kin Ministry at First Lutheran Church. Kin Ministers are those who make regular connections to senior members of our church. These prayerful, friendly connections may be established in person, by phone, or through a video visitation platform. Training for new Kin Ministers will be held on Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Good Samaritan National Campus (4800 W. 57th St.). To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Pastor Katherine Olson at or 339-1983 ext. 214. 

Interested in membership at First Lutheran? We cordially invite you and your family to attend the upcoming New Member Discovery Dinner on Sunday, April 15, 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Room at First Lutheran Church. We would like to take this time to get to know you and your family a little better, to allow you to meet others in the congregation, and to introduce the many ways we live together as a faith community here at First Lutheran Church. Those interested in becoming members are invited to take part in the New Member installation on Sunday, April 22, at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Please RSVP by April 10 to, or call (605) 339-1983 ext. 202.

First Lutheran will worship with the St. Dysmas congregation in the SD Penitentiary on Thursday, May 3. This is a wonderful and SAFE worship experience. Those wanting to attend will need to submit security paperwork by April 16. Forms are available at the Information Desk at church. Any questions, please contact Donna Jahr at

Sad Isn’t Bad is a grief therapy support group for school-aged children, K-12, and their caregivers, who have lost a loved one. The next four-week session will be held Tuesdays, April 17 – May 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. For more information, please contact John Hegg,, 339-2582, or Pr. Katherine Olson,, 339-1983, ext. 214. Visit to register for this session.

Crossroad Spring Gathering is Saturday, April 21. All women of FLC are cordially invited to the WELCA Spring Conference on Saturday, April 21, at our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Breakout sessions are offered in the morning and speaker presentations are given in the afternoon. The featured speaker will be Augustana President and former congresswoman Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin. Cost is $10 which includes lunch. Join us for this day of fellowship and inspiration. Please call Arlene Bich at 275-6891 for more information.

A gift for the congregation “From the Children” is Sunday, April 22, at the 11 a.m. worship service. The Carol Choir will present their annual “From the Children” at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, April 22. Their theme this year is “The Mysteries of God’s Plan.” God’s message is delivered from the hearts of these children as they sing the songs, narrate and dialogue the message, read the Scriptures, take the offering, and play instruments. All are encouraged to come in person to accept this gift “From the Children.”A message from Carol Choir to you: Please come! We will miss you if you don’t. 
P.S. Sherlock Holmes just may show up, too!

FREE Drive-Thru Coffee and Prayer Offered each Wednesday, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., at the Atrium entrance. Swing by on your way to work or school, grab some coffee or juice; have a quick prayer, and we will get you on your way! 
There is no better way to start your day.

More volunteers are needed on Wednesday mornings. Please contact Jeff Backer  at if you are interested.



Around the Church

Pastor Katherine Writes for "Christ In Our Home." Pastor Katherine is one of the authors featured in the April-May-June 2018 edition of the devotional booklet "Christ In Our Home." Pick up your free copy of this devotional at the church this month!

See Paul Oman Paintings at First Lutheran Church. First Lutheran was blessed to welcome pastor and artist Paul Oman as part of the Lenten worship services on February 21. The two paintings that Paul created during the services are temporarily hanging in the atrium. If you would like to order a print of one of these paintings directly from the artist, contact Paul Oman at or by calling him at 715-790-2029.

Visitation Pastor Ministry at First Lutheran Church. First Lutheran has a team of visitation pastors available to share visits and communion with homebound members on a monthly basis. If you would like to be connected to a visitation pastor, please give Donna Jahr a call at the church office. Donna can be reached at 339-1983 ext. 202.

Do you love to cook? Want an opportunity to put this passion to work for the good of others? Nightwatch is looking for a volunteer who would be willing to prepare a meal, for up-to 200 people, the week ahead of each of our serving dates. We will be serving six times a year. Please contact Jeff Backer at for more info.

Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families

Open Gym, most Saturdays 10:15 a.m. – noon. Bring your own ball. Unsupervised. Please call the church office during regular business hours (M-Th 8-5, F 8-4) to confirm the gym will be open on any given Saturday. 

Wednesday Night Meals resume on April 11. We meet each week from 5 – 6:15 p.m. Visit for a list of the meals coming up! Cost is $5 and $3 for children 6 and under. 

First Friday Movie is April 6 and it’s Star Wars, Last Jedi! Join us from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the church. Admission and snacks are free! Bring your friends!


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Friendship Room. For more information, please contact FLC member, Katie Bossman, 201-5718.

Milestone Minute in April will be our kindergarten children and the Ten Commandments Milestone! Families are invited to join us on Sunday, April 15, at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for breakfast and learning time. Then we will attend the 11 a.m. worship service where the children will receive a special blessing and share a little of what they have learned!

Wednesday Scripture First classes resume April 11, 
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. We look forward to having you all back together!

Keep in the know about Scripture First by joining the “Scripture First Parents” facebook group

Middle school Youth

Confirmation Worship Reflections! You can fill it out ON LINE! Use your phones and go to and find it in the Youth & Family section under the Ministries tab.

Lenten Memory Work. If you haven’t completed your memory work, please do so and turn it in to Marnie or at the Welcome Center. You can do it! Parents… you can help!

Sixth-, Seventh- and Eighth-grade Confirmation returns Wednesday, April 11, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. See you then!

Scripture First for Middle School and High School Youth meets on Sundays in Manos de Cristo from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yummy treats will always be served! Learn the Scripture. Hear the Bible. Share the Scriptures.

Middle School Game Night is Friday, April 20, 7 – 10 p.m. Sign up in the Youth Office AND you can nominate your favorite game to be played that night. Bring your friends! Free event!

High School Youth

High School Bible Study meets every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. and at 4 p.m. at the Einstein/Caribou (2300 S. Minnesota Ave.) Bring your Bibles. See you there!

Youth Group meets on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in Manos de Cristo. Friends are always welcome! 

Young Adults

Young Adult Bible Study meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in Manos de Cristo. Working through the book of Revelations with Pastor Lars. Come check it out! Contact FLC member Kiri Jacobsen at for more