News Notes: Feb. 25 – March 11

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Classes & Events

Wednesday Lenten Worship and Meals
February 14 – March 28
Worship: 11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Meals: Soup & bread lunch at Noon
           Evening meal - 5 p.m. 
Cost: $5 adults/youth, $3  ages 3–6 years, ages 2 and under free

Feb. 28 Lunch - Chicken noodle soup
          Supper - Pork loin, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans
Mar. 7 Lunch - Ham and bean soup
          Supper - Chicken, cheesy potatoes, corn
Mar. 14 Lunch - Pasta fagioli soup
         Supper - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas
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Easter Lilies. The congregation is invited to help decorate the chancel on Easter Sunday with Easter lilies to honor or remember loved ones, or as a gift to the glory of God. Your donation of $15 or more will be used for the beautiful Garden of Lilies. Proceeds received beyond the amount necessary to pay for the Easter Garden will go toward ministries supported by the Evangelism and Outreach Board. Completed forms, accompanied with payment, received by Wednesday, March 14, will be listed in the Easter Sunday bulletins. No late orders will be accepted. Please complete a separate form for each in honor of, in memory of, or to the glory of God.
Easter Garden order forms are available in the Sunday worship bulletins or visit to complete a form and pay for flowers online.

WELCA Meeting on Thursday, March 1, at noon, in the Gathering Room. WELCA is excited to welcome Gail Dickerson from the Big Paws Canine Foundation, as well as a furry friend... a specially trained service dog. Gail is the Midwest Director of Operations with Big Paws of Sioux Falls. She will explain and demonstrate to us how ordinary rescue dogs are transformed into service dogs for veterans and retired first-responders. All women are invited to join us to see how lives are changed with the help of these marvelous dogs. A delicious lunch will be served at noon followed by the program. The WELCA Board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Manos de Cristo Room. We hope to see you there.


First Friday Movie is March 2, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in Reformation Hall. We will be showing "SPIDERMAN Homecoming"! FREE movie and snacks. This community event is open to everyone. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your friends!

Grieving with Grace continues, Saturday, March 3. What does it mean to “live beyond grief?”  That is the discussion topic for March’s Grieving With Grace group session.  Social time will begin at 9:30, and the group session lasts from 10-11 a.m.  The group is always open to first-time participants.  Led by Pastor Katherine Olson, each session includes video clips on topics relating to grief, comfort from Scripture, prayer, encouragement, and access to additional resources for support.  If you have questions about Grieving with Grace, reach out to Pastor Katherine at or 339-1983, ext. 214.

Special music events coming March 3 and 10. 
The St. Olaf College Handbell Choir will perform a concert in the sancturay. Join us for a evening of music on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. by the premier handbell ensemble. 
The Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota will perform an a capella concert on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. Hear one of the nation’s finest college a capella choirs perform. Ticket information is available online at, or by calling 800-838-3006.

Senior luncheon March 13. 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, March 13, at noon, the menu is tator-tot casserole, salad and a roll. The program will be by Christine Meier on Martin Luther. Please remember to RSVP by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, by Wednesday, March. 7. Need a ride? Please call Project CAR, 332-2777, by 9 a.m. on Monday, March 12.

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. 

Summer Camp 2018 Registration is OPEN. Sign up online at or stop by the Youth & Family Office. A $50 deposit is required for off-site camps. We want you to join us for a fabulous summer adventure anchored in Christ! Registration DEADLINE is March 15 for offsite camps – if you sign up after that date there is a $25 late fee. Sign up today!


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. First Grade Lord’s Prayer Milestone is Sunday, March 4. Families gather at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for breakfast, learning time and a craft. Then we all attend the 11 a.m. worship and lead the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer.

Wednesday evening Scripture First classes will resume on April 11. For the Lent season we encourage families to attend Wednesday evening Lenten services together. Children are always welcome to attend Scripture First on Sunday morning at 9:30. 

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 ONLINE! Use your phones and go to and complete the form then hit submit.

Scripture First for Middle School and High School Youth meets Sundays in Manos de Cristo, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Yummy treats are always served! Learn the Scriptures. 

High School Youth

High School Senior Supper is Sunday, March 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Manos de Cristo. Qdoba will be served. FREE! This is for all seniors and their parents! Mark your calendars – take an evening off of work – we hope you can join us!

Holy Week Retreat will be Thursday and Friday, March 29 – 30 at Swan Lake. Mark your calendars and watch for more details!

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

Ninth Grade Confirmation. Classes will not meet during Lent. Students, please sign up for Faith Statement appointments with Marnie or Elias as soon as possible.

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

Young Adults

Bible study meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in Manos de Cristo. After-work snacks provided as we begin the book of Revelation. Fellowship bonding happens on the first weekend of the month. Contact FLC member Kiri Jacobsen at for more information.