News Notes: Aug. 19-Sept. 2

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Classes & Events

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Worship in the Park, Picnic & Blessing Backpacks, August 19. Join us for worship at 11 a.m. in the McKennan Park band shell with Larry Olson and friends providing worship music. Students may bring their backpacks for a special blessing. (Blessing of the backpacks will also take place at the 8 and 9:30 services at FLC.) The Evangelism and Outreach Board will provide lunch. Participants may bring a dessert to share. Invite your friends and neighbors, bring a lawn chair and join us for worship. In case of rain, worship will be held at First Lutheran.

Bazaar Happenings

  • Bazaar Planning Meeting, Monday, Aug. 20, 5 p.m., in the Gathering Room. Love the Bazaar? Join us - we need your help!
  • Attic Pricing Days - Help price donated items for the Nov. 3 Bazaar. Pricing is held in the Upper Room. No experience is needed. Anyone is welcome to help: Aug. 28, 9-1; Aug. 29, 9-noon. Please visit for more pricing dates
  • All FLC women are invited to prepare for 2018 Bazaar on Nov. 3. Now is the time to gather with friends and family to plan or finish your crafts and projects. We have areas for kitchen items, seasonal and variety crafts, plants, woodwork projects, vintage linens, sweetshop candies & goodies, homebaked breads, cookies, traditional favorites and all your new and creative items. 
  • Attic Treasures - You may bring attic treasures, antiques and uniques, to the collection box near the elevator in the atrium. Please bring only clean usable and salable items in good condition – no electronics, TV's or encyclopedias.

First Lutheran Block Party, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5 – 7 p.m. First Lutheran south parking lot. Fun for all ages. Come and See – fall programming for children and youth, choirs, Bible studies and more!  • Live Music • S’mores • Inflatables • Hotdogs and more!

Date Change - Grieving with Grace is Saturday, Sept. 8. 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. Sessions usually take place on the first Saturday morning of the month in the Gathering Room of First Lutheran Church, but in September we are meeting on the second Saturday, September 8. Social Time begins at 9:30, and the group sessions last from 10-11 a.m. For the next several months, we will be journeying through the book "Understanding Your Grief" written by noted grief expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt. If you have questions about Grieving with Grace, reach out to Pastor Katherine Olson, the group’s facilitator, at or 339-1983, ext. 214.

Feed Seniors NOW Food Drive. At least one in nine senior adults is at risk of going hungry. Begins Monday, Sept. 20. Start gathering your non-perishable food items now, and be ready to bring them to the church. Learn more at

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace classes will be held at First Lutheran this fall. Join facilitator Phil Olinger on Tuesdays, Sept. 25 – Nov. 20, 6 – 8 p.m., in the Manos de Cristo room. For information or to register, contact Phil at 605-630-3161 or Childcare available upon request.


Luther House of Study - From Brian Aamlid. Many of you are familiar with Luther House of Study through classes, Bible studies or other educational opportunities with Chris Croghan and Sarah Stenson. They anticipate increased impact in the future with the addition of Rev. Dr. Steve Paulson to their staff this fall. First Lutheran has pledged financial support of $50,000 per year for five years to enable their expanded work. A good number of First Lutheran members have stepped forward in a remarkably generous way. Funding for our first year commitment is currently approximately $38,500. A handful of First Lutheran families have pooled resources to create a $10,000 challenge gift to both complete this years’ commitment and provide a jump start for next year. Through the end of September, total gifts to the Luther House of Study support fund, up to $10,000, will be matched. Thanks for your consideration and support. You may contact Marilyn McNeill, 339-1983 ext. 236, to make a gift. If you have any questions about Luther House, Chris Croghan, 274-5488 or email, or Sarah Stenson, 274-4808 or email, would be happy to visit with you.

Youth & Family Ministry

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


Children’s Scripture First kicks off with Family Orientations on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, and Sunday, Sept. 9, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in Reformation Hall. Come hear about the year and all that is happening in Children’s Ministry. Registration opens at the Block Party on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5 – 7 p.m. in the church parking lot. Online registration opens on August 30.

  • • Please note: Class sizes are limited to 10-12 elementary school children/2 shepherds and 6-8 pre-school children/2 shepherds. Availability might be limited until shepherds have been acquired.
  • • Shepherds Needed! Please contact Heather Smith at if you are willing to be a shepherd. Each classroom needs 2 adults (one may be a high school youth.)

Scripture First Shepherd Training is today, Sunday Aug 19 at 9:30 am in the Parish Meeting Room (PMR) and on Wednesday, August 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the Gathering Room. Come to learn about different opportunities to serve in Children’s Ministry at FLC. Your gifts are needed!

Middle School Youth

Sixth Grade Confirmation Family Interviews are Monday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 28. Your information was sent via snail mail. If you are unsure of your half hour time slot, please call the Youth & Family Office at 339-1983 ext. 228.
Confirmation Large Group Orientations for sixth, seventh and eighth grade AND their parents will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sixth grade will be in the Gathering Room and seventh and eighth will meet in Fellowship Hall.

High School Youth

High School Ministry Orientation for all high school youth and their parents will be Wednesday, August 29 from 7:30 – 9 pm in Manos de Cristo. Join us for the Block Party from 5-7 in the church parking lot first. This orientation includes all freshmen and their parents for Confirmation Orientation as well.

Young Adults

4:12 Downtown Scavenger Hunt. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 7 as we head downtown to enjoy First Friday happenings and a hunt or scavenge for the win! (4:12 is Christian adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s experiencing ministries through a balance of fellowship, life sharing, spiritual growth and outreach.)