News Notes: Nov. 12 – Dec. 3

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Classes & Events

Proposed Governance Changes – Information Meeting – Sunday, Nov. 12 – Noon. This is your congregation. Your input and feedback are needed, and welcome. There has been much thought and discussion about this proposal to bring it to this point and now church leadership would like to hear your support, concerns, questions and suggestions.

Interested in the Broadcast Team? Join us Nov. 13. Interested in learning to operate cameras or audio board for our radio and television broadcast? Come to a Media Volunteer Gathering at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, in the Friendship Room. Meet staff and other volunteers to learn more about broadcast opportunities. Pizza will be served, so please RSVP to Marilyn McNeill at 339-1983 ext. 236. On Sunday, Nov. 12, Media volunteers will be at the Atrium Desk between services to recruit volunteers and answer questions.

Senior luncheon – Nov. 14. All First Lutheran senior adults and their friends are invited to join us for lunch Tuesday, Nov. 14, at noon. The program is Norway Nurses from Augustana University. The menu is goulash, Caesar salad, bread stick. If you need a ride, call Project CAR, 332-2777, no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13.

MOPS at First Lutheran – Nov. 14. Please join us for a fun evening at MOPS, Moms of Preschoolers. Join other moms from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, for a meal, an uplifting video, great discussion, and often times a fun craft. Bring the kids as we have excellent nursery care available. Your first meeting is free ($5 if you use the nursery). A MOPS membership is great for moms with kids of all ages. Membership is $60/yr. Please visit us on Facebook (Sioux Falls MOPS - First Lutheran Church).

Healthy Cooking Classes - Nov. 14. Classes meet the second and fourth Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room. Nov. 14 the topic is Low-calorie holiday treats with Gwen Wawers. The classes are free but please register for each class you plan to attend so we have enough supplies. Register at the Information Desk, call the church at 336-3734, or visit

FLC serves at The Banquet - Nov. 14. First Lutheran Church will be serving dinner at The Banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 14. A large crew is needed – 6-8 workers at 2 p.m., and 40 workers 5:15 – 8 p.m. Young people are welcome; age 13+ can work in the kitchen, those younger in the dining room. Please contact Betty DeBerg at or 319-961-2227

Wednesday Night Meals. Meals are served Wednesdays from 5 – 6:15 p.m. in Reformation Hall. Cost is $5 Adults & Youth, $3 for ages 3 – 6 years, free for ages 2 and under.
Nov. 15 - Pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni & cheese
Nov. 22 - Turkey & Ham, mashed potatoes, corn, pie
Nov. 29 - Beef stroganoff, butter noodles
Weekly menus are available online at

Wednesday Adult Forum. 
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Gathering Rm.
Nov. 15 – “The Radicals and Luther: Finding Heretical Parallels in 2017” led by Pastor John Christopherson
Nov. 22    No forum - Thanksgiving Eve Service, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 29 – Dec. 13  Handel’s “Messiah” led by Donna Johnson

About the Handel’s “Messiah” Forum – Join us for a study of the scriptures, history and music of Handel’s "Messiah" in preparation for Advent, Wednesdays Nov. 29, Dec 6 & Dec 13, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Friendship Room. Bring your Bible. Stop by or call the FLC information desk (336-3734) to register for the study handouts. You may also contact Donna Johnson, 331-5442, to register or ask questions. Drop-Ins are welcome.

Special Event, Grieving a Loss During the Holidays – Nov. 18. Adults who are grieving the death of a loved one are invited to attend “Grieving A Loss During the Holidays” on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 – 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church. A free breakfast will be served in the Gathering Room as FLC member and licensed professional counselor, John Hegg, offers a presentation on the topic of grief. The morning concludes with a prayer service in the chapel. This event is free and open to all adults, but advance registration is required. Please stop by First Lutheran’s Information Desk or call to register by Monday, Nov. 13. You may also register online at Questions, contact Pastor Katherine Olson at 339-1983 ext. 214 or

Broadcast Station Change. The Nov. 19 First Lutheran Church broadcast at 11:00 a.m. will be on CW and ME TV instead of KSFY.

“Maggie and David” Performances. Pastor David Houck and his wife Margaret, known by their stage name, “Maggie and David,” will appear on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 3–4 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Center (401 W. 2nd St., Sioux Falls). Program provide through Caring Ministries. Everyone is invited to attend!

Around the Church

Colombia Mission Trip. Please keep our First Lutheran mission team in your prayers as they return from Colombia Nov. 18: Marilyn McLeod, Sandy Pedersen, Kristy and Paul Zuraff, Natasha Letcher, Jeff Backer and Pastor Nate Lizarazo.

WELCA Bible Study Circles – Times and locations
Nov. 16       9:30 AM    Dorcas, Trail Ridge Game Room
                    9:30 AM    Elizabeth, Trinity Room
                    9:30 AM    Lydia/Rachel, Gathering Room
                    9:30 AM    Sarah, Friendship Room
                  11:30 AM    Katie, Perkins home
                         1 PM    Martha, Gathering Room
                         1 PM    Rhoda, Audrey Miller Brush’s home
                         6 PM    Hannah, Gathering Room
                         7 PM    Ruth, Trinity Room
Nov. 21            9 AM    Lois, Rose Ramstad’s home

Remember your Thank Offerings for the November Stewardship Project to support ELCA ministry efforts.

Creative opportunity awaits volunteer. Wanted: One or more volunteers to "upcycle" used greeting cards into beautiful new cards to be sold in the First Lutheran Quilters' card shop in the FLC Library. The quilters are looking for a volunteer, or a team of people who love to create things, to take over the greeting card project. This can be done in your home or in a small group, where-ever and when-ever works with your schedule. Donated, used cards are picked up at the church, reworked and returned to the church where they are placed in the card shop. If you haven't stopped by the Quilter's card shop, please do. The shop in the southeast corner of the FLC library is loaded with great upcycled greeting cards for every occasion. The cards are only 25 cents each and the funds raised support the ministries of the FLC Quilters. Please contact the church office, (605) 336-3734, to volunteer.


Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families

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

Thanksgiving Eve Meal will be on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 5 – 6:15 p.m. Cost is $5 and $3 for children 6 and under. Then join us for worship at 6:30 p.m.  We are looking for volunteers to help with serving, cleaning up and bringing pumpkin/apple pies. Please sign up on Wednesday nights or in the Youth & Family office. Thank you!

Wednesday Night Meals meet each week from 5 – 6:15 p.m. See for a list of the meals coming up! Cost is $5, $3 for children 3 – 6, ages 2 and under are free.

Camp Days & Announcements! On Sunday, Nov. 12, Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota will be here to share all the many options they have for Summer Camping 2018. There is Family Camp, Grandparents Camp, Music Camp, Fishing Camp and much, much more. Plan to visit the staff in the atrium to hear how your family can be a part of these great adventures.

And… on Sunday, Nov. 19, we will announce the FLC 2018 Camping Dates. These are the options for your children to attend camp with FLC staff and other FLC campers. Our staff will transport them and be there with them for the week. Camping is a significant faith experience for so many children and families. We encourage you to take a look and make summer camp a priority for your family this summer.

Christmas Giving forms are available beginning . The holidays are quickly approaching - perhaps you would like to sponsor a family from Church on the Street (a ministry with the homeless of Sioux Falls) this year with gifts or groceries or Pueblo De Dios (an ELCA congregation for members of the Latino community). You do the shopping and the wrapping… you might even be able to deliver if you would like.

Christmas Giving trees will be available beginning Sunday, Nov. 26 – these trees have ornaments on them for items needed for various ministries. Take one or three or five! 

Christmas Wreath Distribution will be Sundays, Nov. 19 and 26. Please stop by the garage in the south parking lot to pick up your orders – walk or drive up. Thank you to all of you who participated. Proceeds benefit youth attending the 2018 Youth Gathering in Houston, TX.

First Friday Movies RETURN beginning on Friday, Dec. 1, with "Frozen"! Free movie, free snacks! Bring your friends and a chair or blanket. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Reformation Hall.


Scripture First meets at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Children from three-years old through fifth grade are invited. Please note: there is no Wednesday Night Scripture First on Nov. 22, please join us for Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 6:30 p.m. 

We Are the Church Milestone for two-year olds and their families. This is a time for these small members to play and have their picture taken in different parts of the Sanctuary. This event will be Saturday, Nov. 18, in the afternoon, 1:30 – 2:30 or 3 – 4 p.m. Choose the time that works for you. 

Christmas Pageant 2017 will be on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 2 – 3 p.m. with cookies and hot cocoa following. Our pageant this year will be based on the story “The Greatest Gift,” written by local author, Tom Roberts. Tom will be at the pageant to tell the story to the children and then our children will share their own story and songs. The first rehearsal is Saturday, Dec. 2, from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Sign up here or contact Heather Smith, Children’s Minister, or 339-1983 ext. 238.

Middle school Youth

Confirmation for 6th, 7th and 8th grades does not meet on Wednesday, Nov. 22, please join us for Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 6:30 p.m. We do meet Nov. 15, 29 and Dec. 6 & 13.

MS Youth Gathering is Nov. 17–19. Cost is $75. Get ready for an adventure in faith in the new frontier of Joy Ranch. Stay in JR's Bunkhouse, enjoy root beer floats and games in the Thirsty Boot Saloon and hang out in Wild Bill's Game Room. You will be spending the weekend with the amazing Joy Ranch staff, adults from your church and peers from around South Dakota. Sign up in the Youth & Family Office. Camp assistance is available. 

High School Youth

Youth Group meets Wednesday nights from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Bring a friend!

High School Bible Studies meet 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!

Ninth Grade Confirmation begins their church visits this month on Sunday, Nov. 12, at First Baptism Church (1401 S. Covell Ave.) at 8:45 a.m. Please meet Elias there to pick up your Worship Reflection.  And… mark your calendars for Sunday, Dec. 3 when you visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral (521 N. Duluth Avenue) at 9:15 a.m.

Young Adults

4:12 Fondue and Reformation Games will be Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the home of Jon and Tonja Beatch (2400 E. River Bluff Circle). Childcare will be available at the church from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. 4:12 is Christian adults in their 20s and 30s experiencing ministries through a balance of fellowship, life sharing, spiritual growth and outreach.

4:12 Caroling & Chili Feed will be Sunday, Dec. 3 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Meet at the church before caroling and then we will return to warm up with delicious home-made chili. Childcare will be available at the church. 

Young Adult Bible Study. Join Pastor Lars and the First Lutheran Young Adults for the Galatians Summer 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.