News Notes: Feb. 11 – 25

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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. 14 Ash Wednesday, no meals
Feb. 21 Lunch - Chili
Supper - Spaghetti, tossed salad and French bread
Feb. 28 Lunch - Chicken noodle soup
Supper - Pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans
View Lenten meal menus at

Fair Trade Product Sale, Feb. 11. Support Lutheran World Relief, and small farmers by purchasing Fair Trade products on the second and fourth Sundays each month in the Welcome Center. Fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil from the Mount of Olives, and honey from the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch are available.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feed – Feb. 13, from 5 – 7 p.m. in Reformation Hall. Join us as we celebrate the last day before Lent with all the Chris Cakes® pancakes you can eat, Mr. Twister, Family Photo Booth and a great craft project. Cost is $5 adults and youth, $3 for ages 3 – 6 years, free for ages 2 and under. Grab your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and come have a great time!

Senior luncheon, Tuesday, Feb. 13. First Lutheran senior adults and their friends are invited for a delicious catered lunch and an entertaining program on the second Tuesday of each month. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at noon, the menu is garlic herb-chicken breast, wild rice, tossed salad and a roll. The program is the Sioux Falls Lutheran School Choir. Please remember to RSVP by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, by Wednesday, Feb. 7. Need a ride? Please call Project CAR, 332-2777, by 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12.

Healthy Cooking, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 – 7 p.m., in the Gathering Room. Gwen Wawers' topic is Heart Healthy Foods. The classes are free but please register for each class you plan to attend. Register at the Information Desk, call the church at 336-3734, or visit

2018 Lenten Devotional. Pick up a copy of the annual Lenten Devotional today. Beginning with Ash Wednesday, forty days of devotions have been written by the community of First Lutheran for your encouragement and shared prayer throughout Lent. If you have not already subscribed to our online publications, you can sign up to receive the daily email devotion and weekly congregational eNews at

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, marks the beginning of the Lent. Ash Wednesday services will be held at 11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. No meal will be served. Lenten meals begin Feb. 21 with soup and bread at noon and regular Wednesday Night Meal at 5 p.m. The 2018 Lenten Devotional will be available Feb. 11.

Wednesday Night Forums – During Lent there will be no Wednesday Night Adult Forums. Please join us for Lenten services in the sanctuary.

Drawn to the Word, Wednesday, Feb. 21 – A special Lenten event at First Lutheran. Join us for worship as artist and pastor Paul Oman paints a larger-than-life sized mural on the theme, “I am the Resurrection and the Life,” during both of our Lenten worship services at 11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The story will unfold artistically, musically, narratively and scripturally during this extraordinary worship service. Invite a guest to attend, as we all become more deeply “drawn to the word” through this memorable experience. See a demonstration video of Paul Oman at

Special music Events coming in March. 

The St. Olaf College Handbell Choir. 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, Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. Hear one of the nation’s finest college choirs perform. 72-voice a cappella choir in concert. Tickets information is available online at, or by calling 800-838-3006.

Around the Church

WELCA Attic Treasures pricing days are Sunday,  Feb. 18, 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

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!

Bella Noche Dinner and Auction will be Sunday, Feb. 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. A catered Italian dinner is followed by Silent & Live Auctions. Tickets are $20/person or $150 for a table of 8. Tickets are available in the Youth and Family office or by contacting Elias Youngquist at All proceeds benefit the youth attending the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. To make a donation for the auction please visit with Elias Youngquist. Thank you! Details at


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. 5th graders begin First Communion classes on February 21st at 5:30 and will continue to meet every Wednesday throughout Lent. This is an important activity for parents and children to do together. Childcare is available for younger siblings, if needed. Contact Heather Smith at to make arrangements. 

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.

Confirmation classes do not meet during Lent.  Students and their families should attend Lenten worship services at 6:30 p.m.

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

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 every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 6 p.m. in Manos de Cristo. We just finished the book of Galatians. Come see what’s next!