News Notes: Dec. 3 – 17

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Classes & Events

Special Congregational Meeting
Sunday, Dec. 3, at 12:15 p.m.
A meeting of the congregation will be held to approve the proposed changes to our constitution and bylaws. 
Please join us, your voice is important!

Wednesday Night Meals. Meals are served most 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.
• Dec. 6 - Chicken, cheesy potatoes
• Dec. 13 - Taco bar
• Dec. 20 & 27 - NO MEALS Christmas Break
Weekly menus are available online at

Handel’s “Messiah” Adult Forum continues Wednesdays, Dec. 6 & Dec. 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the Friendship Room. Join us for a study of the scriptures, history and music of Handel’s "Messiah" in preparation for Advent. Bring your Bible. Stop by or call the FLC Information Desk, 336-3734, to register for the study handouts. Or, contact Donna Johnson at, 331-5442, to register or ask questions. Drop-ins are welcome. 

Equal Exchange Coffee and Mount of Olives, Olive Oil. Need a great gift for family, friends, teachers or co-workers? Equal Exchange Coffee, tea and chocolate from Lutheran World Relief, and Olive Oil from the Lutheran World Federation will be for sale in the Welcome Center on Sunday, Dec. 10 (second Sunday each month) between worship services. 

First Lutheran African Ministry Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser. Sunday, Dec. 10 at noon (610 N. Kiwanis Ave.) with special speaker, Bishop David Zellmer. African food will be served. Donations will go to their building fund.

Healthy Snack Drive – Dec. 10-31. Compassionate Connections ministry will be holding a “Healthy Snack Drive,” collecting foods that will be given away to those who come to the church seeking crisis assistance. Bring any of the following healthy snacks to the donation boxes located in the atrium and in front of the Caring Ministry office: protein bars, cereal bars, beef sticks, individual packages of nuts, sandwich crackers, tuna and squeezable pouches of applesauce. If we collect more than what we can reasonably store and use before expiration, we will donate extras to Church on the Street and other local partners. Questions? Please contact Pastor Katherine Olson,

Senior luncheon – Dec. 12. All First Lutheran senior adults and their friends are invited for lunch, Tuesday, Dec. 12, at noon. The Lincoln High School Choir will entertain the seniors with a program of Christmas music. The menu is fried rice, cashew chicken and crab rangoon. Please remember to RSVP by calling the church receptionist at 336-3734, by Wednesday, Dec. 6. Need a ride? Please call Project CAR, 332-2777, by 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11.

Healthy Cooking Classes - Dec. 12. Classes meet the second and fourth Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m., in the Gathering Room. The topic is "Pre-made Christmas Brunch." 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

MOPS at First Lutheran – Dec. 13. Please join us for a fun evening at MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers. Meet 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 for the nursery). Membership is $60/yr. Visit us on Facebook (Sioux Falls MOPS - First Lutheran Church).


Around the Church

Advent Devotional by FLC member, Janet Lyso, available for $12.50 ($3 for ebook) at the Information Desk. “… And The Word Became Flesh …” devotional prepares our hearts and minds for the wondrous, saving news of God who has come to dwell among us, in the person of Jesus (John 1:14). 

90+ Birthdays. Happy birthday to Donald Christenson, Wava Enger, Esther Hanson, Joyce Helberg, Hilma Loftesness, Janet Lyso, Betty Olson, and Arlette Scherschligt.

Year-end Giving. Please prayerfully consider your year-end giving to First Lutheran Church. Have you fulfilled your pledges? Gifts must be received or postmarked by Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in order to be recorded in 2017. If you are interested in online giving, gifts of stock or money from your IRA to fulfill your pledge, please consult your tax advisor or CPA to learn if there are tax advantages for you to give in this way. Also, please allow a minimum of 10 days for stock gifts to process in order to be recorded in the current year. 

Stepping into Health. First Lutheran walkers and runners accumulated a total of 10,109,802 steps during October. Gift card winners drawn from those who walked/ran 30,000+ steps are: Lola Coons, Jean Hoff, Barb Nevin, Kris Stark and Liz Thinner. Please remember turn in your total November steps by Dec. 8 to John Hegg,, text 376-2895, or call 339-2582.

Thrivent Choice® Dollars Charitable Grant Program
Thank you to all Thrivent members who have supported ministries at First Lutheran Church with Thrivent Choice® Dollars. Every Choice® Dollar received has an impact. Choice Dollars® have supported music, youth, quilting, the volunteer shop, media and various other areas of ministry. If you are an eligible Thrivent member with Choice Dollars®, you can help support First Lutheran Church this program. Choose to make a difference, visit to learn more.

Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families

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

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

FLC 2018 Camping Dates. Attend camp with First Lutheran staff and other FLC campers. We will transport campers 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. Go to for more details. And if our camps don’t work for you, visit to see all the great Lutherans Outdoors camping options for the whole family!

Christmas Giving forms are available at the Atrium Desk. We invite you to sponsor a family from Church on the Street (a ministry with the homeless of Sioux Falls) 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 (or make a monetary donation and we will take care of that part!). Christmas Giving trees are also available with ornaments on them for items needed for various ministries. Take one or three or five!

Save the date

Joy Ranch Family Retreat Jan. 19-21. Join us at the beautiful Joy Ranch, Lutherans Outdoors Bible Camp near Watertown, SD, for a weekend of family time: meals together, games, friends to make, horses to visit andfaith to share. What a great way to share community together. 

Visit to learn more about Joy Ranch and see photos! Cost is $260 (2 night stay) plus $40/person for meals. We will gather by 7 p.m. on Friday night and return early afternoon on Sunday. Sign up in the Youth & Family Office.


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 Dec. 20 & 27, we return on Jan. 3. Also, there are no Sunday Scripture First classes on Dec. 17, 24 & 31. See you on Jan. 7, 2018!

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 stories and songs. Rehearsals are Saturday, Dec. 2 & 16, from
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Sign your child/children up online at, or with Heather Smith, Children’s Minister, at 339-1983 ext. 238, or

Middle school Youth

Confirmation for 6th, 7th and 8th grades does not meet on
Dec. 6 & 13. We will then be on Christmas Break until Wednesday, Jan. 3. Remember to fill out and turn in your Worship Reflections – available in the Welcome Center or at

MS Youth Christmas Game Night is Friday, Dec. 8,
from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the church. Cost is $5 for pizza. Bring your friends, make new friends, have a blast! Sign up across from the Youth & Family Office.

High School Youth

Ninth Grade Confirmation has a church visit this month on Sunday, Dec. 3, to St. Joseph’s Cathedral (521 N. Duluth Avenue) at 9:15 a.m. Please meet Elias there 10 minutes early to pick up your Worship Reflection.

Young Adults

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. 


Help St. Dysmas with the 2017 Prison Christmas Sacks.
Homemade Fudge The recipe and wrapping instructions must be followed exactly, otherwise the fudge will not be allowed in the prison! 
1½ sticks butter or margarine
½ lb. Velveeta cheese
2 lbs. powdered sugar
½ cup unsweetened dry cocoa
1 tbsp. vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
• In a large saucepan, melt cheese, chocolate chips, and butter together. Stir together until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla and nuts.
• In a large bowl, stir together sugar and cocoa. Add melted cheese mixture. Mix well. The candy may be very stiff and mixing with gloved hands may be necessary.
• Press the candy evenly in a 9 x 13 inch pan coated lightly with nonstick spray.
• Cool and cut into 24 pieces. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap. (No plastic bags –not allowed in the prison.)
Please mark the number of pieces of fudge on the outside of your container.
Thank you for your help with our Inmate Christmas Sack Program. We look forward to your gifts and the inmates look forward to their Christmas Sacks.
Chaplains Advisory Committee SD State Penitentiary
Please bring all items and donations to the First Lutheran Information Desk by Wednesday, Dec. 13.