News Notes: Oct. 15 – 29

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Classes & Events

Wednesday Night Meal. 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.
     Oct. 18 - Turkey , mashed potatoes, corn
     Oct. 25 -  Spaghetti, tossed salad, french bread
     Nov. 1 - Fall Bazaar week - No meal
Weekly menus are available online at

Wednesday Adult Forums, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Gathering Room
Oct. 11 – 25 “The Freedom of a Christian,” Pastor Lars Olson
Nov. 1     No forum
Nov. 8    “The Radicals and Luther: Finding Heretical Parallels in 2017,” Pastor John Christopherson
Nov. 15    “Zwingli and Luther: Is The Lord’s Supper a Remembrance or Presence?” Pastor John Christopherson
Nov. 22    No forum - Thanksgiving Eve Service, 6:30 p.m.

Nursing Home Communion Services. Each April and October, the First Lutheran Church pastoral staff and Pastoral Care Board volunteers go into nursing homes throughout Sioux Falls for a communion worship service and fellowship. Members of First Lutheran are invited to attend these services and visit with residents at the various homes. Following are dates and places for the upcoming services:
Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Covington Heights East Dining Room, 
    3900 S. Cathy Ave.
Oct. 19, 1 p.m., Touchmark at All Saints Chapel,
    111 West 17th St.
Oct. 24, 2 p.m., Good Samaritan Village Chapel, 
    3901 S Marion Rd.
Oct. 26, 1 p.m., Dow Rummel Chapel, 1321 W. Dow Rummel
Nov. 2, 2 p.m., Southridge Dining Room, 3600 S. Norton Ave.

NEW – Parent’s Night Out – Oct. 22. Let us entertain your children on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 5 – 9 p.m., at church. Supper, movie, games and free play will be provided. Cost is $35 for 1-2 children and $50 for 3 or more children. Please call Kristy in the Youth & Family Office, 339-1983 ext. 228, to sign up. Reservation deadline is Friday, Oct. 20, by 2 p.m. Sorry no drop-ins.

MOPS at First Lutheran – Oct. 24. Please join us for a fun evening at MOPS, Moms of Preschoolers. Join other moms from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every 2nd and 4th 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, we only ask for $5 to cover costs if you use the nursery. A MOPS membership is great for moms with kids of all ages. Membership is $60 for the year. Support First Lutheran’s MOPS program. Donations are always appreciated to cover costs. Make donations to First Lutheran Church with MOPS in the memo line! For more info, please visit us on Facebook (Sioux Falls MOPS - First Lutheran Church).

Healthy Cooking Classes - Oct. 24. Classes meet the second and fourth Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room. Oct. 24 the topic is Inflammatory Foods. Learn to cook and eat healthy food. Some of the best cooks in Sioux Falls share their techniques and recipes for vegetables, meats and desserts. The classes are free but please register for each class you plan to attend to ensure we have enough supplies. Register at the Information Desk, call the church at 336-3734, or visit

Project CAR Soup, Sandwich and Sweets Day is Thursday, 
Oct. 26.  Have time for some tasty comfort food? Join Project CAR in Reformation Hall for lunch, 11 am – 1:30 pm or supper, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Take-out available, call 332-2777. The menu includes a choice of three Soups ($3), Pork loin sandwich ($3), Homemade dessert ($2), and Beverage ($1). Proceeds go to Project CAR.

“Maggie and David” Performance – Oct. 31. Pastor David Houck and his wife Margaret, known by their stage name, “Maggie and David,” will appear at Trail Ridge (3408 W Ralph Rogers Rd.) on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. for a Halloween concert. Their program features popular music of decades past, Christian hymns, Scripture, prayer, and spoken words of encouragement. Program provide through Caring Ministries. Everyone is invited to attend!

Around the Church

Feed Seniors NOW Food Drive continues through Oct. 18. At least one in nine seniors are at risk of going hungry. Comfort Keepers has set up food-drive boxes to help local seniors and raise awareness for this growing epidemic that affects millions of older Americans trying to remain healthy and independent. While all non-perishable foods are welcome, items containing high levels of protein (hearty soups, protein bars, peanut butter, canned meat, beans, etc.) are especially appreciated. These items supplement the Senior Commodities Program, which distributes more than 5,500 boxes to seniors in the Sioux Empire each year. Please bring your donations to the specially marked boxes located in the atrium, Welcome Center and near the Caring Ministry office.

Compassionate Connections at First Lutheran. Our church frequently becomes a point of contact for those who find themselves in need of crisis support and are not sure where to turn. First Lutheran Church currently has the help of 5 trained volunteers to help the staff compassionately connect with such persons, and this small ministry has already made a significant impact in the life of our church! Anyone who is interested in getting involved should reach out to Pastor Katherine at or 339-1983, ext. 214. Training is always available for new volunteers, or we can find a way for you to support the ministry with a special donation of supplies.



Reformation Hymn Festival, Sunday, Oct. 29, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Join the Sioux Falls community and a 100-voice community choir, brass, violin, flute and organ, in singing the faith we share! Led by Dr. John Schwandt, Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma, and Dr. Steven Paulson, Professor of  Luther Scholar. Following the Festival, a German supper of bratwurst and German potato salad will be served ($5) in Reformation Hall. 

Free Tickets are required for the festival. Reserve today!

Children, Youth, Young Adults
and Families


Christmas Wreath Fundraiser is happening right now. Say what?! It’s only October! Well… you can cross this off your list. Order your wreath, garland, centerpieces and more – forms available in the bulletin or at the desk in the Welcome Center (where HyVee Cards are sold) or on the web at All forms must be turned in to the Youth and Family office by Sunday, Oct. 29.


Baby’s First Christmas – a brand new milestone for families with children birth-18 months will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. We will spend some time talking about holiday traditions and ways to incorporate our faith into our rituals. There will be a special gift and a photo taken for the children.

Reformation Sunday, October 29 – no classes. Scripture First for children and youth is cancelled on Reformation Sunday, October 29, so families can celebrate and worship together the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

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

Middle school Youth

MS Halloween Game Night is on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 – 10 p.m. Cost is $5 at the church. Friends are welcome (they need a Medical Release form available on line). Sign up in the Youth & Family office.

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. at the Einstein/Caribou (2300 S. Minnesota Ave.) Bring your Bibles. See you there!

Ninth Grade Confirmation Orientation/Class continues on Wednesdays, Oct. 18 & 25 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. We meet in the Friendship Room.

2018 National Youth Gathering is in Houston, Texas, June 25 to July 1. Information is available in the Youth & Family office or talk to Elias Youngquist, Youth Minister. You do not want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Young Adults

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. 

Bazaar News

FLCW Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 4


Bazaar Planning Monday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m., in the Gathering Room. Come see what you can do to help make this the best bazaar/community fundraiser ever!

Special Events

There will be a Bazaar Preview in the Welcome Center on Sunday, Oct. 8. Come and see some of the wonderful things you will see at our Nov. 4 Bazaar!

Volunteers needed

•    Attic Treasures - Last pricing day Oct.  17, 9 a.m. – noon, in the Upper Room. It’s a big job and many volunteers needed. Any amount of time will help!
•    Lefsa - If you can help make lefsa, please contact Barb Halstenson at 940-5929 or
•    Linen shop - help with measuring and ironing tablecloths for our Linen Shop at the church Bazaar. Call Betty DeBerg at 319-961-2227 if you will help. Linens pricing day on Tuesday, Oct. 7, starting at 9 a.m. in the Den. 
•    Rosette Makers on Monday, Oct. 30, in the Fellowship Hall. “On the job training” for those who have never made rosettes! Come enjoy the fun!
•    Volunteer the week of the Bazaar and/or day of the Bazaar
Click here to learn about all the volunteer opportunities

We need and want you to be involved! Many jobs are available!  You will have the time of your life!
Contact Jean Colon - 334-7718, or
Sandy Fink - 339-2933,


Unless otherwise noted, please leave donations for the Bazaar in the "Bazaar Box" located by the Atrium elevator. 
•    Attic Treasures is accepting donations through Oct. 15. Items must be in good, clean condition/working order. Fragile items should be wrapped and packaged to avoid damage. We cannot accept electronics, clothing or furniture. 
Attic Treasures items needed include:
•    All varieties of homemade baked goods and Scandinivan goodies:   flatbread, yeast bread, fruit bread, krumkakke, sandbakkels, fatigman, kringler, Norwegian almond wedding cakes, etc.; homemade canned goods. (Bring to church Friday, Nov. 3): 
•    Sweets and treats: Homemade candies (especially caramels, divinity, chocolate and peanut butter fudge, toffee, peanut brittle, etc.), Popcorn balls, Caramel corn, candy and caramel apples, chocolate covered pretzels, etc. 


Thank you to the many First Lutheran members and friends who have generously donated items for the Bazaar. Due to a few exceptional donations, this year Attic’s Treasure area will also have a Boutique shop with new, never used items including brands such as Lenox® Christmas ornaments and dishes, Christopher Radko® ornaments, Longaberger® and Peterboro® Baskets, Polish pottery and Swarovski® Crystal ornaments and animals. Please come and visit all the wonderful shops at the Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 4, and get a jump on your Christmas shopping.