News Notes: Oct. 21–Nov. 4

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Classes & Events

Stepping into Health. Harvard Medical School indicates that walking is a boon to overall health with a host of benefits. Consider registering for the Holistic Health’s next walking/running session November 1 – January 31. Join the group of First Lutheran members who embrace the healthy benefits of walking/running. Registration and information will be available between services in the Gathering Room on Oct. 28 or email

Project CAR – Soup, Sandwich and Sweets Day – Thursday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 4:30–7 p.m. in Reformation Hall. This is Project CAR's annual fundraiser. Don't miss a tasty lunch or supper and enjoy a choice of three soups, pork loin sandwich and homemade desserts. Take out available – call 332-2777.

Thursday Night Fireside Forums continue, Oct. 25 & Nov. 8, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Does God take chances? Run risks? Know what you are going to do before you make up your mind? Do we have free will, and does it matter? What about predestination? Do miracles happen today? What makes an occurrence a miracle anyway? Is faith mainly belief? Trust? Is faith compatible with doubt? Does God pick winners in games of chance? How does God figure in the random mutations of evolutionary theory? These are controversial issues on which Christians disagree. They will be explored in a three-week Fireside Forum series. LaMoyne Pederson, emeritus professor of philosophy at Augustana University and long-time member of First Lutheran will offer comments and lead the discussion. The class will meet on three Thursday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Friendship Room. Come as you are able. Refreshments will be served.

Refresh and Renew with Ruth: A Mini-Retreat for Adults – Nov. 9–10. First Lutheran Church is excited to offer a mini-retreat this fall, intended to refresh and renew the souls of those who participate. We will study together the book of Ruth, reflecting on its rich themes of loyalty, faithfulness, integrity, friendship, and faith. The retreat will be hosted at Tuthill House and Garden in Sioux Falls with food provided, and participants will sleep in their own homes at night between the sessions. Kathleen Moulton, M.Div, will be our guest presenter. More details on the retreat, including a tentative schedule and registration information, can be found online at or pick up a brochure at the Information Desk. Limited to 20 participants. Register soon!

Around the Church

Wednesday Night Meals meet each week from 5–6 p.m. in Reformation Hall. Cost of the meal is $5 and $3 for children ages 6 and under. Check out for a listing of the meals. Bring your friends!

The Meals from the Heart freezer is full. You will find chicken and wild rice, chicken and stuffing, roadside potatoes (like scalloped potatoes and ham), Charlotte’s retreat (like goulash with vegetables), angel hair pasta, jambalaya, calico beans and desserts. The meals are for anyone. The receiver may be a member, a neighbor, a friend, a family member, or a co-worker. Meals are in the freezer in Luther Lounge. Please ask for the key at the Information Desk. Uplift someone with the meals, sharing the love of our Savior, Jesus the Christ.

Attention! First Lutheran veterans and active duty service members. For our November meeting, WELCA is planning "A Salute to our Veterans." In order to do this, we need to know who you are! Please contact Marcia Huffman at 526-4322 or 360-4168, or Kathy Stelzer at 332-1820 or 595-8442. Then plan to join us on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. so we are able to thank you for your service and honor your dedication to our country. An All-American program is planned with our veterans and active duty members as our guests.

Bazaar 2018 is right around the corner. The 2018 Bazaar is Saturday November 3, 9 a.m. –3 p.m., and it’s not too late to share your talents. Baked goods, candies and lefse can be brought to church on Friday, Nov. 2. Crafts, jams, and jellies should be brought earlier in the week. Volunteers are also needed. We have a spot for you! Invite your friends and family to come and make this mission project a success. Please contact Sharyl Wolf, Bazaar Chair, at 521-1026 (call or text); email; or leave your name and phone number at the church reception desk.

Youth & Family

– Families –

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

FLC Trunk or Treat – Wednesday, October 31, we are hosting a Trunk or Treat event in our parking lot! Bring your children for a fun and safe night of trick or treating. Or sign up in the Youth & Family office to bring your own decorated trunk and celebrate Halloween with the neighborhood. Our neighbors at United Methodist across Minnesota Ave. are also hosting Trunk or Treat night!

– Children –

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Children’s Scripture First meets Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary and Sundays from 9:30–10:30 a.m., in the Chapel. Remember to check your children in and get a name badge!

– Middle School –

Middle School Confirmation meets on Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. We meet in the Sanctuary. Sit with your small groups please and bring your binders and Bibles! ! (No class on Oct. 31 – join us for the Trunk or Treat festivities!)

Middle School Halloween Game Night is Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30–10 p.m. Join us for a night filled with Halloween games, pizza decorating competition, a Bible Lesson and more. Cost is $5 to cover pizza and supplies. Sign up in the Youth Family office or email by Wednesday, 10/24 so we know how many to plan for.

Sunday Morning Donuts & Prayer. So many things are happening on Sunday mornings for middle and high school youth. Stop by the Parish Meeting Room (PMR), located just east of the Youth & Family offices to grab some nourishment and a prayer for your day in-between services!

– High School –

High School Bible Studies meet on Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. Both groups meet at Caribou/Einstein Bagels on Minnesota Avenue. Bring your Bible and a friend. Contact Elias with any questions,

Fundraiser Christmas Wreaths and Greenery order forms are available at the Welcome Center desk where HyVee Cards are sold. Order forms are DUE on October 28. Proceeds benefit our summer camps and mission trips.

Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation for our high school sophomores will be on Sunday, November 4, at 2 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Please join us in praying for these 21 young adults as they celebrate being claimed by God.

– young adults –

4:12 Darts & Dario’s will be Sunday, November 11, 6–9 p.m. Darts is on us. Food is on your own. (Childcare at the church 5:30–9:30 p.m.). 4:12 is Christian adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s experiencing ministries through a balance of fellowship, life sharing, spiritual growth and outreach.

2019 Mission Trip to Peru with Corazon de Esperanza - an organization that works with several great ministries including a transitional home for young adults as they age out of the orphanage, a couple of orphanages and a ministry that helps women learn different crafts so they can make money for their families. There will also be time to learn about the culture, see the ocean and more! Go to for more information. Cost is $2,200 but First Lutheran will help you raise half that amount and give you some opportunities to raise at least some of the rest!