Pastoral Care and Visitation

Nursing Home and Homebound Visits

Visitation pastors make monthly visits to those who are homebound and to nursing home residents, providing Holy Communion and devotional time. Twice a year, the pastors conduct worship in nine local care centers. If you become aware of a homebound member who is not receiving regular visitation, contact Donna Jahr.

Hospital Visitation

The pastoral care staff maintains regular contact with the hospitalized and the recuperating. Visits are made to Avera McKennan Hospital, Avera Behavioral Center, Avera Heart Hospital, Sanford Health Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and hospice locations each weekday and other times as necessary. If you know of a member or friend of First Lutheran who enters the hospital through emergency services, please contact Donna Jahr.


In times of emergency, please call the church office Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (605) 336-3734. For evening, weekend, and holiday emergencies, a pastor is on-call at (605) 323-7667. One of the pastors will be contacted immediately.


Maggie and David Performances

As part of First Lutheran's Caring Ministry, Pastor David Houck and his wife Margaret, known by their stage name Maggie and David, perform a program of popular music of decades past, Christian hymns, scripture, prayer, and spoken words of encouragement at area retirement centers and memory care facilities. Everyone is invited to attend!

Thursday, December 6, 3 p.m.
Good Samaritan Luther Manor | 1500 West 38th Street, Sioux Falls

Monday, December 10, 6:30 p.m.
Inn on Westport | 4000 South Westport Avenue, Sioux Falls

Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.
Good Samaritan, Prairie Creek | 4400 West Creekside Drive, Sioux Falls

Tuesday, December 18, 2 p.m.
Edgewood Vista | 3409 East 5th Street, Sioux Falls

Monday, December 31, 6 p.m. | New Year’s Eve Special
Grand Living at Lake Lorraine | 2815 South Westlake Drive, Sioux Falls