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!

Tuesday, April 2, 2:30 p.m.
Primrose Retirement Communities
7400 Louise Ave, Sioux Falls 

Wednesday, April 3, 2 p.m.
Bethany Meadows
3008 E. Aspen Blvd., Brandon

Thursday, April 4, 1:30 p.m.
Touchmark at All Saints
111 W. 17th St., Sioux Falls 

Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
The Lodge at Prairie Creek
4400 W. Creekside Cir., Sioux Falls

Tuesday, April 16, 2:30 p.m.
Stoneybrook Suites Assisted Living
4501 E. Pampas Pl., Sioux Falls

Wednesday, April 17, 3 p.m.
Good Samaritan Society
401 W. 2nd St., Sioux Falls 

Thursday, April 18, 3 p.m.
Good Samaritan Society - Luther Manor
1500 W. 38th St., Sioux Falls

Monday, April 22, 2:30 p.m.
Inn on Westport
4000 S. Westport Ave., Sioux Falls