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!

Wednesday January 16, 3 p.m.
Good Samaritan Society 401 W 2nd St.

Friday January 18, 2 p.m.
Bethany Meadows, 3008 E. Aspen Blvd Brandon SD

 Tuesday January 22, 3 p.m.
Stoneybrook Suites Assisted Living 4501 E Pampas Pl. 

Thursday January 23, 1:30 p.m.
Touchmark at All Saints, 111 W 17th St.