Holy week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday on April 21, and it begins this weekend on Palm Sunday. At First we invite you to worship EVERY DAY during Holy Week! Prepare for worship by listening to our Holy Week playlist, available for streaming on YouTube.
REMINDER: Applications for the Mabel Anderson Scholarship need to be turned into the church office by 3pm on Monday, April 15, 2019.
The Sunshine Boys & Girls gather each month on the second Thursday at 9am. Next meeting: Thursday, April 11 at 9am.
The Sunshine Boys & Girls are an informal group that perform a variety of necessary tasks around the church; such as grounds clean-up, minor repairs, and other small jobs. Rolls and coffee are supplied to replenish your reserves! Dues are free!
The Sunshine Boys & Girls are led by Mike Peper, head custodian at First Lutheran. Contact Mike with any questions.
Do you have a passion for sustainability? Ideas for how we at First Lutheran can become an “eco-congregation”? A desire to be a good steward to our land? Please join our new small group that aims to move toward being a more eco-friendly congregation.
Help is needed for chicken dinner youth fundraiser on April 25, 2019
Churchwide Assembly (CWA), the triennial gathering of voting members from around the entire ELCA, is meeting this year in our own state… at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, August 5-10. YOU are invited to consider attending the 2019 CWA as a volunteer; approximately 600 volunteers will be needed to serve as ushers or greeters, provide tech support, etc. Learn more about specific volunteer positions at 1stlu.org/cwa.
I spend my life helping people see and know God as a god who loves them beyond a doubt and is always as close as their breath, but I had forgotten that for myself somewhere along the way.
Pottery was the other art form I learned and practiced while in Bozeman. I had the great privilege of learning from Carl Sheehan, a working potter and teacher best known for his work with Yellowstone National Park. He was the most patient teacher I have ever worked with, calmly coaching me as I tried hard not to mess up.
I hope and pray for many things all the time. I hope and pray for my daughters, my husband, my friends, my co-workers, my church, plus many other things. I hope and pray for good spouses for my daughters, a good work environment for my husband, that my friends will have all that they need, my co-workers have energy to do all that God has called them to do and that my church may show the love of Christ to one another and to all who come to visit us. These are just a few of my hopes and prayers; sometimes my prayers are very specific, sometimes general, but my hope is always grounded in God’s will for those I pray for.
The OWLs event to tour Rochester, MN by trolley on Friday, April 4, 2019 has been canceled, as the event planners (Brian and Mary Narveson) needed to extend their stay in Colorado (Mary hurt her hip while skiing). The Narvesons thank everyone for their understanding.
Hello Sunday School Families! Effective Sunday, March 31, openings for K-5 have changed as follows…
Join certified spiritual director Carla Stanton for a weekend of holy solitude at Sugar Creek Bible Camp, from Friday evening, March 29 through Sunday morning, March 31.
Reg deadline THIS Friday, Mar. 22.
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes…” (and God’s love, of course)! So with all that in mind, we want to invite accountants, tax-preparers, financial advisors and others in the financial industry to join us for worship on Sunday, Mar. 10, to receive a special blessing during this busy time of year.
What does Mickey Mouse have to do with creativity and sabbatical? Find out TONIGHT at the Sabbatical Together: Fat Tuesday Art Gala! 6-8pm in the Narthex at First Lutheran!
From weavings, to photography, to ceramics, celebrate an evening of art and discovery at First! Join Pastor Karyn TONIGHT, 6–8pm, as she shares her sabbatical experience through art and story. Artwork created by her during her travel AND by congregation members are on display. Enjoy a night of art and fellowship, and experience the wonder of sabbatical.
CONFIRMANDS: attendance at this event will count toward one of your yearly confirmation electives.
This summer First Lutheran will be a pick up location for the Small Family Farm CSA (community supported agriculture), on Wednesdays, 11am-6pm… so you can pick up your produce and then attend worship! Price increases April 1. More info: smallfamilycsa.com.
For the latest on Lenten worship services, devotions and activities add our Lent Devotion Calendar to your calendar app. CLICK HERE to add our Lent calendar to yours.
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We have several grade school children who love to help on Sunday mornings. Almost every Sunday one of these precious children will come up to me and ask if they can help with ushering or acolyting. When I say “yes,” their faces light up with eagerness and joy. When I say “no, we have what we need,” their faces become dejected; a frown and even sometimes a pout, will appear. These young ones love to serve. They have a heart that is willing and able to serve with love and eagerness.
Clothes Closet Needs:
Donations to the First Teen Clothes Closet have been steadily rolling in, but we have a few empty spaces on specific shelves. What we need (clean and gently-used, please!):
Athletic shorts (guys and girls, especially larger sizes)
Sweatshirts and hoodies (especially XXL)
Men’s jeans — size 38, 40 & 44 waist
Guys athletic and lounge pants
Clothes Closet Help Wanted:
The First Teen Clothes Closet needs you! As we serve more than 2x as many youth, that means more clothes to sort, more hosts needed, and more hands to organize. Could you spend 3:30-6:30pm on a Monday hosting shopping hours? Or a couple of hours a week—at your convenience—sorting donations at the house or “resetting” the Closet after a busy night? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you or someone you know have an interest in being a servant leader, living and serving alongside one of the ELCA’s global companions? ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) is a one-year international service-learning and faith-formation opportunity for young adults, ages 21 to 29. Young adults serve alongside Lutheran companion church bodies and organizations in one of 11 country programs, being shaped by the witness of our global neighbors in a cross-cultural journey of faith. Service opportunities exist in Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, Serbia, Cambodia, Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homelessness, addiction recovery, women’s issues, and children and youth. All site placements provide opportunities for young adults to confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, economic disparity and globalization through the lens of faith. Applications are open now through Feb. 15, 2019. Learn more and apply TODAY: elca.org/YAGM.