stained glass window image First Lutheran Church of Aitkin
107 Second Street SE
Aitkin, Minnesota 56431
Office - 218-927-2028
Email -
For a map and directions to the church, click here.

Contemporary Services every 2nd and 5th Sundays.

Community Meal: Every Mondays & Thursdays at 5:00 pm -- 5:30. Everyone welcome!

Sunday Services
8:15 am & 10 a.m.
Communion on 1st and 3rd Sundays
(Sunday school 9:45—10:40 am
10:00-10:40 Small group Sunday School, joining parents for worship at 10:40 )

Nursery available during service

Saturday Evening Services
5 p.m.

Wednesday Evening Services
Worship/Supper 5:30 pm 

Listen to the Sunday 9:00 am service on FM radio station 94.3
Watch a rebroadcast at 10 a.m. Wednesdays on
Cable channel 181

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Worship Information



On-line Calendar
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Weekly Calendar &

Church Service Bulletins
-Narrative Lectionary Topics
-Narrative Lectionary Readings

Monthly Newsletter

Youth Newsletter

Mission Statement

Welcoming all to Jesus Christ through intergenerational worship, Christian Education, local service and global outreach.

Vision Statement

Becoming shepherds afield, taking the church where the sheep are pastured.

Church Values

* Trust and love in Jesus Christ
* Commitment to living God's Word
* Respect and care for all people
* Spiritual growth
* Service to the community

  • Reminder to all WELCA ladies…...We are meeting at 10 am on Tuesday December 6th to pack cookies. This will be followed
    by lunch at the 40 Club.

  • Sunday School Schedule for 2016-17

  • * Sunday Insert -- Giving Tree
    * Announcement Insert - Voyagers

    * Poinsettia Order Form for Christmas

  • Bus Trip to Mpls. Institute of Art for the Martin Luther display has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13th. Please let the church office or Deb Clark know if you are interested in going.

  • Annual Christmas Dinner at First Lutheran December 25th 11:30am—2pm Dine in, Take out or delivery 218-927-2028.
    Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy and all the trimmings!

  • Christmas Schedule

    Christmas Eve
    Saturday , December 24th
    3:00 pm - Family Oriented Candlelight Service
    5:00 pm  - Traditional Candlelight Service

    Christmas Day
    Sunday, December 25th
    10:00 am - Carols & Stories Service 

  • Church Keys: We are missing several outside door keys to the church – if you have key # 2, 50 or 69, please see Jill in the office or Dave Dickey. Also, if you have keys to the church that you do not need anymore – please turn them in for others to use.

  • THE GIVING TREE IS BACK As we look forward to the holidays,
    you will be able to give a special gift through “The Giving Tree” , our Extra Mile focus for December -- GOD’S GLOBAL BARNYARD. Your GIFTS of pigs, chicks, lambs, honey bees, school supplies, fruit tree seedlings, etc. help families move from hunger and poverty to financial independence. Gifts to God’s Global Barnyard support ELCA World Hunger sustainable development ministries,
    which include training, education, resources and much more to help communities care for animals and create new market opportunities like starting a small business selling eggs, meat
    or dairy products. These long-term, sustainable solutions ensure that these GOOD GIFTS last for more than a couple days or weeks.

    You can select an ornament from the tree. The donation amount for the item is noted on each ornament. Place your donation in an Extra Mile envelope. Checks can be written out to First Lutheran with the memo stating “Global Barnyard”. MAKE YOUR DONATION FOR ANY AMOUNT. KEEP the ornament. Place it on
    your tree or give it to the person you are honoring.

  • We would like to reform a committee to oversee Maria Chapel. Don Hagestuen would have ideas as to duties.

  • Please let the office know if you would like to receive all your mail from the church in your box instead of sent thru the post office. This will help the church save on postage, but may mean not seeing things in a timely manner.

  • Our new Nursery Attendant is Kim Thaemert. She will be working Sundays 9:45-11:15 am and Wednesdays 5:15-6:45 pm.

  • Our Ninth Graders and their Mentors
    Zack Benz - Steve Wilson
    Jon Blanchette - Don Hagestuen
    Alaina Chute - Pr. Bob Munneke
    Joe Cummings - Doug Landsverk
    Carter Dox - Tom & Chere Bruss
    Kendra Gruhlke - Lynne Kellerman
    Ellie McMillan - Sue Landsverk
    Abby Monse = Jill Sadlowsky
    Carter Olson = Jeannie Croatt
    Hannah Paulbeck - Judy Nelson
    Samuel Sadlowsky - Gary Clark
    Reagan Wilson - Wes Hoppe

  • *Small Group Leaders for 7th Grade - Krista Anderson, Amy Bukkila, Phil Martin, Kevin Peterson
    * Small Group Leaders for 8th Grade - Jenni Cline, Todd Kukowski, Val Thompson
    * 9th Grade Adult Leaders - Christine Bright, Dave McMillan
    * Soup Kitchen - Sari & John Olsen, Lisa Paulbeck
    * Coffee House Snacks/Kitchen - Terry Otto & Janet Peterson
    * Confirmation Leadership Team - Krista Anderson, Christine Bright, Amy Bukkila, Jenni Cline, Jeanie Collins, Lynne Kellerman, Todd Kukowski, Dave McMillan, Sari Olsen, Pastor Darrell Pedersen, Janet Peterson, Lisa Paulbeck, Val Thompson, Greg Smith-Council Facilitator

  • Sunday School Christmas Program: Come watch our Sunday School children’s Christmas Program on Sunday, December 11 at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. There will be a program and some singing. This service is hosted by the mission group that traveled to Jamaica.

  • Photo Display Board Update Carla Hakes and Walt & Nanci Sauerbrei will be taking photos after Worship for the next few weeks for those that do not have a photo on the display board and also for those that would like their picture updated.

  • National Youth Gathering (Summer of 2018) This journey is open to all students in Grades 8-11 in the 2016/2017 school year. Contact Jill Blanchette at 927-2028 for more information.

  • Greetings partners in faith: Habitat for Humanity is alive and well in Aitkin County. We are building a new home in Aitkin in
    2017 and doing repair projects this year. We can use volunteers and donations. Please donate your cans at Paulbeck’s or Ukura’s. Call us to donate your used appliances, furniture and new building materials. 218-927-5656 or PO Box 281 , Aitkin, MN 56431 or annschwartz@

  • Reminder: Those who work with the Youth are required to fill out the background check and submit it to the Church office. This includes all Sunday School Teachers, Confirmation Guides, Mentors, and anyone else that volunteers with our Youth.

    Blank forms are located in the Narthex Slat Wall Display.
    Thank You – Safety Committee

  • Crafting Get-Away at Camp
    Vermilion October 7-9 and
    November 4-6

  • The Strategic Planning Committee informational notes:

    NEW! NOTE #4
    * Note #2
    * Note #3

    Strategic Planning
    It is important to realize that Strategic Planning is a process. It will take as long as necessary to determine our current mission, vision and our key principles. If this process seems lengthy
    and laborious, it is and has been. Some of us are relatively new to the Strategic Planning Committee. Thankfully, there are others who have been deeply involved since its very beginning. For this, we need to be thankful for their dedication to this task and their commitment of time and energy to First Lutheran Church.

    To make a plan, one needs to collect information about First Lutheran and the community it serves. It sounds pretty simple!! In reality, it started over a year ago when a group of people
    got together to begin this process. We will attempt to share the start of this process with you as we continue on this journey.

    The Strategic Planning Process is grounded in the study of the book, The Mission Table – Renewing Congregation and Community by Stephen P. Bouman. In this book, Bouman, lays out the idea of how congregations become mission tables where we listen, people become engaged, and lives are restored.

    “Stay Tuned” , there is much more to share on this journey.

  • paving
    We are so THANKFUL for the beautiful paver stones andlandscaping being installed.

  • <<--- You can find links to the monthly newsletter, youth newsletter, church bulletins and narrative lectionary information in the column to the left. <<---

    *Book of Acts reading list
    *Volunteer sign-up sheets
    *Radio ministry, KUWAA, flower sign-up
    *Devotional booklets
    *Special offering envelopes
    *Voyageur Lutheran Ministry information

Upcoming Events

* Senior Choir Cantata, 12/17 at 5:00 pm; 12/18 at 8:15 am and 10:00 am

*December 18 — 2 Year Milestone Blessing at 10:00 am service

* December 20 — Blue Christmas Services, 11:00 am and 6:00 pm

* December 24th Christmas Eve Worship Services, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm

* December 25th: Christmas Worship Service 10:00 AM Christmas Day Meal 11:30 am


First Lutheran has a no-cancellation policy in regard to worship services.

No matter what the weather, worship will not be cancelled. DO NOT put yourself in danger, but if you can make it to church, please know that the building will be open and worship will happen.

This applies to Saturday evening, Sunday morning, and Wednesday evening.

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