Weekly Calendar &
Church Service Bulletins
With God’s love we embrace one another, our neighbors, and all creation.
Doing God’s work with our hands by providing:
Spiritual growth for all
Opportunities for living out our Christian faith
Support of our mission and ministries
TRUST and LOVE Jesus Christ
COMMIT to living God’s Word
PRACTICE hospitality with welcoming and kindness
RESPECT and CARE for all creation
SERVE our community
LIVE as generous stewards
March 26 — Forum following both services on Habitat Build
by Tom Plagman in Portugal.
April 9—Palm Sunday Worship 8:15 & 10am
April 11—Congregational Seder Meal—6pm (RSVP needed)
April 13—Maundy Thursday—Worship Services 12 & 7pm,
Youth Seder Meal 5:30pm, First Holy Communion 7pm
April 14—Good Friday—Office Closed, Worship Service 12:00
pm; Worship Service/Stations of the Cross 8:00pm
April 16—EASTER SUNDAY—Worship Services; 6:30, 8:15&
10am. Easter breakfast 7:30—10am.
Click here for Holy Week Schedule
Sunday Bulletin Insert-- Scout Recognition Sunday
Easter Plant & Chicks Order Envelope
April 4, 1:00 WELCA Meeting
Program led by Jean Prickett on healthy
living through exercise
The Passover Seder is a Jewish ritual feast
that marks the beginning of the Jewish
holiday of Passover. It is a ritual performed
by a community, involving a retelling of the
story of the liberation of the Israelites from
slavery in ancient Egypt. Traditionally,
families and friends gather in the evening
to read the text of the Haggadah and
includes telling the story, discussing the
story, drinking four cups of wine or grape
juice, eating matza, partaking of symbolic
foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate,
and reclining in celebration of freedom.
This meal is the same meal Jesus would
have been involved in at the Last Supper,
which is why it is taking place during Holy
Week at First Lutheran on Tuesday, April
11th, at 6 pm. If you wish to come to the
dinner and/or help with preparing it during
the day, please contact the church office.
There will be a free will offering to cover
the cost. Reservations are needed.
Salem WEST Fire
Arson partially destroyed Salem WEST in Deerwood—a donation site that
helps thousands of families each year—early Wednesday morning March
1. Let us pray for them in the wake of this horrible tragedy. They
are in dire need of household items, dishes, silverware, bedding,
dressers, nightstands and small appliances. They also need new
cribs, and mattresses (in the packaging) or of course monetary
donations. Donations can be dropped off at Salem Lutheran Church in
Deerwood. Cash donations can be sent to Deerwood Bank – clearly mark
it “For: Salem West Fire Fund”
EASTER MORNING BREAKFAST
APRIL 16, 2017
7:30 AM—10:00 AM
Served by the high
attending the 2018
Menu—Biscuits & Sausage Gravy,
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sweet Bread,
Suggested Donation is 5.00 per person.
All proceeds will
offset the cost of
the kids traveling
to and attending
the 2018 National
SILENT AUCTION—DONATINONS NEEDED
Auction starts Friday 4/7, items due by
4/6. Deliver to Church Office or call Dori
Reformation Roots Adult Forum --
The Adult Forum will be held on April 2, 9,
23, 30, May 7, and 21st at 9:15 am between
services in the Library. It is the church
history DVD series on the Reformation
Roots. The first week will be “From Night
to Dawn”. The second
week will be “From
Bondage to Freedom”.
The Forums will probably
finish in the summer or
early fall. Please contact
Deb Clark at 612-816-9749
if you have any questions.
We want to mail all 30 of our College
students a package while studying for
finals. We are asking for donations that
we can send to each student during finals
week. Great ideas are popcorn, granola
bars, fruit snacks, chocolate, gift cards to
Subway, Starbucks, Caribou, MacD’s etc.
or even a personal note. There will be
containers/baskets located in the Narthex
hallway for you to place your donation.
Deadline is Sunday April 23rd. Thanks!!!!!!
The MONTH of MAY is College Scholarship month. Click here to download the application.2017-18 College Scholarship Application
is also available in the church office.
Applications must be turned in to the
church office no later than June 1, 2017.
Mark your calendar! Save the Date!
First Lutheran Church
Home Celebration Sunday, May 14, 2017 All are welcome.
Invite your families—Tell your neighbors!
*Worship - 10am, Dinner - 12 Noon,
*Program - 1pm
*Special guests and old friends.
Dinner tickets on sale now (in the office):
$10.00 Adult $5.00 Kids 10 & under
Please notice that the Mission, Vision and Church Values on the left side of this page have changed. They were voted upon during the annual congregational meeting.
Propery Wish List
2017-18 College Scholarship Application is available in the church office and on First Lutheran Church Website. Applications must be turned in to the church office no later than June 1, 2017. Our Ministry will be giving a Minimum $750 scholarship to One ELCA College student and a minimum $500 scholarship to one non-ELCA College student.
Sunday May 14th is Senior Recognition Day for all of First Lutheran Seniors. Join us for cake after each worship service. All donations will help fund the College Scholarship Ministry. Last year our Ministry gave out two scholarships in the total amount of $1,750! Thank you, First Lutheran for your generous offerings!
The link to the Wednesday evening supper menus has moved. It is now in the box at the top of this page where the services are listed.
The high school kids that are attending 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
in Houston, TX are planning a First Lutheran 125th Anniversary
Cookbook. These cookbooks will be on sale late in the year 2017. We
need our entire congregation’s help in gathering recipes to be
published. All sorts of recipes are needed! These books can serve as
a snapshot and a way to record our church’s history. Please talk it
up amongst your Bible study groups, your families, and your
neighbors. Dig deep in your cupboards and submit as many recipes as
you would like…we want your favorites. Help make this a great
publication! Oh…if anyone has FLC pictures throughout history, we
would love to include those. We will copy and return the photos :)
Please submit your photos and neatly printed recipes to Lori Packer
or Dori McMillan, mailbox #44 (please include your name on the
recipes and photos). They can be hand printed or computer
The Aitkin Children's Center Parent Advisory Council will have a
children's garage sale and bake sale. They are looking for bake sale
donations. The profits from this fundraiser are used for the special
events at the children's center throughout the year. Items requested
include: any bake sale item (such as cookies, bars, bread, cakes,
jams, salsas, or any canned items). Drop off the item at the ACC on
W -F March 8-10. If any questions please contact
Colleen Krohn (612) 201-4102.
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.
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
Thank You –
The Strategic Planning Committee informational notes:
NEW! NOTE #4
* Note #2
* Note #3
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.
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