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Welcoming all to Jesus Christ through intergenerational worship, Christian Education, local service and global outreach.
Becoming shepherds afield, taking the church where the sheep are pastured.
* 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
* 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
Turkey, potatoes, stuffing,
gravy and all the trimmings!
Saturday , December 24th
3:00 pm - Family Oriented Candlelight Service
5:00 pm - Traditional Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 25th
10:00 am - Carols & Stories Service
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
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,
* 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
Thank You –
Crafting Get-Away at Camp
Vermilion October 7-9 and
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.
“Stay Tuned” , there is much more to share on
We are so THANKFUL for the
beautiful paver stones andlandscaping being installed.
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CURRENT FORMS AND INFO TO FIND
IN THE NARTHEX
*Book of Acts reading list
*Volunteer sign-up sheets
*Radio ministry, KUWAA, flower sign-up
*Special offering envelopes
*Voyageur Lutheran Ministry information
* 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
NO-CANCELLATION POLICY -
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.