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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
Property Needs List
Sunday School year will begin on Sunday,
September 18, 9:45 – 10:40 am
• 9:45-10:00 Large group Sunday School programming
in God’s Garden (kids choir, puppet ministry,
guest leaders, games, Bible lessons)
• 10:00-10:40 Small group Sunday School in individual
• The children will join the adults for worship at
10:40 at the front of the sanctuary for children’s
message and stay for the remainder of worship.
up a registration form in the
church office. OR Download: Registration, Health and Release Form for
Sunday School & Youth Events
We look forward
to walking with you and
your children during their faith journey this year.
“Holy Cow” Festival:
The weekend of Oct. 1 and 2 will
be a celebration of what First Lutheran has
been doing in support of domestic and
global missions. Holy Cow! Look what
we’ve done for world hunger! Rev. Robin
Brown from the ELCA World Hunger
office, will be the guest speaker.
The Missions Committee is hosting
a barnyard grazing meal and activities for
families and all to have fun while learning
about the great work we are involved
with. You might even win a Bingo prize!
Plan to stay (or return) for the festival
following the second service on Oct. 2.
Holy Cow! Party
You Won’t Want to Be in
the Pasture for This Cow
Yes, the cows are coming home to First Lutheran
and we are invited to share in a fun
celebration! Holy Cow! Party ‘Til The Cows
Come Home Barnyard Grazing Meal Sunday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m., just after the second
worship service. We will celebrate
Global Missions Weekend on Saturday and
Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Please join us as we
share insights about current local and world
hunger issues, celebrate the support of our
church family, and ask for noisy (and not-sonoisy)
contributions to continue our great
Our guest speaker for the weekend is the
Rev. Robin Brown, Associate Director for
Congregational Support with ELCA World
Jamaica Mission Trip Pampered Chef
The Jamaica Mission Trip Team will be holding a
Pampered Chef Fundraiser at the Church on October
1 and 2 after all services in the Fellowship
Hall. Products will be displayed in the Fellowship
hall after the Saturday evening service on October
1 and after all Sunday Services on October
The Pampered Chef has all kinds of products
for your cooking and entertaining needs. There
are even new kids cooking sets that would make
great gifts! Come join us and check out the new
Fall/Winter products! Catalogs and order forms
will be available from a Jamaica Team Member
beginning September 27 after the second service
and also in the church office. Any questions?
See a Jamaica Trip Team Member or contact
Colleen Chute at 218-670-0194.
New Directories Are Complete!
Please notify the office
if any corrections are
needed. These will be
done as the directory is
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.
Freed & Renewed in Christ -- 500 years of God's grace in action!
If you are interested in helping with this
journey, please contact Deb Clark at 218-927
-3243 or the church office at 218-927-2028.
We will begin meeting in September. Please
watch for the date.
"My Neighbor is Muslim"
Adult Education Classes begin September
18 thru October 23 between services.
125th Anniversary Celebration at
St. John’s Lutheran Church of Cedarbrook
Sunday, September 25, 2016
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 –
Fall Work Day at Camp Vermilion
Youth Work Weekend at Camp
Vermilion September 23-24
Fall Festival at Camp Hiawatha
October 9, 2:00-5:00 PM
Adventure Weekend at Camp
Vermilion Ages 10 and up
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
* September 18 — October 23 "My Neighbor is Muslim Adult Ed Class"
* October 1 & 2—Global Missions Festival
* October 9—2 Year Old Milestone
* October 16—3 Year Old Milestone
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.