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First Lutheran is a growing and vibrant congregation.  We offer a variety of worship, Bible reflection, music and small group opportunities.  We invite you to visit on a Sunday morning or a Wednesday evening for worship.  You are important to us and we wish to share the message of God’s love with you.

 

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It’s a ever changing time

On Thursday, August 16th, we lost the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin to the bonds of heaven. I was always a big Aretha fan, as ‘rhythm and blues’ is one of my favorite genres of music, and no one since Ella Fitzgerald could ’phrase’ like Aretha…..READ MORE

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Just imagine…..

This past June, 25 youth and 4 adults from our congregation traveled to Houston, Texas for the National Youth Gathering. So what is a youth gathering? It is a coming together of youth and adults to praise Jesus and to serve our neighbor. The National Youth Gathering for the ELCA is the largest youth gathering of its kind in the United States. At this gathering we worshiped together with over 30,000 other ELCA Lutherans!….READ MORE

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Excitement & Expectation

Children seem to have the ability to remain excited about daily life, while we adults often find ourselves enduring. I used to have the opinion that excitement and expectation were qualities reserved for children…a fleeting emotion that flies away when we finish school and discover the working, bill-paying world….READ MORE

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Spring is a time filled with possibility!

As I write this we have been longingly and expectedly waiting for spring. Even as we come to the end of Easter looking to Pentecost, and the time after Pentecost (the green season in the church year that never seems to end), we haven’t quite made it to spring. We have celebrated the resurrection, a time of rebirth and growth, and still we wait. I pray that by the time this newsletter goes out spring has come. Yet, part of me, the negative side thinks perhaps there is one more snow storm waiting just around the corner….READ MORE

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We are now in the season of Easter and spring…resurrection

This past Friday, March 16th, I saw my first sign of coming spring, a robin sitting on the top of the large evergreen tree across the street on the south side of the church parking lot. I had just got out of the car for work that day when the robin flew by and soared to the top of that tree and started singing….READ MORE

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Walk Dusty

This month, Lent is still in full swing. It is a season in the church, filled with songs in minor keys, dark colors like purple and black, and scripture passages that bring us ever closer to the crucifixion….READ MORE

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Lent….a time for the ‘springtime of the soul’

This year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. We will celebrate the gift of love at the same time that we are pondering our own mortality….READ MORE

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What now?

Before Russell and I got married there was a lot of preparation. There was the venue to find, the church service to plan, flowers to purchase, not to mention the cake, invitations, party favors, etc. It took a long time to prepare for. When the day finally came, it was over before I could even enjoy our cake. All that time, all the preparation, and then it was over. I found myself saying, “What now?”….READ MORE

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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth

Revelation 21:1-7
1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”5And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. NSRV….READ MORE

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Blessed Be Your Name

My family is not religious. Yet every year as we gathered around my grandmother’s large table for Thanksgiving, we each in turn shared what we were thankful for the past year. Any answer would do as long as it was a blessing. Afterward my grandfather would say a prayer. It was then time to eat the excellently prepared turkey complete with all the fix ‘ins….READ MORE

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