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.
In September’s newsletter entitled “Full of Change”, I wrote about transition. The changing seasons, the new HVAC system, and the laments of what could have been. Since last June, I have seen a lot of change, and since the September newsletter I have experienced a lot of personal change….READ MORE
As a North Dakota native, I continue to be one who is thankful to live in a place where all the seasons of the year can be experienced. Having said that, this year I am feeling that winter has been celebrated long enough…I am anxious to put away the stuff of winter and hear the sounds of water gushing into the storm drains again. I look forward to the green of new grass and the smell of soft earth….READ MORE
4Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7….READ MORE
A parishioner recently told me that its ‘too hot outside’ for December. I, for one, am not complaining! But the parishioner went on to say that the world will soon end because the warmth outside and the recent earthquake in Alaska tell us that we are in the ‘last days’ as scripture tells us. The parishioner told me that Alaska never has earthquakes and so this is a sure ‘sign’. Actually, Alaska has far more earthquakes every year than any other state in the union. The parishioner was anxious and worried about all the ‘signs’….READ MORE
I love the lights, sounds, and smells of Advent and Christmas. Each one seems to remind me of happy memories, youthful longings, and a sense of belonging. I remember one Christmas my grandma Mac gave me a gift that was placed in a reusable bag. I was a deeply religious high school student and my grandma, the only other Christian in my family, thought I would love this reusable bag which stated in bright bold words, “Jesus is the Reason for the SEASON!” At the time, I was less than impressed. Still, I professed my love of it like any good grand-daughter would do…..READ MORE
A recent issue of “Living Lutheran”, the monthly magazine of the ELCA featured an article entitled “Ventures in Growing Stewards” for congregations. In doing some additional reading and ‘ingathering’ of material for our own stewardship education, I came upon some material from Rev. Scott Jacob, who serves as pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Two Harbors, MN, a logging and mining community in the Iron Range of that state. His insight comes under the theme of “How Much is Enough?” His primary emphasis is this: “Is Faithful Stewardship Possible in a Consumer Culture?”…READ MORE
September and October are always full of change. This time of year marks the end of summer, the beginning of autumn, and the all too soon arrival of winter. We quite literally move from long days of light and warmth to long and growing days of darkness and cold. This time of year also marks the transition from the childhood glory of summer, to the hard reality of school, and a never ending list of opportunities that there never seems time to do….READ MORE
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
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
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