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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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Ventures in Growing Stewards

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

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Full of Change

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

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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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