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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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Change is not easy!

Things are picking up at First Lutheran. School is around the corner and this means church school and changing back to our regular worship times and routines [like LAF]. Thank you for your openness and prayers as we have been doing the hard work of transitioning to call a new administrative pastor. Change is not always easy. I have experienced many changes in my life so I sometimes forget how hard change can be….READ MORE

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Sharing of God’s peace

Christ Lutheran Church in Hammond was my home congregation. When I was in middle school and high school it felt like a sanctuary. I fell in love with worship there, discovered my voice, and learned to love God. It will always be a lasting and important part of my journey.
My favorite part of worship was the sharing of God’s peace. Those that know me, know that I am an introvert. When I am with people I don’t know, I have to push myself to engage. In a lot of ways since those early church days, I have learned to function in a completely different way. So isn’t it interesting, the sharing of God’s peace was my favorite part of worship? For me, it was an answer to a young girl’s prayer….READ MORE 

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Let’s get to know one another!

Born November 10, 1955, I am 63 years old. I’m married to Rev. Julie Anderson who is a Pastor with Good Shepherd of Bismarck. We have 2 children, Charlene & Trent….READ MORE

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Staff Changes

As the month of April comes to an end, First Lutheran of Mandan will be going through some staff changes. First and foremost, I invite all of you to celebrate with us April 28th after the 11:45 service.   As Pastor Lee Herberg has decided to retire, we will be thanking him for his years of service at First Lutheran and the ministry he has provided for us. I use the word “Celebrate” as we will continue to thank God that Pastor Lee gifted all of us with his presence when he answered the call to First Lutheran….READ MORE

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Full of Change

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

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The Church season of Lent

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

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Love is patient, love is kind…..

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

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There will be signs in the sun, the moon and the stars

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

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lights, sounds, and smells of Advent and Christmas

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

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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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