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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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The quiet before the storm!

Rally Day is around the corner, and as I write this the stores are busy helping last minute shoppers stock up for the beginning of school. We are about to start the fall rush of activities, school assignments, and church education. If you sit still and listen, you can almost hear the metaphorical intake of breath; the quiet before the storm….READ MORE

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“And God made a wind blow over the earth…” Genesis 8 NRSV

The term ‘wind’ occurs frequently in scripture, over 200 times in the old and new testaments. In the first chapter of Genesis, we already are introduced to the reality of wind in the second verse where we read “while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.”….READ MORE

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Life is full beyond measure

We are in the midst of preparing for summer.  June will bring VBS; July will bring the Mission Trip.  Then before you can blink, August will begin with its many meetings, activities, and school time preparations….READ MORE

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The seed of faith that is planted in us. Will it grow?

Matthew 13:3-9

 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!”   NRSV….READ MORE

 

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Easter Sunday is fast approaching

Every Easter Sunday growing up we ate lunch at my Grandma M’s house. As long as I can remember, all my aunts, uncles, and cousins were there.   Then of course there was the Easter egg hunt! The adults would hide the Easter eggs in various places around the house and set a gang of kids loose to find them….READ MORE

 

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Ordinary, Yet Sacred

As I speak of the seasons of nature, I lift up for you the church season of Lent which will arrive on Wednesday, March 1st with the observance of Ash Wednesday. We will be entering a season of 40 days, not including Sundays, leading up to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 16th. This year we are trying something new!….READ MORE

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God Loves You!

“He loves me. He loves me not.” or “She loves me. She loves me not.” Who among us hasn’t plucked the petals of a flower saying those exact words with each tug? Each of us hoping the last petal might reveal the answer we are longing for. I certainly did as a child….READ MORE

 

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The season of Epiphany

Most of us probably don’t spend too much time focusing on the season of Epiphany. After the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, we probably would like to settle down for ‘a long winter’s nap.’ I thought I would share with you some traditions from other parts of the United States that were rooted in our nation’s history and some that are still practiced today. Perhaps we can start a tradition of our own for this season of Epiphany. We will probably stay away from the fruitcake ideas however. This material is from Wikipedia….READ MORE

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Preparing for Christmas!

Advent is a time when God’s people are asked to wait; to wait to celebrate the birth of Christ; to wait for light to come into a dark world. Wait….READ MORE

 

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Stewardship

Lisa Ahlness, an Assistant to Bishop Mark Narum of the Western North Dakota Synod has been leading an ongoing workshop 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 Assistant to the Bishop for the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA. He lives 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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