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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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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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Special congregational meeting

On Sunday, September 17th, we had a special congregational meeting at 9:30A.M. in the sanctuary regarding proposed facility infrastructure improvements. I gave a power point presentation that covered the following:….READ MORE

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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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