Mission Celebration Sunday, Dec 14, 2022

Keep going, keep growing is our Stewardship Theme for 2022.

It is inspired by this powerful verse of encouragement from Philippians 4:9: Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

On December 4, the congregation gathered for our Quarterly Budget meeting to plan our mission for 2023.  

Our ministry is vital and generous—and our entire community is blessed—because of your gifts of timetalent, and treasure.  Keep going!

June 13, 2022 Outages

Hello! The lightning storm on June 13 interfered with a few church systems. As of Sunday, June 19, phone lines, internet and firewall have been restored, and sanctuary HVAC and lighting is in process.

We thank our utility workers and several local companies helping us troubleshoot solutions. We are working with insurance for safety inspections, and expect a full return of the building’s operations. In the meantime, since lightning can cause idiosyncratic failures in circuitry, if there is something you notice out of order in our church building, please notify a staff member.

The main office can receive phone calls and email, and our ministry continues. Office hours are 8a-3p Mon-Thurs, 8a-noon Friday.

Summer Youth Trip 2022 Update

The ELCA Youth Gathering was put on hold due to continued pandemic uncertainty just a couple weeks ago, but it will return in 2024. Your Youth Board quickly regrouped, and will be offering the following trip–so please note, the registration window is brief.

PS Not in 7th grade yet? We enjoy a strong partnership with Good Earth Village, and traditional summer camp programming is BACK! Individuals can register for programming for one day, a half-week, or full week, and GEV staff will here at church on Sunday, March 20 to visit, share, and answer your questions.

Education Programming Resumes Feb 16 & 20

We look forward to seeing you soon. Please return only when you are symptom-free (any illness) and not under quarantine. Families/individuals who are ill and/or under restrictions are automatically excused. Be in touch if you have any questions, or wish to report an extended absence.

With prayers and love for each of you, Pastors Heidi Heimgartner & Mike Walerius & Melissa Stoen, Director of Children’s Ministry

Annual Meeting Sunday, January 30 @10am

While Sunday School is on pause, in-person worship & a socially-distanced business meeting is planned. Please join us in the Luther Rooms to elect new leaders, and celebrate God’s faithfulness to our congregation and community. All confirmed members are eligible to vote.

A PDF of the report is online (click button below).

Paper copies available the day-of. After Jan 30, check the narthex info rack.

Basic Info for Pandemic Worship

In April 2021, First Lutheran returned to indoor, in-person worship options each Sunday at 9am. In accordance with current StaySafeMN guidelines, our church is open.

In August 2021, your Executive Committee adopted the following guideline:

First Lutheran encourages the use of a mask, and especially in indoor spaces when CDC designates Steele County COVID transmission to be substantial or high.

Date: February 2, 2022

Level is: HIGH

Click HERE to view the CDC Data Tracker.

Click HERE to view Full Information on First Lutheran’s Current Best Practices.