Wednesday July 21
9:30 am Pastor's breakfast
10:30 am Pastor's text
1 pm staff meeting
2-4 Pop up with Margaret and Cindy
6:30 pm Holden Worship
Thursday July 22
8 am TOPS
10:30 am Bible Study in person and zoom
Sunday July 25
9 am coffee/fellowship
10 am Worship
10 am Community Worship
7-9 Sunday Funday
Wednesday July 28
10 am Good Sam Communion Service
1 pm staff meeting
6:30 pm Holden Worship Service
Thursday July 29
8 am TOPS
10:30 Bible study in person and Zoom
WAFL Wednesdays at First Lutheran
WAFL (Wednesdays at First Lutheran) starts Wednesday, September 15th after school. WAFL staff will meet you at school like we did last spring, and we will all walk together to the church for snacks, lessons, music, projects, laughs, friendships and fun! You might want to invite a friend or friends to join you… kids don’t have to be members to have a good time at WAFL!
Let’s get ready for a fun year together!
WAFL is a weekly ministry for children from pre-school through 6th grade.
Church membership is not required for participation in WAFL; friends are also welcome.
WAFL is a time to learn about God’s love and have fun in a safe space. We walk from school in a group (or kids can also be dropped off at the church, where an adult greets them). WAFL begins with an after school snack, after which we make some music (singing, ringing chimes, or ringing bells), have some classroom time, and end with games outdoors or inside, depending on the weather. Once each month, we all work together on a service learning project that benefits others.
As our school year begins, most WAFL children will not yet be eligible for vaccinations, so we will follow the school’s guidelines regarding mask wearing and indoor protocols. We always promote hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer before eating and after using the restroom.
Creating a great experience for our children requires a team effort. The kids benefit greatly from the relationships they form with supportive adults, as well as learning ways we show God’s love to others. There are many ways you might volunteer, and all would be welcomed!
TEACHING: We always need people who want to teach! This doesn’t mean committing to be present every week all year; most current WAFL leaders are retired and take time off for travel or other volunteer opportunities during the year. We know this year some of our teachers will not be able to return at all, so there is a real need for new faces on our team.
FILLING IN: Another option is to help in a classroom for a few weeks sometime during the year, to replace a “regular” who is out of the area. Or maybe you could be available as ‘occasional’ sub, if that suits you better.
ACTIVITIES: We need teens or adults who are interested in leading games outdoors and/or indoors from 4:45-5:15. It could also work if volunteers want to be available for specific weeks or months. New ideas come with new faces!
MUSIC: An accompanist is needed, either piano or guitar (or both!). These kids sing with gusto when they know the song! We also have chimes for grades 3-6, bells for grades 1&2, and rhythm instruments for younger musicians. Could you help lead any of these groups?
PROJECTS/ CRAFTS: Our congregation has several artists, seamstresses, woodworkers and other crafters whose skills would be an awesome addition to our kids’ learning fun. Talk to us about how you might want to participate!
FOOD: Did we mention that these kids are hungry after school? As we begin the year, we will serve pre-packaged snacks, such as cheese sticks, yogurt snacks, popcorn, Rice Krispie bars, juice boxes, bottled water. If you can provide any of these snacks, please sign up on the snack list at church.
To volunteer, please call the church office at 218-864-5686. Thanks!
REGISTRATION for WAFL will begin in August. Please fill out new forms even if your child has been involved in previous years. Thanks for encouraging and supporting our children’s faith journey!
A GREAT CONTRIBUTION
Our Church mission; CHURCHES-UNITED, received a sizable contribution from congregation and community members attending the lunch after the Holy Hootenaners on July 18th. Voluntary offerings for the meal and produce totaled $784. Thank you. And they will put the money to good use. Here is what they did last year:
SAFE SHELTER-Housed on average 647 adults and 122 children
NUTRITIOUS FOOD-Distributed 1.6 million pounds of food
STABLE HOUSING- 52 Apartments occupied
PATH TOWARD HEALING-2147 medical visits to shelter nurses.
JoElle Grover, newly appointed representative from CHURCHES-UNITED, attended both the worship and meal, answering questions about their mission. We will hear more from Jo in the future as we hope to schedule volunteer events at their location
Special contributions allowed all donations to go to CHURCHES-UNITED. Meal expenses were covered by a THRIVENT grant and donations by FRITO-LAY. Produce products were donated by Living Bread Distribution and Heidi Jorud traveled to Eagle Bend on Saturday to pick them up.
It was the gift that kept on giving:
-Remaining produce and extra potato chips were provided to CHURCHES-UNITED
-Remaining Bars and potato chips were provided to the WAFL crew for future use
-Extra bottled water was left in the refrigerator for church use.
Thank You: Tom Rasmussen and Scott Englin representing Men’s Fellowship for grilling brats
Linda Anderson, Advertising
Jo Duncan-Purchasing supplies and transportation
Julie Taylor, Jenny Johnson, Diane Begley, Jason Severson, Jerry Begley, Carol Sagerhorn, Pastor Tom Peterson, Pastor Brad Skogen, Heidi Jorud for set up
and food serving
Heidi Jorud – Arranging Living Bread Distribution donation and transporting it.
Henry and Mary Jane Peterson for requesting the THRIVENT Grant
WANT TO HAVE SOME FUN?
The Outreach Committee is participating in two public events:
The first is an information table adjacent to the Men’s Fellowship Brat Stand at the Art of the Lakes “Art and Craft Affair” on August 14.
The next event is the Community Fun Night sponsored by the Battle lake Public School System on September first. We are planning an information table, with games and prizes for the community.
If you would like to participate contact any member of the Outreach Committee: Julie Taylor, Mary Jane Peterson, Jenny Johnson, Jason Severson, Jerry Begley, Heidi Jorud, Jan Smith, Pastor Tom and Pastor Brad.
Video Technology Upgrade
We have learned during the pandemic that worship videos and live streaming are an important part of life for people who are unable to join us in person. This technology is here to stay. Our congregation will continue to provide worship video access as we live out our mission to Bring the Hope we Share in Christ to Others. Our current video technology is limited and needs an upgrade. This upgrade includes cameras and supporting technology for livestreaming and recording in the AV booth. This will enable us to provide consistent high-quality video and audio to all who join us remotely.
After reviewing several proposals, the council has chosen an option that would cost approximately $18,000.
We invite you to help us with this project.
Your gift for the video project can have a great impact! We have an anonymous donor who has offered to match gifts up to $10,000.
Thank You for supporting the video upgrade Project!
New Bible Study Session
June 10 - August 19 at 10:30 am
This Bible Study will be based on the readings for the following Sunday worship service. The readings and zoom link will be sent out each week. Bible study will be available in-person and/or zoom. Contact the church office to sign up. 218-864-5686 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our church library is finally open after being closed for almost one year! We’ve had long, hard months and months of lockdown due to COVID-19, but spring is here, and the sun is shining today. Very few books have been donated to the library, but that will change when people start arriving again. One donated book is Heart Gifts, a book of poetry by Helen Steiner Rice. She was often referred to as the “poet laureate of inspirational verse.” This poetry reminds us of God’s continued presence and loving guidance.
Masks are required in the church, as is social distancing. Be well and safe, everyone, and Happy Easter to you all! Nancy Rodgers, Temporary Librarian
The "Christ in Our Homes" Books are now available in the tub outside the doors at First Lutheran
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