While we're away

From the pastor

We have made a new plan for the fall ministry at First Lutheran in response to the threat of the Corona Virus. 

  • Sunday services will be online with a 10am watch party including communion on the front lawn.
  • Weekly Wednesday Worship services at 9am and 7pm.
  • Small groups under 10 people will begin meeting in the church at their leaders discretion.
  • 12 step groups under 10 people can resume using the church building.
  • Children’s Sunday School begins via Zoom and at 10am as part of the Sunday Watch parties.
  • Youth Ministry will begin having some in person gatherings practicing social distancing.

We understand that we’re in the messy middle where people’s opinions begin diverging on what is the best path forward. Thank you for trusting your leadership and giving us the benefit of the doubt. All decisions are made with the well being of the congregation in mind following our Lord’s command that we should love one another.


-Pastor Travis

online worship

Each week during this time of social distancing we will create a video worship experience. As the social distancing time goes on we will seek to get more involvement from you at home. 


Set apart a time to view these videos below. Set aside an hour just as you would on a Sunday morning. Watch them with your household. Pray together. Talk about the sermon together. Let this be an intentional time of worship.


You can find online worship by clicking here.


Caring For Each Other

We will be taking some different approaches to pastoral care in the coming weeks. Pastors and caregivers will not be making hospital or care center visits to protect one another from the spread of viruses. We will be making phone calls, sending emails and writing notes checking in with the home bound and hospitalized. We ask that you reach out to us also, we are available to you in this time which can feel lonely, isolating and frightening.


This is also an opportunity for our congregation to connect and care for one another. Please reach out to those who you would sit by or visit with on a Sunday morning. Let's be church together in this time social distancing.


If you need assistance, click here.

If you can provide care or assistance, click here.


Faith formation

Sunday Adult Seminar -

Faith in the Midst of a Pandemic
 
August 9th – August 30th
Online via Zoom, 10:30am Sundays
 
As Pastor Travis and Pastor Carrie have been preaching the past few months, we are sitting in the Messy Middle of a global pandemic. This journey has not been easy and for many of us our faith is floundering amidst the hardship. This four-week series is set to help us make sense theologically of this anxious and tragic time and our response to it. The sessions will be pulling from N.T. Wright’s newest book “God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath” and Max Lucado’s 2017 book “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World.” Join me for reflective devotion and honest exploration of faith in the midst of a pandemic.
 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84364439242

Meeting ID: 843 6443 9242
 
August 9 – An Active God in a Chaotic World. You can find the slides here.
August 16 – Living in the Moment. You can find the slides here.
August 23 – C.A.L.M. : Celebrate, Ask, Leave, Meditate. You can find the slides here.
August 30 – Recovering and Healing from a Pandemic. You can find the slides here.

Previous Adult Seminars and hand-outs:


July 12 - "How did we get here?" A look at current events, important terms, and the ELCA's "Freed in Christ, Race and Ethnicity" Social Statement. You can find the slides here.


July 19 - "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" Understanding Identity Development in Kids, Teens, and Adults. You can find the slides here.


July 26 - "What about Latinx and Other People of Color?" A Discussion on Race Relations in General in America. You can find the slides here.


August 2 - "How does one even become 'anti-racist'?" Signs of Hope and Steps to Move Forward. You can find the slides here.

Resources for children

Middle School Youth Group

4 pm every Sunday

https://zoom.us/j/180569595


High School Youth Group

5 pm every Sunday

https://zoom.us/j/856667945


Online Summer Sunday School-
This is over for the summer. We can't wait to see you in September for Rally Day 2020!

other resources

Blog


Ekklesia Newsletter


Previous Sermons


Online Giving


A Place to Talk

Join Pastor Hank and Dr. Fennell weekly on Thursdays at 10am for continuing conversation on issues related to the pandemic and growing older gracefully.


https://zoom.us//209040388