Reformation 500/Renewal Team continues to meet and plan

     events and activities for the balance of the year.



                                    Save the Date!

           Sunday, October 29 is Reformation Sunday


                 The Council approved a One Service Weekend

                      with worship at 9:15 a.m., followed by

                               a congregational potluck!



                                          Reformation Fair Sunday, October 1

                                                             11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

      Food/Drinks available all 3 hours:

              Brats, Hot Dogs and Chips

          Baked Pretzels with Cheese Dip

                  Apple and Caramel

   Root Beer, Diet Root Beer, Water, Coffee

   11 a.m.-12 p.m.  German Band plays; Children's Game

   12-12:30 p.m.     German Folk Dances for all

   12:30-1 p.m.       German Band plays polkas and other music for dancing

   1-2 p.m.              Craft Making; Children's Games

                                     This promises to be a fun event, and is open to the community!




Theology on Tap!

Join Pastor Matt for another ‘round’ of Theology on Tap! We will be exploring primarily the book of Acts of the Apostles. Together we will explore this awesome account of the Holy Spirit’s action in the apostles’ lives beginning on Tuesday,

August 8 at 7 p.m. at Geneseo Brewing Company and going until our final session on September 12. Please RSVP to

Pastor Matt at, or simply show up. Friends are welcome to attend.



Reformation T-shirts!

Our very special First Lutheran Reformation 500 T-shirts and sweatshirts can be ordered now

and throughout the summer. Youth T-shirts are $10, Adult T-shirts are $12, and Adult Crew Sweatshirts are $20. (2X cost an additional $2 and 3X cost an additional $3) Check out the

display of samples in the Fellowship Room and order for your family today!






Luther Advent Reflections         

Seeking contributors by October 1



As part of the Reformation 500 celebration, First Lutheran is publishing an Advent Devotional book, inspired by 24 quotes from Martin Luther. For the book, we are asking our members to take a quote (or two) from a list the committee has selected and write a half-page reflection. This year we are focusing on how we, as Lutherans, can “Move Forward in God’s Grace”. In other words, we ask that you reflect through the words of Martin Luther on how God’s Grace can inspire us as individuals, families, or a Christian community to become better reflections of what God wants for us.

      We encourage our members to participate even if they feel they aren’t an expert writer. Often sharing everyday experiences and telling simple stories about what inspires us to try to be better Christians are much more meaningful than scholarly articles. You would be surprised how easy it is to fill an 8 ½ x 5 ½ page with 300 to 400 words. If you are inspired

to write more, we can print it on a second page. At the end of the page, please include a short prayer.

      In late July, each of the Luther quotes will be numbered and printed on a separate sheet and made available at the Welcome Center. Please take one of more sheets and place your name, phone number, and email address next to the number of the quote you have chosen. You are welcome to write directly on that form, or copy it and submit it to the church office as an email attachment. All submissions should be returned to the church office or emailed by October 1, 2017. The devotional will be made available for all families and friends of First Lutheran



Did You Know?  

On Sunday, February 19, the Reformation 500 team was busy. Along with hearing from Martin Lutherand Philip Melanchthon during the children’s sermon, and watching and discussing the Luther Movie at Central Theater, we alsointroduced ‘the door’ into our faith life here at First Lutheran. 500 years ago Luther nailed the 95 theses to the Wittenburg, Germany

church door to inform the public of reforms that were desperately needed. In honor of that bold act,

we have constructed our own door here at First. Like Luther, we are called to renew and reform the
church in bold and courageous new ways and we are asking for you to prayerfully consider adding
your ideas for renewal for this congregation. The door will be available this entire anniversary year
for everyone to write down (on post-it notes) ideas for renewal and ‘nail’ them to the door.

                                    Many thanks to Chris Barnhart for creating and constructing the door. 


  • Renewal Ideas...please continue to "post" your ideas for renewal of First Lutheran
    on the door in the Fellowship Room.






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