Back to School Blessings
The weekend of August 7 & 8 will be a chance for First Lutheran to offer
Back to School Blessings for our students, teachers, and all who are
gearing up for a new school year. Children and students of all ages are
invited to bring their backpacks to worship for a blessing and receive a tag for their backpack! There will also be a blessing for teachers and those who work in the schools. This time of blessing will be a part of all weekend worship opportunities, including online worship.
Celebrating Mary, Mother of Our Lord
The summer months are host to the long “green” season of the church year: Sunday after Sunday in Ordinary Time. We count the weeks after Pentecost, a couple dozen of them, until our Reformation celebration comes at
the end of October. A welcome break in the green season comes when a saint’s feast day falls on a Sunday.
When that happens, we have the option of celebrating that saint’s life in worship.
The feast day for Mary, Mother of our Lord, is August 15, which is a Sunday this year. We will observe this during our weekend worship services on August 14 & 15. This means we get to hear Mary’s story and sing Mary’s song in the middle of summer – activities that are usually reserved for Advent and Christmas. Think of it as Christmas in August.
Our observation of this day and celebration of Mary’s life and faith will not be limited to her role in the Christmas story, however, She is, indeed, the “Mother of God.” She stood near the cross as her son breathed
his last. She gathered with her fellow disciples in the days after Jesus’ Ascension as they waited for the gift of
the promised Holy Spirit. Her “yes” to God that we first hear about in the beginning of Luke’s Gospel continues throughout her life, and is echoed every time one of the faithful says “yes” in response to God’s call.
Altar Flowers for 2021
Altar flowers can be donated in honor or memory of a loved one, special occasion, or simply
for the glory of God. The cost of two arrangements is $45. If you would like to purchase
altar flowers, please sign up at the Welcome Center or call the church office at 944-3196.
August 1 & 29 October24
September 5 & 12 November 21
First Lutheran offers three distinct worship experiences each weekend:
Saturday 5:30 p.m. Informal Worship in Fellowship Room--
A simple worship experience with spoken word and piano music. Communion is offered weekly.
Sunday 8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship--
A formal worship experience with liturgy and music of the Lutheran tradition. Communion is offered weekly.
Sunday 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship--
An upbeat worship experience with contemporary Christian music led by praise teams. Communion is offered weekly.
Children are welcome! Children are welcome in worship at First, where a special children’s message is presented every week
to help our youngest worshippers understand and live God's words for them. While all children are always welcome, a staffed
nursery is provided on Sundays for small children who find it difficult to sit for long periods of time and whose parents desire childcare during worship.
First is handicapped-accessible and we welcome people of all abilities at every worship service and ministry event.
Baptisms are celebrated at First for persons of all ages. To schedule a baptism please contact the Pastor or the church office.
Weddings at First are a joyous occasion! To schedule a wedding or inquire about wedding policies and procedures please contact the church office.