Pastor Wolfe leads a book club throughout the year. Club meets Mondays at 10 am in the fellowship hall. Our next book club starts Monday, May 23rd. We will be reading Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund. Cost of the book is $14.
At First, we believe that part of the problem that the Church faces today is the lack of clear teaching and catechesis about the fundamentals of the Christian faith. This problem is only exacerbated by the growing phenomenon of "church shopping" and religious consumerism. Thus we believe that entry into the Church and locally, into our parish, should be a deliberate and intentional process where one can fully inquire, investigate, pray, study, and learn about the Lutheran Tradition of the Christian faith. This process, which was normal during the early Church (1st-4th centuries) was called the Catechumenate. In some localities that process lasted up to three years. Here at First, we take a more moderate approach and it lasts normally one year. Normally, new members (catechumens) will be received at Easter.
Over the course of a year (Sept-Mar/April) adult Confirmands will learn about Lutheran History, the distinctive doctrines that makes Lutherans different from other denominations, and of course the wonderful free gift of salvation that Jesus has won for us by His victory over sin, death, and the devil.
This class is for people who are new to the Christian faith, those who are coming to the Lutheran Church from other Christian denominations, other Lutherans who are transferring in, or for long time Lutherans who desire to learn again their own tradition. Anyone interested in joining (becoming a catechumen) should speak with Pastor Wolfe about starting the Adult Confirmation Class.
Grab a friend, get a pint, and join in this time of fellowship at North 7 Brewing Co (1935 First St.). On the second Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm we gather to talk about the crossroads of faith and life, guided by the Word of God and the confessional tradition of the Church. All questions are always welcome!
The Lydia Circle is a group of women that meet monthly, generally on the Third Tuesday of the month. They do about 4 service projects a year, most of which are for local organizations. They hold a monthly Bible Study. They support and help organize the Ash Wednesday Prayer chain, Christmas decorating, and various brunches and coffee hours throughout the church year. They have just starting a Women's Sharing and Support Group. If you are interested in becoming part of the Lydia Circle, please join them at their next meeting.
All are welcome!!
September 20th, 2022
October 18th, 2022
November 15th, 2022
December 6th, 2022 Women's Christmas Brunch and Cookie Exchange
The Altar Guild of First Lutheran Church consists of over twenty women who share the duty of preparing the altar for Holy Communion service every Sunday as well as any other communion service at our church. There are two or three people who prepare Holy Communion each week. On communion Sunday one of our Altar Guild members remains in the altar area after personally taking communion to receive from the Communicants their cups containing the Blessed wine. The Altar Guild women finish their Sunday duties by storing any blessed elements and washing the communion cups. Blessed elements are saved for the next Sunday, and the cups are washed before discarding. The water used to wash the cups is given back to Earth. Also the Altar Guild women check that there are fresh flowers and proper candles on the altar each Sunday. The flowers may be purchased and arranged by the Altar Guild members, or they may be given in honor or memory of a loved one. Finally the Altar Guild changes all paraments at the altar whose colors represent the liturgical season of the church year.
Our current bible study is focusing on the book of Acts. Bring your Bibles as we dig into St. Luke's second volume and learn about the mission and ministry of the early Church. We meet once a week on Tuesday afternoons at 1 pm in the fellowship hall. You are welcome to join at any time!