Pastor Wolfe leads Adult Sunday School from 9:30 to 10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall from September though May. Grab a cup of coffee and join the conversation.
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.
Our Monday evening group meets at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Our Thursday morning group meets at 10:00am at the Little Bagel Shop. Please join us at whichever group is most convenient for you! If you would like to join book club, check with Pastor Wolfe to see what book we are currently studying. We do take a break between books to sign up and order the next book.
Circle members meet the third Wednesday of every month at 10am. We hold a Bible study on a topic of interest with members sharing the teaching duties.
We participate in coffee hours and help organize special events such as Easter Brunch. Our September meeting is usually breakfast at a local restaurant for fellowship and planning. We spend a large portion of our year gathering layette items, and personal care products. At our April meeting we package these items which are donated to the Rachel Center, MayDay, and Recovery Village. We often contribute to the “Help your Neighbor” fund at OTEC or Cascade Natural Gas and recently bought food gift cards for the discretionary fund. We hold our annual food drive in the fall beginning with the Harvest Table. This food is donated to the Catholic Food Bank. Our fund-raising luncheon at Christmas time is held at the Sunridge Inn. The proceeds from this project are shared between Lutheran World Relief, American Red Cross and the Food Bank.
All are welcome!!
Men's Bible Study meets monthly from Sept through May on the last Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm. We are currently taking a break for the summer. Watch for more information when they resume this fall and will continue their study of Hebrews.
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.
Women's Bible study meets the third Thursday of each month at 7PM in the Fellowship Hall. Led by Leslie Steiger.
This group meets for relaxing conversation and fellowship once a month at the Gieser Grand. A topic for discussion is usually chosen to foster discussion, such as "why do we go to Church?" We usually meet on the third Tuesday at 5:30 pm but be sure the check the calendar for the most accurate date and time.
You are always welcome to come and meet us, even if you don't like beer! We hope to see you there.