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Committed to Your Health and Safety.

As always we are committed to your physical health and wellness as well.
You can review the latest pandemic protocols and responses here.
A new posting is expected this week.

This Weekend in Worship:
discover more: together

Scriptures: Genesis 28:10-17  NRSV
Preaching: Pastor Craig Brown
Sermon: “Discover God's Presence"
Sermon Synopsis: The story of Jacob points to the discovery that God is in our lives, even when we don’t know it. We can’t force a recognition or discovery of God, but we can be open to the promise that in fact God is with us. In time, we discover God’s surprising presence.

Special Music: 5p - Handbell Ensemble; 9 a - Adult Choir

Special Presentation: We will welcome our new Director of Spiritual Transformation, Deborah Hansen with an official order of installation during each weekend worship service.

Worship Order Links, connection card and other information can always be found at

Be Aware of Congestion this Weekend

The Especially for You Race against Breast Cancer is this Sunday. They have changed the course again this year so it will once again it will go right past the church on 10th St. from 8 until 9:30 a.m.
For those coming to our 9 a.m. worship, it will be easiest to come on First Avenue, and turn onto 12th St. You will be able to access parking from there. 
For race route details, check out this map.
discover more: together

Devotional Content now Available

"Discover More: Together" invites each of us to journey more intentionally in our faith. The journey of faith is dynamic, because God always has something new to tell us. In our new devotional resources, the Sunday scripture and sermon serve as the basis for our discovery in the week that follows. Resources are available for individuals, small groups, and as a short team devotion, any of which can be downloaded from

This Weekend:
Sunday Morning Learning for All Ages!

“The History of Christianity in Ireland” 

It's probably not surprising to hear that St Patrick didn’t really drive the snakes out of Ireland, but did you know that he wasn't even Irish? Our favorite historian, FLC member Mike Bryant will help you learn the true stories of Christianity in Ireland at 10 a.m. on Sundays, Sept. 11, 18 & 25.
Join us in-person at the church, or join us online via Zoom here.

Children's Ministry is Underway!

It's not too late to join into our Sunday Morning Children's Ministry! It is so rewarding to watch and lead our children growing in faith together.  You can still register your children for classes, AND you can also still register yourself to volunteer!

We are taking many safety precautions for the health of our children, which were outlined in the beginning-of-the-year parents meeting online. All the details can be found here.

Dedication Concert Performance Sunday

Dr. Wolgast to perform recital

If you don't want to wait for Easter to hear Widor's Toccata, now is your chance!

Join us for our second organ dedication concert, on Sunday, October 3, at 3 p.m. First Lutheran organist, Brett Wolgast, will present a recital on our new Parsons Opus 50 Pipe Organ.
The concert will feature music by Bach, and Widor, as well as an arrangement of Barber’s famous Adagio of Strings and a piano/organ duet. Dr. Wolgast will also reprise the performance of "Ponder Anew" which was commissioned from Wayne Wold for this instrument's dedication.

The recital is free and open to the public. We will simulcast live online on our worship page.


Coming Soon:

New Discussion Group: "All Shall Be Well"

Deborah Hansen, our new Director of Spiritual Formation will be hosting her first discussion groups Centered around " The wisdom of Julian of Norwich for our Time". Much like our modern days, this theologian's 80 years of life were marked by continuous waves of bubonic plague, social and political upheaval, as well as religious controversy.
Click here for details and to register.

Hiring Nursery Attendants!

Need to earn some extra cash?  Love kids?  Want a job that's fun?  Then we have just the job for you!
We are seeking to hire qualified, part-time nursery attendants as soon as possible. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, available Sunday mornings and possible other times as needed. If interested, contact our Director of Children and Family Ministries Marissa Kolander, at or 319-365-1494  x.113

SEMP Team Re-Set!

A lot can change in a year and a half- especially these days. As we are preparing to start serving our Saturday Evening Meals on-location once again, we find ourselves with a MAJOR need to update the volunteer roles with new contact info. We also need to pick up some new volunteers to fill in the ministry teams. 
If you have any interest in serving - whether you have in the past or are new - please fill out our SEMP team contact form here!

Ministry Partners:

CROP Hunger Walk

In 2021, we will continue to fight against the challenges of disease, disaster, displacement and other concerns that leave people hungry.  The 2021 Virtual CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, October 10 but participants can walk on their own anytime from now until  the Walk date. Funds raised through this event helps locally and around the world through CWS.

Register or donate to help us fight hunger today.

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