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Our Return to Worship Taskforce has determined we can move into our final phase of resuming worship activities. Here's what that means in brief:
  • No reservations will be required.
  • No reduced capacity will be enforced.
  • We strongly encourage all worshipers to continue to wear a mask for the safety of our children and others who are ineligible to get the vaccine.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should continue to mask.
  • Masks-required seating will be made available for families with young children who cannot yet be vaccinated.
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replanted tree

As summer begins, we live in a time of replanting of trees and shrubs replacing what was lost in a storm. We travel with Jesus in the early chapters of Mark, and Jesus plants the seedlings of the church.

In Jesus, God plants the Kingdom of God, and we see the shape of God’s tree of life: Jesus welcomes sinners, he offers healing, the kingdom of God grows gradually from the smallest of seedlings, he calms the storm, and he offers the steadfast love of God. 
Scriptures: Genesis 2:4b-17; Mark 2:23-3:6 NRSV
Preaching: Pastor Steve Knudson
Sermon: "Replanted for Healing and Renewal"
Jesus plants a tree that reveals the true purpose of Sabbath for healing and renewal.

Deuteronomy makes clear that sabbath-keeping is meant for the welfare of all. God delivered the Israelites out of slavery, so they should observe this freedom with a day of rest. No one should work seven days a week; even slaves and foreigners should be able to rest. Yet human beings can turn even the most liberating religious practice into a life-destroying rule. Jesus does not reject sabbath-keeping, but defends its original life-enhancing meaning. Our worship and our religious way of life are to lead to restoration: the hungry being fed and the sick being healed.

Worship-Related News

Are You Excited to Get Out More?

If your gifts of hospitality have been anxiously awaiting the end of this pandemic, then we have the perfect opportunity for you to be a little social in a safe way while helping others with our health and safety practices for worship. We are currently seeking people to serve in this welcoming role for each of our worship times. Because our volunteer schedule system is being reconfigured, please contact Daniel Luepke in the church office
Thank You First Lutheran!
You are doing God's Work with Your Hands! We appreciate all of you who have helped out in our community lately with the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, and for all of you contributing to the Neighborhood Meals Enrichment Program this week and next. Serving our community is like planting small seeds of God's goodness into the community!

Coming Soon

June  – VBS is ANYTIME that works for you!

Bible School LogoOur AHOY! VBS 2021 is so easy and flexible it be used ANY time that works for you and your family. That's right! You do not have to be available the "official" week of VBS (which is June 28-July 1). On vacation? At a family reunion? Don't have a free week until August? No big deal!
The only "live" thing which happens that week is the Zoom gathering for Storytelling with me each morning. These gatherings, however, will be recorded and any family signed up for VBS will have a private link to these recordings to view ANY time! So, if you've put off signing up, don't wait any longer!
Registration closes on June 21st. Click the image above to be taken to the registration page.
And, don't forget the in-person family picnic and campfire sing-along on Sunday, June 27th from 5-7pm at Indian Creek Nature Center.

June 18-20 – Make Family Memories at Father’s Day Campout

campersMake some family memories for a lifetime with your family on Father’s Day Weekend (June 18-20) at Yogi Bear’s Monticello Jellystone Park in Monticello, Iowa.We’ll have s’mores around the campfire, tube down the river, swim in the pool, and run on the giant floating Wibit obstacle course on the lake. Pitch some horseshoes, give Yogi Bear a hug, and enjoy a kid-friendly outdoor worship to close the weekend. Reserve your electric and water campsite today for $100 for two nights at or call the church office at 365-1494.

June 21-25–  Matthew 25 Transform Week

Matthew 25 logoOur local Matthew 25 is holding a "Transform Week" in the Taylor and Time Check neighborhoods on the week of June 21-25. Help transform homes and lives with a wide variety of projects available each day. You can sign up for morning or afternoon shifts any day of Transform Week by visiting Be sure to select "First Lutheran" as your organization so we get to work together!

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