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Tonight & Sunday – Parents Listening Post

The Return to Worship Task Force would like to hear from you!  Please join us for one of two gatherings at 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, May 26 or 10 a.m. Sunday, May 30 on Zoom.  We are currently in Phase 2 of reopening worship.  Before we enter into Phase 3 we’d like to hear from you. 
We recognize when we started our work the most vulnerable among us was over the age of 65.  Now that has shifted to ages 0-11 since they are unable to be vaccinated at this point.  Task Force Chair Pr. Craig Brown and Church Council Chair Tonya Trudo will update us where we are at in the process and ask for your thoughts as we move forward as one congregation all together through the challenges before us.  You can join either session with the same Zoom link here

Worship Open with Reservations

Make your Worship Reservation
The 5 p.m. Saturday worship is in-person only, but both the 9 and 11 a.m. worship services are simulcast live on For those attending in-person, a number of precautions remain in place to protect the health of worshipers, volunteers, and staff.
  • Capacity is limited to 200 or fewer worshipers (50% capacity)
  • You must reserve your seat in advance on our website.
  • Masks are required at all times in the building.
  • You can participate in the liturgy and singing with a mask on.

trinity bannerMay 29-30, 2021 – Holy Trinity Sunday
Pastor Craig Brown
Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

When we say God is the "Triune God", we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.

Worship-Related News

June 5-6 - Organ Completion & Debut –

Great News! The pipe organ installation is nearly complete as it now settles-in over the next few weeks and months in its new home. On the weekend of June 5-6, at the 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. services, the organ will be used for the first time in worship. To inaugurate this occasion, Brett will play an extended Prelude of 30-minutes prior to each service to feature a showcase of some of the instrument's capabilities. Plan to come early to enjoy the sounds of this beautiful, new instrument.

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

Coming Soon

Tonight – Introduction to the Enneagram

enneagram symbolHave you ever wondered what makes people react differently in different situations, or when dealing with different people? The Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people interpret the world, manage their emotions, and relate to one another. Understanding our Enneagram type and how it colors our perceptions can help us to broaden our perspective and approach situations more effectively.

Learn More Tonight! Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. Michael Beckmann, a trained Enneagram Coach, will give an overview of the Enneagram and the 9-Types during this hour-long introduction via Zoom. Sign up at

June 5 – Progressing on Habitat for Humanity Home

The foundation is poured and the walls are pre-built and awaiting installation. Progress on the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity "Faith Build" is coming along great. Your opportunity to contribute is coming up on the afternoon of Saturday, June 5. If the build is on-schedule, we should be mostly outdoors working on siding that day. Sign up online at If you have any questions, you can contact Andy Ostercamp from the Housing Team at 821-0151.

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!

June 27 – VBS 2021 Week & Kickoff Bonfire

VAHOY VBS logoBS will once again be offered as an at-home experience, but with two new twists! We will kick-off the week with an in-person family picnic and campfire sing-along on Sunday, June 27th from 5-7pm at Indian Creek Nature Center. At the kick-off event, your family can pick up their AHOY! Box, which will be filled with four days of activities ranging from arts and crafts, science, games, and more. Additionally, each day’s storytelling will happen online via Zoom with Miss Marissa June 28-July 1!

We will all gather online together to hear each day’s story and share what we are learning about God. Sign up at
We can’t wait for you to hop on board with us this summer!

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