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This Weekend at First Lutheran

Come early for Special Music!
Please join us for an extended 15 minute prelude before the 9:00 a.m. service on this Sunday, August 1. Lisa Wissenberg (clarinet) accompanied by Brett and Marita Wolgast will help “prepare our hearts and minds to worship our good and gracious God”! Please come early and enjoy this beautiful music.

Communion Weekend – This weekend in worship we will resume going forward to kneel at the railing to receive Holy Communion.

Scriptures: Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22 NRSV
Preaching: Pastor Craig Brown
Sermon: "Come Together: Tear Down this Wall"Come Together in Christ
The author of this letter to the people of Ephesus reminds his audience that originally they were not part of God’s chosen people. Through Jesus’ death, however, they are included in God’s household of faith, whose cornerstone is Jesus Christ.

Coming Soon

Aug. 4 – Adult Choir will be resuming their rehearsals on Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m.,and all vaccinated persons are invited to join us and to sing unmasked. Adult Choir will sing for worship on August 15, 22 and for our special nave/organ dedication services on August 28/29.
August Outreach: Freedom From Hunger Food Drive
For the month of August we are collecting donations for a HACAP Food Drive with an emphasis on ethnic foods to assist Cedar Rapids' immigrant communities. Detailed lists of foods, locations and pick-up information is available on our website.
Coming off such a crazy year, we're excited to be planning IN PERSON programs in the Fall! Which means we need YOU to consider volunteering for Sunday Morning Learning beginning in September. 
We make it SUPER easy, (and fun!) to volunteer. Did you know that when you volunteer, you do so with an entire team? Need to be gone on a certain weekend? No worries, your team has you covered. We also prep all the materials for you and tell you exactly what to say and do!

Grab a friend or two and sign up today!
Lend a Hand!

Save the Dates!

Blessing of the Backpacks
Please School is coming back soon, and we want to help you start the year off with a blessing. Students (and teachers!) are invited to bring their school bags to worship on the weekend of August 21-22.

Please join us in worship & celebration on Sunday, August 29. We will hold a special worship service to dedicate our completed worship space & organ. Later Sunday afternoon we will have a special Organ Dedication Recital and Reception starting at 3 p.m.

RALLY SUNDAY - God's Work, Our Hands - Sept. 12
Our Sunday Morning Learning, Children's Ministry, and more will start a new season on Sunday, Sept. 12. That same day we will join with congregations across the country in "God's Work, Our Hands" serving our community.
Save these Dates and Watch for Details!

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