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This Weekend at First Lutheran

In light of rapidly rising Covid-19 transmission in Linn County,
our First Lutheran Church Medical Team met for the safety and well-being of all of our members. The team drafted a full release which we encourage you to read at the link below.

In summary, the team has recommended the following:
We will continue in person worship with a few modifications listed below.
We will continue our robust livestream worship.
We are moving forward with a full start-up of programming this fall.

Beginning today, we require all people who enter the building for worship or other daily activities to wear a mask and where possible to practice social distancing. Additionally, we are putting a pause on serving communion, offering coffee fellowship, and providing funeral meals. We thank everyone for their patience, prayers, and cooperation all along the way.

Read the full release from our Medical Team in detail at
firstlutherancr.org/news-events.
 

Scriptures: Psalm 51:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-16 NRSV
Preaching: Pastoral Intern Rebekah Nelson
Sermon: "Come Together: Unity in Christ"Come Together in Christ
Christians share fundamental unity and diversity. Our unity consists in the one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God. Our diversity is expressed in various forms of ministry whose goal is equipping the saints and building up Christ’s one body.

Coming Soon

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.
Here's the plan for Children's Ministry!
Families, we are so excited to be planning for the return of in-person ministries this Fall. Things are going to have to look a little bit different this year, so if you didn't see the recent message from Ms. Marissa, be sure to read it here!

Lend a hand in Children's Ministry!
Since we are planning IN PERSON programs in the Fall, that 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 that walks you through exactly what to say and do!

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

Dedication Weekend

Dedication Worship
During each worship service on the weekend of August 28-29 we will celebrate by formally dedicating our renovated worship space and the elements of worship within it.

Dedication Organ Recital
Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. we will host an organ recital featuring renowned organist, Dr. Ahreum Han Congdon.

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.

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!
 
Again, we would like to reemphasize that while we are moving forward with all of these plans in the coming weeks and months we will make adjustments to our ministries and events as deemed necessary for the safety and well-being of all. Please watch for these Spotlight email announcements for the most recent updates.
 
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