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First Lutheran Church Albert Lea, MN



HOLY WEEK AT FLC Palm Sunday, April 14 8 am, 9:15 am and 10:30 am

First Lutheran Church + F.L.C. + For the Love of Christ Pastor Sean’s Letter


FLCW Annual Tea Musical Reflections

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FLC Centennial Celebration


What’s Happening at FLC April 2019 Calendar Memorials and Special Gifts

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Miscellaneous Information


Holy Wednesday, April 17 12:15 pm Service Maundy Thursday, April 18 7 pm Communion Good Friday, April 19— 7 pm

Easter Vigil, April 20 — 7 pm Communion April 21, Easter Sunday— 8:00 am and 10:30 am Festival Holy Communion

Sunday, April 28, 2019 Bishop Steven Delzer is the Preacher. Past Clergy will join in the festivities. The Metro Brass of Des Moines will be guest musicians. A number of other musicians and singers will join in the festivities. A banner procession commemorating 100 years of First Lutheran Church will lead the procession that morning. (Also, See page 10.)



Rejoice in the Lord

An excerpt from my upcoming book, A Hope, Skip, and Jump through the Psalms. Psalm 35:5; The earth is full of his unfailing love. One can definitely take issue with the psalmist saying; the earth is full of his unfailing love. As we look out into the world we see many places where love is failing; in our homes, in our schools, in our workplaces, in our churches, in our community, in our nation, and throughout the world. So, to see this truth, one does not need rose colored glasses, but the psalmist is asking us to take a closer look at our world to uncover this truth. What is unfailing is God’s love contained within God’s word. God’s word made the earth and all that is in it, and try as we might to destroy it, is still here and present for us to see, to experience, and to enjoy. This truth in itself is nothing short of the love of God present in all creation. Even though we severely pollute the land, remarkably the land still produces vegetation—enough to feed us and all the animals relying on it. Even though we severely pollute the sea, remarkably the seas still team with life—enough to feed us and all the animals relying on it. Even though we severely pollute the skies, remarkably the skies still team with life—enough to feed us and all the animals relying on it. We are called to be better stewards of God’s creation, to preserve more than we destroy. However, you have to have eyes to see that the earth is full of his unfailing love. Let’s get back to the failures that we do see so easily in the world, the failings that we notice when we look out into our homes, schools, workplaces, churches, community, and nation. These failings are not because of God’s failing love—but because of our failure to love. That’s been the diagnosis from the beginning; God’s love does not fail, we fail to love God, the earth, and our neighbors as ourselves. The psalmist provides a solution to the many failings we see in the world, a remedy for those willing to accept it. He says, 8Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. This remedy is simple; we start with fear and love of the Lord. This is what Martin Luther pointed to as he started each explanation of the Ten Commandments. Lutherans throughout the ages are familiar with Martin Luther’s question, “What does this mean?” And we are familiar with how he answered each question with, “We should fear and love God so that….” Both the psalmist and Luther knew that once we start fearing and loving the Lord that this would dictate the rest of our actions. They knew that truly loving God means truly loving His creation and your neighbor. Love is the reason for our existence, without it we fail, humanity fails, families fail, communities fail, and nations fail. The psalmist’s words are as true today as when they were first written. The eternal and loving nature of the Lord is on full display for us each day. 9For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The amazing thing is that both are standing firm! God’s word, and what is made by it in creation, are both still standing firm, both unfailing, both sustaining, and both declaring God’s love for us. I hope you can fully grasp both, because both, God’s word and God’s creation belong to you. Rev. Dr. Sean L. Forde 2


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Judy Mullen Bonnie Trampel

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Janice Brandt Rachel Christensen Bonnie Fletcher

Cindy Gandrud Julie Johnson (Sat.) Marge LaFrance


Darcy Hauser Belinda Krysan Robyn Mattson Barb Morfitt Jody Nechanicky

Kristin Larson (Sat.) Brenda Ludtke Coral Ringoen (Fri.)

Upcoming FLCW Programs April Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:15 p.m. in Bethany Hall Program: Guitar Music and Chaplain Duties By: Pastor Kent Otterman, Chaplain at Good Samaritan Society and Pastor at Round Prairie Lutheran and Faith Lutheran Churches Circle Roll Call Devotions: Jo Hanson Offering Prayer: Jo Hanson

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Judy Palmateer Coral Ringoen (Fri.) Nancy Royce Holly Stevens Tamera Wencl

♫ ♫ ♫ MUSICAL REFLECTIONS ♫ ♫ ♫ In April, we have much to celebrate. On April 7, the Last Sunday of Lent, we will celebrate the First Communion of our Fifth Graders. On that Sunday, the First Lutheran Church Choir will sing a beautiful piece called The Weeping Tree by a prolific writer of church music, Joseph Martin. Our choir will be accompanied by a string quartet and several wind instruments. On April 14, we will celebrate Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We have special music and brass on that day. On April 21, we will celebrate Christ's Triumphant Resurrection. Our First Lutheran Church Choir will ring the rafters with the music of Resurrection. We will also have brass on Easter. On, April 28th, we will continue our season of celebration with our Centennial Celebration Service. The Centennial Service will be a very special time. A beautiful Centennial Processional Cross has been commissioned for that day. There will be a banner procession with a banner commemorating 100 Years of Worship and Mission at First Lutheran. Children will march in the procession with colorful streamers. The 100 year celebration would not be complete without representatives from the Service Men in Uniform. They will bear the colors and march in the procession. This will be a colorful procession and there will be past pastors and other clergy vested and joining our Pastors. Our FLC Centennial Choir will sing several powerful pieces. We will be joined by some of the singers of the Gustavus Adolphus Choir, where our very own Noah Iverson is a member. The Metro Brass of Des Moines, Iowa will be our guests for the Centennial also. This will be a colorful, powerful, warm time of celebration, remembering, worship, and looking to the next 100 years as God shows us the way. Please also join us for Maundy Thursday, where we will again have the living Lord's Supper with Christ and the Twelve. Our FLC Choir and the Hand Bell Choir will offer beautiful music on this very special night of the year. On Good Friday, we will hear lay testimonials around the seven last words of Christ. There will be beautiful music presented by the FLC Choir. There will be a solemn procession of the Cross. Please don't miss the Easter Vigil--our first service on the Resurrection. This service starts outside where a raging cauldron of fire (Steve Overgaard is the Keeper of the New Flame!) represents the new fire of resurrection. We will light our candles and carry the fire in the dark church as we proclaim, "The Light of Christ. Thanks be to God!" There will be a dramatic presentation of the Scripture Readings. The Choir and the Hand Bell Choir will offer music. This one is one not to miss! Praise God! To God Be the Glory! Please pray that God will lead us in every step of the celebration season! IT IS STILL NOT TOO LATE FOR THE CENTENNIAL-- EASTER CHOIR!!!!!!!! The commitment is ONLY for The remainder of April. We practice on Wednesday Evenings and sing for Sunday Morning Worship at 8 AM for all four Sunday in April. We ARE the First Lutheran Church Choir AND WE NEED YOU! This choir is preparing for Holy Week, Easter, and the Centennial Celebration Service. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE A REAL CONTRIBUTION TO OUR WORSHIP AND IT IS A VERY SHORT-TERM COMMITMENT--THIS IS ONLY A ONE-MONTH COMMITMENT!!!! COME ON DOWN--PLEASE!!! The Choir season will end with the Centennial Celebration Service. First Lutheran Church Hand Bell Choir--Our season ends the second Sunday of May. Spirit Express Band and Singers--Open to ages youth through adult--See Tim for details. Thanks for your prayers and support. Peace, Tim, 507--373-6424, 303-887-4513 4

FLC Centennial Celebration CENTENNIAL - Did You Kn ow ? April 5, 1888 – Organization of Trinity Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church under Reverend J. Kron April 13, 1947 – 282 members marched out of First Lutheran Church to begin Grace Lutheran Church. First congregation to be sponsored by another church as a home mission project ELC. The same day 94 new members joined First Lutheran Church. April 8, 1957 - Organization of St. John’s Lutheran Home Corporation April 26, 1992 – Ground breaking for new narthex, Gathering Space April 14, 1996 – World’s Largest Organ recital - 500 organ recitals coast to coast all at the same time, playing much of the same music – Bob Tewes April 18 & 19, 1997 – Annual youth musical in sanctuary – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” April 2004 – 15 Passenger van purchased April 2006 – Video equipment installed April 2008 – Pastor Al Stoa installed as part-time Pastor of Visitation Ministries April 2009 – Installation of sound equipment in the Chapel April 2014 – Immersion replaced 9:15 church service as an “Education Hour” in Bethany Hall April 17, 2014 & April 2, 2015 – Maundy Thursday - Word Alive Production of “In Remembrance of Me: Yesterday, Today and Forever” April 2018 – Planning for the new Sanctuary lighting project begins

The Centennial History Committee invites you to visit the display that will be set up on the lower level of the church in the choir room area. Pictures and historical information will be available to enjoy on Sunday, April 28th. Please join us for a journey through First Lutherans’s rich past.

Church-Going - Circa 1907 Here is another excerpt from Chapter V – Reasons Against Church-Going #15 - It is too cold; too hot; too rainy; I am not well, etc. If you can attend to your work during the week, in spite of these facts, see if you can face your God with these excuses on Sunday; but remember: “Be not deceived, God is not mocked.” And from Chapter IV – The Object of Church-Going #1 – To Worship God. All the earth shall worship thee and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Psalm 66: 4. 5

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC Monthly Centennial Celebration Community Engagement

Wednesday Lenten Observances

For the month of April we are giving thanks to the Youth for Christ, The Rock and YMCA. We

Soup & Sandwich Lunches 11:30 am in Bethany Hall

encourage you to give thanks to these individuals! Please stop by the Community Engagement table in the gathering space and sign the thank you cards.

Cost $5

Evening Meals 5:30 pm in Bethany Hall Cost $5

Looking for volunteers to be on the serving committee for Friends at First. Call the church office for more information.

Evening meals to support our Youth Confirmation Camps.

Lenten Worship

Friends at First will not meet until May of 2019.

12:30 pm and 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary

MN Adult & Teen Challenge Choir Will be here at FLC to give song and testimony at both services on Sunday, May 26, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6 pm. Supper and work night before Palm Sunday. Name a Nominating Committee.

The Special Outreach Cause Offering for the month of April is Key Club.

If you would like to order Easter flowers to decorate our sanctuary for Easter or donate to World Hunger, please do so through the church office.

Key Club is Albert Lea High Schoolers in community service. Special offering envelopes will be available from the ushers at church services.

Lilies -$10 (white) Azaleas -$25 (pink) Mums $16 (yellow or purple) Tulips -$12 (multi-colored)

Please, make checks payable to FLC. To give NOW to the special cause you can text the word “Key” and the amount to 507-788-8767. 6

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC We have two-authors that are Dahl. He was glad it worked out that way. Otherwise he would not be related to the Dahles, Dales, members of the church.

Brudvigs and Hellies. Dale tells funny stories that his grandparents went through, with unruly farm animals, and the unruly pig that would show up for Ladies Aid. He also told about how the Indians and the Norwegians got along.

Charles Flugum wrote his book in 1973, “Birding from a Tractor Seat”. Charles lived south of Albert Lea on a 240 acre farm, were he did most of his bird watching. He was very active in the Albert Lea Audubon Society, and served 2 years as Vice President and 3 years as President. Some of you may remember Charles wrote monthly columns for the community magazine, published by Trade Publishing Co., with his experience with birds. Those 137 articles are in his book. He identifies birds by their markings, sounds they make, and where they make their nest. You will learn so much more. You can find his book in section 12-fl.

Dale is a son to Alfred and Ardes Juveland. Dale spent his summer and the weekends in the Fall working for his Great Uncle Melvin and Gladys Juveland on their farm, north of Lake Mills IA,. There, at the age of 7, he learned how to drive a tractor and take care of farm animals. Dale graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1971. Austin Community College and South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. There he got involved with the Rodeo Team. He went on to win Bareback Championship. Dale Dale Drescher wrote his book in 2018“Memories That Will Live On - the Past is Full of Life”. now lives in Good Samaritan Care Center in Albert Lea, He wants to pass all of these memories on to He starts by telling stories about his great, greathis family and friends. grandparents that came from Norway to Lake Mills, IA. Evanston Knutson worked for Anders and Siri Dahle and E.K. married Minnie

April 21, 2019 11:45 am in Central Park Bring your own Basket! For ages Infant-6th Grade


April 2019 Sun




9 am-Holidays Crafting-BH

11 am-1 pm-Gift Shop Open

1 pm-Nominating Committee mtg.-L


Fifth Sunday in Lent First Communion Sunday


8 am-Happiness Is A Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 3 pm-Thorne Crest-Comm.


6:30 am-M Fitness 8 am-Pray 9 am-FLCW 10:30 amComm.-FL

7 pm-N. A.-RR

6:30 pm-Ministry Teams-meet-BH 11 am-1 p 7 pm-N.A.-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal 11:30 am-



9 am-Holidays Crafting-BH

8 am-Happiness Is A Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

8 am-Traditional w/Comm.-S

11 am-1 pm-Gift Shop Open

9:15 am-Worship w/Comm.-C

1 pm-Nominating Committee mtg.-L 2:30 pm-Sr. Towers Comm.

9 am-12 pm-Gift Shop Open


8 am-Pray

11 am-1 p

9:15 am-Sunday School-BH 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR 9:15 am-Scott & Vicky Satre Missionaries from Cameroon-BH 7 pm-N. A.-RR

11:30 am12:30 pm1:15 pm-F 4:45 pm-B 6 pm-Altar Guild supper and work night-BH, C 5:30 pm-E 7 pm-N.A.-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal 6:30 pm-Co



10:30 am-Praise & Worship w/Comm.-S Palm Sunday

8 am-Traditional -S

9 am-12 pm-Gift Shop Open

9:15 am-Worship -C

9:15 am-Sunday School-BH 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR 9:15 am-Immersion-BH

10:30 am-Praise & Worship -S

21 Easter Sunday 8 am-Festival Service with Holy Communion -S


8 am-Happiness Is A Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P


1pm-Library Board-L

11:30 am

5:30 pm-Finance mtg. P 6:30 pm-Church Council meets-P 7 pm-N. A.-RR

7 pm-N.A.-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal

1:30 pm-M 1:30 pm-M 4:45 pm-B



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9 am-Holidays Crafting-BH

11 am-1 pm-Gift Shop Open

Easter Monday Office & Building Closed

8 am-Happiness Is A Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

10:30 am-Festival Service with Holy Communion -S

7 pm-N.A.-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal

11:45 am-Easter Egg Hunt-Central Park 9 am-12 pm-Gift Shop Open

10 am-Centennial Celebration Service 11:30 am-Celebration Lunch-BH

11 am-1 p

6:30 am-M 8 am-Pray

11 am-1 p

9 am-12 pm-Gift Shop Open


8 am-Pray


9 am-Holidays Crafting-BH

11 am-1 pm-Gift Shop Open

7 pm-N. A.-RR


8 am-Happiness Is A Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P AA 7 pm-N.A.-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal


5:30 pm-B 6:30 pm-C 7:15 pm-F 7 pm-Eiko


Men’s Group-Snap

yer Group-PR W Board-P -Good SamaritanLC

pm-Gift Shop Open

-Lenten Lunch-BH

12:30 pm-Lenten Worship-S 3 pm-Oak Park Place Comm.-FLC 4:45 pm-Bell Choir Rehearsal 5:30 pm-Evening Meal-BH 6:30 pm-Confirmation Worship 6:30 pm-Lent Worship Service-S 7:15 pm-FLC Choir Rehearsal 7:15 pm-Scott & Vicky Satre Missionaries from Cameroon-S 7:30 pm-Eikon-YR

Thu 4


1 & 5:15 pm-Tops-RR 5 pm-Help Me Grow-BH 5:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR 6 pm-Girl Scouts-P

11 am-1 pm-Gift Shop Open


yer Group-PR

pm-Gift Shop Open

Worship -Lenten Lunch-BH 6:30 pm-Lenten Worship-S -Lenten Worship-S 7:15 pm-FLC Choir Rehearsal FLCW Program-BH 7:30 pm-Eikon-YR Bell Choir Rehearsal Evening Meal-BH onfirmation

yer Group-PR

pm-Gift Shop Open

m-Lenten Lunch-BH

MC #12-MPR MC #31-P Bell Choir Rehearsal

Men’s Group-Snap Fitness yer Group-PR

Bell Choir Rehearsal Confirmation FLC Choir Rehearsal on-YR

1 & 5:15 pm-Tops-RR 5:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR

Sat 6

Set-up for Luther 10 am-AA-MPR College Collegiate ChoirS, GS, BH, 1 pm-Hardanger-MPR 7 pm-Luther College Collegiate Choir-S



11 am-1 pm-Gift Shop Open

2 pm-Bev McMullin Memorial Service-S, BH

8 am-5:30 pm-Life Line Screening-BH

10 am-AA-MPR

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

18 Maundy Thursday 19 Good Friday 6:30 pm-Confirmation Worship 10:30 am-Prairie Sr. Cottages Comm. Office Closes at 12 noon 7:15 pm-FLC Choir Rehearsal 1 & 5:15 pm-Tops-RR 7:30 pm-Eikon-YR 1:30 pm-St. John’s/Fountain Lake Comm. 3 pm-St. John’s Comm./Luther Place 5:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR 6 pm-Girl Scouts-P 7 pm Good Friday 7 pm-Maundy Thursday Service Service-S w/Comm.-S

ministrative Professionals Day

pm-Gift Shop Open



1 & 5:15 pm-Tops-RR 5:30 pm-Sweet Hour of Prayer-C 5:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR 6:30 pm-Chapel Service

26 Set-up for Centennial Celebration 11 am-1 pm-Gift Shop Open


Easter Vigil

9:30 am-MC #20-P 10 am-AA-MPR 7 pm-Easter Vigil w/Comm.-S


10 am-AA-MPR 11:30 Kara Gore Baby Shower Open House-P

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

=Alcoholics Anonymous BH=Bethany Hall C= Chancel C= Chapel MPR=Multi-Purpose Room N= Nursery NA=Narcotics Anonymous RR=Resource Room S=Sanctuary SL=South Lot YR=Youth Room 9

CR=Choir Room MC= Mission Circle P =Parlor PR= Prayer Room w/Comm.=with Holy Communion

Centennial Celebration Plans Sunday, April 28, 2019 8:30 am—Fellowship & Snacks 10:00 am—Festival Worship Service featuring Bishop Steven Delzer preaching; Special Music with the Des Moines Brass; Holy Communion; broadcast live on 11:30 am—Special Catered Meal in Bethany Hall for everyone 1:00 pm—Program with Former Pastors First Lutheran Church + F.L.C. + For the Love of Christ

Men! Featuring Gary Sloan, championship high school football coach from Grand Meadow, Minnesota

Sign up in the Gathering Space by Friday April 19, 2019, to make your reservation. 10

At Cabela’s! Or Register directly with: Russell Tesch 906 4th Ave SE Waseca, MN 56093 Call (507) 835-3843 or email:

Is God calling YOU to be a leader in our church? Cody Habana Belinda Krysan Larry Larson Mark Light Crystal Miller Terri Stadheim Mollee Tscholl Pr. John Holt

(507) 318-9594 (651) 246-4679 (507) 383-3389 (507) 402-0794 (507) 390-4444 (507) 383-0478 (507) 676-1883 (507) 383-4750

Our FLC Congregation Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 11:45 am in Bethany Hall for the purpose of Elections of Congregation Officers, Team (Commission) Members and various Committees. Please, be in prayer that God will raise up leaders for our church into the next century of our life together in mission and ministry

Or Come to this!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 8:00 am – 9:30 am Cornerstone Building (Downtown) 244 S. Broadway, Albert Lea, MN 56007    Bring your appetite. Bring your friends. Bring your prayerful heart. For info Call David Peterson 507.213.6148

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Kathy Carter, Elaine Munson, Mary Carstens, Mark & Terri Stadheim, Paul & Jan Overgaard, Crystal Ferley, John & Marlene Nordahl given by: Carol Ann Smith, Mark & Nancy Sorlie, Stanley & Arvilla Johnson, Mary Ann Terri Stadheim, Margaret Kelly, Lee VanBeek, Bob & Martinson, Todd & Stacy Vucenich, Dale & Marilyn Matson, Patricia Goldman, Jerome Baer Thomas & Sandra Clawson, Kenneth & Athelene Gerber, Ronald & Jeanne Hansen, Faith Ryan, Richard & Judy Kary, Eugene Sauer - brother of Neva Mathison given by: David & Carol Wolter, Mary Keating, Doris Callahan, Nancy Wayne & Bev Diercks Grothe Jack Neale given by: Sandra Roscoe, Don & Judy Keith Olson given by Timothy & MaryAnn Allison Kropp, Donald & Arlis Smith, Jeff Kopseng, Steven Arneson, Davis & Julie Gilbertson, Neva Mathison, Our Dad James A. Jensen given by: Steve & Tamera Wencl Becky Boelter, James & Judith Olson, Charles & Barbara Wayne Huntley given by: Rose Perteet, Audrey Christensen Stearns, Mary Keating, Family & friends, Hildy Vallevand, Maxine Hamer given by: Her family Gordon & LouJean Nelson The sister of a friend of mine, Dorothy, sister to Sharon Astrup-Scott given by: Neal & Jean Skaar Margaret Milcher given by: Helen Johnson Jen Gore - sister of Donna Ludtke & Karen Hovde Lyle Hanson given by: Gene & Ann Arnold, Bev Nelson, given by: Donald & Arlis Smith, Mary Keating Maxine Hanson, Jeff & Sue Hanson, John & Barb Cliff Ernie Ingvaldson given by: Donald & Arlis Smith Maxine Higgins given by: Roland Twito & Paddy Hoium, Larry Christensen given by: Robert & Helen Edwin, Dawn Runden Janet Engebretson Keith Fligge for his birthday given in love by: Deloris In Honor Of: Janice Lestrud given by: Janis Korus - Jeanette Olson’s & the Fligge family daughter Deb Beighley given by: Wanda Dorman Gifts Given By: Carmen Meyers given by: Hildy Vallevand Jan Wilder, Patricia Tallman, Bob & Theresa Hartke, Norm Ted Schrader given by: Rose Perteet, Helene Westrum, & Joyce Fredin, Thomas & Barbara Guiney, Deacon Douglas Buddy & Phyllis Bonfy, Dale & Dorothy Baldwin, Jay & Spiotta, Jane Johnson, Lorraine Bakken, Laverne & Shirley Kathy Dyrdal, Arlene Levine Strand, Leroy & Garnet Folie, Evelyn Petri My friend Barbara Sletten given by: Helen R. Johnson PEACE & POWER CAMERA FUND In Memory Of: Fern Stockdale given by: Ben & Phyllis Fredrickson Dan Borland given by: Jane Maiden Dan Borland given by: Al & Tep Christensen, Al & Bonnie Bakken, Sharon Wakefield, Hazel Senske, With Gifts Given By: thanks from Gary & Ginny Thompson, Davis & Julie Shirley Schreader, Judy Waalkens Gilbertson, Ken & Diane Damerow, Craig & Brenda RADIO FUND Ludtke, Rose Perteet, Michael Murtaugh, Audrey In Memory Of: Christensen, Ellwood & Janice Tukua Ted Schrader given by: Rose Perteet Keith Fligge given by: Sharon Wakefield Herb Andersen given by: Bonnie Schneider LaVern & Junice Schuhmacher given by: Their family Dan Borland given by: Rose Perteet Herb Andersen given by: Karin Stone, Larry & Julia Wayne Huntley given by: Rose Perteet Tonder, Jack & Orlene Woodside, Jerry & Carol Frydenlund, Ken & Diane Damerow, Don & Judy KIMBERLY (OLSON) Kropp, Tom & Judy Mullen, Chris & Deb Koenigs, GODDARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND Steve & Sandi Nesse, Lilah Aas, Bev Grotsun, Gen In Memory Of: Montei, Shirlie Brownlow, Bob & Bernice Moreau, Dick Jack Neale given by: Jon & Patricia Syverson & Barb Ochs, Dennis & Carol Colstrup, Becky Boelter & Cindy Martin given by: Carol Olson Tom Larson, Mary Ellen Johnson, David & Elaine Lyle Hanson given by: Carol Olson Syverson, Donald & Leatrice Falk, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Lage, Dr. George Lundstrom, Wayne & Carol Hedalen, 12

In Memory Of:



Ronnie Jerdee given by: Jon & Patricia Syverson

Lyle Hanson given by: Gary & Ginny Thompson

Herb Andersen given by: Carol Olson

Cindy Martin given by: Gary & Ginny Thompson


Gifts Given By:

Bev McMullin given by: Wayne & Carol Hedalen George Feuerhelm given by: Wayne & Carol Hedalen Ted Schrader given by: Steve & Sharon Overgaard Mitch Wakefield given by: Sharon Wakefield Herb Andersen given by: Doug & Dorothy Blom, Bonnie Trampel, Joe & Marge LaFrance Lyle Hanson given by: Duane & Eunice Hatleli




Colleen Nelson, Bonnie Trampel

In Memory Of:

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Herb Andersen given by: Deloris Fligge

In Memory Of:

Herb Andersen given by: Mark, Paul, Jill Marie, Daniel & Jennifer Sletten

In Honor Of:

Thanking God for Coach Al Christensen for the gift of his loving heart & gifted hands given by: The family of Wayne & Jackie Sletten

Gifts Given By:

Arnie & MaryAnn Venem


In Memory Of:

Marlene Nordahl given by: Marion & Joan Mast, Edwin & Nancy VerHey FOOD FOR SCHOOL BACKPACKS PROGRAM FUND


In Memory Of:

Sharon Astrup-Scott given by: Pamela Keller

In Honor Of:

In Memory Of:

Michael Kropp given by: His wife Kristi, his children Connor & Rachel & his parents Don & Judy Kropp Eldon Senske given by: Hazel Senske Herb Andersen given by: Tim & Mary Stapleton, Gary & Ginny Thompson

My cousin Mary Powell for her April 9th birthday given by: Jane Maiden GENERAL FUND

In Honor Of:

Our Mom, Arlene Jensen given by: Steve & Tamera Wencl

Don’t see your gift? Any gifts recorded by the church office after March 25, 2019 will appear in the next issue. Any questions or concerns, please call the church office 373-6424. Thank you.

HAVE YOU INCLUDED FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN YOUR WILL? Over the years, those First Lutheran Church members who have conscientiously included First Lutheran Church congregation in their estate planning have enabled some very important and powerful ministry to happen here. Please consider including First Lutheran Church, which has served you these many years, in your estate planning. You will enable this congregation to serve many, many more people in years and generations to come.


Our Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for: Rodger Christenson, Kathryn Konieska, Bill Schulte, Jean Stearns, Karen Szymanowski and Jacob Twito.

Our Continued Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for: Alan J. Christensen, Mary Ann Christian, Dale Drescher, Doris Groff, Millard Hamborg, Gregg Hatleli, Breckyn Heinemann, Glenn Helland, Noah Iverson, Sharon Johnson, Lynn Kermes, Deb Koenigs, Tom Loverink, Fred (Fritz) Moran, Mary Nelson, Sue Olson, Sally Rickenbach, Betty Stolaas, Warren VanRiper ... and their spouses, families & caregivers, and…safety for people serving in the Armed Forces, and their families.

Do not hesitate to call the church (373-6424), if you have not seen a pastor and would like to request a visit. If you call the church office after hours and get the recording, keying option ❸ will send your call directly to the pastor on call. No name is automatically put on a printed prayer list. We ask permission before we include a name on our printed prayer list. Please let us know if you want to be on the prayer list or be visited. ~Your FLC Pastors

Personal Visitation by the Pastors To support people at the time of illness or injury, pastors do make personal visits in hospitals, homes or Care Centers. Many hospitals, like the Mayo’s Methodist & St. Mary’s Hospitals in Rochester no longer give pastors access to lists of patients. So, if we happen to be there visiting someone, and we don’t know about someone else hospitalized, we have no way of discovering that person any more. Hospitals do NOT call pastors/churches to inform them of admissions, and have not for decades. So, please, call, if you want us to know. We try to be available in emergencies.

Pastoral Records



Edith Rose Wangen, March 10, 2019 Henry David Martinez, March 24, 2019

Call the prayer chain coordinators, Jo Hanson 763-257-9018 or Julia Tonder 373-9594.

Funerals Jurene Johnson, February 16, 2019 Herb Andersen, March 11, 2019 Lyle Hanson, March 15, 2019 Cindy Martin, March 21, 2019 Vivian Brua, March 22, 2019 Donna Mae Brua, March 23, 2019

All prayer requests are confidential.


MISCELLANEOUS FLC INFORMATION February 2019 Financial Report Total Income Total Expenses Surplus (Deficit)

FLC General Fund (G.F.) Actual Budget $101,733 $140,825 $136,217 $140,825 ($34,484) 0

As of 2-28-19

Radio Income Expense Net gain (loss)

FLC Broadcast Ministries Actual Peace & Power $930 Income 2,886 Expense ($1,956) Net gain (loss)


Actual $11,606 7,050 $4,556

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Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

301 West Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN

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FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OFFICE: Phone (507) 373-6424; E-mail:; Fax 373-6330 Mailing address—301 W. Clark St., Albert Lea, MN 56007 Office Hours- Monday- Thursday: 8am-5pm; Friday: 8am-4:45pm Building Hours- Monday – Thursday: 7am-8:30pm; Friday: 8am-4:45pm Saturday: 8am-12pm; Sunday: 7am-12pm Other times by appointment or as meetings/events are scheduled Web site– PASTORAL STAFF e-mails and emergency telephone numbers: Pastor John Holt, (Cell–383-4750; Home–377-0046) Pastor Sean Forde (Cell 772-323-1778)


eed a ride to church? We are using the Albert Lea Taxi Service. Those who

need a ride to church can call 383-3341 to schedule a ride to the service of their choice on Sundays, or Thursday evenings. Just let the driver know to bill FLC.


Worship Schedule SERVICE TIMES Worship Schedule

8 am — Traditional Worship Service 9:15 am — Worship in the Chapel 10:30 am — Praise & Worship Service Thursday (resuming April 25): 6:30 pm Worship Service in the Chapel * Holy Communion:

First & Third Sundays of the month First & Third Thursdays of the month

Mid-week services during Lent:

Wednesdays: 6:30 pm —Worship Service March 13 through April 10, 2019 Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019 Good Friday, April 19, 2019 Easter Vigil, April 20, 2019

First Lutheran Church 301 W Clark St. Albert Lea, MN 56007

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Sunday Worship Broadcasts 10:00 a.m. - Peace & Power-KAAL TV- Channel 6 (11:00 a.m. - KATE RADIO AM 1450

First Lutheran Church—F.L.C.—For the Love of Christ

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