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First Lutheran Church Albert Lea, MN www.flcal.org

F E B RUA RY M ES S E N G E R JANUARY 31, 2018

V OLUME LXVIIl+ N O .2

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 We will offer two worship services 12:15 p.m.–12:55 p.m. 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Fir st Luther an Church + F.L.C. + For the Love of Chr ist

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Pastor John’s Letter

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Caring & Sharing

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FLC Library News

4

February Calendar

8-9

A Word from the Satre’s

10-11

Miscellaneous Information

14

Musical Notes

15

Lenten Worship

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. SPECIAL LENTEN OBSERVANCES Soup & Sandwich Lunches 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in Bethany Hall Cost $5

Evening Meals 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in Bethany Hall Cost $5 per person or $15 per family to support our Youth Camperships! A time to grow together as devoted followers of Christ.

Lenten Worship Services 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Sanctuary 6:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. (except Ash Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:30 pm ) ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP February 14, 2018 Includes imposition of ashes and Holy Communion THE MISSION OF FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IS:TO GATHER, EQUIP, AND EMPOWER PEOPLE TO JOYFULLY DO 1

CHRIST’S WORK.


Rejoice in the Lord!

Dear Friends in Christ, Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. ~ Hebrews 13:2 Hospitality is something we practice as disciples of Christ. The dictionary.com definition of hospitality is: the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way. Hospitality is what God shows to each of us. No matter what our condition, background, sins or failures, God welcomes each of us with open arms to receive his forgiveness, blessing and new life. Our calling as Jesus’ followers is to offer that same hospitality to all. We have some great people who lead and do hospitality here at FLC all the time! The motivation behind this, of course, is love—agape love. A couple of verses remind us of this: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son... (John 3:16) Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (I John 4:7-8) We love because He first loved us. (I John 4:19) It’s interesting that this year Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on February 14, which we also observe as Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love. This year, during Lent, to help us deepen our appreciation for God’s love in Jesus and His gracious hospitality, we are using the theme AMMPARO for our mid-week Lenten series. The ELCA has some resources under the banner of AMMPARO an acronym for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. It’s a play on the Spanish word, “amparo”, which means “protection”. Protection is a key element of love and hospitality. This is a timely topic in the public forum as our federal government wrestles with the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) immigration issue. Here at church, we have no political ax to grind. As we think about these issues, we can grow in our practice of hospitality to one another and to the people we encounter in our lives. We’ll have  bookmark Bible reading guides with a verse or two for each day of Lent. This Lent we will offer Wednesday services mid-day as well as in the evenings to welcome more people to worship. (See schedule.) Who knows what angels we may welcome as we grow in God’s gracious hospitality together... ...In the Light of His Love,

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We are happy to welcome Mr. Rod Nielsen to our staff as our new Building & Grounds Superintendent. He plans to start on Monday, February 12. Please, keep him in your prayers as he joins us in this key position here at FLC. I’m sure all of us will enjoy getting to know him in the days and years to come. Welcome, Rod! 2


FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN (FLCW) CARING AND SHARING

FEBRUARY PROGRAM

February 2017- Martha Co-Chairs

LouJean Nelson Janice Tukua

373-3466, 383-2634 383-0411, 369-5930

Workers Vergie Asper

Deb Drescher

Carrie Jensen

Betty Ball

Kristina Drescher

Nancy Kyllo

Ariana Bell

Janice Hammer

Laurie Olson

Becky Boelter

Virginia Hermanson

Stephanie Passingham

(Friday only)

Linda Cook

(Sat.)

Eunice Hatleli

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:15 p.m. Program: School Backpacks By: Karen Cibert Devotions: Joan Holt Offering Prayer: Joan Holt

All women are members of FLCW and invited to come.

Ginny Thompson

All guests welcome!

Cakes Amy Belshan

Brooke Jacobson

Jennifer Rhiner

Paula Bennett

Karen Joachim

Sue Runden

Carol Carr

Carol Johnson

Jodi Schulz

Tiffney Chapek

Paula Juveland

Francis Swenson

Barb Collins

Deb Koenigs

Brenda Van Fossen

Katie Davis

Amber Yost

MARCH PROGRAM Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:15 p.m. Program: Cabin Coffee By: Sarah Orchard Devotions: Joyce Fredin Offering Prayer: Joyce Fredin

The First Lutheran Church Women are selling Herbergers Community Days coupon booklets. They are $5 each. We receive the entire $5 to use toward our mission goals. There are books in the church office. Jo Hanson is chairing the sale so you can contact her for books (763-257-9018). We would like to invite all the women of the church to get involved, whether selling or buying the books. In addition to the $5 per book we receive, selling 75 books will also earn us a percentage of the sales of the books sold by the sales persons at Herbergers. Community Days takes place March 1-3, 2018; however, the coupons may be used all week through the 3rd. Please help us make this project a success! 3


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC? We know you have family recipes you’d like to share. Time is winding down. If your family unit has not submitted your favorite recipe, please do so. Kids: we need your favorite recipes too. Come on dad, we know you can cook. Let’s see some recipes from the men in the congregation. The goal, as you know, is to have every family represented in this very special cookbook. The target is 400 recipes. Do we have yours? Recipes can be submitted on line or written on forms found at the Welcome Center or by the office. Please help us meet our goal!

ATTENTION CRAFTERS: The crafters will begin meeting again on Monday, February 12, 2018. Please join us for fun, fellowship and coffee! We can always use donations of fabric, ribbon, beads, wood items and especially your ideas. Come join us in Bethany Hall at 9:00 am every Monday. We are excited! Children are visiting the Children’s Corner and checking out books. The collection is growing, but we always need more gently-used books. For the adults, check out the display case where new books are placed monthly:

Behind the Beautiful Forever by

Pulitzer- prize author Katherine Boo takes place in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon brings back the

unforgettable Mitford series. In this book, Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia, return to Mitford after five years of retirement.

Save Me by best-selling author Lisa

Scottoline deals with the unfairness of bullying and the heartache of mothers trying to protect their children. Again, the author deals sensitively with a prevalent issue. In The Timekeeper, inspiring author, Mitch Albom, writes “a compelling fable about the first man on Earth to count the hours. This remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is” Also on display is the large print version of The Readers Digest magazine. Many back issues are in the library and may be checked out. 4


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC? (CONT.) Lenten Observances

Ash Wednesday Observances February 14, 2018

Soup & Sandwich Luncheons

11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Cost $5 Devotions from 12:05 -12:10 p.m.- Bethany Hall

Soup & Sandwich lunch-Chicken Wild Rice Evening meal-Lasagna

Evening Meals

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. in Bethany Hall (except Ash Wednesday, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.)

We will offer two worship services 12:15 p.m.–12:55 p.m. 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Cost $5 per person or $15 per family to support our Youth Confirmation Camp this summer! No evening meal April 12

Includes imposition of ashes and Holy Communion

Lenten Worship

12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m.–7:10 p.m.

The Special Outreach Cause for February is: Helping Families Fund. Please pick up special offering envelopes from the ushers at church services. (Make checks to F.L.C.) Goal is $500 To give NOW to the special cause you can text the word Helping and the amount to 507-788-8767. Last months special cause total $890.62.

EVENT OF INTEREST Your Relationship Deserves a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Experience February 16 - 18, 2018 Double Tree Hotel, Brooklyn Center, MN Apply now at GodLovesMarriage.org! Questions? Contact Pete & Phyllis McMahon mcmahonp@comcast.net or 763-561-1575 Pre-registration is required - don't miss out! 5


FLC YOUTH ANNOUNCEMENTS 7th - 12th Grade Skiing/Snow Tubing Trip Mt. Kato (Mankato)

Sunday, February 11th Join us for a afternoon of Skiing and Snow Tubing. We will spend the afternoon at Mt. Kato. You have the option of skiing or snow tubing. You must decide which option you are doing when you sign up.

Skiing Details: Cost: $30

Snow Tubing Details: Cost: $10

Includes ski & boot rental and lift ticket Ski from 2 pm - 7:30 pm

Includes tube rental and lift ticket Snow tubing will be for 3 hours.

Leaving from South Parking Lot at 12:45 PM Home about ?? 9:00 PM Bring money for snack/dinner or pack your own food to bring

To Sign up contact Jordan (373-6424) by Wednesday Feb.7th

Z-tag It’s that time again for us to play Z-tag. Bring your Nerf equipment if you have any.

7th & 8th Grade

9th - 12th Grade

Friday Feb. 23 9 p.m.. - 11:30 p.m. Cost: $3

Saturday Feb. 24th 9 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Cost: $3

Sign up Deadline: Wednesday Feb. 21

Sign up Deadline: Thursday Feb. 22

You must sign up in order to attend either event Questions?/Sign Up - Talk to Jordan (373-6424) 6


SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE High School Senior Scholarships & Current College Age Student Scholarships

(All applications will be mailed to all FLC member high school seniors or online at Albert Lea High School Website except for Matching Scholarships and Evelyn D. Stadheim Memorial Nurses Scholarship)

High School Senior Scholarships

FLC will be presenting scholarship awards to FLC member high school seniors at the High School Awards Program this Spring. The applicants will be selected based on involvement with church activities since Confirmation, community service and academic achievement.

Kimberly (Olson) Goddard Memorial Scholarship

FLC has available the Kimberly (Olson) Goddard Memorial Scholarship. The recipient must be a member of FLC and preference is given to first year nursing (RN or LPN) students or first year students in any of the other medical fields.

Gordon D. Aas Memorial Theater/Fine Arts Scholarship

FLC has available the Gordon D. Aas Memorial Theater/Fine Arts Scholarship. The recipient must be a member of FLC who is currently or who will be pursuing higher education in Theater or English, Music, Visual Arts, or another area of the Fine Arts

Bill Hammer Memorial Scholarship

FLC has available the Bill Hammer Memorial Scholarship. Qualifications: pursuing a four year education in business or accounting; active member in a Christian church; 3.0 grade point average; and involvement in at least one extracurricular activity throughout the high school years.

Matthew C. Nesse Memorial Scholarship

FLC has available the Matthew C. Nesse Memorial Scholarship. This recipient must be an ALHS senior, reside in Freeborn County, plan to pursue further education in the visual arts and/or graphic design, have a high school grade point average 3.0 or higher. Although it is not required, preference will be given to an applicant that is a member of First Lutheran Church.

Matching Scholarships

The FLC Scholarship Committee may consider awarding scholarships to 2 nd, 3rd & 4th year college students from FLC who are eligible for matching funds from their college. If interested, please pick up an application from the church office. (Many ELCA related colleges provide this kind of program.) Please, contact your college financial aid office to determine if you qualify to receive matching funds.

Evelyn D. Stadheim Memorial Nurses Scholarship

The Evelyn D. Stadheim Memorial Nurses Scholarship is available for students pursuing a career in nursing. Applications will be available from the Naeve Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.

Norm and Joyce Fredin Scholarship

Any student having successfully completed one semester in a 4 year college is eligible to apply for a scholarship towards tuition and/or books to continue their education in a 4 year college. Recipients must be members of FLC Albert Lea for at least one year. Must be first degree applicants only. No second degree applicants. The scholarship will be awarded upon successfully completing one semester at a 4 year college.

Keith & Deloris Fligge Family Scholarship Any student having successfully completed one semester in a 2 or 4 year Minnesota College, University or Technical College will be eligible to apply for a $800-$1000 scholarship towards tuition and/or books to continue their education.. Recipients must be members of FLC Albert Lea. First degree applicants only. The scholarship will be awarded upon successfully completing one semester at a 2 or 4 year college.

If you do not receive one, please, contact Julie Schewe in the church office. Applications will be due Thursday, March 22, 2018. 7


February 2018 Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

8 am-Traditional w/Comm.-S 5 9:15 am-Worship w/Comm.-C 9:15 am-Sunday School 6 pm-Girl Scouts-MPR 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR 9:15 am-Immersion-BH 10:30 am-Praise & Worship w/Comm. 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

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7

11

13 8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 14

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8 am- Traditional Worship-S 9:15 am-Worship-C 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR 9:15 am-Immersion-BH 10:30 am-Praise & Worship 1:30 pm-Blue Earth River Conference Assembly-Trinity Lutheran/A.Lea

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9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

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8 am-Traditional w/Comm.-S 9:15 am-Worship w/Comm.-C 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR 9:15 am-Immersion-BH 10:30 am-Praise & Worship w/Comm.

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8 am- Traditional Worship-S 9:15 am-Worship-C 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR 9:15 am-Immersion-BH 10:30 am-Praise & Worship

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9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH

8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 3 pm-Thorne Crest -Trinity 6:30 pm-Commissions meet-BH 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal

20 8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 21

6:30 pm-Church Council meets-P

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal

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8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR

6 pm-MC #6-MPR

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR 8

Ash Wedn

Vale 8 am-Prayer Group 1 pm-St. John’s on Fountain Lake-Salem 8:30 am-Staff mee 2:30 pm-Senior Towers-FLC 11:30 am-Soup & S 12:15 pm-Ash Wed 6 pm-Strength & Dignity-P 1:15 pm-FLCW Prog 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 5:15 pm-Bell Choir 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers 5:15 pm-Ash Wedn Rehearsal 6:30 pm-Confirmat 6:30 pm-Ash Wedn 7:15 pm-FLC Choir 7 pm-Eikon-YR

11 am-Library Board meets-L

9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH

8 am-Prayer G 8:30 am-Staff mee 9 am-FLCW Board-P 9:30 am-Bible Stud 10:30 am-Good Sam 3 pm-Oak Park Pla 5:30 pm-Bell Choir 6:30 pm-Confirmat 6:30 pm-Usher me

5:30 pm-Sweet Hour of Prayer-C 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal

8 am-Praye 8:30 am-Staff mee 11:30 am-Lenten S 12:15 pm-Lenten S 1:30 pm-MC #12-M 1:30 pm-MC #31-P 5:15 pm-Bell Choir 5:30 pm-Lenten Ev 6:30 pm-Confirmat 6:30 pm-Lenten Se 7:15 pm-FLC Choir

28 8 am-Prayer

8:30 am-Staff mee 11:30 am-Lenten S 12:15 pm-Lenten S 12:30 pm-Messeng 5:15 pm-Bell Choir 5:30 pm-Lenten Ev 6:30 pm-Lenten Se 6:30 pm-Confirmat 7:15 pm-FLC Choir


Group-PR eting-L P dy-MPR maritan-FLC ace-Grace r Rehearsal tion eeting-P

nesday

entines Day p-PR eting-P Sandwich-BH dnesday Service-S gram-BH r Rehearsal nesday Meal-BH tion Worship nesday Service w/Comm.-S Rehearsal

er Group-PR eting-P Soup & Sandwich-BH Service-S MPR P r Rehearsal vening Meal-BH tion Worship ervice-S Rehearsal

r Group-PR eting-P Soup & Sandwich-BH Service-S ger Prep-P r Rehearsal vening Meal-BH ervice-S tion Worship Rehearsal

Thu

Fri

Sat

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2

3

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10

1 & 5:15 pm-Tops- LL 3 pm-Yoga Calm Class-RR 5:30 pm-Al-Anon-P 5:30 pm-Al-Anon kids-N

7:30 -11 am-Shinefest Pancake Breakfast-Bethany Hall 10 am-Alcoholics Anonymous-MPR

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

6:30 pm-Chapel Service w/Comm

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1 & 5:15 pm-Tops- LL

2:30 pm-St. John’s Comm.-Ascension 3 pm-Yoga Calm Class-RR 5:30 pm-Al-Anon-P 5:30 pm-Al-Anon kids-N 6 pm-Girl Scouts-MPR

6:30 pm-Chapel Service

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10:30 am-Prairie Sr. Cottages Comm.-FLC 1 & 5:15 pm-Tops- LL 3 pm-Yoga Calm Class-RR 5:30 pm-Al-Anon-P 5:30 pm-Al-Anon kids-N

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1 & 5:15 pm-Tops- LL 3 pm-Yoga Calm Class-RR 5:30 pm-Al-Anon-P 5:30 pm-Al-Anon kids-N 6 pm-Girl Scouts-MPR

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

10 am-Alcoholics Anonymous-MPR

Night to Shine

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10 am-3pm-Red Cross Blood DriveBH

9:30 am-MC #20-P 10 am-Alcoholics Anonymous-MPR

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

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1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

BH=Bethany Hall MC= Mission Circle N= Nursery RR=Resource Room

YR=Youth Room 9

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10 am-Alcoholics Anonymous-MPR

C= Chapel

CR=Choir Room

MPR=Multi-Purpose Room P =Parlor

PR= Prayer Room

S=Sanctuary

SL=South Lot

w/Comm.=with Holy Communion


NEWSLETTER FROM OUR MISSIONARIES

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NEWSLETTER FROM OUR MISSIONARIES (CONT.)

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MEMORIALS, HONORS & SPECIAL GIFTS PEACE & POWER FUND In Memory Of: Ruth O’Brien given by: Bill & J udy Stilley Kathy Brekke given by: Bill & J udy Stilley Kathy Wilder given by: Bill & J udy Stilley Don Worke given by: Bill & J udy Stilley Geraldine Kingstrom given by: Bill & J udy Stilley Phyllis Jensen given by: Paulette Kr enke, Helen R. Johnson Larry Trampel given by: J im & Vicki Ander son, Kelvie & Diane Leverentz, Audra Wells, Family & friends Gaylord Olson of Glenville, MN who passed away on September 19th given by: Shir ley Olson Jean Mattingly given by: Milton & Eva Har oldson, Mavis Bergo, Fern Urbatsch Norman Schmidt given by: J oan Mattick, Helen Lovik, Verona Boe, Don & Neva Mathison

Easton LaFrance given by: Bonnie Tr ampel, Vern & Shirley Strand, Bonnie Schneider, Hildy Vallevand Hazel Martinson given by: Ger aldine Sauke

Heavner Harriet Wittmer given by: Inge Rhiger

In Honor Of: Jack & Arlene Allison for their 60th wedding anniversary given by: Lor r aine Bakken Duane & Eunice Hatleli for their 60th wedding anniversary given by: Clayton & Connie Tufte

Gifts Given By: North Blue Earth Lutheran Church of Bricelyn, MN, Evelyn Petri, Emmons Lutheran Church Women of Emmons, MN, Our Saviors Lutheran Church WELCA of Lyle, MN, LaVonne Emmons, Pontoppidan Church WELCA of Owatonna, MN, Trinity Lutheran Church Women of New Richland, MN, Round Prairie Lutheran Church Women of Glenville, MN, Marvin & Elaine Anderson, Charles & Mary Sukup, Darlene Schmidt, Trinity Lutheran Church WELCA of Hayfield, MN, , Patricia Tallman, Martha Tasker, Sion Lutheran Church Women of Lake Mills, IA, , Joan Johnson, Ray & VaLane Tyler, Leroy & Garnet Folie, Larry & Dorinda Leutink, Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church WELCA of Northwood, IA

RADIO FUND In Memory Of: Jim Grotsun given by: His family

Gary Walk given by: Helen Lovik

Vi Bergman given by: Donna Henr ikson

Orville Courrier given by: J ames & Sheila Hansen

Gifts Given By:

Barbara Varner given by: Nor r is Lovik

ALTAR GUILD FUND In Honor Of:

Larry King given by: Ken & Diane Damer ow, Bonnie Schneider, Jim & Sue Larson My mother Bonnie Bonnerup given by: Richar d & Mary Swanson Caren (Cornick) Oster given by: J ack & Or lene Woodside Burnette Sanderson given by: J ack & Or lene Woodside Bob Nielsen given by: Neva Mathison Lorraine Olson given by: Clar ence & Bar bar a Heavner

Ronald Hall given by: Clar ence & Bar bar a

First Lutheran Church Women of Albert Lea, MN

Helen Lovik given by: Car ol Olson

BILL HAMMER SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Bill Hammer given by: J er r y & Dor is Schafer , Saroj & Clemencia Gujral

CHOIR STOLES/FOLDERS FUND In Memory Of: Larry Trampel given by: Al & Bonnie Bakken David A. Nelson given by: Al & Bonnie Bakken

Melvin Hobbiebrunken given by: Al & Bonnie

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MEMORIALS, HONORS & SPECIAL GIFTS (cont.) Gifts Given By: Paul & Paulette Manemann

TANZANIA MISSION PROJECT FUND Gifts Given By:

PARISH NURSE FUND In Memory Of: Kathy Brekke given by: Keith & Delor is Fligge

HAITI MISSION TRIP FUND Gifts Given By:

SANCTUARY LIGHTING FUND In Memory Of:

Paul & Julie Nafzger

Larry Trampel given by: J o Hanson

SEMINARY FUND In Memory Of:

Easton LaFrance given by: J o Hanson

HELPING FAMILIES FUND Gifts Given By:

Norman Schmidt given by: Fr ed & Cher yl Mor an

First Lutheran Church Women of Albert Lea, MN, Joann Palmer, Mary Matthes

WORLD HUNGER FUND In Memory Of: My family given by: Ione Kelly

James Senske

Gifts Given By: Hildy Vallevand, Gordon & LouJean Nelson

GENERAL FUND In Memory Of: Dan Schoeneman given by: Lois Schoeneman

JESSICA LOKKEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC In Memory Of:

WHEN YOU NEED PRAYER...Call the prayer chain coordinators, Jo Hanson 763-257-9018 or Julia Tonder 373-9594 All prayers are confidential.

PRAYERS Our Continued Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for:

Betty Abben, Adeline Baker, Alan J. Christensen, Mary Ann Christian, Tate Manahl, Millard Hamborg, Breckyn Heinemann, Karen Houge, Fred (Fritz) Moran, Michael Olson, Colleen Politz, Carol Spear, Betty Stolaas, Christina Woodside and…safety for people serving in the Armed Forces, and their families.

PERSONAL VISITATION BY THE PASTORS To support people at the time of illness or injury we pastors do make personal visits in the hospital, homes or Care Centers. We occasionally check local hospital lists, but sometimes names do not show up on the list. So, please, call, if you want us to know. Do not hesitate to call the church [373-6424], if you have not seen a pastor and would like to request a visit. We try to be available in emergencies. ‘After hours’ the church phone system will automatically put your call through to the pastor ‘on call’ by keying #3. We ask permission before we include a name on our printed prayer list. Please let us know if you want to be on the list or be visited.~ Your FLC Pastors 13


MISCELLANEOUS FLC INFORMATION FIRST LUTHERAN MESSENGER (USPS196-560)

Periodicals postage paid at

Published by First Lutheran Church (Monthly)

Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

301 West Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN Subscription price $1.00 per year (Postmaster send address correction to 301 W. Clark St, Albert Lea, MN 56007)

Financial Summary for the year 2017 FLC General Fund (G.F.) Offerings Other Income

Actual

Budget

Over(Under)

$727,931

$698,000

$29,931

111,215

107,800

$3,415

Total Income Expenses Surplus (Deficit) January 1, 2017 2017 Radio gain/(loss)

$839,146 $805,800 $796,545 $805,800 $42,601 -0$153,865 G.F. ‘Fund Balance’ -3,271

December 31, 2017

$150,594 G.F. ‘Fund Balance’

$33,346 $9,255 $42,601

FLC Broadcast Ministries Radio Income Expense Net gain (loss)

Actual Peace & Power $7,633 Income 10,904 Expense $(3,271) Net gain (loss)

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OFFICE: Phone (507) 373-6424; E-mail: firstoffice@flcal.org; 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–www.flcal.org PASTORAL STAFF e-mails and emergency telephone numbers: Pastor John Holt, johnh@flcal.org (Cell–383-4750; Home–377-0046)

Pastoral Records Baptisms Piola Beverly Diaz, December 10, 2017 Kamille Grace Hebblewhite, January 14, 2018

Funerals

Actual $46,622 46,622 $0

Please Note: In Case of Inclement Weather CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS will be announced on: KAAL TV and KATE Radio [1450 AM]

Laura Seifert, December 28, 2017 Norman Schmidt, December 29, 2017 Rose Foss, January 13, 2018 Easton LaFrance, January 13, 2018 Larry King, January 15, 2018 Barbara Varner, January 16,2018 14


MUSICAL NOTES It seems absolutely impossible that we are about to enter our Lenten journey for 2018. Time is flying! As we approach Lent, I think of Philippians 3:10-11 I want to know Christ--yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. In my Spring studies, I am taking a course on the theology of the great German Theologian and Teacher and Martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. For Bonhoeffer, searching ourselves for commitment to Christ and true discipleship to Christ was not something to do only during Lent. It was a way of life--THE WAY OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN LIFE--throughout every day of life! The Season of Lent certainly does not have to be oppressive for our spirits. However, Lent does provide a season of reflection so we can take a good look at ourselves, our faith, and our commitment to Christ. Only through Jesus can we realize THE WAY--THE TRUTH--AND THE LIFE! ONGOING IN FEBRUARY—

I am making this plea again for February. WE NEED YOU!!!!! Please consider joining our First Lutheran Church Choir for the Lent-Easter Season. This is a short-term commitment from February through the end of March since, believe it or not, EASTER IS SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018. The Lent-Easter Season is (now) about a nine-week commitment for rehearsals and services. COME ON DOWN! We need people in EVERY PART-Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass! The rehearsal times are listed below. Help us make the music for Lent and Easter vibrant and to the highest glory of God! First Lutheran Church Choir--Open to ages youth through adult--Wednesday Rehearsals from 6:30 to 8 PM. You don't have to read music! We will work with you! First Lutheran Church Hand Bell Choir--Open to ages youth through adult-Wednesday Rehearsals from 5:30 to 6:25 PM. We are looking for music readers for bells! Spirit Express Band and Singers--Open to ages youth through adult--Tuesday Rehearsals from 7:15 to 8:45 PM. We are always looking for singers and band players! Thanks for your prayers and support. Peace, Tim tim@flcal.org, 507-373-6424, 303-887-4513. 15


Come Worship With Us Meet New Friends Sunday Worship Schedule 8 am — Traditional Worship Service 9:15 am — Worship in the Chapel 9:15 am — Sunday School 9:15 am — Immersion in Bethany Hall 10:30 am — Praise & Worship Wednesday Worship Schedule: (beginning February 14) 12:15 & 6:30 pm-Lenten Worship Service Thursday Worship Schedule: (February 1 & 8 only) 6:30 pm-Worship Service in the Chapel * Holy Communion: First & Third Sundays and Thursdays each month

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