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

JA N UA RY M E S S E N G E R DECEMBER 28, 2017

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

JESUS SHOW US THE WAY Beginning a new year With a good guide on our side The star of Jesus which shows us safe roads fills our hearts with his grace Best wishes for the new year

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Pastor John’s Letter

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Caring & Sharing

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Library Corner

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January Calendar

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Merry Christmas from Colombia

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Musical Notes

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V OLUME LXVIIl+ N O .1

The annual Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 11:45AM in the Sanctuary. The ARC Belgian Waffle Breakfast will be served that day from 9am-1pm. Come early and eat or eat after the meeting!

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, Happy New Year! Better yet: May you have a joy-filled New Year! What does it take to truly have a joy-filled life? It’s not about getting more stuff. It’s really about what’s on the inside of a person’s soul. Occasionally at weddings I have shared an illustration of joy for the couple... J – O – Y. J stands for Jesus. Y stands for you. And the O stands for nothing. We have true JOY when NOTHING separates YOU from JESUS! The key in this is knowing who we are in Christ. Second Corinthians 5:17 (NLV) says: For if a man belongs to Christ, he is a new person. The old life is gone. New life has begun. Do you realize that in Christ you can be brand new every day? Martin Luther put it this way: ... day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever. [Luther’s Small Catechism—Holy Baptism part 4]

Romans 8:6b reminds us: “ ... the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” What I need to ask myself each day, and in each situation I face, is this: Am I living in the New Man or the Old Man? This is helpful in any situation—at work, at school, at home. If someone treats me badly, how do I respond—as the New Man in Christ, or as the Old Man? When alone, and tempted in thought, word or deed, I need to ask it. The result of living as the New Man is shown in Galatians 5:22-25 (NIV): But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. In this New Year, God is calling us to “...live the new life.” (Romans 6:4) It’s a choice we can make every day. I love the song I remember singing at Bible Camp as a young lad:

Living for Jesus, a life that is true, Striving to please Him in all that I do; Yielding allegiance, glad hearted and free, This is the pathway of blessing for me. Refrain: O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,

For Thou, in Thy atonement, Didst give Thyself for me. I own no other master, My heart shall be Thy throne. My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.

In this New Year remember who you are in Christ. Choose to live as the New Person that God has made you in Christ Jesus. Then, no matter what your circumstances, or what you may face, you can truly have a joy-filled life, living as God desires for His beloved children... ...In the Light of His Love, Pastor John F. Holt

+ + + Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the 23+ years Steve Olson served as our custodian and Building & Grounds Superintendent. We wish him the best as he moves on to new ventures. Thank you, Steve, for all you have done. May God bless you & Barb abundantly! 2


FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN (FLCW) January 2018

CARING AND SHARING

Co-Chairs Bonnie Anderson 402-4051 Deloris Fligge 373-8937

+ Mary +

Jillian Barnick Amy Casterton Heidi Fjermestad Cindy Gandrud Susan Gregerson

Workers Lorraine Fjelstad Bonnie Fletcher Jane Friedman Bev Grotsun Marilyn Johnson

Mary Ellen Johnson Marge LaFrance Edith Langsev Michele Nelson Susan Olson

Cakes

Jean Grube Candy Herman Thelma Isaacson Robin Kelly Denise Knutson

Sharon Lombard Renee Martinez Christine Ringoen Sue Runden Angie Stickfort

FLCW January Program Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:15 p.m. in Bethany Hall Program: Save Our Hospital By: Pastor Joel Erickson Memorial Service Devotions: Cindy Gandrud Offering Prayer: Cindy Gandrud

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JoAnn Palmer Elaine Panzer Bette Perkins Dee Westrum Kim Zenk


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC? Connect-a-Thon January 7th from 6pm-8pm in Bethany Hall Pizza, Snacks and Childcare provided The connect-a-Thon concept is to spend time together connecting with inactive and active members for whom we’d like to get updated information for. We will be connecting with these members via phone and will have a scrip prepared for all those who attend.

ARC Freeborn County invites you to Come and Enjoy DAD’S BELGIAN WAFFLES All-you-can eat breakfast! Sunday, January 21

9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Bethany Hall All proceeds to be used for programs for people with developmental disabilities.

LIBRARY CORNER Looking for a holiday themed read with mystery and romance? “The Christmas Train” by the well-known author, David Baldacci, is just your book. You will ride with a cynical journalist, Tom Langdon, from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles as he tries to get inspiration for a story in honor of his father. While on his journey, he gets to know the other heart-warming dynamic passengers and runs into a past romantic interest. These memorable characters have packed their luggage with as much wisdom as mischief. The tale shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during the season of miracles. Hallmark Hall of Fame presented “The Christmas Train” on Saturday,

November 25th and may be re-running it during the holiday season. I greatly enjoyed watching the televised show and characters, but I still prefer the book. I’ve read it twice over a period of years. Stop by the library and see all the books it has to offer as reads during the winter as you sit by your Christmas tree, fireplace, or in your favorite cozy chair. Enjoying a good book helps one unwind after the rush of the Christmas season. 4


Full Time Position Open Building & Grounds Superintendent / Head Custodian Full time with benefits. $15–$20 per hour depending on qualifications. Class C Boiler Operator’s License (have or willing to obtain) More information at: www.flcal.org. First Lutheran Church 301 West Clark Street Albert Lea, MN 56007 (507) 373-6424 Kara Heinemann, Administrator or John Holt, Lead Pastor

EVENT OF INTEREST FROG

6 pm Pop Pizza Fellowship 7 pm “Norwegian Bingo” with prizes 8 pm Ice cream with toppings Signing Valentine’s for shut-ins 9 pm Draw for door prizes

Valentine's Party Saturday, February 3, 2018 Central Freeborn Lutheran Fellowship Hall 6:00-9:00 pm Please bring a friend! Cost $5 per person—$10 per family with kids Bring White Elephant item or 2 for $1 table RSVP to Bob & Genie Hanson 373-8655 or Wayne & Bev Indrelie 826-3267

NOISY OFFERING THANK YOU WE SET ANOTHER NEW RECORD! A huge thank you to everyone for digging deep into your hearts and piggy-banks for the noisy offering in November. Because of your generosity, we raised $2,670.25 for our local Salvation Army food-shelf! You are such a blessing to everyone who counts on us in their time of need. Thank you for making sure no child or adult goes to bed hungry tonight in our community through this important ministry! Social Ministry Commission 5


FLC YOUTH ANNOUNCEMENTS Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and money to the care packages for our College Students!

Our High School Youth packed and sent 30 care packages to our College Students

Here are a few notes from the College Students: To everyone at FLC: Thank you for continuing to think of me during this stressful time of the semester! I can assure you, the cookies will not go to waste. Happy Holidays! – Tori H. Huge thank you to FLC and everyone who was a part of sending me the care package. Thank you so much for everything! – Jonah W. Thank you First Lutheran Church for the care package! – Dylan J. Got the care package! Thank you very much! – Matthew P. Just got the package. Thank you so much! Made me feel a lot better! – Taylor M.

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:

Snow Tubing Details:

Cost: $30

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 6


EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH Name: Julie Schewe Job Title: Financial and Membership Specialist Tell us a few sentences about yourself: I love to travel and read books. I am a huge Gopher Fan. I Cheer on Gopher football and Gopher Men's Hockey. I love going to see their games in person. I love my job here at First Lutheran because of all the wonderful members here at the church! Family: Husband Jerel. 2 Sons, Jason and William. William’s Girlfriend Jamie and her son Kaiden. How long have you been at First Lutheran Church? Wow! 16 years. I started in 2002. What is your favorite thing about your job? I love working with all the congregation members and their families. The staff is always great also. Most memorable moment at First Lutheran church? When I reached my 10 years of employment at First Lutheran Church. Do you recall an embarrassing moment at work? There are so many members here at First Lutheran Church and I get embarrassed when I call them by the wrong name! If you could do another job for a day what would it be and why? Librarian, I enjoy reading. I used to read to the little kids and I loved that! If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be? Carol Burnett- She is my favorite comedian! If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life what would it be? Mashed Potatoes and Gravy! Ugh, I love them! If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring? Water, Pillow, and a book to read! What is one item on your bucket list?

I want to visit all 50 states!! I only have two left, Alaska and North Dakota!

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January 2018 SUN

MON 1

New Year’s Day

Church office & Building Closed

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Baptism of Our Lord 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. 6 pm-Connect A Thon-BH

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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 9:30 am-New Member Orientation-P 10:30 am-Praise & Worship

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 3 pm-Thorne Crest -E & C Freeborn 6:30 pm-Commissions-BH 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal

8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 1 pm-St. John’s on Fountain Lake-FlC 2:30 pm-Senior Towers -Grace 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal

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15 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

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

12:30 pm-Endowment Committee meeting-MPR 11 am-Library Board meets-L 5:30 pm-Finance Committee meeting-P 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 6:30 pm-Church Council meets-P 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

8 am-Traditional w/Comm.-S 22 9 am-1 pm-ARC Belgian Waffle Breakfast-BH 9:15 am-Worship w/Comm.-C 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR 9:15 am-Immersion-BH 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR 10:30 am-Praise & Worship w/Comm. 11:45 am-Annual meeting-Sanctuary 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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8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

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

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9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

6 pm-MC #6-MPR 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR 8

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


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8 am-Prayer Group-PR 9 am-FLCW Board-BH 10:30 am-Good Samaritan-Trinity 3 pm-Oak Park Place-FLC 5:30 pm-Bell Choir Rehearsal 7 pm-Eikon-YR

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Epiphany 10 am-Alcoholics Anonymous-MPR

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

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

6:30 pm-Chapel Service w/Comm

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8 am-Prayer Group-PR

1:15 pm-FLCW Program-BH 5:30 pm-Bell Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm-Confirmation 7 pm-Eikon-YR

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1 & 5:15 pm-Tops- LL

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

2:30 pm-St. John’s Comm.-Trinity

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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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8 am-Prayer Group-PR

1:30 pm-MC #12-MPR 1:30 pm-MC #31-P 5:30 pm-Bell Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm-Confirmation 6:30-8 pm-FLC Choir Rehearsal 7 pm-Eikon-YR

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10:30 am-Prairie Sr. Cottages Comm.Grace

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1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

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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

6:30 pm-Chapel Service w/Comm

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8 am-Prayer Group-PR 12:30 pm-Messenger Prep-P 5:30 pm-Bell Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm-Confirmation 6:30-8 pm-FLC Choir Rehearsal 7 pm-Eikon-YR

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10 am-Semcac Connect Event-BH 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

6:30 pm-Chapel Service

8 am-Prayer Group-PR

5:30 pm-Bell Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm-Confirmation 6:30-8 pm-FLC Choir Rehearsal 7 pm-Eikon-YR

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1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

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10 am-Alcoholics Anonymous-MPR


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MEMORIALS, HONORS & SPECIAL GIFTS PEACE & POWER FUND In Memory Of: Marjorie Peterson given by: Mar y Ellen Johnson, Vincent & Romelle Maloney, Rev. Curtis & Sonya Zieske, Philip & Renee Gerskovich, Bradley & Kathleen Niebuhr Larry Trampel given by: Mission Cir cle #20, Wayne & Dorothy Hanson, Doris Groff, Tom & Judy Mullen, Ken & Diane Damerow, Fritz & Cheryl Moran, Paddy Hoium, Larry & Lorraine Fjelstad, Helen Lovik, Don & Judy Kropp, Vern & Shirley Strand, Millard & Phyllis Hamborg, Jack & Orlene Woodside, Julia & Larry Tonder, Ione Kelly, Anne Marie Harshbarger and Children, Marge Moine, Dennis & Janice Brandt, Francis & Marilyn Johnson, Audrey Christensen, Gary & Ginny Thompson, Hazel Senske, Hazel Spiering, Lorraine Schaper, Charles & Thelma Niebuhr, Marv & Dianna Bednar, J. & Linda Nydegger, Richard & Virginia Loberg, Brian & Nancy Hensch, Mary Keating, Richard & Sandra Murray, Judy Menssen, Alice Jensen, Keno & Donna Knutson, Loring & Jinni Olson, Ruth Noren, Al & Tep Christensen, Monrad & Karen Mandsager, Joe & Marge LaFrance, John & Sandra Narverud, Beverly Grotsun, Phyllis Ulland, David & Bethlyn Breamer, Dwaine & Mavis Abbe, Wanda Dorman, Gen Montei, Lowell & Janice Jerdee, Paul & Jan Overgaard, Don & Neva Mathison, Davis & Julie Gilbertson, Bill & Ann Satre, Family & friends Tom Wasmoen - brother of Mary Carstens given by: Dale & Dorothy Baldwin Al Carstens given by: Ver le Wichmann, J udy PoppAnderson Donovan Johnson given by: Clar ence & Bar bar a Heavner

Mike Swenson given by: Clar ence & Bar bar a Heavner Beverly Moen given by: Mike & J ulie Moen, Duane Skophammer, Family & friends Carol Kuennen given by: Cr aig & Sandy Stevens, Monica Fleegel, Glenn & Sheila Kormes Mary Kron given by: Ione Kelly Tom Conlan given by: Ben & Phyllis Fr edr ickson Janet Gorder Knutson given by: Bob & Pat Goldman Doris Gilbert given by: Dennis & J anice Br andt

Randy Kehr given by: Bar b Rofshus Karen Neale given by: Her sister Sue Olson Loved Ones given by: Phyllis Ulland, J ohn & Nancy Sorlie

Larry Olson given by: Dar v & Mar cia Habben Bob Nielson given by: Lyle & Ann Hanson MaryAnn Blummer given by: J ack & Or lene Woodside Jean Mattingly given by: Hildy Vallevand Effie Neist given by: Tr inity Luther an Chur ch Women of Albert Lea, MN Grace Flowers given by: Tr inity Luther an Chur ch Women of Albert Lea, MN Marcella Clausen given by: Tr inity Luther an Chur ch Women of Albert Lea, MN Fern Edwin given by: Tr inity Luther an Chur ch Women of Albert Lea, MN Milly Larson given by: Tr inity Luther an Chur ch Women of Albert Lea, MN Shirley Nielsen given by: Tr inity Luther an Chur ch Women of Albert Lea, MN Charlene Jenson given by: Tr inity Luther an Chur ch Women of Albert Lea, MN Kathy Brekke given by: Tr inity Luther an Chur ch Women of Albert Lea, MN

In Honor Of: Oral “Orrie” Shoff given by: Ben & Phyllis Fr edr ickson, Hildy Vallevand, Davis & Julie Gilbertson Helen Lovik given by: Anonymous Jeanine Dahl for Christmas given by: Tom

Gifts Given By: Norman & Joyce Fredin, Larry & Donna Leutink, Deloris Skalisky, Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church WELCA of Austin, MN, Patricia Tallman, Bear Lake Lutheran Church Women of the Church of Albert Lea, MN, Joy White, Bob & Judy Jacobsen, Richard & Ruth Kaduce, Trondhjem Lutheran Church WELCA of Hayward, MN, Moscow Lutheran Church of Austin, MN, Community Lutheran Church WELCA of Geneva, MN, Leroy & Garnet Folie, Raymond & VaLane Tyler, Central Freeborn Lutheran Church Women of Albert Lea, MN, Oakland Lutheran Church Women of Albert Lea, MN, Elaine Bidne, Robert & Ramona Hanson, Friends of Senior Towers of Albert Lea, MN, Mary Deborah Circle of Chatfield Lutheran Church of Chatfield, MN, Grand Meadow Lutheran Church WELCA of Grand Meadow, MN, One in Christ Mission Circle of Lake Mills, IA, Lydia Mission Circle of Emmons Lutheran Church of Emmons, MN, Sharon Walk

RADIO FUND 12In Memory Of:

Grayce, Norval Ryan, Virgil Ryan, Bridget Hale, Mic


MEMORIALS, HONORS & SPECIAL GIFTS (cont.) & Dick Mandt given by: Janet Ander son

Gifts Given By:

Larry Trampel given by: J im & J ane Loge, Deb Pilgrim, Carlyle & Jeanne Lageson, Larry & Janice Lestrud, Cindy Martin, Tom & Karen Hovde, Family & friends Our parents Helmer & Marie Brackey; Edmund & Margaret Rooney; Nephew Scott Sasser; Family & friends given by: Dick & Elaine Rooney & family

HAPPINESS IS A BLANKET FUND In Memory Of:

In Honor Of: Orrie Shoff for her 90th birthday given by: Hazel Senske

Gifts Given By: Jacob & Mae Twito

PRAYER SHAWL FUND In Memory Of: Larry Trampel given by: J ane Maiden, Cindy Gandrud

INSTRUMENT REPAIR/REPLACE/ MUSICIANS FUND In Memory Of: Marjorie Peterson given by: David & Beth Kaluza

Gifts Given By: Stephen & Diane Weisgram

GENERAL FUND In Memory Of: Larry Trampel given by: Br ien & Kar a Heinemann, Gary Bussing of Financial Engines

Gifts Given By: SEMINARY FUND In Memory Of: Larry Trampel given by: Roxann Br ue, Steve & Sandy Nesse, Steven Isackson, Marjorie & James Larson, Alice & Rodney Jacobson, Duane & Eunice Hatleli, Family & friends, Ronald Drescher given by: Fr itz & Cher yl Mor an

Gifts Given By: Martha Tasker, Carol Olson, Bob & Marilyn Sasser, Phyllis Ulland, David & Linda Pederson, Katherine Glowac

ADULT CHOIR STOLES/MUSIC FOLDERS FUND In Memory Of:

Helen Lovik

Larry Trampel given by: Donna Henr ikson, Deb Hanson, Carol Olson, Darv & Marcia Habben, Family & friends

BILL HAMMER SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Our dear friend Thomas “Tom” Conlan given by: Lar r y & Cheryl Beavens

Larry Trampel given by: J anice Hammer , David & Brenda Van Fossen Bill Hammer given by: Rodney & Linda J ohnson

TUCKPOINTING/STEEPLE REPAIRS In Memory Of: Larry Trampel given by: Linda Peder son

KIMBERLY (OLSON) GODDARD SCHOLARSHIP In Memory Of: Tom Wasmoen - husband of Marlene & brother of Mary given by: Ron & J udy Hagen Larry Trampel given by: Ron & J udy Hagen Roger Olson for Christmas given by: Car ol Olson

HELPING FAMILIES FUND In Memory Of: Joanne Sletten given by: Chr is & Deb Koenigs

ALTAR GUILD FUND In Memory Of: Larry Trampel given by: Steve & Shar on Over gaar d, Durlin & Barbara Hensch, Martha Tasker, Chris & Debra Koenigs, Michael & Judith O’Neal, Karen Lindeman, Karen Ziebell, Troy Thompson Agency, Inc. of Albert Lea, MN, Brenda Blanshan, Gordon & LouJean Nelson

CAMERA & PROJECTOR FUND Gifts Given By: Norman & Joyce Fredin

PARISH NURSE FUND In Memory

Of:

Larry by: Keith &

Trampel given Deloris Fligge

Larry Trampel given by: Family & fr iends

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MISCELLANEOUS FLC INFORMATION FIRST LUTHERAN MESSENGER (USPS196-560)

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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)

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) Pastor Sean Forde sean@flcal.org (Cell 772-323-1778)

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

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

Betty Abben, Adeline Baker, Alan J. Christensen, Mary Ann Christian, Alyssa Gilderhus, Grant Gordon, 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

Pastoral Records Funerals Dr. Robert Gomsrud, December 1, 2017 Duane Ringoen, December 2, 2017 Gary Walk, December 27, 2017

WHEN YOU NEED PRAYER... Call the prayer chain coordinators, Jo Hanson 763-257-9018 or Julia Tonder 373-9594 All prayers are confidential. 14


MUSICAL NOTES Happy New Year! As you read this, I will be at Luther Seminary in St. Paul for my January "Intensive" Term (J-Term). I am very excited to take three more courses: Dismantling Racism, Public Worship, and Triune God and the World. When the J-Term grades are posted, I will be slightly more than half done with my course work for my Masters in Divinity. Please continue to pray that God will lead my steps, strengthen my body, and keep my mind focused on all the work at hand-there and here. I say "work", but neither my Seminary journey nor my "work" here at First Lutheran Church is "work". It is absolutely a labor of love and I love every minute of the Seminary and here at the Church. Thanks for all your support during our Advent and Christmas Festivities. Telling the Christmas story here at First Lutheran Church through music and art has been very special over the past FIVE Christmas Seasons! I will leave you with two great Bible verses as we embark on a new year: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here! and Isaiah 40:31 Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faith...... God has great plans for all of us in this new year here at First Lutheran Church! Alleluia!

ONGOING IN JANUARY— WE NEED YOU!!!!! Please consider joining our First Lutheran Church Choir for the Lent-Easter Season. This is a short-term commitment from January through the end of March since, believe it or not, EASTER IS SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018. The Lent-Easter Season is about a ten-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. 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

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Come Worship With Us 8 am — Worship- in the Sanctuary 9:15 am — Worship- in the Chapel 9:15 am — Sunday School 9:15 am — Immersion-in Bethany Hall 10:30 am — Praise & Worship- in the Sanctuary Thursday: 6:30 pm Worship Service in the Chapel * Holy Communion: First & Third Sundays of the month First & Third Thursdays of the month

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

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