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First Lutheran Church Albert Lea, MN


June 27, 2019

We are teaming up with Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps for Day Camp again this summer!

First Lutheran Church + F.L.C. + For the Love of Christ INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

At Day Camp, kids will encounter a week packed with Christ-centered activities, games, arts and crafts, songs, skits, and Bible-based lessons. The theme is PRESS ON. Day Camp runs Monday-Thursday, July 15-18 from 12:30-5pm. A snack and beverage will be provided. The week concludes with a Thursday Day Camp Celebration/supper where Day Campers show all they’ve experienced as we celebrate Christ! We hope you join us for Day Camp! Register today! Registration form inside!

We need people to house our camp counselors for the week. Contact Jenny at church 373-6424.

Have A Safe and Happy 4th!



Centennial Celebration


WHEN Pastor’s Letter


FLCW Field Trip


Tim’s Last Letter


Special Bequest


July Calendar


The Perfect Gift




July 27th 4pm – 7pm






Central Park


Across from 301 W. Clark Albert Lea, MN The Perfect Gift Store will be open during event






+ Rejoice in the Lord! + Dear Friends in Christ, What a great month we have coming up here at First Lutheran Church!  Sundays in July will feature Pastor Forde’s 3-week message series on Psalms and the companion book he wrote for us, entitled A Hop, Skip and Jump through the Psalms. Then on the last Sunday of the month, Tim O’Shields will bring the message for us. Don’t forget to worship each week. The 8:00 am service on Sunday is early enough that you have much of the day to do other things. The 10:00 am Sunday service is late enough so that you can sleep in, or take a walk, before church. If you plan to be gone over the weekend, be sure to worship wherever you find yourself, or, like many, come to the Thursday evening service at FLC in the Chapel. If you happen to miss the message here at FLC, you can always catch up by seeing the video of the message on our website: Vacation Bible School will be held at FLC on Monday-Thursday, July 15–18, 12:30–5:00 pm each day. Stop by and catch the excitement and energy. Then come for the closing program on Thursday, July 18, that will be the Chapel service for that day. You’ll be glad you did! Centennial Community Day will be held on Saturday evening, 4:00–7:00 pm, July 27. It will be a fun and meaningful day for FLC and the whole community. Held in Central Park, the goal is to celebrate our Centennial, and also thank the Albert Lea community and our neighbors. Tim O'Shields, our Minister of Music & Worship finishes his tenure here at the end of July. Besides preaching the message on Thursday and Sunday, July 25 and 28, there will be a farewell event to honor him and express our gratitude. Plans are still being formulated for that event. A Minister of Music Search Team has been formed to ‘replace the irreplaceable’. Please, keep our efforts in your prayers. Members of the team are: Rachel Christensen, Tom Eaton, Sandy Jensen, Julie Johnson, Jamie Kyllo, Brenda Ludtke, Mary Jane Pierson, Dawn Thompson (chair), and Rich Yost. Wow! We have had record rain falls this spring! It’s great to see the lush green growth of all the vegetation in God’s beautiful creation. The Apostle Peter ends his first letter with these words: But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (I Peter 3:18) To grow in grace and knowledge, it takes being filled with the Living Water of our Lord (John 4:10 & 7:38). This happens when we gather together (Matthew 18:20), read, study and meditate (Joshua 1:8) on His Holy Word (Psalm 119:105), and spend time in prayer and praise. I encourage you to remain humble & curious... listening for His calling. Take time this summer to be led by the Good Shepherd and experience “He leads me beside the still waters; He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:2b-3a). Then you, too, will be lush, growing and fruitful, giving glory to Christ with your life! 

In the Light of His Love,

Pastor John F. Holt Pastoral Records: Funeral, Memorial Services George Bucklin, May 29, 2019 Roger Brua, June 12, 2019 Kevin Goskeson, June 6, 2019 2

George Goskeson, June 17, 2019


Cheryl Moran Bonnie Schneider

Cakes Kathy Attig Susan Blenka Carol Hedelan Fran Heilman

507-383-5066 507-373-3767 Workers

Paula Bennett Ann Bowman Sharon Buley Karen Christenson Robin Evenson

Cindy Fjermestad Julie Gilbertson Laurie Lenz Julie Lokken Sandi Nesse

Deloris Osmundson Linda Pederson Barb Rogness Mary Stapleton Orlene Woodside

Jayne Iverson Pam Jerdee Carol A. Johnson Brenda Malepsy

Susan Morris Beverly Nelson Julie Schewe Sharon Wakefield

First Lutheran Church Women Help Support Local and Global missions Purchase Gift Cards Gift Cards are available in the Gift Shop and in the church office.

Upcoming FLCW Programs The FLCW field trip on July 14, 2019 attend the lunch, please sign up in the will be lunch at Green Lea followed by the play, State Fair, at the ACT Theatre in Albert Lea. Please sign up in the church office and pay for your play ticket. A block of tickets have been reserved for the FLCW event. Tickets are $18 payable to ACT Theatre, and must be paid for in advance. If you have season tickets and want to just

office. All women of the church are invited. This is a special group price for FLCW, please do not go to the box office for these tickets. If you have questions, please call Jo Hanson at 763-257-9018. Hope you can join us for lunch or the play or both! Deadline to sign up is Monday, July 1, 2019.

September Program August Program Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:15 p.m. in Bethany Hall Program: Golden Age of Radio By: Gary Schindler Devotions: Bonnie Schneider Offering Prayer: Bonnie Schneider

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:15 p.m. in Bethany Hall Pioneer Day/Past Presidents Program: Past History of the Ladies Aid and Mission Society of First Lutheran Church By: Joyce Fredin and Donna Ludtke Music: Donna Ludtke and Friends Devotions: TBA Offering Prayer: TBA 3

♫ ♫ ♫ MUSICAL REFLECTIONS ♫ ♫ ♫ I hope your summer is going great! Well--the time has come! This is my final Messenger article. Wow! These six years have really flown by. It would be impossible to thank each of you individually for the love and support you have shown in these six years. I am not going attempt to list the names of everyone who has made my time here a joy. If I tried to do that, I would miss someone and then feel terrible! So, I am going to thank God for the goodness that He showed when I was called here in 2013. Here are some of my favorite Scriptures on thanksgiving as I say "THANK YOU" to First Lutheran Church: Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. Psalm 100:4 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Lord lives! Praise and thanksgiving to my Rock! May God, the Rock of my salvation be exalted! 2 Samuel 22:47. Give thanks to the Lord and call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, we are called to peace and to be thankful. Colossians 3:15 These are some of my fondest memories here at First Lutheran Church: When I came here in 2013, my waist was 33 inches. As I ate hot dish after hot dish and enjoyed much cake and baked goods in our nearly weekly funeral lunches, I quickly plumped up. Thanks to the local "Y" for helping me take those lbs off! Now, I generally decline the funeral lunches! Most of you know how much I love the story of Christ's birth. Some of my fondest memories will always be the beautiful music that told that story of Christ's birth at the Hanging of the Green and the Christmas Eve Services. Alleluia! The Crèche Walk and Cross Walk also told those beautiful stories about the birth, life--death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thanks to Julie Lokken for helping bring those stories to living color! First Lutheran Church Choir--I will never forget you. You gave and gave and gave. You always gave your best! Spirit Express--your 15+ year commitment to leading worship is amazing! Thank you! "Big", festival services need brass, other instruments, and timpani. Thanks to the faithful brass, instrumentalists, and timpanists that truly made amazing music year after year! Starting the Easter Vigil Services will always be a highlight. Thanks to the MANY participants who contributed to acting out the powerful stories of redemption and resurrection! Every Holy Week Service for all these six years will always be great memories! It is all about the story of Christ and Holy Week stories are very powerful! My colleagues on staff of FLC--I love you and will never forget you! JT--We made a great team! Thanks to Pastor Holt and Pastor Forde for all the love, support, and encouragement as you embraced me on the pastoral ministry team. It was a privilege to lay out the Centennial Service and be a part of it! To God be the glory for 100 years of mission and ministry at FLC. May God bless this church in rich ways in the next 100 years! Peace, Tim O'Shields 4

SPECIAL BEQUESTS RECEIVED IN MAY Vern Jahnke often attended worship and other events and meals here at First Lutheran Church over the last several years. You would usually see him with his good friend, Audrey Sorenson. Audrey became a member of First Lutheran Church some time ago, but Vern continued his membership at Grace Lutheran Church. A few months ago, Vern moved into Thorne Crest Senior Living where he was residing at the time of his death on May 3, 2019, at the age of 91. We are so grateful that Vern remembered First Lutheran Church in his estate plans. On May 16, 2019, we received two bequests from Vern: $ 30,643.44 — for First Lutheran Church, and $ 35,753.12 — for Peace & Power Vern had these investments in Certificates of Deposit at a local bank, with a “Payable on Death” designation with FLC and P&P being the named beneficiaries. We thank God for Vern’s good planning and friendship with us here at First Lutheran Church. Blessed be his memory.

~Pastor John Holt

CENTENNIAL - Did You Know? July 4, 1943 - dedication of Service Flag presented by Victory Circle - at that time there were 336 in the Armed Forces; five having paid the supreme sacrifice July 13, 1946 - beginning of Northside Mission (Grace Lutheran) with installation of Rev. A. R. H. Johnson to serve as assistant pastor with the purpose to begin organizing a new congregation on Northside July 22, 1980 - Court of Honor held for seven boys from Boy Scout Troop #6, sponsored by First Lutheran Church, who received their Eagle Awards, the highest achievement award for scouting - the largest group at one ceremony. July, 2004 - new sign installed at the corner of St. Mary and Clark St. July 2015 –organization of “Connections”-a fellowship group for those 20-50 July 16, 2015-”Feed My Starving Children”-a food pack event for youth at Eagan, MN July 25, 2015- 6 youth and 3 adults left on a Jamaica Mission Trip July 27, 2015-establishment of FLC Choral Scholarship Program

On Community Day, July 27, 2019 the history display will be set up in the Gathering Space in the church so anyone who is interested may come in and walk through and view the documents and pictures representing the history of First Lutheran Church. We hope to be able to offer tours including the stained glass windows in the church. Please enjoy all the activities planned and make a stop in the Gathering Space to enjoy 100 years of history. Cookbooks will be for sale in front of the church from 4 to 7 p.m. 5

July 2019 Sun



1 9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH 2 11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

5:45 pm-Music Search Team meets-P 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR


8 am-Traditional Worship with Communion-S


8 am-Traditional Worship-S 9-am-12 pm Gift Shop Open


8 am-Traditional Worship with Communion-S

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR


16 8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR

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8 am-Traditional Worship-S 9-am-12 pm Gift Shop Open

10 am-Praise & Worship-S

8 am-Prayer Grou 9:30 am-Bible Stu 11-am-

5:30 pm-Finance mtg.-P 6:30 pm-Church Council meets-P 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

1 pm-Library Board meets-L


23 8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

8 am-Prayer Grou 9:30 am-Bible Stu 11-am1pm-Tops-RR 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 1 pm-Messenger 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal 7 pm-Eikon-YR



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9-am-12 pm Gift Shop Open


9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

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11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

10 am-Praise & Worship with Communion-S Christian Solos meet

9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 2:30 pm-Senior Towers Communion

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8 am-Prayer Grou 9:30 am-Bible Stu 11-am7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 1pm-Tops-RR 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal 7 pm-Eikon-YR

11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

10 am-Praise & Worship-S FLCW Field Trip 11:30 am-Green Lea for Lunch Act Theatre for play “State Fair”

8 am-Prayer Grou 9 am-FLCW Board 10:30 am-Good Sa 3 pm-Thorne Crest Communion 11-am6:30 pm-Ministry Teams meet-BH 1pm-Tops-RR 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 3 pm-Oak Park Pl 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal Office & B

8 9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH 9 8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR

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3 6:30 am-Men

9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH 11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR 6

1pm-Tops-RR 1:30 pm-MC #12 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 1:30 pm-MC #31 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal 7 pm-Eikon-YR

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

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Thu 4

Church Office & Building Closed

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Church Office & Building Closed

10 am-Alcoholics Anonymous.-MPR

lace Communion Building Closes at 3 pm

Men’s Bible Study Group-MPR up-PR udy-MPR -1pm Gift Shop Open



11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

4:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR 5:15 pm-Tops-RR

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR



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10:30 am-Prairie Sr. Cottages Communion

11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

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1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

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4 pm-Michael Morrison & Nicole 1:30 pm-St. John’s on Fountain Lake ComLarson wedding rehearsal-S & P munion 3 pm-St. John’s Communion 4:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR 5:15 pm-Tops-RR

Michael Morrison and Nicole Larson wedding-S, P & L

6:30 pm-Worship with VBS kids-S

Men’s Bible Study Group-MPR up-PR udy-MPR -1pm Gift Shop Open Crew meets-P

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11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

4:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR 5:15 pm-Tops-RR

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR


10 am-Alcoholics Anonymous.-MPR 4-7 pm-Centennial Community EventIn Central Park

6:30 pm-Worship-C

BH=Bethany Hall C= Chancel C= Chapel CR=Choir Room MC= Mission Circle MPR=Multi-Purpose Room N= Nursery P =Parlor PR= Prayer Room RR=Resource Room S=Sanctuary SL=South Lot YR=Youth Room w/Comm.=with Holy Communion 7

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC The Special Outreach Cause Offering for the month of July is Compassion International

The Perfect Gift Feature for the Month of July

To give NOW to the special cause you can text the word “Compassion” and the amount to 507-788-8767.

Coach Al Christensen’s handmade wooden crosses Stop in to see what we have available, they are going fast!

Special offering envelopes will be available from the ushers at church services. Please, make checks payable to FLC.

Scrip Gift Cards are now available to purchase in the Perfect Gift!!

Friends at First is a Ministry for older adults that meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in Bethany Hall for lunch and a program. Friends at First will not meet this month or in August.

Thank you’s from Scholarship Recipient


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC Cedar Cove is based on the author’s own Many readers are familiar with the author, hometown of Port Orchard, Washington, but the Debbie Macomber, who writes many books with a characters are figments of her imagination. After mix of romance, mystery and a little wisdom. She reading the first book of the Cedar Cove series you will be anxious to read is a New York Times Bestselling author. the next one. FLC Library was fortunate to receive the Cedar Remember that your Cove Series. You start with “16 Lighthouse Road” and get acquainted with Olive Lockhart, who is a FLC Library has other family court judge, and her family, friends and authors series and many neighbors in Cedar Cove. There are 9 books in autobiographies of some this series. Each book tells the stories of these famous people. friends, neighbors and family. There is this mix of romance, mystery and wisdom. Enjoy a relaxing summer of reading.


May 2019 Financial Report Total Income Total Expenses Surplus (Deficit)

FLC General Fund (G.F.) Actual Budget $314,561 $344,208 $348,106 $344,208 ($33,545) 0

As of 5-31-19

Radio Income Expense Net gain (loss)

FLC Broadcast Ministries Actual Peace & Power $5,290 Income 5,520 Expense ($230) Net gain (loss)

Actual $34,419 18,610 $15,809

Habitat 500 Bike Ride —July 14-19, 2019 Remember to support First Lutheran Church member, Lilah Aas, on her annual ‘bike-a-thon’ for Habitat for Humanity. You can drop off your donations in the church office or mail them to Lilah. Checks should be made out to First Lutheran Church. Receipts can be provided for your tax records. The funds she raises all come back to our local Freeborn-Mower affiliate. Please remember that no contribution is too small. Please keep Lilah and her fellow riders in your prayers. 9

MEMORIALS, HONORS & SPECIAL GIFTS PEACE & POWER FUND In Memory Of: Arlo Jaspersen given by: June Jaspersen Jack Reiss given by: Roger & Corinne Sheih Cindy Martin given by: Jake L. Grass Alvin Storvick - brother of Solveig Peterson given by: Kraig & Doris Smeby Gene Fossum given by: Tim & Mary Stapleton

SANCTUARY LIGHTING FUND In Memory Of: Vern Jahnke, special friend of Audrey Sorenson given by: Larry & Janice Lestrud Delores Westergard - mother of Sheri Nicol given by: Pam Stern, Fritz & Cheryl Moran George Bucklin - father of Jayne Iverson given by: Fritz & Cheryl Moran, George & Deloris Goskeson, Family & friends

Art Hedum for Father’s day given by: Jim & Sheila Hansen

Harold Tasker given by: Martha Tasker

Vic Nelson for Father’s day given by: Jim & Sheila Hansen

Bonnie Trampel given by: Bonnie Schneider

In Honor Of:

JoAnne Schrader given by: Helene Westrum, Rose Perteet, Marie Engen, Arlene Levine, Buddy & Phyllis Bonfy

Gifts Given By:

Dr. Arlo Blumer given by: Jack & Orlene Woodside, Ben & Phyllis Fredrickson


Dale Newgard given by: Laverne & Shirley Strand, Selma Engebretson Jean Severson given by: Ben & Phyllis Fredrickson Barbara Soper given by: Ben & Phyllis Fredrickson, Lorraine Bakken, Family & friends George Bucklin - father of Jayne Iverson given by: Lilah Aas Genevie Lau given by: Don & Jan Flatness Kevin Goskeson given by: Julie & Mark Sather, Warren & Irene Mickelson Annette Hagen given by: Neva Mathison

Pam Stern, Bob & Theresa Hartke, Clifford & Margaret Otterson

Barbara Soper given by: Carol Olson

KEITH & DELORIS FLIGGE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Kevin Goskeson given by: Gen Montei, Deloris Fligge

ELDON & HAZEL SENSKE & FAMILY BUILDING & MAINTENANCE ENDOWMENT FUND In recognition of First Lutheran’s 100 year celebration given by: Eldon & Hazel Senske & family

Gifts Given By: Jane Suntken, Patricia Tallman, John & Nancy Sorlie, Charles & Janet Griebenow, Norm & Joyce Fredin, Leroy & Garnet Folie, John & Marilee Waalkens, Deacon Douglas Spiotta, Mary A Haugen, Larry & Dorinda Leutink, Marjorie Jensen, Friends at Senior Towers in Albert Lea, MN

Don’t see your gift? Any gifts recorded by the church office after June 13, 2019 will appear in the next issue. Any questions or concerns, please call the church office 373-6424. Thank you.

RADIO FUND In Memory Of: JoAnne Schrader given by: Rose Perteet

Gifts Given By: Martha Tasker, Lorraine Bakken, David & Jody Nechanicky, Judy Hagen, Debra Pilgrim, Melvin Watson 10


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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

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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.

Albert Lea

Our Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for: Mary West.

Our Continued Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for: Jody Bakken, Alan J. Christensen, Rodger Christenson, Mary Ann Christian, Dale Drescher, Millard Hamborg, Wayne Hanson, Gregg Hatleli, Breckyn Heinemann, Glenn Helland, Noah Iverson, Sharon Johnson, Deb Koenigs, Phil Koppelman, Tom Loverink, Chris Malone, Fred (Fritz) Moran, Bill Schulte, Jean Stearns, Betty Stolaas, Karen Szymanowski, preemie baby Calvin Seehusen, Warren VanRiper, ... and their spouses, families & caregivers, and…safety for people serving in the Armed Forces, and their families.

WHEN YOU NEED PRAYER… Call the prayer chain coordinators, Jo Hanson 763-257-9018 or Julia Tonder 373-9594. 11

Summer Worship Schedule Two Services on Sunday

8 am — Traditional Service 10 am — Praise & Worship Service

Thursday: 6:30 pm Worship Service in the Chapel

* Holy Communion: First & Third Sundays of the month First & Third Thursdays of the month

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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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