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First Lutheran Church Albert Lea, MN

June Messenger First Lutheran Church + F.L.C. + For the Love of Christ





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May 25, 2017

First Lutheran Church Women

SALAD LUNCHEON First Lutheran Church 301 W. Clark St. Albert Lea Friday, June 16 Serving from 11:00am - 1:00pm Come Anytime-There is no program. Cost is $7- payable at the door. Proceeds to benefit Gathering Space Kitchen Updates and the SCRIP program.

Inside Story Inside this issue:


Pastor Sean’s Letter


FLCW Caring & Sharing


The Garden Project


June Calendar


Memorials, Honors and Special Gifts


Happenings in Colombia


Musical Notes



Come for a great time of fellowship & food— to the annual…

SPUDS & SPLITS First Lutheran Church 301 W. Clark St. Albert Lea

THURSDAY, JUNE 29 4:30-7:00 p.m. in Bethany Hall Free will donation. Suggested Price $7 Everyone is welcome.

The First Lutheran Church Jessica Lokken Music Camp July 17-21

Vacation Bible School July 24-27

Rejoice in the Lord!

God is so good! I have been with you at First since the beginning of September last year and it’s already summer. My, how time flies! It has been a great season of ministry as we’re celebrating 500 years of the Reformation history through Bible Studies, a trip to walk in the footsteps of Luther in Germany, and joint worship and music opportunities this fall. We held our sermon series entitled Luther On, where we focused on Martin Luther’s teachings on the Sacraments, vocation, family, grace, and salvation. Pastor John introduced our Lenten focus: Journey to New Life, which allowed us to put our faith into action though seven practical steps that led us to the cross of Christ and through the cross to new life. And Tim O’Shields developed our season of Easter theme in conjunction with his pastoral studies: Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever from Hebrews 13:8. It’s a fifty-day celebration of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whose unchanging grace, mercy, and love has brought us through our past, is present with us now, and will forever sustain us through life everlasting. There are so many life-giving opportunities at First, here are a few we added this year. We had a seminary fundraiser for Tim O’Shields that raised over $6,000 to support theological education and his calling to pastoral ministry. Special thanks for the generosity of our congregation and the leadership of the Lokken, Sasser, Nesse, and Heinemann families for a wonderful event. Other events included Night to Shine, a prom in February to show teens with special needs God’s love led by Becky Rognes, Susan Forde, and Stacy Palmer as well as many community and high school volunteers. Our Youth and Family team led by Jenny Edwin and Jordan Winter put on an awesome Easter egg hunt for children in our community. Our Family Fun Day with games, food, and live music was led by Joee Winter, Ann Adams, Jenny Levisen and our Connections ministry team. As you can see, these are only a few of the many life-giving events happening at First. We can also see that leadership encompasses a team effort. We all help out, pitch in, motivate, and inspire each other as our Christian community comes together in unity. Thanks to you for making First Lutheran such an awesome church. As we look at our present financial giving, we are encouraged by the generosity of our congregation as our giving is up. Thank you so much for your continued support and partnership in the Gospel. And as we look ahead, there is a genuine excitement for what God is doing in, with, and through First Lutheran Church. We are reminded always that God is so good! Enjoy the summer months. Pastor Sean

Hope For Recovery Saturday June 17th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Pastoral Records Baptisms

Our Savior's Lutheran Church 1600 West Oakland Avenue, Austin, MN. Spend a Saturday obtaining information, hope and practical strategies for dealing with the complexities of mental illnesses. Participants learn about mental illnesses, treatments, coping strategies, the mental health system and local resources.

Robert Paul Hartke, April 16, 2017 Axel Simmons, April 30, 2017 Haven Elizabeth Kay Olson, May 14, 2017

Funerals Delores Oakland, April 28, 2017 Dorothy Hendrickson, May 6, 2017 Illena Sletten, May 10, 2017




First Lutheran Church Albert Lea

June 2017 - Sarah Co-Chairs Judy Hagen Sue Jensen

373-7663 373-7839

Friday, June 16 Serving from

11:00am - 1:00pm


Come Anytime-There is no program. Cost is $7- payable at the door.

Barb Cliff

Ruth Noren

Nancy Stoa

Diane Damerow

Barb Ochs

Shirley Strand

Judy Folven

Carol Olson

Elaine Syverson

Cathie Kammerer

Dawn Pestorious Kaley Waldemar

Proceeds to benefit Gathering Space Kitchen Updates and the SCRIP program.

All women are members of FLCW and invited to come.

Cakes Betty Abben

Jane Maiden

Sue Toenges

Beth Breamer

Debbie Pelvit

Jill Tweed

Barb Cliff

Betty Ruud

Mae Twito

Thelma Foss

Nona Sippel

Kristin Vanek

Rhoda Knudson

Aimee Struck

Hildy Vallevand

Darlene Levison

Tammy Swenson

All guests welcome!

The First Lutheran Church Women will be taking a bus to... Plymouth Playhouse—Heart Songs Wednesday, July 12 9 am-5:30 pm Cost $60 per person (includes lunch, play and coach bus) Sign up deadline is Monday, June 12 Pay when you sign up and please make check payable to FLCW. Sign up in the church office.

Support Local and Global Mission PURCHASE GIFT CARDS Cards will be available EVERY SUNDAY in the Gathering Space. Cards will also be available in the Office during the week.

Social Ministry Commission

GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE * Kwik Trip Gas and Gift * Kwik Trip Car Wash * Caribou Coffee * Herbergers  Walgreens

Despite a cold and bone-chilling rain, the Social Ministry Commission and several more volunteers, had a successful Lutheran World Relief Ingathering on Saturday, May 20. Sixty area churches donated 3440 quilts, 75 blankets, 425 school kits, 1200 personal care kits, 8 fabric kits, 230 baby care kits, over 1500 bars of soap, and $4000 for LWR shipping expenses. A most grateful "Thank You!" to Crossroad Trailer of Albert Lea for the truck & transport to the LWR warehouse in St. Paul. Thanks also to the FLC office & custodial staffs for all the behind the scenes help.

Great for Graduation Gifts and Father’s Day



person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Good Summer reading Book of the month

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a col- the older man's life. Knowing he was dyleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who un- ing, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study derstood you when you were young and searching, every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship helped you see the world as a more profound turned into one final “class”: lessons in place, gave you sound advice to help you make how to live. your way through it.

"Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronihis college professor from nearly twenty years ago. cle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that

Volunteer Appreciation Open House Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:00-2:00 pm In Bethany Hall Open to any and all volunteers of First Lutheran Church. We would like to Thank ALL Volunteers for their much appreciated help and dedication! Come when you can and enjoy lunch provided by FLC!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Picnic at Edgewater Shelter Menu: Market Place fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans and Neapolitan ice cream

Please sign-up and pre-pay $6 for your meal reservation.

Everyone is welcome!!

The annual Spuds and Splits dinner sponsored by the Life & Growth Commission will be held on Thursday, June 29 from 4:307 pm. Baked potatoes with many toppings and banana splits with toppings will be served. Suggested donation is $7. Proceeds will benefit the Music Fund and the Seminary Fund. Everyone welcome. 4


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to everyone who came to

This summer our 7th—12th students will be participating in a garden project. They will be partnering with a local farmer to grow produce and donate it to homeless organizations. They will plan, prepare the soil, plant, and harvest the garden then visit local homeless organizations to distribute the food. Here is a picture of our plot of land. We will give updates through the summer of our progress.

the French Toast Breakfast on Sunday April 30th. The proceeds from the breakfast are a huge help in making the Boundary Waters Trip possible. Thanks again!

Boundary Waters Trip — June 25th - 30th 14 youth and 2 adults will be going to the Boundary Waters on an adventure trip. Please be praying for us as we are on our trip. We ask specifically for safe travels to and from the Boundary Waters, safety while in the Boundary Waters, and that we have open hearts to experience God in a new way. We also ask for you to pray for us by name: Max Le, Jacob Moffitt, Patrick Barnick, Rachel Barnick, Sam Jensen, Evan Goskeson, Maddy Fjermestad, Mikaela Pannkuk, Liz Nafzger, Natalie Nafzger, Emma Loch, Karter Kenis, Ryker Rofshus, Garret Larson, Julie Nafzger, and Jordan Winter. We want to thank everyone who has supported us so far through our fundraisers and through prayer.

Habitat 500 Bike Ride —July 9-15, 2017 For the 21st year, I will be riding in the Habitat 500. This year’s ride takes place during the week of July 9-15 beginning and ending in Victoria, Minnesota with the opportunity to work on a Habitat home in Sauk Rapids. Back in 1997 when I decided to experience the challenge of a long bike ride to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, I never dreamed that I would keep on riding for all these years. Yet, two bikes and over $160,000 later, here I am. This year my goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000.00 once again. I believe that Habitat for Humanity provides a wonderful opportunity for us to live our faith as we give people the opportunity to become the owners of simple, decent, affordable homes. The funds I raise all come back to our local Freeborn-Mower affiliate, which, in turn, sends a tithe of all donations to the International organization. In the past, the First Lutheran family has generously supported my efforts both financially and spiritually. There will be a between services coffee on June 18

during which you can make a contribution to my efforts. Throughout the month of June you can also drop off your donations in the church office or mail them to me at 1129 Lakeview Blvd. Checks “I never dreamed can be made to either First that I would Lutheran Church or Habitat 500. Keep on riding for Receipts can be provided for your all these years.” tax records, however, so cash is also fine. Please remember that no contribution is too small. There will not be special envelopes this year. If your finances do not permit you to make a monetary contribution, please keep me and my fellow riders in your prayers. We always need those and they don’t cost a thing! Thank you and God bless you. Lilah Aas


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Our Continued Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for: Alan J. Christensen,


Mary Ann Christian, Larry Fjelstad, Alyssa Gilderhus, Millard Hamborg, Breckyn Heinemann, Karen Houge, Fred (Fritz) Moran, Colleen Politz, Betty Stolaas and…safety for people serving in the Armed Forces, and their families.




Day of Pentecost

8am-Traditional w/Comm.-S 10 am-Praise & Worship w/Comm.-S

3 pm-Thorne Crest-FLC

8 am-Traditional-S

9:15 am-Baptism-S 10 am-Praise & Worship-S


8:30 am-FLCW Board-P

10:30 am-Good Samaritan-CEF 6 pm-Welcome Committee meets 3 pm-Oak Park Place-FLC 6:30 pm-Commissions meet-BH

6 pm-Girl Scouts-MPR






Last day to sign up for FLCW field trip to Plymouth Playhouse


2:30 pm Grace



1 pm-St. John’s on Fountain LakeTrinity 2:30 pm-Sr. Towers-Trinity

10:30 a



Father’s Day




11 am-Library Board meets-L 12-2 pm-Volunteer 8 am-Traditional w/Comm.-S 11:30 am-Friends @ First -Picnic Appreciation Day-BH Habitat coffee between services at Edgewater Bay Shelter 1:30 pm-MC #12-MPR for Lilah Aas 10 am-Praise & Worship w/Comm.-S 6:30 pm-Church Council meets-P 1:30 pm-MC #31-P


8 am-Traditional-S 10 am-Praise & Worship-S



6 pm-MC #6-MPR

BH=Bethany Hall P =Parlor

C= Chapel PR= Prayer Room





1 pm-Messenger Crew-P

4:30 pm

5:30 pm-Sweet Hour of Prayer-C

CR-Choir Room

GS= Gathering Space

RR=Resource Room 6





SL=South L



Sunday Events

8 am-Traditional Service-S 10 am-Praise & Worship-S



Monday Events 9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafters-BH 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

Freeborn County Historical Museum Style Show-BH

Tuesday Events 8:00 am-Happiness Is A Blanket 9:30 am-Staff Meeting-P 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7 pm-Spirit Express Rehearsal 7:15 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal





0 pm-Worship in the Chapel w/Comm.

m-St. John’s Lutheran Home-

0 pm-Worship in the Chapel

11 am-1 pm-FLCW Salad Luncheon-BH 2 pm-Freeborn County Historical Museum Style Show set up-MPR & BH 4 pm-Wedding rehearsal-S-P-L

3 pm- Anna Petersen and Zachery Gebhart Wedding-S-P-L



am-Prairie Senior Cottages-FLC

9:30 am-MC #20-P

11 am-1 pm-FLCW Salad Luncheon-BH

Thursday Events 1 & 5:15 pm-Tops– RR

6:30 p.m.-Chapel Service

0 pm-Worship in the Chapel

4:30 pm-Wedding rehearsal-S-P-L

4 pm-Kaley Waldemar and Jacob Moen wedding -S-P-LP



7 pm-Al-Anon-P 7 pm-Al-Anon kids-N Friday Events 1 pm-Hardanger-MPR Saturday Events 10:30 am-Alcoholics Anonymous-MPR

0 pm-Worship in the Chapel


m-Spuds & Splits

0 pm-Worship in the Chapel

MC= Mission Circle


Wednesday Events 8 am-Prayer Group-PR 9:30 am-Bible Study-MPR

YR=Youth Room

MPR=Multi-Purpose Room

N= Nursery

w/Comm.=with Holy Communion 7



Dorothy Cafourek given by: Rolland Twito & Paddy Hoium, Arlo & Julie Wallin David Kvam given by: Lee & Darlene Kvam, Konstance Haas Helen Allen given by: Lowell Olson Delores Oakland given by: Lorraine Bakken, Joy White, Bob & Helen Edwin, Mary Stapleton Darrel Juveland given by: Kathleen Lester My late husband, Ellsworth “Ace” Evenson given by: Kathleen Lester Michael Kropp given by: Francis & Marilyn Johnson, Monrad & Karen Mandsager, Bev Grotsun, Jane Reid Barbara Ganske given by: Hildy Vallevand Betty Ruud given by: Kathryn Oothoudt, Judy Menssen, Agnes Boss, Ron & Judy Hagen Paul Krysan - father of Craig & Belinda Krysan given by: Dwaine & Dawn Winkels, Bob & Joni Rowe Marjorie Larson given by: Edmund & Angeline Nelson Barb Westurn given by: Tom & Judy Mullen Betty Stoker given by: Agnes Boss My nephew Darrell G. given by: Agnes Boss Our Cousin - Roger Jahnke given by: Helen Lovik and her brother Merrill Jahnke Dorothy Hendrickson given by: Larry & Janice Lestrud Barbara Reynolds given by: Ben & Phyllis Fredrickson Ronald Hagen given by: Ben & Phyllis Fredrickson James Adams given by: Arlo & Julie Wallin Pamela Badik given by: Silver Lake Church Congregation of Northwood, IA & friends Gary Christian given by: Bob & Helen Edwin Verna Gilbertson given by: Joy White

Arnold Stadheim

In Memory Of:

Gifts Given By:

Marlene Overgaard, Norm & Joyce Fredin, Donna Prescher, Trinity Church Women of New Richland, MN, Gilbert Gilbertson, Patricia Tallman, Leroy & Garnet Folie, Kathryn Belieu, Larry & Dorinda Leutink, Charles & Janet Griebenow, Vern Jahnke, Audrey Sorenson


In Memory Of:

Betty Ruud given by: Shirley Christopherson Earl Ehrenberg of San Diego, CA given by: Jane Maiden Karen Schneider given by: Alton Flugum

In Honor Of:

Hildy Vallevand given by: Shirley Christopherson Marlene Jensen given by: Shirley Christopherson Shirley Strand given by: Shirley Christopherson

Gifts Given By:


In Memory Of:

Helen Allen given by: Ron & Judy Hagen


Gifts Given By: Arnold Stadheim


In Memory Of:

My cousin’s husband, Willy Haavik of Holter, Norway given by: Jane Maiden


In Memory Of:

Michael Kropp given by: Keith & Deloris Fligge Fern Edwin given by: Bonnie Schneider


In Memory Of:

Fern Edwin given by: Bob & Candy Herman, Steve & Jenni Field, Eric & Michelle Battle


In Memory Of:

Betty Ruud given by: Arnie & Mary Ann Venem, Marge Moine, Carlyle & Jeanne Lageson


In Memory Of:

Eldon Senske for his May 2nd birthday given by: Hazel Senske


In Honor Of:

Our grandson Christian Tyler Jenson given by: Richard & Nancy Jenson Our new granddaughter Emma Elizabeth Jenson given by: Richard & Nancy Jenson

Gifts Given By:

John & Myrna Phillips


Gifts Given By: Roger Sprague


In Memory Of:

Karen Neale given by: David & Susan Olson


In Honor Of:

Our awesome First Lutheran Church staff given by: Larry & Janice Lestrud

Thank you all for your generosity!! 8




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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 8:00, or 10:00 am on Sundays, or Thursday evenings at 6:30. Just let the driver know to bill FLC. Please help the office by letting us know if your event cancels or not being held that week or month. When we get calls in the office they expect us to know. Please help us out.

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-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Friday 4:50 p.m.) 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) Normal Hours for the FLC Building Sunday: 7:00 am–12:00 noon; Monday–Thursday: 7:00 am–9:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am – 4:50 pm; Saturday: 8:00 – 11:50 am Other times by appointment or as meetings/events are scheduled

The Special Outreach Cause for June is: “HOSPICE” Hospice care is prescribed for critically

ill individuals with a life expectancy of six months or less. The primary goal of this care is keep patients as comfortable as possible throughout the end stages of life. These comfort measures include pain management and methods for minimizing disease-related symptoms. Hospice care can be provided in the home, hospital, long-term care facilities, or a stand-alone hospice house. Special envelopes are available from ushers at our worship services. Please, make checks payable to FLC.

April 2017 Financial Reports — Year-to-date FLC General Fund (G.F.)

Reminder… There is an extra Name Tag Carousel at the South Entrance.

Offerings Other Income Total Income Expenses Surplus (Deficit) January 1, 2017 April 30, 2017 Radio Income Expense Net gain (loss) 10

Actual Budget Over/(Under) $ 238,219 $232,667 $5,552 38,117 35,933 $2,184 $ 276,336 $268,600 $7,736 $ 261,098 $268,600 7,502 $15,238 -0$15,238 $ 111,264 G.F. ‘Fund Balance’ $ 126,502 G.F. ‘Fund Balance’ FLC Broadcast Ministries Peace & Power Actual $ 5,209 Income $19,933 3,616 Expense 13,067 $1,593 Net gain (loss) $6,866

MUSICAL NOTES It can't be June already! We are approaching the Day of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The weather is beautiful and it is an exciting time of year! Throughout the entire year, we end every one of our worship services with the words, "Go in PEACE and POWER to serve the Risen Lord!" Those words resonate with me not only at the end of every worship service, but every morning when I get up. When I wake each morning, I ask myself if I will truly go out into the world armed with the peace and power of the risen Lord? I also ask myself, are you as committed as you should be to live in the peace and power of the risen Lord? To answer these questions, I just say that I keep trying every day! Our spiritual journey with God is a work in process. There are several scriptures that help me on my journey and I hope they help you. In Romans 15:13 we hear "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit". In Romans 8:11 we hear "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." One of my favorite "comfort and peace" Scriptures is John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." Jesus Christ invites us right there to receive the peace of the Holy Spirit. It is a beautiful thing--our bridge over calm and troubled waters! I am off to Luther Seminary for two weeks during this month. I will be studying on campus for what they call the "Intensive" study. This summer I am studying: Triune God and World: The Holy Spirit Thinking Theologically--Confessing Publicly Who I Am As A Christian Public Leader II Hebrew All of our choirs are on vacation through the end of August. They all deserve a rest for outstanding service throughout our season!

DOVE OF PEACE May God's blessings and peace be with you always. Tim


Summer Worship Schedule

Come and Worship with Us... 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

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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