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First Lutheran Church Albert Lea, MN


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

October 31, 2019

All Saints Sunday The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned. Psalm 34:22

November 3, 2019

ANNUAL Saturday, November 23, 2019 Sponsored by First Lutheran Church Women for Missions

Sunday November 24, 2019 11:45 am FLC Sanctuary


Pastors Page


FLCW Holidays Ahead The Perfect Gift Shoppe FLC Council Updates

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November Calendar


Community Fundraisers


Memorials and Special Gifts


Misc. FLC Information


For more details see page 3.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 6:30 PM


The Church Building & Office will be closed after Worship and all day Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29, 2019. THE MISSION OF FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IS: TO GATHER, EQUIP, AND EMPOWER PEOPLE TO JOYFULLY DO 1


+ Rejoice in the Lord! + Dear Friends in Christ, What a joy it is to have Pastor Jan Crissinger join our team here at FLC! All of us are enjoying getting to know her and experience her gifts of ministry and leadership. Welcome Pastor Jan! + + + As many of you may know my wife, Joan, and I went on a vacation trip to see the Creation Museum and Noah’s Ark Encounter in October. These attractions are in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a group bus trip with 4 Seasons Travel of Albert Lea. 4 Seasons did a good job. What an experience to stand next to the building that was built to look like Noah’s Ark might have looked! It was built to the dimensions specified in the Bible (Genesis 6:15) making it 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. The three decks inside were a high tech museum. There were displays and cages like might have been on the original ark. It showed how the 8 people on the ark might have been able to care for and feed the many kinds of animals on the ark. In addition there were many displays that examined the models of evolutionary thought as opposed to models of literal biblical thought. One display showed how children’s literature and toys show simplified, romanticized versions of the Ark, as opposed to the massive undertaking it would have been over the 100 years Noah and his family labored to build the ark and prepare it for all of the animals to be saved. Layers of sedimentation on earth were illustrated as being laid down rapidly after a world-wide catastrophic flood, as opposed to the millions of years often assumed in other models of earth’s history. Needless to say—it was fascinating. Reading again through the accounts in Genesis it was good to ponder the great events and people of our salvation history. Two verses stood out about Noah—Genesis 6:8-9: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the L ORD... Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” Wouldn’t you want to be like that—righteous, blameless, walking with God and finding favor in His eyes? It might seem impossible, but in Christ Jesus that’s exactly what we are and have! As the Apostle Paul stated in Philippians 3:9: “...and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” Praise God for His gift of grace in Jesus. In Him we find favor in God’s eyes and can walk with Him through all the difficulties of life. At the last there is the promise of eternity with our Mighty God! + + + I’m excited about our new Fall Stewardship Appeal around the theme Spirit of Giving . Thankful for the inspiring Temple Talks we’ve had in recent weeks during worship; we look forward to Commitment Sunday on November 10. I want to encourage you all to prayerfully consider filling out the Statement of Intent card with a goal to grow in your giving to First Lutheran Church in 2020. I don't recall ever having heard anyone say that they regretted giving too much to their church. I have, however, on occasion heard people say that they wish they had given more. We know we are blessed when we receive, but we’re also blessed when we give. In fact, in Acts 20:35b, the Apostle Paul is quoted as saying: “...remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” May God direct our steps together in generosity... ...In the Light of His Love,

Pastor John F. Holt 2


November Program Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:15 p.m. in Bethany Hall Program: Memories of a Nazi Concentration Camp By: Kathy Skorin

Chairpersons Carol Colstrup 507-373-4447, 507-318-0250 Workers Bonnie Bakken

Sue Larson

Jackie Sletten

Deb Drescher

Kathy Olson

Deb Strosahl

LuAnn Hanson

Ann Satre

Beth Tostenson

Thank Offering Litany of Thanksgiving Music: Sue Jorgensen Devotions: Donna Ludtke Offering Prayer: Donna Ludtke

Judy Hoiseth Cakes Cheryl Beavens

Katie Hebblewhite Barb Rognes

Rachel Christensen Denise Knutson

Julie Ulve

Raycy Edwin

Wanda Wangsness

Joan Miller

Janet Engebretson Connie Moffitt

Elaine Weiser

Debra Hanson

Melody Wynia

Kelly Pipho

All Men and Women are welcome!

HOLIDAYS AHEAD “I moved here 6 years ago. I visited several Albert Lea churches. My son was married here, and I became fascinated with the long history many families share with this congregation.” –Jo Hanson

Purchase Gift Cards at Holidays Ahead New Location

By “The Perfect Gift” gift shop Clark Street

***$10 Gift Cards for Stocking Stuffers***

Members of the congregation are invited to make baskets for the auction. Please contact Mary Stapleton 507-402-3146 to submit a basket.

***Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart and Kwik Trip Cards*** Great Selection of other Gift Cards available Support FLCW by purchasing Gift Cards 3

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC Everyone is invited to a Belgian Waffle Breakfast on Sunday November 3, 2019 between 8:30 am-12:30 pm. It will be in Bethany Hall at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The breakfast is sponsored by TTT, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a camp experience for 4th grade girls; all proceeds of the breakfast will go to scholarships to the girls. Tickets are $8 and available from TTT members and at the door.

The Special Outreach Cause offerings for November are designated for the Noisy Offering for the Salvation Army Food Shelf.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry Make a Child Happy Share the Love of Christ!

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

Collection dates November 18-25, 2019.

Friends at First

Members‌ Please wear your name tags. It will help our new organist Matt and Interim Pastor Jan get to know you. If you would like a name tag, please stop at the Welcome Center.

Tuesday, November 21, 2019 11:30 a.m. in Bethany Hall Lunch: Chicken Alfredo /noodles, California Medley and ice cream sundaes.

Come and help us celebrate the completion of the Spirit of Giving Stewardship Drive. We will meet in Bethany Hall after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, November 17h for a potluck meal. We hope you will join us for good food and fellowship. In order to help us plan seating, please sign up outside the office with the number in your family if you plan to attend. Bring a dish to share and join us for this special celebration event. See you there! 4


Altar Guild Members Tuesday, November 26, 2019 6:00 PM

Sunday, November 24, 2019

There will be many crafts to make and lots of fun. The workshop will run from 9:15-10:15 am in Bethany Hall. Interested in helping ? Contact Jenny 373-6424. All ages welcome.

Please bring fruit and vegetables to the Sacristy. We will be decorating the Church Sanctuary for Thanksgiving Worship. Immediately following we will gather for a meeting and supper in Bethany Hall. Monetary Donations can be brought to the church office.

Don’t miss this fun family FLC tradition.

We hope you will join us!

“I was baptized, confirmed, and married at First Lutheran Church. I grew up in this congregation. I’ve visited other churches and still do, but First Lutheran will always be home.” –Carol Olson

The Perfect Gift Shoppe Christmas is almost here!! Check out the Perfect Gift Shoppe for your Christmas Gifts, Décor and more!! Join us on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 8:30-12:30 pm for our Holiday Kick off We are Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11-1 Sunday from 9-12


“I came to First Lutheran in 1958 to be married to a lifelong member, Paul L. Hagen. I loved being very active teaching Sunday school, circle, serving dinners and was eventually employed here as Christian Education Director. I now enjoy the Holidays Ahead crafting group and the Happiness is a Blanket quilting group. I enjoy meeting my friends in the gathering space for coffee on Sunday mornings. I miss our beautiful church and great music when I spend winters in Texas.” -Margaret Hagen


We would love to send your college student a care package from our congregation this fall (sometime before Finals). We want to let them know we are thinking about and praying for them during their time of studies. Please email Jordan ( your student’s address so we can get them on our list and send them a package. If you have questions or would like to help please contact Jordan (373-6424)

Help us send Care Packages to our College Students We are sending care packages to our college students at the beginning of December. Deadline is December 2, 2019. Here are ways you can help: 1. We need supplies. Please sign up on the Supply sign up sheet in the Office Lobby (see list below) 2. We need money to help cover costs for shipping. 3. We ask for your prayers for our college students. If you have questions or would like to donate you can contact Jordan (373-6424) or email at

Care Package Supply List     

60 Mechanical Pencils 60 Pens 60 pkg. of Microwave Popcorn 30 pkg. of Gum 30 tubes of Chapstick

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30 pkg. of crackers 30 pkg. of travel tissues 60 pkg. of Post it Notes 60 packets of Hot Cocoa Mix 60 pkg. of Ramen Noodles

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30 pkg. of Mints 50 Granola Bars 30 pkg. of Easy Mac Lots of Baked goods

“I came here because of my cousin, Candy Jorgenson. She said I should come to church with her when I moved here from Shakopee. Nice people and good food!” -Pam Stern

THANK YOU Thank you to all the Volunteers of First Lutheran Church! I would like to thank everyone who came to the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner that was held here at First Lutheran Church on Wednesday, September 25th. We had a large number of volunteers who were able to come and enjoy a really great dinner! I would also like to thank all the wonderful staff members who helped. Especially, Rod, Mike, Bob, Kara, Jordan & Pastor John. A very special thank you goes out to Joe LaFrance who cooked a wonderful spaghetti dinner; it was delicious! Hope to see you all again next year! Julie Schewe Financial/Membership Secretary 6

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF INGATHERING The Social Ministry Commission hosted its Fall Lutheran World Relief Ingathering on Saturday, October 12, 2019 attended by 48 area churches. Donations included 2500 school kits, 1775 quilts and blankets, 770 personal care kits, 375 baby care kits, 35 fabric Kits and 280 pounds of soap. $3500 was collected for the LWR Shipping Fund. A huge thank you goes to All the hardy volunteers who endured bone-chilling temperatures and swirling snowflakes. Kudos to FLC staff who are so instrumental to the success of the day-Rod, Mike, JT and Julie. Grateful thanks to Crossroads Trailer of Albert Lea who provided the truck and transport to the LWR warehouse in St. Paul.

Report from Happiness Is a Blanket quilters, On October 12, 2019, the quilters sent 156 quilts on the Lutheran World Relief Van. During the time since the last Lutheran World Relief drive we have also given the Salvation Army 3 quilts, 1 blanket and 12 children's quilts. We also donated 1 quilt to the American Legion Auxiliary. We want to thank all the quilters for their faithful dedication to this project. We also want to thank everyone who made donations. We can use donations of fabric, drapes, quilt fill, thread, bedding such as sheets, pillow cases, blankets and mattress pads. We cannot use down quilts or rubber backed fabric. Monetary donations are welcomed. We always welcome anyone interested in helping. We meet on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 to 11:00 am. You do not have to know how to sew as there are various jobs to be done, such as tying, ripping, pressing and cutting blocks. If you have any questions, please call Audrey Christensen 373-2770 or Bonnie Trampel 373-1665. Thank you.

“I was raised in a Lutheran church, baptized and confirmed. I was married in the Catholic church. I raised my son Catholic, but never felt comfortable there. We went to several different churches in Albert Lea when we moved here in 2016. We liked First Lutheran, the pastors and the people. I enjoy the activities.” -Carol Borg

“Terry and I were married here by Pastor Palmquist in 1961. Our three children were baptized and confirmed here. There is always something going on here to keep you interested. Very welcoming. -Sue Jensen


November 2019 Sun



AA=Alcoholics Anonymous BH=Bethany Hall 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


All Saints Sunday

Daylight Savings ends

8 am-Traditional Worship w/Comm.-S 8:30 am-12:30 pm-TTT Belgian Waffle Breakfast-BH

4 9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH 5 8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

3 pm-Thorne Crest Communion-Asc.

9-am-11:30 am Gift Shop Open

9:15 am-Chapel Service w/Comm.-S 9:15 am-Immersion-P 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

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


10Spirit of Giving Commitment Sunday 11

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

8 am-Traditional Worship-S

9 am-11:30 am Gift Shop Open

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

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

3-4 pm-Albert Lea Community Band-S & GS

4-7 pm-Life Center of Freeborn County Chili & Soup Supper-BH

10:30 am-Praise & Worship-S

6:30 pm-Ministry Teams meet-BH 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7 pm-Spirit Express Rehearsal-S

2:30 pm-Senior Towers Communion-FLC 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7 pm-Spirit Express Rehearsal-S

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

17 Spirit of Giving Celebration Sunday 18 8 am-Traditional Worship w/Comm.-S 9 am-11:30 am Gift Shop Open

9:15 am-Chapel Service w/Comm.

8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 11:30 am-Friends at First Lunch-BH 1 pm-Library Board meets-L

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

5 pm-Finance meeting-Parlor 6:30 pm-Church Council meets-P

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

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7 pm-Spirit Express Rehearsal-S



11:30 am-Spirit of Giving Celebration Potluck-BH 12 pm-Christian Solos meet (not at church)


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


Christ the King Sunday 8 am-Traditional Worship -S

9 am-11:30 am Gift Shop Open

9:15 am-Chapel Service

9:15 am-Immersion-P 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-Advent Work Shop 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR

10:30 am-Praise & Worship-S 11:45 am-Annual Meeting-S

2-4 pm-Joy White’s 100th Birthday Open House

11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

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

8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 6 pm-Altar Guild-S-BH 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7 pm-Spirit Express Rehearsal-S

am-M 6 6:30 8 am-Pra

9 am-FLC 9:30 am-B 10:30 am 11 am-1 12 pm-En 1 pm-Top 3 pm-Oak 5:30 pm-H 6:30 pm-C 6:30 pm-C 7:30 pm-E

13 6:30 am

8 am-Pr 9:30 am 11 am 1 pm-To 1:15 pm 5:30 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

20 6:30 am

8 am-P

9:30 am

11 am 1 pm-To 1 pm-M 1:30 pm 1:30 pm

5:30 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

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8 am Pra 9:30 am

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5:30 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm

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m-Men’s Book Discussion-MPR rayer Group-PR m-Bible Study-MPR m-1 pm-Gift Shop Open ops-RR m-FLCW Program-BH m-Handbell Choir Rehearsal-S m-Confirmation m-Choir Rehearsal m-Eikon-YR


m-Men’s Book Discussion-MPR

Prayer Group-PR

m-Bible Study-MPR

m-1 pm-Gift Shop Open ops-RR Messenger Crew-P m-MC #12-MPR m-MC #31-P

m-Bell Choir Rehearsal m-Confirmation m-FLC Choir Rehearsal m-Eikon-YR

m-Men’s Book Discussion-MPR ayer Group-PR m-Bible Study-MPR

1 pm-Gift Shop Open




11 am-1pm Gift Shop Open 1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

9:30 am-MC #20-P 10 am-A. A.-MPR



10 am-A. A.-MPR

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

6:30 pm-Chapel Service w/Comm.

11 am-1pm Gift Shop Open 4:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR 5:15 pm-Tops-RR

10 am-A. A.-MPR

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

6:30 pm-Chapel Service



Set-Up for Holidays Ahead


10:30 am-Prairie Sr. Cottages Com-FLC 1:30 pm-St. John’s/Fountain Lake Communion-

9 am-MC #4-BH

8:30 am-12:30 pm Holidays Ahead-BH-MPR


3 pm-St. John’s Communion-Grace 4:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR 5:15 pm-Tops-RR

11am-1pm Gift Shop Open

10 am-A. A.-TBD

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

6:30 pm-Chapel Service w/Comm.


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m-Bell Choir Rehearsal m-Confirmation m-Choir Rehearsal

m-Thanksgiving Eve Service-S

1 All Saints Day

11 am-1pm Gift Shop Open 1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

Men’s Book Discussion-MPR ayer Group-PR CW Board-P Bible Study-MPR m-Good Samaritan-Comm.-Asc. 1 pm-Gift Shop Open ndowment meeting-L ps-RR k Park Place Comm.-Hayward Handbell Choir Rehearsal-S Confirmation Choir Rehearsal Eikon-YR



Office & Building Closed


10 am-A. A.-MPR

FLC LIBRARY CORNER Did you know the “Painter of Light” is also an author? I was surprised to find on our church library shelves a series called “Cape Light” written by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer. There are 4 books written in chronological order that start the series and then each fall a Christmas book is released in that series. Even though Thomas Kinkade passed away in 2012, Katherine Spencer has continued the series over the past 7 years. The Christmas 2019 book will be released on October 22nd, making the 20th in the Cape Light series. The 4 book titles of the first in the series are “Cape Light,” “Home Song,” “A Gathering Place,” and “A New Leaf.” These are all in our library plus a scattered few of the Christmas novels. As in his paintings, Thomas Kinkade painted places of refuge for the battle-weary, so also in his novels he invites readers to enter a similar place of refuge: Cape Light. The setting is a picturesque village nestled in Coastal New England. It is a seaside hamlet where the people enjoy a strong sense of community and everybody cares about their

neighbors. The people are friends and neighbors, doers and dreamers. The residents laugh, love, and build their lives together and they will capture your hearts. You will meet Lillian Warwick, matriarch of the family, and her 2 adult daughters. Rev. Ben and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Cape Light and he leads a congregation of the community but sometimes questions whether he is qualified to counsel his congregants. You will become acquainted with restaurant owner Charley Bates and his wife, Lucy, as their place of business if often frequented by the town’s residents. Charley would like to have the mayor’s job, which is held by Emily Warwick. You will meet others in the village and also newcomers and visitors to this endearing community. If you enjoy the series, our local public library can assist you in getting the follow-up Christmas editions that our library doesn’t have. With the cooler days and longer nights, come and browse our library shelves as we have a great variety of books available to read while sitting by your fireplace or wrapped in your favorite blanket.

FLC COUNCIL 2019 UPDATE     

Stewardship for All Seasons will be commencing within the next two weeks. Due to the positive reception of the polka worship service, a second one has been scheduled on October 4, 2020. Approval given for tuck pointing of the bell tower interior Approval given to show silent films accompanied by organ music Annual meeting scheduled for November 24, 2019 after the 10:30 worship service

FLC EMDOWMENT UPDATE In the 3rd quarter of 2019 the Endowment fund helped to fund new computers for 3 staff members! Thank you to all who continue to donate! Your funds are greatly appreciated and are used very diligently! 10

Soup & Chili Supper

Monday, November 11, 2019 4:00 to 7:00 pm First Lutheran Church, Bethany Hall

Adults: $7 Children (Ages 4-12): $4

3 & Under: Free

And Fudge Sale

Sample ~ Buy ~ Order for the Holidays ½ Pound for Only $6 Proceeds to be used for LIFE Center of Freeborn County programs that expand opportunities, empower individuals and enrich the lives of all ages and abilities while having fun! Looking for cupcake donations, for the Soup & Chili Supper. If you would like to do some baking call the Life Center of Freeborn County Office at 507-377-3469.

I was baptized and raised at First Lutheran Church, and I continue at First Lutheran because my heart and spirit are fed there continually. Also, when I leave a service, a meeting or a gathering, I feel a wonderful sense of contentment after being with my church family.” –Cindy Gandrud

“I joined First Lutheran because I was familiar with the church and knew some of the members. I was really impressed with the services.” – Bonnie Trampel 11

My aunt moved here from Montana, and she chose this church many years ago. She got me and my husband to join too. I liked it here, so I stayed.� –Marge Moine



RADIO FUND In Memory Of:

Orrie Shoff given by: Stephen & Diane Weisgram, William & Erika Weber, Beverly Grotsun, Davis & Julie Gilbertson, Robert & Muriel Hoeg, Luverne Godtland, Dan & Bonnie Belshan, Virginia & Richard Loberg, Family & friends

Karen Szymanowski given by: Bonnie Schneider

John Haines given by: Robert & Helen Edwin, Mission Circle #12 of First Lutheran Church of Albert Lea, MN


Gordon “Gordy” Sorenson given by: Darv & Marcia Habben, Duane & Eunice Hatleli, Tim & Mary Stapleton, Bud & Connie Tufte

Harold Nelson - brother of Martha Tasker given by: Bonnie Trampel

My husband Roger given by: Verona Boe Ray Sorenson given by: Bill & Judy Stilley Donald “Dutch” Bolinger given by: Bill & Judy Stilley Judy Olson given by: Bill & Judy Stilley Gladys Bergland given by: Bill & Judy Stilley, Julie Sather Ted & Joanne Schrader given by: Julie Sather, Mark Sather Mary Sue Dowd given by: Rose Perteet Wes Nelson given by: Shirley Nelson, Family & friends Warren Charlson given by: Glen & LeAnn Juveland Wade Nelson given by: Geraldine Sauke Eldora Holstad given by: Family & friends Karen Szymanowski given by: Pam Stern, Davis & Julie Gilbertson, Bev Grotsun Harold Tasker for our October 11th anniversary given by: Martha Tasker Gary Boettcher of Owatonna - son of Caroline Sorenson given by: LaVerne & Shirley Strand

Mary Sue Dowd given by: Rose Perteet

Gifts Given By: First Lutheran Church Women of Albert Lea, MN

Art Ludtke, Jr. given by: John & Lynn Paulson, Eileen Lujan, John & Cynthia Peterson Betty Van Fossen - mother of Dave & Brenda Van Fossen given by: Bonnie Trampel, Bonnie Schneider Don Mathison for his October 1st birthday given by: Neva Mathison Karen Szymanowski given by: Bonnie Trampel, Joe & Marge LaFrance

Gifts Given By: Bonnie Trampel BILL HAMMER SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Bob Broskoff given by: Larry & Cheryl Beavens

PRAYER SHAWL FUND In Memory Of: Karen Szymanowski given by: Her Mission Circle #20 friends, Linda Pederson

HAPPINESS IS A BLANKET QUILT FUND In Memory Of: Karen Szymanowski given by: Steve & Sandy Nesse

Gifts Given By: Bonnie Trampel, Margaret Hagen

Scott Sasser–for our son’s November 14th birthday given by: His mom & dad


Marie Brackey-for my mother’s 100th birthday on November 19th given by: Marilyn & Bob Sasser

Karen Szymanowski given by: Chris & Deb Koenigs

Verlaine Williams given by: Marilyn Sasser

In Honor Of:

FOOD FOR SCHOOL BACKPACKS FUND In Memory Of: Orrie Shoff given by: Anne Marie Harshbarger

Joy White for her 100th birthday on November 26th given by: Rosemary Vangen

ORGAN FUND In Memory Of:

Gifts Given By:

Karen Szymanowski given by: Larry & Julia Tonder, Sharon Wakefield, Mary Ellen Johnson, Ruth Noren, David & Rachel Christensen, Family & friends

Thelma Foss, Mary Martha Circle of First Lutheran Church of Glenville, MN, Larry & Dorinda Leutink, Deacon Douglas Spiotta, Patricia Tallman, Norm & Joyce Fredin, Terry & Iris Tarvestad, Elsie Hacker, Leroy & Garnet Folie, Grace Tenold

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS FUND In Memory Of: Karen Szymanowski given by: Steve & Sharon Overgaard 13



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

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

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

FLC Prayer Ministry Want prayer for yourself or others? Call Jo, 763-257-9018 or Julia, 373-9594. Prayers are kept confidential among prayer chain members.

Our Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for: Richard Doeden, Lois Hansel, Cindy Kern, Phil Koppelman, Norris Lovik and Audrey Sorenson.

Our Continued Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for: Jody Bakken, Alan J. Christensen, Rodger Christenson, Mary Ann Christian, Dale Drescher, Casey Dusza, Millard Hamborg, Gregg Hatleli, Breckyn Heinemann, Glenn Helland, Sharon Johnson, Deb Koenigs, Tom Loverink, Fred (Fritz) Moran, Bill Schulte, Jean Stearns, Betty Stolaas, Warren Van Riper, ... and their spouses, families & caregivers, and…safety for people serving in the Armed Forces, and their families. 14


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FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OFFICE: To be added or subtracted from our mailing list, e-mail If you have moved or changed phone numbers, (including cell phone) please call the church office with your new information.

Phone (507) 373-6424; E-mail:; Fax 373-6330 Mailing address—301 W. Clark St., Albert Lea, MN 56007 Office Hours- Monday- Thursday: 8am-5pm; Friday: 8am-4:45pm Building Hours- Monday – Thursday: 7am-8:30pm; Friday: 8am-4:45pm Saturday: 8am-12pm; Sunday: 7am-12pm Other times by appointment or as meetings/events are scheduled

Web site–

PASTORAL STAFF e-mails and emergency telephone numbers: Pastor John Holt, (Cell–383-4750; Home–377-0046) Pastor Jan Crissinger, (Cell—(507) 621-1758

September 2019 Financial Report FLC General Fund (G.F.) Actual Budget Total Income $557,295 $619,575 Total Expenses $608,320 $619,575 Surplus (Deficit) ($51,025) 0 As of 9-30-19 Radio Income Expense Net gain (loss)

FLC Broadcast Ministries Actual Peace & Power $5,966 Income 9,368 Expense ($3,402) Net gain (loss)

Actual $44,594 35,192 $9,402

“My grandparents and my mom were members. My dad belonged to St. Theodore’s. So, at first, I would go to mass with Dad and then come to First Lutheran for Sunday School with Florence Lien. Later I just remained here.” – Marge Evenson

Pastoral Records: Baptisms, Weddings, Deaths, Funerals, Memorial Services BAPTISMS:


Cole Arthur Pagel September 29, 2019 Grayson Ryan Broitzman, October 27, 2019

 Karen Szymanowski, October 5, 2019  Lynn Allen Jacobson, October 20, 2019



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*Holy Communion:

Adult Bible Study

Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month, and the Thursdays preceding those Sundays.

9:15 am — Sunday morning “ Immersion ”

9:30 am— Wednesday morning Bible Study

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

Periodicals Postage Paid at Albert Lea, MN 56007

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

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

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November 2019  

November 2019