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

October Messenger V

First Lutheran Church + F.L.C. + For the Love of Christ Inside this issue: Pastor Sean’s Letter

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FLC PRESENTS: Friday, October 6, 2017, 7 PM, A Concert for Love: Harp and an Italian Tenor, featuring Christina Tourin, Harp, Andrea Salvatore, Italian Tenor, and special guest, our own Rachel Christensen, Harp. Reception to Follow. NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION.

Friday, November 3, 2017, 7 PM, we are hosting the Concordia College (Moorhead) Orchestra in Concert. This will be a powerful concert by a renowned orchestra. Our own Tyler Egge will be playing in the concert. Everyone is welcome!!

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering Saturday, October 14, 2017 7:00 am until 11:00 a.m. See page 10.

First Lutheran Church Women 3 Library Corner

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Happenings at FLC

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Connections Events

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Education, Youth & Family

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October Calendar Lutheran World Relief Ingathering

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Memorials, Honors & Special Gifts

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Miscellaneous Information

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Pastoral Records

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Musical Notes

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Spaghetti Dinner Haiti Fundraiser

First Lutheran Church

1918-2018 See page 5.

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Coming in November... Holidays Ahead

Check out pages 10-11.

First Lutheran Church Women’s Annual Craft & Baked Goods Bazaar See page 5.


Rejoice in the Lord!

Being with you at FLC is one of my life’s great honors. As I look at life and ministry, it is apparent that God supplies all of our needs. Whether it’s faith, family, finances, relationships, career, or every day needs—God supplies it all. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” This passage continues to be true for all of us, and I have come to lean and rely on this promise more and more. I am reminded each day of the people who just went through the storms of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Here are a few things we can do as a church to lend our support. Obviously, donating to the relief efforts through the various federal agencies is important. We have also identified a family, Daryl and Bev Wilson from Lake Jackson, Texas who lost home and all possession as the storm washed everything back into the sea. They have a relationship with one of our FLC members and asked for any assistance possible. Our church council has sent them $1000, so if you would like to help in their support, please stop by our church office. We also have our FLC Social Ministry Team collecting donations for a Lutheran World Relief semi-trailer full of supplies on Saturday October 14. You can always help load the truck from 7:00am till 11:00am as any and all volunteers for any portion of time are welcomed. You can donate school supplies like notebooks, pens and pencils, paper, scissors, and crayons. You can provide quilts, blankets, soap, personal care products like towels, toothbrushes, combs, and nail clippers. There’s a need for baby care products like clothes, socks, safety pins, and towels. All Supplies need to be dropped off in the church office by Friday October 6, 2017. Our Social Ministry Team members will pack the items into kits before we load them onto the trailer. Every little bit when added up helps make a big difference. Thank you for all your prayers, support, and relief efforts as we seek to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ at FLC. In Christ, Pastor Sean

You are cordially invited to attend the First Lutheran Church Legacy Seminar There are two opportunities for you to help create a lasting legacy. Thursday October 19, 2017 at 10am in the Parlor or Thursday November 2, 2017 at 2pm in the Parlor No reservation required Light refreshments will be served

Our Continued Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for: Alan J. Christensen, Mary Ann Christian, 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. 2


FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN (FLCW) CARING AND SHARING October 2017 - Rebecca Co-Chairs Karen Hovde, 952-432-9074 Ruth Noren, 373-9290, 391-0053

First Lutheran Church Women Reformation Luncheon

Workers Marion Bergemann Selma Engebretson Shirley Hansen Joan Holt

Susan Jensen Joyce Johnson Jan Overgaard Jan Paske

Wednesday October 11, 2017 12 noon in Bethany Hall Tickets $6

Mary Jane Pierson Teri Stadheim Karen Trow Phyllis Ulland

Purchase tickets in the church office or in the Gathering Space on Sundays.

Cakes Michelle Baseman Kathy Carter Nina Cole Dawn Dahl Emily Hudspith Rebecca Jacobson

Arlene Jensen Sarah Keer Nancy Kyllo Lora Millang Elaine Munson Sherry Nyman

Program: Literacy Council at Work in Albert Lea By: Penny Jahnke

Debbie Pilgrim Cathy Rofshus Judy Stevens Shirley Stundahl Susan Van Ryswyk Sue Wittmer

Devotions and Music by Pastor John & Joan Holt Purchase tickets by noon on Monday, October 9.

November Program Wednesday, November 8 1:15 p.m. in Bethany Hall

First Lutheran Church Women’s Annual Craft and Baked Goods Bazaar

Program: Quilting By: Tep Christensen and Deb Hanson Thank Offering Litany of Thanksgiving Special Music: Devotions: Deloris Fligge Offering Prayer: Deloris Fligge

Holidays Ahead Saturday, November 18 8:30 am-12:30 pm

All church women are welcome! 3


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC? 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. Tuesday, October 17 11:30 am in Bethany Hall Program-Sex Trafficking & Drugs in our community Deb Flatness— detective with the Albert Lea Police Department Lunch: Fish Boil by Steve Nesse

Holidays Ahead Crafters meet Monday mornings at 9 in Bethany Hall. All Volunteers welcome!

Collection dates are November 13-20

It’s time to start thinking about collecting for your shoe boxes.

Library Corner The Shack Revisited by C. Baxter Kruger. You read The Shack, you saw the movie, now you can read The Shack Revisited. The Shack tells "the story of a man lifted from the depths of despair through his life-altering encounter with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit".

helping them to have a more profound connection with the core message of The Shack - God is love. In addition, the book will give you a better understanding of the theology and perspectives that frame The Shack. We change out the library display case every month, hoping to catch your eye with a dynamite book of interest to you. If that happens, please feel free to go into the library, open the back of the case and remove the book. They have been catalogued and can be checked out just like the books on the shelves. Happy Reading!

In The Shack Revisited, the author guides readers into a deeper understanding of the Triune,

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FLC? The centennial celebration cookbook is well under way. Please keep the recipes rolling in. Kids---be sure you include your favorites too! Men of First Lutheran, we know you can cook--we are looking for your recipes too, so please share your specialties with all of us! While you are searching for that special recipe or writing up a little bit of history to share, please consider this: Our cookbook needs a name. You can help. Please place your suggestions in the box provided in the Gathering Space. The winner of the "name the cookbook contest" will win a copy of the centennial cookbook to enjoy. Join the fun and submit a name! The Cookbook Committee

'What is it like to be a Christian?' 'It is like being a pumpkin.' God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.'

We are forming different groups to plan specific events throughout the year of our centennial celebrations in 2019.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help one of these groups please contact Jo Hanson at 763-257-9018 or Belinda Krysan at 507-369-5447. 5


CONNECTIONS EVENTS Connections Fall Clean Up Day When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 8:00am - 12:00pm Where: Meet at church parking lot at 8:00am and groups will be dispersed from there. We will be doing fall clean up (raking, cleaning gutters, etc.) at homes of church members who need some help getting it done. This has become an annual activity and a great way to help out our church community. All ages are welcome to help. We will be having a chili lunch afterwards. Please email connectionsflc@gmail.com to RSVP for the event and the lunch planned afterwards.

A Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event that is often church- or community-sponsored. People gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. We are celebrating the fall season with a Trunk or Treat in our back parking lot after the October FLY event. The Trunk or Treat is for all children and families (not just the FLY age group). The event will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 29. There will be refreshments and snacks, along with the treats offered from the trunks of our members. We will also need members willing to bring their vehicles and decorate their trunks. There will be a registration form for anyone willing to decorate their trunk or provide donations (decorations or candy). The registration form will be available soon in the church office and gathering space. We hope you consider participating in this fun multi-generational event at FLC! 6


FLC EDUCATION, YOUTH & FAMILY A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Rally Sunday such a fun day. A special thank you to the

The Christian Education Team will be presenting our third graders with Bibles.

Education Commission, Bob Herman, Tim Miller, and the Confirmation students. I appreciate all of your hard work!! nd

On Sunday, October 29, at the 9:15 am service, any child in third grade from First Lutheran Church is welcome to receive a Bible.

Jenny

Letters will be sent to the families of children who we know are in third grade. If you do not receive a letter and would like to receive a Bible on this Sunday; please contact Jenny Edwin at the church office, 507-373-6424.

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All 2 - 6 graders please join us for the FLY Halloween Party on Sunday, October 29th from 3:00-5:00 pm in Bethany Hall. Please come in your favorite costume. We will play games, make crafts, eat lots of yummy treats! The cost is only $5. So bring your friends and come and shine with the light of Jesus.

FLC YOUTH ANNOUNCEMENTS 7th - 8th Grade

The Garden Project - Update

Z-tag Wednesday Oct. 18th 9:00 - 11:30 p.m. Cost: $3

We are starting to wind down on the garden.. We only have carrots and tomatoes left to harvest. To date we have donated 355 pounds of fresh vegetables to Salvation Army!

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

Sign up Deadline: Monday Oct. 16th You must sign up in order to attend this event. Questions?/Sign Up - Talk to Jordan (373-6424)

ATTENTION: Parents of College Students 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 them and praying for them during their time of studies. Please email Jordan (jordan@flcal.org) 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) 7


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World Communion Sunday 8 am-Traditional w/Comm.-S 9:15 am-Worship w/Comm.-C 9:15 am-Immersion-BH 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-The Donut Hour-YR

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9 am Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

10:30 am-Praise & Worship -S

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7 pm-The Protestant Reformation Bible Study-P 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal

8 am-Traditional w/Comm.-S 9:15 am-Worship w/Comm.-C

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

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR 7 pm-The Protestant Reformation Bible Study-P 7:30 pm-Spirit Express Band & Singers Rehearsal

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

10:30 am-Praise & Worship w/Comm.-S 12 pm-Christian Solos meet

8 am-Traditional -S 9:15 am-Worship -C 9:15 am-Immersion-BH 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-The Donut Hour-YR

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8 am-Quilters-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

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9 am Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH

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Reformation Sunday 9:15 am-Worship -C 9:15 am-Immersion-BH 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-The Donut Hour-YR 9:30 am-New Member Orientation-P

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9 am Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH

9 am Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH

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8 am-Quilters-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 1:00 pm-St. John’s on Fountain Lake Service of Communion-Ascension 2:30 pm-Senior Towers-Ascension

8 am-Quilters-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 11 am-Library Board-L 11:30 am-Friends at First-BH

8 am-Quilters-MPR 8-11 am-Lefse Bake-BH 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

Reformation Day

8 am-Quilters-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

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9:30 am 1:15 pm 4 pm-FL 5:30 pm 6:30 pm 6:30 pm 7 pm-Eik

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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 m-Bible Study-MPR m-MC #12-MPR m-MC #31-P LC Youth Choir m-Bell Choir Rehearsal m-Confirmation pm-FLC Choir Rehearsal kon-YR

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9:30 am-FLC Legacy Seminar-P 10:30 am Prairie Senior Cottages Communion-Grace 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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am-Prayer Group-PR pm-Lefse Bake-BH m-Bible Study-MPR m-Messenger preparation LC Youth Choir m-Bell Choir Rehearsal m-Confirmation pm-FLC Choir Rehearsal kon-YR

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1 8 am-12 pm-Church Wide Cleaning 10:30 am-Alcoholics Anonymous-MPR

7 pm-Concert for Love-S

1 & 5:15 pm-Tops- LL 2:30 pm-St. John’s CommunionBethlehem Deer Creek 3 pm-Yoga Calm Class-RR 5-8 pm-Spaghetti Fundraiser-BH 5:30 pm-Al-Anon-P 5:30 pm-Al-Anon kids-N 6:30 pm-Chapel Service

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Lutheran World Relief Ingathering The Social Ministry Commission of First Lutheran Church will host its Fall Lutheran World Relief Ingathering on Saturday, October 14, from 7-11am. PLEASE NOTE EARLIER HOURS!! A semi-trailer, donated by Crossroads Trailer of Albert Lea, will be in the parking lot behind the church, off of St. Mary's Avenue (east side of church). Please follow the Enter and Exit signs.

With all the current Back-to-School sales on school supplies, we expect a large number of School Kits to be donated. Quilts, Fleece Tied Blankets, Personal Care Kits, Sewing Kits, Baby Care Kits, and Bars of Soap will also be collected. Please follow the Packing Instructions as listed in the LWR Quilt & Kits Ministry Guide. The sturdy and easy-to-handle boxes we have been receiving are wonderful! Please remember the 40 pound limit of each box – School Kits get mighty heavy!! Monetary donations for the QUILT & KIT SHIPPING FUND will be forwarded to the LWR office in Baltimore, Maryland. Make checks payable to LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF. We appreciate receiving the enclosed tally so we can report what we have collected to LWR. We also greatly appreciate those of you who have taken the time to express words of thanks for the work we are doing – Thank You!! Our next Spring Ingathering will be May 19, 2018.

The Special Outreach Cause for October is: Haiti Mission Trip

Haiti is the 3rd hungriest country in the world and 69% of the population live on less than $2.00 a day. There is an estimated 380,000 orphaned children in Haiti and many living in the streets. Your donation money will directly help fund 7 trip goers from this community to travel to Haiti April 2-9th, 2018 where they will deliver fresh drinking water to the deep poverty areas of Haiti, visit orphaned children, help with job initiatives, visit sick and dying adults and babies and visit the community and share God’s love with the people and children of Haiti! Let’s help the people of Haiti!!! Special offering envelopes are available from the ushers at our worship services. Please, make checks payable to FLC. 10


MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER

Exquisite Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Lettuce Salad, Ice Cream Sundae and beverage. Free Will Donation. Suggested donation $7 per person.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 5-8 P.M. First Lutheran Church

301 W Clark Street Albert Lea, MN 56007

Proceeds will go to help 8 community members serve children and adults of Haiti.

Silent Auction and Photo booth available all evening!

While in Haiti the mission group will serve clean drinking water to deep poverty areas, visit homes for sick and dying babies and adults, visit orphaned children both special needs and able bodied, hospital visits and help with job initiatives in Haiti.

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MEMORIALS, HONORS & SPECIAL GIFTS PEACE & POWER FUND In Memory Of: Harriet Helgeson given by: Jeanne Hangge, Bonnie Schneider, Hazel Senske, Hildy Vallevand, Marlene Jensen, Bev Grotsun, Selma Engebretson, Lyle & Ann Hanson, Marge Moine, Rich & Mary Swanson, Isabel Lee, Joey (Carlson) Christenson, Katherine Farry, Tony & Karen Trow, Paul & Jan Overgaard, Carolyn Schmitz, Nancy Devine, Mary Keating, David & Kathy Medd, Daniel & Mary Jo Kelly, Brian & Jodell Graves, Robert & Juliette Edstrom, Richard & Geraldine Ferdinande, Beulah Wiegand, Keith & Constance Smeby, Les & Sally Stolte, John & Jane Groos, Leon & Deborah Ernster, Family & friends

Kathryn Belieu, Leroy & Garnet Folie, Norm & Joyce Fredin, JoAnn Palmer, Arlo & June Jasperson, Vista Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Richland, MN, Marjorie Jensen, Gilbert Gilbertson RADIO FUND In Memory Of: Jim Pilgrim given by: ,Gordon & LouJean Nelson, Family & friends Ken Lundstrom - brother of George Lundstrom given by: Dennis & Georgia Wentzel

Beverly Jones given by: Norris Lovik, Hazel Senske

In Honor Of: Carl Grandstrand for his 80th birthday given by: Bob & Joni Rowe

Jim Pilgrim given by: Hazel Senske, Allen & Mary Carstens, Wanda Dorman, Michael Murtaugh, Roger & Kristy Paul, Kathy Carter, Marge Moine

ALTAR GUILD FUND In Memory Of: Harriet Helgeson given by: David & Linda Pederson

Warren Behrends given by: Lorraine Bakken, Bonnie Schneider

Jim Pilgrim given by: Steve & Sharon Overgaard

Bob Rebelein given by: Carlyle & Janet Engebretson S.L. Johnson given by: Maxine Hanson, Dennis & Janice Brandt Charlene Jenson given by: Duane & Eunice Hatleli, Carlyle & Janet Engebretson Allen “Al” Carstens given by: Donald & Arlis Smith, Gary & Ginny Thompson Karolyn Porter given by: Rick & Robin VerHey Hal Wayne given by: Gary & Ginny Thompson In Honor Of: Bonnie Schneider for her 75th birthday given by: Hildy Vallevand, Carlyle & Janet Engebretson, Donald & Arlis Smith, Marge Moine Marlene Jensen for her September 1st birthday given by: Gen Montei Gifts Given By: West St. Olaf Lutheran Church of Hayfield, MN, Raymond & Valane Tyler, Patricia Tallman, Konstance Haas, Friends at Sr. Towers of Albert Lea, MN,

KIMBERLY (OLSON) GODDARD SCHOLARSHIP In Memory Of: Harriet Helgeson given by: Carol Olson SEMINARY STUDENT FUND Gifts Given By: Bob & Joni Rowe SPECIAL OFFERING “SNACK CART” FUND In Memory Of: Harriet Helgeson given by: Carlyle & Jeanne Lageson In Honor Of: Bonnie Schneider for her 75th birthday given by: Audrey Christensen, Allen & Bonnie Anderson Carl Grandstrand for his birthday given by: Allen & Bonnie Anderson PRAYER SHAWL FUND In Memory Of: Jim Pilgrim given by: Family & friends Denise Frydenlund given by: Joe & Marge LaFrance

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MEMORIALS, HONORS & SPECIAL GIFTS (cont.) HAPPINESS IS A BLANKET FUND In Honor Of: Bonnie Schneider for her 75th birthday given by: The Darv Habben family JESSICA LOKKEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC FUND In Memory Of: Avis Ordalen - mother of Julie Lokken given by: David & Linda Pederson, Craig & Brenda Ludtke, Deb & Chris Koenigs, Steve & Sandi Nesse, Dennis & Kathy Christenson

In Memory Of: Mona Lund given by: Gen Montei Allen “Al” Carstens given by: Gen Montei ORGAN FUND In Memory Of: Mona Lund given by: David & Linda Pederson HAITI FUND In Memory Of: Ramona Ericksen given by: Duane & Eunice Hatleli

Avis Ordalen - mother & grandmother of Brian & Julie SUNDAY SCHOOL FUND Lokken family given by: Fritz & Cheryl Moran In Memory Of: Harriet Helgeson given by: James & JoAnne Groos Avis Ordalen - a classy lady given by: Duane & Mary Bartness TUCKPOINTING and STEEPLE FORTIFICAAvis Ordalen - Jessica’s grandmother given by: Bob & TION FUND Doris Miller In Memory Of: Ramona Ericksen given by: Bonnie Schneider YOUTH FUND In Memory Of: Mona Lund given by: Bonnie Schneider Harriet Helgeson given by: Bob & Sharon Johnson In Honor Of: When you need prayer...Call the prayer chain coordinators, Thank you to Bob Levisen for his special help given by: Jo Hanson 763-257-9018 or Julia Tonder 373-9594. Hazel Senske All prayer requests are handled confidentially. MUSIC FUND

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

HAVE YOU INCLUDED FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN YOUR WILL? Over the years, those First Lutheran Church members who have conscientiously included First Lutheran Church congregation in their estate planning have enabled some very important and powerful ministry to happen here. Please consider including First Lutheran Church, which has served you these many years, in your estate planning. You will enable this congregation to serve many, many more people in years and generations to come.

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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-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Friday 4:50 p.m.) 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) 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

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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, 9:15 or 10:30 am on Sundays, or Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm. Just let the driver know to bill FLC.

Thank you for filling out the information sheet passed out at September 24th church services. If you haven’t had a chance to fill it out, please do so and put it in the offering plate or turn it in to the church office.

August 2017 Financial Reports - Year-to-Date FLC General Fund (G.F.) Actual

Offerings Other Income Total Income Expenses Surplus (Deficit) January 1, 2017 August 31, 2017

$415,115 70,278 $485,393 $514,253 ($28,860) $111,264 $82,404

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$465,333 ($50,218) 71,867 ($1,589) $537,200 ($51,807) $537,200 22,947 -0($28,860) G.F. ‘Fund Balance’ G.F. ‘Fund Balance’

FLC Broadcast Ministries Radio Income Expense Net gain (loss)

Actual $6,603 7,472

Peace & Power Income Expense

Actual $28,384 31,761

($869) Net gain (loss)

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Pastoral Records Funerals Louise Johnson September 6, 2017 Robert Bowman September 16, 2017 Allen Carstens September 21, 2017


MUSICAL NOTES Greetings! Psalm 96:1 proclaims we should "Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth." Our choirs are working hard to do just that. We need your help! Several of our choir members moved away or went off to college and we need reinforcements in ALL parts--Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass--especially Tenor and Bass! We continue to pray that God will provide our reinforcements so we can sing more vibrantly and with four-part harmony as we sing to the Glory of God. Please come on down and make a choir your home! If you want to try and don't want to commit for the whole year, please come and commit for the Advent/Christmas season! Thanks for your prayerful consideration. ONGOING IN OCTOBER— 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! Sounds of Joy Choir--This is a new version of an existing choir. This choir is open to children and youth in the Sunday School Ages. This choir will share music in Sunday Services about once every 5-6 weeks. The music will be rehearsed in the Sunday School Opening Assembly. SAVE THE DATES!!!!— Friday, October 6, 2017, 7 PM, A Concert for Love: Harp and an Italian Tenor, featuring Christina Tourin, Harp, Andrea Salvatore, Italian Tenor, and special guest, our own Rachel Christensen, Harp. Reception to Follow. NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION. Friday, November 3, 2017, 7 PM, we are hosting the Concordia College (Moorhead) Orchestra in Concert. This will be a powerful concert by a renowned orchestra. Our own Tyler Egge will be playing in the concert. We have to house about 65 students for that Friday evening, November 3rd. If you are able to host 2 or more students, please complete the housing form found in the Gathering Space Worship-Music-Arts Kiosk. Thanks for your support! The Advent Adventure Returns to FLC on Wednesdays in Advent. The Creche Walk will return! Here is the Advent Recital Schedule: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:30 PM--Rachel Christensen, Harp Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:30 PM--Eric Bate, Violin Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM--Tim O'Shields--Sounds of the Season The Hanging of the Green Christmas Concert will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7 PM. This holiday tradition will feature the traditional hanging of the Christmas "green", the choirs of First Lutheran Church, and a full orchestra. Thanks for your prayers and support. Peace, Tim tim@flcal.org, 507-373-6424, 303-887-4513 15


Come Worship With Us “I need to worship because without it I can forget that I have a big God beside me and live in fear. I need to worship because without it I can forget his calling and begin to live in a spirit of self-preoccupation. I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on. I need worship because my natural tendency is toward self-reliance and stubborn independence.”—John Ortberg

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

THE

MISSION OF

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH

IS:TO GATHER, EQUIP,

AND EMPOWER PEOPLE TO JOYFULLY DO

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

CHRIST’S

WORK.

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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