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First Lutheran Church Albert Lea, MN


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

September 26, 2019

A Special Worship Experience and a German Meal Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 10 am More details on page 5.

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering Saturday, October 12, 2019 7-11am Collecting Quilts, Fleece Tied Blankets, School Kits, Personal Care Kits, Fabric Kits, Baby Care Kits & Bath Size Bars of Soap Volunteers to help with the loading process are needed and appreciated!


Pastors Page


Reformation Luncheon Oktoberfest Polka Worship FLC Council Updates


Greetings from Tim O’Shields



Coming in November…


October Calendar


90th Birthday Open House


Memorials and Special Gifts


Misc. FLC Information


Holidays Ahead First Lutheran Church Women

Annual Craft and Baked Goods Bazaar

presented Sunday, October 27, 2019 At the 8 am service. See page 4.

More details on page 11.



+ Rejoice in the Lord! + Dear Friends in Christ, Many people say Fall is their favorite season of the year. Schools gets back in session. Many things begin anew. The weather can be crisp and clear. The leaves turn beautiful colors. After the growing season, the harvest is coming. Fall is a season of change and anticipation. I’m glad people like Fall, because, as a season of changes, it reflects life. Life is often full of changes. We have experienced significant changes here at First Lutheran Church We have bid farewell to beloved staff members, and now it is time to say Hello and Welcome to some new people. In September we welcomed Matt Gender as our new Director of Music and Worship. We will enjoy this talented young man, not only his abilities in music, but his friendliness and energy. Now is a good time to show up for choir on Wednesday evenings. If you have not been in choir before, just contact Matt with any questions, or just show up. Choir members are a friendly and fun bunch of people. Plus, you will enjoy getting to know Matt personally. He recently earned his DMA–Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas School of Music. Welcome, Matt! Pastor Jan Crissinger is planning to join our staff here as our Interim Associate Pastor. She will be finishing up an interim pastoral position the first part of October. She plans to be here at FLC full time no later than mid-October. You all will enjoy getting to know Jan. She has a warm and caring way about her. She has served in pastoral ministry, education ministry, hospice ministry and chaplaincy ministry over her career. Jan is ordained in the Presbyterian Church and has been using her gifts of ministry and leadership in our Lutheran Southeastern Minnesota Synod for the last couple of years. Welcome, Pastor Jan. As you read through this issue of the Messenger you will discover some fun, new changes, along with some things we do year after year. 

The Polka Service on Oct. 6, is new for us. I expect it to be enjoyable, as well as engaging. Lutheran World Relief Ingathering is a mission FLC has led for decades. It has a great impact on people with diverse backgrounds, but in need of help, throughout the world—to be wrapped in the Savior’s love by the quilts and other goods graciously given in Jesus’ Name. 

The Bible is central to all we do here at FLC. How meaningful to support families in their goal to raise their children in the faith by giving our 3 rd graders Bibles on Reformation Sunday! On a personal note, I want to thank all of you who have remembered me in your prayers during this time of transition. Your encouragement, loyalty and God’s faithfulness is a cause for me to rejoice! ...This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10b)

With changes of seasons, changes in the seasons of life, changes in the world and changes in the church, we can embrace the adventure, and even enjoy it, as we do the coming of autumn, because... Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13.8) On this solid rock of Jesus, we build our lives, and will always live... ...In the Light of His Love,

Pastor John F. Holt 2


Karen Hovde Ruth Noren

Our annual lefse bake

952-432-9074 507-391-0053

Workers Marion Bergemann

Susan Jensen

Selma Engebretson Jan Overgaard

Bonnie Schneider Terri Stadheim

Shirley Hansen

Mary Jane Pierson Karen Trow

Joan Holt

Marilyn Sasser

will be held October 29, 30, 31. We need peelers, ricers, rollers, etc. If you can help, please call Bonnie Schneider 373-3767.

Your help is appreciated!

Phyllis Ulland

November Program

Cakes Michelle Baseman

Nancy Kyllo

Cathy Mlakowsky

Kathy Carter

Sherry Nyman

Shirley Stundahl

Nina Cole

Jan Paske

Brenda Van Fossen

Arlene Jensen

Debbie Pilgrim

Susan Van Ryswyk

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:15 p.m. in Bethany Hall Program: By: Kathy Skorin Memories of a Nazi Concentration Camp Thank Offering Litany of Thanksgiving Music: Sue Jorgensen Devotions: Donna Ludtke Offering Prayer: Donna Ludtke

October Program Reformation Luncheon Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12 noon in Bethany Hall You may purchase tickets on Sunday September 29 and October 6. Tickets need to be purchased by noon on Monday, October 7, 2019. Program: Albert Lea Police Department By: Jason Taylor — Making Your Home Safe Music: Hymns with Joan Holt Devotions and Offering Prayer: Jane Loge

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



Congratulations to our 2019 Centennial Confirmation Class, who were confirmed on Sunday, September 22 at the 10:30 AM Service. Adrian Anderson, Brennan Bakken, Caleb Banks, Aidan Beckmann, Bryce Collins, Jace DeLosSantos, Mason Drescher, Braden Fjelsta, Raiden Gordon, Gretta Larson, Brianna Mann, Kahlyn Martinez, Mackenzie Monson, Taylor Palmer, Leah Rognes, Vayda Stadheim

Friends at First

The Christian Education Team will be presenting our third graders with Bibles. On Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the 8:00 am service, any child in third grade from First Lutheran Church is welcome to receive a Bible.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:30 a.m. in Bethany Hall Lunch: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and apple crisp

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.

The Special Outreach Cause Offering for the month of October is Lutheran World Relief transportation. Special offering envelopes will be available from the ushers at church services. Please, make checks payable to FLC.

The Social Ministry Commission of First Lutheran Church, 301 West Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN will host its Fall Lutheran World Relief Ingathering on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 7-11 am. A semi-trailer

instructions found in the LWR Guidelines. We really appreciate the sturdy and easy to handle boxes! Remember the 40 pound limit!!

LWR has an urgent plea for school kits! We hope you have taken advantage of all the sales on school supplies. donated by Crossroads Trailer of Albert Lea will be in the Education is critical in helping poverty-stricken children. The contents of a school kit could mean the difference parking lot behind the church off of St. Mary's Avenue (east side of the church). Follow the signs for entering and between getting an education or not. In areas where LWR works, required school supplies may be more than exiting. families can afford. Quilts, Fleece Tied Blankets, School Kits, Personal Care Monetary donations will be forwarded to the LWR Kits, Fabric Kits, Baby Care Kits, and Bath Size Bars of Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund. Make checks payable to Soap will be collected. Please follow the packing Lutheran World Relief. 4


COME AND JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL WORSHIP EXPERIENCE AND A GERMAN CELEBRATION MEAL Oktoberfest Polka Worship Service First Lutheran Church 301 West Clark Street Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

Sunday, October 6, 2019 10:00 a.m.

Music Presented by Chuck Thiel and The Jolly Ramblers Dinner served in Bethany Hall following the Worship Service 11:30 am-1:30 pm Bavarian Marinated Center Cut Pork Chop Red Cabbage Spaetzle Tickets will be available Apple Strudel Sticks from the church office. Children: Hot Dog and Macaroni and Cheese ADVANCE SALE TICKETS: ADULTS $10 CHILD $5 Dinner music by The Jolly Ramblers Tickets available at the door: Adults $12 and Children $6 5

FLC SEPTEMBER COUNCIL UPDATES  Director of Music – Matthew Gender, DMA will start his work here at First Lutheran the week of     

September 23rd. Interim Pastor – Approval has been given to hire an Interim Pastor. Nominating Committee – The Nominating Committee continues to work on filling the open positions on the Call committee, Vice-President, and Youth Chair. Annual Meeting – The Congregational Annual Meeting will be held November 24, 2019 at 11:45 am in Bethany Hall. Please mark your calendars. Easton’s Place – Easton’s Place would be an area for children to be quietly active in the Sanctuary during worship. The council will be discussing this at the October council meeting. Budget Shortfall Continues  Staff has been asked to actively manage expenses  The congregation will be routinely informed and asked to increase giving as able, to help close the gap in the shortfall.  FLC’s Peace and Power Congregation will be invited to donate to our general fund as an appreciation of their worship experience.  Stewardship for all Seasons will kick off in October  Oktoberfest Polka Worship Service is in the final stages of planning and this fundraiser will hopefully help reduce the budget shortfall as well.

For additional Council Information, copies of the council minutes are available at the Welcome Center or at the Clark Street Entry.

LIBRARY CORNER After church, a lady asked me if the church library has any books with inspiring, short stories she could read to a small group. “We do”, I said; the library has a section entitled “Inspirational” which contains many titles she can peruse and check out. The shelves have labels directing one to the correct subject, and inspirational books are in section three. A very enjoyable, appropriate series for a group reading is the Chicken Soup books. Each book contains “101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit” and deals with a different topic and some with a specific age or gender. First Lutheran’s library contains the following Chicken Soup books: Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, for the Teenage Soul, for the Gardener’s Soul, for the Women’s Soul (book one and two), for the Soul Cookbook and for the College Soul. Each book has multiple writers, so the content of each story will vary and engage you. From the gardening book, “A superbly rewarding read. Each and every story reveals 6

a discovery of the real meaning of gardening as a regenerative act of hope and love.” Tom Powell Remember, your church library contains not only fiction books but also many “worth-while reading” non-fiction books. The genres/subjects of books are: Fiction(section one), Poetry and Drama(section two), Inspirational(three), Biography(four), Devotional(five), Worship, Music and Arts(six), Church Organization and Denomination(seven), Theology and Doctrine (eight), Mission(nine), Bible Commentary(10), Moral Ethics(11), Personal Problems(12), Psychology and Education(13), History(14), Philosophy and Religion (15), Geography and Travel(16) and the Children’s Corner. See how much your library can fulfill your reading needs?

GREETINGS FROM YOUR INTERN Hello to my Family at First Lutheran Church: I have been here in Washington for almost five weeks. Time is flying by! I am busy—busy—busy. I miss you all. First Lutheran Choir and Hand Bell Choir, I really missed the beginning of our Fall season on the Wednesday after Labor Day! I am still developing a rhythm for preaching every week. Sunday AM comes quickly! St. Peter has a well-established food ministry. We have a Neighborhood Food Pantry on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. We have a Community Free Breakfast on the 3rd Saturday of each month. It has been very humbling and a great experience for learning and growing to be involved in the food ministry. We had one extra pantry in September in cooperation with the Washington State Beef Commission and the Second Harvest. At that event, we provided about a week’s worth of food to nearly 1,400 people from over 400 families. The other events have each provided about a week’s worth of food to nearly 400 people from over 150 families. This is an amazing ministry and I believe God called me to be right here—in this place—at this time—to be a part of this very work! Alleluia! I have requests from the home front for my addresses: Here they are: Home: Tim O’Shields, 4803 N. Altamont St., Spokane, WA 99217 Church: St. Peter Lutheran Church, 4620 N. Regal St., Spokane, WA 99207 If your travel plans bring you to Washington; I will leave the light on for you! Please continue to pray for me as I continue to pray for you. I will check in again in November— before Advent and Christmas! THANK YOU all for the love, prayers, support, and gifts that you have so freely given. I would not be here without your help and support. Peace to you all. Intern Pastor Tim O’Shields, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Spokane, WA


October 2019 Sun AA=Alcoholics Anonymous BH=Bethany Hall C= Chancel C= Chapel CR=Choir Room MC= Mission Circle MPR=Multi-Purpose Room N= Nursery



NA=Narcotics Anonymous P =Parlor PR= Prayer Room RR=Resource Room S=Sanctuary SL=South Lot YR=Youth Room w/Comm.=with Holy Communion


8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 3 pm-Thorne Crest Communion-FLC 6:30 pm-Ministry Teams meet-BH 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR

World Communion Sunday 7 9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH 8


9-am-11:30 am Gift Shop Open 9:15 am-Immersion-BH 9:15 am-Sunday School 9:15 am-Donut Hour-YR

11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

10 am-Polka Service-w/Comm.-S 11 am-Fundraiser Dinner-BH


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

10:30 am-Praise & Worship-S

20 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

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR

14 8 am-ALHS Concerts


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

12 pm-Endowment meeting-L 6:30 & 8pm-ALHS Concert-S 7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR



9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH 11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open 6:30 pm-Church Council meets-P

Christian Solos meet (not at church)

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-RR


8 am-Traditional Worship with 3rd gr. 9 am-Holidays Ahead Crafting-BH Bible handout-S 9-am-11:30 am Gift Shop Open

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

11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

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

10:30 am-Praise & Worship-S

11 am-1 pm-Gi

1 pm-Tops-RR

3 pm-Oak Park 6:30 pm-Confir 7:30 pm-Eikon-

6:30 am-Men’s B

9 8 am-Prayer Gr

11 am-1 pm-Gi 12 pm-Reforma

1 pm-Tops-RR

6:30 pm-Confir 7:30 pm-Eikon-

am-Men’s 16 6:30 8 am-Prayer Gr

11 am-1 pm-G 1 pm-Tops-RR 1:30 pm-MC #1 1:30 pm-MC #3

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

23 6:30 am-Men’s B

8 am-Prayer G

11 am-1 pm-Gi

1 pm-Tops-RR

6:30 pm-Confir 7:30 pm-Eikon7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR

29 7 am-11am-Lefse Bake-BH 8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P

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

8 am-Prayer Gr 9 am-FLCW Boa 10:30 am-Good

7:30 pm-Eikon

10:30 am-Praise & Worship-S

27 Reformation Sunday

8 am-Happiness Is a Blanket-MPR 9:30 am-Staff meeting-P 2:30 pm-Senior Towers Communion-CPL

2 6:30 pm-Men’s

7 pm-Narcotics Anonymous-MPR

am-Men’s B 30 6:30 7 am-4 pm-Lefse

8 am-Prayer Gr

11 am-1 pm-Gif

1 pm-Tops-RR 1 pm-Messenger

6:30 pm-Confirm 7:30 pm-Eikon-Y


Bible Study-MPR roup-PR ard-P d Samaritan-Comm.-FLC





Bible Study-MPR


6:30 pm-Chapel Service w/Comm.



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

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


12-MPR 31-P


Bible Study-MPR


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10:30 am-Prairie Sr. Cottages Comm.-Grace 1:30 pm-St. John’s/Fountain Lake Communion3 pm-St. John’s Communion-BLC 4:30 pm-Al-Anon-MPR 5:15 pm-Tops-RR

11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

19 9:30 am-MC #20-P 10 am-A. A.-MPR

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR


25 11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open

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

1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

6:30 pm-Chapel Service

31 Reformation Day


7 am-11 am-Lefse Bake-BH

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

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7-11 am-LWR Ingathering-SL 10 am-A. A.-MPR 12-4 pm-Baby Shower for Melissa Dirks and baby-P

6:30 pm-Chapel Service w/Comm.-

Bible Study-MPR e Bake-BH

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6:30 pm-Chapel Service

Bible Study-MPR roup-PR Gift Shop Open


10 am-A. A.-MPR

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

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1 pm-Hardanger-MPR

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11-am-1pm Gift Shop Open


6:30 pm-Chapel Service w/Comm. 9


10 am-A. A.-MPR 4-6 pm-Trunk or TreatCentral Park

90TH Birthday Celebration

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 168 million shoeboxes to children in over 160 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. FLC will again be assembling and collecting shoe boxes to be sent to children around the world.


Sponsored by a community of churches in & near Albert Lea, MN. 10

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)

Gift Shop News!!! Handmade Crosses and woodworking pieces You guys cannot miss out on these amazing crosses!!! We have a variety of Handmade Crosses from a local Albert Lea Resident! Lloyd Kraushaar is sharing his passion for woodworking with First Lutheran Church. He has made a variety of wall hanging crosses, standing crosses, wedding crosses, Wooden stools, and crosses to set out on a table. These are handmade excellent quality and one of a kind!!! The thought behind the cross sizes are to walk with you through all stages of life.  

First, a baptismal cross, set the cross in the child’s room with a picture of them next to it. Secondly, a Confirmation Cross, give this as a gift and also put a picture next to that cross to remind them that they are a confirmed Christian. Next would be the Wedding Cross, this cross is unique because the arms of the cross come off and instead of unity sand you are able to each add a side to the cross, with the center being God’s firm foundation. Lastly, the Family Cross, would be a symbol of what God has done for your family. Put a family picture next to the cross. This will remind you that Jesus is the center of your family! Let’s support our local talent and sell these crosses!!!

“The Perfect Gift” Shop Hours 11 am

1 pm

11 am

1 pm

11 am

1 pm

9 am

11:30 am

New Christian & Fall Décor

Come into “The Perfect Gift” to check out all of our fall Décor, New Christian items, Lloyds beautiful crosses and a variety of Christian Décor. We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11-1 and Sundays from 9-11:30. The women of First Lutheran invite you to join them for

Holidays Ahead on Saturday, November 23, 2019.


The event will be in Bethany Hall at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Coffee with Scandinavian goodies will be available from 8:30 –10:00 am. A wonderful luncheon will be served from 11 am-12:30 pm. Tables will be set up throughout Bethany Hall and Multi-Purpose Room so that you can shop for crafts, cookies and candy. Lefse will be on sale beginning at 8:30 am until gone. Proceeds will go to missions. 11


In Honor Of:

Raymond Richter– Uncle of Audrey Christensen given by: Donald & Arlis Smith, Merriell Jahnke, Helen Lovik, Audrey Christensen, Pam Stern

Friends given by: Joy White

Bonnie Rebelein - sister-in-law of Audrey Christensen given by: Donald & Arlis Smith, Merriell Jahnke, Helen Lovik, Geraldine Sauke, Audrey Christensen, Pam Stern Kyle Olson given by: Selma Engebretson, Rose Perteet, Gary & Ginny Thompson, Bev Nelson, Family & friends, Audrey Christensen Deloris Suko given by: Pam Stern Rodney Jacobson given by: Rose Perteet Mary Theresa Reese of New Richland given by: Family & friends Gladys Bergland given by: Shirley M. Nelson, JoAnn Palmer, Hildy Vallevand

Janice Lestrud for her birthday given by: Her prayer partner Pastor Sean Forde & his family given by: Sharon Wakefield & family

Gifts Given By: Jason & Fran Heilman, LeNore Forbes, Gilbert Gilbertson, Deacon Douglas Spiotta, Lavonne Emmons, Patricia Tallman, Susan Quarnstrom, Leroy & Garnet Folie

RADIO FUND In Memory Of: Kyle Olson given by: Rose Perteet, Family & friends Rodney Jacobson given by: Rose Perteet Larry Fjelstad given by: Richard “Dick” Stern, Deb Stern Christenson, Ruth Ann Friday Karin Mattson given by: Bonnie Schneider

Eldora Holstad given by: Lou Stealy, Vicki Suhl

Oral “Orrie” Shoff given by: Bonnie Schneider

Cordelia Olson given by: Lorraine Bakken, Bev Nelson

Bonnie Rebelein given by: Bonnie Schneider

Ray Sorenson given by: Larry & Cheryl Beavens

Raymond Richter given by: Bonnie Schneider

Don Roberts given by: Larry & Cheryl Beavens

My sister Mertrice D’Amore given by: Mae & John Twito

Gordon Sorenson given by: Larry & Cheryl Beavens

Gifts Given By:

Susan “Sue” Jordan given by: Jack & Orlene Woodside, Tom & Karen Hovde

John & Robin Kelly, Norm & Joyce Fredin

Oral “Orrie” Shoff given by: Vern & Shirley Strand, Lilah Aas, Hildy Vallevand, Bonnie Trampel, Ken & Diane Damerow, Lynn Pykkonen, Carla Koch, Ben & Phyllis Fredrickson, Larry & Lanae Thorstad, Ardis Bang Larry Fjelstad given by: Richard “Dick” Stern, Deb Stern Christenson, Ruth Ann Friday James H. Oberg given by: His family Dorothy J. Oberg given by: Her family Karin Mattson given by: Hildy Vallevand, Marian Ahnemann, Marge Moine, Selma Engebretson, Tom & Judy Mullen, Vern & Shirley Strand Violet Patterson given by: Audrey Christensen David “Dave” Lee Lindahl given by: Sandy Narverud, Mary Lou Lindahl Nelson Kathleen Shultz - mother of Susan Forde given by: Sharon Wakefield & family, Tom & Judy Mullen Gerald Joachim given by: Ben & Phyllis Fredrickson Niles & Oral “Orrie” Shoff given by: Martha Wick, Rondo Simmons Robert Broskoff given by: Pam Stern

KIMBERLY (OLSON) GODDARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Oral “Orrie” Shoff given by: Carol Olson Bob Broskoff given by: Carol Olson Helen Pierce given by: Carol Olson

SANCTUARY LIGHTING FUND In Memory Of: Arthur “Art” Ludtke Jr, given by: Ellwood & Janice Tukua, Al & Cheryl Hills, Jim Widdel, Scott & Lisa Sorenson, Gregg & Mary Beth Senske Karin Mattson given by: Bonnie Trampel

HAPPINESS IS A BLANKET FUND In Memory Of: Junice Schuhmacher given by: Her family

FOOD FOR SCHOOL BACKPACKS PROGRAM FUND In Memory Of: Kyle Olson given by: Al & Bonnie Anderson Kathleen Shultz - mother of Susan Forde given by: Fritz & Cheryl Moran

Camilla Frydenlund given by: Pam Stern 12

MEMORIALS, HONORS & SPECIAL GIFTS CONT. PRAYER SHAWL FUND The 2019 Confirmation class given by: Fritz & Cheryl Moran In Memory Of: In Honor Of:

My friend, Sister Bernice Schuetz, OSF of Dubuque, IA given by: Jane Maiden

Gifts Given By: Gregory & Emma Tikalsky



Susan “Sue” Jordan given by: Deloris Fligge


Oral “Orrie” Shoff given by: Deloris Fligge


Monday night NA Club of Albert Lea, MN


Karin Mattson given by: Alden W. Bjorklund & Associates My uncle Harold Nelson given by: Angela Ogren

John & Joan Holt

Gifts Given By: Mark Sabin, John & Marilee Waalkens, Susan Quarnstrom, Kevin & Martha Kenne, Patricia Tallman

Pastoral Records: Baptisms, Weddings, Deaths, Funerals, Memorial Services FUNERALS: Gladys Bergland, August 31, 2019 Oral “Orrie” Shoff, September 6, 2019 Karin Mattson, September 10, 2019 Harold Nelson, September 13, 2019  John Haines, September 18, 2019




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: Casey Dusza, Robert “Bob” Edwin and Caydence Nechanicky.

Our Continued Prayers are requested for healing and wholeness for: Jody Bakken, Alan J. Christensen, Rodger Christenson, Mary Ann Christian, Dale Drescher, Millard Hamborg, Gregg Hatleli, Breckyn Heinemann, Glenn Helland, Noah Iverson, Sharon Johnson, Deb Koenigs, Phil Koppelman, Tom Loverink, Fred (Fritz) Moran, Bill Schulte, Jean Stearns, Betty Stolaas, Karen Szymanowski, Warren VanRiper, ... 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: 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)

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

FLC General Fund (G.F.) Actual Budget $481,629 $550,733 $548,811 $550,733 ($67,182) 0

As of 8-31-19

Radio Income Expense Net gain (loss)

FLC Broadcast Ministries Actual Peace & Power $5,706 Income 8,406 Expense ($2,700) Net gain (loss)

If you have moved or changed phone numbers, (including cell phone) please call the church office with your new information.

Actual $40,680 30,016 $10,644

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Meet New Friends SERVICE TIMES


*Holy Communion:

8 am — Traditional Worship Service*

Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st &

9:15 am — Worship in the Chapel*

3rd Sundays of each month, and

10:30 am — Praise & Worship Service*

the Thursdays preceding those Sundays.

Thursday: 6:30 pm—Worship service in the Chapel* Adult Bible Study 9:15 am — Sunday morning “ Immersion ” 9:30 am — Wednesday morning Bible Study – Multi Purpose Room

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

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

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October 2019  

October 2019