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Whether it is time to renew your CPR/AED certification (both adults and children) or you are just interested in taking the course for the first time, John Woutat, ND Safety Council First Aid Manager will be at First Lutheran Wednesday, January 31 at 6:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall teaching us those skills. This course was given two years ago at First so please check your cards and see where you stand. If it is time to renew, or it is your first time attending, call the church office to be put on the list. The cost of the class is $43 per student, however First Lutheran will pay half of the cost. See Robyn for more information.

FEBRUARY 1st Early Bird Special Enjoy $100 / $50

Camp of the Cross Ministries Celebrate Lives of Faith!

For a limited time only, you will get $100 off a full week and $50 off for a short week at camp! This offer ends by February 1st! Don't miss out on this awesome deal!

Please go to select the program he or she would like to attend, then register your child/children online. Because First Lutheran Church will again be paying for our kids to attend camp, this $100 will be a wonderful savings to us. Please let Robyn know if your registrations are completed by February 1st as a registration fee is needs to be sent to the camp for each child. If you have not registered by February 1st, you will be responsible for the $100. Think summer!

One worship Service December 31st at 10:30. Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, December 17th, during the 10:30 am worship service, our Sunday School children will be telling the story of Jesus' birth in "The Little Town of Bethleham. " Come see the angels, shepherds, wisemen, donkeys, lambs, and the star of the show, baby Jesus! The children have been practicing so everything is just right and they want to perform this sacred story for you! Come and see!

CHRISTMAS EVE services at FIrst Lutheran Church 800 N 7th St. Bismarck, will be held at 5:00 pm. Come worship and celebrate Jesus' birth with music, song, scripture, and the Word!

If you weren't in the Christmas spirit before Colleen's Christmas Concert on Sunday afternoon , you are now! Beautiful Christmas music filled the sanctuary with over 75 voices singing along with Colleen playing the piano! Oh Holy Night, Joy To The World, Jingle Bells staring Nevaeh, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, and a beautiful "Hallelujah," sung by Colleen! Christmas cookies and coffee was served by several of the First Lutheran Ladies! Thanks ladies! If you missed the afternoon, you certainly missed out!

The benefit for Jon Curtis was a smashing success. Pancakes were flying off the griddle, it was next to impossible to keeps the bowls of sausage and eggs full, and the coffee was constantly brewing! Thank you to the Bismarck community for your support of these wonderful people and continue to pray for Jon's healing.

SAVE THE DATE, December 3rd, 2017 have brunch with us at First Lutheran and help the Curtis family through this difficult time. Jon, father of three boys and husband to Shelly, has been diagnosed with tonsil and lymph cancer and is being treated with chemo and radiation. Jon is not able to work through his treatments and so First Lutheran is having a homemade sausage, pancakes, eggs, juice, brunch on December 3rd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at First Lutheran Church 800 N 7th St. in Bismarck. It is a FREEWILL DONATION BRUNCH, SILENT AUCTION and BAKE SALE! Please join us so we can help the Curtis family through their difficulties. See you there.

ADULTS, YOUTH, KIDS, A Christmas bulb wreath will be the Saturday, November 25th, 2017 1:00 pm First Lutheran craft. You will need about 50 bulbs of different sizes and colors, (actually, it doesn't have to be Christmas, it could be for any season of the year). If you don't have bulbs any at home, the Dollar Stores have bulbs, and other fancies you would like to incorporate. Also, a metal clothes hanger, and if you have a glue gun and glue, bring that as well, if you don't, no worries we will have it here for you. Come for fun and fellowship!

The worship service service celebrating 500 years since Martin Luther reformed the Catholic church will be Sunday, October 29th at 11:00 am at the Bismarck Event Center. Come worship and sing along with an 80 voice choir, handbells, organ. piano, and many other instruments. We are also looking forward to a visit from Martin Luther himself (Rev. Marv Mutzenberger). It is expected that over 3000 people will be in attendance. Don't miss this once in a lifetime experience!

Five fabulous First Lutheran young adults will confirm their faith on Reformation Sunday at the 9:00 am service. I was blessed to teach these five young adults in their last year of confirmation! Now they will be affirming their faith and renewing the baptismal vows their parents and sponsors made for them when they were babies. Don't miss worshipping and celebrating with Aiden, Brittany, Evelyn, Matt, and Nevaeh at 9:00 am Sunday morning. Continue on your walk in faith with Jesus, we at First Lutheran are proud of you!

Wanda, Pam, Jay, Marie, Pastor Allen and Robyn are SO excited! Saturday morning we mailed the ready for inspection 2017 First Lutheran Church Pictorial Directry off to the printers! It has taken several months to advertise this project, hours of calling to make appointments, days of checking in families as they came to have their photos taken, and getting completed photos out to their owners. There was also the layout of activity pages, colors to choose, decisions to make, IT WAS A HUGE JOB! So, now we wait for the book to proof making sure it is all in order. We will let you know when that happens.

Our 2017 pictorial directory is going to be a FABULOUS book! We have used up all the dates given to us by Lifetouch and scheduled 3 more days. NOW we have filled all those appointments and are calling Lifetouch for another day! IF you have not had your picture taken, PLEASE call us as soon as possible, we would really like to have everyone's picture in the directory! You get a free 8x10 and a free directory with no high-pressure to buy. It will be a historical book to look back on in years to come and think of all the hours of enjoyment you will have looking at all the First Lutheran member's pictures! You can't beat a deal like that! Give us a call 223-4340.

The "Life of Katie Luther" had an absolutely marvelous turnout. The pews were close to filled and those seated were in a world of historical wonderment as Marlene Zenker of Hot Springs Village, AZ. transformed into Katherine von Bora Luther, wife of the Protestant Reformer Martin Luther. Katie had us all laughing until our sides hurt, then crying for a mother and father who lost two of their small children to illness and death. Katie told of the joys and struggles of their life in the time after the Reformation. Pastor Marv Mutzenber played the part of Martin Luther to round out the drama. It was a very educational afternoon. followed by Q & A then Coffee,and Kuchen with Katie in the Fellowship Hall.

Marlene Zenker, Hot Springs, Arkansas, and the wife of the late Alton Zenker, former Bishop of the Central Southern Illinois Synod, ELCA, will be performing a historical dramatization portraying the life of Katherine Von Bora Luther,the wife of Dr. Martin Luther on Sunday, September 17th 2017 2:00 pm at First Lutheran Church, Bismarck. Marlene Zenker, dressed in the austere black clothing of the 1500s, shares her knowledge of Katherine and that period in history. Through much research and reading, Marlene developed her biographical presentation of Katherine, Dr. Luther, and their family.Katherine will tell of her life as the wife of the unwitting founder of the Lutheran Church. A spunky young lady born of German nobility, she was educated in a convent and became a nun. Feeling unworthy, she fled the religious life. She grew into a remarkable, loving, and industrious woman and a very supportive partner to Dr. Martin Luther. Katherine is portrayed as a very strong woman in character and faith.This is a lively story of unusual proportions. Zenker brings laughter, tears, wisdom, and wonderment into this unique presentation. All are welcome, parking is available in the NW lot of Bismarck High School.

ATTENDING THE ANNUAL RALLY DAY POTLUCK PICNIC SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH 1:00 P.M. at the Sertoma Community Park Shelter is a wonderful way to enjoy lots of scrumptious food while visiting with old and new friends from FIrst Lutheran. Bring a dish to share of whatever sounds good to you. Thank you to LaVerne Vernon for the Thrivent Action Team monies which will buy the hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, plates, cups, silverware, lemonade, and coffee. YES KIDS, we will again have FREE TICKETS for rides at the amusement park, and for the adults who enjoy horse shoes, we will bring horse shoes. Any other games you enjoy just bring them with! This picnic is always enjoyed by young and not so young every fall and it is fun to celebrate having everyone back after summer vacations and other events. SAVE THE DATE! SEE YOU THERE!

WE ARE EXCITED to present our NEW E-FIRST ONLINE GIVING tab on the home page. Check it out!

School is beginning so bring your backpacks, lesson plans, tool belt, patience, spoons, files, anything that pertains to your part of our child's education - to worship Sunday morning August 27th 9:30 am for a blessing. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

What are "BOOMWACKERS AND BELLS?" Boomwackers and Bells are FUN instruments to "Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord" with! Colleen Reinhardt (what an opportunity to work with Colleen) and Robyn will be teaching anyone from kids to adults who love music and would like share that love with others at our worship services from time to time. Practice Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm at First Lutheran!

First Lutheran Church, Bismarck young adults are working hard to raise the $19,900.00 it will take to go to the National Youth Gathering in Houston next summer 2018 where the theme is, "This (the Cross) Changes Everything!" At present they have raised 14,456.48 and continue working on projects. Some of the upcoming activities are bath bombs for $5.00, caramel roll sale on September 17th, kuchen and fudge sale in October, Applebees, Herbergers Community Day Sale booklets, Christmas Rummage Sale and more to come. Thanks for supporting this venture, it is a lifetime memory!

FIRST LUTHERAN'S 2017 PHOTO DIRECTORY: Our spring photo session for our church diretory is now completed, however we will continue starting Tuesday, September 26th through Saturday, September 30th. You can either call the church office to schedule your appointment or go to the FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS to see the open appointment times and schedule your appointment to have your family photo taken for our First Lutheran pictorial directory. After going to this site you can see what dates and times are available and schedule your own appointment. It is easy and takes just a minute or two to log on. You can also use this site to change appointments if you find the date scheduled does not work for you. Thank you for scheduling, we really want to have everyone of our First members in our new directory!

Plan on an hour for your professional portrait session. Come prepared for your session and show the real you! We often photograph families and individuals with their meaningful items: special keepsakes, sports equipment, musical instruments, etc. Many families wear coordinating colors for a unified look. For families and individuals, we suggest solid colored shirts with long sleeves. Questions? Call the church office 223-4340 and ask for Robyn.

FIRST LUTHERAN YOUTH are fund raising to be able to go to Houston, Texas for the 2018 Youth Gathering. The theme is "The Cross Changes Everything!" One of their fundraisers is collecting receipts from any Dan's Super Market in Bismarck. At the bottom of your Dan's slips you will see a $ amount , that is the qualifying amount we can use to raise for their trip. We need $150, 000 of qualifying receipts to get a $ 1, 000 check from Dan's in return. As of January 25th we have $ $17, 186, not too bad for six weeks! Instead of throwing the slips away, please bring them to worship any Saturday evening or Sunday morning and drop them in the box on the table in the sanctuary. You can also send them to First Lutheran 800 N 7th St Bismarck, N.D., 58501 , or drop them off at the church office any day of the week between 9 am - 4 pm. The youth will be thrilled for your help! Tell your family and friends as well! Thank you!

BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES. Each Tuesday morning at 9:00 am - 10:00 am men and women gather in the Chapel for Bible Study. A book of the Bible is chosen by the group attending and is studied and discussed according to the days in which it is written and how it refers to us today. Coffee and snacks are served. Come join us.

WELCA Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for study the first Wednesday of each month 9:30 am. in the church Chapel. A short business meeting is held. All interested women are invited.

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY Saturday morning 8:30 am the men gather in the chapel for study in the Bible and topics related to today. All are welcome!

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