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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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