We have again applied and were "granted" $250, to make a difference! Candles will be burning at 5:00 pm at First Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve in celebration of Jesus' birth. We will have a jar for a free will donations in the back of the sanctuary, and the monies collected will be used to purchase food for the Heaven's Helper's Soup Cafe. When we deliver the food, we will stay at the Cafe to work a shift or two preparing, cooking, visiting and cleaning for our guests, we will be Heaven's Helpers! Look for more information soon on dates and times for this exciting, helping project. It is more blessed to give than to receive!
Helping others is an all year around gift... however now is known as the season to give . If anyone is looking for an organization or families to donate to this season... I called Ruth Meiers on Wednesday. They currently have 52 children ages 5mo to 17 years old who are homeless and living at the shelter. They are currently in dire need of winter gear for all of the children. Mittens, hats, scarves, snow pants and coats. They are expecting more kids in their care soon. If you would like to buy something for any kids in these age groups, you can either wrap and attach a card with gender and age or just drop them off at First Lutheran and we will deliver. Any questions? Call me (Robyn) at 223-4340 T-F.
The Dakota Pioneer German's from Russia Chapter and First Lutheran Church, Bismarck would like to invite you to their annual German-English Advent Service on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 pm at the FIrst Lutheran Church 800 N 7th St in Bismarck. There will be congregational singing, special music, and a German/English sermon . The service will be led by Pastor Clayton Scheaffer in German and English. There will be a time of maistub (fellowship) after the service. Handicap entrance is at the red door on the north side parking lot. We would love to have you join us whether or not your heritage is German's from Russia, it will be a beautiful service.
Pastor Marv Mutzenberger, adjunct professor of religion at Bismarck State College and First Lutheran's assistant pastor, will be presenting his fall Bible study , "A Walk In The Torah." The Torah is the first five books in the Bible and will be a six-week study beginning at 2:00 pm, Sunday, October 14th at First Lutheran Church, 800 N 7th St. Bismarck, ND., and again Monday evening at 7:00 pm October 15th. This study is available to the public and is free of charge. Call Mary at 223-4340 or Marv at 223-1512 with any questions.
First Lutheran kids attending confirmation went out Wednesday evening, in the cold, picking apples for our apple pie baking fundraising. What a wonderful job they did! They came back to the church with boxes and boxes and bags and more bags of apples! Thanks to the Peterson, the Rudlands, and Mr. Bickel for your generousity in supplying those apples! Now we need to peel and mix and roll and bake those apples into hundreds of pies for our annual fundraising event on Saturday October 13th. You will be able to smell apple pies all over Bismarck! Note below on joining in on the fun! All are welcome.
Mark October 13th on your calendar and come join us for a fun day of apple pie baking! Our annual Fall Apple Pie Fundraiser has been First Lutheran's way of raising money for projects such as sending our young people to Bible camp for the past 33-plus years. We bake over 200 pies in the course of the day, so we need everyone's help. We start at 9:00 am and work until we’re finished cleaning up the kitchen. We could sure use your help for an hour, two, for the whole day, whatever fits into your schedule. So, please fit baking the all American apple pie somewhere into your schedule, you will have a good ol' time - nothing smells better than fresh homemade apple pie! Everyone is welcome
Please consider having breakfast / brunch with us at First Lutheran, 800 N 7th St. Bismarck this Sunday, October, 7th between 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. Your free will donation will help Cody Mees, who has been diagnosed with Dysautonomia, and his family with medical expenses. We will also have everyone's favorite, the "Silent Auction" with many awesome donations from many awesome businesses and people from this community. Come help Cody in this time of need, I know he will thankful and humbled by your support! If you are unable to attend and would like to give a donation, please send it to: First Lutheran Church 800 N 7th St. Bismarck,ND 58501. Also, keep Cody and his family in your prayers. Thank you. Please share this notice.
2018 AID, INC. CHRISTMAS DINNER FOOD BASKET PROGRAM FOR ELDERLY, DISABLED,OR HOME-BOUND. If you, or someone you know qualifies, please pick up an application from Robyn or Mary in the church office. Deadline November 1st, 2018.
GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK - $1.00 buys 3 meals for the hungry! Where can you get 3 meals for $1.00? Where can you feed 3 strangers or give 3 strangers something to drink for $1.00? Matthew 25:35. The only place I can think of would be GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK of NORTH DAKOTA! If you feel led to give a donation of $1.00, or any amount to Great Plains Food Bank, stop by First Lutheran Bismarck 800 N 7th St and we will see that it is given for the purpose you intend, to feed the hungry in Burleigh County! Thank you, from those who are hungry and those who are thirsty. Matthew 25: 35.
Plans are being made for the 2018-19 Sunday School term. Sunday, September 9th come and meet your teachers and helpers, visit your room, meet your classmates, get ready to sing with Colleen, make cool crafts, eat yummy snacks, and much more. Meet at the church with your parents in the sanctuary, worship for a bit, then follow your classmates down stairs where the fun begins! After Sunday School come with us to Sertoma Park for burgers, brats, and a potluck dinner followed by icecream and free kids rides at the Amusement Park! A DAY FULL OF FUN AND FELLOWSHIP! Come join us! Questions? Call us at 701-223-4340.
What a treat it was this Sunday morning, singing for us , the "Master's Plan ." We hope to have them back with us this fall/winter!
What a treat you are in for this Sunday morning! Joining us in worship will be "The Master's Plan," a group of gentlemen singing good ol' gospel hymns, and at the piano our own Nancy Odland! We invite you to come to First Lutheran Church 800 N 7th St., just across from Bismarck High School, Sunday morning at 9:30 am to hear the awesome gift of music God has given these fellas! (and Nancy). And when worship is over, we invite you to come down to the Fellowship Hall for coffee, conversation, and treats. We will be lookin' for you!
They're Back! Our eleven youth and two adult leaders that left for Houston for the National Youth Gathering three weeks ago, are back! What a time they had according to the slide presentation and talks they gave on Sunday morning! Their enthusiasm was felt by everyone in the pew. Thanks to all who supported them with prayers, love and contributions.
CARRI'S KIDS SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS. Cari personally works with children and teens who need help with basic needs, shoes, school supplies, clothes, etc., as well as EMERGENCY needs. School is about a month away so we need to begin our school supply collection for Carries Kids soon.
Eleven youth and 2 adult leaders left on Tuesday, June 26th for the National Youth Gathering in Houston where they will meet over 33,000 ELCA youth from all the US, maybe the world for worship, Bible Study, fun and service to those in the Houston community who are in need. Watch First Lutheran's Facebook page for daily pictures and information. By the looks of the pictures, they are having an awesome and exciting time.
TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT, KIDS, come join us for supper at 5:30 pm. We hope you are all very excited for VBS, I know we are! If you have not registered yet, don’t worry - you can register any evening. Even if you can only come for a few evenings, we would love to have you join us. Supper 5:30 pm and VBS starts at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Program Thursday evening at 7:20 pm. Questions: call Wanda (214.0479) or Robyn (223.4340)
We are Mothering the camp, ...Camp of the Cross in Garrison, ND that is! Will you help us? The camp will soon be in full swing teaching our kids about how much Jesus loves them and how to show that same love to others. The hundreds and hundreds of campers that attend camp will be busy from sun up to sun down and when it is time to eat.... you guessed it, they will be HUNGRY! The camp is in need of all kinds of supplies to keep the camp running smoothly, food of all kinds, paper kitchen supplies, band aids, postage stamps, soccer balls, toilet paper, garden gloves, and on and on, anything you can imagine they would need. Anyone can donate to the Camp of the Cross. If you can give a donation of any kind , please drop it off at First Lutheran 800 N 7th St and we will deliver!
We were a busy place Sunday morning! Services started out with "Amazing Grace," and "This little Light of Mine," by Bismarck's Elk's Chorus, what a tremendous group of singers these men are, thank you! First Lutheran Quilters gifted each of our 8 high school seniors a beautiful handmade quilt honoring their accomplishments, and bustling around and down the halls, here and there, all over this place were excited children wearing gardening gloves, carrying miniature shovels and baskets of flowers ready to beautify the grounds of First Lutheran. What a MAGNIFICENT job they've done, you have to drive by and take a look! REMEMBER, starting this Sunday, 9:30 AM, we have just one worship service throughout the summer. See you there!
CONGRATULATIONS FIRST LUTHERAN! We were privileged to have Pete Bauer, store director Dan's north with us to present First Lutheran with a check for $1000 for our youth going to Houston this June. All those going and their adult mentors were present to accept the check. Pete congratulated us for our persistence in collecting the Dan's receipts and encouraged us to continue on with another $1,000 fundraiser.
For now we are working to help our neighbors at Peace Lutheran in Lincoln. Peace has two young men that are working toward earning their way to the National Youth Gathering and it would be an easy way for us to help and support them in their efforts. So, keep bringing your Dan's receipts, it is for a good cause.
First Lutheran Church, Bismarck young adults continue working hard to raise the $21, 000 it will take to go to the National Youth Gathering in Houston this summer 2018 where the theme is, "This (the Cross) Changes Everything!" At present they have raised 19,456.48 and continue working on fund raising projects. Thanks for supporting this venture, it will be a life changing event/memory!
WE ARE EXCITED to present our NEW E-FIRST ONLINE GIVING tab on the home page. Check it out!
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!
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!