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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!

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