Please watch for an updated date

Audio Visual Upgrades

Construction is underway in the sanctuary with the new audio and visual upgrades. Thank you for your patience with the installation of the system and the training involved. It will be a couple of weeks before we are ready to go live. 


2019 First Fruits Newsletter





THE FIRST FRUITS NEWSLETTER - September 2019 (pdf)


Bulletin Announcements

Accounts have been set up designated for the Audio/Visual system and for the Organ repairs.  If you would like to contribute to either project, please put your donation into an envelope marked “Audio/Visual” or “Organ” (please also indicate in the memo section of your check).  Thank you.

Men’s Morning Bible Study -You are invited to attend Men’s Morning Bible Study each Wednesday morning at Forest Lake Restaurant. We meet in the upstairs back room at 6:45 AM. We open with a prayer and then begin our reading for the day. After our reading we have discussion. During this time our server takes our breakfast orders. Some men order just coffee and others a full breakfast. We are finished by 8 AM. There is plenty of room so bring your Bible and join us in studying God’s word.

New Beginnings Pregnancy Center will be holding their annual Harvest Banquet, Monday october 14 at Timberlake Lodge. Lutheran's For Life will have a table for eight. Cost is $25 per person. Checks should be made out to new Beginnings. One may give your check to either Craig or Sue Nelson. September 3rd is cutoff dayte. there will be a signup sheet in the three-ring binder. Thank you!

Special Mission Offering: The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has its convention next month and we hope to participate in a special mission offering for the support of missionaries and for training of new pastors. Your gifts will be matched by a donation for Doris MacDonald up to $3,000.00. We will collect for this pronect through September 22. Please designate "Synodical Offering" For your contribution.

Rally Day: First day of Sunday School will be held on September 8th. 

Our nursery (unstaffed) can be found on the lower level of the education wing. There is a PA System provided in this room, so the service can be heard. 

Personal Hearing Devices are available for your use. If you desire one, plase ask an usher.

Cable TV Broadcast Proclaiming the Good News of Christ on ICTV (Mediacom Cable Channel 2 and Paul Bunyan Cable Channel 32) each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday at 4 a.m. and 12 noon. 


BIBLE STUDY: We began a new topic recently as we look at the Gospel of Luke verse by verse. We encourage you to learn more about the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus.

Wednesday Bible Study: at 9:00a.m. each Wednesday we meet for an hour of study of God’s Word. We are working  through the book of Acts. How great it would be to see you there. 


Mite Box Sunday is the 1st  Sunday of each month. 

Mite Box contributions amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants and implement the LWML program. We encourage the entire family to contribute by putting your pennies in the box at the end of each day, say ‘thank you’ with an appropriate amount whenever calamity or misfortune has been averted and empty all your loose change from your kitchen coin bowl into the box. There is a mite box next to the mail boxes in the lower narthex and on Mite Box Sunday one is also placed outside the sanctuary. Throughout the decades, Lutherans have stepped out in faith, setting goals and trusting God to Move the hearts of His people to give generously to LWML to proclaim the Gospel.

Dimes For Missions: the 2nd Sunday of each month

On Dimes For Mission Sunday all loose change and any other checks/currency specifically designated for Dimes for Missions will be included in the Dimes for Mission contribution. Dimes For Mission are divided between Lutheran Island Camp and Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF). LHF shares the Good News of Jesus around the world to those who desperately need to hear the good news of Jesus. Pastor Bernie and Ellie are very active in this ministry. In the past, the only changed considered were the dimes in the offering plate. A faithful supporter of the LHF mission is once again offering the “LHF Match” a dollar-for -dollar matching program where any individual, church or organization who hasn’t donated to LHF in the past twelve months or more will have their new gifts matched. What a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this.

Youth Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted. On this Sunday the youth will assist in handing out bulletins, ushering, reading the scriptures, collecting the offering, lighting the candles on the altar, and on special Sunday’s, they will entertain us with the songs they have learned in Sunday School and VBS.

Food Shelf Sunday is the 4th Sunday of the month


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