Welcome to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Grand Rapids, MN

Sunday Divine Services

8:00 Traditional Service

9:15 Adult Bible Study

9:15 Sunday School (school year)

10:30 Family Service

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Lent and Holy Week Schedule

"IN REMEMBRANCE"

Easter Services: 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM

April 21st A continental breakfast will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the 8:00 am Easter Sunday Service. The menu will be: Carmel and Cinnamon Rolls, coffee and juice, boiled eggs, cereal and milk. Free will donation. The First Lutheran's Men's Club


Audio Visual Informational Meeting

Thursday April 25th at 6:30

 Informational Meeing: We will be holding an informational meeting to discuss the propsed upgrades to the churches Audio Visualsystem, as well as an update on the organ repairs, The meeting will be held on thursday April 25th at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. *If you have questions as to the new propsed system, please plan to attend. This will only be an informational meeting, but I strongly encourage you to attend if you want to know more about this project. Thank you, Tom Lattimore - Congregational President.  

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Lake of the Woods Men's Fishing Trip 2019

June 23rd-26th at Young's Bay Resort.

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Vacation Bible School June 17th-21st, 2019

Who we are

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What To Expect

We have two services every Sunday - traditional service and a family/contempory service. Join the service that best fits your style, both services have the same message to make sure we are all learning as a family. Life can be busy, but at worship you can slow down and accept God's Word and Sacraments.  

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids - Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God:

The Father, creator of all that exists;

Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and

the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments.

The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.


We accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone. 


Sharing the Love of Jesus

Eternal Life

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in HIm should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Baptism

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19

Bible

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. . . For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:9, 13

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 

Mark 16:16

  

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

April 2019 First Fruits Newsletter

THE FIRST FRUITS NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2019 (pdf)

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Bulletin Announcements

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.


Men’s Club -If you are male and a member of First Lutheran, you are automatically a member of Men’s Club. We have regular meetings on the second Monday of each month at 6:30p.m. in the church basement. Our mission is to help the ministry of First Lutheran by providing funds and manpower for the betterment of our church. Cinnamon Roll Sunday and the Wild Game Feed are a couple of ways for us to raise funds. Our meetings consist primarily of how to spend these funds. After a short meeting we have dessert provided by one of the men. Come and join us. You will enjoy.


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. 


Buble Study: We begin a new topic 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.


Stewardship message: Luke 13:3- "No I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."  The season of Lent is all about repentance-turning back to the Lord, away from our sins, in faith. We know that it is only in the Lord that we can find salvation. So we do well in this season of repentance to examine ourselves, asking the questions like,  "What is trying to keep me away from Jesus?" "What temptation I face?" "What is a sin I need to repent of and leave behind?" Then we turn to the Lord for the strength to leave these sins behind, and we pray for the courage to follow him in faith and faithful living. 


Heath E Living Seminar: On Saturday, April 13th, starting at 9:00 a.m. there will be a seminar at church focusing on improving our general state of fitness, mobility and overall health. This is targeted for seniors, but all ages are welcomed. There is an emphasis on unique methods of exercising, stretching, eating, and balance. The reviews on this program are excellent. There is no charge for the seminar, and it will conclude by noon. More information found here https://www.healthehorizon.com/programs 


Men & Boys Fishing Retreat: On Sunday, March 24th, Greg Taylor and Dick Buech will hold a meeting between services in the council room to talk about our plans and to answer questions regarding the 2019 fishing retreat. We again reserved the large cabin at Young's Bay Resort on the nothwest angle of Lake of the Woods from Sunday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 26th. If you would like to attend, there is a sign-up sheet in the book. 


Easter Lillies and Mums: Alter Guild will again be purchasing "Lillies's and Mums" to adorn our sanctuary for Easter. Anyone who would like to help defray the $10.00 cost of each plan can leave your donation with the church secretary. The plan would be available for you to take home after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.


Upcoming Youth Events:


Lenten Soup Suppers will be April 10th serving from 5-6. Proceeds will benefit the NYG participants. Youth are encouraged to help setup and serve, arrive at 4:00.


Donations for Soup: We are in need of a variety of soups and desserts for the Lenten soup suppers. We would like to make sure that we have enough soup so that we do not run out, so if you can dig out your favorite soup recipes, the Youth would very much appreciate it. There is a sign-up sheet on the Youth bulletin board.  


Thank you for praying for VBS and the volunteers. We had a great response last week with sign ups! There are still a few open spots that we need filled: Storytelling; Bible Memory Challenge, leadrs to lead Kindergarten - 5th grade from station to station, and a photographer. If interested, sign up at http://flcgr.org/vbs  All volunteers please register, including the youth.


VBS Steering Committee: The next meeting will be April 23rd at 5:30. 


Release time prayer partners are invited to attend the last session on April 10th from 1:20-1:50. Please meet in their classrooms while they finish up the movie. 3rd grade meets in room 109, 4th grade in room 107, and 5th grade room 106. Hope you to see you there!


May 17th the Youth Group (6th-12th grade) will go bowling at Thudner Alley XL from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. the cost is $10.69 per person and the Board of Youth will provide pizza and pop. The youth can use their accounts. if this creates a hardship, there is scholarship money available. Any adult intereested in helping chaperone, contact Jessica. 


 Informational Meeing: We will be holding an informational meeting to discuss the propsed upgrades to the churches Audio Visualsystem, as well as an update on the organ repairs, The meeting will be held on thursday April 25th at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. *If you have questions as to the new propsed system, please plan to attend. This will only be an informational meeting, but I strongly encourage you to attend if you want to know more about this project. Thank you, Tom Lattimore - Congregational President. 

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