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


Vacation Bible School

June 17th-21st, 2019

Lift off for an intergalactic adventure and learn about God’s plan of salvation from creation to the cross! Just as the earth revolves around the sun, our faith revolves around God’s Word. Keep Jesus and His Gospel at the center of your children’s VBS experience with Miraculous Mission

Ages 3 years old to those who just finished 5th grade. 

Any 6th graders and older are encouraged to be helpers. Register as a volunteer or join us on March 31st to see where your talents would best be utilized. 

Volunteers: Use the same link to register. We will have t-shirts again this year. You can purchase them for $8, borrow them and return when done, or use yours from last year. 

For more information contact your VBS director Lois Bendix at 218-355-0581 or Jessica Pellinen, Family Ministry Program Director at 218-326-5453.

Audio Visual Upgrades


The voting congregation has voted to move forward with the new audio and visual upgrades. 


Lake of the Woods Men's Fishing Trip 2019

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

Find out more

2019 First Fruits Newsletter







Bulletin Announcements


ALTAR GUILD will be meeting on June 2ndat 9:15 to set up the next 6 months schedule. The Altar Guild is always looking for women who would be willing to help serve at church in this capacity. Please join us and we can answer any questions you may have or talk with Kathy Hohenstein. 

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.

Lutheran Island Camp: Are you a Thrivent Member? There are a couple of different ways you can support Lutheran Island Camp if you are. First, consider giving part of your Thrivent Choice dollars to the camp. Or you can use one or two of your Thrivent Action Grants to support camp. Contact camp for more information.

3 weeks until VBS! Register your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, your neighbors kids….we’ll take them all! Flcgr.org/vbs 

We have lots planned this summer for youth and family activities. More activities will be added as they are planned at the youth board meeting. Please watch the bulletin, Facebook and the website for more information.

This Summers Activities:

June 16: installation for anyone helping with VBS at both services. Decorating after second service.

June 17-21st: Miraculous Mission Vacation Bible School    flcgr.org/vbs

June 23rd: VBS Children will sing at the second service.

July 10-15th: National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis.

July 30-August 2nd: Family Camp. Send your kids or join them and us for a few nights at Camp Bluewater, 15 miles north of Grand Rapids. Cost is $25 per camper. Thanks to a donation and grant funds that paid for the lodge!  Swim, canoe, fish, hike, basketball, volleyball, kickball, crafts, Bible studies on Psalms and so much more! Registrations are on the bulletin board.

August 1st: Family Camp Picnic followed by a lakeside service by Pastor Zeige. All are welcomed. Hamburgers and hotdogs are once again provided by the trustees, please bring a dish to share and sign up in the three-ring binder. Last year we had a total of 50 people including the youth!

August 16 & 17: Youth Garage Salein the new garage! Start saving up your items you are ready to get rid of. Youth interested in working let Raeanne Lattimore or Greg Robertson know. 

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. 


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 just beginning a thorough study of Acts. How great it would be to see you there. 

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. 


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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735 Northeast 1st Avenue, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744, United States


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