Date: May 21, 2023
First Lutheran Church ELCA held its regular service on the seventh Sunday of Easter, where several important updates and announcements were made.
The call committee has completed a review of the Ministry Site Profile (MSP), reflecting the current changes in circumstances. The updated MSP was approved by the council on May 18th and has been resubmitted to the ELCA for approval by the bishop. The MSP will replace the previously posted profile from July 6, 2022. The committee remains in contact with the northeastern Minnesota Synod and is awaiting candidate profiles. No applications have been received this year to date.
The church is calling for contributions to Servants of Shelter this month. A list of needed items is available in the entry area, and cash donations are also appreciated. Camperships are available for Voyager's Lutheran Ministry, and the office should be notified of any children interested in attending camp.
Next Sunday, May 28th, is Pentecost Sunday, marking the birthday of the Christian Church. Attendees are encouraged to wear colors of fire (red, blue, orange, yellow, or white), and a birthday cake will be served following the service.
The community choir is reconvening and will perform in Bacchus Auditorium on Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14th, at 7 pm. Rehearsals start on Tuesday, May 23rd, at 6:30 PM in room 303 at Bacchus Community Center and will continue every Tuesday until the concert.
The church office will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day.
On June 18th, Borderland ELCA churches are holding a Sunday service at Voyageurs National Park at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided, and attendees are asked to bring something to sit on. In caseof rain, the service will be held at First Lutheran Church. Bishop Amy will be presiding at this service.
The church council is considering changing service times for the summer and is seeking input from the congregation.
The sermon focused on the need for repentance and God's mercy, acknowledging our faults and failings, and seeking forgiveness and renewal. The congregation was reminded of God's love and the promise of life through Christ.
The service concluded with a moment of silent reflection before the worship began, emphasizing the importance of introspection and spiritual connection in the faith journey.
Ted Saxton and TedBot
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