Christmas is Coming

Our annual Christmas gift-giving opportunity is here again. We plan to provide gift cards to the residents of MOSAIC, Lutheran Family Services and Family Promise. We have set a goal of 250+ gift cards. Please consider donating directly to the Christmas Gift Card fund at First Lutheran by November 30, 2020. Donate on the website by clicking here, or send a check with the designation “Christmas Gifts” on the check.

First Lutheran Staff will purchase the gift cards and will take them to the agencies for distribution.

Please contact Marcia Foret at if you have any questions

Peel House Progress – October 24, 2020

Clearing the extra dirt for the future elevator. The dirt will be saved and used again for this project.
Packing the dirt for the elevator footings. Almost to the bottom!
This view shows how deep they’re digging.
This week they did more demo in the kitchen.
The upstairs bathroom that will soon become a coffee bar/lounge area.
Another view of the whole room.
This used to be the servants quarters when the home was first built. We used it as offices. Now, it will be the handicap accessible bathrooms!

Advent Bags Are Coming.. Deliverers Needed!

November 22
Bag pick-up for deliveries 11 to 1 p.m.

We are going to bring a little bit of the holiday spirit to all our families this season! We have a reusable bag with some gifts to make the season a little brighter.

For all our families to receive the Advent bags, we are going to need you to help with a holiday delivery. Last year we did an all-member delivery during the capital campaign and this will be very much the same. When you sign up, we will give you a list of 6-10 addresses in the same area for bags to be delivered. You can knock on the door and say hello, or just hang them on the door knob; we’ll let them know you’re coming.

We will need about 100 people to make deliveries, but we hope to make it fun for you, too! Picking up bags will be a drive thru in the alley behind the church. You’ll be greeted by the staff, handed some hot cider or hot chocolate and a Christmas CD of our very own choir to listen to as you make your deliveries!

If you are willing to do this fun job (a little bit of Santa dropping by) or have any questions just send an email to Marcia Foret at We look forward to hearing from you!

Peel House Groundbreaking

As part of the Rekindle the Gift Campaign, watch as we break ground for the new elevator and for the renovation of historic “Mira de Flowers”, the 1905 home of William and Patty Jewett, part of First Lutheran’s campus since 1958.

Peel House Progress – October 17, 2020

Removing the old iron staircase to make room for the elevator.
Goodbye old sidewalk!
Trying to save what can be saved!
They found the old plaster and paint in the dining room.
How amazing is the safe in the kitchen?
Stove and hood are gone!
Goodbye kitchen walls. You can see the safe in the background.
This used to be Sunday School classrooms years ago and more recently storage. All the walls are now gone!
Another view

You’ve Done it Again!

We set a goal of $2,000 for food for the hungry to reflect what we’d normally collect during our ingathering months. You smashed the goal by giving $3,500 to feed the hungry this month through Care and Share. Great job! Thank you! The church exists to bless those beyond our walls and you have come through as you always do. Well done, good and faithful servants!

Woodwind Concert on the Lawn

On Sunday, October 4, we will be hosting an outdoor, masked-and-distanced concert by the principal woodwind players of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. Enjoy music for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon on our lawn! Admission is free, but reservations are required through the Chamber Orchestra website, and seating is limited. The program begins at 1 p.m. and will be repeated at 3 p.m. For more information, or to register, visit

Pew Partners

Let us greet one another!

Every Sunday morning many of you would come to church and head into the sanctuary to claim your spot in your pew. Perhaps before the prelude or after the postlude you would chat for a moment with the people around you. Certainly, most would be accustomed to sharing the peace with those scattered around you, also in their regular seat.

We would like to continue that time of community and sharing the peace with a monthly zoom gathering of your “pew partners!”

We’re going to need a little help from you to make this happen! While the pastors and Marcia are pretty good at remembering who sits where, we can’t remember everything! Click to sign up here.

Please note that even if you don’t use a computer or tablet you can call into a zoom meeting with just a phone number, so you might not see faces that way, but you’ll be a part of the conversation! When groups have been formed we’ll send you an email with your zoom link and you’ll be set to share the peace!

September Ingathering Food Drive for Care and Share

Typically we would gather around 750 pounds of food in the through way in our church building during the month of September. Obviously we can’t do that in the same way we have before, but we do want to do our part to feed the hungry. So we are doing a digital food drive through the Care & Share food bank. We’ve set a goal to raise $2,000.00 which exceeds the value of our typical 750 pound food donation. Please consider a small donation towards this. Imagine purchasing a few boxes of mac & cheese, or several cans of soup and give that amount.

You can give directly to Care and Share through our fundraiser, by clicking here. Or you can you send a check to First Lutheran marked for the food drive, and we’ll make sure it gets contributed. Thank you!

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