Peel House Progress – November 21, 2020

More forms were placed for the elevator footings.
They finished this mid week and poured more concrete at the end of this week! More photos of that to come.
This week was all about the stuff we can’t see in a completed building. Electric and plumbing. Not fun, but very needed!
Electricians hard at work!
Knocking down more walls upstairs.
Same in the kitchen. More demo work!
Meanwhile, in the basement, the contractors are working hard to save this beautiful wood wall. They need to fix the damage behind and will put it back together.

Christmas Poinsettias

It is that time of year! If you would like to designate a poinsettia in memory of or in honor of a loved one, you may do so by clicking here:
Complete the form and follow the instructions to pay online. You may also mail your requests to the church along with your check. A dedication list will be published in the Ekklesia on December 23and also posted on our website. The cost is $9.00 per plant. Designations must be received no later than Thursday, December 17. Your poinsettia will be available for pick-up Monday, December 21 through Wednesday, December 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Peel House Progress – November 14, 2020

Concrete was poured this week!
More rebar was put in after the initial pour was dry.
The electricians have been hard at work!
Tons of electrical work done in the attic.
Wall in this room was removed. Soon this will be the handicap accessible bathrooms.
Lots of duct work being done in the basement.
Doors on the safe are finally gone!
Now this artwork on the safe will be on display for all to see!

From Inspiration to Illumination, an Introduction to The Saint John’s Bible

Join our lunch and learn on Thursday, November 12th at 12 p.m. MST via Zoom!
Meeting ID: 872 8087 5301
Passcode: 367483

Michael Freeman, Michael Freeman Photography, London, UK

Tim Ternes is the Director of The Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota.  Tim worked closely with the artistic team in the creation of the original works and facilitated planning and communication between artists and commissioner.  This gives him extensive behind-the-scenes knowledge and great stories about all aspects of the project.  Tim will introduce guests to the story behind the making of The Saint John’s Bible, and explore the tools, methods, and materials used in the creating the Bible’s original folios.  You will be encouraged to stretch your own spiritual imagination as you and Tim explore several illuminations from the project.  

Coping in a Pandemic: Three Strategies for Setting Mental Health Boundaries on Technology

By Michaela Eskew

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many children and youth to experience mental health problems including anxiety, stress, and depression. This 3-part podcast series includes three coping strategies for combating the technology overload we have all experienced in this pandemic.  Connection, Focus, and Rest are three things we may feel like we were always lacking but this pandemic has only put a greater spotlight on their necessity for proper mental health. Using the book The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction by Christine Carter, PhD, this series helps with practical strategies for giving ourselves grace and proper mental health boundaries in this pandemic.

Start the series by clicking below for Coping in a Pandemic – Connection

For those parents out there, there is a special fourth podcast just for you! If you are wondering, “How do I possibly get my kids to listen to these podcasts or even implement these strategies?” this podcast is for you! It’s a bit longer than the strategy podcasts, but it uses Christine Carter’s amazing book to provide solid research for what is stressing teens today (trust me its more than you handled as a teenager) and how to work with them to alleviate those stressors.

I hope these podcasts will be a resource for all that feel fatigued by technology and it is something you can come back to again and again as you need.

Peel House Progress – November 7, 2020

The rebar for the elevator footings are being delivered!
Placing the rebar getting ready to pour cement for the footings.
More demo being done upstairs.
Removing all the old wallpaper.
Electricians are working this week to run all the correct wiring.
Electricians in the attic!
Plumbers are also working this week on where the future pluming will go in the basement.
More kitchen demo. The blank area you see was filled in with concrete. They have no idea why it was done this way. Possibly sound proofing?

Peel House Progress – October 31, 2020

Removing the concrete from the safe doors so they can be removed.
All of the wall paper has been removed from the walls around the staircase.
More demo has been done in the upstairs bathroom that will soon become a coffee bar/lounge!
The demo work is done in the basement!
The old boiler has been removed.

New Member Class Coming Soon via Zoom!

Anyone who would like to explore membership at First Lutheran Church is invited to join our new member class by Zoom on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. You will meet with the pastors and staff about the work and ministry of our congregation along with us getting to know you. Please email Marcia Foret, Director of Lay Ministries at if you would like to participate, and she will email you the Zoom information.

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!

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