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408 Ninth Street NW
Mandan, ND 58554
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH
Building Faith and
We’re on the web!
Trunk or Treat is returning to First Lutheran!
First Lutheran Church is hosting
a fun and safe place in Mandan
for our area youth to trick or
treat. Trunk or Treat will take
place on Halloween night, October
31st from 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. in
the church parking lot.
PLEASE LET YOUR FRIENDS &
First Lutheran Church
Greetings from First Lutheran Church Council. I would like to take
some time to update you on a few things. The call committee at First
Lutheran has been working hard in following the process outlined by
the ELCA and the Western Synod to fill the Administrative Pastor
position here at First Lutheran. The call committee hopes to have the
site profile completed by October 1st. A site profile of a church is read
by any Pastor who may consider a call to First Lutheran. A potential
Pastor can review the site profile and see if their skill set and our
needs would be a good combination for all parties involved. Please
keep the Call Committee in your prayers as they go through this
process reviewing potential candidates for our Administrative Pastor
position. All this is good news. It just takes time to go through this
I would also like to update you on our current budget. Each week, in
the church bulletin, the amount budgeted weekly for both revenue
and expenses is stated. In comparison to August 2018, we are trailing about $10k in revenue. We have also spent about $18k less. Looking at the attendance numbers for the two months in August 2018 we had 939 in attendance, and August 2019 there were 754. The last months of the year are generally our best months for offering. Keep in mind we put together a budget that was about $140,000 above the 2018 budget. I am asking all of us to prayerfully consider First Lutheran and its mission and do what we can to support it. If the trend continues, we will have to make some hard decisions at our annual meeting in January regarding staff and other expenses the church incurs.
In the next few weeks Pastor Gene will be leading us through an
interim process where he will be visiting with many of you to find
information on our history, our leadership, our denominational
linkage and other things. By bringing these topics to the surface we
may help pave the way for a new Pastor coming on board. I am asking
each of you, if Pastor Gene reaches out to you for information, please
sit down and visit with him so he can gather this information and lead
us through this transition.
Yours in Christ
Staff Interim Pastor
Rev. Gene Anderson
Rev. Christina Martin
Sunday School Ministry
Wednesday Family Ministry
Ron & Mavis Watson
First Lutheran Is A Mission
Partner with Camp of the
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Lutefisk & Lefse Supper
with Swedish Meatballs
Saturday, October 19th, 2019
3:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Children under 13 $5.00 _________________________________________________________________________________________
Would you be interested in attending a
“Healthy Congregations Workshop”? When: November 1st - 2nd
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, Dickinson, ND
Time: Friday ~ 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., Saturday ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you are interested please call Pastor Gene at 663-3594 or 507-215-2801.
Lutheran World Relief will be packing up all of their supplies on October 17th at 9:00 A.M. If you are able to help, please stop by the Fellowship Hall that morning.
Pastor Appreciation Month
October is Pastor Appreciation Month! The staff and council at
First Lutheran would like to show appreciation and say ‘thanks’ to
Pastor Gene and Pastor Chris by having everyone submit a card
during the month of October. Baskets will be placed in the church
narthex for your convenience.
Church Council President
Call Committee Update:
Members of First Lutheran Church Mandan, North Dakota
Dear Members of First Lutheran Church,
The Call Committee which was appointed by your Church Council continues to move forward in our efforts to find a new administrative pastor. We have completed the Ministry Site Profile for our church, but we need your help in finalizing the Top 5 Ministry Tasks. You will be able to help by completing a survey that you can find on our First Lutheran Church Mandan website or on face book. You will also be receiving a post card by mail that you can fill out as well and mail back to the church or place in a box in the Narthex. However, I encourage you to complete the survey electronically if possible. We are hoping to quicken the process, so we are asking that you complete this survey by October 1st. There is also room for comments. If you have any questions, feel free to call the church.
Chairman of the Call Committee _________________________________________________________________
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We will be having a new member
orientation on Sunday, October 6th at
6:00 P.M. If you are interested in
becoming a member here at First
Lutheran please call the church office
at 663-3594 as soon as possible.
We are having a BLOOD DRIVE here at First Lutheran Church on Sunday,
October 6th from 9:30 A.M.-Noon in the Fellowship Hall. You can schedule
an appointment by going to this link: www.bloodhero.com, sponsor code:
H1200 . (click on Donate Blood, on the left side type in the code and click
SEARCH) or you may call the church office at 663-3594 to schedule an
appointment. If you are 16 or older and at least 110 pounds you most likely can
give blood. Please help us fill our spots and SAVE LIVES at the same time. We
are looking to get at least 11 people to give blood (hopefully more). Thank you so
much for helping us try to reach our goal!
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Attention All High School Students!!!
LAF (Lunch At First) starts on Thursday, October 3rd. Come over and enjoy a free
lunch. EVERYONE is welcome. Come for good food and fun times. We will be
serving every Thursday (unless there is no school). Bring your friends and join us
3rd: LAF ~ Hot Dogs
10th: LAF ~ Sloppy Joes
17th: No LAF
24th: LAF ~ Sandwiches
31st: LAF ~ Nachos
For Those Being Confirmed this October:
The Confirmation Banquet will be held
on Sunday, October 20th at 6:00 P.M.
We ask that you RSVP for this event
with the total number of your immediate
family members who will be attending no
later than October 14th. You will be
emailed a link to RSVP back to us for
The Confirmation Service will be held
on Sunday, October 27th at 2:00 P.M.
Please arrive at 12:40 P.M. for
The youth of our church are selling poinsettias, which will
be used to decorate the sanctuary for the seasons of Advent
and Christmas. The flowers can be picked up after the last
Christmas Eve service. The price for each plant is $13.00.
Please place orders by November 3rd. We cannot
accept late orders. Order forms are available in the
narthex and can be turned in with your offering, to the
church office, or dropped in the mail.