Ministries

There are a variety of ways to connect within First Lutheran for personal and spiritual growth.  Serving others and becoming involved in one or more of our ministries is an excellent way to grow closer to Christ, strengthen your faith, and encourage and support each other.

CHURCH MINISTRIES AVAILABLE AT FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH

Pastoral Visits – Visits extended to homebound members, the hospitalized, or by request. Pastoral Counseling is available for those in the care of the church.

Prayer RequestsLet us know how we can be praying for you!

Weekly Bulletin & Prayers of the Church – To ensure your prayer request is included in our bulletin notes and during Sunday worship services, please contact the office by 4 pm on Thursdays.

Prayer Chain (Phone & E-mail) – Prayer Chain members are committed to prayer – to confidentiality, discretion, and listening to the Holy Spirit. To request a prayer on the Chain, contact 320-864-3892, 320-238-2148, or the church office.

Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals – These sacraments are provided for those in the care of the church. Please speak with a pastor or contact the church office to discuss or receive more information.

Cradle Roll –The Board of Christian Education/Youth celebrates baptisms for 4 years on the anniversary of our member’s baptism dates. Information is mailed to help parents encourage their children to grow in their faith.

Adult Group Studies – The current Bible Studies, small groups, and class offerings at First Lutheran are listed below. These options range from year-long to just a few weeks and cover various topics. This schedule will change throughout the year, so check back often. Let us know what other offerings or topics you’d like to see. We encourage all of our members to participate in a Bible Study, and we welcome all guests.

New Member Classes – We are currently taking registration for classes beginning on October 4th!  Classes will run consecutively for six Monday evenings from 6:45 to 8 pm. If you or anyone who know is interested in becoming a member of First Lutheran, or if you’d like a great “refresher course” in the catechism, we warmly welcome you to join us! Pastor Welch leads the class which takes a close look at what we believe about our God who reveals His loving plan for our lives in His Word, the Bible. We’ll also examine how we confess our Christian faith through the means of the Six Chief Parts of the Small Catechism: The Commandments, The Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Confession, and the Lord’s Supper.

Sunday Morning Bible Study – The Pastors lead this group that meets on Sundays from 9:15 – 10:15 am. Join as we explore various subjects and study Books of the Bible, the inspired and authoritative Word of God.  A new 6-week Bible Study of The End Times began on October 17th.  The six sessions of the study are titled:  The Mysterious Veil, Recognize the Signs, Love His Appearing, The Millennial Reign, Judgement Day, and Heaven or Hell.  

Tuesday Morning Bible Study & Fellowship – Tuesday morning studies meet weekly (except for 2nd Tuesday of month) from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Participants gather around God’s Word and prayer tackling Biblical topics and in-depth study of books of the Bible.  All members and friends are welcome.   The class is led by volunteer Pastor Ron Mathison.

Christian Book Study – The groups meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm (classes resumed in October and run through May).  Participants may meet in-person or via Zoom (please contact Pastor Adelsen for Zoom log-in details).   We are finishing study of the C.S. Lewis book, ‘Mere Christianity,’ and will then begin ‘Authentic Christianity,’ by Gene Veith and Trevor Sutton.

Men’s Network – This Men’s group meets on the third Tuesday evening of each month from 7-8 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato. Pastor Mastin, from St. John’s is the group leader. All are invited to join together as we read from God’s Word through video and written materials to learn how to live our lives.

First Edition Book Club – This Women’s group reads and meets in member homes to discuss Christian books. Meetings are currently “on hold” due to Covid-19.

LWML Bible Study – Members and guests are invited to join LWML members for Bible Study during their scheduled LWML meetings.

Social, Service, Ministry Opportunities – We have many ways for people to get to know each other, support one another, and serve.

CLICK HERE to see some ideas …….you may have other suggestions too – just ask how and where you might help!

STUDY TOOLS & LINKS TO INFORMATIONAL SITES ONLINE

Daily Devotions & Online Studies – Pick up a free Daily Devotions booklet available on all church stands. You can also receive daily devotions via email and participate in a variety of online studies from Lutheran Hour Ministries (visit www.lhm.org or download the app) and from LWML (visit www.lwml.org or download the app).

Christ-centered programming – Includes podcasts, Bible studies, daily devotions, sacred music in a variety of styles, apologetics, national and international news, commentaries, and guest speakers – Tune in to KFUO Missouri Synod Lutheran Radio (850 AM out of St. Louis, MO) via the internet www.kfuo.org or your favorite “listening app.” The station broadcasts 24 hours a day and you’ll find many shows and segments available on-demand– anytime and anywhere!

Sacred Music for the world – Tune into Lutheran Public Radio at: www.lutheranpublicradio.org

Luther’s Small Catechismwww.catechism.cph.org

Lutheran Documents – find many reference documents at www.christian.net  

GOSHEN Bible Study Tools – check out www.Crosswalk.com

Concordia University Library – Search for articles, books, and more HERE

Lutheran Church Missouri Synodwww.lcms.org

Minnesota South District LCMSwww.mnsdistrict.org

Concordia Publishing House www.cph.org

Feel free to contact the pastor or the church office at 320-864-5522 or Contact Us Here for further information and/or to discuss any questions you may have. 

“But in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God.”

Phil. 4:6

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