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Grace, mercy and peace to you, as we continue to walk in the arms of God who is our refuge and strength.  Due to the rise of COVID numbers in Pine County and the state, In-Gathering worship will be cancelled.  We will continue, if all goes well to film on FB live, You Tube, Radio transmission and weekly bulletins and sermons.  All In-Gathering Worship, Bible studies, meetings and gatherings are cancelled beginning FridayNovember 6, 2020 until further notice.  Peace be to you all my brother and sisters in Christ.  

Pastor Brenda


NOVEMBER Information... (from Pastor Brenda) 

6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

As I ready myself for the month of November and the upcoming season of Thanksgiving and Advent, it is fitting that I am looking outside at the snow with a heater in my office at home. Who would have thought, right? The months and weeks are going by fast yet the days seem to go slow. As we ready ourselves for the Thanksgiving Celebrations and beginning of Advent and the new church year of 2020-2021 things will look different in many ways. We have gotten accustomed to this past year and its changes. What is your Thanksgiving and giving going to look like this year for everyone you know as we make our list of blessings? For everyone in your life? We do things collectively as a church but now more than ever we may need to get creative. Following are some starters for thought as we brainstorm and let the Holy Spirit work through us for others. We will not be able to have our Thanksgiving Community dinner this year as we traditionally do because of the Pandemic. We will be helping with food cards for people that need it, so please contact me know if you someone that would benefit from a card. In addition, you might consider making a Thanksgiving Care packet of food or a cooked meal for your neighbor or someone in need. Would you like some help to buy the turkey? Please let me know if you have any questions.

For your family: Prayers for courage and strength, enjoying the togetherness and being thankful to have each other. Lift one another up with the changes for Thanksgiving and Advent and go forth in gratitude and joy. Read Scripture and pray with your family. Share the love you have with each other. Rejoice in what you have.

For your neighbor and community: Prayers for your neighbor and our community, does someone you know need a social distanced dinner, help with their electric bill or rent, a phone call, a note in the mail, a food or gas card given anonymously, a kind word or encouragement to receive mental health, donations to the Food shelf, an offering for First Evangelical Lutheran Church, a note or meal to an essential worker?

For the World: Prayers for our nation, the world, giving to ELCA World Hunger (Advent Calendars and Studies from the ELCA will be available at the church for pickup), prayers and support for our Northeast Minnesota Synod and our new Bishop Amy Odgren, Bread for the World, Together Here, and all organizations that work for peace and well-being for all. The list could and should go on and on. I know that you are faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our worship and support of God, and I know you love your neighbor and treat them as you would like to be treated, or how they would like to be respected. May this change of 2020 strengthen your resolve to continue in the Good News for us and for all because one thing does not change. God’s love and promise, and the hope we have in Christ, and the Holy Spirit to walk with us always.


Peace and a Blessed Thanksgiving to You and Yours,

Pastor Brenda Wicklund


10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.[b] 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12 for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.16 You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.17 The Lord is just in all his ways and kind in all his doings.

Psalm 145:15-17

Psalm 145 speaks about the goodness and greatness of God. The Psalmist is giving thanks for all he has been given. Some people use these verses for a table prayer. I love that idea and it may work great for a table prayer, yet you would have to change what you have done before. Change is always hard, yet when we get used of something, repetition, we are led to appreciate, and in this case, thanking God for all things. In the midst of this Pandemic all of our lives have changed, even the church. I would like to take this time to thank you for your still strong support of the church. At times, the church limited ingathering worship, yet we still worshiped either on line, in print, YouTube or in person. This is still the case for many. We still hear the Gospel, we still communicate through our newsletters, we have 10 and under Bible studies, we are still working safely to education our children, we are still doing confirmation via Zoom, we are still supporting all of our ministries. Our staff is working diligently and faithfully to stay steadfast in our faith in God. Thank you for your support. As your Pastor, and not an accountant, I share with you that between your faithful giving, the Paycheck Protection Program, which we received last spring, we are behind -4,697.46. I realize many people have lost income and jobs in one way or another so we ask God’s blessings and peace over you and you are in my prayers. I realize for some people life has not changed financially, yet life in general has changed either from working from home and schoolchildren, you are in my prayers. For those who are giving as they usually do and nothing has changed financially, yet life has drastically, you are in my prayers. God is with all of us and we give thanks for those that have worked and given, in prayer, monetary or volunteerism. Thank you for your support for the ministry of Jesus Christ here at his church, First Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Continued prayers, Pastor Brenda Wicklund

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

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 BLESSING BOX

Thank you to everyone who has donated items, to the Blessing Box.  Please continue to do so, as this is an ongoing project.

We have been using quite a few items and are always looking for any donations. 

Your generosity makes a difference, in the lives of those in need.

The Stewardship Board

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