For the month of JULY .....

from Pastors desk

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

What does it mean to be free? We remember this month the great uprising that gave birth to our nation. In July we commemorate and remember our Independence Day. On this day many young, twenty and thirty somethings, produced a document that would come to define a collection of communities for over two and half centuries. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This is perhaps the most memorable line of this document that people have taken heart for generations. In good Lutheran fashion we should ask “What does this mean?”

What does liberty mean to you? Lutherans have confessed the understanding of our faith that freedom from oppression, from sin, death, and the power of the devil through Jesus Christ that “all people, particularly those who have been reborn and renewed through the Holy Spirit, are obligated to do good works.1” We believe that these works are necessarily necessary not as a means of salvation but a result of our transformed life.

So, as we live in a civil world that guarantees life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and a spiritual world which endorses spiritual freedom how then shall we live? Freedom is a precious reality as we are called to remember, I pray in this season of celebration we remember well the price of our freedoms and the empowerment that such a gift carries.

Blessed Independence beloved ones

God bless you as you contemplate your freedom!

Pr. Erik


 cross hands

Many Gifts ....

Many gifts…. look inside your red hymnal In memory of my sister, Edna Shobe and my brother, Robert Shober by John and Ethel Shober Given by Steve and Nancy Hakanson, In memory of Edward and Viola Winkler In memory of John Svendsen from Dorothy Svendsen Given by Dawn and Elliott Golly in honor of Ashley Golly In memory of Nino and Alice Anderson from their family Given by Scott and Denise in memory of Jamie Ellingson Given by Emily Goebel In memory of Nels and Alice Benson by John and Ethel Shober In memory of “Doc” Chris (Ronald Christianson) given by Betty Christianson Given by Bill Jansen Family Given by memory of Neva Ellstrom Given by Shirley Hoeltzel in memory of my husband Edwin In memory of Wesley and Elsie Sjodahl Given by Mas Tatting in memory of Olaf and Christine Tatting Biven by Leona Sewall in memory of my husband Bud Sewall Many thanks…. Thank you to o many people who donated all our hymnals.

Many Thanks .... 


church office hours


Church Wesite:

Erik Rundquist, Pastor - Church 320-384-6393, Cell 714-462-5130

Mindy Johnson, Director of Youth, Family & Education - Church 320-384-6393, Cell 320-469-3774

Donna Martin, Church Secretary - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (9-3)

Kathy Thompson, Financial Secretary - Wednesday and Thursday (9-3)

Mary Mortenson, Treasurer - Leave message at Church 320-384-6393



Church Council will meet July 21st  after service.



**Acolytes schedule for JULY...

(Remember if you cannot serve, PLEASE find your own substitute).  Thank You!

Sunday, July 7-

Sunday, July 14-Jaeden

Sunday, July 21-

Sunday, July 28-Brittyn Stiel


Wednesday Confirmation Parent Assist

(None through the summer)



Lectors for JULY....

Sunday, July 7-Paul Olson

Sunday, July 14-Donna Wachsmuth

Sunday, July 21-Diane Ausmus

Sunday, July 28-Carole Lahti



Ushers for JULY:

Ushers-Ushers-Dave Kadous and Don Petersonr


kitchen workers

 First Lutheran Kitchen Committee 

JULY:  Kitchen Cleaning- Kitchen Cleaning- Kitchen Cleaning- Linda Trott

Please check the kitchen work list below each week, during the month you serve. Clean whatever day that is convenient for you


alter guild




noisy offering

We are collecting a Noisy Offering, for month of JULY

If you are interested in giving for this,

proceeds are going to the FOOD SHELF 


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*Men's Text Study (every) Thursday

7:00 AM Coffee Fellowship

7:30 AM Text Study

(led by Men)


*Women's Bible Study (every) Tuesday 

9:30 - 10:30 AM

(led by Women)


*Women's (RUTH) Bible Study (every 2nd) Monday of Month, in the library 

4:00 - 5:00 PM

(led by Women)

Temporarily ON HOLD


women of ELCA

Women's Bible Study's ongoing mission project.

We ask members to join us and bring bars of soap during the month of July  for 

homeless packets.  Please put them in the basket marked "Homeless Packets," in the

cabinet in the Narthex.

Thank You




Boards will meet the 2nd Monday, of EACH month at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. 

Monday, July 8th


out 2 lunch bunch2   

Out to Lunch Bunch

July 18th

Mom's Parkside Cafe, Pine City

(meet at church @ 11:00 am to carpool to Pine City)



community dinner 

Please Join us for the

Community Meal

5-6:00 pm the 1st Tuesday of Month

July 2nd


womens bible study


NO Women's Ruth Bible Study Until Further Notice!



If you are interested in joining the church, there will be a New Member Dinner

Thursday, August 1st at 6 pm.

Please contact Pastor Erik or the church office.


faith communiity nurse Robin

The Parish Nurse, will be doing blood pressures for anyone who would like one:

Sunday, July 21st during Coffee Fellowship.


congregation meal

Congregation Meal-July 28th

Every fourth Sunday of the month, you are invited to join us for a Congregation Meal served immediately following worship. Everyone is welcome and asked to bring a dish to share.


ways to serve

Sign up to Serve – ways you can help!

Fill the Blessing Box – two ways. • Non-perishable foods can be donated by placing in the box in the narthex marked “blessing box” (suggestions: canned meat or tuna, ramen noodles, ready to eat meals.) • Fill the box by the sidewalk one day a week for one month with donated items or bring your items for the box.

Be a Greeter – welcome people with a smile and handshake as they enter church on Sunday. Ask visitors to sign the visitor registration book. Be a greeter once a month or as often as you like.

Host a Potluck -Congregational Potlucks are usually the last Sunday of the month. Hosts set up for serving, prepare beverages and clean up.

How do I get involved? Sign-up sheets are on the table in the narthex. Call the church if you have any questions.





deadline for newletter article

AUGUST Newsletter Deadline:

By 9:00 AM  Monday,  August 22nd


treasurer report

General Fund Income: $9,913.67 (2023 $10,876.46)

General Fund Expenses: $18,319.54 (2023 $19,263.82)

Net loss: $8,405.87

General Fund balance: $307.99

Year-to-date Summary

Jan.-May General Fund Income: $72,049.52 (2023 $62,180.83)

Jan.-May General Fund Expenses: $72,364.01 (2023 $69,327.84)

• Pastor's final call letter included $6,000 for moving expenses. As he is moving soon, where should this expense come from? I found a note in an early Council meeting where $2,500 would come from the Edwin Fund. There is only $1,642.85 in the fund today.

• Options:

   1. $1,642.85 from the Edwin Fund, $2,357.15 from the Kofed Fund, and $2,000 from the Tatting.

   2. $1,642.85 from the Edwin Fund and $4,357.15 from the Parsonage ELCA Endowment

• Endowment/Named Designated Funds

   • Thrivent risk assessment request – will discuss with the Endowment Team

   • Request for $5,000 for Building Fund

   • What is the restriction on the Parsonage fund?

• Benevolence to be paid end of the month:

   • General Fund NE Synod $1,250 and Missionary $250

   • Designated: Food Shelf $218.90, Backpack $212, World Relief & Hunger $229.18, Missionary $4.28

• Musicians/IT to be paid: Deanna Gotschall $550 (First Word) and Kevin Stephenson $275

• Bank Reconciliation complete, May Federal taxes filed & paid.

          Mary Mortenson



The Church Council has asked to have monthly GENERAL giving totals for the congregation, to be put into the bulletin. MAY Total: $9,913.67 Our average giving for a month is $12,000.00, so we are under $2,086.33, for the month.


Thank You... Kathy Thompson/Financial Secretary.



carnival stand

Please join us at First Lutheran Corn and Carnival Food Stand, Friday, July 12th or

Saturday, July 13th

Sign-up sheets are on the table in Narthex. Please sign up if you can help.

Carnival stand will be very simplified this year.

Money will be used for Mission Trip.

It’s always a great time to rekindle old friendships, see family members and have something good to eat!




 We express our Christian sympathy to the family of Jon August Youngblom. May they know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and give them peace.



concerts in the park 




July 4 Tim Hadler & Rose Family Pop County

July 12-13 Corn and Clover Carnival

July 18 Jolly Huntsmen Polka & Old Time

July 25 Debbie O’Keefe w Hot Toddies Big Band, Blues, Pop

August 6 White Sidewalls (National Night Out) 50-60’s Rock n Roll



prayers for all 2  

He has us, in His hands .... Prayers for all !   



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