For the month of JANAURY ...


from Pastors desk 

January News from Pastor Brenda...

“We are called by God to grow in faith together, sharing Christ’s love with each other and our community”

The Work of Christmas by Harold Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry,

To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations,

To bring peace among brothers,

To make music in the heart.

Just when you think that the hustle and bustle of the month of December is over, we hear these words from Harold Thurman, poet and theologian. He explains in this poem that Christmas has just begun for the next year when we take the tree down and quit singing the Christmas songs. What? Oh yes, the babe born in the manger is going to teach, preach and help us to live in love of our neighbor and to bring peace on earth. That is what the angels said, that is what the shepherds proclaimed, and that is what God promised. A Savior to bring salvation to all. For the next year, we get to have little “Christmas’” every day. Expected in our walk of faith.

As we walk away from some of the memories of Christmas, remember how God because of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ favors all of us, and go forward carrying that light and new life. Remember, Christ came for all nations and all people. We are favored and they are favored. How will God bring the Good News without the angels, stars, kings and shepherds? Without the beautiful Nativity scene? Without all the kids singing the Christmas songs? Without all the lights and candles of the season?

God and the Son with the Savior has you, along with the Holy Spirit. You are favored. Believe it. Live it.

Happy New Year! Happy Epiphany!

Peace on earth, Pastor Brenda Wicklund


church office hours

Pastor Brenda Wicklund - Days to be determined

Mindy Johnson - Days to be determined

Donna Martin - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Kathy Thompson - Wednesdays and Thursdays

Rick Bicking - Mondays/and or Tuesdays, or call cell phone



Church Council will meet January 16th, after church service.



**Acolytes schedule for January....

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

Sunday, January  2- Ava Scott

Wednesday, January 5 - Nolan Stiel

Sunday, January 9 - Riley Scott

Wednesday, January 12- Ava Blowers

Sunday, January 16- Emalee Alexander

Wednesday, January 19 - Aquene Klapel

Sunday, January 23 - Lauren Thom

Sunday, January 30 - Adam Alexander



Lectors for January....

(1st Reading, usually read by Ashley Thompson)

Sunday, January 2-Christie Dunkley

Sunday, January 9-Linda Libra

Sunday, January-16-Paul Olson

Sunday, January 23-Troy Tvedt

Sunday, January 30-Carole Lahti



Ushers for January:

Virgil Seegebarth

Dennis Volden


kitchen workers

 First Lutheran Kitchen Committee 

January:  Gail Wells 

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


  undecorating for christmas

Please help us remove the decorations ...

After service,

Sunday, January 2nd


noisy offering

We are collecting a Noisy Offering, for month of Janaury.

If you are interested in giving for this,

proceeds are going to the Blessing Box. 


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*Men's Text Study (every) Thursday

8:00 AM Text Study

(led by Men)


*Women's Bible Study (every) Tuesday

9:30 - 10:30 AM

(led by Pastor)


*Women's ROMAN's Bible Study (every 2nd) Monday of Month 

5:00 - 6:00 PM

(led by Pastor)


women of ELCA

Women's Bible Study's ongoing mission project.

We ask members to join us and bring socks during the month of January for

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

cabinet in the Narthex.

Thank You



January 24th

6:30 PM

All Boards


annual report

Annual Report time is approaching fast.

If you are the chairman of a board, a committee or the Church Council, please select someone to prepare your report for the Annual Meeting, which will be Sunday, January 30th.

The Deadline for Annual Reports is Monday, January 3rd.   Please return your reports to me print ready or email to me at:


giving statement year end

Giving statements will be available to be picked up after January 12th .

Also, just a note to let you know, that offering envelopes for giving are always out on the table on in the Narthex. If you need a bigger amount, please contact Kathy Thompson.



church library

New Items in the Library.....

Adult Books:

Journey Through the Creation Museum (donated by Kathryn Souer and Betty Reiter)

Journey Through the Ark Encounter (donated by Kathryn Souer and Betty Reiter)

You Were Made for This Moment by Max Lucado

The Three C’s That Made America Great by Mike Huckabee

Children’s Books:

All the Colors of Christmas by Matthew Turner

Seashore by David Burnie


The Greatest Story Ever Told Breaking the Press



Do you have envelopes that do not have cards to go with them?  Please drop them in a box on the round table, by the piano in Fellowship Hall.  Greatly appreciated!


out to lunch bunch   game day

Out to Lunch Bunch

3rd Thursday of Month-

January 20, 2022 

(Don Julio, Pine City - watch for time and sign-up this month).


Join us for Game Day, January 6th at 9:30 am In Fellowship Hall for Mexican Train. New to Game? No worries, we will have people to teach us this fun game. Other games may be added in the future. (Ages 18+)


Coffee fellowship  greeter

We are looking to start up Fellowship Coffee/Treats and Greeters.  Details, are still being worked on.  Stay tuned for more information!


a place for you

A Place for You is looking for some personal items such as:  scarves, hats, mittens, gloves and socks.  They would be greatly appreciated.

Please put them in the bin, in the cabinet in the Narthex.

Thank You!


family pathways

The food shelf said that they could really use personal hygiene items, (ex. Shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, razors, shaving cream etc.) Please, put items in the bin in the narthex, labeled Food Shelf. Thank You.


prayers for all 2  

Prayers, continued for all !



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