For the month of JULY...


from Pastors desk

James Howell brings a thought about the Psalms in his commentary from Working Preacher: People are not sure what to think when they are asked questions like, “Do you want to be close to God?” or “How will you grow in trust and intimacy with God?” The answer sounds too simple to be true: read the Psalms. Over and over. The language, and the mind and spirit behind the language, creates just this closeness, this tender intimacy.

His words bring for much thought. As your summer is whirling by with commitments, vacations, weddings and reunions, get together’s, it appears we run out of time many days for things we enjoy. In addition, if you add care of family and friends, and throw some work in, it appears that God might not be on the list for trying to find time with him in prayer, quiet and peace. Sometimes, is squeezed out.

Reading the Psalms over and over again is a wonderful way to engage and pray to God, with its beautiful and hopeful prose and poems when things are going wonderful, in those times of turmoil or pain, we have the Psalms to turn to. It is amazing how your feelings can calm and God seems right where you want him, with you.

Vacations and outdoor activities are a wonderful time to see the beauty of creation, to see God in nature in the sunrise and sunset, with the stars all around, with God our Creator screaming to be noticed and known.

My prayer for you is that you have some time to be reading the Psalms over and over again so that you may know God’s presence and have peace and comfort from his words. I pray you have some time to be with family and friends, and be with each other with the peace of God. I pray you have some time to Worship and be alone with God. Begin and continue to experience that joy. You are on the right path.

I pray you have some time to read the Psalms. Over and over and over again……..


Pastor Brenda

A mantra from Psalm 16: 11

“You show me the path of life

In your presence there is fullness of joy

in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”


church office hours

Pastor Brenda Wicklund - Days to be determined

Mindy Johnson - Days to be determined

Donna Martin - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Kathy Thompson - Wednesday and Thursday

Rick Bicking - Monday/and or Tuesday, or call cell phone



Church Council will meet July 17th, after Sunday's church service.



**Acolytes schedule for JULY....

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

Sunday, July 3 - Ava Blowers

Sunday, July 10 - Aquene Klapel

Sunday, July17 - Ava Scott

Sunday, July 24 - Scott Riley

Sunday, July 31 - Nolan Stiel



Lectors for JULY....

**(Ashley Thompson - usually reads First Reading)


Sunday, July 3-Charles Mans

Sunday, July 10-Carole Lahti

Sunday, July17-Donna Wachsmuth

Sunday, July 24-Diane Ausmus

Sunday, July 31-Christie Dunkley



Ushers for JULY:

Dave Kadous

Don Peterson


kitchen workers

 First Lutheran Kitchen Committee 

July:  Linda Trott & Coleen Volden  

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


alter guild





A BIG thank you, to all of you that have sent cards, prayers and delivered food to us, during this time of need.  We have begun cleaning up from the tornado and are very appreciative to those of you, who have been in our corner.

Thompson/Denton Family  


noisy offering

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

If you are interested in giving for this,

proceeds are going to Food Shelf. 


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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)


**Postponed until September....

*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 a Bar 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



July 25th

6:30 PM

All Boards (Rick Caza)


church library

PLEASE note the LIBRARY MEETINGS, are the second Monday of the

month, at 9:00 AM.



Quilting has been postponed until SEPTEMBER!  

Watch in the Newsletter and/or Bulletins for more information.


sweet summer sounds

Come support the families working at the Summer Concerts to help with the expense of their Mission Trip.

July 7th - the Tony and Shana Stiel family will be working the food stand for the 6:30 pm concert.

July 28th - the Jamie & Amy Johnson family will be working the food stand for the 6:30 pm concert.

Please support these two families by enjoying some tasty food. Thank You.


 parish nurse

 The Parish Nurse will be doing blood pressures for anyone who would like one. Sunday, July 17th during Coffee Fellowship

Parish Nurse Update for May: 4 phone calls: 3 Home Visits;

2 Outreach; Delivered Community Meals;

Provided transportation three times.



 We express our Christian sympathy to the family of Delores Wachsmuth(mother and mother-in-law of Tom and Donna Wachsmuth). May they know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and give them peace.


community meal2 healig pryr serv

Community Meal will be the 1st Wednesday of the month, from 5:00 - 6:00 PM.

with Worship at 6:30 PM.  

Dates for the meals/services  are:

 July 6th, August 3rd and September 7th.

These are "free will" offering meals.

All are WELCOME ... healing service will follow meal.



 Baptized at our font on June 12th was Sawyer George Zaudtke, son of Marissa and Justin Zaudtke. His sponsors were Josh and Laura Zaudtke and Courtney Hart.  His congregational sponsor was Pastor Brenda Wicklund.  We welcome Sawyer into the family of God at First Lutheran.


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Out to Lunch Bunch

3rd Thursday of Month-July 21st

At Betty R's home

for a picnic

Sign-up on Usher's table in the Narthex

Please bring a dish to share


game time





Please join us at the

First Lutheran Corn and Carnival Food Stand, Friday, July 8th or Saturday, July 9th

to help support the Youth Mission Trip.

Sign-up sheets are on the table in Narthex. It’s always a great time to rekindle old friendships, see family members and have something good to eat!


join our family of faith

If you are interested in joining the church, please let

Pastor Brenda know or the church office. Thank You!

320-384-6393 or


stitch thank you

A BIG thank you, to all who came to my graduation party. Also a BIG thank you for all the cards, gifts and good wishes! It is deeply appreciated.

Paige D.



Thank you so very much for your kindness for the calls, cards, food and prayers after the storm damage we encountered. We appreciate it so very much!

The Thompson/Denton family


First Communion2

Holy Communion instruction training, is being offered at First Lutheran Church

for any child that has not had their training in Holy Communion.

Age requirement is 1st grade and up. These classes are the beginning of our

learning about Holy Communion and no matter the age, we grow and learn more about this

every time we worship and hear the words of Institution.

We will be meeting Mon., July 18th and Tues., July 19th from 3-5 pm at church.

Please let Pastor Brenda know or call the church office (320-384-6393) to sign-up.

First Communion will be on Sun., July 24th during the 9:30 am Worship Service.

I am looking forward to this special time with your child to mark this monumental day,

welcoming your child to the table.

Peace, Pastor Brenda

Form for signing up your child for First Communion Training, click here  FORM    


Coffee fellowship

Fellowship coffee and treats, is returning!  Coffee and treats will be served the second Sunday of the month, from 8:30 - 9:15 AM.   Please join us.

July 10th coffee treats, will be provided by Dennis and Colleen Volden.


women of ELCA

Thank you for all donations throughout the year for Woman on a Mission/FiA projects. Our June ‘21-June’22 convention report will include what we have made this year: 30 kids backpacks for LLS; 150 LWR Ukraine Kits; 18 In-Kind Care kits; 50 Newborn Kits; 25 Fleece blankets; 50 School Kits; and 200 Jesus Loves You Homeless Bags. Lutheran World Relief, Global Health Ministries and Lutheran Social Services thank you also!

Woman on a Mission.


gift giving 

Many gifts…….. As you sit in your pew, and gaze upon the cross and our beautiful altar, our attention is drawn to the light~ the unending light from the candles as we worship together. As our lives are refilled, so are these candles. When the oil gets low, they’re refilled, just as our lives are refilled in worship.

The two altar candles are a gift from the late Lily Beth Frentz in memory of her husband. Lily Beth was the daughter of Reverend Leonard and Eileen Wahlberg. Lily Beth enjoyed playing the piano and filling in for others during the summer month.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5 



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Prayers for all ! 



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