For the month of MAY ...

from Pastors desk

Dearest Friends in Christ, Many of you already know that yesterday afternoon, our son Sam was killed in an accident at work. I know from my conversations with you, that many of you have had the pain of losing a child. It is not a group I ever imagined we would experience from the inside. We are devastated. am so grateful to have had Sam in my life for 26 years, but I am heartbroken and angry that we do not have more time with him. I will be taking some time away, but I will certainly return to you, both to do the work God needs for us together, and to experience the grace and love and support that I have known since being with you. I know you will keep my wife Jennifer, our son Charlie, and me in your prayers, and I know that we are in God's hands.

Peace be with you all, Pastor Steve


**Please remember Pastor Steve’s family in the loss of their son, Sam. May they know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and give them peace


time line

First Lutheran Church Interim Timeline

(Voted on by First Lutheran Council, 4-16-23)

Below is how the work of the Interim Process is perceived to play out at First Lutheran. The goal of the process is to identify issues or concerns that need to be addressed during the interim time, and to set up the work of the Call Committee in order to bring in the next settled pastor to serve at First Lutheran. Worship announcements each week will include a brief mention of three things: what we have achieved; where we are in the process; what the next step is. This information will also be shared with the congregation in the monthly newsletter and weekly via First’s Facebook page.

As the Council and Transition Team identify other things to be worked on, specifics of and progress on those things will be shared in the same way.

Please keep your congregation and me in your prayers as we make our way through the Interim Process!

Peace, Pastor Steve

1. 1-1 conversations with congregational leaders and members

a. April 24 through May 9

b. The goals of the 1-1 conversations are two-fold

                   i. For Pastor Steve to get to know the congregation better

                                   ii. To identify those who would be a good fit for the Transition Team

2. Transition Team

a. Deadline for creating 5-9 member Transition Team, May 25

b. Deadline for at least two congregational forums (perhaps including a zoom forum) based on what’s heard in 1-1 conversations, June 29

c. Deadline to process information gleaned from congregational forums, July 13

d. Congregational forum to confirm what was heard, July 23

3. Call Committee (the Council and Transition Team will work together to gather Call Committee nominations)

a. Special congregational committee to vote on Call Committee, August 13

b. Call Committee, Council, Transition Team will work on Ministry Site Profile

c. Ministry Site Profile finished and uploaded to ELCA website, August 31

d. Mid September to early October, names received from NE MN Synod for consideration

e. Early to mid October, candidates are chosen and interviews begin

f. If all goes well, First’s new settled pastor will be in place very early in 2024


church office hours

Pastor Steve Sylvester, Interim:  Monday - Wednesday & Sunday

Mindy Johnson - Days to be determined

Donna Martin - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Kathy Thompson - Wednesday and Thursday

Rick Bicking - Mondays or Tuesdays, PLEASE call his cell phone



Church Council will meet June 18th, after service.



**Acolytes schedule for JUNE....

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

Sunday, June 4 - Kenna Barnick, Thomas Wachsmuth

Sunday, June 11 - Ava Blowers, Owen Johnson

Sunday, June 18 - Peston Mettling, Jaxon Thom

Sunday, June 25 - Kieran Tvedt, Connor Olander




Lectors for JUNE....

Sunday, June 4 - Elaine Garaghty

Sunday, June 11 - Diane Ausmus

Sunday, June 18 - Christie Dunkley

Sunday, June 2 5- Carole Lahti



Ushers for JUNE:

Rod Jensen

Dwaine Palmer


kitchen workers

 First Lutheran Kitchen Committee 

JUNE:  Colleen 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


Jennifer Ausmus


noisy offering

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

If you are interested in giving for this,

proceeds are going to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. 


  • bible study2

*Men's Text Study (every) Thursday

6:00 PM Coffee Fellowship

6:30 PM Text Study

(led by Men)


*Women's Bible Study (every) Tuesday 

9:30 - 10:30 AM

(led by Women)


Breaking for the summer - resume in SEPTEMBER !

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

4:00 - 5:00 PM

(led by Women)


congregation meal


Starting June 25th and 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.

Tom W. and Paul S., will be grilliing brats, burgers and hot dogs for ;

June 25th

July 23rd

August 27th

A sign up sheet will be on the table in the Narthex.

Menu for ;

September 24th

October 22nd

November 26th

Are still in the developement stage.....


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 JUNE for 

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

cabinet in the Narthex.

Thank You




Sunday, JUNE 11th, After Service!

All Boards meeting date and time, has changed to the second Sunday of the month after Worship. 

Sorry for any inconvenience.


out 2 lunch bunch2   

Out to Lunch Bunch

Thursday, JUNE 15th

Meet at 10:30 AM at church to carpool

Pease Cafe, Pease MN      Eat at 11:30 AM



church library

The library committee has changed the day they meet. They will meet the second Wednesday of the month at 9 am.


community dinner 

Please Join us for the

Community Meal

5-6:30 pm the 1st Tuesday of Month-

June 6th - BBQ

July 4th

August 1st

September 4th

October 3rd

November 7th

December 5th

*We need 2-3 people each month who would organize the Community meal for July, August, September, October, November, and December. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the Narthex.


parish nurse ministry

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

Sunday, June 18th during Coffee Fellowship.


 teamwork dreamteam

The Dream Team is activated and busy!

Here are some important dates:

May 30th at 1 pm-VBS decorations

June 5th at 1 pm – VBS decorations

June 8th at 1 pm- VBS decorations

We will decide after the 8th is we need to meet again.

June 23rd at 1 pm take down decorations.

Thank you to everyone that helped with the Spring Tea. Thank you to the hosts, your tables were beautiful- mostly thank you to the 80 plus women that attended. It was a fun day.

Some things coming up; How would you like to go on a garden tour? I’m thinking the end of June, flowers should be in full bloom. We could carpool or take the van. How about a picnic? More details will follow.

Contact Robin Hendrix if you are interested


  ladys spring tea Angel

A reading from the Spring Tea, read by Donna Wachsmuth and was requested to be printed....

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day... An angel came by and asked." Why spend so much time on her?" The lord answered. "Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?" She must function on all kinds of situations, She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart, She must do all this with only two hands," She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day". The angel was impressed" Just two hands.....impossible! And this is the standard model?" The Angel came closer and touched the woman" "But you have made her so soft, Lord". "She is soft", said the Lord, "But I have made her strong. You can't imagine what she can endure and overcome". "Can she think?" The Angel asked... The Lord answered. "Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate". The Angel touched her cheeks.... "Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her" "She is not is a tear" The Lord corrected the Angel… "What's it for?" Asked the Angel..... . The Lord said. "Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride."... This made a big impression on the Angel, "Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything. A woman is indeed marvellous". Lord said."Indeed she is. She has strength that amazes a man. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens. She holds happiness, love and opinions. She smiles when she feels like screaming. She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid. She fights for what she believes in. Her love is unconditional. Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life" The Angel asked: So she is a perfect being? The lord replied: No. She has just one drawback "She often forgets what she is worth". -Anonymous


THANK YOU to those folkls who worked so much to put on our Spring Tea! It was a lovely event in every way! Thank you so much! What a great church family we have. I was so glad to attend.

God’s Blessings! Dorothy Svenden


worship info

Last 6:30 pm Wednesday Worship, May 10th!

Worship will start, again in the Fall.



 above church doors

The fabric mural hanging above the entrance to the Sanctuary, is in memory and honor of our mother, Alice.  The design was inspired by the emblem on the flag of Slovakia (birth country of her parents) and her many years of piecing together quilts.  The mural embodies a landscape of graceful hills, majestic mountains, a serene sky, flowing water, steadfast trees, trailing vines, the life-giving sun, and a powerful cross that transcends time and creates feelings of wonder, awe and peace. 

With our love, Children and Families of Nino and Alice Anderson

ushers table

Our beautiful Usher's Table in the Narthex, was donated by Marge Snell, in memory of her husband Charles Robert Snell, who passed away on March 5, 1994.  Marge passed away on December 26, 2010.  Marie is their daughter, and the mother of Alyssa, Emalee and Adam.  The table is the home for all sign-up sheets, plants, offering envelopes, confirmation books, etc..  The shelves hold many items, which help keep our Narthex organized.


fathers day for all

It takes a man of gentleness and patience, strength and compassion to be the fine example of fatherhood that you’ve been.



Class of 2023

“I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.”— Unknown

Congratulations! Alyssa Alexander, Bryan Blowers, Mykenna Johnson, Evelyn Klein, Payton Lindner, Dana Marks, Devon Mulder (early graduation entering service), Adam Nelson, Delany Olson, Gavin Olson, Libby Pahkala, Mac Storlie, Corrina Tvedt and Isabella Zeigler


Quilt Clip Art 47470

Love is a quilt-a quilt is love,

Both love and a quilt should be

Soft enough to comfort you,

Bright enough to cheer you,

Generous enough to enfold you,

Light enough to let you move freely,

Strong enough to withstand adversity,

Durable enough to last a lifetime,

And given gladly from the heart.

Thank you to the quilt makers, we have many wonderful talented people..... Diane Ausmus Robin Hendrix Elaine Jensen Christy Koch Ann Mans Patty Olson



Congrtas, to the recipients of the Alice Bailey Scholarship Fund.

Mykenna, Evelyn and Corinna


music notes

Please check the bulletin board in the hallway for the Summer Concerts happening in Hinckley; Summer Gospel Concerts (June4- August 28) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Sweet Summer Sounds Concerts (June 15-August 1) at Westside Park in town.


corn  clover carnival

Just a reminder, Corn and Clover Carnival is just around the corner.

July 7th and 8th .



NE MN Synod women of the ELCA Summer Convention/Gathering

Monday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13

Zion Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MN

If interested, you can pick up forms and information in the office.


prayers for all 2  

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



© 2023 First Lutheran Church Hinckley
Connected Sound - Websites for the Barbershop Community