For the month of FEBRUARY ...


c is for church2  From the Church Council President

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!" Isaiah 30:18

Lent is coming up again. Thank you Jesus, as we've finally gotten back to some normalcy in life and are gathering in church for worship. What a blessing that has been to be with one another here, in coffee shops, restaurants, at family gatherings and seeing friends again in person! Zoom meetings and calls are still taking place but now for convenience rather than due to a pandemic. I'm prayerful that we've turned a corner as this was a very difficult several years.

As we begin Lent this 2023 I think about a new series Christie and I have been watching called "The Chosen" and in one episode Jesus enters a room with Jairus, Peter, James and John to see Jairus' daughter lying dead in a bed with her mother crying at her side. It's impossible to imagine the discussion between Jairus and his wife as he tries consoling her. In Mark 5:41 we read "He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha, koum," which means, "Little girl, I tell you to get up!" and she got up at once and started walking around (she was 12 years old). When I think about lent, this story seems to enter my mind and how I've heard it many times and even places I've heard the story told come back to me. What a beautiful thought that Jesus brought her back to life but also to think of our own resurrection and where we'll be one day.

Like in the story of Jairus' daughter who was given hope as he found Jesus, Lent gives us hope in the midst of life's despair because of whom we are, children of God. Let's give ourselves a break. Give each other grace and peace and continue to trust in God.

Rick Dunkley-Council President




Many gifts…….


Our Nativity Scene is made from Monkey pod and needs to be annually rubbed down with olive oil. A past member bought is when she was in the Holy Land. Her name was Ethel Jackson.nativity


Our altar parament was donated by Mrs. Pat Almos’s mother, who did all the tatting.


The oil candles were donated by Lily Beth Frentz (daughter of Leonard and Eileen Wahlberg) in memory of her husband.



Many, many thanks……


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The family of Ellie Nelson, is having a 90th birthday celebration

at the Hinckley Community Center

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Noon until 4:00 PM

Please come and help wish her, a blessed birthday!


church office hours

Our Pastor has retired

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 FEBRUARY 19th, after service.



**Acolytes schedule for FEBRUARY....

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

Wednesday, February 1- Bailey Skutevik

Sunday, February 5 - Nolan Stiel, Kieran Tvedt

Wednesday, February 8 - Sophie Warman

Sunday, February 12 - Owen Johnson, Connor Olander

Wednesday, February 15 - Thomas Wachsmuth

Sunday, February 19 - Jaeden Fischer, Riley Scott

Ash Wednesday, February 22 - Ava Blowers

Sunday, February 26 - Blake Blowers, Preston Mettling



Lectors for FEBRUARY....

**(Ashley Thompson - usually reads First Reading)

Sunday, February 5 - Carole Lahti

Sunday, February 12 - Elaine Garaghty

Sunday, February 19 - Christie Dunkley

Sunday, February 26 - Donna Wachsmuth



Ushers for JANUARY:

Richard Anderson

Jerry Trott


kitchen workers

 First Lutheran Kitchen Committee 

JANUARY:  Joyce Seegebarth 

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


alter guild


Linda Trott


noisy offering

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

If you are interested in giving for this,

proceeds are going to the  DISCRETIONARY FUND. 


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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 Women)


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

4:00 - 5:00 PM

(led by Women)


women of ELCA

Women's Bible Study's ongoing mission project.

We ask members to join us and bring a SHAMPOO during the month of FEBRUARY for 

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

cabinet in the Narthex.

Thank You




February 27th, 6:30 PM 

New members will start that evening! 



church library

Febraury 13th

PLEASE note the LIBRARY MEETINGS, are the second Monday

of the

month, at 9:00 AM.



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Out to Lunch Bunch

Thursday, February 16th



thanks   snow shoveling

Thank you to everyone, that has helped shovel the sidewalks, we appreciated it!



Baptized at our font on January 15, 2023, was Lane Williams Davis, his parents are Dalton and Amanda Davis.  His sponsors are Nels Olander and Jenni Olander.

Congregational sponsor is Juanita Zamora.

We welcome Lane, into the family of God at First Lutheran.


Coffee fellowship

Coffee and treats will be served, the second Sunday of the month,

from 8:30 - 9:15 AM.   

Please join us.

we need people to sign up to serve coffeee on the second sunday of the month. 

sign up sheet is available on the table in the narthex, or contact elaine garaghty.  thank you!


community dinner 

Please Join us for the

Community Meal

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

February 7th

March 7th

April 4th

May 2nd




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

Sunday - February 19th, during Coffee Fellowship.


 volunteers needed

OPPORTUNITIES to Volunteer and Have Fun at the same time. Do you like to get together and have coffee and have snacks? If you do come and join our DREAM TEAM. Last year we got together and made the decorations for VBS and the Fall Gathering. There's much more going on this year. We need you. You can come to one event or all of them. If you can’t make it to the event don't worry you won’t get fired. We'll just do a toast for you with our coffee cups.


This is what is going on:

MARCH: We will get together and work on props for Palm Sunday. We're going to fluff

up those palm trees. We may have a project for Good Friday. That's still in the planning

stage. If there is enough interest in a Mother/ Daughter Banquet, we would start planning it.


APRIL: Work on decorations for VBS and Mother/Daughter Banquet. Plan Garden tour.


MAY: Mother/ Daughter Banquet, VBS decorations, Finalize Garden tour.


JUNE: Set up and take down of VBS decorations, Garden Tour.


Doesn't that sound like fun? We'll be meeting on Thursdays and not a minute before 10 in the morning. No repercussions if you're late.


Contact Robin Hendrix if you are interested, even if you are mildly interested,

call me.


lenten soup and bread

Would you be interested in an 11:30 am Lenten soup lunch and Noon Worship during Lent? We would like to hear from you. Call the office. Thank You.


motherand daughter banquet

WONDERING if there is interest in having a Mother/Daughter Banquet in May or June. The last one we had was 20 years ago. I think it’s about time for another one.

Let Mindy or Robin know your thoughts on this idea.



recycle plastic bags

Thank you to Amy Johnson, for taking care of plastic bag recycling.


We collected enough for a bench, and we will keep collecting hopefully for another bench.


Thank you for donating!



Ushers needed for 2023

This is an important part of worship and requires a small commitment of one month of Sundays a year. Fact is, presently 7 of our ushers are 80 or older and 9 of our ushers are 70 or older.

We need more ushers willing to serve in 2023 (especially for the month of October).

If you are not already an usher and would be willing to help, let Dennis Volden know.


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Prayers for all !   



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