Matthew 21:28-32: “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him."
Faith in the Home
Caring Conversation - Daily Devotion - Traditions and Rituals - Acts of Service
Last year parents learned these "Four Keys of Faith Formation". This year, we will discuss additional practical ways to implement these keys. Since parents are the most inﬂuential factor in a child's faith formation, First Lutheran Church will again be offering this 3-part Bible study for parents of children ages 0-6th grade on how to continue to teach and encourage faith in the home. Come together to join other parents to learn and share ideas with each other. These studies will be held on Sept. 19, Oct. 24, and Nov. 14. at 6:00-7:30pm. Dinner and childcare will be provided by the congregation.
What a Difference a Daddy Makes
We all know that involved fathers boost their daughters’ academic achievement, promote their emotional health, increase their compassion for others, and help set them up for success. Based on the book What a Difference a Daddy Makes, by Dr. Kevin Leman, Pastor Grayl will be leading a fathers’ Bible study that will help give practical ideas, inspiration, and provide specific direction for helping daughters grow into loving, confident, caring adults. Join other fathers in this weekly Bible study beginning in January. Exact day and time of the week will be announced.
Parents’ Night Out
Beginning January 16, 2015, First Lutheran will begin offering free childcare and a simple dinner for children ages 0-12, one Friday a month from 6:00-8:30pm. This ministry is intended to give parents the opportunity to enjoy a night out without the worries and extra expenses of babysitters. We hope that not only will our own congregation members find this ministry helpful and uplifting, but also friends of our congregation families. More details will be announced soon!
Matthew 20:1-16: “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Matthew 18:21-35: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him.Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Thank you to all the children and volunteers who helped make this year's VBS our biggest yet! Click below for all the photos:
Select Bible Studies, sermons and services from the past six months are online (contact the church office for full services):
Matthew 18:20 - "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
Looking for a personal way to study the Bible with a core group of people? The member of First Lutheran host a number of topics throughout the year and there is guaranteed to be one meeting near you! Check out our Small Group Bible Study list for 2014:
First Lutheran offers three services each Sunday:
Traditional service at 8:15 a.m. (with Sunday School and Bible Study following)
'Celebration' service with a contemporary praise band at 11:00 a.m.
Evening worship at 5:30 p.m.
Our children's nursery is staffed with trained education specialists who prepare a special lesson plan each week for the children.
During Lent and Advent we also hold services on Wednesdays at 12:15 and again at 6 p.m., with a catered dinner at 5 p.m.
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