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FLC TV - September 14 Sermon - Matthew 18: All Debts are Paid

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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.”


Family Ministry - Upcoming Events

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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!




Women's Bible Study for Autumn - Register Now!

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The Women's Bible Study for this Autumn will focus on 1 Peter and is entitled  “How to Stand Firm When Tested” by Kay Arthur. Will trials and persecutions reveal your faith and bring glory to God? Listen to what Peter says to believers enduring tribulations. This study group will meet Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:00 in the Fellowship Hall beginning September 4th. Childcare is available. The cost for the member book is $21. If you are interested in joining this study call the FLC office to register.


FLC TV - September 7 Sermon: The Greatest

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Luke 9:46-48: "An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, 'Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.'"


FLC TV - August 24 Sermon: Self Sacrifice

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The worker's memorial in Three Mills Green in east London provides the backdrop for today's sermon on our sacrifices and discipleship to others. On the memorial is found this inscription: "Of your charity pray for the souls of Thomas Pickett, Godfrey Maule Nicholson, Frederick Eliott and Robert Underhill, who lost their lives in a well beneath this spot on 12 July 1901. The first named while in the execution of his duty was overcome by foul air. The three latter successively descending in heroic efforts to save their comrades shared the same death…"


FLC TV - August 17 Sermon - Matthew 15: Who Are You?

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Matthew 15:22-28: A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.


FLC TV - August 10 Sermon: Perspective

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John 10:18: No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.



2014 VBS Picture Gallery

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Thank you to all the children and volunteers who helped make this year's VBS our biggest yet!  Click below for all the photos:

2014 VBS group



FLC Maintenance Needs

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Our facility is always in need of a few repairs! We are looking for volunteers for the following repairs:

  • Ventilation fan in the upstairs women's restroom
  • Ministry center door (the one that leads from the kitchen to the basement) will not close.

Contact the church office with any questions.


Watch and Listen to First Lutheran

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Select Bible Studies, sermons and services from the past six months are online (contact the church office for full services):


Small Group Bible Studies - Summer 2014

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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:


Schedule of Worship Services

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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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