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408 Ninth Street NW
Mandan, ND 58554
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH
Building Faith and
ADDRESS LABEL www.firstlutheranofmandan.org
We’re on the web!
Sponsor for this month:
701-220-4908 – C
701-751-6377 – W
The other day I was shopping for graduation cards. As I was looking through the
card section, this saying popped out at me.
“Blessed are the available. Blessed are the conduits, the tunnels, the
tools. Deliriously joyful are the ones who believe that if God has used sticks
and rocks to do His will, then He can use us.” - Max Lucado
Although this saying graced the cover of a thank you card, I took the time to stop
and read it. As I placed it back in it’s sleeve on the shelf, and continued about
my business of looking for graduation cards, I kept coming back to it.
From graduations, to the end of the school year, to the beginning of weekends at
the lake, May is a month when we celebrate endings and beginnings. Yet how
often in the midst of those endings and beginnings do we see ourselves as
conduits, tunnels, and tools?
How often does the new graduate look out at a world of possibilities, filled with
fear and excitement, proclaiming joyfully they are a tool for the Lord? How often
does the graduate’s parents or guardians look at a future so different and
changed, filled with fear and excitement, proclaiming joyfully that they are a tool
of the Lord?
If you think about the quote, is really quite strange. So why couldn’t I stay away
from it? It holds great promise too! Just think about it. If God can use sticks and
rocks to God’s will, then what does that mean for us? What does it mean in the
midst of those endings and beginnings, in the midst of fear and excitement, in
the midst of promises yet realized?
God can work through us. It’s just that complex and that simple. What a
powerful promise this is! So as we go about the many endings and beginnings
of May, how might God be using you?
I gave thanks and praise to God for you-the conduits, the tunnels, the tools!
Rev. Lee Herberg
Rev. Christina Martin
Administrative Assistant &
Coordinator of Lay
Ron & Mavis Watson
First Lutheran Is A Mission
Partner with Camp of the
First Lutheran Church
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Thank you to this months sponsor - Tammy Lapp-Harris of
Integra Realty Group for sponsoring this months newsletter.
Attention Senior Parents: We mailed a letter out to you on April
20th regarding the Senior Recognition Service that will be held on
Sunday, May 22nd at the 10:45 A.M. service. Seniors will also need to
have your picture sent to the church before 5:00 P.M. on Friday, the
14th of May.
Please send the picture to email@example.com.
We want to THANK everyone who has helped us with LAF (Lunch at
First) this school year. We have fed approximately 300-400 kids every
Thursday! This ministry is such an important part of our church, and
we are grateful to everyone who has helped us keep it going. We would
love to have you come check out this awesome event here at First
Lutheran. Come down any Thursday and join us!
New Worship Time Starting in June...
For June, July & August our worship times
will be Sundays at 9:30 A.M. &
Wednesday’s at 6:00 P.M. We will not have
coffee hour during the summer months on
A huge THANK YOU to all of our
Church School teachers and
Confirmation leaders who gave of
their time and talents this year to
bring the Gospel of our Lord to our
children of First Lutheran! You are a
blessing to us all!
A few words from the Mission Endowment Committee…. You should have received a mailing from the
First Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Committee inviting you to participate in a campaign to contribute
$1,000 in the race to “100 Bridge Builders” by the end of 2016! Please prayerfully consider helping to grow
the First Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund! When you have reached $1,000, a plaque will be
created in recognition of your generous support. It will be placed on the “Bridge Builder” wall in the Narthex.
Thank you to all who have already contributed! Contact one of the Mission Endowment Committee Members:
Michelle Radke, Donna Fishbeck, Jim Mellmer, Heather Heinle or Terry Bohn for further information, or call
the church office.
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5th: LAF - Nachos
12th: LAF - Chef's Choice
19th: LAF - Grilled Hot
Dogs (Served outside ~
We Need Your Hospitality!!!
I am looking for four different families to provide Camp of the Cross counselors dinner. You would sign up for one night's dinner during
the week. It could be a home cooked meal, a crock pot meal at church, or you can take them to eat at your favorite local place.
The meals would be for Monday through Thursday.
Please contact Pastor Chris if you have questions or are interested.
Calling all 6th –12th graders…...
We will be playing Frisbee golf on May 15th 5-7 P.M. at Hillside Park
in Bismarck. Join us and other Lutheran youth for fun and food. We
will be meeting at Hillside Park. So invite a friend! If you need a ride
please contact Pastor Chris at 701-663-3594.
VBS is gearing up!!
Camp of the Cross will
be here with us for
VBS this year!!
All K–6th graders are invited to First
Lutheran’s VBS on Monday, June 6th
through Friday, June 10th from 8:00-4:00
and Friday from 8:00-Noon.
You can register online on the First
Lutheran Website under the Registration
Happy Mother’s Day to all the
women of our congregation!
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8:30 am ~ Traditional
10:45 am ~ Contemporary
9:30 am ~ Coffee
6:00 pm ~ Transitional
Thank you to all the greeters, ushers, communion servers,
readers, communion set-up, coffee hour workers, and to all
who have supplied goodies for the last month. Your help is
April 17 Thaddeus Lawrence Silbernagel
April 24 Brooklyn Julia Starck
April 24 Riley Donald Kainz
April 8 Karen Aune Wardner
In memory of Carl Fischer given by Jim & Donna
Mellmer. Deadline for
articles for the
Newsletter will be
May ~ Mission of the Month
Camp of the Cross Ministries
Items needed are Food, Crafts, Paper Goods, Office
Supplies, & Miscellaneous Items. You may put your
items in the boxes in the Narthex. Thanks!
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First Lutheran Church Council Minutes
Date: March 17, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm
Pastor Lee Herberg, Pastor Christina Martin, President Jill Miller, Vice President Jeff
Bradford, Secretary Jessica Petrick, Rynell Rusch, Tim Faller, Darrell Nitschke, DJ Campbell,
Jessie Hilfer and Andrea Bonness.
Introduction of Guest
Michelle Radke, First Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund President introduced Faith
Simonieg, Regional Gift Planner for the Western North Dakota Synod, ELCA Foundation.
Ms. Simonieg reviewed the importance of people leaving money behind to their church. Gifts
can be done with a beneficiary designation or a transfer on death. She recommended the church
create a bequest process for endowment funds.
Approval of Agenda
Moved by Jeff Bradford and seconded by Tim Faller to approve the agenda. Motion passed.
Secretary’s Report and Approval of Minutes
Moved by Darrell Nitschke, seconded by Jessie Hilfer to approve the February 18, 2016 minutes
and the addendum email approval of the low sanctuary blind bid. Motion Passed.