First Lutheran Church

Parish News

Hello beloved people of First Lutheran –

Well, it looks like another month has passed, so we have another Lamplighter article. There are a few things of note, so let’s dive in.

The first thing to note is that we are beginning a summer long ministry called Creative Prayer. Creative Prayer is a ministry lead by myself, Alicia Spilde, and Krista Pietruszenvski. Over these summer months (May-August), we will be focusing on 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” In May, we will be focusing on Faith, June – Hope, July – Love, and August – Abide. Each month, one of the three of us will lead our congregation in a creative prayer practice – be it art, movement, etc. On the first and third Sunday of each month – at 1:00 PM – a video will be posted on our church and Sunday School Facebook page, as well as our church website. This video will lead us through a creative prayer practice. It is for all ages, and creative abilities. Please feel free to join us online these summer months and a practice a different way of praying.

Secondly, with the end of the school year coming up, this also means we have confirmation and Baccalaureate coming down the pike. On May 9, 2021 at 9:30 AM, we will be confirming Lily Durray, Ella Kasprowicz, and Dawson Walz. The kiddos will have two pews designated per family. We’ll have the rest of the church taped off like normal for the rest of the congregation. On May 26, 2021, First will be hosting Tri-County’s Baccalaureate at 7:30 PM. Graduates and their families will be invited to this worship service.

The final thing I want to touch on is the changing of my day off. As I’ve announced the last two Sundays, I am changing my day off from Monday to Friday starting May 3, 2021. I’m doing this for a couple of different reasons. The first is because I feel like I am behind on my work when I start my week on Tuesdays. I would rather work on Mondays and have a day to prepare for my sermon, visit members, or work on confirmation than rest after Sunday and feel like I’m playing catchup the rest of the week. The second reason why I wish to move my day off to Friday is because then I will have two days off in a row to either visit Tyler or my birth family. It’s incredibly difficult to drive 4.5 hours on one day, and then turn around and drive 4.5 hours back home the next day. By having two days off in a row, it gives me the flexibility to see my loved ones and not wear myself out with short trips / driving.

As for logistics, working on Mondays allows for the office to be open five days a week instead of the 3 or 4 days it is open now. I’ve moved all of my communion / Bible Study times at the nursing homes from Fridays to Mondays. As for funerals and emergency visits, it would be no different now than when I had Mondays off: I would encourage families to not plan things on my day off, but if that’s the only time that works for them, I will be flexible and take time off elsewhere. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

That’s it for this month. I pray God blesses you with time to spend with your family, and rest.

God’s Peace,

Pastor Caitlin Jensen