What's Happening

Fruit Crisp Sale

posted Aug 24, 2017, 1:13 PM by Pastor Dale Larson

Thrivent Financial is hosting the annual Fruit Crisp Fundraiser on Sept. 3 from   11-3:00  in the Fellowship Hall of First Lutheran Church. 

The groups being supported are: Holiday Store, Friends of the Library, Friends of the Raymond Theatre, Legacy Outreach, Sunday Afternoon Live.  We will be using $250 from a Thrivent Make a Difference Grant.

Peach, apple, berry, and rhubarb crisps ala mode and a beverage will be available for $3.00.  Individual servings will be available for take away at $2.50 per serving.

Volunteers are needed to help with this event, especially right after church and after the parade. Please contact Virginia

A special thanks to those who have donated fruits and ice cream for this event.

Memorial Service

posted Aug 24, 2017, 1:12 PM by Pastor Dale Larson

A Memorial service with the Reverend Dale Larson presiding will be held at 11:30 am Monday, August 28th in the sanctuary of First Lutheran Church in South Bend.

The son of Chanel Webber and Mathis Jensen, Kaiden was born in the early morning hours of July 29th at Willapa Harbor Hospital. A preemie at just under 35 weeks Kaiden's heart, kidneys, and lungs were not fully developed at the time of birth and he was transferred later that day to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital in Seattle. After nine days at Children's, during which some promise was shown, Kaiden began to experience organ failure and he died on the evening of August 8.

Cremation was performed by Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home of Seattle.


posted Jul 5, 2017, 5:41 PM by Pastor Dale Larson

Adella Hougan, after a brief period of palliative care a Willapa Harbor Care Center, completed her earthly pilgrimage among us the afternoon of July 5, 2017.
A Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Life is planned for 2 pm Saturday, August 5 at First Lutheran.

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posted Jun 20, 2017, 12:20 PM by Pastor Dale Larson

ELCA presiding bishop World Refugee Day message

6/20/2017 11:30:00 AM

CHICAGO – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued the following message in observance of World Refugee Day.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today is World Refugee Day. Observed every year on June 20, this is a day when we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees worldwide.

There are more people fleeing war and persecution than ever before. We are now facing the largest global refugee crisis, with over 65 million people forcibly displaced from their countries. Twenty-one million of those who are displaced are refugees. The United States opens its doors to less than 1 percent of the world's refugees – 85,000 refugees entered our country in 2016.

In Matthew 25:35, Jesus said, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." As people of faith, we are called to welcome the stranger and to walk alongside vulnerable refugees living in untenable situations. This support is critical in providing protection and hope for those who have fled persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political views and/or associations.

As we recognize the global refugee crisis, let us also celebrate the many contributions that refugees make to our communities as they seek to stabilize their lives and build on their dreams. In this regard, we appreciate all the efforts of our congregations – in collaboration with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service – that are welcoming refugees and providing many forms of hospitality.

It is also important to acknowledge the excellent work being done by The Lutheran World Federation, of which we are a member. These programs assist thousands of refugees every day who have fled their homes, such as South Sudanese now in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia; Burundians in Tanzania; Somalis, Eritreans and Sudanese in Ethiopia; and Syrians in Jordan, just to name a few.

World Refugee Day offers an opportunity for us to stand in solidarity with people who have been forced to leave their homes. Today and every day we pray for peace for all the children of God created in God's image.

In Christ,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton

Presiding Bishop

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

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posted Jun 15, 2017, 9:06 AM by Pastor Dale Larson   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 9:07 AM ]

Readings for next Sunday, February 12.

posted Feb 6, 2017, 9:25 AM by Pastor Dale Larson

              Choose life

               Happy are they who follow the teaching of the Lord. (Ps. 119:1)

              God gives the growth

              The teaching of Christ: forgiveness

Texts for Sunday, February 5

posted Jan 30, 2017, 9:19 AM by Pastor Dale Larson

The fast that God chooses

Light shines in the darkness for the upright. (Ps. 112:4)

  • 1 Corinthians 2: 1-16

God’s wisdom revealed through the Spirit

The teaching of Christ: salt and light

Texts for Sunday, January 22

posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:19 PM by Pastor Dale Larson

Light shines for those in darkness

The Lord is my light and my salvation. (Ps. 27:1)

Appeal for unity in the gospel

Revelation of Christ as a prophet

Prayers Requested

posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:17 PM by Pastor Dale Larson

Please lift up Barbara Saine and her family as she transitions to palliative care.

Living our Baptism

posted Jan 12, 2017, 9:28 AM by Pastor Dale Larson

During Service on January 8, when we commemorated the Baptism of Our Lord we also affirmed our own Baptisms and were given the invitation to repeat the promises of Baptism daily during Epiphany (through February 28) and view them as gifts and opportunities.
New Year’s Resolution and Prayer
God help and guide me to:
LIVE among God’s faithful people;
HEAR the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper;
PROCLAIM the good news of God in Christ through word and deed;
SERVE all people following the example of Jesus; and to
STRIVE for justice and peace in all the earth. Amen

Living our Baptism…Five Gifts of Discipleship during Epiphany written by John and Robin McCullough-Bade
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