First Lutheran Church

Welcome to First Lutheran Church in Duluth! 

All are invited to attend Worship Services at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.


SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION- 2017-2018 

Sunday School is offered for children ages 2 – 8th Grade. Information letters and forms have been mailed out to all families currently on FLC’s mailing list. Regular classes are offered 3 times/month. On the 1st of each month all ages come together in the Parish Hall for our G.I.F.T. experience – Growing in Faith Together.  Register by clicking HERE. 

REFORMATION ABC’S  A weekly project created by  the Delmarva North Conference of the Delaware-Maryland Synod ELCA to celebrate 500 years of the Reformation. 

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FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

Blessings

I think of the blessings we do as similar to the bag I use for the young disciples’ message. If you noticed, at first the children brought in the bag things that they thought were about God. So for instance, they brought crosses and rainbows (Noah’s ark). It took a while to get them to bring things that were harder to connect with God – to try and stump the pastor, as it were. So far, sometimes appropriately with the help of the gathered community, we have been able to connect everything to God. That is my hope: to help the children grow up hearing and seeing God everywhere in everything and in everyone.

That’s also my hope for the blessings. Too often I think we think of church activities as being those things we do in church rather than those things we do in our lives. Church – ekklesia in Greek – means the called out ones. Our ministries aren’t done inside the church walls alone, but in our work places, our homes, school, the outdoors.

John O’Donohue writes: “When a blessing is invoked, it changes the atmosphere.” Maybe another way of saying that is blessings make room for God. Maybe when we bless our winter recreational equipment, our hunting and fishing gear, our homes, our pets, our wheeled recreational equipment, the trails we walk upon, it’s like having an adult children’s message bag. It’s as if we are taking these things out of an imaginary bag and connecting them to God so that when we are in the woods or skiing down the slope or skating on the ice or biking along the lake or walking our dog or entering our home, we, too, see and hear God. Again to quote O’Donohue: “In the light and reverence of blessing, a person or situation [an object or place] becomes illuminated in a completely new way.”

There are many ways for us to invoke blessings or be blessings in one another lives. It is a main purpose of Christian community, is it not? Blessed to be a blessing.

These are just a few of the ways we seek to pour those blessings upon and through our lives and into the community:

  • May 7 – Fish Blessing –  Bring your fishing gear to worship
  • May 21 – Senior Blessing  – Blessing of the graduating seniors and the elder seniors. Let us know if you are graduating from high school or college.
  • June 4 – Trail Blessing – Bring your water bottle or some bottle to take water out to bless the trails.
  • July 9 – Bike & Wheels Blessing   – Bring your bike or skateboard or other wheeled recreation equipment to the park service.
  • August 13 – Pet Blessing  – Bring your pet to the park service.
  • September 10- Backpack Blessing – bring your school bag (pre-school to post grad!) for a blessing for a successful school year.

 “May we all receive blessing upon blessing. And may we realize our power to bless, heal, and renew one another.”

Pastor Dianne O. Loufman

Faith ~ Love ~ Community