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Guests – a special welcome to you! If you are looking for a church home we encourage you to consider First Lutheran! We love to share the Good News of our Savior and the help that God’s Word gives for our everyday lives! We would love to tell you more about our congregation. Please join us again!

In Adult Bible Study Today – we find Joseph, The Dreamer welcoming his brothers again, to care for them in the midst of the terrible famine. Please join us at about 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Centre. We’ll learn that God is in the business of redeeming the broken today, as He was in Joseph’s, and granting us help and hope for even for the toughest of times.

RED – is the color of dress for the day – for Pentecost – next Sunday!

The Sunday School Students – study the story of “Lydia” today. Just as God worked His miracle beside the river, clothing Lydia with Christ in baptism, so God works His miracles in pulpits and fonts around the world today, destroying the work of Satan, ripping believers from the jaws of death, washing away sins in water tinged with Jesus’ blood, and clothing believers with His righteousness. Parents could ask, “How did God use water to save Lydia and us? Who does God use to reveal His Word to us today?”

Take a Midweek Break – for supper this Wednesday, with your friends in Christ at First Lutheran, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Our Worship on Wednesday – beginning at 6:30 p.m., will include Faith Stories and special presentations by our Confirmands Tom, Megan and Zach and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. You’ll be blessed as God forgives our sins and strengthens our faith in Jesus through His Word proclaimed and His Sacrament shared!

Our May O.W.L.S.* Gathering – (this Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will be a real “work of art” as Sharon Hultin leads us in a bit of creativity, and as our First Lutheran School students join us for lunch! We hope you OWLSy folks will join us too. Watch your email for further details. (*Older Wiser Loving Seniors, 55+ish years of age, is the senior adult ministry group of our congregation.)

The Festival of Pentecost – will be the center of our worship next Sunday, beginning at 8:15 and 11 a.m. You are invited to get into the spirit of the day and wear RED (the color of the Spirit)!

The Rite of Confirmation – and the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in our Earlier Service (8:15 a.m.) next Sunday. Please join us for these special events in our faith and church life together (and support a few of our congregation’s youth as they confirm their faith in Jesus.

A Reception – honoring the hard work of our Confirmands and giving us the opportunity to encourage our students will be held during the Sunday School and Bible Class time (9:15 a.m.) next Sunday. Your presence is lovingly requested!

Here’s the Memo – RED – is the color for the day for Pentecost – next Sunday! You are invited to dress in red for our worship on that day!

FL School News – Our annual fundraiser, the First Lutheran School Spirit Sprint will take place on Thursday, May 17th. The preschool kids will run for 30 minutes and the grade school kids will run for 45 minutes. If you would like to sponsor a child or a teacher, the sponsorship forms attached to beautiful flowers in the foyer will be out through today. Please return the forms to the school office mailbox. The flowers are yours to keep. If you are looking for a particular teacher or student, their names are written on the outside of the forms. Thank you for your participation!

The First Word Deadline – is Thursday, May 17. Please submit your articles to Editor Linda Fromm by placing them in the First Word mailbox in the church office, or by emailing them to: lindafromm@mac.com.

Coming This Summer! – Our 2018 Vacation Bible School dates have been set for August 6-10. Our theme this year is “Splash Canyon – God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride.” Please save the dates and plan to attend! If you have questions and/or want to volunteer to help, please speak with Kate Johnson.

Do You Remember – the days when you had people over for dinner once in a while? Here’s your chance to actually do that and go to their homes too! Dinners for Eight is the fellowship opportunity that you are invited to enjoy!! Be a host/hostess once or twice and a guest three or four times! Sign up with Laurie Stelter, jlstelter@hotmail.com or call/text, 406-439-7075 by May 31 and you’ll have dinner plans once a month for September and October (2018) and January, February and March (2019). Totally confused?? Call/text for more details. p.s. As host/hostess you provide home and main course; guests bring veg, salad, dessert.

Thank You – to Philip and Lisa Tullis, and to Paul Taylor and other friends, for preparing, serving and cleaning up after our midweek supper! We appreciate you!

Our Heartfelt Thanks – to our Sanctuary Cleaners, John and Laurie Stelter, for your gracious service to us all! Rick and Lori Northrup are scheduled to clean this week. Thanks for your service!

The Food Share Items – for May are pantry staples: salt, pepper, flour, sugar, cooking oil, etc. Please place your food donations in the receptacle under the mailboxes in Ziegler Hall.

On the Lutheran Hour Today – “Keep Them,” with Speaker Emeritus Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus. There are times Christians might readily wish the Lord would airlift them out of this world. Because we have some work to do, the Lord Jesus prays we be kept safe. So, how’s that working for you? (John 17:14-17) Tune in next Sunday: “Functional Atheist No More!” The Lutheran Hour may be heard Sundays on Christian Satellite Network, 91.1 FM at 8 a.m.

Life Thoughts in the Church Year, from Lutherans for Life – “[T]he testimony of God is greater” Guests – a special welcome to you! If you are looking for a church home we encourage you to consider First Lutheran! We love to share the Good News of our Savior and the help that God’s Word gives for our everyday lives! We would love to tell you more about our congregation. Please join us again!

In Adult Bible Study Today – we WILL meet, following the Confirmation Reception, and view some video clips about Joseph, The Dreamer. Next Sunday we’ll meet at our regular time (9:45 a.m.) in our regular place (the Fellowship Centre) to learn that God is in the business of redeeming the broken today, as He was in Joseph’s, and granting us help and hope for even for the toughest of times.

The Account of “Paul and Silas in Prison” – serves as the focus of Sunday School today. Just as God freed Paul and Silas from prison, granting them life out of death, so Christ by His crucifixion and resurrection frees me from the prison of my sins and grants me life eternal. Questions for discussion include “How is this event more than just a story about Paul’s escape from prison? How has God rescued us from the prison of sin?”

Take a Midweek Break – for supper this Wednesday, with your friends in Christ at First Lutheran, beginning at 5:30 p.m. And – for Worship – beginning at 6:30 p.m. You’ll be strengthened as God speaks through His Word empowered by the Holy Spirit!

“Holy! Holy! Holy!” – we will sing together as we worship the true God: The Holy Trinity, next Sunday, beginning at 8:15 and 11 a.m. You are invited to celebrate the Father, Son and Holy Spirit by wearing Green (the color of life and of the Trinity)!

Summer Sunday School . . . We are looking for a few people to share teaching summer Sunday School multi-grade classes this summer. If you would like to volunteer for a Sunday or two, please speak with Marjorie O’Rourke. Each week there will be a Bible lesson and activity, materials provided. Please prayerfully consider helping teach our children about the love of Jesus!

Do You Remember – the days when you had people over for dinner once in a while? Here’s your chance to actually do that and go to their homes too! Dinners for Eight is the fellowship opportunity that you are invited to enjoy!! Be a host/hostess once or twice and a guest three or four times! Sign up with Laurie Stelter, jlstelter@hotmail.com or call/text, 406-439-7075 by May 31 and you’ll have dinner plans once a month for September and October (2018) and January, February and March (2019). Totally confused?? Call/text for more details. p.s. As host/hostess you provide home and main course; guests bring veg, salad, dessert.

Annual Picnic and Street Dance – for our Developmentally Disabled members will be held Thursday, May 31 beginning at 5:30 p.m. We could use assistance with the dinner, beginning at 4 p.m. If you would like to help with this special event, please speak with Lowell or Susan Bartels, or call the church office, 442-5367.

The Board of Trustees – is sponsoring a spring cleanup day at First Lutheran Church & School Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please plan to come and help-all or part of the day! Supplies and lunch will be provided.

Thank You – to the Taylor Family for preparing, serving and cleaning up after our midweek supper. We appreciate you!

Our Heartfelt Thanks – to our Sanctuary Cleaners, Rick and Lori Northrup, for your gracious service to us all! Lisa and Charles Olson and Jeannie Hubbard are scheduled to clean this week. Thanks for your service!

The Food Share Items – for May are pantry staples: salt, pepper, flour, sugar, cooking oil, etc. Please place your food donations in the receptacle under the mailboxes in Ziegler Hall.

On the Lutheran Hour Today – “Functional Atheist No More!” with Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer. Christians like to think of themselves as following the first disciples. That’s uncomfortably true. The first disciples had trouble believing the promises of Jesus for their daily lives. Too often we do too. On Pentecost the Spirit of the risen Lord Jesus gave the first disciples faith like they never had before. Today the same Spirit is ready to do the same for us. (Acts 2:1-21, John 15:26-27) Tune in next Sunday: “Impossible.” The Lutheran Hour may be heard Sundays on Christian Satellite Network, 91.1 FM at 8 a.m.

Life Thoughts in the Church Year, from Lutherans for Life – “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh” (Acts 2:17a). The Lord embraces sons and daughters, young and old. Every human being, whatever her shape and size, exists to reflect the goodness of God’s will that made her. Every human being, no matter his faculties or functions, witnesses to the authority of God’s Word that brought him forth. May this incontrovertible truth issue also from our lips and our lives! Prayer: Lord and Giver of Life, breathe Your Spirit into us. Amen.(1 John 5:9a), like a mother’s reassurances counteracting the bully’s ridicule. “[His] Word is truth” (John 17:17), like a mother’s comforting correcting emotional assumptions. The world’s abortive ways say, “You can’t endure.” The Son of God says, “I will undertake for you.” The devil’s suicidal deceptions say, “Take control.” The Son of God says, “Trust Me.” The sinful flesh says, “No, the burden’s too heavy.” The Son of God says, “Yes, the blessing is abundant!” Prayer: Holy Father, sanctify our lives and our neighbors in the testimony of Your truth. Amen.