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  • 408 Ninth Street NW

    Mandan, ND 58554


    Phone: 701-663-3594

    Fax: 701-663-6217


    Building Faith and

    Transforming Lives

    in Christ.


    We’re on the web!

    Trunk or Treat is returning to First Lutheran!

    First Lutheran Church is hosting

    a fun and safe place in Mandan

    for our area youth to trick or

    treat. Trunk or Treat will take

    place on Halloween night, October

    31st from 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. in

    the church parking lot.



    Council E-mail:

    October 2019

    First Lutheran Church

    October Newsletter

    Greetings from First Lutheran Church Council. I would like to take

    some time to update you on a few things. The call committee at First

    Lutheran has been working hard in following the process outlined by

    the ELCA and the Western Synod to fill the Administrative Pastor

    position here at First Lutheran. The call committee hopes to have the

    site profile completed by October 1st. A site profile of a church is read

    by any Pastor who may consider a call to First Lutheran. A potential

    Pastor can review the site profile and see if their skill set and our

    needs would be a good combination for all parties involved. Please

    keep the Call Committee in your prayers as they go through this

    process reviewing potential candidates for our Administrative Pastor

    position. All this is good news. It just takes time to go through this


    I would also like to update you on our current budget. Each week, in

    the church bulletin, the amount budgeted weekly for both revenue

    and expenses is stated. In comparison to August 2018, we are trailing about $10k in revenue. We have also spent about $18k less. Looking at the attendance numbers for the two months in August 2018 we had 939 in attendance, and August 2019 there were 754. The last months of the year are generally our best months for offering. Keep in mind we put together a budget that was about $140,000 above the 2018 budget. I am asking all of us to prayerfully consider First Lutheran and its mission and do what we can to support it. If the trend continues, we will have to make some hard decisions at our annual meeting in January regarding staff and other expenses the church incurs.

    In the next few weeks Pastor Gene will be leading us through an

    interim process where he will be visiting with many of you to find

    information on our history, our leadership, our denominational

    linkage and other things. By bringing these topics to the surface we

    may help pave the way for a new Pastor coming on board. I am asking

    each of you, if Pastor Gene reaches out to you for information, please

    sit down and visit with him so he can gather this information and lead

    us through this transition.

    Yours in Christ

    Kevin Fishbeck

    First Lutheran

    Staff Interim Pastor

    Rev. Gene Anderson


    Associate Pastor

    Rev. Christina Martin


    Parish Administrator

    Jackie Schulz


    Sunday School Ministry


    Kama Hoovestol


    Wednesday Family Ministry


    Savannah Miller



    Ron & Mavis Watson

    Financial Administration

    Jennifer Scheet

    First Lutheran Is A Mission

    Partner with Camp of the

    Cross Ministries


    Lutefisk & Lefse Supper

    with Swedish Meatballs

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019

    3:30 to 6:30 P.M.

    Adults $20.00

    Children under 13 $5.00 _________________________________________________________________________________________

    Would you be interested in attending a

    “Healthy Congregations Workshop”? When: November 1st - 2nd

    Where: St. John Lutheran Church, Dickinson, ND

    Time: Friday ~ 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., Saturday ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    If you are interested please call Pastor Gene at 663-3594 or 507-215-2801.

    Lutheran World Relief will be packing up all of their supplies on October 17th at 9:00 A.M. If you are able to help, please stop by the Fellowship Hall that morning.

    Pastor Appreciation Month

    October is Pastor Appreciation Month! The staff and council at

    First Lutheran would like to show appreciation and say ‘thanks’ to

    Pastor Gene and Pastor Chris by having everyone submit a card

    during the month of October. Baskets will be placed in the church

    narthex for your convenience.

    Kevin Fishbeck

    Church Council President

    Call Committee Update:

    Members of First Lutheran Church Mandan, North Dakota

    Dear Members of First Lutheran Church,

    The Call Committee which was appointed by your Church Council continues to move forward in our efforts to find a new administrative pastor. We have completed the Ministry Site Profile for our church, but we need your help in finalizing the Top 5 Ministry Tasks. You will be able to help by completing a survey that you can find on our First Lutheran Church Mandan website or on face book. You will also be receiving a post card by mail that you can fill out as well and mail back to the church or place in a box in the Narthex. However, I encourage you to complete the survey electronically if possible. We are hoping to quicken the process, so we are asking that you complete this survey by October 1st. There is also room for comments. If you have any questions, feel free to call the church.


    Darrell Nitschke

    Chairman of the Call Committee _________________________________________________________________

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  • We will be having a new member

    orientation on Sunday, October 6th at

    6:00 P.M. If you are interested in

    becoming a member here at First

    Lutheran please call the church office

    at 663-3594 as soon as possible.

    Thank you.


    We are having a BLOOD DRIVE here at First Lutheran Church on Sunday,

    October 6th from 9:30 A.M.-Noon in the Fellowship Hall. You can schedule

    an appointment by going to this link:, sponsor code:

    H1200 . (click on Donate Blood, on the left side type in the code and click

    SEARCH) or you may call the church office at 663-3594 to schedule an

    appointment. If you are 16 or older and at least 110 pounds you most likely can

    give blood. Please help us fill our spots and SAVE LIVES at the same time. We

    are looking to get at least 11 people to give blood (hopefully more). Thank you so

    much for helping us try to reach our goal!


    Attention All High School Students!!!

    LAF (Lunch At First) starts on Thursday, October 3rd. Come over and enjoy a free

    lunch. EVERYONE is welcome. Come for good food and fun times. We will be

    serving every Thursday (unless there is no school). Bring your friends and join us

    for lunch!

    Mark Your


    3rd: LAF ~ Hot Dogs

    10th: LAF ~ Sloppy Joes

    17th: No LAF

    24th: LAF ~ Sandwiches

    31st: LAF ~ Nachos

    Upcoming Event

    For Those Being Confirmed this October:


    The Confirmation Banquet will be held

    on Sunday, October 20th at 6:00 P.M.

    We ask that you RSVP for this event

    with the total number of your immediate

    family members who will be attending no

    later than October 14th. You will be

    emailed a link to RSVP back to us for

    the meal.

    The Confirmation Service will be held

    on Sunday, October 27th at 2:00 P.M.

    Please arrive at 12:40 P.M. for


    Christmas Poinsettias

    The youth of our church are selling poinsettias, which will

    be used to decorate the sanctuary for the seasons of Advent

    and Christmas. The flowers can be picked up after the last

    Christmas Eve service. The price for each plant is $13.00.

    Please place orders by November 3rd. We cannot

    accept late orders. Order forms are available in the

    narthex and can be turned in with your offering, to the

    church office, or dropped in the mail.

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