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  • First Lutheran Church

    PO Box 218, 709 5th Ave

    Washburn, ND 58577-0218

    Pastor: Rev. Erik Johnson


    701-462-3775 Church

    701-462-3774 Parsonage

    701-315-0255 Cell Phone

    701-462-3785 Fax

    E-mail address:

    Web-site address:


    Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 AM to

    12:30 PM and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Wednesday 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM



    Jeannette Rost, Administrative Secretary


    Kim & Joan Zimmerman


    Laura Gardner


    Rev. Erik Johnson, Pastor

    Wade Boeshans, President

    Brent Petersen, Vice President

    Alyson Teigen, Secretary

    Donna Sommer, Treasurer

    Clark Pochant, Property Trustee

    Suzanne Swanson, Worship Deacon

    Brenda Suckow, Education Chair

    Maybell Job, Evangelism Deacon

    Kathy Keller, Stewardship Trustee


    ARTICLES DEADLINE is 20th of each


    Our Mission. . . Working hand in hand to know Christ and make Christ known through Worship, Christian Education, Evangelism,

    Fellowship, Caring Ministries, and Service. The Parish News a monthly publication of

    First Lutheran, linking Church and members homes, is mailed from Washburn, ND 58577, Bulk Postal permit #39.

    THE PARISH NEWS February, 2016

    This year, Valentines Day falls on a Sun-day. We usually think of Valentines Day as a romantic day, a day to give cards or gifts to someone we love. As with most events there is more to the story than that. According to one source (on the internet, of course), one legend contends that Val-entine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made

    better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentines actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. We can certainly make a connection of Valentines Day to Gods love for us and for all people. Jesus says, 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to con-demn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17). Think of the love that God has for us that He would be willing to go that far, to give His only Son, in order that we have life through faith in Him. That kind of love has power: power to draw us to Him and bind us to Him. That kind of love has power to keep us in a relationship with Him. Jesus is Gods gift of love to the world. There is another verse which shows the power of Gods love. This one comes from Romans 8:37-39. 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rul-ers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. We thank God for the gift of His love in Jesus Christ! See you at worship!

    Pastor Erik Johnson

  • McLean Family Resource Center

    Food Pantry Needs

    Please check expiration dates on donated items.

    The general rule would be to donate items that will

    Expire in 2017, 2018, or beyond.

    Cash donations always accepted to assist in filling the

    freezer with meats and any other needs!

    Canned Vegetables

    Boxed potatoes

    Chili Beans

    Kidney Beans



    Hamburger Helper


    Tomato sauce/paste

    Spaghetti Sauce

    Spaghetti Noodles



    Hot Chocolate

    Baked Beans

    Canned Fruit


    Mac & Cheese

    Raviolis/Spaghetti Os

    Oatmeal (packets too)

    Crackers: Cheez Its Chicken In A Biskits

    Snacks: Oreos, licorice, popcorn Granola Bars

    Pop Tarts



    Tuna Helper

    Chicken Helper



    Pancake Mix


    Canned Meat

    Pork n Beans






    Facial Tissues

    Toilet Paper

    Laundry Detergent


    There will be a food drive for the benefit of the McLean Family Resource Center from February 7th until February 22nd. The food drive will be used to fulfill the requirements of the

    Community Stewards Program sponsored by the North Dakota Farmers Union. If the food drive is a success, the Farmers Union will donate $500.00 to the McLean Family Resource Center.

    Below is a list of items they are in need of:

  • January 7, 2016

    President Wade Boeshans called the meeting to order.

    Members Present: Pastor Erik Johnson, Wade Boeshans, Clark Pochant, Brent Peterson, Duane Knell, Maybell Job, Alyson Teigen, Stacey Scheresky, Suzanne Swanson and Sue Winter.

    Pastor Erik led in devotions reading from Psalms.

    Wade thanked outgoing council members Duane Knell, Sue Winter and Stacey Scheresky.

    Duane/Sue motioned to approve the December minutes. Motion approved.


    Sue/Clark motioned to approve the treasurers report. Motion carried. The balance of accounts as of December 31, 2015 is as follows:

    Checking 21,467.26 Building 27,592.76 Cemetery 1,052.40 Interest 1,263.31 Music 0 Parking Lot 25,352.76 Worship 7,404.56 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney 11,992.40 TOTAL ASSESTS $96,125.45 PASTORS REPORT

    Hospital Visits: 1

    Home Visits: 4

    Nursing Home visits: 5

    Other Events: Wedding - Dallas Miller & Meagan Voigt, December 19, 2015

    Pastor plans to attend the following:

    February 8-9 in Minneapolis, MN Augustana District Conference

    May 16-20 in Atlanta Preaching Conference

    August 9-12 in California NALC Annual Gathering

    Pastor and Kathryn are thinking of taking the week of January 24th off

    Pastor discussed Lent services

    February 10th is Ash Wednesday

    We have watched videos the last few years. Pastor asked if we could possi-bly do a round robin this year. Council agreed.

    Pastor thanked outgoing council members Duane Knell, Sue Winter and Stacey Scheresky


    No report at this time. WORSHIP Suzanne Swanson

    No report at this time. EDUCATION Stacey Scheresky

    No report at this time. EVANGELISM Maybell Job

    Committee plans to serve the Lent meal on March 2nd

    PROPERTY Clark Pochant

    C&H Glass invoice arrived in the amount of $377.50

    Clark gave Pastor color samples for the new parsonage roof

    Old Business

    NALC Bylaw changes Wade will get together and follow up with Pastor on this

    Raise the Roof fundraiser Alyson went over the fundraiser and will present it at the Annual Meeting on January 17

    Discussion on locking of the church. Duane mentioned he would like the basement doors locked. The council agreed on the following door procedure: the basement back door will always be locked. Handicapped door will be open while Pastor or Jeannette are at the church. All basement doors will be locked if they are gone. It was noted the motion light on the back side needs to be checked

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  • New Business

    MDU letter Clark will look into this further TRANSFER REQUESTS Transfer In: none Transfer Out: none Wade went over the Presidents report with the council. Next meeting will be held February 22, 2016 at

    7:00 p.m. Clark/Maybell motioned to adjourn. Motioned car-ried. President Wade adjourned the meeting. Meeting closed with the Lords Prayer. Alyson Teigen Secretary

    (Continued from previous page)

    President Wade Boeshans called the meeting to order. After confirming the 45 registered vot-ing members present met the quorum require-ments, opening devotions were led by Pastor Erik.

    George Swanson/Sue Winter motioned to ap-prove the 2015 minutes. Motion carried.


    See Annual Report

    Pastor Erik thanked Kathryn Johnson, Jean-nette Rost, the council and committees, the outgoing council members and Laura Gardner for all of their support and work.


    See Annual Report

    Duane thanked counters and Jeannette Rost.

    Arden Wagner representing the Financial Com-pliance Review Committee said the books had been checked and everything is in excellent shape.

    Sue Winter/Maybell Job motioned to approve the Treasurers report. Motion carried.


    See Annual Report

    Wade thanked the congregation and council members with a special thanks to the outgoing council members for all of their time and ef-forts.

    STEWARDSHIP Sue Winter

    See Annual Report

    Thanked the congregation. WORSHIP Suzanne Swanson

    See Annual Report

    Thanked the council members, Jeannette Rost and music department.

    EDUCATION Stacey Scheresky

    See Annual Report

    Thanked congregation and council. EVANGELISM Maybell Job

    See Annual Report

    Thanked the congregation and council. PROPERTY Wade Boeshans

    See Annual Report Old Business

    None New Business



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