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First Lutheran Church of San Diego welcomes you to receive Communion regardless of denominational affiliation or church membership. All our communion tables are open, in the sanctuary and on our patio, on Mondays and Fridays where hundreds come to receive their daily bread. Restrooms are available as you leave the sanctuary to the right. There is a nursery for little ones throughout the morning (see an usher for directions).


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First Lutheran celebrates your presence with us on this First Sunday of Advent. If you are looking for a church home, we would love for you to join our church family. You are welcome to receive Holy Communion regardless of denominational affiliation or church membership: all our tables are open, here in the sanctuary and on our patio where hungry people receive their daily bread on Mondays and Fridays. There is a nursery for little ones throughout the morning (see an usher for directions).

Reminder: if you have not returned your financial pledge card for 2019, please do so. Our goal is that 100% of our membership pledges for the coming year. Thus far we have received 69 pledges for a total of $206,230.00. Every pledge helps us plan our congregational budget for ministry. Bring your completed pledge card to church this week and place it in the weekly collection. Additional pledge cards are available in the narthex. Thank you to all who have returned their pledge cards.

Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark: Continuing today, Dr. Matt Eckert will lead a study on the Gospel of Saint Mark. The Bible study will meet in the Chapel on Sundays from 10:20 to 10:55AM.

Fair Trade Alternative Gift Fair: Today, 10:00AM – 12:30PM. Browse fairly traded food and gift items. Sample fair trade coffees and food. Sales benefit Lutheran World Relief and other service organizations.

Annual Congregational Meeting Part I: The Annual Congregational Meeting Part I will be held between the services on December 9 (10:10AM). At this meeting, we will approve the 2019 budget and elect the church council.
Welcome the Babe:
During the Fair Trade Alternative Gift Fair today please stop by the Lutheran World Relief table. FLC is sponsoring Baby Care Kits again this year in hopes that we can assemble 50 kits to be sent to new mothers in need. You can sponsor entire kits, share sponsorship with others, bring individual clothing contributions, or do the shopping yourself or as a family event. Please stop by the LWR table today or contact Mary Krueger for more information.

Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant: Our annual Children’s Christmas Pageant will take place on Dec 16 during the 11:00AM service. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. We’ll be preparing during Sunday school on December 2 and December 9. Please direct any questions to Joe Slevcove, Martha Radatz, or Marie Ruth.

Attention all parents who would like their children to participate in the Annual Christmas Pageant on December 16: Please plan to attend the rehearsal and costume distribution on Sunday, December 9 between services. Sunday school will conclude with the pageant on December 16, and will resume January 6. For further information, please contact Joe Slevcove, Marie Ruth, or Martha Radatz.

On Sunday, December 16, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will hold a German Christmas Carol Service at 3:00PM. St. Luke’s is located at 5150 Wilson Street in La Mesa. Following the service will be light refreshments. All are invited to attend!

Nursery Attendants: We require that there always be at least 2 adults with the children, and are asking the congregation (especially those with the small children) to sign up to fill the second position every week. Please sign up on the sheet near the name tags.

First Lutheran Church has an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can be debited automatically from your checking or savings account, or put on a credit card. The program is called Vanco Give+. You can sign up for it through the “Give” section of the First Lutheran Church website ( You can schedule a single payment or a recurring payment, using either your bank account or a credit card. Those who are already paying through Vanco can use their email addresses to access their accounts and make any changes or updates as needed.

Readings for next Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

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