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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).

Sunday school for children ages 5-12 meets in the Library during the 11:00 service. Children (and teachers!) will rejoin the worshipping congregation at the Passing of the Peace. New teachers and assistants are always appreciated! If you feel called to serve in this way, please contact the church office or Martha Radatz.

 Happening Today! Annual Fair Trade Alternative Gift Fair 10:00AM-12:30PM

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 our table or contact Mary Krueger for more information.

Congregation Meeting: Congregation Meeting Part I is scheduled for Sunday, December 8 between services. Topics will include an amendment to our Constitution, election of new Council members, and approval of the 2020 budget. Please put it on your calendar.

Don’t Miss Out: Today is the last day to make a reservation for Lunch Bunch, this Tuesday at 12:30 in Great Maple restaurant in Hillcrest. Come have some fun. Reserve your spot with Billie.

Thank you to those that have already returned your ‘Estimate of Giving’ cards. For those who have yet to complete this task, it would be a blessing to have your cards returned, so that we may be assured our mission work can continue. You can place them into the offering plate Sunday, leave them in the office, or mail them to church.

Calling all FLC Children! The Children’s Christmas Pageant will be on Sunday, December 15 during the 11:00AM service. Once again Joe Slevcove will be the coordinator. All children are welcome & encouraged to participate. Parents, please make note of these important dates: December 1: meet in library at 11:00 during regular Sunday School time to get role assignment and costumes. December 8: rehearsal during Sunday School time at 11:00, in the library. December 15: rehearsal between services in the sanctuary. Pageant at 11:00 service.

Help Us Give to Others for Christmas: For all those for whom there is no room at the inn, we are purchasing 200 gifts for our guests to be given out just before Christmas! Each gift costs $25. Checks can be made out to TACO or given online at And mark your calendars for Saturday December 14, 9AM, to come help us wrap these gifts and enjoy some food and fellowship. These wrapped gifts become the manger for our pageant Nativity.

Art Exhibit at University of San Diego: Christ: Life, Death, and Resurrection includes over 40 original drawings and prints by Italian Renaissance artists—including Michelangelo, Fra Lippo Lippi, and others—from the renowned collection of The British Museum. For more information, go to

Mission Opportunities:

  1. Christian Education for Grown-up Disciples (10:10s): Pastor Kurt is looking to partner with several others to curate topics, speakers, and Theological Education for Disciple (TED) Talks for Sunday mornings and other times. If you are interested in fostering Sunday morning learning opportunities please speak directly with him.
  2. Sound Reinforcement: Pastor Kurt is looking for three or four persons who are willing to learn the basics of sound reinforcement and how to run our sound system so that adjustments can be made, as necessary, during worship and other events. This is really about learning the basics, mostly volume, and occasionally setting the tone.
  3. Sunday Morning Prayer Ministry: Prayer is one of the basic skills for a disciple of Jesus. Pastor Kurt is looking to partner with two persons who have a passion for prayer and who have the capacity to help organize others for prayer. Together we will be establishing a Sunday Morning Prayer Ministry. Please contact Pastor directly about details.

Reaching Pastor Kurt: Pastor Kurt’s email address is To reach him by phone, call the church office number (619-234-6149) and press 2.

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.

Worship Assistants: You can still sign up to assist in any position! We always need worship assistants, especially at the 11:00 service. There are sign-up sheets in the lounge near the name tags. If you aren’t willing to commit to being regularly scheduled, but are willing to fill in as needed, or even just try it out, contact the church office.

Email Prayer Chain: In an effort to focus our prayers, we have begun an email prayer chain. The email address for the prayer chain is We will ask the specific reason for the prayer or thanksgiving and will ask that a monthly update be sent to the church office for distribution. If you are submitting someone else’s name, please be sure to get their consent first. All names will be removed from the list after 30 days, unless they are resubmitted. If you would like to be a member of the prayer chain, please submit your name and email address to the church office.

Jared Jacobsen Memorial Fund: We have created a Jared Jacobsen Memorial Fund. Money donated to this fund will be used for the music program here at First Lutheran, especially repairs to the organ and piano.

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.

Advent & Christmas 2019 Schedule:

December 1:

First Sunday of Advent

9:00 & 11:00AM Holy Eucharist

10:00-12:30PM Fair Trade Fair

December 8:

Second Sunday of Advent

9:00 & 11:00AM Holy Eucharist

10:10AM Congregational Meeting Part I

December 15:

Third Sunday of Advent

9:00AM Holy Eucharist; performance by San Diego Street Choir

11:00AM Holy Eucharist & Children’s Christmas Pageant

December 22:

Fourth Sunday of Advent

9:00 & 11:00AM Holy Eucharist

December 24:

Christmas Eve

4:00PM German Service

7:30PM Christmas Eve Festival Candlelight Service

December 29:

First Sunday of Christmas

10:00AM Holy Eucharist

11:30AM Holiday Potluck Brunch

Readings for next Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

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