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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 Baptism of Our Lord Sunday. 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 meets during the 11:00 service. Ages 4-8 will meet in the Lounge, and ages 9-12 will meet in the Library. Children will rejoin the worshipping congregation at the Passing of the Peace. New teachers and assistants are always appreciated! Please contact Martha Radatz or Marie Ruth if you are interested in getting involved.

Reminder: if you have not returned your financial pledge card for 2019, please do so. Thus far we have received 78 pledges for a total of $221,070.00. 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.

Annual Congregational Meeting Part II: The congregation will hold the second part of its annual meeting on Sunday, January 20 between worship services. Congregation leaders will present a written, annual report for 2018 at that meeting. Copies of the annual report are available in the narthex.

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.

FLC Book Group: January selection is Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt. Is your New Year’s Resolution to read more and/or become more involved in the life of our congregation? We’ve got you covered! Start the year off right by joining us for lively discussion and warm fellowship on Thursday, January 17, 7:00PM at the home of Pat Hendrickson.

Living Lutheran Magazine Renewal Time: Social media immediately connects people, but the print media connects thoughts and ideas. Living Lutheran magazine is an excellent means to receive information on our shared mission and ministry with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Now is the time to renew or obtain a subscription to Living Lutheran for 2019. The cost for a yearly subscription is $15. This special rate covers the cost of the magazine and helps support subscriptions to our shut-in members. If you wish to re-subscribe, newly subscribe, or support this ministry, please place a check for $15 in an envelope payable to First Lutheran Church noting “Living Lutheran” in the memo line.

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 for most positions 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 first, speak to Marjorie Wahlsten or contact the church office.

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 after Epiphany: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

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