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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 in Lent. 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).

Our guest preacher today is Bishop Guy Erwin. Bishop Erwin has been the bishop of the ELCA’s Southwest California Synod since 2013. We are delighted to have Bishop Erwin preaching here with us this morning.

2018 Lenten Devotional: Copies of the devotional have been mailed out to everyone on the First Lutheran mailing list, and copies are available in the narthex.

2018 Lenten Schedule: As part of our Wednesday Lenten services, we will have a soup and salad supper beginning at 5:45PM. The Holden Village Evening Prayer service will begin at 6:30PM, followed by our Lenten classes. The Spirit Walks and Yoga class begin at 4:30PM. If you would like to participate in any of the mid-week activities taking place during Lent, please fill out the bulletin insert and either put it in the offering plate or turn it in to the office. Sign-up sheets for the meals are in the narthex.

Spirit Walks, Wednesdays in Lent, 4:30-5:30PM. A 2-mile 1-hour brisk walk through downtown San Diego. Each Wednesday in Lent, we will walk through different parts of our downtown community in search of public art and sculptures that reveal the character of our church’s neighborhood. We leave the church promptly at 4:30, rain (bring an umbrella) or shine.

Sunday school meets during the 11:00 service. Ages 4-7 (3-yr-old with a parent) will meet in the Lounge and ages 8-12 will meet in the Library. Children will rejoin the worshipping congregation at the Passing of the Peace.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game… Out at the Park is back! On Friday, April 27, beginning at 7:10PM, join with others in the San Diego LGBT community and your friends from First Lutheran as the Padres take on the Mets. Out at the Park tickets are $25, and include a seat in the Out at the Park section, a commemorative Padres hat, $5 donation to San Diego Pride, and access to the pre-game VIP space in Park at the Park (beginning at 4:30PM). There are a limited number of tickets, so don’t delay! Contact Chuck Leib for tickets.

Worship Assistants: We need ushers, greeters, and altar guild members, especially for the 11:00 service. The jobs are very easy, and instructions are available if you are interested. Please see Ladonna Piper or Hannah DeMers.

Our email Prayer Chain is up and running! In an effort to focus our prayers, we have begun an email prayer chain. You may sign up near the name tags with your name and email address. 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 Pastor Darryl for distribution. All names will be removed from the list after 30 days, unless they are resubmitted to Pastor Darryl.

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 newly redone 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.

 The Living Lutheran magazine provides the latest news, regional and global mission stories, spiritual reflections and resources from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The cost of a yearly subscription is $15. If you wish to re-subscribe, newly subscribe, or support this ministry, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex and place a check for $15 in 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.

Readings for next Sunday, Second Sunday in Lent: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

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