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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 Third Sunday after Pentecost. 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).

Cuba and US: We will have a 10:10 presentation and discussion today on the current relations between Cuba and the USA. Bill and Martha Radatz returned from a visit to Cuba in May—just before President Trump put new restrictions on such travel—and will show some photos from that trip and share some thoughts and learnings about this neighboring nation.

San Diego Pride Parade: This year First Lutheran celebrates 30 years of being a welcoming RIC congregation as Pride commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. The parade is Saturday, July 13. There will be a 10:10 next Sunday, July 7, on the Pride Parade. Anyone planning to march should attend. The kiosk has a sign-up sheet for marchers and shuttle rides to the parade, as well as info on a reception following the parade. Pride t-shirts are on sale between services for $10.00 each. Questions? Contact a member of the Pride Committee: Frank DeLouise, Debby Hays, Sylvia Herman, Carol McGrath, or Susan White.

There will be a crypt-side service for Kay Helling on Wednesday, July 3, at 10AM at the Greenwood Cemetery (4300 Imperial Ave., San Diego).

The church office will be closed July 4-5. We wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day!

Our Sunday school year came to a close at the end of May. A big thank you to all our teachers and assistants. Sunday school will resume in September. Enjoy the summer!

Meet & Greet: There will be a Meet & Greet with the pastoral candidate on Sunday, July 14. Refreshments begin at 3:30PM, meet the candidate 4:00-5:00PM, followed immediately by a Special Congregation Meeting to vote. The Church Council and Call Committee strongly encourage you to attend both the Meet & Greet and the Special Congregation Meeting. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, July 10. You may either sign up on the RSVP sheet in the lounge or contact the church office.

There is roadwork being done downtown. Bike lanes are being added to many streets, lanes narrowed, parking spaces moved. In addition, traffic is being slowed and/or redirected to accommodate construction. Please be aware of these construction zones when you come downtown. 

Reaching Pastor Rich: Pastor Rich’s email address is, and his First Lutheran cell phone is 619-990-4589.

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.

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, 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 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-9; Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

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