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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 Fourteenth 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).

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.

Memorial for Jared: On Sunday, September 29, we have our memorial service for Jared on during a single service at 10:00AM. Before then, we would like you to share memories of Jared with the rest of the congregation! Please write down memories, or bring in pictures that can be displayed during the memorial service.

LWR School Kits: For the last six weeks we have been collecting school supplies, and today the Lutheran World Relief School Kits that we have assembled will be blessed. With joy we announce that we have surpassed our goal of 150 kits and will be sending 215 School Kits to the LWR warehouse in St. Paul, Minnesota! From there they will be shipped around the world to wherever they are most needed. Thanks to the many people who either sponsored school kits or purchased school supplies for the kits and to our Sunday school children who helped to assemble them. Also, a special thank you to Pat Hendrickson, who participated in this project with her Iowa congregation for many years and brought this outreach to us at FLC.

FLC BOOK GROUP’s September selection is Cork Boat by John Pollack. We will meet for discussion and fellowship on Thursday, September 19, 7:00PM in the Community Room of Susan White’s condo. Kara Oien will host. All are welcome!

Save the Date: Pastor Kurt’s installation will be held on Sunday, October 20, at 2:00PM here at First Lutheran Church. Bishop Andy Taylor will preside over the service.

Reaching Pastor Kurt: Pastor Kurt’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 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

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