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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 Epiphany/Reconciling in Christ 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 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.

Every year, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation invites us to join with other sister congregations to celebrate Reconciling in Christ Sunday, the last Sunday of January. This Sunday is recognized ecumenically throughout the welcoming church movement. For faith communities that have made a public stand in welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, this Sunday is set aside to highlight our shared ministry of hospitality and reconciliation.

It’s Living Lutheran Renewal Time. Stay abreast of the latest news, regional and global mission stories, spiritual reflections, and resources from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The monthly magazine is an excellent means to obtain information on our shared ministry in the ELCA. Sources indicated that First Lutheran Church of San Diego may be featured in an upcoming issue! The cost of the yearly subscription is $15.00. If you wish to subscribe, resubscribe, or support this ministry, please place funds marked “Living Lutheran” in an offering envelope.

Save your blood! The First Lutheran Church blood drive has been postponed until Saturday, Feb 22, from 10:30 to 4:00PM. Please plan to participate—stay healthy! Got questions? Contact Sylvia Herman.

We have an exciting opportunity to hear and speak with four of the City’s mayoral candidates between services each Sunday in February. Invite your friends to make this event an informative dialogue within our congregation and as outreach to the community at large. Flyers with the schedule are available at the church. Questions? Want to help with one or more of these dates? We need greeters, set-up people, and refreshments. Contact Colleen Howard.

Eat and Talk: Don’t forget Lunch Bunch meets next month, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 12:30PM at the Chicken Pie Shop on El Cajon in North Park. It’s fun talk and ole-timey food in an old-fashion place. Reservations by February 2 with Billie Thompson.

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.

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: 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 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.

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 Epiphany: Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12

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