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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 Twenty-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).

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.

Thank you to those that have already returned your ‘Estimate of Giving’ cards. For those who have yet to complete this task, it would be a blessing to have your cards returned, so that we may be assured our mission work can continue. You can place them into the offering plate Sunday, leave them in the office, or mail them to church.

It’s Coming! Save the Date! Annual Fair Trade Alternative Gift Fair on Sunday, December 1, 10:00AM-12:30PM

Pie-luck: Next Sunday, November 24 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving), Pastor Kurt will host a “Pie-luck” 10:10. Please bring a pie to share, or at least the desire to consume a slice. If you can’t bring pie, don’t despair—come anyway and bring a smile. Together we’ll share the power of gratitude and exchange some stories of thanksgiving and blessing. 

FLC Book Group meets Thursday, November 21, 7:00PM at the home of Jessica Friedrich, to discuss this month’s selection, Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. Please join us, all are welcome!

Do you have a need to play in the dirt? Come help move dirt from the lift pit dirt pile to the planters around the patio that have settled. This will take place in a few weeks. We can also use shovels if you have them. If you have an interest, please call, text, or email Kathryn Kanaan. Don’t make her do it alone—it’ll be fun!

Reaching Pastor Kurt: Pastor Kurt’s email address is To reach him by phone, call the church office number (619-234-6149) and press 2.

Mission Opportunities:

  1. Christian Education for Grown-up Disciples (10:10s): Pastor Kurt is looking to partner with several others to curate topics, speakers, and Theological Education for Disciple (TED) Talks for Sunday mornings and other times. If you are interested in fostering Sunday morning learning opportunities please speak directly with him.
  2. Sound Reinforcement: Pastor Kurt is looking for three or four persons who are willing to learn the basics of sound reinforcement and how to run our sound system so that adjustments can be made, as necessary, during worship and other events. This is really about learning the basics, mostly volume, and occasionally setting the tone.
  3. Sunday Morning Prayer Ministry: Prayer is one of the basic skills for a disciple of Jesus. Pastor Kurt is looking to partner with two persons who have a passion for prayer and who have the capacity to help organize others for prayer. Together we will be establishing a Sunday Morning Prayer Ministry. Please contact Pastor directly about details.

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.

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, Christ the King Sunday: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 46; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

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