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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-First 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 meets during the 11:00 service. Ages 4-8 will meet in the Lounge, and ages 9-12 will meet in the Library. Children will rejoin the worshipping congregation at the Passing of the Peace. New teachers and assistants are always appreciated! Please contact Martha Radatz or Marie Ruth if you are interested in getting involved.

Today we welcome the Rev. Dave Nagler of Christ Lutheran Church (Pacific Beach) as guest presider and preacher. He and Pastor Darryl are doing a pulpit exchange this week. Pastor Darryl will return next Sunday.

Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark: Continuing today, Dr. Matt Eckert will lead a study on the Gospel of Saint Mark. The Bible study will meet in the Chapel on Sundays from 10:20 to 10:55AM.

Ray Young Memorial: During the 11:00AM worship service on All Saints’ Sunday, November 4, we will set aside time to pay our respects and remember our dear friend Ray Young, who died August 29. He only has one surviving family member, who lives in Canada. She is not able to be here, but as a congregation, we wanted to make sure to commend Ray to the eternal love of God’s Nearer Presence. And All Saints’ Sunday seemed the most appropriate time.

The FLC Book Group’s October selection is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. A time of discussion and fellowship will be held on Thursday, October 18, at the Community Room of Susan White’s condo, hosted by Susan and Sherri Bengston. All are welcome!

Pastor Edwin Wagner preached his very first sermon as our founding pastor on October 21, 1888. This October 21—exactly 130 years to the day—we want to celebrate this occasion! On October 21, 2018, we will gather as a family of faith for one service at 10:00AM. Members of our congregation who are clergy are invited to “vest and process” and join us that morning for worship. There will also be Sunday school classes for the kids. In addition, TACO wants to express thanks and gratitude to First for its longtime and continuing support by celebrating our second annual “First Lutheran Appreciation Sunday.” Following the service will be a time of food and fellowship. TACO chef Marguerite will be making a delicious entree for our fellowship brunch, and a committee of our own “chefs” from First and TACO will round off the menu. So we can best prepare for the day, the fellowship, and the food, please RSVP to Hannah (, write your name on the “October 21 Celebration” sign-up sheet in the Narthex, or call the church office.

First Lutheran will host a screening and discussion of the movie Before the Flood, about climate change on Friday, October 26, at 7:00 PM, in the lounge. It is free, and will even have some movie/Halloween snacks. Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

On Saturday, October 27, Pastor Darryl would like to meet with all the assisting ministers and lectors for a review of these important worship roles. He will meet with the Assisting Ministers 1:00-2:00PM, then with the lectors 2:15-3:00PM on the same day. He hopes to meet with as many as are able to attend this session. If you have any questions or aren’t able to be there, please email Pastor Darryl ( If you have considered serving one or both of these roles, you’re encouraged to attend this review.

The Fair Trade Fair needs help this year if it is going to get off the ground! We need 2-3 individuals to take leadership roles. You’ll have mentoring! Contact Martha Radatz for more information.

Readings for next Sunday, the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost: Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

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