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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 of Easter. 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 Pastor Rich Ajer as our new bridge pastor. Pastor Ajer’s email address will be, and he will have the same church cell phone number that Pastor Darryl used, 619-990-4589.

A BIG Thank You to Our Pastors: After Pastor Darryl left on March 24, several of the pastors in our congregation (as well as Pr. Karen Marohn of St. Peter’s by the Sea) stepped in to provide pastoral support to members of First Lutheran. They (and, of course, Jared!) made Lent a meaningful experience for our congregation, whether by leading services, leading classes, providing communion, or providing other pastoral support. A heartfelt thanks to Pr. Bill Bengtson, Pr. John Davis, Pr. Richard Elliott, Pr. Jim Friedrich, Pr. Karen Marohn, and Pr. Bill Radatz for providing First Lutheran the spiritual continuity of Lent while we were between pastors!

Rev. Bill Bengtson, one of our retired Pastor members, has offered to visit and take communion to any of our members who are not able to get to church. If you know of a need or have any questions, you can contact him.

“For the Beauty of the Earth” is the theme for the next all-congregational arts exhibit. You are encouraged to contribute an original work expressing the beauty of God’s creation through the arts: music, writing, sculpture, mixed media, painting, drawing, fiber, et cetera. Those interested in contributing written or musical work please contact Nancy Eckert for more details. Deadlines: Participation forms are on the table in the lobby. Submit your name, name of the work, medium, and approximate dimensions by May 26. Have the work ready for presentation and at church by Wednesday, May 29. For more information and/or to participate please call Nancy Eckert.

FLC Book Group: Our May selection is Still Life by Louise Penny. Please join us for fellowship and discussion of Still Life on Thursday, May 16, 7PM at the home of Chuck Leib. All are welcome to attend!

Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark: Continuing this week, 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.

Pastor Darryl’s Installation: Pastor Darryl will be officially installed as the pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Corona on Sunday, June 2 at 3:00PM.

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 for most positions 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 first, 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 of Easter: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30

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