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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 Twelfth 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).

Our Sunday school year came to a close at the end of May. Please enjoy Pastor Darryl’s children’s sermons during the 11:00 service this summer. Classes will resume in September.

Our guest preacher today is Andrew G. Steele. Andrew serves as the Director for ELCA Global Church Sponsorship, and he will be sharing stories from ELCA Global Mission. Andrew served as an ELCA Young Adult in Global Mission volunteer in South Africa in 2010-2011, and is excited to share how God is working through our church around the world. He will host a 10:10 today, as well as lunch for anyone interested in learning more—his treat!

New Member Class: Pastor Darryl will be leading a new members’ class on the following Sundays: August 5, 12, and 19. Classes will be held in the Chapel from 12:30-1:30PM. The new members will officially join on Sunday, August 26. Please note that attendance at each class is required. If you have any questions, or wish to enroll in the classes, please contact Pastor Darryl. You may reach him at Or you may call him at the church office at 619-234-6149 or text/call Pastor’s cell at 619-990-4589. Blessings to you as you pray about becoming a member of First Lutheran Church!

FLC Book Group’s August selection is Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Join us for discussion and fellowship at the home of Jessica Friedrich on Thursday, August 16, 7:00PM.

Summer Gospel Choir: The Summer Gospel Choir will sing at the only service on August 19. There will be a rehearsal on August 16 (Thursday), at 6:00PM here at the church. All are welcome to come and join the choir!

Reminder: There will be only one service next Sunday, August 19, at 10:00AM. The America’s Finest City half-marathon will be held, causing road closures and delays. The service will be followed by a meeting with Pastor Terry Tuvey Allen to discuss the Call process moving forward. After the meeting, we will join as the First family of faith for a buffet lunch.

Saturday, August 25, at 6:10PM is Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium. Preferred Reserve Seats are $33 and Infield Reserve Seats are $39. Lutheran Night is presented by the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the Southwest California and Pacifica Synods of the ELCA. A portion of proceeds from each ticket sale will go to support Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. Bishop Andy Taylor encourages you to spread the word!  He does not want to be the only one rooting for the Padres at Dodger Stadium. To purchase individual tickets, go to For groups of 20 or more, contact Britni Howze at or 323-224-1304. For more information, visit Don’t let your bishop shoulder the responsibility of cheering for the Padres alone!!

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 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:9-14; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

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