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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 Seventeenth 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.

Survivors of Torture International Tour: A group from First Lutheran will be visiting the office of Survivors of Torture International, a non-profit organization here in Old Town that our church has supported, for a one-hour tour and information about their program and the people they serve, on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 5:30PM. If you are interested in joining us, please email Bill Radatz to register and receive directions.

FLC Book Group will meet Thursday October 17, 7:00PM for fellowship and to discuss our October selection, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gayle Honeyman. We will meet in the Community Room of Susan White’s condo, and all are welcome. Mary Claire is hosting.

Lunch Bunch: Yes, we met again last Tuesday and barely had time to eat, because of so much to be talked over. We especially heard about British hiking and Serengeti bouncing. Wonderful talk. Be sure to put Lunch Bunch on your calendar for next month, Tuesday, November 5. For questions, contact Billie.

Save the Date: Pastor Kurt’s installation will be held on Sunday, October 20, at 2:00PM here at First Lutheran Church. Bishop Andy Taylor will preside over the service.

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.

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.

Email Prayer Chain: In an effort to focus our prayers, we have begun 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.

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 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, 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 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c; Psalm 111; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19

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