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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 in Lent. 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).

Pastor Darryl’s Farewell: Today is Pastor Darryl’s last day with us. Following the service will be a luncheon to bid him farewell. All are welcome to join us.

Sunday school: 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.

2019 Wednesday Lenten Schedule: The Spirit Walks and Yoga class begin at 4:30PM. We will have a soup and salad supper beginning at 5:45PM. The Holden Village Evening Prayer service will begin at 6:30PM, followed by our Lenten classes. Sign-up sheets for the meals are in the narthex.

Lenten Giving Project: Thanks to your generosity, the family we are raising legal fees for have made it into the Mediterranean Sea! As of March 17, the total amount given is $1,460. We’re working to bring them all the way to San Diego and need to reach our goal of $7,000 to make that happen (14,000 miles from Eritrea X $.50 per mile = $7,000). An easy way to contribute is on our website, Click “Give” at the top of the page, select “Lenten Giving” as the fund and fill in the information. If you have any questions on this project, please contact Marjorie Wahlsten or Susan White.

2019 Synod Assembly: We are looking for 2 volunteers to represent First Lutheran Church at the 2019 Pacifica Synod Assembly. Information about the Assembly is posted on the kiosk in the lounge.

Outerwear and Other Clothing Needed! In the Holy Week narratives of Saints Matthew, Mark, and Luke, all three writers note that during Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the crowd spread their cloaks on the road in front of him in addition to their palm branches. For the past several years here at First Lutheran, we have been calling this to mind as we have “spread our cloaks” along the main aisle to our altar on Palm Sunday. Again this year, we are asking you to consider gathering and bringing new or gently used and cleaned cold-weather wear—coats, jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, scarves, gloves, etc.—on or before our worship on April 14th. They will be shared with our patio parishioners during the ensuing weeks. New underwear and socks will also be most welcome! Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark: Continuing next 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.

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 in Lent: Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

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