Announcements | 5/23/21

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The Big 3

#1) Back to Normal—June 13th

Last Thursday, our church elders set a new target date for fully returning to normal:  June 13, 2021.  Getting back to normal includes returning to one Sunday morning worship service. 
Beginning June 13, our Sunday morning schedule will be:
9:00 Sunday Morning Worship
10:30 Sunday School 
We added our second worship service on June 28, 2020 to allow more people to attend with better physical distancing.  It has always been our goal to return to one service and we believe the time is right.  The local outlook is very good.  Case numbers are continuing to drop rapidly, and vaccines have been available for those 16 and older since April 5.
Our message and prayer throughout this time has been that our church would be unified.  That continues today.  As Paul wrote,
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit . . . but in humility count others more significant than yourselves . . . Let each of you look not only to his own interests . . . but also to the interests of others. (Phil 2:3-4)

#2) Summer Sunday School—Starts June 6th

Family Sunday School Class: This is a class for anyone from first grade through the most elderly among us. Families will learn together while also connecting with the rest of this family of disciples. We will walk through the first twelve questions of the “New City Catechism”, which focuses on God, Creation & Fall, and the 10 Commandments. Our time together should also help parents continue discipling their families in these truths throughout the rest of the week. Contact Pastor Dan with any questions.-Dan
Knowing God: “Love the Lord your God with all our heart…soul…mind, and…strength.”  (Mk. 12:30) This commandment assumes we need to know God.  It also implicitly asks us if we want to know God more deeply and intimately.  Do we know him like we think we do?  Like we want to?  Come and explore with us God’s attributes, and let our doctrine turn into doxology!

#3) Coffee Volunteers Needed

To have coffee available on Sunday mornings beginning June 13, we need to add volunteers to our coffee team rotation.  This is a great way to serve, and we plan to have training on June 19. Please contact Ellie at or call her at (605) 338-2077 to sign up.

Weekly Outlook

Sunday, May 23
9:00 am       Sunday Worship | In person or live stream
10:30 am     Sunday Worship | In person only
10:30 am     Sunday School | at FEFC
6:00 pm       Sunday Evening Worship | Fellowship Hall
Monday, May 24
6:30 am       Men’s Discipleship | at Bagel Boy on Minnesota Ave.
Tuesday, May 25
6:30 am       Corporate Prayer | at FEFC
Wednesday, May 26
12:00 pm      Men’s Discipleship | at FEFC
6:30 pm        Adult Bible Study | at FEFC
Thursday, May 27
6:15 am       Men’s Discipleship | at FEFC
9:00 am       Women’s Ministry Summer Bible Study | at FEFC
Saturday, May 29
7:00 am        Men’s Discipleship | Josiah’s Coffeehouse
Sunday, May 30
9:00 am       Communion Sunday Worship | In person or live stream
10:30 am     Communion Sunday Worship | In person only
10:30 am     Sunday School | at FEFC
10:30 am     Youth Group Parent Meeting | In the Youth Room
6:00 pm       Sunday Evening Worship | Fellowship Hall

First Free 411

Summer Monday Men’s Book Study

Beginning on Jun 7th, a group of men will be meeting at Bagel Boy on Minnesota Ave from 6:30 to 7:30am each Monday morning. Together we will read and discuss the book “J-Curve: Dying & Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life” by Paul E. Miller. Hard copies of the book are available for $15 from the church office. Contact Pastor Dan ( ) with any questions.
Thanks, Dan

Reading Challenge

There is a Summer Reading Challenge this year with Beginner, Junior, and Senior divisions. The Challenge will be from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. Packets can be picked up in the library starting  today. Reading can be started, and pages can start being counted on Sunday, May 30th. For adults who would like to participate with their children, see one of the librarians for a packet. All packets need to be returned to the church on September 5th.

Lost and Found

Please check for Lost and Found Items outside of the Fellowship Hall on Sunday. Please pick up any lost or forgotten items!

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