Announcements | 5/30/21

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The Big 3

#1) Back to Normal—June 13th

Recently, 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

Ages 2-5 Summer Sunday School Classes

This summer we will continue to offer Sunday school for children ages 2-5 in the Children’s Church room. This is in addition to Children’s Church during the first service. If you have children who were in Kindergarten or above this last year, we encourage you to attend Pastor Dan’s Family Sunday School Class.

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. We are meeting downstairs in the youth room.

Knowing God—Adult Sunday School Class

“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! We are meeting in the Fellowship Hall.

#3) Kids Bike Rodeo & Races: Volunteers Needed

We need your help! Next Saturday, June 5th, we’ll turn our back lawn into a racetrack and our parking lot into a 12-station kids bike rodeo. Friends, family, neighbors, and the Sioux Falls community are invited to join us for a wonderful morning of riding and racing, followed by lunch, bike giveaways, Gospel proclamation, and an invitation to explore matters of faith with our church. Please visit for more information.  To serve, please click this link or contact Suzanne Anderson (605-214-4237).

Weekly Outlook

Sunday, May 30
9:00 am       Sunday Worship | In person or live stream
10:30 am     Sunday Worship | In person only
10:30 am     Youth Group Parent Meeting | In the Youth Room
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day | Church office closed all day
Tuesday, June 1
6:30 am       Corporate Prayer | at FEFC
Wednesday, June 2
12:00 pm      Men’s Discipleship | at FEFC
6:30 pm        Adult Bible Study | at FEFC
Thursday, June 3
6:15 am       Men’s Discipleship | at FEFC
9:00 am       Women’s Ministry Summer Bible Study | at FEFC
Sunday, June 6
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

First Free 411

Monday Men’s Summer 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. Come and join us!

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 now be picked up in the library. Reading can be started, and pages can start being counted starting today. 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.

VBS Registration is Open

“Treasured” Vacation Bible School will take place at First E Free on Sunday, July 25th through Thursday, July 29th from 6:00pm-8:30pm. Ages 3 through 5th grade can attend. Please click this link to sign up.

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.

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