Announcements | 6/6/21

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The Big 3

#1) Back to Normal—Next Sunday, 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 Today

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) Women’s Ministry Summer Event

Join us Wednesday, June 16th for a fun evening of dinner fellowship, swimming (optional) and fire-pit! We are having a taco salad dinner and swimming night at Cindy Heiberger’s 25499 467th Avenue, Hartford, SD starting at 6:00 PM. See (here) for taco bar sign up. We hope you will bring a friend or meet a new one! 

Weekly Outlook

Sunday, June 6
9:00 am       Sunday Worship | In person or live stream
10:30 am     Sunday Worship | In person only
6:00 pm       Sunday Evening Worship | Fellowship Hall
Monday, June 7
6:30 am       Men’s discipleship | at Bagel Boy on Minnesota Ave
7:00 pm      Women’s Ministry Summer Book Club | at FEFC
Tuesday, June 8
6:30 am       Corporate Prayer | at FEFC
Wednesday, June 9
12:00 pm      Men’s Discipleship | at FEFC
6:30 pm        Adult Bible Study | at FEFC
6:30 pm       Youth Group Summer Bible Study | at Riverdale Park
Thursday, June 10
6:15 am       Men’s Discipleship | at FEFC
9:00 am       Women’s Ministry Summer Bible Study | at FEFC
Sunday, June 13
9:00 am       Sunday Worship | In person only
10:30 am     Sunday School | at FEFC
6:00 pm       Sunday Evening Worship | Fellowship Hall

First Free 411

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.

Monday Men’s Summer Book Study

Beginning tomorrow, 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!

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