Many Thanks – We would like to thank the many of you who came to help make Holy Week a successful and meaningful journey. From the extra musicians and rehearsals, to those who helped with cleaning, rearranging, assembling bulletins and preparing for worship; the staff and the worshipping congregation owe you a debt of gratitude.
Pastor Edwin Flomo of Liberia will be visiting us this weekend at all worship services. Pastor Flomo is a recipient of FLC's Janowsky Trust Fund for seminary scholarship. He is currently finishing studies at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and is visiting to say thank you before returning to Africa. You can read more about Pr. Flomo’s story in the April edition of The Light, and come to hear from him directly this weekend.
Special Music – Both our 8 and 9:30 a.m. services will feature special music this weekend. At 8 a.m. we will be joined by the Coe College Handbell Ensemble, which is preparing for a concert on Sunday afternoon. During the 9:30 a.m. service the combined choirs of First Congregational and First Lutheran Churches will be honoring the choral legacy of Allen Koepke (1939-2012) who taught at Jefferson High School and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, and was a church musician for 54 years in addition to publishing over 70 works. The combined choirs will perform three of his works during the service.
KidZone & Preschool Sunday School will meet on Sunday, April 27 even though it is the last weekend of the month. Our final classes will be on Sunday, May 4.
Looking Ahead …
Ladies Night Out — All women of First Lutheran are invited to join us at a Cedar Rapids original on Monday, April 28. We will gather at 6 p.m. at The Irish Democrat, 3207 1st Ave SE. Please contact Lori Nietert at 373-1412 if you can join us!
Gospel of John Bible Study — Karolyn Smith will be leading an in-depth study of the Gospel of John on Tuesday mornings, 9-10 a.m. in Room 310 beginning May 6. The study will take several months to complete as one chapter will be studied each week. If you would like to participate in this study, please contact Vicki Hughes in the church office at 365-1494 x.270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduating Seniors Recognition Sunday – May 18 at the 11:00 a.m. worship. There will be a breakfast reception for graduating seniors starting at 9:45 a.m. in the Luther Fellowship Center. Please see our mailing or the website to RSVP. All family members are welcome to attend. Graduating Senior Profiles and RSVPs should be turned into the church office or submitted on line no later than April 27th.
Confirmation Ministry – We do not meet again for the rest of the year! A special thanks to all of our families, small group leaders and volunteers who helped make this a great year for Confirmation Ministry! Stay tuned for registration details coming very soon! 8th Graders – If you missed any of Confirmation College, please be sure to mark your calendars for May 7th and 14th from 6:30-8:00pm for make-up. We will meet in the Youth Room.
VBS Student & Volunteer Registrations – Registrations are available online now for the Ingham-Okoboji Daycamp coming up June 23-26! Check out all the student details and volunteer needs on our website.
Attention fifth graders! Your FINAL Milestones Session is scheduled for Sunday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Room! Please plan to be there to learn all about what to expect in Confirmation as you promote to Youth Ministry!
Pastor Kay’s Retirement Celebration! — Save the Date for Sunday, June 29. We will be gathering for a special lunch event from noon until 3 p.m. at the Kirkwood Convention Center.
St. Louis Baseball Trip – Men & Boys, join us for a day of baseball, fun, and fellowship on Saturday, July 19 for the Dodgers vs. the Cardinals in St. Louis. We’ll visit historic Busch Stadium and brand new Ballpark Village and Cardinal Hall of Fame. Cost is $125 before May 1, $139 after. Price includes a $90 ticket to this premiere game. Open to age 16 and older accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so sign at the sign-up table in the entry area.
Community Partnerships & Events
Thrivent Spring Fling this Saturday – Thrivent’s Spring Fling will be a bowling event at May City Bowl near Westdale Mall (1648 Trent St. SW, Cedar Rapids) from 1-5 p.m. this Saturday, April 26. The bowling is FREE and open to all ages. There will also be a silent auction (baskets, etc.) with proceeds going to attending charities. Pool tables, arcade games & laser tag will also be available for additional cost.
Habitat for Humanity Build – Will you please roll up our sleeves to help build a home for a family in our community? We are looking for 18-20 volunteers from First Lutheran from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. both Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd to work on the walls and roof, and provide lunch for our workers as part of the Thrivent for Lutherans Annual Build. Please visit the Habitat Promo Table this weekend to get involved.
On Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m., Brett Wolgast will be playing a dedicatory recital on the new organ at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Iowa City (325 Mormon Trek Blvd.). Christ the King was the first parish Brett served in Iowa, and he was organist there from 1984-1987.