Please sign up in the narthex to help with the Christmas Box Ministry. There are a variety of areas: shop, compile, make cookies, deliver… Non-perishable food items and monetary donations are also welcome. Please note Christmas Boxes in the memo area of your check or on an envelope for your donation. Contact Tim Anderson, 563-650-0400/, … [Read more…]

Office Holiday Closings

First Lutheran’s church office will be closed Friday, December 23 – Tuesday, December 27, 2016, for the Christmas Holiday. The church office will also be closed Friday, December 30, 2016, and Monday, January 2, 2017 for New Year’s. The deadline for announcements for either Sunday, December 25, or January 1, is Monday, December 19th. Thank … [Read more…]

This Week at First (Week of 12/11/16)

Sunday              December 11 9am SUN. SCHOOL/ADULT FORUM – PH 10:30am HOLY COMMUNION After Worship COFFEE FELLOWSHIP – FH Monday             December 12 6pm HANDBELLS – Balcony Tuesday December 13 12n ADMIN ASSTS – PH 6:30pm COUNCIL – PH Wednesday December 14 9am – 1pm PRAYERS & SQUARES – PHSR 7:30pm SR. CHOIR – Choir … [Read more…]


If you want to give an in-kind Christmas gift to First Lutheran, here are a couple of ideas: rolls of paper towels and/or toilet paper! Thanks!  


There has been a monthly communion worship service at Friendship Manor, led by Pr. John Leaf, First Lutheran’s Visitation Pastor, the last few months. This month, it will be at 4pm, Thursday, December 22, in the Chapel. Beginning in January, the service will be regularly scheduled on the first Thursday of each month at 4pm. … [Read more…]

This Week at First (Week of 12/04/16)

Sunday December 4 – Christian Service Sun. 9am SUN. SCHOOL/ADULT FORUM – PH 10:30am HOLY COMMUNION YOUTH CHOIR SINGS After Worship COFFEE FELLOWSHIP – FH 12pm DISCERNMENT – FH 2 – 4pm FACILITY USE – Sanctuary/FH 2:30pm BLACKHAWK COLLEGE STUDENTS SCHUMANN RECITAL – Sanctuary Monday December  5 – Newsletter Deadline 6pm HANDBELLS – Balcony Tuesday … [Read more…]

IRA rollover giving

If you are age 70½ or older, you can give up to $100,000 to the ELCA each year from your individual retirement account, free from federal income tax. If you have not taken your required minimum distribution for the year, a charitable rollover can help satisfy that requirement. Talk to your tax professional, then call … [Read more…]


Open mic coffee house, Friday, December 9th, from 7:00 – 10:00pm. We hope that it will be in the Parish House! Come hear and/or play some music, read some poetry, eat some cookies, drink some coffee or tea. Surely there will be Christmas carols! All donations support the St. Joe’s Evening Meal, served week nights … [Read more…]