These activities help us build our relationship with God.
Members of the Altar Guild at First Lutheran play an important role in worship. Altar Guild members dress the altar and sanctuary for each season or special commemoration, make unleavened bread for communion, prepare communion for two services each week, and clean up communion after each service.
The Altar Guild meets as a group a few times a year for special instruction and schedule changes.
Each service at FLCL requires a small army of volunteers. Depending on what you are comfortable with, we invite you to volunteer for one or more roles:
- Ushers / Greeters greet worship attendees as they enter the sanctuary and give them a bulletin. Ushers also direct offering plates during the offering and direct attendees during communion.
- Lectors (Readers) read the lessons during the service.
- Communion Assistants help with the distribution of bread and wine at communion.
- Nursery Assistants help our paid nursery attendant with children. FLCL requires two adults in the nursery at all times, so parents aren't worried about legal issues.
Do you love to sing? Do you play an instrument? Would you like to play during church? We would love to have your musical talents for worship! Our Chancel Choir practices each Wednesday at 7 pm and Sunday at 10 am.
Children's Church takes the place during the 10:45 service on Sundays. Kids in grades Kindergarten through Grade 6 are sent from worship right after the opening hymn. During this time, children learn about the same Bible story as those in worship do, just in a jollier atmosphere.
VBS (aka Day Camp) is one of the most exciting times of the year for FLCL. Day Camp lasts all day for five days, usually in July. We have experts from Camp Chrysalis lead activities (with lots of help from other adults). We provide Day Camp for a nominal fee, so this is a ministry to those around the church as well.
FLCL's confirmation program is a two-year program for 7th and 8th grades. Children are then confirmed on Reformation weekend of their 9th grade year.
In confirmation, students concentrate on the Bible, creeds, and catechism.
We have three groups for our youth: R3 Littles (for birth to kindergarten), R3 Kidz (for kindergarten through 6th grade), and R3 students (for 7th grade through 12th grade). We meet on Wednesdays for activities and study. We also plan outings throughout the year to help our community or just have fun.
Each Sunday at 9:30, we offer adult education classes. (Students in high school are also welcome.) Different classes are held throughout the year, so check the bulletin and newsletter for announcements.
Nursery is available during this time as well.
FLCL's extensive prayer chain is very active. We pray for those on our "list." To add yourself, a family member, or a friend, simply use our Contact Us page and select the Prayer Request option.
FLCL periodically offers ministry fairs and spiritual gift inventories, so you can use your gifts where they will interest you as well as benefit others!
While FLCL does not have a pledge drive, we do base our annual budget on the previous year's giving and spending. We ask that you prayerfully consider giving to the church and some of the many causes that the church supports.
You can easily do this with the Give Online link on our menu. This allows you to set up a one-time donation or weekly/monthly donations as you prefer.
These activities help us build relationships with one another.
Men's Breakfast meets the third Saturday of each month at 8 am at church. After a wonderful, home-cooked breakfast, attendees discuss a book selection or have Bible study.
FLCL's WELCA groups hold monthly Bible studies within "circles."
The Dorcas Circle meets the first Monday of each month at 7 pm at members' homes. Call the church office for this month's location.
The Friendship Circle meets the second Tuesday of each month at 9 am at the church for Bible study.
In addition to Bible studies, the circles enjoy synod events for women and an annual Summer Retreat at the church.
The Three B's for Men group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm at Pastor Jeff's house. (The B's stand for Buddies, Bible, and Beverages.) After enjoying dinner, the group discusses modern day challenges in the backdrop of the Bible.
Are you a Mr. (or Ms.) Fixit? Do you enjoy projects around the house? If you do, you'll probably love performing property maintenance at the church. Currently led by a recently retired gentleman who performs maintenance for fun, the property maintenance group meets to perform projects at First Lutheran as needed. In addition to these informal project times, the group leads Spring Cleanup and Fall Cleanup days at church with projects that members can complete in just a few hours.
With intensive training, the Congregational Care group is ready to help you. The group includes Stephen Minsters, professional counselors, and other caring members. For more information about this ministry, contact the church office.
An evening of fellowship for church members and their friends includes Bridge Night. Join other bridge lovers for an evening of bridge on Sunday evenings at church!
Join some terrific women for a fun evening of Bunco! Even if you have never played before, please come. We'll gladly teach you this exciting game. The Bunco group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Fellowship Hall at church at 6:30.
The First Lutheran Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month to discuss a pre-selected book. The group meets at 6:30 pm in the coffee house at Books-A-Million (BAM). All are welcome! Books for upcoming months include the following:
October 2015: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe
Other months: TBD (Come to the October discussion to help us choose books!)
Awesome Widows, a group open to anyone who has lost a spouse (and their friends), meets the 2nd Friday of every month for dinner out, followed by dessert and socializing at one of the members' homes.
The Boomers group, open to any Baby Boomer (or anyone close enough in age to the Baby Boomers), gets together periodically throughout the year for ministry events (such as holding a garage sale to raise money for a particular cause) and social events (attending dinner or a show). Many Boomers at First Lutheran Church don't have children or grandchildren nearby, so this provides another fun outlet!
Each year, FLCL goes all out for a "Celebration of Freedom" the Sunday before July 4th. Our worship services on this day recognize members who are serving and who have served in the military and include patriotic music. After church, enjoy a cookout / potluck!
The Daylighters group meets at 11:30 am on the third Thursday of each month. Originally started for members who could not go out at night, this group is open to anyone. Simply bring a dish to pass.
When the group meets, they enjoy a delicious potluck lunch followed by an afternoon of cards or dominoes!
The beautiful windows in the sanctuary and around the church were created by a group of congregation members. These members meet whenever the need arises for stained glass. Everyone is welcome -- whether you've worked with stained glass before or not
These activities help us build relationships with others in our community.
Quilters meet to cut squares, sew seams, and tie quilts each Wednesday at 10:00 am.
Each year they make well over 100 quilts, which are distributed to the Longview Police Department, Longview Fire Department, and Lutheran World Relief for disasters.
First Lutheran congregation members deliver meals to homebound residents in Longview on the 4th Monday and Tuesday of each month beginning at 10:00 am.
First Lutheran congregation members help Newgate Mission serve lunch to those who are hungry and/or homeless.
We serve at 11:30 am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
Texas Cards for Troops is a ministry of the American Legion Auxilary.
They meet at First Lutheran each Thursday morning at 10:00 am to make cards for our troops. Several members of the congregation participate in this ministry.
Every Tuesday night, the Cub Scouts of Pack 613 meet at 6:00 pm for troop activities. The Boy Scouts meet the same night (Tuesday) at 7:00 pm for their activities.
First Lutheran is proud to have several members reach the rank of Eagle Scout!
FLCL was instrumental in forming Longview Community Ministries, which provides assistance to the needy of Longview. FLCL collects non-perishable food each Sunday to donate to their Food Box program. Additionally, FLCL helps Longview Community Ministries each year with special drives.
FLCL volunteers help host the day facility for newly-homeless families working in a program to become self-sufficient again. Volunteers play with children and talk to families as they host.
First Lutheran Church has a large team of volunteers who work each week to build ramps for people in the community who are not able to leave their houses because of steps at the entrances. Our team works the entire project, from measuring and calculating to final handrails. Many, many residents in the area have benefited from this service.
One Sunday each Advent season, FLCL invites all members and their friends for some old-fashioned Christmas caroling.
Many members gather, from very young to very old, to sing to homebound members and nursing home residents.
Each year, First Lutheran Church enters a float in the Longview Christmas Parade. Besides being great advertising for the church, it provides great bonding for members young and old as they build the float and ride in the parade. In 2013 and 2014, First Lutheran won awards in the parade for their float.
Each year on Thanksgiving, First Lutheran Church holds a worship service followed by a true Thanksgiving dinner (and potluck). The annual event started so that members and non-members alike who would be spending the day alone could gather with others. The event has grown in the past years, and now even families come to enjoy this event.
Many parents are worried about the "treats" their children might pick up at others' houses when the kids go trick-or-treating. Fortunately, they no longer have that worry. First Lutheran Church hosts a Trunk or Treat event each October. In fact, children can dress up and go trick-or-treating in the church parking lot, go through a haunted house, play games, hear a story, and even eat a free dinner -- all at a safe location. FLCL invites all children in the community (and their families) to this event.
Each year, FLCL is a large part of the Touch-a-Truck event in Longview. Featuring the ever-popular dunk tank and other activities such as face painting, FLCL provides members of the community some entertainment while also collecting food for Longview Community Ministries.
A new tradition at First Lutheran is the Pet Blessing held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Community members are encouraged to bring their pets to church for this special event.