Kid's Choir to begin

Kids choir meets on Wednesday nights from 5:55pm-6:25pm, and sings in church on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday nights. In addition, Jeff & Rachael Fode will be leading opening to the 10:15am Kids Connection, where children will be invited to share the music they learn in worship on the 1st Sunday of every month (with a few exceptions). For the full calendar or for more information, attend the first choir rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept 12 or Kids Connection starting today - Sunday, Sept 9th (children will be dismissed to Sunday school during worship that morning). Hope to see you there!

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ages 4 - 5th grade

New AMen's 5 week study

This five-session small group Bible study, God Heard Their Cry, by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, is volume eight of the 12-part Faith Lessons series. In this volume, Vander Laan illustrates how God answered the cry of the Israelites as they were persecuted in Egypt, and made himself known to both them and their oppressors. Vander Laan illustrates how, in ancient times, nothing was bigger than Egypt - powerful pharaohs, strong armies, and a multitude of gods. God's people were no match against the Egyptians. In this volume of Faith Lessons, discover how God answers the cry of his persecuted people and proclaims himself Lord to them and their oppressors. Filmed on location in Luxor, Egypt; Deir al Medina, Ramesseum, and the Red Sea. The Faith Lessons video series is ideal for use in small groups, personal and family Bible studies, and adult Sunday School. Individual believers and families will gain vital insights from long-ago times and cultures through this innovative approach to Bible study.

Breakthrough Prayer for September 9 - October 14

Lord Jesus, you modeled a life of peace and trust.  Help me to keep learning how to live a life which is focused on your purposes rather than my fears.  Give me an ever-deepening trust in your eternal purposes and power, and your great heart of love. Create in me a faithful heart which helps me overcome my fears and learn to live as your faithful disciple. Amen.

Announcing DakYouth dates

I got poster in the mail advertising DakYouth 2018. This event is held in Aberdeen, South Dakota and all of the youth in both Dakotas are invited. The cost before October 22nd is 70 dollars per person which includes entertainment, food, worship, workshops, and more! the dates for it are November 9-11th and if you are interested in going, please let me know.

Curtis Mittendorf

Halloween Harvest festival opportunity

Who wants to go to a corn maze for free while giving back to our community? *raises hand* We have an opportunity to help out with the Sioux Falls YMCA's Halloween Harvest festival! It is taking place on Saturday, October 6th from 4-9pm. If you volunteer for a mere 2 hours, we will pay your way into one of the local corn mazes THAT NIGHT only. If you are interested in details or volunteering, please let me or Andrea (johnsona@sfumc.org) know. 

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Kid's Connection begins Sept 9

Ever wonder what is up with the youth today?  NOW is your opportunity to have an impact on the lives of the youth in our community.  Share the love of God by accepting the opportunity to become a volunteer at this year's KidsConnection. There are 3 Connection opportunities that will last approximately 40 minutes, 8:50, 10:05 & 11:20.  Sign up below for an opportunity or just to receive more information..

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Kids and Youth Ministry Details

Kids @ First — 4 Yrs - 5th Grade

SUNDAY

Kids’ Connection

Sunday mornings during all 3 worship services (8:30, 9:45 and 11a.m.) right before the sermon, the kids are dismissed to the Kids’ Connection time with leaders. Parents pick up their kids from room 301 following the service.

This is a time to connect with God and other kids and grow in faith. There is singing, prayer, a Bible lesson that follows the same passage as the morning sermon, and fun! Each week, the kids will receive a take home sheet with some questions and activities for the family to explore throughout the week.

WEDNESDAY

Ignite Kids

  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.  Supper in the Wesley Dining Hall
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Kids Choir in Room 301
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Worship
  • 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Games in the Multi Purpose Room

Kid’s Choir

• 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Kids Choir in Room 301

Songs will also be learned on Sunday mornings during Kid’s Connection.

Kids will sing in Wednesday worship twice a month and sing on Sunday mornings during the 9:45 a.m. service about once a month.

 

Youth @ First — 6th - 12th Grade

SUNDAY

Youth Sunday School

  • 9:00 a.m.    Meet in Youth Rooms Downstairs
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Youth Connection

  • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Meet in Youth Rooms Downstairs

Youth will gather for a time to connect with God and other friends and grow in their faith. Time will be spent sharing a meal together, studying God’s word and maybe getting a little crazy playing games!

WEDNESDAY

Ignite Youth

  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Youth Room Opens
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Worship
  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Lesson/Games

Confirmation for the 8th Grade Students (or older that have not yet been confirmed)

  • 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.  Class/Mentor Meeting
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Worship

Other confirmation attendance requirements include serving Nightwatch breakfast one time, Turkey Dinner and two Confirmation Retreats.

Other Activities - Watch for these to be scheduled!

Mission trips and mission opportunities, Thunder Road, Wild Water West, Air Madness, scavenger hunts…lots of fun and good times together!

It Takes A Village!

Ever wonder what is up with the youth today?  NOW is your opportunity to have an impact on the lives of the youth in our community.  Share the love of God by accepting the opportunity to become a volunteer at this year's Vacation Bible School. 

August 7 & 8 | 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Thank you from Kidstop!

As First Church’s Signature Mission for 2018, KidStop would like to extend a sincere thank you for the incredible impact you’ve made on our organization so far this year. The clothes, backpack and school supply drives held over the summer months will now outfit our children just in time for the school year; a time many of our families struggle with, especially when there are multiple children in the family to buy for. We will hold a ‘One Stop KidStop Shop’ on August 17, where the kids will receive an outfit, shoes, socks, underwear and a backpack with supplies, all thanks to your generosity.  It is our goal to offer a hand up, versus a hand out for our families.  A small fee of $5 will be charged per family for this shopping spree.

Thanks to your participation in the annual Pancake supper the choir was able to offer funds to make it possible for us to purchase a refrigerator, used for storing snacks and food for our families, as well as new classroom tables that will enhance our daily activities.

Additionally, I am excited to announce, we are using donated funds to bring several classrooms downstairs up to state licensing standards, allowing us to finally begin our long-awaited middle school program during the 2018-2019 school year!  We are truly grateful and look forward to growing our program and touching the lives of more children and families with your continued support.

Kassidi Smith
Director of Kidstop

Lydia Project for General Conference 2020

Lydia Project

 General Conference of the United Methodist is going to be in Minneapolis in 2020.  The Host Operations Team has developed a special hospitality imitative that will make a wonderful impact on our guests.  They intend to greet every delegate, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf to serve not only as a memento of General Conference but also as a practical solution to air-conditioned rooms.  For many of the delegates, they will experience a 20-30 degree temperature drop when they arrive in Minneapolis from their home.

 

This is where we come in, they are planning to have 10,000 purple hand-knit or crocheted scarves.  The scarves are going to be Royal Purple, think Minnesota Vikings or Prince, no lavender and no variegated yarn.  The yarn needs to be acrylic and please wash the scarf after it is made.  As you are making the scarves, please pray for the General Conference 2020 and the recipient of your scarf. 

 

The suggested knit and crocheted patterns are in the church office.  The scarves need to be about 6-7 inches wide and 60 inches long, fringe is optional, but be sure the scarf is 60 inches long before the fringe is added.  There are also tags in the office to complete and attach to the scarf with purple yarn.  Once the scarves are made and laundered, they need to be put in a 1 gallon Ziploc bag and brought to the church office.  We will store them at church and take them to Annual Conference next year. 


If you have any questions, please email Mary Jane Richardson

Thank you for your participation in the example of radical hospitality! 

July Mission of the Month: The Banquet

Each month First Church selects one ministry outside our walls to focus on.  This month it is The Banquet.  The Banquet has been serving the community for 32 years. 

The Banquet meal ministry was founded in 1985 starting with just one meal per week. They now serve 13 meals per week at two locations. The Banquet is a volunteer-based ministry, which means the meals are paid for, prepared by, and served by volunteer groups who come from Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.

In 2017 The Banquet served 196,000 meals, and at least 25,000 of those meals were served to children under 12. They go through approximately 15,000 gallons of milk each year.