United Methodist Committee On Relief School Kits

The school sales have begun, so now is a perfect time to pick up the supplies needed for the UMCOR School Kits.  This list is different from the Sioux Falls School list, so please use this list when getting supplies.  We will collect school supplies for these kits during July, August and early September.  Please drop off the items in the church office.

 One pair blunt scissors

  • Round tip only

  • No plastic scissors

·         One box of 24 crayons

  • Only 24-count boxes are accepted

·         Three one-subject notebooks

  • No marble composition books

  • No 3 or 5-subject notebooks

·         One pack of loose-leaf paper

  • 100-200 page packets are acceptable

  • Wide or college rule accepted

·         One hand-held pencil sharpener

  • 1-inch or longer

  • Remove from packaging

·         One ruler

  • 12 inches or 30 centimeters long

  • Sturdy or flexible material accepted

·         One eraser

  • Two inches or larger

·         One two-gallon ziplock plastic bag

July/August Mission of the Month

Although we are a Church without walls, we are sturdy. Church on the Street moves to suit the needs of the people. After all, the people are the Church. As we are out on the streets sharing the Good News, we feel so much support from you. As Church on the Street will continue to carry out Christ’s Great Commission by reaching out to ALL people to bring them to faith in Christ. Please, take a moment, and say a prayer for us. Learn more about us at https://churchonthestreetsf.org/

First Fun Night(s) - Bus trip to visit the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

Calling all foodies.  Do you collect or read cookbooks like a good novel?  Do you binge watch hours of cooking shows?  Is your idea of a romantic date night a cooking class for two?  Do you get kitchen equipment for Christmas or birthdays?  If you like to experiment with food like an artist plays with color then this trip may be for you.  We are planning a charter tour to Pawhuska Oklahoma, home of Ree Drummond the Pioneer Woman.  We will take a lodge tour where she films her cooking show, you can eat at the bakery, the Merc, or P-town Pizza and her new ice cream and sweet shop. Explore other little shops and restaurants while we are in the area. We will tour all that Osage County has to offer. The bus leaves 8 a.m. October 10th from First United Methodist parking lot on Spring Ave and return Sunday October 13th.  For more information regarding the tour contact Mike McConniel at mike_mcconniel@yahoo.com. The cost of the trip is $500 for single occupancy so bring your friends and save.  The more the merrier I always say. 

Vacation Bible School Wish List


(items needed by June 6th please!)


Food items:

  • Fritos corn chips

  • String Cheese

  • 1 dozen eggs

  • Twizzler pull & peel ropes

  • Whole carrots

  • Pretzel rods

  • Blue Jell-O mix

  • Mixed fruit cups

  • Cool whip

  • Corn pops cereal

  • Popcorn

  • Candy corn

  • Hersey chocolate (nuggets and kisses)


Craft items:

  • Pool noodles (60 total)

  • Big googly eyes (35mm) (200 total)

  • Hot glue sticks

  • Hot glue guns (3)

  • Elmer’s glue

  • Fabric paint pens

  • Puffy paints

  • Craft jewels

  • T-shirts, solid colors (youth size M-XL)

  • Instax mini film (4 packs/80 pictures total)

  • Orbeez water beads

  • Tin foil

  • Cow-patterned balloons

Join the Nightwatch Ministry

When it was decided to discontinue serving Sunday morning breakfast a few years ago a couple of us on staff realized immediately there were folks in our neighborhood that depended on this meal.  It was thought we could grow our Nightwatch ministry to include Sunday mornings.  A staff drafted proposal was taken to the Serve @ First and the Next Generation Committees to see if they would support the endeavor.  Staff lead and served ministries almost always fail, thus, their acceptance was critical.  Both committees agreed this was a need in our neighborhood we could easily meet.

 Over the last 2 years this ministry has had a variety of ups and downs and continues to be staff directed, first by myself then by Breanna White.  This morning, May 5, the Nightwatch breakfast ministry served 72 folks.  Craig and Cathy Martins’ served these folks from 9 am until 10 am this morning.  I coordinated the food, we served left over egg back from the women’s brunch, French toast bake, sausages and fruit.  Jeff, our Sunday morning coffee hero, got the bakes in the oven and got Craig and Cathy into the van.  Did it go perfect, no, did we run out of food, yes, did we scramble so everyone who wanted something to eat was able to eat, yes, was everyone extremely grateful for the breakfast they received, yes.

 Food insecurity is a major issue in Sioux Falls, our neighborhood is but one example.  If First Church decides this is a outreach they would like to continue I would be honored to coordinate the food the first Sunday of each month.  The Nightwatch ministry has funds to purchase the food for these meals, someone only needs to create the menu and prepare the food.  I would also be available to help folks until they feel comfortable in creating menus just email Tami.

 As for those wondering what it is like serving the food I can speak to you about that as well, but, I would encourage you to speak with the Martins family, the Hinrichs, family to Lisa Graue, Doug Erickson or Jennifer Larsen.

Summer Park Service

   Due to all the construction around the Leif Erickson Day Camp our worship team began to examine other options for this summer.  The following schedule has been adopted. Service will begin at 9 am on Sunday mornings, bring your own lawn chairs.Final plans are still being made.

June 2 – McKennan Park Band Shelter

June 9 – Spellerberg Park Shelter

June 16 – McKennan Park Band Shelter

June 23 – Spellerberg Park Shelter

June 30 – McKennan Park Band Shelter

July 7 – McKennan Park Band Shelter

July 14 – Spellerberg Park Shelter

July 21 – McKennan Park Band Shelter

July 28 – Spellerberg Park Shelter

Aug 4 – McKennan Park Band Shelter

Aug 11 – Spellerberg Park Shelter

Aug 18 – Spellerberg Park Shelter

Aug 25 – McKennan Park Band Shelter

2019 Miracle Offering

Again, this year we will receive a Miracle Offering as an expression of our gratitude for God’s boundless blessings and to advance our mission “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” The offering will be received during the 2019 Annual Conference or can be sent to the Dakotas Conference office.

 The 2019 Miracle Offering: Lead Boldly #fillthegap provides an opportunity to come alongside and support persons answering God’s call to ministry in two ways.

 First, we will be receiving a monetary offering that will be equally divided between the Endowment Fund for Theological Education in the Central Conferences and a Dakotas United Methodist Foundation Scholarship Fund for undergraduate students planning to prepare for pastoral ministry and individuals training to be licensed local pastors in the Dakotas. There are significant gaps in financial assistance for pastors being trained in our Central Conferences (annual conferences outside the United States) and for those undergraduate and licensed local pastor students preparing for ministry in the Dakotas.

 In the Central Conferences, which include seven areas of Africa, Europe, and the Philippines, obtaining a theological education can be challenging. Seminaries are too far away or too expensive. Our existing seminaries in the Central Conferences struggle to find and retain well-trained professors and to provide library resources in native languages. Courses of Study for initial and continuing education need to be developed, and scholarships are needed for initial and post-graduate studies. The $25,000,000 Endowment Fund is designed to close these gaps.

 In the Dakotas Conference, we are blessed with significant scholarship resources for individuals enrolled in seminary. However, we do not have sufficient resources to assist individuals who are preparing to be licensed local pastors or undergraduates beginning their journey toward pastoral ministry. A scholarship fund, administered by the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation, will enable us to begin closing these gaps.

 The second part of the 2019 Miracle Offering: Lead Boldly #fillthegap will be an opportunity to make a commitment to reach someone who does not know Jesus. Each clergy and lay member of conference will be blessed to offer to God the name of at least one acquaintance, who does not know Christ, for whom we are committed to “dare to reach” through our prayers and our witness of compassion, love and hope. Perhaps it will be a child, work colleague, neighbor, or the person who serves you coffee each day.


44% of the population in the Dakotas do not believe there is a God
12 Dakotas undergraduates considering seminary
15 Dakotas candidates for local licensed pastor
$30,000 average debt for undergraduates
$20,000 average costs of course of study for licensed pastors

Children's Inn is in need of women's pajamas

This is Pastor Carli Steffes. I am an advocate for the Children’s Inn. They have been getting a lot of people coming into the Inn right now. They are in need of women’s XL pajama sets. The women come into the Inn with only the clothes on their back. The Children’s Inn asks for donations of new pajama sets so the women can be comfortable walking around the Inn. I have had people from our church, giving pajama sets and I deliver them to the Children’s Inn every week. This has been a great help, since there are approximately 40-50 pajama sets needed right now. This is an ongoing thing. I have also been giving new sweat pants also. Please help me to help these women that are hurting. They need our help.

Today's Banquet

Today, we served 229 guests - 212 adults and 17 children.  A breakfast of oatmeal, ice cream, toast, fruit, juice, and beverages was served.  Oatmeal and ice cream (???? you might wonder) - the Banquet staff says that this is one of the most popular breakfasts served.  Thanks to all for a morning of food, fun, and service - what a great crew!!  Our next serving date is again, the third Tuesday of the month - Tuesday, March 19th.

Time to think about summer!

A huge welcome to you from the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries of North Dakota and South Dakota!

 You may be considering a first-time camping experience. Or perhaps you are looking forward to returning for another summer adventure.  We’re happy you’re thinking about camping with us! A camping experience at Lake Poinsett Camp, Storm Mountain Center, or Wesley Acres Camp has been part of countless people’s faith stories for generations.  Time at camp provides children, youth, adults, and families with life-changing and faith-shaping opportunities to experience Christ, Creation, and Community in a truly unique way.  Campers learn new activities; make new friends; spend time in nature; grow in skill, confidence, and leadership; and have fun doing it in a carefully supervised environment.

 There are a lot of camping opportunities available for the 2019 camping season.  Pick up a brochure today or visit dakcamps.org!

 Early bird discount deadline is April 30th ($5 off per night)

Call the church office (605.336.3652) for the First Church Discount Code

Looking for a few good men, women and youth!

Facilitators are needed as we strive to get 100% of our church family to join us as we journey though lent with Adam Hamilton’s book “The Call”

Think you are not qualified to facilitate a group? If you can read you can lead! Give us your info below and we will get in touch with you to answer any questions you have.

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Day of the week I am available
I am available when ever and where ever God needs me!

Cold Weather Events

When the temps dropped to a dangerous “feels like” of -34 degrees and even colder, schools closed, other businesses altered their hours;and some First Church staff, along with other volunteers, jumped into action twice in the last 2 weeks realizing that this was a need that we could help fill.

We quickly figured out a way to open the doors of the church to provide a place of emergency shelter from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. for people to have a warm, safe place to sleep.

A more detailed plan and a list of people that we can call on a short notice to come and help is being developed. If you want to know more or are willing to be on a list to call when the need arises list us know by fill out the form below.

If you have more questions email Pastor Andrea.

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I can help with:

New short term study groups forming.

What if, in our conflicts with others, there is something we want more than solutions? What if, individually and collectively, we systematically misunderstand the causes of our conflicts? And what if, therefore, we unwittingly perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve? These are among the important questions explored in The Anatomy of Peace, an international bestseller that instills hope and inspires reconciliation. Through a moving story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives, we learn from once-bitter enemies the way to transform personal, professional, and even global conflicts.

Groups are meeting on Wednesday, Feb 13, 20, & 27. Books are available at the Information Center for a $5 donation to help cover the cost.

Email Jennifer Larsen to join her group at 5:30 or Pastor Bob at 7:00 pm