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Blessing of the Backpacks


Sunday, August 31st we encourage all members to bring in their backpacks
and set them up front for a blessing during the worship service. 

August Worship Schedule

Our new interim pastor, Rev. Bill Odermann, will start at FLC on Monday, September
1st. For the last three weekends of worship in August, Rev. Charles Anderson will be
the presiding pastor and the sermon will be given by a different member of the
congregation each week. 


Aug. 16 & 17:    Speaker - Bernadette Galvin


Aug. 23 & 24:    Speaker - Kevin Mark


Aug. 30 & 31:    Speaker - Phyllis Johnson

Meet our new Interim Pastor

Our new interim pastor, Bill Odermann, will be starting in September.  Below is a bio letter from Pastor Bill to help the congregation get to know him a little before he starts.


“I am excited to begin my role as Interim Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing. This brief biography will give you some background information on me and my family. I am married to Diane (also ordained) and we have a sixteen year-old daughter named Anneliese who we adopted from Russia when she was six months old. We make our home in Austin, Minnesota where I just finished an interim senior pastor position with St. Olaf Lutheran Church for two years.


I grew up on a farm in central North Dakota. After finishing college, I entered a career in television and radio broadcasting with various stations in Minot, North Dakota. I entered full-time ministry, pastoring my first church in central North Dakota in another evangelical denomination.                                         


I graduated from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota after serving as one of three campus pastors at a large church on the University of Minnesota campus. From there I trained as a hospital chaplain, transferred my ordination into the ELCA, did a Lutheran year of study at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and served as ordained ELCA chaplain with HealthEast hospitals in St. Paul, MN. I also met my wife Diane as she also worked there.


In 1998, I began my current vocation as an intentional interim pastor, serving two churches in Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as an interim chaplain with Fairview hospital in Burnsville.


After leaving Fairview, we moved to southwest Minnesota where I served a number of interim positions with congregations in the southwest Minnesota Synod and one corporate-sized congregation in Aberdeen, South Dakota before moving my family and purchasing a home in Austin, Minnesota to serve churches in this synod.


When I began my call as a pastor, little did I realize that I would move into serving churches in an interim capacity - this vocation chose me, I did not choose it. It simply started happening and taking off! Doing interim ministry has always gone well for me and my ministry has been appreciated by bishops and churches alike.


I exercise a fluid, relaxed, non-rigid approach when designing an interim strategy for churches I serve. I like a more collegial, team approach to moving a congregation forward and really enjoy building a “fun” team approach when working with staff and council.


I hope this gives you some kind of idea about me. Further questions will be welcomed and expected when I arrive in early September. See you then!”


Pastor Bill Odermann, Austin, Minnesota


Rally Week
Family: A link to the past and a bridge to our future.” 


Rally Week will be held September 6, 7, & 10.
Join us for a “Family Reunion” themed Rally Week Celebration!  


Planned Activities:

Photo Booth - Come and have your picture taken with fun props.
Name That Baby - Bring your baby picture. We will put them up and you can guess who it is.
Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing - Tell Marilee some of your favorite old hymns and we will do our best to sing them in worship.
Scavenger Hunt - Be prepared to be surprised.
Rally Reunion - How about inviting family members who were baptized or confirmed or married here to attend church with you on this weekend and join in the fun!
Potluck Meal  - We will have a potluck meal after worship on Sunday, September 7th. Bring whatever dish you want to share!



Children's Choir

You know you wanna sing: So come to Children’s Choir
For grades 1 and up.
Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 17 at 4:15 in the Sanctuary.
Register on the same form as Church School.


Habitat for Humanity Work Day

Habitat for Humanity is building a home at 409 Green Street.
First Lutheran members are asked to help on
Wednesday, September 24th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
They will be doing indoor painting and laying of linoleum.
We are also asked to provide a meal for the workers. 

A sign up sheet is on a table in the narthex.
Many hands provide for less work!
If you feel like you have the time to either help
or provide part of a meal for that evening,
we ask you to sign up.


Crop Walk

The C.R.O.P. Walk is coming up Sunday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m. in Central Park.

CROP Hunger walks help Church World Service work with communities to determine the best solution to their challenges. It could be a sand dam to help provide water. Livestock to start a farm. Tools and seeds to help keep a family fed and healthy. Or money for
 the food shelf right here in Red Wing.

We need walkers, volunteers and contributors. For more information, see the bulletin insert and information at the kiosk in the Narthex, or see Jean Fjelsted or Nancy Thorson.




Wednesday Night
4:45-6:00 Dinner/Fellowship
5:30-6:25 Education Hour
6:30 Contemporary Worship

Saturday Worship
5:30 p.m. in the Norelius Chapel
Social Hour after worship
the first Saturday of each month

Sunday Worship &
Education Hours

Worship 9:30 a.m.
Coffee Hour 10:30 a.m.
Education Hour 10:45 -11:30


615 W. 5th Street
Red Wing

We, the congregation of First Lutheran Church, proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, calling people to new life and discipleship. We grow in faith, hope and love as a community of believers through worship, prayer and study.  We serve people in need by sharing God's love in our community and throughout the world.

We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story. 

Visitors are always welcome at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing.