stained glass window image First Lutheran Church of Aitkin
107 Second Street SE
Aitkin, Minnesota 56431
Office - 218-927-2028
Fax - 218-927-6983
Email -
For a map and directions to the church, click here.

Contemporary Services every 2nd and 5th Sundays.

Community Meal: Every Monday at 5:30 pm -- everyone welcome!

Sunday Services
 8:15 AM with Communion on 1st and 3rd Sundays 10:00 AM with Communion on 1st and 3rd Sundays

Saturday Evening Services
5 p.m.
Wednesday Evening
 6:00 PM with Communion on Wednesday following the 1st & 3rd Sundays

Listen to the Sunday 10:00 service on
FM radio station 94.3
Watch a rebroadcast at 9 a.m. Wednesdays on Cable channel 8

Worship Information Building & Properties Ministries

Weekly Calendar &

Church Service Bulletins

Monthly Newsletter
(in PDF format)

(see below)

Mission Statement

Welcoming all to Jesus Christ through intergenerational worship, Christian Education, local service and global outreach.

Vision Statement

Becoming shepherds afield, taking the church where the sheep are pastured.

Church Values

* Trust and love in Jesus Christ
* Commitment to living God's Word
* Respect and care for all people
* Spiritual growth
* Service to the community

2013 Resource Guide
(contact the office for the password)
  • Saturdays:       5:00 PM with Communion each week
    Sundays:          8:15 AM with Communion on 1st and 3rd Sundays
                            10:00 AM with Communion on 1st and 3rd Sundays
    Wednesdays:  6:00 PM with Communion on Wednesday following the 1st & 3rd Sundays

  • Please complete one online registration form per child. If you have any questions please contact the Church Office at 218-927-2028.
    First Lutheran Church 2014-15 Sunday School Registration Form

  • Please complete and submit this online form to register your child for Confirmation/Youth. If you have any questions please contact the Church Office at 218-927-2028
    First Lutheran Church - Confirmation/Youth Registration 2014-15

  • Don't forget to click on the link above to see the Wednesday supper menu for September through December. Good eats!

  • Quilting Note: Quilting will restart on Friday, September 12th, at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring a bag lunch. ~ Ardith Kane

  • VOLUNTEER CHOIR ACCOMPANIST NEEDED! If you’re able to help, please call Rebecca May at 927-3481.

  • Thank you to all those who contributed a letter for Taylor Courier’s Confirmation project.  Just a reminder that the deadline is September 15th, and there are extra sheets available in the narthex.  Thank you for your support! ~Taylor Courier

  • SEWING AND KNITTING FOR SEAFARERS’ MISSION Wednesdays, 9/17 & 9/24 4-5:00 PM
    A Global Missions Event:  Come to one or both sessions of “Sewing and Knitting for Seafarers’ Mission of Duluth” on Wednesdays, September 17th and 24th,  4:00-5:00 PM at First Lutheran Church.  Learn “hands-on skills” for knitting watch caps and scarves, or learn how to make ditty bags, mending kits, and items to go in them.  Please contact Marie Harwarth, Instructor, at 218-927-4532 or 763-350-6405. The items will be delivered to the Seafarers’ Center in Duluth on November 20th. Please bring completed items to FLC before this date.

  • SOPHOMORE CONFIRMATION RETREAT at Camp Hiawatha, Sept. 20 & 21.

  • SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ INSTALLATION at the 10:00 service on Sunday, Sept. 21.

  • New Choir Year and New Choir Director Jennifer Johnson (Rippleside Elementary Music Teacher) will be our new Senior Choir Director. Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 p.m., starting September 10th. The Senior Choir will normally sing on the 1st & 3rd Sundays and on special occasions. Last year’s members are invited to return, and new members are also welcome. Why not give choir a try?

  • New Members to be Received
    If you are interested in joining First Lutheran faith family, please join us for our fall class. The session starts on Thursday, September 18th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and runs for 8 weeks. New members will be received on Sunday, November 16th, or Wednesday, November 19th.  Childcare is provided upon request. Please call  927-2028 to register.

    Saturday, 9/20, 8:30-3:00
    If you have a passion for the issue of hunger in our community and in the world, please consider attending the Synod Hunger Committee workshop at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood on Saturday, 9/20, 8:30-3:00.  Contact Darlene Munneke for registration.

  • Smile nicely and say, “Yes, we’d love to have our picture taken.”
    During the next few months, several photographers will be available to take a picture of you or your family. You will recognize them as members of First Lutheran; most do not claim to be professional but have agreed to take your pictures so that pictures can be displayed on a soon-to-be-built photo board. Won’t it be nice to refresh our memories of the names for the nice couple who sit a row behind us most Sundays? The Publicity Committee has taken on this photography responsibility. 

  • Good  Grief  Support  Group Schedule  Change
    At this time, we have decided to discontinue the meeting that has met on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  We will continue to meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for lunch at Birchwood Café at 11:30, and we will continue to meet on the 4th Thursday of each month in FLC’s library. Please make a note of this change.

  • GLOBAL MISSIONS MARKET Saturday, October 4th, 9-1:00
    NEW THIS YEAR…Fair trade goods from SERRV

    * Bring something to sell (crafts, baked goods, garden produce, perennial plants, like-new quality items). * Help set up on Friday or help sell on Saturday. * Shop, buy, or come for coffee and rolls on Saturday. * Pray about your role in God’s work. * Open your heart to the needs of God’s people around the world.

    PLEASE NOTE CORRECTION:  Please drop off items for the crafts and bake sale at FLC on Friday afternoon, October 3rd, by 4:30 p.m. or deliver on Saturday morning, October4th. Global Missions Sunday is October 5th.  (The September newsletter craft sale dates on page 8 are incorrect.)

  • DINNER AT YOUR DOOR MINISTRY  Like to cook? If so, you are needed for a special congregational program - DINNER AT YOUR DOOR. This ministry provides a meal for someone who just came home from the hospital, after the birth of a baby, is bedridden and needs a lift, or following a grief or trauma situation. Coordinator Mary Ann Bredesen will contact you regarding the meal request, give the address of the  recipient, etc. You will cook in your own kitchen. To join with others in this significant mission of the congregation, please call Mary Ann Bredesen at 218-927-4452 or the church office at 218-927-2028.  And thank you for your help!  ~ Pastor Bob Munneke

    A useful tool in the work and mission of First Lutheran Church is the  Congregational Resource Guide, containing information regarding committees and organizations,
    as well as a list of members. 

  • ATTENTION FAMILIES OF COLLEGE STUDENTS Please contact the Church Office with college addresses and email addresses for your college daughter or son.  FLC wants to stay in touch with college students, as well as referring these students to campus pastors.  Thank you!

  • Sign up sheets are posted in the narthex with many service options.  The yellow God’s Work, Our Hands T-shirts are available in the narthex for $7 each. Don’t miss this opportunity to be the hands of God in our community!

  • Prayers are requested for Liberian Lutheran Bishop Jensen Seyenkulo and Pastor Linda Johnson Seyenkulo and for the people of Liberia and West Africa who are facing the Ebola outbreak. Pastor Linda, daughter of our own Elma Johnson, was recently commissioned as an ELCA missionary and was scheduled to leave for Liberia in September to help organize a Lutheran seminary.  Due to the Ebola outbreak, folks are being told to not enter Liberia at this time. Pastor Linda will be at First Lutheran in September, so we will receive an update on the situation. Please keep those prayers going!       ~ Pastor Bob

  • Click here for a flyer concerning the 2015 Mission Trip. Contact Kathie Smith with any questions. Work: 927-2979

  • Last Week’s Attendance

    Saturday, Sept 6,  5:00 PM


    Sunday, Sept 7,  9:00 AM


    Wednesday, Sept 10,  6:00





        General Operating Income, YTD                             $251,696
        Budget Expectations, YTD (Historical average)   $274,201
        Variance to Budget Expectations                            ($20,505)
        Actual Expenditures, YTD                                      $280,599
        Percentage of Dollars Received for Period
                        to Dollars Pledged                                              94%
         Unpledged Dollars Received, YTD                          $41,570
         Building Fund Income, YTD                                    $34,367
         Building Fund Expenditures, YTD                           $35,256

  • Weekly Financial Report for Week Ending September 7, 2014:                 

    General operating Income


    Building Fund Income to date for August:


    Building Fund Needs Per Month:


  • Prayer Ministry - If you have a prayer concern, please fill out a prayer request form found in the pew and hand it to a worship assistant during the hymn either before or after the sermon so that it can be included in the prayers later in the service.

  • Hearing Assistance - Headphones are available; ask an usher for assistance.

  • Parish Nurses - Parish nurses are available to visit or answer questions. Please call the church office or a parish nurse if you want to talk. Blood pressure can be checked between services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month. They are located in office in the Fellowship Hall.

  • Want to help with worship? Worship Opportunities at First Lutheran - If you would like to do one of the following please call the person listed.
    Lector (read Scripture) - Marge Muscatello
    Communion Assistants - Marcia Hyytinen 927-6938 Lorraine Johnson - 927-4656
    Sound Technician - Doug Landsverk - 927-2381
    Power Point (Computer) - Chuck Pettersen - 927-6176
    Video Recording - Greg Smith - 927-2720
    Children’s Sermon - Sign up in the narthex
    Worship Assistant - Linda Hommes (for adults) - 549-3221
    Ushering - Rich Liljenquist - 927-3082
    Choir -
    Saturday Eve Pianist - Rebecca May - 927-3481
    Contemporary Worship Song Leaders/Musicians - Doug Landsverk - 927-2381
    Altar Guild (setting up for worship) - Mary Peterson - 927-6820
    Hymn Selections - Linda Delaney - 927-6237
    Worship Committee - Rebecca May - 927-3481
    Communion for Homebound People - Karen Newton - 927-3493
    Webpage - Michele Plagman - 927-3544

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