First Lutheran Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

1200 Tongass Ave 99901

Ketchikan, Alaska

907.225.3010

We are called by Christ to Invite, Equip & Send


Winter 2018

Christmas Eve Worship
4:00 pm - Family Service,       
   An Emoji Christmas Story
10:30 pm - Candlelight Service

Sunday - Dec 30
10:00 am Lessons & Carols       Worship Service

Office Hours:
Tue - 1-4 pm
Wed - 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thur - 1 - 4 pm
Fri - 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Sundays
8 am Prayer Meeting
9 am Bible Study
10 am Worship
11:30 am Fellowship

Monday
3:00 pm Bible Study at Pioneer Home                  
    (12/24 @ 10:30 am)

5:30 pm Exec Comm - 1st wk of the month

5:30 pm Council, 2nd wk of the month

Tuesday
10:30 am Pastor's 
Text Study (location changes)

Wednesday
6:30 am Men's Breakfast
10:30 am Men's Coffee

Thursday
6:00 pm Women's NA meeting in Annex Bldg.


Christmas Time is Here Again!

        A couple of weeks ago I was visiting Craig on Prince of Wales Island. Amidst various activities of vising people and preaching on Sunday at the Presbyterian Church, I volunteered to play the part of Linus in a Christmas Fundraiser Show for the community. This meant having to memorize about eight lines from the scene in which Charlie Brown is frustrated and once again down and out, for, as he says, "Everything I touch gets ruined." The play he was asked to direct did not go well as everyone did their own thing. Even the Christmas tree Charlie brought back was lame and unsightly. Leave it to Linus to rise to the occasion, as he stands at center stage, asked for the lights to dim, and proceeded to quote Luke, chapter 2, which reads:

     For there were in that same region shepherds abiding in their field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, and angel of the Lord appeared unto them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel spoke unto them saying, "Fear not! For I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be for all people. For unto you this night in the city of David is born a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you - you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest. And on earth, peace, goodwill to all."

     Where would we be without the Linus's in our lives - people who point us in the right direction, sharing from their own beliefs and convictions when we find ourselves on the outside looking in, downtrodden, frustrated or angry? Linus knew the simple story of Christmas and wasn't afraid to share it with the rest of the gang. In truth, this is the work of the Church, to gather in worship, song and prayer, to share our joys and concerns, frustrations and challenges, and to remind one another of the larger story - the Story of Christmas. God's story of peace and goodwill towards all!

     If you're struggling with the meaning of Christmas this year, or just struggling for whatever reasons, know that there are churches all over Ketchikan who would love to share your burden, and welcome you into their midst to share the true spirit of  Christmas.

    Merry Christmas to you all !

            Pastor Keith