Be Our Guest
October 24: Beef Stew, Crusty Bread, and Jell-O.
October 31: Spaghetti Bake, Lettuce Salad, Bread Sticks and Mixed Fruit.

Adult Forum on Planned Giving: On Oct 7, after our regular worship service, Mike Klinefelter from the ELCA Foundation will be leading an Adult Forum on Planned Giving, Wills, and Estate Planning.  Mike has lots of resources to help us learn more about planned giving, so that we are able to create thoughtful plans for our life and gifts.  

Adult Enrichment Retreat Day, October 18, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Are you an adult interested in Christian fellowship, coffee and the current state of rural ministry. Come to Camp Ewalu on October 18th for our Adult Enrichment Day. Warburg Seminary Professor Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen will be giving a presentation about rural ministry. Join us at 9:00 for coffee and fellowship, the presentation will begin shortly after. A Freewill lunch will be provided. Sign up at or call 563-933-4700.

One Year to Live Men’s Retreat, November 2 – November 4
Men of all ages are invited to an intensive spiritual retreat weekend at Camp Ewalu in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Synod. Join other men for challenging adventures, and fruitful discussions around camp. Registration cost: $200 by October 19th and $225 after. Please RSVP to or call 563-933-4700. Contact Jim Rathe at or call 319-231-5749 for questions.

JAM After School Ministry: JAM, Jesus and Many, is an after school program open to all Jesup kids in grades Pre-K through 5th grade.  It is a shared Christian ministry of First Presbyterian, First United Methodist, and American Lutheran churches in Jesup.  This fall, JAM will be at First Presbyterian Church on Oct 10, 17, 24, Nov 14, 28 from 3:30-5:15pm.  Our final program for the fall will be Dec 5 at 6pm, with a dinner immediately following.  JAM is also looking for donations of empty plastic water bottles with lids; red, orange, and yellow crayons; and small twigs to use in our craft projects; donations may be placed in the back of the church.  See Pastor Kristen for more information!


JAM Book Fair: The JAM (Jesus and Many) after-school ministry is hosting a book fair with children’s books from Beaming Books and adult wellness books from Fortress Press. Order forms will be available in the back of the church through the month of October. Display books will be available at every JAM session through October, and will rotate between First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and American Lutheran Church on Sundays. Contact Pastor Kristen if you have any questions.
Orders will be accepted through October 30. 
Books will arrive before Christmas, and possibly before Thanksgiving

Addresses for college students:
We would like to put together care packages for our college students when they near the end of their fall semester.  If you know of a college student who is connected to American Lutheran Church, please send their current address and date of their finals week to Pastor Kristen at

Remembering Loved Ones on All Saints Sunday:
Sunday, November 4, will be All Saints Sunday, a day when we remember all the saints who have inspired us and who have gone before us.  During our worship service, we will be lighting candles to honor the memory of the saints who have passed away in the last year.  If you have a family member, friend, or other loved one who you would like to remember in worship that day, please give their name to Pastor Kristen.  You will have the option to come forward during worship that day to light your loved one's candle during the service.

Fellowship Hosts
Fellowship hosts are needed for October & November. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall.


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