News and Announcements

Thompson Guy Blood Drive
Fall Work Day
Church Camp Workday
Oktoberfest 2023

is a response to the Christian call to help your neighbor with a need for housing. Volunteers who are interested in helping build a home are trained the workday morning, Saturday, October 14 at 9am. Contact Ryan Weseloh if you are interested or have questions.

Dr. Pulse (1)
River City Pottery Night

March 12-19, 2023 Puerto Rico Possible Short Term Volunteer Opportunites


  • Building a playground in Ponce
  • Painting the outside of the Church in Mayaguez
  • Building a walking trail through the trees in Mayaguez
  • Ground maintenance
  • Re-do all closets in the CARD house in Mayaguez
  • Other projects needed by the congregation

Vacation Bible School

  • Host a VBS for children in the congregations
    • Time: Once a year opportunity in June

English as a Second Language Outreach

  • Day Workshops or a Week Camp
  • Tutoring
    • Time: Flexible

Art Outreach

  • Workshops, Camps, Craft nights, etc.
    • Time: Flexible

Other Outreach Activites that help spread the Gospel, Plant Lutheran Churches, and Show Mercy

  • To be determined by the congregations in Puerto Rico. 
    • Possibilities include Music Camp and Neighborhood Outreach

Mission Education

  • Experience and participate in the Puerto Rico Lutheran Mission as you serve alongside North American and Alliance missionaries. you will learn about the genesis of Lutheran Missions in Puerto Rico. You'll also explore the present reality and prospects for Spreading the Gospel, Planting Lutheran Churches, and Showing Mercy on the Island. We will strive to match your team members' vocational skills and interests with efforts of long-term strategic importance. 
  • Areas to be explored include but are not limited to:
    • Missions (Divine Services, church plants, outreach events)
    • Education (catechesis, bible studies)
    • Mercy (ESL, Art, Fellowship nights)
    • Daily life (community visits, meals in host homes, sightseeing)

There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. You may also contact Nancy Gray at (423) 298-3418.

Board and Committee Information

               Every member of the congregation is eligible to serve on any of the Boards; we encourage you to do so. Below is a list of the Boards with the names of the current Chairperson and a brief synopsis of what each Board’s responsibilities are.

  1. Parish Fellowship – Denise Topp
    * Plan congregational meals and receptions
    * Oversee the Breakfast Room on Sundays between services
  2. Christian Education – Dari Selcer

    • Nursery
    • Sunday School classes
    • Vacation Bible School
    • Bible classes
    • Youth activities
    • Youth gatherings
  1. Building & Grounds – Michael Stephens
    • Oversee the maintenance of FLC’s church property
  2. BCA School Board – Joyce Enloe
    • Set school policies
    • Approve BCA’s budget
    • Oversee the hiring of teachers and staff
  3. Stewardship – Pastor Pingel
    • Ensures we are good stewards with our gifts
  4. Social Ministry – Nancy Gray
    • Food Pantry
    • Alzheimer’s Walk
    • EPB bills for those in need
    • The Giving Tree at Christmas
    • Outreach to the community
  5. Camp Board – Robby Tyson
    • Maintenance of the church campgrounds on Possum Creek
    • Plan camp activities such as the Luau, Fun Day and Oktoberfest
  6. Elders – Kenny Freer
    • Spiritual welfare of Pastor
    • Church services
    • Care for their assigned families
  7. Evangelism – Matt Townley
    • Greet and follow-up on visitors
    • Invite the community to worship with us
    • Help equip our congregation to share God’s message

Besides the Board positions, there are other committees always needing help. Here are a few that you are invited to engage in.

  1. FNS (Friday Night Social) – Nancy Gray
    • Plan fun fellowship events quarterly for the Congregation, such as Lookouts Ball Game, Axe Throwing, Bowling and the Annual Church Cruise!
  2. Altar Guild – Marie Townley
    • Setting up communion; decorating the church during Advent and Lenten seasons
  3. Quilters – Kathleen McMullen & Nancy Morkert
    • Make quilts to send to Room at the Inn/International World Relief; NO sewing skills required
  4. Ladies’ Thursday Night Fellowship – Janice Meissner
    • Every 3rd Thursday at 6:00 pm at various restaurant venues: devotions, meal and fellowship
  5. Men’s Thursday Night Fellowship – Robert Campbell
    • Every 3rd Thursday at 6:30 pm at Rib & Loin in Brainerd: devotions, meal and fellowship
  6. LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League) – Edeltraud Parker
    • Every 3rd Thursday at 10:00 am in the Chapel: snacks devotions, meeting and fellowship
  7. Wednesday Bible Study – Pastor Pingel
    • 1:00 pm every Wednesday in the Chapel
  8. Choir/Bells – Justin Hipp
    • Practice every Wednesday (except during the summer): Bells at 5:30 pm, Choir at 6:30 pm

We are also in need of help in the following areas:

  1. Nursery – Dari Selcer
    • During the 11:00 am Sunday service and special holy days, on a rotating schedule
  2. Breakfast Room – Denise Topp
    • Supply and set up snacks for between the 8:30 am and 11:00 am services, on a rotating schedule
  3. Flower Beds – Joyce Enloe
    • Helping one Saturday a month March through November
  4. Youth Sunday School teachers – Dari Selcer
  5. Young Families Social Group – Anyone interested in organizing this? We are blessed with many children up to middle school age. We would love to get them involved in social activities with the church. If interested, please contact Dari Selcer or Nancy Gray.

Thank you to all who have served and those who continue to serve at FLC!