Ministries

Opportunities to Serve

There are a number of opportunities to serve from the ministries listed below. Please consider volunteering for any of these. A church is made of all its members, helping each other in a common mission.

Committees

  • Stewardship/Evangelism
  • Youth/Education
  • Property
  • Finance
  • Worship
  • Caring/Sharing

For more information, download the description of these committees.

Sunday Worship

  • Greeter
  • Usher/Communion Assistant
  • Facebook/PowerPoint
  • Reader
  • Music including Choir, Bell Choir or Instrumental
    Contact Caroline Schwartz if you wish to share your musical talents at Sunday worship services. Home #444-3265 or Cell #770-7600.

Contact the Parish office for ways you can get involved in the various church ministries. Phone number is (701)444-3244, email is office@wclutheranparish.com.

Children’s Ministries

Sunday School

Sunday School is held every Sunday morning at each church that is having worship that Sunday. We follow the school calendar, so right now we are on summer break and will resume again in September. Times are yet to be determined for this fall, please check back and we will have those posted as soon as they have been decided. We strive for the kids to have fun growing in the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ through music, video, Bible lessons, activities, and prayer.

Parents are always more than welcome to lend a helping hand with any part of the Sunday School program.

Youth Education and LYO

Confirmation:

Confirmation Purpose (working statement): To, make the 5 Baptismal promises their own, to participate in the church’s mission, and to prepare to be an active adult member of the WCALP.

Confirmation is a 2-year program, starting in the 7th grade. Classes follow the school year calendar and will begin this fall. After completing the two years of instruction, students will be confirmed (usually in May). Classes have been every Wednesday evening 6:30-7:30 PM. If you have a student to enroll in Confirmation, or if you have any questions please call (701)444-3244 or email office@wclutheranparish.com.

Teen Ministry:

Youth for Christ:Campus Life meets every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00 PM. Campus Life leaders build relationships with young people to introduce them to Christ and seek to cultivate great moments of connection and community for young people. Through a holistic approach Campus Life helps students as they wrestle with critical issues. Leaders help young people realize a Christ-centered life that provides balance mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. This is open to ALL youth (grades 6-12).

Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO):

The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) is an organization of high-school age young people who are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The LYO is a place where the voices of young people are lifted up in the church. This ministry happens through young people discussing and advocating issues of importance to them concerning faith, youth ministry, the ELCA, local communities, and the world. LYO has been involved in various activities and service projects such as Friday Night Lights (movie & game night following home football games), ski trips to Montana & South Dakota, making lefsa for Thanksgiving, making subs for Superbowl Sunday, serving the community by helping with different odd jobs and more. LYO is open to ALL youth in grades 6-12.

Service Ministries

Food Pantry


The McKenzie County Food Pantry provides free food assistance for individuals and families in the McKenzie County area. All income eligible McKenzie County residents are welcome. The Food Pantry is located in the lower level of the First Lutheran Church at 212 2nd Street NW in Watford City (on the east side of the building).

They are open:
The first Tuesday of every month from 5pm-7pm
The third Tuesday of each month from 1pm-4pm

There is also a monthly food distribution every Thursday from noon-2pm at the Presbyterian church.

For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/mckenziecountyfoodpantry/


Women of the ELCA (WELCA)


The 2022 First Lutheran Church WELCA book is HERE
Learn About WELCA Here


The WELCA General Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month, beginning at 10 AM in the Conference Room at First Lutheran Church.  All interested women are invited to attend.  This is the meeting that sets the agenda for the women’s groups.

Women’s Circles at First Lutheran Church
Hope Circle
 – Meets at 5:00 PM on the second Monday at First Lutheran Church
Peace Circle – Meets at 1:30 PM on the second Wednesday at First Lutheran Church
There will be no meetings during June, July and August.

Banks Ladies Aid – Meets at 2:00 PM on the second Wednesday of the month at the following homes:
January – February – March — No meeting
April – Vonnie Johnson
May – Darlene Wold
June – Patti Leiseth
July – Jody Renbarger
August – Carol Moore
September – Barb Sorenson
October – Sue Wold
November – Banks Church
December – No meeting

Garden WELCA – Meets at 2:00 PM on the second Tuesday of the month at the Senior Citizen Center (no meeting in August).

Do you feel that you don’t know enough to participate in a Bible Study?  Neither do the rest of us!!!  That’s why we meet TOGETHER, to study together and help each other gain understanding of the role God has for us in this world; to gain an assurance of His extravagant love for us in Christ; to learn that we do not have to be Good Enough for God, only believe and accept the gift of His Grace in Christ’s Cross.

WELCA is an opportunity for service.  Each year the WELCA executive board, in conjunction with the Circles, sponsors a Spring Luncheon, a Spring Give Away (like a rummage sale, but all is free) and the big Fall Rummage Sale and Lunch.  These are fund raising events, with the money going to parish projects and a variety of charities.  In addition, a number of ministries in the wider church are supported through the local donations.  Women will be called on from time to time to provide food or work to serve the fund raising events, funerals and the monthly potlucks.  Together we can do so much more than anyone of us can individually.

CIRCLE, LADIES AID and WELCA

What is CIRCLE and LADIES AID?  You have maybe read about a CIRCLE or LADIES AID meeting in the Clarion or heard it announced at church or been invited by a friend or neighbor.  But WHAT is CIRCLE and LADIES AID?
CIRCLE and LADIES AID are part of WELCA – Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the auxiliary of the local congregation.

CIRCLE and LADIES AID is WOMEN – women of all ages, sizes, shapes, talents, professions and abilities.  Together, we CIRCLE and AID our church with love, prayers, and service.
CIRCLE and LADIES AID are monthly gatherings of women to share a short Bible Study, a short meeting to plan for upcoming events in the church, and to share fellowship and friendship with one another.


Salvation Army

Mark Honstein from the Veteran’s Service Office and Pastor Barb from the Glory of the Lord Church run Watford City’s district Salvation Army.

They offer help with shelter, transportation, and safety. They direct people in need to Watford’s various ministries.

For more information, please call Mark at (701)444-6853 or Barb at (701)444-9220.


 Bakken Oil Rush Ministries

The Bakken Oil Rush Ministry is a foundational, caring outreach that helps people in McKenzie County with things they are in need of through the Bakken Thrift Store. They also welcome donations. For more information, please go to https://oilrushministry.com/


Lutheran World Relief

Mission: Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering. The way we work is the most efficient, effective path that we have found to affect positive and enduring change. By building on the resources that exist in a community, our projects create sustainable development.

Our goal is always to identify local solutions to poverty that can be replicated and scaled up to reach an ever increasing number of people.


Quilters

Our quilters meet every Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. They sew together quilts to go to the Lutheran World Relief, our high school graduates and to our newly baptized children. Please call the church office if you are interested in being a part of this worthwhile ministry.

First Lutheran Choir

The choir meets every Wednesday at 7:00 (September-May) at First Lutheran Church. They will occasionally provide special music for Sunday worship. They also put together an annual Christmas Cantata, which they perform in December. If you love music and would like to join a group of people who just get together once a week and enjoy fun fellowship and making a joyful noise, PLEASE come and check it out! EVERYONE is welcome!

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