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March 24, 2019

posted Mar 21, 2019, 9:35 AM by Christine Rice

Flowers for today are in memory of Wayne & Lorena Martin.

 

The Wednesday Soup and Bread Supper will be hosted this week by members of the Stewardship and Property Management Ministries.  Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for a delicious mealAt 6:50p we will move into the sanctuary for Holden Evening Prayer, scripture and a brief message, we’ll wrap it up by 7:30p Come as you are to these fun and informal evenings of good food, fellowship and worship. The following ministries are hosting soup suppers:

Outreach – April 3;  Education and Youth—April 10

 

MEN’S LUNCH change of schedule!  Men’s lunch will not meet this Tuesday.  Upcoming dates are April 2, 16 and 30.  The Palace Café at 11:45a.m.

 

CHANGE THE DATE!  Celebrate the Morris’ Sunday, April 28th Please come and join us after worship on April 28th with cake and coffee to celebrate Don & Donna Morris. Wish them well on their upcoming move to Arizona.

 

New Phone Directories are available on the Kids Table in the Fellowship Hall.

 

A THRIVENT “CHOICE DOLLARS” reminder... Are you a Thrivent Financial member?  If so, you may have Thrivent Choice Dollars available to help support First Lutheran Church. You have until March 31 to designate where these dollars are used or they go away.  This money is NOT out of your account and comes directly from Thrivent but you have to designate where the funds are sent.  You have to do this each and every year by March 31.  Do not hesitate to put this on your “To-do List” this week! Call Thrivent Financial toll free at 1-800-847-4836 and let them know you want to  assign your Thrivent Choice Dollars and they will assist you with this.  (You can also direct online at thrivent.com/choicedollars, or by calling our local Thrivent representative in Yakima, Jay Kelley, at 509 494-3401.)

 

Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 20 children at Lincoln  Elementary and Damman School.  Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 


Kairos Outside (which helps women, who have a loved one that is or was incarcerated)will be using our facilities on April 13th for a training and April 26-28 for a weekend retreat. They are a weekend retreat intended to help strength the family unit and encourage small support groups.  Kairos of Eastern WA holds one weekend a year to provide a secure place for women to share their struggles. Not everyone feels called to this type of ministry or can make the time commitment that is needed to form a team. The women that attend (the guests) do not pay anything.  Team members are working throughout the year to raise funds to cover the expense of a three day weekend for up to 80 people. If you would like to help volunteer your time or for more information, please contact Michele Brown at 407-443-0682 or Micheled_brown@yahoo.com



Youth Activities

FLC Youth (grades 6 - 12)

Wednesday, March 27    Youth Lenten Devotional and Fellowship  Meet in the adult Sunday School Room at 6:30 pm.  After-soup-snacks will be served.

 

Friday, March 29    High School Hang Out!  6 - 8 pm  Meet in the Fellowship Hall for some serious senior down time!

 

Thank you to everyone who bought an Irish Soda Bread loaf!  We made over $100, which will pay for lunch on a really fun trip to Leavenworth and Wenatchee!

 

Thank you to those who supported the EHS Senior Class (and Easter Sunday) by ordering a Butterbraid bread loaf!  The bread will be in April 11.

 

A big hug and thank you to Deb Butler who never fails to text the best three words: "Count me in" or "on my way"!

 

Seniors:  You're looking great - at least I think you are!  Please send in a copy of your senior photo ASAP.  The graduate board goes up in a week!

 

March 17, 2019

posted Mar 14, 2019, 8:41 AM by Christine Rice

Flowers today are provided by Al & Estelle Johnson in memory of their daughter Cheryl Barnhart who passed one year ago.

 

Pastor Dennis will be at the Dean’s Retreat in Cottonwood, ID Monday the 18th– Wednesday the 20th.  Back in time for soup on Wednesday (hopefully). 

             The office is open regular hours.

 

NO CHOIR PRACTICE on March 21st. 

 

MEN’S LUNCH change of schedule!  Men’s lunch at The Palace Café will be this Tuesday, March 19th at 11:45a.m.

 

FISH Food Bank Special Offering for February was $455.50.  Thank you to everyone for supporting Munch Madness!

 

The Wednesday Soup and Bread Supper will be hosted this week by members of the Congregational Life Ministry.  Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for a delicious mealAt 6:50p we will move into the sanctuary for Holden Evening Prayer, scripture and a brief message, we’ll wrap it up by 7:30p Come as you are to these fun and informal evenings of good food, fellowship and worship. The following ministries are hosting soup suppers:

Stewardship and Property Management – March 27;

Outreach – April 3;  Education and Youth—April 10

 

Celebrate the Morris’ Sunday, March 31st Please come and join us after worship on March 31st with cake and coffee to celebrate Don & Donna Morris. Wish them well on their upcoming move to Arizona.

 

A THRIVENT “CHOICE DOLLARS” reminder... Are you a Thrivent Financial member?  If so, you may have Thrivent Choice Dollars available to help support First Lutheran Church. You have until March 31 to designate where these dollars are used or they go away.  This money is NOT out of your account and comes directly from Thrivent but you have to designate where the funds are sent.  You have to do this each and every year by March 31.  Do not hesitate to put this on your “To-do List” this week! Call Thrivent  Financial toll free at 1-800-847-4836 and let them know you want to  assign your Thrivent Choice Dollars and they will assist you with this.  (You can also direct online at thrivent.com/choicedollars, or by calling our local Thrivent representative in Yakima, Jay Kelley, at 509 494-3401.)

 

Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 20 children at Lincoln  Elementary and Damman School.  Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 

 

Thank you to FLC for hosting the blood drive on March 11.  We collected 19 units which will help to save nearly 60 lives!  — JayAnn Merkle, Yakima Red Cross



Youth Activities

 

FLC Youth (6th grade to 12th grade)

 

Lá Pádraig Shona!

 

Sa lá atá inniu, beimid ag freastal ar sólaistí tar éis na heaglaise agus ár n-Arán Soda Éireannach a dhíol. Téigh in aithne do Amy sa Chistin tar éis an comainnithe!

 

Dé Céadaoin Leanann an dinnéar anraith agus na deabhóidí anraith Lenten: 5:30 in

 

Tá clárúcháin réidh ar thaobh Aibreáin an bhoird Óige! Seiceáil é amach!


English version:
Happy St Patrick's Day!

Today we will we will be serving refreshments after church and Selling our Irish Soda Bread.  Meet Amy in the Kitchen after communion!  

Wednesday  Lenten soup dinner and devotionals continue:  5:30 pm  


Sign ups are ready on the April side of the Youth board!  Check it out!

 

March 10, 2019

posted Mar 7, 2019, 9:02 AM by Christine Rice

Flowers for today are provided by David & Laurae Lygre in celebration of Ester Lygre Holte who is 101 1/2 and her recent move to a new retirement center.

 

The Wednesday Soup and Bread Supper will be hosted this week by members of the Worship & Music Ministry.  Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for a delicious mealAt 6:50p we will move into the sanctuary for Holden Evening Prayer, scripture and a brief message, we’ll wrap it up by 7:30p Come as you are to these fun and informal evenings of good food, fellowship and worship. The following ministries are hosting soup suppers:

Congregational Life – March 20;   Stewardship and Property Management – March 27;

Outreach – April 3;  Education and Youth—April 10

 

Red Cross Blood Drive Monday, March 11th 1:30-6:00 p.m. at FLC.

 

Due to Wintry weather the Cold Weather Shelter for the homeless is being extended a week.  First Lutheran’s last night of hosting is March 21st.

 

MUNCH MADNESS SUPPORT CONTINUES! FLC is off to a strong start in this year's "Munch Madness" food drive: 741 pounds at the February 22 weigh-in, topped by 865 pounds on March 1!  The Friday, March 8 poundage will be announced and posted today.  Good job! The final push is on!  We all can tote our tonnage to the FISH FOOD box  area, or leave cash gifts in the church office or with Julie Anna Boss, before 2:30 p.m. this coming Friday.  Drop by the church around 3 on Friday to see the final load depart for the Food Bank!

 

A THRIVENT “CHOICE DOLLARS” reminder... Are you a Thrivent Financial member?  If so, you may have Thrivent Choice Dollars available to help support First Lutheran Church. You have until March 31 to designate where these dollars are used or they go away.  This money is NOT out of your account and comes directly from Thrivent but you have to designate where the funds are sent.  You have to do this each and every year by March 31.  Do not hesitate to put this on your “To-do List” this week! Call Thrivent Financial toll free at 1-800-847-4836 and let them know you want to  assign your Thrivent Choice Dollars and they will assist you with this.  (You can also direct online at thrivent.com/choicedollars, or by calling our local Thrivent representative in Yakima, Jay Kelley, at 509 494-3401.)

 


Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 20 children at Lincoln  Elementary and Damman School. Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 

 

Eastern Washington Idaho Synod Global Missions/ World Hunger Committee 40 Days of Giving Starts March 6, 2019: Lent 2019 As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent – self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love – strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament. Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Leaders Desk Edition) The world provides enough food for all, but more than 800 million people around the world face chronic hunger. We believe in a God of abundance, so as a church we live out our baptismal call to strive for a just world where all are fed.

This Lent, you and our congregation at First Lutheran Church in Ellensburg are invited to join together with fellow Lutherans to study, reflect, and give during the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) 40 days of Giving.

Experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformation works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation, and restoration. Journey into Lent as we explore the connections between our faith and our shared ministry to end hunger and poverty. Discover new ways to engage in the long-standing traditions and practices of Lent this year with:

A devotional calendar with ideas to engage in the Lenten Disciplines of self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love. A weekly study with information about how your gifts to ELCA World Hunger are at work in the world. Additional Resources including an inspirational weekly email series and coin jar wrappers to invite children and families into the practice of giving to programs in order to end hunger and poverty.

ELCA World Hunger 40 days of giving resources may be ordered at: https://www.elca.org/Resources/ELCA-World-Hunger The Eastern Washington Idaho Synod has been faithful in providing $114,000 through congregational giving to ELCA World Hunger last year. We have as a goal to increase this giving to $125,000 during the current year. With 92 worshiping communities in the Synod, this represents an increase of about $120 per community.

Blessings for you as we approach the Lenten Disciplines of 2019!

Ethan Bergman

First Lutheran Church, Ellensburg, WA Member, Global Missions World Hunger

Committee, Eastern Washington Idaho Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

 

 

Youth Activities

Youth Group (grades 6 - 12)

 

Wednesday, March 13 - Lenten Youth Devotional - after soup supper meet in the Adult Sunday School room

 

Saturday, March 16 - Luck of the Irish!  2-4 p.m.  Build Leprechaun traps, learn Gaelic, make Irish Soda Bread, more!

 

Sunday, March 17 - Youth does Fellowship after church!  Think green!

 

The youth will be selling loaves of homemade Irish soda bread during Fellowship on Sunday, March 17 for $5 a loaf!  This will go towards our summer Wenatchee or Leavenworth trip.

 

March 3, 2019

posted Feb 28, 2019, 8:30 AM by Christine Rice   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 8:31 AM ]

Change of venue for Men’s Lunch March 5 and 26 will be at The Palace Café in the Teanaway Room at 11:45a.m.  All men are welcome!

 

TODAY after worship, a Ministry Fair will be happening in the Fellowship Hall.  We are hoping to recruit and involve more people in Worship & Music, Youth, Education, Property Management, Congregational Life, Stewardship and Outreach.  Someone from each ministry will be at a table to greet you and explain more about what the ministry does.  Plus, there will be goodies at the ministry tables.

 

FISH Food Needs canned fruit and veggies, canned prepared foods (chili, ravioli), canned meats, rice, pasta, cereal.  People food only!  Please no big bags of rice or beans, only 1-2lb bags. If you are unable to shop cash donations are also being accepted by JulieAnna Boss and the office and she will do the shopping for you.

        Thank you to the Boss family for shopping and transporting the food for weigh- ins.  Thank you also to Fred & Jean Cutlip for their continued support of the Food Bank. 


Hymn-a-gras and Jambalaya  March 5th at 6 pm (Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras) Everyone is invited to enjoy a jambalaya potluck supper at 6pm and then sing hymns to your heart’s content with Tor Blaisdell and Betty Kramlich at 7pm.

 

The season of Lent begins this Ash Wednesday, March 6th with worship at 7pm. Our Methodist friends join us here at FLC for confession and forgiveness, imposition of ashes, scriptures, songs, a message and holy communion. “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.”   Joel 2:13 Soup Suppers and worship start Wednesday, March 13th.

 

Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 15 children at Lincoln Elementary.  Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 


Volunteer Opportunity:  “Lunch Buddies” is a group created to support students with social and emotional skills. This group encourages student interaction through conversation, support, and activities.  Mt. Stuart Elementary School is  looking for “Buddies” to spend lunch times with students in a small group or individually.  If you are interested, please call the office at Mt. Stuart for times and information at 925-8400.


Rise and Shine Teacher Position After 30 years of teaching, Laura Gorman is retiring the end of this school year.  She has loved her 13 years here at Rise and Shine, but she is now looking forward to spending more time being a grandma.  She will be greatly missed.  We thank her for her years of service and wish her the very best.  We are pleased to announce that Wendy Faubion, our teacher aide, will be returning next year for both classes. Advertising for the teacher position has begun.  The position is mornings only, September through May, formal training and experience required.  Anyone interested in applying for the position may contact the church office for more details.



Youth Activities

FLC Youth (grades 6 - 12)

 

Thank you to all of the parents who greeted with me this morning!  It's truly the best way to start of a Sunday morning!

 

Coming soon:

March 16 – Luck of the Irish 2 to 4 pm (all youth!)   Make Irish Soda Bread, build a leprechaun trap, Lucky Charms eating contest, learn Gaelic! 

 

March 17 – Youth Serves Fellowship after church (all youth!)  Bring in a tasty treat to serve after church.  Think green! We will also be selling our Irish Soda Bread made the day before (the loaves that we didn’t take home!).

 

March 29 – High School Hang Out 6 to 8 pm (high school youth!)  Meet in the Fellowship hall for snacks, games (yes, we will have Apples to Apples this time), and hang out.



Lenten Youth Devotional after Wednesday Soup Dinner   

Starting Wednesday, March 13- 6 pm (all youth!)  Join Amy in the adult Sunday School room for Lent Devotional after soup supper!   

 

 

Note to Seniors:  I need a senior photo (or copy) for the Senior Recognition board!

 

 

February 24, 2019

posted Feb 21, 2019, 9:24 AM by Christine Rice

Thank you to Judy Ragland for playing the organ today.

 

Flowers for today are provided by Al & Estelle Johnson in memory of her brother Dale Christopherson.

 

Sunday, March 3rd after worship, a Ministry Fair will be happening in the Fellowship Hall.  We are hoping to recruit and involve more people in Worship & Music, Youth, Education, Property Management, Congregational Life, Stewardship and Outreach.  Someone from each ministry will be at a table to greet you and explain more about what the ministry does.  Plus, there will be goodies at the ministry tables.

 

Volunteer Opportunity:  “Lunch Buddies” is a group created to support students with social and emotional skills. This group encourages student interaction through conversation, support, and activities.  Mt. Stuart Elementary School is  looking for  “Buddies” to spend lunch times with students in a small group or individually.  If you are interested, please call the office at Mt. Stuart for times and information at 925-8400.

 

Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 15 children at Lincoln Elementary.  Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 




Youth Activities

Youth Group (grades 6 - 12)

 

 

March 3 - Youth Parents help greet!  Meet me by the doors at 9:30!

 

March 16 - Luck of the Irish Event!

 

March 17 - Youth will be selling homemade Irish Soda Bread - Amy's family recipe!  $5 per loaf!

 

Winter Musical's "Hello Dolly" is now playing!  Six of our youth are involved and have worked hard for this moment to shine!  

 

I need adult or alumni youth volunteers for our April event!  See Amy after church!

 

February 17, 2019

posted Feb 14, 2019, 10:25 AM by Christine Rice

FISH Special Offering for January was $538.00.

 

Hi Everybody!!  This Friday is the first weigh-in for Munch Madness. . . . . a big day.  It is not too late to contribute food for our church's BIG DONATION to the Food Bank.  Please deliver food every morning all week except Friday when the office is closed.  Friday afternoon, all the food will be delivered to F.I.S.H.  It is a busy place that afternoon as all the M. M. participants are bringing their food.   Let's fill the Boss family's truck up!

 

Connect!  Women of FLC come meet for lunch (or dessert or even just coffee) at the Dakota Cafe on Pearl Street at noon on Thursday Feb. 21st.  Just like the men, or will it be?!

 

Volunteer Opportunity:  Lunch Buddies is a group created to support students with social and emotional skills. This group encourages student interaction through conversation, support, and activities. We are looking for “Buddies” to spend lunch times with students in a small group or individually.  If you are interested, please call the office at Mt. Stuart Elementary School for times and information at 925-8400.

 

Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 15 children at Lincoln Elementary.  Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 

 

LAST WEEK! Church Phone Directory Update: Do you have a new address, phone number, email address that you would like included or other changes?  If so, please stop by the free-standing bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall to make the changes for our 2019 Directory.  The annual publication isn’t just for members, but for members and friends of First Lutheran Church.  If you don’t see your name and would like to be in the directory, please add your name to the list.  Please put a check mark, next to your name to show that you have checked to make sure that your information is correct.  Thank you!

            

Photo board: If your smiling face is not in the photo board in the fellowship hall, we would like it to be!  It helps us get to know each better.  Please submit a photo or email to church.  P.S. Snap a photo of the whole photo board with your phone.

 

 

Youth Activities

FLC Youth (grades 6 - 12)


Washing dishes for the PEO Women's group luncheon has been postponed to May, so we won't be getting together on the 23rd.

 

March 3: Youth Group Parents greet!!  Meet at church at 9:30 a.m. to greet our congregation coming to worship!  Did someone say coffee first? Count me in!

 

March 16: Luck of the Irish - Lucky Charms eating contest, make a Leprechaun trap, make Irish Soda Bread for your family and Sunday fellowship

 

March 17: Fellowship treats and sell Irish Soda Bread!

 

Feb 21 - 23, March 1 & 2: Winter Musical!  Ben, Elaina, Kathryn, Lydia, and Madelyn all are part of Hello Dolly! - this year's musical!!  Better get your tix!

 

Seniors!  I need your pictures for the board!!

 

February 10, 2019

posted Feb 7, 2019, 9:20 AM by Christine Rice

Flowers today are provided by Diana Lien in memory of Dorothy Harris’ would be 100th birthday.

 

Souper Bowl donations that were collected last Sunday to FISH totaled $228.75.  Thank you to all who donated.


Connect!  Women of FLC come meet for lunch (or dessert or even just coffee) at the Dakota Cafe on Pearl Street at noon on Thursday Feb. 21st.  Just like the men, or will it be?!

 

First Communion Classes February 24 and March 3rd after worship. If we have enough kids.  3rd grade and up are invited to First Communion Classes.  Please see Pastor Dennis if you are interested.

 

FISH continuing the Munch Madness competition will be structured similar to the NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament.  Businesses and organizations participating will be placed in tournament style brackets as a team, and on a weekly basis from the dates of February 22, 2019 to March 15, 2019, teams will collect food.  Then on the following Fridays, teams will bring their collected food to F.I.S.H Food Bank located at 1407 North B Street, Mercer Creek Church from the hours of 3pm to 5pm to weigh in their contributions:

The first weigh-in will be February 22

The second weigh-in will be March 1

The third weigh-in will be March 8

And, the fourth and final weigh-in will be March 15

The teams that bring in the most food in pounds move on in the brackets.  After the first weigh-in, teams will be narrowed down to 16 total teams. If your team is knocked out of the competition, we encouraged you to continue to collect food and partner with another team of your choice that has moved ahead.  Thank you to the Boss family for transporting the food for weigh ins.

 

Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 15 children at Lincoln Elementary.  Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 

 

Church Phone Directory Update: Do you have a new address, phone number, email address that you would like included or other changes?  If so, please stop by the free-standing bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall to make the changes for our 2019 Directory.  The annual publication isn’t just for members, but for members and friends of First Lutheran Church.  If you don’t see your name and would like to be in the directory, please add your name to the list.  Please put a check mark, next to your name to show that you have checked to make sure that your information is correct.  Thank you! Photo board. If your smiling face is not in the photo board in the fellowship hall, we would like it to be!  It helps us get to know each better.  Please submit a photo or email to church.  P.S. Snap a photo of the whole photo board with your phone.

 

Youth Activities

 

FLC Youth (6th grade to 12th grade)

 

 

Today!!  Pastor I shrunk the Youth!  2 pm to 6 pm!

 

Coming soon:  Washing dishes for PEO Women's Group on Saturday, Feb 23

 

On Sale!  Tickets for our Spaghetti Fundraiser.   You don't want to miss it - good food, great company, and a fabulous time! Spaghetti Dinner is on Sunday, March 10.

 

Volunteers needed for one of our April events!  See Amy.

 

February 3, 2019

posted Jan 31, 2019, 9:08 AM by Christine Rice

FISH continuing the Munch Madness competition will be structured similar to the NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament.  Businesses and organizations participating will be placed in tournament style brackets as a team, and on a weekly basis from the dates of February 22, 2019 to March 15, 2019, teams will collect food.  Then on the following Fridays, teams will bring their collected food to F.I.S.H Food Bank located at 1407 North B Street, Mercer Creek Church from the hours of 3pm to 5pm to weigh in their contributions:

The first weigh-in will be February 22

The second weigh-in will be March 1

The third weigh-in will be March 8

And, the fourth and final weigh-in will be March 15

The teams that bring in the most food in pounds move on in the brackets.  After the first weigh-in, teams will be narrowed down to 16 total teams. If your team is knocked out of the competition, we encouraged you to continue to collect food and partner with another team of your choice that has moved ahead.

Thank you to the Boss family for transporting the food for weigh ins.

 

Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 15 children at Lincoln Elementary.  Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 

 

Church Phone Directory Update: Do you have a new address, phone number, email address that you would like included or other changes?  If so, please stop by the free-standing bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall to make the changes for our 2019 Directory.  The annual publication isn’t just for members, but for members and friends of First Lutheran Church.  If you don’t see your name and would like to be in the directory, please add your name to the list.  Please put a check mark, next to your name to show that you have checked to make sure that your information is correct.  Thank you! Photo board. If your smiling face is not in the photo board in the fellowship hall, we would like it to be!  It helps us get to know each better.  Please submit a photo or email to church.  P.S. Snap a photo of the whole photo board with your phone.

 



Youth Activities

FLC Youth (grades 6 - 12)

 

Today!  Souper Bowl Sunday!  - Pick a team and hold a pot to collect donations for the FISH food bank after service!  Meet Amy in the kitchen after communion!

 

Sunday, Feb 10 - Pastor I shrunk the Youth!  Come play games where you become the game pieces! 2 - 6 p.m.

 

Saturday, Feb 23 - Clean up for Camp funds! We are hired to washing dishes for the POE Women's luncheon. Our earnings will help boost the camp fund! More details to come!

 

Tickets for sale!  We will be selling tickets for our infamous Spaghetti Dinner/game night!  Watch for our table next Sunday!

 

A huge THANK YOU to our chaperones and volunteers who helped with the Retreat this weekend!  It was a blast!

 

January 27, 2019

posted Jan 24, 2019, 8:52 AM by Christine Rice

Thank you to all who donated last week to Gideon’s International.  $426 was collected and all money goes to Bibles, no administration costs.

 

Annual Meeting of First Lutheran Church: TODAY

            Our youth will be serving a baked potato bar.  Immediately after lunch we will have our annual meeting, the main purpose of which is to pass an annual budget and elect church council members.  So we need all voting members to stay for a brief meeting.  (If you are an adult or a confirmed youth, you are a voting member.) A budget forum was held on Sun. Jan 13.

 

Red Cross thanks FLC for hosting the blood drive on January 21st.  31 pints of blood were collected.

 

The 2018 financial giving statements are available in the fellowship.  If you did not get it in your email and you do not see it in the fellowship hall, let James Stolte or the church office know.  Those not picked up today will be mailed out this week.  Offering envelopes for 2019 are also available if you have not picked yours up yet.

 


Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 15 children at Lincoln Elementary.  Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 

 

Confirmation Retreat at Lazy F Camp February 1-2  The retreat is next weekend, so please signup.  We hope there will be snow.  If there is snow, please bring warm gear for the awesome tubing hill.  There will also be time for the game room, craft room and great food in the dining hall.  Make sure you bring your sleeping bag, pillow and a toothbrush, as well as a Bible and a notebook, as we plan to cover a couple confirmation lessons.  High school youth are welcome, too. $30 per student.  If writing a check make it out to FLC memo: Youth Retreat.  Scholarships available—see Pastor Dennis.  Adults—free! We’ll plan to leave the church Fri 2/1 at 4 pm and return to church Sat at 4 or 5 pm.  It’s a really fun time! Please, sign up on the board!

 

Church Phone Directory Update: Do you have a new address, phone number, email address that you would like included or other changes?  If so, please stop by the free-standing bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall to make the changes for our 2019 Directory.  The annual publication isn’t just for members, but for members and friends of First Lutheran Church.  If you don’t see your name and would like to be in the directory, please add your name to the list.  Please put a check mark, next to your name to show that you have checked to make sure that your information is correct.  Thank you! Photo board. If your smiling face is not in the photo board in the fellowship hall, we would like it to be!  It helps us get to know each better.  Please submit a photo or email to church.  P.S. Snap a photo of the whole photo board with your phone.

 

 


Youth Activities

FLC Youth (grades 6 - 12)

Today is the day!!  It's our annual Baked Potato Fundraiser after church!  Come eat a spud or two while you hang out for the Congregational Meeting!  Youth - meet Amy in the kitchen after communion!

 

Next Friday through Saturday - Confirmation and High School Retreat!  Lets go and see if there's any snow!

 

Next Sunday - Souper Bowl Sunday!  We will be outside the sanctuary doors to collect the congregation's donations to the FISH Food Bank!

 

Sunday, Feb 10 - Pastor, I Shrunk the Youth event!  2 - 6 p.m.

 

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Thank you to Judy Ragland for playing the organ today.

 

Special Offering to FISH Food Bank for December was $671.00.

 

Are you interested in being a Council Member?  We need at least one more council member for 2019.  Is this one of your gifts of the Spirit?  Please let Pastor Dennis know if you can serve.  You would be elected at our annual meeting, January 27th.

 

Red Cross Blood Drive here at FLC on Monday, January 21st 1-6p.m. (Martin Luther King Jr Day)  Please go to redcross.org to schedule an appointment.

 

Annual Meeting of First Lutheran Church: Sunday, Jan 27th

            Our youth will be serving a baked potato bar.  Immediately after lunch we will have our annual meeting, the main purpose of which is to pass an annual budget and elect church council members.  So we need all voting members to stay for a brief meeting.  (If you are an adult or a confirmed youth, you are a voting member.)  A budget forum was held on Sun. Jan 13.

 

Weekend Nutrition—We are in need of food for weekend nutrition bags for 15 children at Lincoln Elementary.  Please bring your donations and place them in the box under the coat rack near the sanctuary doors.  Examples include: Chef Boyardee cups, mac ‘n’ cheese cups, fruit or pudding cups, small crackers and cheese packs, basically anything that is easy for kids to open to eat for lunch or dinner.  Bags are assembled here every Thursday for delivery to Lincoln.  If you would like to donate money, we will buy the food—please write out your check to FLC and put “Weekend Nutrition” on the memo line.  Thank you for your support! 

 

Confirmation Retreat at Lazy F Camp February 1-2

            The retreat will come up on us fast, so please mark your calendars.  We hope there will be snow.  If there is snow, please bring warm gear for the awesome tubing hill.  There will also be time for the game room, craft room and great food in the dining hall.  Make sure you bring your sleeping bag, pillow and a toothbrush, as well as a Bible and a notebook, as we plan to cover a couple confirmation lessons. High school youth are welcome, too. $30 per student.  Scholarships available—see Pastor Dennis.  Adults—free!

             We’ll plan to leave the church Fri 2/1 at 4 pm and return to church Sat at 4 or 5 pm.  It’s a really fun time!  Please, sign up on the board!

 

Church Phone Directory Update: Do you have a new address, phone number, email address that you would like included or other changes?  If so, please stop by the free-standing bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall to make the changes for our 2019 Directory.  The annual publication isn’t just for members, but for members and friends of First Lutheran Church.  If you don’t see your name and would like to be in the directory, please add your name to the list.  Please put a check mark, next to your name to show that you have checked to make sure that your information is correct.  Thank you! Photo board. If your smiling face is not in the photo board in the fellowship hall, we would like it to be!  It helps us get to know each better.  Please submit a photo or email to church.  P.S. Snap a photo of the whole photo board with your phone.


Youth Activities

Youth Group (grades 6 - 12)

 

Saturday, Jan 26 10 am - 12 pm = Spud Scrub Party!  Grab a tater and sponge and start scrubbing!  We have potatoes to prep for our fundraiser Sunday!  No room at the sink?  Don't worry - there's lots to do!

 

Sunday, Jan 27 after church = Annual Baked Potato Fundraiser!  Grab an apron and pick a spot in the food line!  We are feeding the congregation for their meeting!

 

What's next?  Confirmation Retreat!  Feb 1 -  2

 

Souper Bowl Sunday! Feb 3

 

Pastor, I Shrunk the Youth, Feb 10

 

Washin’ Dishes (fundraiser), Feb 23

 

 

News From United Methodist

3rd annual "Battle of the Beans" Chili Cook-off - Thurs. Jan 24th from 5-7pm

Entrance fees:
All you can eat chili - $10
Price for those who bring chili - $5
Bring a pot of your own homemade chili and battle against others to see who will win the Battle of the Beans! Or just come to eat! Votes will be tallied at the end of the night and only one will be crowned the champion!
All types of chili encouraged (bring enough for at least 10 servings).
*Rolls/Cornbread will be provided (GF available)
Proceeds will fund CWU Wesley Club for an upcoming retreat

LOCATION: Ellensburg UMC

 

Eburg Talent Show - Jan. 26th at 7pm

Free event

Enjoy talent from around our community!

LOCATION: Ellensburg UMC

 

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