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December 12, 2017

posted Dec 7, 2017, 11:52 AM by Christine Rice

Flowers for today are provided by Warren & Libby Street in honor of their 32nd wedding anniversary.

 

FLCW Tuesday, December 12th  Any women interested in helping to disperse money from the Rummage Sale.  Please meet me at the church Tuesday, December 12th at noon.  All are welcome to come help decide which charities to give to and how much for each one. Linda Strand 929-1816

 

Proceeds from Bread for the World Bake Sale: $645.00. With matching money from Rick Steves, $1,290.00 was contributed on behalf of our church!! Thank you all, Outreach

 

Weekend nutrition for hungry kids First Lutheran has an exciting new opportunity to reduce hunger in our community.  In partnership with FISH Food Bank, we will be providing weekend nutrition for about 15 needy kids at Lincoln Elementary School, and possibly for about 6 kids at Morgan Middle School.  St. Andrews already provides for Valley View and First Presbyterian provides for Mt. Stuart.  Also called the “Backpack Program”, this nutrition program supplies food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners per child to help hungry kids make it through the weekend. Our Food Bank contact person, Judy Ragland has placed a box under the coat rack with a suggested list of non-perishable and easy to prepare food items.  FLC will also order some foods through the Food Bank since FISH can get them at a greatly reduced price.  We will pack bags of food on Thursday and deliver them to Lincoln Elementary.  Teachers then discreetly hand them out to needy children on Fridays.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.  If you prefer to give a check, please make it out to First Lutheran Church and mark “Weekend Nutrition Program” in the memo line.  Thank you for helping to alleviate hunger in our community!

 

Cold Weather Shelter for homeless people   Thursday Nights are at First Lutheran. The weekly schedule is:  Mon - Calvery Baptist,  Tue - First Christian, Wed-Foursquare,  Thurs—First Lutheran,  Fri—Chestnut St. Baptist,  Sat—Mercer Creek,  Sun—7th Day Adventist.  Please call me 925-2844 church or 929-2927 cell or e-mail flceburg@yahoo and let me know and/or indicate on your Time & Talent sheet that you are willing or go to www.signup.com  Blessings upon you,  Pastor Dennis    Operating the shelter does cost the church money of course, heat, lights, hot water for showers and laundry. Would you like to sponsor a shelter night for about $30? If so just make checks out to “First Lutheran” and write “Cold Weather Shelter” on the memo line. Thank you!!

 

Youth Activities

 

FLC Youth are High School and Middle School kids in grades 6 through 12 who like to have fun while serving the Lord.

Today:  24 Youth have signed up to go to FUSED! in Roslyn!  Meet at the church at 12:30 p.m. and we will leave at one after we have  signed up to be in groups.  Bring money for the candy store, Maggie's pantry, etc.  We should be back between 5 and 6 p.m.

Thank you to all who helped at the Scandinavian Dinner!  We keep the punch flowing and made sure everyone had enough cookies!

Bring in gloves, scarves, and hats for our Warming Tree.  All donations will be divided amongst the Kittitas County Schools this year!

Have an amazing winter break and we will be back in action January 1 with our PJ Pancake Breakfast at 9 a.m.!  Come hungry!

 

December 3, 2017

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:08 AM by Christine Rice

FLC CONTINUES "BREAD" TRADITION! Last Sunday's Bread for the World Bake Sale was (again!) a rousing success!  BAKERS and BUYERS really rose to the occasion, generating MORE THAN $600!   And again, Rick Steves, famed travel guru, will MATCH our gift!  Thank you, all!

 

Congratulations to Taylor & Anna Dawson on the birth of a baby girl! Brooklyn was born November 26th and mom and baby are doing well.  Sheila Johnson is a proud great-grandma!

 

You are invited to the Scandinavian Dinner: Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 PM Please mark your calendars for the annual Scandinavian Dinner, which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm.  We will be setting up the Fellowship Hall to accommodate 173 diners.  To be sure that you and your guests will be able to be seated when you arrive, please pick up a FREE ticket for each person in your party.  We’ll also keep track of the people to whom we give tickets and how many tickets we’ve given away. In addition, we are asking for a crew of helpers and chefs who will be instrumental in making the event a success.  There are two sign-up opportunities:  one for being part of the crew of helpers and the other for saying what food you’ll prepare. The Congregational Life Ministry sincerely hopes you will join us for this festive occasion and thanks you in advance for your assistance.

 

Weekend nutrition for hungry kids First Lutheran has an exciting new opportunity to reduce hunger in our community.  In partnership with FISH Food Bank, we will be providing weekend nutrition for about 15 needy kids at Lincoln Elementary School, and possibly for about 6 kids at Morgan Middle School.  St. Andrews already provides for Valleyview and First Presbyterian provides for Mt. Stuart.  Also called the “Backpack Program”, this nutrition program supplies food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners per child to help hungry kids make it through the weekend. Our Food Bank contact person, Judy Ragland has placed a box under the coat rack with a suggested list of non-perishable and easy to prepare food items.  FLC will also order some foods through the Food Bank since FISH can get them at a greatly reduced price.  We will pack bags of food on Thursday and deliver them to Lincoln Elementary.  Teachers then discreetly hand them out to needy children on Fridays.  Your donations are  greatly appreciated.  If you prefer to give a check, please make it out to First Lutheran Church and mark “Weekend Nutrition Program” in the memo line.  Thank you for helping to alleviate hunger in our community!

 

 

FLCW Tuesday, December 12th Any women interested in helping to disperse money from the Rummage Sale.  Please meet me at the church Tuesday, December 12th at noon.  All are welcome to come help decide which charities, get how much. Linda Strand 929-1816

 

Cold Weather Shelter for homeless people   Thursday Nights are at First Lutheran. The weekly schedule is:  Mon - Calvery Baptist,  Tue - First Christian, Wed-Foursquare,  Thurs—First Lutheran,  Fri—Chestnut St. Baptist,  Sat—Mercer Creek,  Sun—7th Day Adventist.  Please call me 925-2844 church or 929-2927 cell or e-mail flceburg@yahoo and let me know and/or indicate on your Time & Talent sheet that you are willing or go to www.signup.com Blessings upon you,  Pastor Dennis

        Operating the shelter does cost the church money of course, heat, lights, hot water for showers and laundry. Would you like to sponsor a shelter night for about $30? If so just make checks out to “First Lutheran” and write “Cold Weather Shelter” on the memo line. Thank you!!

 

Holiday Shopping can Change Lives Americans spend over $300 billion on Christmas shopping each year. This year, consider giving gifts that fight hunger and grow the church with ELCA Good Gifts. Select from more than 50 gifts – from goats to water filters to school fees – to help people in need. All gifts can be given in honor of friends and loved ones, and each gift comes with a free card for you to share the news. Give online and you can now personalize cards to send directly to your loved one’s home or email address. Just sign in to www.ELCA.org/goodgifts and the rest is taken care for you. It is especially good for the person who is hard to shop for or has everything they need.  Help those in need this Christmas season by giving them some of the tools needed to sustain life and make a difference in their future.

 

SYNOD ASSEMBLY PLANNING MEETING December 4th!    Everyone is invited to the next EWAID Synod Assembly Planning Meeting at Howard Johnson's, 9 N. 9th Street in Yakima (just west of Exit 33 on I-82) on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:30pm.  We will finalize the theme, learn what things have to be done before the next meeting, and become familiar with the Synod Assembly venues:  Howard Johnson's and the Yakima Convention Center!  The Arrangements, Program, and Worship Committees are getting organized to complete some very important planning...Much needs to be done before the end of January!  Synod Assembly is April 27-29, 2018!  Contact Deacon Dave Hellerich, dave@hellerich, 402-489-7701 for more information.  See you there!


  Youth Activities


FLC Youth are Middle and High School kids (grades 6 - 12) who get together and have fun in the name of the Lord

Wednesday: Scandinavian Dinner!  Meet Amy by the kitchen at 5:30 p.m.!  High School youth - we keep the coffee flowing and the punch containers full.  Middle School youth - you get to help the littlest tykes hand out cookies.  Those trays can get really heavy!

Next Sunday: FUSED!  Tony and the rest of Roslyn is ready!  Meet at the church at 12:30 so we can leave at 1!  1st group starts promptly at 2 p.m.  Cost of ornament making is covered, but bring money for food, drinks, and candy at the candy store!  

The Warming Christmas Tree is up!  Bring your gloves, scarves, and hats to give the gift of warmth this year.  We are dividing our collection among all of the Kittitas Schools this year so that all of those kiddos can have warm heads and hands!

Coming next:  January 1, 2018 - PJ Pancake Breakfast!  Come in your pjs at 9 a.m.!

 

November 26, 2017

posted Nov 22, 2017, 9:27 AM by Christine Rice

Flowers for today are provided by Al & Estelle Johnson in honor of their 61st Anniversary.

 

Bread for the World Bake Sale today. Money earned will be matched by Rick Steves. 


You are invited to the Scandinavian Dinner: Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 PM Please mark your calendars for the annual Scandinavian Dinner, which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm.  We will be setting up the Fellowship Hall to accommodate 173 diners.  To be sure that you and your guests will be able to be seated when you arrive, please pick up a FREE ticket for each person in your party.  We’ll also keep track of the people to whom we give tickets and how many tickets we’ve given away. Ticket tables will be set up after church on November 26 and December 3 or until all tickets are gone. 

            In addition, we are asking for a crew of helpers and chefs who will be instrumental in making the event a success.  There are two sign-up opportunities:  one for being part of the crew of helpers and the other for saying what food you’ll prepare. The Congregational Life Ministry sincerely hopes you will join us for this festive occasion and thanks you in advance for your assistance.

 

Cold Weather Shelter for homeless people   Thursday Nights are at First Lutheran. The weekly schedule is:  Mon - Calvery Baptist,  Tue - First Christian, Wed-Foursquare,  Thurs—First Lutheran,  Fri—Chestnut St. Baptist,  Sat—Mercer Creek,  Sun—7th Day Adventist.  Please call me 925-2844 church or 929-2927 cell or e-mail flceburg@yahoo and let me know and/or indicate on your Time & Talent sheet that you are willing or go to www.signup.com  Blessings upon you,  Pastor Dennis

                Operating the shelter does cost the church money of course, heat, lights, hot water for showers and laundry. Would you like to sponsor a shelter night for about $30? If so just make checks out to “First Lutheran” and write “Cold Weather Shelter” on the memo line. Thank you!!

 

Holiday Shopping can Change Lives Americans spend over $300 billion on Christmas shopping each year. This year, consider giving gifts that fight hunger and grow the church with ELCA Good Gifts. Select from more than 50 gifts – from goats to water filters to school fees – to help people in need. All gifts can be given in honor of friends and loved ones, and each gift comes with a free card for you to share the news. Give online and you can now personalize cards to send directly to your loved one’s home or email address. Just sign in to www.ELCA.org/goodgifts and the rest is taken care for you. It is especially good for the person who is hard to shop for or has everything they need.  Help those in need this Christmas season by giving them some of the tools needed to sustain life and make a difference in their future.

 

SYNOD ASSEMBLY PLANNING MEETING December 4th! Everyone is invited to the next EWAID Synod Assembly Planning Meeting at Howard Johnson's, 9 N. 9th Street in Yakima (just west of Exit 33 on I-82) on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:30pm.  We will finalize the theme, learn what things have to be done before the next meeting, and become familiar with the Synod Assembly venues:  Howard Johnson's and the Yakima Convention Center!  The Arrangements, Program, and Worship Committees are getting organized to complete some very important planning...Much needs to be done before the end of January!  Synod Assembly is April 27-29, 2018!  Contact Deacon Dave Hellerich, dave@hellerich, 402-489-7701 for more information.  See you there!

 


Youth Activities

 

Thank you to all who donated last Sunday to the radio account at the 12th Man Fundraiser, we raised $600.00.

Saturday Dec 2: 1-4 p.m. Hot Cocoa/Cookie Making/ Crazy Gift exchange!  Come for the cocoa, make cookies, fudge, or bars, and stay for the crazy gift exchange!  *gifts may not go over $10!!

Sunday Dec 10: FUSED! Bring money for candy and shopping!  Leave the church at 1!  *Eat lunch before you come or bring a sack lunch to eat after church!

Wednesday, Dec 6:  Scandinavian Dinner! Middle school - serve cookies, High school - supervise beverages and clear plates from tables.  Meet by the kitchen at 5:30 p.m.

Be a part of the Christmas Pageant on Dec 17 - talk to Laurae for details!

 

November 19, 2017

posted Nov 16, 2017, 10:30 AM by Christine Rice

Last Sunday for the Quilt Sale. Buy a quilt before they are gone for another year, remember, they make great gifts.

 

Community Thanksgiving Service tonight 6p.m. at Grace Episcopal.  Offering will be given to the Cold Weather Shelter.

 

You are invited to the Scandinavian Dinner: Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 PM Please mark your calendars for the annual Scandinavian Dinner, which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm.  We will be setting up the Fellowship Hall to accommodate 173 diners.  To be sure that you and your guests will be able to be seated when you arrive, please pick up a FREE ticket for each person in your party.  We’ll also keep track of the people to whom we give tickets and how many tickets we’ve given away. Ticket tables will be set up after church on November 19, November 26, and December 3 or until all tickets are gone. In addition, we are asking for a crew of helpers and chefs who will be instrumental in making the event a success.  There are two sign-up opportunities:  one for being part of the crew of helpers and the other for saying what food you’ll prepare. The Congregational Life Ministry sincerely hopes you will join us for this festive occasion and thanks you in advance for your assistance.

 

There’s still time to turn in your time and talent sheets and financial pledges.  You may place them in the offering plates or there is a basket in the office.  Mailing in works, too.

 

Community Thanksgiving Dinner Wednesday, November 22nd 3:00-6:00p.m. at Teanaway Hall, 512 N Poplar.  It is free and all are welcome.

 

SUNDAY, NOV. 26: Bread for the World Bake Sale Cooks and bakers - raise a creative STORM and CLOUDS of flour! WHIP UP your  most tempting goodies, and PRESENT THEM  (TA-DAA!) at next Sunday’s bake sale! Bring your items before worship to tables in Fellowship Hall.  It all benefits Bread for the World – a good cause, and we’ll all feel good for helping!  (Going to be absent that day?  Drop off early baked contributions at the office.  Cash works, too!)

 

Thank you to everyone for making our anniversary celebration so memorable.  Setting up the cake table, lovely cards and greetings from all, Betty for staying and playing the beautiful music for us and to all who stayed when we  renewed our vows, and to Pastor Dennis for his part, and to Carla and Christine.  Don & Donna Morris

 

Special Giving to FISH Food Bank for October was $1,296.00. Great job everyone!

 

Adult Sunday Class 8:45a.m. in the Chapel. All are welcome to join in reading and studying “Love Wins” by Rob Bell.

 

New Members Class Nov. 5, 19 Dec. 3, 10 Sundays after worship Anyone who is interested in joining First Lutheran Church, or simply wants a refresher on what Lutherans believe and do is invited to attend these four classes after Sunday worship services.  We’ll meet for an hour or less with Pastor Dennis and read together Dan Erlander’s book, “Baptized We Live.”  Please plan on attending all four classes if you can.  It’s a great time to ask questions and get to know some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Cold Weather Shelter for homeless people   Thursday Nights are at First Lutheran. The weekly schedule is:  Mon - Calvery Baptist,  Tue - First Christian, Wed-Foursquare,  Thurs—First Lutheran,  Fri—Chestnut St. Baptist,  Sat—Mercer Creek,  Sun—7th Day Adventist. 

            Please call me 925-2844 church or 933-2605 home or e-mail flceburg@yahoo and let me know and/or indicate on your Time & Talent sheet that you are willing or go to www.signup.com and sign up. Blessings upon you,  Pastor Dennis

            Operating the shelter does cost the church money of course, heat, lights, hot water for showers and laundry. Would you like to sponsor a shelter night for about $30? If so just make checks out to “First Lutheran” and write “Cold Weather Shelter” on the memo line. Thank you!!


Youth Activities

 

Today!!!  12th Man Tailgating Fundraiser!!  We have the chips, we have the dips!  Get ready to rumble immediately after church!

 

Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

Next events coming really soon:

Sunday, December 3:  Trip to Fused!  We will make our annual jaunt up to Roslyn to make glass ornaments and enjoy visiting the town.  Bring money for the candy store and Maggie's kitchen!  Sign ups are a must and the sheet is up on the back of the board.  We need an  exact head count for the shop owner and for transportation!  Thank you to Renee Merten who submitted a sponsorship through Thrivent!  

 

Wednesday, December 6:  Scandinavian Dinner!  Middle Schoolers help the little ones hand out cookies and High School Youth are beverage re fillers!  Check in with Sheila and Amy at 5:30 p.m. by the kitchen!

 

November 12, 2017

posted Nov 9, 2017, 9:32 AM by Christine Rice

Flowers for today are provided by Don & Donna Morris in honor of Donna’s birthday.

 

Today is Consecration Sunday  Pastor Dave Kappus is our guest speaker.  Today we will be completing our time and talent sheets, as well as our estimates of financial giving for 2018.  We will offer them to God during worship and enjoy lunch together after worship.  The estimates of giving will be opened and seen only by our financial secretary Jim Stolte.  (Jim, and only Jim, already knows what people give to FLC for your charitable giving tax info.)  By the end of lunch we hope to have a congregational estimate of giving for 2018.  Whether you are able to pledge a lot, a little, or somewhere in-between, every financial pledge counts for keeping the ministry of your church going.  Remember that God loves a cheerful giver and we do grow in faith and love as we give first to God in our lives. And whether you pledge or not, everyone is invited for lunch.

 

Adult Sunday Class 8:45a.m. in the Chapel. All are welcome to join in reading and studying “Love Wins” by Rob Bell.

 

New Members Class Nov. 5, 19 Dec. 3, 10 Sundays after worship Anyone who is interested in joining First Lutheran Church, or simply wants a refresher on what Lutherans believe and do is invited to attend these four classes after Sunday worship services.  We’ll meet for an hour or less with Pastor Dennis and read together Dan Erlander’s book, “Baptized We Live.”  Please plan on attending all four classes if you can.  It’s a great time to ask questions and get to know some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Cold Weather Shelter for homeless people   Thursday Nights are at First Lutheran. The weekly schedule is:  Mon - Calvery Baptist,  Tue - First Christian, Wed-Foursquare,  Thurs—First Lutheran,  Fri—Chestnut St. Baptist,  Sat—Mercer Creek,  Sun—7th Day Adventist.  Please call me 925-2844 church or 933-2605 home or e-mail flceburg@yahoo and let me know and/or indicate on your Time & Talent sheet that you are willing or go to www.signup.com and sign up.  Blessings upon you,  Pastor Dennis

        Operating the shelter does cost the church money of course, heat, lights, hot water for showers and laundry. Would you like to sponsor a shelter night for about $30? If so just make checks out to “First Lutheran” and write “Cold Weather Shelter” on the memo line. Thank you!!

 

New Address for Bob & Teresa Bookout 2000 N Alder #57, Ellensburg

 

Sunday, November 26 - Annual Bread for the World bake sale!  In a time of negative rhetoric on all sides, is it not refreshing to support, and to be, a positive voice? Bread for the World is such a voice! In the 1970s, Rev. Art Simon, pastor of New York City’s Trinity Lutheran Church, and a dozen other church leaders— Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, and Lutherans — met to explore how they might address the local and global root causes of hunger. Those conversations led to action, and the founding of Bread for the World.  (See http://www.bread.org/history-mission.)  We at First Lutheran Church have long supported “Bread’s” mission: to be a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decisions makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, we advocate for a world without hunger. 

Two weeks from today, we add our energy and our “dough” (sorry!)  through our annual BFTW Bake Sale.  Let’s rise to the challenge! - mark our calendars, plan our baking, bring our baked goods to church on November 26, and give freely in thanksgiving for God’s gifts which we daily receive!

 

Youth Activities

 

Today!  After church meet in the kitchen for tacos!  We will be serving the congregation for their meeting, eat some tacos for lunch, and then go to the gym to pack Operation Christmas Child boxes!  Yum and fun!


Saturday, November 18 = 12th man decorating party! 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It's blue and green streamer time!


Sunday, November 19 = 12th Man Tailgating Fundraiser!  We need more food!!  Sign up to bring in some finger foods and chili!  Hot and BBQ wings are provided by Thrivent funding that Jim Stotle sponsored us for.  Those wings look lonely without some chips -n- dip!!

November 5, 2017

posted Nov 2, 2017, 11:33 AM by Christine Rice

QUILT SALE: The proceeds from this sale will go back to the church’s general fund; for music & worship, VBS, or where ever funds are needed. A handful of quilters have worked all summer on quilts for this sale. Please purchase one of these beautiful quilts made with lots of love!

 

Next Sunday Nov 12th is Consecration Sunday and the Celebration Luncheon Hopefully all of you had received the letter from our Council President Michael Greoger announcing this years’ Consecration Sunday and our Celebration Luncheon next Sunday Nov 12th.  If you have not yet completed your reservation card for the Celebration Luncheon please do so today.  You may get a reservation card from the ushers following service. This luncheon will immediately follow our Consecration Worship Service and our guest preacher this year is Pastor David Kappus, pastor at Central Lutheran in Spokane, one of our synods “Networkers”, a certified stewardship coach, and Ventures Leader in our synod. Next Sunday we will complete our Time and Talent sheets and our Estimate of Giving for our 2018 ministry year.

        Please take a moment today after service to thank our three members of council, Dave Burfeind, Sheila Johnson and  Julie Anna Boss for sharing their faith and presenting our temple talks for this years “Stewards of God’s Love” Consecration Sunday emphasis.

1Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV) “Just as body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body- whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free-and we are all given the one Spirit to drink.”

 

New Members Class Nov. 5, 19 Dec. 3, 10 Sundays after worship Anyone who is interested in joining First Lutheran Church, or simply wants a refresher on what Lutherans believe and do is invited to attend these four classes after Sunday worship services.  We’ll meet for an hour or less with Pastor Dennis and read together Dan Erlander’s book, “Baptized We Live.”  Please plan on attending all four classes if you can.  It’s a great time to ask questions and get to know some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Cold Weather Shelter for homeless people   Thursday Nights are at First Lutheran. The weekly schedule is:  Mon - Calvery Baptist,  Tue - First Christian, Wed-Foursquare,  Thurs—First Lutheran,  Fri—Chestnut St. Baptist,  Sat—Mercer Creek,  Sun—7th Day Adventist.  Please call me 925-2844 church or 933-2605 home or e-mail flceburg@yahoo and let me know and/or indicate on your Time & Talent sheet that you are willing or go to www.signup.com and sign up.  Blessings upon you,  Pastor Dennis

        Operating the shelter does cost the church money of course, heat, lights, hot water for showers and laundry. Would you like to sponsor a shelter night for about $30? If so just make checks out to “First Lutheran” and write “Cold Weather Shelter” on the memo line. Thank you!!

 

Women’s Bible Study has been changed from Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. to Tuesdays at noon.  We meet in the quilting room and all are invited to attend.

 

Next Spring’s EWAID Synod Assembly is April 27-29 in Yakima!  MANY volunteers are needed!  A second planning meeting will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 5606 W. Lincoln Ave, Yakima, WA on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  We need people to help plan worship, make arrangements, and organize the program for the assembly.  You can be involved as much, or as little, as you want.  There's something for everyone!  Bishop Kristen Kuempel plans to attend this meeting and share her vision for the assembly!  If you can’t attend this meeting but still want to help, please let Deacon Dave Hellerich know at (402)489-7701or dave@hellerich.com.  Thanks so much!

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers at First Lutheran Church Ellensburg—Hi! 

        I take this precious opportunity to sincerely express my appreciations for accepting me as your friend and for that Ulanga Kilombero Christians as your Sisters and Brothers. When I saw my picture at First Lutheran Church Walls, and the beautiful smiling faces of women, children, and men that evening, I was cut in my heart. What a Friendship, What a Partnership, what a Companionship? To be  given a chance to show my power point there , put unforgettable best memories in my life. You proved to me that you are our Friends and partners from the bottom of your hearts. Your are working very, very hard for your sisters and brothers in Ulanga Kilombero ( UK ), you are sacrificing a lot for us; our ult most appreciations to you all. What a sisterly and Brotherly Love, what can I say and do to repay you for all that. It is only God who can pay you back, for the sacrifice, offerings, and supports you do for Ulanga Kilombero Diocese. I have been overwhelmed by your love and commitment to our friendship and partnership

    Your Brother,
Moses Nwaka 

Assistant to the Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
Ulanga Kilombero Diocese


Youth Activities


Wednesday:  Family Fun Night!  This will be all about having fun with pie and bubble ball!    I will need volunteers to man the kitchen (dinner will be there) for baking and serving, referees, and pie coaches!  Fun starts at 5:30 p.m. for all ages - including adults!  


Next Sunday: Operation Christmas Child packing party!  Lunch is provided!  Meet in the kitchen after church where we will serve the congregation tacos (and have a few ourselves), then head to the gym to pack the boxes!

Sign up to bring something for our 12th man tailgating fundraiser!!  The fundraiser will be on Sunday, November 19.  We need chili and some fun "game day" finger foods!  Yum! All proceeds for our fundraiser goes towards our broadcasting time Sunday mornings!


Got Fall Play?  Elaina Johnson is a production manager this year and can tell you where to get them!  Showings are tonight and next weekend.  See our dramatic Youth front stage!

 

 

October 29, 2017

posted Oct 26, 2017, 11:10 AM by Christine Rice

Thank you to the choir, Betty, Tor and all the wonderful soloists: Isabella Hanreiter, Avery Garrett, Gayla Blaisdell, Jackie Vandeman, Hannah Marie Poole and instrumentalists John & Carrie Michel, Sarah Lee, Gracie Camp for their great work today.

 

Flowers for today are provided by Don & Donna Morris in honor of their 65th wedding anniversary.

 

Today Don & Donna Morris celebrate 65 years. Please join them for cake after church and then to the sanctuary for a renewal of vows service.  All are welcome to attend.

 

Big thanks to everyone who helped with yard cleanup yesterday!

 

New Members Class Nov. 5, 19 Dec. 3, 10 Sundays after worship Anyone who is interested in joining First Lutheran Church, or simply wants a refresher  on what Lutherans believe and do is invited to attend these four classes after Sunday worship services.  We’ll meet for an hour or less with Pastor Dennis and read together Dan Erlander’s book, “Baptized We Live.”  Please plan on attending all four classes if you can.  It’s a great time to ask questions and get to know some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

QUILT SALE Sunday, November 5 Save the date.  Please put November 5th on your calendar for our annual Quilt Sale. The proceeds from this sale will go back to the church’s general fund; for music & worship, VBS, or where ever funds are needed. A handful of quilters have worked all summer on quilts for this sale. Please purchase one of these beautiful quilts made with lots of love!

 

Cold Weather Shelter The month of November is rapidly approaching and First Lutheran again plans to host a cold weather shelter on Thursday nights, 7pm to 7am, November through February, for our homeless population.  Other churches in town will also take a night of hosting the shelter. First Lutheran’s first night of hosting the shelter in our gym will be Thurs. Nov 2nd.  We will need folks from FLC, as well as the community, to work the 7pm to 10pm shift, the 10pm to 6am shift, and the 6am to7am shift.  Thank you for caring about the homeless poor in Kittitas County. Shelter will be at the following locations: Sunday, 7th Day Adventist ~ Monday, Calvary Baptist ~ Tuesday, First Christian (& Methodist) ~ Wednesday, Foursquare ~ Thursday, First Lutheran ~ Friday, Chestnut St Baptist ~ Saturday, Mercer Creek

 

Next Spring’s EWAID Synod Assembly is April 27-29 in Yakima!  MANY volunteers are needed!  A second planning meeting will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 5606 W. Lincoln Ave, Yakima, WA on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  We need people to help plan worship, make arrangements, and organize the program for the assembly.  You can be involved as much, or as little, as you want.  There's something for everyone!  Bishop Kristen Kuempel plans to attend this meeting and share her vision for the assembly!  If you can’t attend this meeting but still want to help, please let Deacon Dave Hellerich know at (402)489-7701or dave@hellerich.com.  Thanks so much!



Youth Activities

 

Family Fun Night is coming up - Wednesday, November 8.  I need a couple adults to help me in the kitchen, one or two to referee, and three to be pumpkin pie coaches!  Lots of fun starts for everyone at 5:30 p.m.!

 

Next Youth event:  Sunday, November 12 - Operation Christmas Child Packing Party! After church meet in the kitchen and help serve tacos!  Earn community service hours!  After serving and eating tacos, meet in the gym to pack the boxes full of donations!


12th man Fundraiser - Sunday, November 19th.  Sign up to bring a dish!


Fall Play in November!  See our thespian Youth in action!  Ask Ben Johnson what times on the first and second weekend of the month!


Have you chatted with Cathy Idler about being in the Streets of Bethlehem?  Now is the time!  

 

October 22, 2017

posted Oct 19, 2017, 10:34 AM by Christine Rice

Next Sunday, November 29th will not have speaking announcements due to our Reformation Sunday Service.  Please submit any announcements, that would otherwise be read, to the church office by Tuesday, November 24th by either calling 925-2844 or email at flceburg@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

 

Next Sunday, November 29th after worship.  Renewal of Wedding Vows for Don & Donna Morris in honor of their 65th Anniversary!  Congratulations! All are welcome to come. 

 

Dear Friends of First Lutheran, Thank you all so much for Lillian’s wonderful baby shower! Everyone was so generous and thoughtful and Lillian received so many great things (and so did her big brother and sister!). Thank you especially to Libby Street and Laurae Lygre for all of their hard work putting it together and making it such an amazing event. We are very grateful and blessed to be part of such a wonderful church family.

Blessings,

Jess, Jesika, Allorah, Britt and Lillian Holcomb

 

Fall Yard Cleanup Saturday, Oct. 28 -  8:00 am to Noon As the gardening season comes to an end, we say a special “thank you” to our wonderful gardeners who have kept the flowers and grounds in the front of the church so beautiful all summer: Ida Malde, Bea Fairburn, and Doreen Day. Special thanks also to Isak Bergman and Jim Stolte who have helped with the lawn mowing this year: you are appreciated! Please come help on October 28th if you can.  Bring your gloves, rakes, clippers and other useful tools.  Pick-up trucks are always useful for hauling the leaves and branches away.  Please, no leaf blowers. Thank you!

 

Women’s Bible study will not be meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25.  We will resume class on Nov. 1.

 

New Members Class Nov. 5, 19 Dec. 3, 10 Sundays after worship Anyone who is interested in joining First Lutheran Church, or simply wants a little refresher on what Lutherans believe and do is invited to attend these four classes after Sunday worship services.  We’ll meet for an hour or less with Pastor Dennis and read together Dan Erlander’s book, “Baptized We Live.”  Please plan on attending all four classes if you can.  It’s a great time to ask questions and get to know some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

QUILT SALE Sunday, November 5 Save the date.  Please put November 5th on your calendar for our annual Quilt Sale. The proceeds from this sale will go back to the church’s general fund; for music & worship, VBS, or where ever funds are needed. A handful of quilters have worked all summer on quilts for this sale. Please purchase one of these beautiful quilts made with lots of love!

 

Cold Weather Shelter The month of November is rapidly approaching and First Lutheran again plans to host a cold weather shelter on Thursday nights, 7pm to 7am, November through February, for our homeless population.  Other churches in town will also take a night of hosting the shelter. 

             First Lutheran’s first night of hosting the shelter in our gym will be Thurs. Nov 2nd.  We will need folks from FLC, as well as the community, to work the 7pm to 10pm shift, the 10pm to 6am shift, and the 6am to7am shift.  Thank you for caring about the homeless poor in Kittitas County. Shelter will be at the following locations: Sunday, 7th Day Adventist ~ Monday, Calvary Baptist ~ Tuesday, First Christian (& Methodist) ~ Wednesday, Foursquare ~ Thursday, First Lutheran ~ Friday, Chestnut St Baptist ~ Saturday, Mercer Creek

 

Next Spring’s EWAID Synod Assembly is April 27-29 in Yakima!  MANY volunteers are needed!  A second planning meeting will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 5606 W. Lincoln Ave, Yakima, WA on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  We need people to help plan worship, make arrangements, and organize the program for the assembly.  You can be involved as much, or as little, as you want.  There's something for everyone!  Bishop Kristen Kuempel plans to attend this meeting and share her vision for the assembly!  If you can’t attend this meeting but still want to help, please let Deacon Dave Hellerich know at (402)489-7701or dave@hellerich.com.  Thanks so much!

 

FISH Food Bank Operation Harvest  Saturday, November 4th 9-3p.m.  FISH will be collecting food at local grocery stores and Rite Aid.  Many Volunteers will be needed at those locations and at the Food Pantry to sort food.  Please contact FISH at 925-5990 if you are interested in volunteering or have questions.

 

 

 

Youth Activities

 

We are continuing our gift drive and book drive!  Thank you to all who are contributing!


EHS - Happy Homecoming weekend!


Weekend of November 4: Catch some of our theatrical youth in the Fall Play!

 

Family Fun Night on November 8!


Streets of Bethlehem needs you to take a role in the singing, acting, drama, as an animal, town folk, or other character!  Call Cathy Idler for more information at 929-4826!  Pizza included!

 

October 15, 2017

posted Oct 12, 2017, 8:36 AM by Christine Rice

FISH special giving for the month of September was $1,655.00.  Great job!

 

FLCW Rummage Sale brought in $3071.50.  Thank you again to all who helped.

 

Confirmation Sunday for Nathaniel Widner, Mark Lease and Benjamin Johnson is October 22nd.

 

Fall Yard Cleanup Saturday, Oct. 28 ~ 8:00 am to Noon As the gardening season comes to an end, we say a special “Thank You” to our wonderful gardeners who have kept the flowers and grounds in the front of the church so beautiful all summer: Ida Malde, Bea Fairburn, and Doreen Day. Special thanks also to Isak Bergman and Jim Stolte who have helped with the lawn mowing this year: you are appreciated!

              Please come help on October 28th if you can.  Bring your gloves, rakes, clippers and other useful tools.  Pick-up trucks are always useful for hauling the leaves and branches away.  Please, no leaf blowers. Thank You!



Youth Activities

 

 

Saturday, October 21 - FLC Youth Meal Ministry (or as I call it: Yumm)!  Check in with Suzanne for details!

*Got toys and fun puzzles for our Operation Christmas Child drive?  Drop it off in the Christmas box!

*Got books for Mt. Stuart teachers? Drop it off in the box marked "Books".

 

*Thank you for being an awesome donor!!!

 

A HUGE thank you for Jim who just submitted a Thrivent request for our 12th Man fundraiser and Renee Merten who volunteered to submit a request for Fused!!

 

October 8, 2017

posted Oct 5, 2017, 10:10 AM by Christine Rice

A huge thank you to everyone who helped with the Rummage Sale this weekend.

 

Karen McLean Memorial Service Sunday, October 8th, 1:30 p.m. Our sister in Christ, Karen McLean, died September 6th at the age of 83.  We give thanks for her good life and commend her to God’s everlasting care on Sunday, October 8th at 1:30p.m. here at FLC.

 

Graveside Service for Terry Widner is Saturday, October 14th, 1:00p.m. Our sister in Christ, Terry Widner, died September 18th at the age of 58.  We give thanks for her good life and commend her to God’s everlasting care on Sunday, October 14 at IOOF Cemetery.  A celebration of life will follow at 2811 Brickmill Road. 

 

Baby Shower: Announcing a Baby Shower for Jesika and Lillian Holcomb.  Lillian Elizabeth Holcomb, the second daughter of Jess and Jesika Holcomb,-was born on September 6, 2017. She joins big sister, Allorah, and brother, Britt. Laurae Lygre and Libby Street are hosting a baby shower for Jesika and Lillian. They are planning a light lunch followed by a game or two and time to “ooh” and “aah” as Jesika opens gifts for Lillian.

 

Jesika has provided the following list of gifts they would particularly appreciate:

· teething toys;

· outfits for fall and winter or for spring and summer; and

· contributions toward a new baby bouncer. (Their current baby bouncer was so much-loved by Allorah and Britt that it has seen better days.)

Who:  All women & girls of FLC          

Date: Sunday, October 15.                 

Time: Noon – 2 p.m.                    

Location: First Lutheran Church Fellowship Hal

RSVP: To Libby at 925-4304 or to Laurae at 925-3098

                                                    (so we know how many to plan for.)

 

 

FISH is in need of canned fruit & veggies, soup and chili.   

 

 

Confirmation Sunday for Nathaniel Widner, Mark Lease and Benjamin Johnson is October 22nd.



Youth Activities


For Youth:

Saturday, October 14 - Classic Monster Movie Marathon.  Meet in the FLC gym at 3 p.m.!  Bring a comfy chair!  Popcorn and candy corn provided.  Details: This is the "old school" original Universal Monster collection.  Instead of a haunted maze, we are going to spooked by the 1930 Bela Lugosi Dracula,  Boris Karloff's 1931 Frankenstein and 1932 Mummy, and the 1941 Lon Chaney Wolfman.  We may have time for the 1935 Bride of Frankenstein or 1933 Invisible Man.  There is guaranteed to be a lot of campiness, popcorn, and good old fashioned scares!  This event is a YIE (youth idea event) that got a lot of thumbs up!

 

For Families:

FAMILY FUN NIGHT!  Tuesday October 10!  5:30 p.m. Get those crazy costumes out and come on down to the church.  This is an all family event where we eat, play, and get the heebie jeebies in the Youth Jump-Scare Fun House.  A thank you to the Winter family who will be making their famous Boo Burritos and our youth members who have taken charge and created the fun house!

 

For Everyone:

Operation Christmas Child Donation Drive!  Bring in toys, crayons, coloring books, socks, and toothbrushes!  These boxes will go all over the world and make many impoverished kids happy!  Collection goes all month into November when we pack boxes!

 

Books!

Mt Stuart has called on us to gather books for new teachers.  Think grades K - 5, but don't forget those advanced readers.  I picked up some amazing gems at the rummage sale!  What do you have, that an eager reader can get into?

 

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