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September 21, 2014

posted Sep 18, 2014, 11:19 AM by Christine Rice

Flowers for today are provided by Sheila Johnson in honor of her grandson Taylor’s 22nd birthday.

 

God's Work - Our Hands:  We encourage each of you to bring "FOOD FOR FISH" (food bank) on Sunday, October 5th.  You'll find a list of desired food on the Outreach Bulletin Board (just right of the kitchen door).   Outreach

 

Please note that choir rehearsals will begin on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00p.m. in the Sanctuary. All who love to sing praises to God are welcome.

 

CWU students are returning to campus or are coming to Ellensburg for the first time.  The congregational life ministry thinks it’s a good idea to welcome them back and to invite them to worship with us. That’s why we are planning a potluck after church on Sunday, October 5.  To make this work, however, we’ll need the help of the entire congregation.  If you will be here and would like to help, you can prepare food for the potluck.  You’ll have a choice of preparing a main dish, a salad, bread/rolls, or dessert. There are sign-up sheets in the fellowship hall; please take a minute to sign up today.  Another way you can help is by talking to the students who come to the potluck and also to those who attend our services. Ask them about themselves and take a genuine interest in them so they’ll truly feel welcomed. Thank you in advance for your help and remember, sign up today!!

 

Gleaners are needed at the Food Bank. At this time of year people have ripe fruit on trees, but maybe they can’t pick it or they want to donate it to the food bank. If you can help glean fruit, the food bank has the contact information, stop by the food bank or call 925-5990.

 

A generous anonymous donor will match up to $500 of your donations to our radio fund; please give your gift by October 31st.

 

Thank you to our Sunday School teachersElementary—Cookie Ringe, Danielle Koss, Carla Bergman; Middle/High School—Joe Johnson; Adult class—Pastor Dennis.  All are invited to Education Hour each Sunday at 8:45.  Come join us!


Hospice Kits: First Lutheran will also participate in a service project for Global Health Ministries assembling Hospice Kits. These are distributed through Lutheran hospice programs to those suffering from HIV/Aids, cancer and other terminal diseases, reaching into remote villages in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Kenya.  Thrivent Financial has agreed to help with funding for these kits. The kits will be assembled by the Sunday school children. Please grab a list of needed items on the table by the donation tub.  Thank you for participating! 

 

Annual FLCW Rummage Sale

Fri., October 3rd 9:00-4:00

Sat., October 4th 9:00-1:00 

Items may be brought to the church beginning NEXT Sunday, September 28th until noon on Thursday, October 2nd.

 * Please, no magazines, computers, or exercise equipment.  And make sure all

appliances and clothing are clean and ready for use.

* We will also need many pies and bread!  BAKERSPlease bring your baked goods in by Friday morning!  Any questions?  Please call Linda Strand 929-1816.

Did you know. . . ALL proceeds from the sale are donated to several charities (including local ones).  Funds will be matched by Thrivent.

 

Stewardship Stu here with a questionHow important should stewardship be in the life of First Lutheran?  Do you think we talk about it often enough or too much?  Some folks think stewardship is a way of life, others think it's a buzz word for raising money.  The church council, working along with the stewardship committee, hopes to help us all question our response to the call to stewardship in the coming year through articles in the bulletin and the Flair as well as spoken messages.  Please let us know if this is helpful. See you in church.  Stu

 

Red Cross Blood Drive: Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 11:30a—4:30p in our gym.

 

Prayer Chain:  If you are interested in being on First Lutheran’s Prayer Chain, please contact Pastor Dennis or Carla Bergman.  What we need is your name and phone number.  Someone will call you with a prayer concern and you are asked to pray for the person or situations mentioned, and to pass on the concern to the next person in your chain.  Please consider being a part of this important ministry.


Holden on the Road at Lazy F: You can register by following the link to the event you wish to attend. If you have any problems with the registration system or further questions please email holdenontheroad@holdenvillage.org.


WHY WE GIVE

In 2013 ELCA members gave $1.7 billion in regular offerings to support God’s mission and ministry through the three expressions of the ELCA.

As members of the ELCA, our faith in a loving God frees us to be bold and courageous, open to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to be active in the world.

Our financial generosity is one expression of our love for God, for our neighbor and for ourselves. Mission Support - the portion of our offering that is shared with our synod and the churchwide organization – unites us with Our Hands doing God’s Work.

The stories of our faith in action, offers us a glimpse at what we can do as the body of Christ through our Mission Support. By working together, we can do more that we could ever do alone as an individual or a single congregation.

 

 Where it was used:


94.2% CONGREGATIONS - $1.6 billion remained in congregations

 

3% SYNODS – 51.4 million was shared to support ministries through synods

 

2.8% CHURCHWIDE ORGANIZATIONS - $48.8 million was sent through     synod to support the churchwide organizations

 


Youth Activities

 

Wednesday - Confirmation/YouthNight!  YouthNight - don't forget your bibles, a pen, and notebook!  We have some work to do!! 

 

Saturday - Grand Coulee Laser show is still planned, but can be rescheduled for next summer.  Those going - let's chat!

 

Next Sunday, Sunday, Sunday:  High School Hang Out is at IHOP!  Buttermilk short stack and reviewing our Tailgate Sunday plans!

 

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