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September 4th, 2011

posted Sep 8, 2011, 5:49 PM by Doug Fessler   [ updated Sep 8, 2011, 5:52 PM ]
Stewardship “Welcome Back Potluck”:
  On Sunday, September 18th after worship is our “Welcome Back
Potluck.” Our summer away with family and friends was well needed. It’s a
great time to get refreshed and get reacquainted with friends, connect with
family and just plain relax.
  The welcome back potluck will be focusing on our active 
ministries. There will be a lot of information given by each ministry.  This
will be the start of our new stewardship campaign.
  We ask you to pray for all of our ministries. Please pray that all of our members
and friends give of their time, talent, and treasure. Also continue to pray for our finances,
so we can continue in our mission to serve others. 
  God has given to us abundantly; let us give back abundantly.
The 4th Annual “Women of Faith Retreat” is planned for October 14-16 at Lazy F
Camp.  All women from First Lutheran and friends from other faith communities are 
welcome to attend.  Registration forms are now available on the small table in the 
fellowship hall by the easels.  We will enjoy Bible study, sharing our faith, the great 
outdoors, time to relax, and of course, no cooking!  Our theme this year is “Abundance”
based on John 10:10.  Please see the invitation letter by the registration forms for more
Doing some cleaning?  Save your unwanted items for the  FLC women’s
annual rummage sale held this year on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday,
Oct. 1.  Please bring your things in that week.  Clothes, books, kitchen
and household items gladly accepted!  (No electronics, shoes, exercise
equipment or magazines).  All proceeds go to charity.

E-prayer:  Several members of FLC have expressed interest in having an e-prayer chain.
(Our telephone prayer chain will keep going, of course. And if you would rather be part
of that, let the church office know.) We could easily send our prayer requests via e-mail
from the church office. E-mail us here at: if you would like to be
part of e-prayer chain.
Youth Bar-B-Q: After worship next Sunday, the Youth are invited to a back-to-school 
Bar-B-Q and potluck hosted by Matt and Joell Boast. The Boasts will provide hamburgers,
hot dogs, and drinks. If you plan on attending, please sign-up so that we can tell the
Boasts how many people to expect. We plan to call them with a number on Thursday,
9/8, so let us know if you plan on attending before then. Also, please note if you can
bring food such as salad, fruit, or chips. (Directions will be posted on the facebook page
and in next week’s bulletin.)
Fall Youth Schedule: Events for the remainder of 2011 are almost finalized. Here’s a
quick look at what’s coming up in September and October. Look for take-home schedules
of events and activities at FLC.
9/11 Back-to-school BBQ at the Boasts’ house (12:00, following worship)
9/14 Confirmation Pizza Feed. 6:30 to 7:30
9/18 Sunday School begins. 9:00 to 9:45
9/21 Youth Night begins. 6:30 to 7:45 (Confirmation students are also invited)
9/25 Event Planning meeting (following worship)
10/16 Youth Quake/Youth Zone sign-up deadline (see “Youth Zones” announcement)
10/16* Apple gleaning (for cider)
10/17* Apple cider press at the Strands’ house (following worship)
10/30 Corn Maze in Union Gap. Leaving FLC @ 5:45
*Note: These dates may change due to the apple season. 
Youth Zones/ Youth Quake: FLC Youth have attended the
Youth Zones/ Youth Quake events — open to middle and senior
high students — in past years, though we missed last year. Start
planning now for this great time of worship. Dates are set for Fri-
day, November 18 through Sunday, November 20. More informa-
tion will come soon, including a sign-up sheet and expected costs. If you are interested,
check the web site ( Our deadline for sign-up is Sunday, 
October 16. If you decide to attend after that date, you will pay a “late” registration and
need to confirm openings. Pray and plan now! 
Youth Updates:  Do you want Youth updates through e-mail? If so, please e-mail Joe at to be included on our news and events e-mail list. You can also
watch the bulletin, the FLC web site, the Youth Facebook page, and the FLARE for more
The first day of Sunday School for all ages is Sunday, September 18th at 8:45 a.m.  Hope
to see you there!
Quilters: We start up again this Wednesday morning, September 7th. Welcome back!
Updates from the Churchwide Assembly:
Malaria Campaign 
  Every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease.
Now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will join with Lutheran
churches in Af-rica, to work toward a malaria-free future. This effort is part of the
ELCA Malaria Campaign, officially launched by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly Aug.
15 by a 968-19 vote. A goal of the campaign is to raise $15 million over a four-year
  "Throughout our life as the ELCA, we have focused our work with our global
partners around the concept of accom-paniment, our relationships with companion
churches all over the world," said the Rev. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl as she introduced
the campaign to voting members. DeGroot-Nesdahl is the campaign's coordinator. 
The 2011 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(ELCA) on Aug. 18 adopted a social statement on genetics and a series of resolutions
from an ELCA task force charged with recommending options for the future of the
  The assembly adopted the "Genetics, Faith and Responsi-bility," the ELCA's
11th social statement, on a 942-34 vote. It is one of the first by a North American
church that develops a comprehensive ethical framework for addressing advancements
in medical and agricultural research. 
  "Social statements are important documents for us as a church," ELCA 
Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson told the Churchwide Assembly, which met in 
Orlando, Aug. 15-19. 
  Social statements "guide us as we 'step forward as a public church' because they
form the basis for both this church's public policy and my public speech as presiding
bishop," he said. 
  The Churchwide Assembly also adopted a series of resolutions derived from its
Living into the Future (LIFT) task force and report. The vote was 914-5