April 30, 2017

Post date: Apr 27, 2017 5:52:42 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Lisa Saucier in honor of her daughter’s birthday.

OUR PEOPLE IN CONGRESS NEED OUR HELP! Bread for the World urges us to join Christians across the land in an "offering of letters" on Sunday, May 7. Do plan to linger after church to write to our one representative and two senators, reminding them to support measures to reduce hunger worldwide. This is our chance to cut through the din with a clear message which they do heed!

A model letter, names, addresses and writing materials will be provided. Speak up!

Last Confirmation Class Wednesday, May 3rd 6:30p.m. Time to turn in homework and keep working on sermon notes. Many thanks to Ida Malde and Carle Bergman for teaching with Pastor D.!

Our own Bishop Wells has written to Bishop Renard Mtenji of Ulanga Kilombero. Here are a few sentences from Bishop Mtenji's reply: "It is great to hear the news about your synod and the way all stand firm in faith in this changing culture. It is encouraging to us. Here, youth, women, men, children as well as elders are active in faith and in the work of God in parishes. What is encouraging all of us is the progress of work in Tumaini Seminary. Most of the time I'm speechless as I see and experience friends in the Eastern Washington and Idaho Synod working hard for students of Tumaini. Really, we are partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ. I see need to express my joy and thank all people who donate and pray day and night for Tumaini. To Marj Nishek and the companion committee* for working on this project for these years without feeling tired. I express my thanks to all who have assisted. I also hope, Bishop Wells, that you will visit us in the future. I hope and, if God wish, you will be with us at the dedication of the dining hall.

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Renard Mtenji

*Our own Ethan Bergman is a member of this committee.

STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY: Do you enjoy a Good story about how God is at work in the world? Are you someone who wants to share with others? Do you want to help grow God’s church here at FLC and reach out to others? We could use your help with our Year Round focus “Stewards of God’s Love”, Stewardship Ministry. We are focusing on building a year round stewardship emphasis using resources from a variety of resources, “Stewards of God’s Love” from the ELCA, “Giving to God” book by Mark Allen Powell, “New Consecration Sunday” by Herb Miller, “Embracing Stewardship” by Lane and Pomroy, and other ELCA online and printed resources. This is a great way to grow in your faith journey as we in turn, work together to grow God’s church here at FLC. We are looking for people to write bulletin inserts, “FLARE” articles, help with the fall Financial Response and Celebration Luncheon, and Stuffing envelopes for the Time and Talents and Estimate of Giving forms, and more.If you want to know more about how you can help, please contact Christine in the church office, Dave Burfeind via email- dcburfeind@gmail.com, (council contact for Stewardship), or Mike Krekling (Stewardship Chair) krekling1@yahoo.com.

MISSION INTERPTRETERS: We also need some help with someone who would like to help tell stories. Stories about ministry that has happened or could happen here at First, in our Eastern Washington Idaho Synod, and in the world. You could be trained as another Mission Interpreter here in our congregation and help share the stories we tell during our “Mission Moments” time at worship services throughout the year. As we celebrate the 500th year of the Reformation and our Lutheran heritage we have much to celebrate and many stories to tell of God’s Work done with Our Hands around the world. We are looking for two additional Mission Interpreters to be a part of this ministry. We have a job description and training information available for you to review. If you are intrigued in finding out about this ministry, please contact Christine in the church office for a copy of the job description and training or Mike Krekling krekling1@yahoo.com; cell 678-493-7300.

Thrivent News: Are you a benefit or associate member of Thrivent financial would you like to help out with our connection with Thrivent Financial by being trained as a Congregational Advocate? You could help coordinate ministries in the congregation or the community in applying for grants as Thrivent Action Teams OR You could answer questions about how to direct Choice dollars to your favorite 501C3 charity OR you could help teach or coordinate one of the several classes and workshops. Some of these can be taught by us or we could simply assist our Thrivent Financial representative in leading a class either at our building of another location in Ellensburg. These classes cover main Topic areas like, Basic Money Management, (topics range from basis money management, Identity Theft, to helping your children manage money), Life Events (topic range from marriage, sending kids to college, aging parents, retirement, and collecting Social Security), Generosity (leaving a legacy, how to share your Time, Talents, Treasures that align with your values), and Advanced Money Management (Understanding market trends and how to keep your business or property in the family). You may contact our Thrivent Financial Representative Jay Kelly; email - jay.kelly@thrivent.com , 509-494-3401 or Mike Krekling email krekling1@yahoo.com; cell 678-493-7300 for a job description and training information.

Youth Activities

Saturday – FLC Youth Swim! Meet at Memorial Pool!

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. all ages, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ages 13 and up.

$3 admission for ages up to 18 (18 and older pay $6)

Bring your own towel!

Final Family Fun Night! Last one until fall! We will be celebrating our Superhero powers and God-given talents. All ages join us at 4:30 for making a cape and learning superpowers from members of the congregation. Dinner at 5:45 and games after! Bring friends and come to have fun!

Coming soon: May 20 – Trip to play laser tag. Only 15 spots available and I will need two drivers. We are headed to the Family Fun center in Tukwila for an hour of laser tag, an hour with mini golf, and an hour of bumper boats. Tokens for the arcade are included! Bring a sack lunch and $5 for a deposit.