August 4, 2013

Post date: Jul 31, 2013 5:38:41 PM

Thank you to Ginny Krekling for preaching today.

Pastor Dennis will be on vacation July 29 through August 25. Pastor Ginny Krekling will preach August 4 and 11. Pastor Mary Johnson will preach August 18 and 25. Pastor Mary is also available to handle emergencies, 607-9130.

Carpet Cleaning Wednesday, August 7th: First Lutheran will be closed for carpet cleaning in some areas of the church. It should be dry enough Thursday for normal use. If anyone is willing to move tables and chairs in the Fellowship hall to the gym after worship today, it would be very much appreciated! (The long pews against the wall can stay.) Thank you!

F.I.S.H. needs: fresh veggies with longer shelf life (celery, carrots, green beans) and empty egg cartons.

Financial Statements: The first half of 2013 financial statements are ready to be picked up. They are on a table in the Fellowship Hall. If you have an email address on file with the church office, they were sent to you via email.

Clothing Bank Donations: You may have noticed the donations box under the coat rack. The remodeled clothing bank at the Methodist Church gladly accepts your donations.

Can you help us mow the lawn? A sign-up sheet is on the easel in the fellowship hall to mow the church lawn this summer. The church has all the equipment needed. The grass clippings can go in the dumpster. There are lots of open weeks between now and September. Can you take a week or more? See Mike Luvera or James Stolte to find out how to get into the shed and dumpster or if you would like more information.

Sidewalk and A.C. repair: At its July 8th meeting your church council gave the go-ahead to replace sections of worn sidewalk around the south property. The city will do this and the $4000 cost will come out of “South Property Reserve” fund and the Grace Mattawa Loan repayment.

Only one of the 2 air conditioning units in the sanctuary is functioning and the other is on its last leg. Council voted to replace them both. The $8800 cost will come out of a Building Fund CD.

Summer Youth Program: We're two months into summer, but we still have a few key events and opportunities this August (including the Moses Lake Waterpark trip and Bible Memorization Lunch). The Youth Summer Schedule is available at FLC's web site ( or contact Joe Johnson at for more details.

Some Youth Event Cancelations: Joe will be out of town for a few days in August. Unfortunately, this means a few events will be cancelled (unless someone else wants to lead them). These canceled events include the Fall Event Planning Meeting (Sunday 8/11), High School Home Study (Sunday 8/11), and Open Gym/Office (Tuesday 8/13).

Moses Lake Waterpark: 8/20 9:30–5:00 We survived last year, so we’re going back. [$8–$10, depending on age]. We also need a few drivers. Although this is technically a "Youth" event, it's a great opportunity for whole families to join us.

August Youth-Adult Book: 8/25 6:30–8:00 The August book was a tie between Elisabeth Elliot's first-hand account of five young missionaries in Ecuador, Through Gates of Splendor (ISBN 0842371524) and Calvin Miller's allegorical poem/story of the Gospel, The Singer (ISBN 0830822852). We split the tie in a biblical way: casting lots (in this case, flipping a coin). Our August book will be Through Gates of Splendor. This is a fantastic book that tells a remarkable true story. Also, it raises some questions about God's calling and how it can change everything. Please, please read this. And remember, this isn't just for Youth. [Updates coming on the meeting place.]

Bible Memorization Challenge: 8/28 12:00–1:30 Memorize ten Bible passages by Thursday, August 29, and the Youth program will buy you lunch at Bleachers on University Way, 12:00–1:30 on Thursday, August 29. Download a copy of the selected verses: ( You have all summer to memorize these ten and recite them. Start now! (So far, we have one person who has memorized and recited seven....)

Email Updates: Would you like to receive FLC news, Youth updates, Prayer Requests, and/or Sunday School info through email? If so, then be sure to signup on the FLC Email Notification list. You can find a quick form on the FLC web site. Please signup now, and keep connected.

Thank you to all who signed up to provide refreshments in July for fellowship time after the service: The Outreach Ministry, Don & Donna Morris, Danielle Koss, Rita Sparks, Meiqi & Fan. We appreciate your donations. The sign-up sheet is on the kitchen door and there are lots of openings for future Sundays. Thank you!