December 6, 2015

Post date: Dec 03, 2015 6:13:57 PM

Scandinavian Potluck Dinner, Wednesday, December 9th at 5:30p.m.

We will be setting up the Fellowship Hall to accommodate 180 diners. To be sure that you and your guests will be able to be seated when you arrive, you should pick up a FREE ticket for each person in your party, we’ll also keep track of the people to whom we gave tickets and how many. Tickets will be available after church today. If you have tickets and cannot attend the dinner, please call the church office at 925-2844 to let us know you’re not coming. 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 indicating what food you’ll prepare. The Congregational Life Ministry thanks you in advance for your assistance.

Caroling to our home-bound members. On Sunday Dec 13th after worship we will have a light lunch and then pile into cars to sing Christmas carols to our home-bound members. All ages, including youth, are cordially invited to join in and share a little Christmas cheer with our brothers and sisters in Christ who can’t get out much anymore. We’ll visit several of the care facilities in town as well as some private homes.

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols Grace Episcopal Church, 1201 N. B St. Sunday, Dec 13th at 3pm. This wonderful ecumenical worship service has been happening in Ellensburg since 1988. This service was first presented at King’s College, Cambridge in 1918. The congregation joins in singing many Christmas carols. Choirs from a number of churches, including First Lutheran, sing separately and then as a combined choir. Pastors from different churches read the scripture lessons and a whole host of scrumptious cookies await you at the fellowship time afterwards. Come early to find parking and seating, as it is usually a full house.

Jubilee Joy: Our Christmas Program worship service “Jubilee Joy” will be Sunday, December 20th at 10a.m. We will do a brief run through for all in the program (children, youth, adults) so please mark your calendars for Thursday, December 17th at 6:30pm. This is for everyone! Bring your joy!

F.I.S.H. Food Bank News: Please help thank Roger McCune for his years of dedication, hard work, and vision at FISH Food Bank, and join with him to celebrate his retirement on Sunday, December 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hal Holmes. (Thanks to the Ellensburg Public Library for sponsoring this Hal Holmes event.)

Grieving through the Holidaze: Pastor Jen at United Methodist and Hospice Chaplain Janine Yoder will lead a group that seeks to provide a safe and supportive place for people who are grieving during the holidays. Meetings are December 10, 17 and January 7, at noon. To sign up call the Methodist Church at 962-9257 or email them at

Cold Weather Shelter for homeless people Thursday Nights at First Lutheran. The weekly schedule is: Mon/Tues—First Christian, Wed—-First Methodist, Thurs—First Lutheran, Fri—Chestnut St. Baptist, Sat—Mercer Creek, Sun—Community of Christ. 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 and sign up. Blessings upon you, Pastor Dennis

Wednesday Advent Worship Services Dec 9 & 16 at 7:00 pm. During the hectic month of December, we invite you to pause and pray. Come as you are to these half hour worship services of song, prayer and scripture readings. We will be using the Holden Evening Prayer Service.

Outreach: Rev. David Beckman, President of Bread for the World, writes: "I am so thankful for the Ellensburg First Lutheran congregation. Your recent telephone calls to Congress will help pass anti-hunger laws. Your persistent advocacy will see to it that fewer children will go hungry. Thank you for your advocacy and love."

Thank you to FLCW on behalf of the Trellis Center for your donation of $150.00. Thank you for helping us create opportunities where adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities are understood, valued and given opportunities to grow.

Thank to FLCW from Hospice Friends for the donation of $250.00. Thank you for your continued support of Hospice Friends your donation allows us to continue to offer peace, comfort and care to the elderly and those facing life threatening illnesses in Kittitas County.

Youth Activities


Saturday, Dec 12: Cookie Bake Off and Crazy Gift Exchange! Put on your best apron (or funniest) as we will be baking lots of cookies, brownies/bars, and random deserts such as fudge and rice crispy treats. Our hard work in the kitchen will be given to our homebound congregation members while caroling on the 13th! Bring a gift that costs no more than $5.00 for our crazy gift exchange! Homemade hot cocoa will be provided!

Help Needed: Wednesday, Dec 9: Scandinavian Dinner!

MMS Youth - passing out cookie trays as Santa Lucia

EHS Youth - pouring coffee and helping me keep the punch and water containers full. Lots of moving around!

Both groups meet at the church at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 13 - Caroling! Come sing your favorite Christmas songs to our homebound congregation members. We will be handing out our freshly made sweets and give the greatest gift of all: love. Leaving the church after a light lunch just after service. Adults are welcome, too and needed for driving.


The Christmas Tree is up and already we have beautiful hats, scarves, and mittens resting on its branches! Such a beautiful sight to see! After "decorating" all month we will be taking all of our warming gifts to FISH Food bank to be handed out to those who need them most.

FLC YOUTH in the Community:

'Tis the Season to watch our dramatic youth members perform in "A Christmas Carol".

December 10-12 at 7 PM, December 12 & 13 at 2 PM - all performances are at EHS

MMS and EHS musicians will be having their holiday concerts on Dec 8 (EHS Band) and Dec 15 (MMS Band) at EHS at 7 p.m.