February 12, 2017

Post date: Feb 09, 2017 6:37:11 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Sheila Johnson in honor of her son Jeff’s 46th birthday.

FISH NEWS: Special designated giving to FISH Food Bank for the month of January was $770.02.

Lost and Found: Please see the table in the fellowship hall for any items you may have left at church. Thank you!

First Communion Classes Sundays Feb 26 & March 5 after worship. I am inviting all young people in about 3rd grade or older to two classes on the Lord’s Supper. I will leave it up to parents as to when you think your child is ready to receive holy communion. The book we use, “A Place for You” by Pastor Dan Erlander is written at about a 3rd grade reading level. We will also look up some Bible passages and each student is asked to create a first communion project out of paper/clay/fabric/wood/legos/paint or just about anything.

If there are students older than 4th grade, who are not yet receiving the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper, but would like to, you are certainly welcome to join in. The plan would be for students to receive their first communion on March 12th, or any time after that.

Church Phone Directory Update: Do you have a new address, phone number, email address that you would like included or other changes? If so, please stop by the free-standing bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall to make the changes for our 2017 Directory. The annual publication isn’t just for members, but for members and friends of First Lutheran Church. If you don’t see your name and would like to be in the directory, please add your name to the list. Please put a check mark, next to your name to show that you have checked to make sure that your information is correct. Thank you!

Red Cross Blood Drive: Friday, February 17th from noon to 5p.m. here at FLC.

Hymn-na-gras and jambalaya on Fat Tuesday, February 28th 6p.m.

Munch Madness: It’s that time again, for the annual munch madness giving to FISH Food Bank. Our first weigh in is Friday, February 24th.

If anyone is interested in helping at the Cold Weather Shelter, you can signup online at http://signup.com/go/JM7XYX, you will need to set up an account or login using Facebook.

Nursery Help Needed: Please consider signing up to occasionally help out in our nursery during the service if and when we have children up to age 4 who do not remain in the service. See the sign up next to the youth bulletin board in the fellowship hall and choose a Sunday. Thank you!

Ellensburg Christian School is hosting their annual dinner and auction Saturday, February 25 5p.m. silent auction, 6p.m. dinner and 7p.m. live auction at CWU SURC Ballroom tickets are $25. Please contact ECS at 925-2411 for more information.

Knit/Crochet For Peace is a non profit group starting up in Ellensburg. We will be meeting at the Ellensburg Public library located at 209 N. Ruby Street on the 1st Monday of each month from 1-2pm. Our plan is to knit, weave, quilt or crochet items to be given away. We will decide as a group which projects we want to work on. Some of the project ideas are hats and mittens for school kids, prayer shawls for sick or injured folks, stuffed animals for patrol cars and fire trucks.

We are also looking for donations of yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks.

If you are interested please come to the 1st planning meeting March 6th 1pm at the library. If you would like to make items but aren't able to attend please let me know, Meeting attendance is not mandatory to participate. For more information. Please contact Ginger Toomey at gingertoomey@gmail.com or 815-978-4892.


If you are a benefit member (have an Insurance policy or an Investment with Thrivent Financial) it is time to make a decision where you want Thrivent to send your Choice Dollars for 2016. You have until March 31 to make that decision or this contribution to your favorite charity or First Lutheran will go away. We have 96 Thrivent members assigned to First Lutheran and of these we have 34 benefit members that are eligible for Choice Dollars distribution. This money comes directly from Thrivent as part of their profit and not from your money so please make every effort to help either First Lutheran or a Charity of your choice. In 2014 First Lutheran received around $1,200, in 2015 we received around $800 and so far this year 2016 less than $100. The money is deposited directly into a Thrivent Ministry Fund at First and is used for help different ministries. You may direct your Choice Dollars in either of 3 methods;

1. Sign in to your account on Thrivent.com and select “Direct Choice Dollars.”

2. Call the toll free Thrivent Financial number 1-800-847-4836 and a representative will assist you.

3. Contact our Thrivent Financial Representative Jay Kelley at 509-494-3401.

If you have any other questions or need assistance contact our Congregational Advocate for Thrivent Michael Krekling either at krekling1@yahoo.com or on his cell 678-493-7300.

Youth Activities

Thank you to all who have contributed to our fundraiser, $329.32 and food drive! We appreciate the support our congregation gives us!

Youth cooks for FISH on Saturday, February 25! Meet at our church at 3 p.m. and we'll start cooking the main dish! Parents, I will need a couple chaperones for this one since we need to relocate our main dish to the FISH food bank at Mercer Creek.

Rock Wall Climbing in March! Keep the calendar clear for rock wall climbing on March 12. We only have 15 slots for this one, so be sure to sign up in a couple weeks!