February 14, 2016

Post date: Feb 11, 2016 6:29:24 PM

Constitution and By-laws meeting next Sunday, February 21st after worship.

The Wednesday Soup and Bread Supper will be hosted this week by members of the Property Management and Stewardship. Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for a delicious meal. At 6:40 we’ll watch Albert Haase’s “keeping the Fire Alive” (we saw his presentations on Spiritual transformation a year ago in Lent).. Then at 7:10 pm we’ll move into the sanctuary for a 20 minute Holden Evening Prayer service. Come as you are to these fun and informal evenings of good food, fellowship, Bible study and worship. The following ministries are hosting soup suppers:

Worship & Music—February 24th

Education and Youth—March 2nd

Outreach—March 9th

Congregational Life—March 16th

First Communion Classes Sundays Feb 28 & March 6 after worship. I am inviting all young people in about 3rd or 4th grade 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 13th, or any time after that. Please, let the Church office or Pastor Dennis, know if you will be attending.

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 2016 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!

A Lenten Mission: First Lutheran is hoping to send several “Personal Care Kits” through Lutheran World Relief to those who are fleeing their homeland with very few personal belongings. Your gifts will make their way into the hands of Syrian refugees applying for asylum in Serbia. These kits provide refugees with items that are greatly needed but are unable to be purchased due to their cost. Please see the display table in the fellowship hall with a list of needed items to complete the kits. You may purchase a few or all of the items needed and we will be collecting them through Lent. Please put items in the box under the table. For more information go to: lwr.org/kits

Munch Madness: In support of the local FISH Food Bank, FLC will be participating in the annual Ellensburg Morning Rotary Munch Madness competition. The goal is to engage the Ellensburg area business and organizations in a friendly competition against each other to raise food for F.I.S.H. Food Bank. The Munch Madness competition will be structured similar to the NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament.

Business and organizations participating will be placed in tournament style brackets as a team, and on a weekly basis from the dates of February 22 to March 18 teams will collect food. On Fridays during these dates, teams will bring their collected food to the Food Bank from the hours of 3-5p for weigh in. Results will be published in the Daily Record and posted on the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Much Madness Facebook page.

Thrivent Members: Don’t forget to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars to your charity of choice (perhaps First Lutheran Church).

Free: If you would like to have an old green Lutheran Book of Worship, please help yourself. The church will hold on to 20-30, but please take home any of the LBW’s on the book cart near the coat rack.

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 www.volunteerspot.com and sign up. Blessings upon you, Pastor Dennis

Operating the shelter does cost the church money of course, heat, lights, hot water for showers and laundry. Would you like to sponsor a shelter night for about $30? If so just make checks out to “First Lutheran” and write “Cold Weather Shelter” in the memo line. Thank you!!

Thank you for your gift of $968.50 to ELCA World Hunger. Your faith support makes a difference for families and communities in need here in the United States and in more than 60 countries around the world. Your gifts make it possible for ELCA World Hunger to work with churches and companions as they identify and tailor solutions to hunger and poverty, including multi-year projects in water, micro-loans, livestock, health, agriculture, advocacy and more.

“Spread the Word” (we at FLC are all “Stewards of God’s Love”.) (A different way to recycle your weekly church bulletin) Rather than leaving your bulletin on the table in the church sanctuary for recycling, why not put it to use? Take it with you. You can leave it in your car so on your next visit to the vet, the doctor, the car repair, the drugstore or beauty shop you can leave it on the table with all the other reading material.

You can take it home so you can pray for all those on our continuing prayer lists, see all the announcements for the week, or review your notes from the sermon in the blank section of the bulletin marked “Sermon Notes”.

You can share it with a neighbor or friend or take it to a fellow member who was not able to make it service.

The Spirit works in mysterious ways and your bulletin may just be the most important thing someone reads that week.

Youth Activities

Lent Begins!

February 17 - Wednesday - Lent Devotionals after soup supper. Meet me in the adult Sunday School room for devotional time and reflection. Bring a bar of soap!

February 21 - Sunday - Nerf Battle and Pizza dinner! Bring your gear, pick a fort, and eat pizza. Life sometimes needs a little pizza while Nerf darts fly through the air.