February 18, 2018

Post date: Feb 15, 2018 5:14:25 PM

If anyone has an exercise bike for sale or borrow, please, contact Bev Gruber 962-2795.

FISH special offering for the month of January was $793.00.

The Wednesday Soup and Bread Supper will be hosted this week by members of the Congregation Life Ministry. Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for a delicious meal. At 6:50p we will move into the sanctuary for Holden Evening Prayer, scripture and a brief message, and a little review of Luther’s small catechism we’ll wrap it up by 7:30p 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:

Outreach – February 28

Worship & Music– March 7

Education and Youth—March 14

Property Management and Stewardship—March 21

First Communion Classes Sundays Feb 25 & March 4 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. We will meet in the chapel. If there are students older than 3rd 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. If kids have not been baptized yet, we will need to talk about that. Please let Pastor Dennis know if you are coming 925-2844 or flceburg@yahoo.com

Back by popular demand!!! - Munch Madness for the third year - benefits FISH food bank. Please bring lots of food (the heavier the better ) next Sunday as the first "weigh-in" is Friday, Feb. 23rd! We have done very well the last 2 years. Munch Madness competition will be structured similar to the NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament. Businesses and organizations participating will be placed in tournament style brackets as a team, and on a weekly basis from the dates of February 23, 2018 to March 16, 2018, teams will collect food. The weigh-ins will be February 23, March 2, March 9, And, March 16. The teams that bring in the most food in pounds move on in the brackets. After the first weigh-in, teams will be narrowed down to 16 total teams. If your team is knocked out of the competition, we encouraged you to continue to collect food and partner with another team of your choice that has moved ahead.

LAST SUNDAY for the 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 2018 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!

Thrivent CHOICE DOLLARS reminder. Are you a Thrivent Financial member? If so, you may have Thrivent Choice Dollars available to help support one of the ministries here at First Lutheran in Ellensburg. You have until March 31 to designate where these dollars are used or they go away. This money is NOT out of your account and comes directly from Thrivent but you have to designate where the funds are sent. You have to do this each and every year or the money goes away. Do not hesitate to put this on your To Do List this week! You may select where this money goes in three different ways;

Sign in to www.thrivent.com with your ID and password and select “My Thrivent” then select, “Direct Choice Dollars” (just above “Start an Action Team”). You may select First Lutheran Church (or another approved 501c3) as the recipient of these funds;

Call Thrivent Financial toll free at 1-800-847-4836 and let them know you want to assign your Thrivent Choice Dollars and they will assist you with this.

Call our Thrivent Financial Representative in Yakima, Jay Kelley at 509-494-3401 and he will assist you.

All the monies received at FLC from Thrivent Financial Choice Dollars program goes into a special account to be used for special needs of the ministries of FLC. Don’t delay! Connect these funds to somewhere they can do good. God’s Work. Our Hands. If you still have questions please contact me krekling1@yahoo.com or cell 678-493-7300. Peace, Mike Krekling - Congregational Advocate

Youth Activities

FLC Youth (6th grade to 12th grade)

Wed: Lent Dinner and Devotional 6 p.m. -we eat dinner with our friends and families, then go back to the chapel room for devotional. We meet back up with our families at 7.

Next Sunday: Girls event! 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. we will be face masking, henna painting, volleyballing, and digging into ice cream sundaes! Woot-woot!

EHS Winter Musical 2018 is here! Come see our fellow youth members as Chip the teacup, Napkin/Old Lady with a cane, Maurice, and support our youth you wont see like the spot-light guy! Beauty and the Beast opens Thursday, February 22nd!! See the Youth Board for details.

*Mark you calendars: March 24 is the trampoline park trip!