February 28, 2016

Post date: Feb 25, 2016 5:32:10 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Estelle & Sheila Johnson in memory of their brother, Dale Christopherson.

J. Kelley with Thrivent is here today to help Thrivent members direct their “Choice Dollars” to their favorite charity. Thanks, J.

Thank you to everyone who helped cook, serve and cleanup the FISH Food Bank dinner here yesterday.

Cold Weather Shelter Volunteers Appreciation Potluck Friday, March 4th 6p.m. Chestnut Street Baptist. Come share a little food and debrief after the year.

The Wednesday Soup and Bread Supper will be hosted this week by members of the Education and Youth. 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: Congregational Life—March 9th Outreach—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.

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. February 22 to March 18 teams will collect food. Results will be published in the Daily Record and posted on the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Much Madness Facebook page.

Lutherhaven Ministries: Hike, swim, crafts, sing, challenge course, archery, explore, canoe, campout, Bible encounters, new friends, campfires… sounds like fun, doesn’t it? For 70 years tens of thousands of campers have attended Lutherhaven on beautiful Lake Coeur d’ Alene. Weekly camps this summer are offered starting June 19 for grades 3-12 (five nights) and grades 1-2 (two nights). Pick up a brochure on the kids’ table in the fellowship hall, find your camp program and register online. Lutherhaven offers reduced pricing (see the brochure) and First Lutheran offers “Camperships” to each camper to help defray the cost. In addition, Lutherhaven offers an early registration discount of $20 if paid by April 1. For more info about FLC Camperships, please contact Carla Bergman.

Youth Activities

Wednesday - March 2 - Youth serves soup for Lenten supper! Sign up to bring soup, bread, or a light dessert. Be in the kitchen at 5:30 pm to set up.

Sunday March 8 - Movie Matinee 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Popcorn and green airheads will be available to snack on!

I counted four Youth members plus three regular attendees casted in this year's Winter Musical. A shout out goes to Elaina, Madelyn, Patrick, Thomas, Gryffin, Caleb R., Jacob, and Eva who sing and dance the night away. Don't miss Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at CWU's Tower Theater! Tickets can be bought at Jerrol's.

Bring on the food items! Munch Madness is in full swing and we are in it to win it! We know better than anyone what kids our age likes, so bring in the fruit snacks, pasta, mac-n-cheese, and juice boxes! YUM! Lists are on the Food Bank box!