July 1, 2018

Post date: Jun 27, 2018 5:46:4 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Sheila Johnson in honor of her daughter-in-law Samantha’s birthday.

Thank you, to everyone for their help with VBS, last week.

FISH Opportunities:

FISH Adopt a Shelf Program ….Soup…. This summer June, July and August, First Lutheran is participating in FISH Food Bank’s adopt a shelf program. If possible, these need to be pull-top cans of soup. This shelf holds all kinds of soups, from broth to hearty vegetable to meaty Italian wedding soup. Think of wholesome and filling soups, like barley or rice and chicken, lentils, bean soup and chicken noodle. Generic is fine, and bringing one or two kinds will also work. This shelf holds a lot! Please just bring them to church with you and fill our food bank box by the office door. We need to provide at least 50 cans a week.

FISH "Picnic in the Parks" food distribution program at summer school and parks begins Monday, June 18th every weekday. This year, children will be given sack lunches, meeting all nutritional guidelines. Volunteers are needed to fill the sacks from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. VOLUNTEERS ARE ALSO NEEDED. Hours are 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Please call the food bank at 925-5900 to find out how and when to help this fine program. Remember: FISH Needs our HELP to help these children!


Youth Activities

Youth Group (grades 6 - 12)

Thank you to our awesome Youth who helped out at VBS! We have made some great friends this past week!

Saturday, July 7 - FLC Swim! Meet at Memorial Pool at 7 p.m. We swim from 7:30 pm to 9 pm (10 pm if you are 13 or older). $3 admission.

Coming Soon: Thursday, July 12 - Cooling off at the Church. Badminton, Ice Cream, movie, and more! 5:30 to 8 pm


Soup for the FISH Food bank's soup shelf

School Supplies for Back to School (Fred Meyer has items on sale already)

Sign Up:

Various Hikes, Moses Lake Trip, and the River Float! Details on the board.

Statement from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on executive order

6/22/2018 About two weeks ago, I joined more than 20 other faith leaders in raising concerns about the administration’s announced plans that it would begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. In line with that statement, I acknowledge that President Donald Trump’s new executive order, “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,” does keep families together, but for how long and in what conditions? I am troubled by what the executive order does and does not guarantee. There is no provision for reuniting children already separated from their families, nor for children whose parents have already been deported. The executive order also allows for the possibility of future family separations.

The forced separation of children from their parents is unnecessarily cruel, further traumatizing families who have already suffered in their countries of origin and on the dangerous journey to the U.S. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its predecessor church bodies have a long history of caring for children, families and refugees. It’s who we are. This executive order will expand the detention of families. The ELCA opposed the detention of families policy during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, and we oppose the policy now. Detention centers are not designed to support families. Community-based alternatives to detention, like ones that Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has piloted, are cost-effective ways to ensure that children and parents can await their court case in a dignified setting.

In his explanation of the Lord’s Prayer in the Small Catechism, Martin Luther reminds us that good government is part of our daily bread. As Lutherans and as citizens, we can work with elected officials toward humane, just, and compassionate solutions. Through AMMPARO and LIRS, the ELCA is committed to walking alongside children and families who are seeking asylum. You can be part of a network that uses their hands and voice to ensure they feel welcomed wherever they go. We can also advocate through ELCA Advocacy (elca.org/advocacy).

By grace we are set free to love and serve the neighbor. Let us, through prayer and action, serve these vulnerable children and families.