July 13, 2014

Post date: Jul 10, 2014 5:37:40 PM

Sound – Would you like to help people hear the church service? Do you like to push buttons and move levers up and down? We are looking for people to operate the sound system. If you are interested or have questions see James Stolte or leave your name in the church office. Training will be provided. High school youth are encouraged to think about it.

Speakers for Sale – The big speakers sitting below the coat rack in the fellowship hall are for sale. Do you know someone who would want them? They are EV model SH-1512ER 2-way stage system speakers. The price is $100-$150 for both.

Financial Giving Statements – The giving statement for the first half of 2014 are ready to be picked up in the fellowship hall. If you have an email address on file in the church office your statement was emailed to you on July 4. If you cannot find your statement see James Stolte or leave a note in the church office.

F.I.S.H. News: FISH continues to feed the families in the Ellensburg community; over 1,500 individuals were provided with 23 tons of nutritious food in May. In addition, almost 600 people ate hot meals, provided by our dedicated staff of volunteers and professionals. And the Summer Nutrition Program is in full swing, providing nutritious lunches to school kids at four different locations. At the last Board Meeting, however, our treasurer reported that contributions and our cash balance have been falling off. And despite the gradually improving national economy, the demand for food is still increasing. The contributions of our member churches and individuals in the parishes are important to our efforts and directly support the task of feeding the hungry and helping the homeless. Please consider a contribution, either directly to FISH or via FLC.

While Pastor Dennis is on vacation Pastor Ginny Krekling will cover any pastoral emergencies July 21-August 9. Pastor Mary Johnson will handle emergencies August 10-17. Please contact the office at 925-2844, to be put in contact with either Ginny or Mary.

Mission Moments from around the Synod and throughout our ELCA

Here's an example of God's Work Our Hands that was accomplished together as the body of Christ in 2013 through the work of your mission support (benevolence). Tell the stories!!!

1. We planted 41 new congregations, with more than 50 of them in multicultural settings and 23 percent among people experiencing poverty.

2. We launched congregational renewal efforts in 155 congregations.

3. We supported 224 students at eight ELCA seminaries through the ELCA Fund for Leaders.

4. We sent 60 young adults into global service through the Young Adults in Global Mission program, and continued support of 240 missionaries in more than 40 countries around the world.

5. We awarded 61 scholarships to promising young international leaders from our global companion churches.

6. We supported innovative solutions to hunger and poverty in nearly 60 countries around the world, including more than 350 programs in the United States through ELCA World Hunger.

7. The ELCA and their partners are committed to work to help end deaths from malaria in 13 countries in Africa through the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

Youth Activities

Wednesday, July 16th

· Boulder Cave Hike: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.-ish (flexible on the time getting back due to cave exploration time and pit stop on the way home). Get those hiking boots on! We are taking a hike to and through Boulder Cave. A low intensity hike, the cave is beautiful, cool and full of wonder. Bring water, a lunch, and pocket change in case we stop at Joe's favorite fruit stand on the way home!

Wednesday, July 16th

· 6:30 p.m. We've been invited to a concert at Chestnut Street Baptist Church. "Pilgrim Song" will be playing with a couple headliners and sounds like a great time. Meet at Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

Please note: Jars of Clay will not be performing at Ephrata, so we will NOT be going on Saturday. I will keep my eyes open for other concert opportunities!

July 28th through August 1

· We are helping the FISH food bank serve free summer lunches to the kids in our neighborhoods. We meet at Mountain View Park at 11:15 and start serving at 11:30. At 12, we tear down and relocate to Kiwanis park and serve until 1:15. We need at least 5-6 youth members to help at each location each day. Last week over 100 children were served at one park alone! Come be a part of this important community event!