June 24, 2018

Post date: Jun 21, 2018 3:49:15 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Judy Ragland in honor of her granddaughters birthdays.

Get your Summer Devotionals, pick one up on the way out the front doors.

Vacation Bible School…starts tonight until this Thursday, June 28 from 6:00—8:15p.m. Registration forms and a parent letter can be found in the fellowship hall. Children age 4 through those entering 6th grade are invited!

Church Potluck Picnic! Thursday, June 28th ~ 6:00 p.m. Everyone in the congregation is invited to attend the POTLUCK PICNIC on the last night of VBS Thursday, June 28th in the fellowship hall. You don’t have to be involved with VBS, just come and eat with us, and enjoy a Lutheran potluck to celebrate the beginning of summer! Dinner is at 6:00 p.m.—bring a dish to share. Plates, utensils, napkins, cups, lemonade, and serving spoons will be provided.

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. 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! Outreach

ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders issue statement on family separation

CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The policy will most likely result in an increase in family separations. The statement follows: Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news.

We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God. The security of the family provides critical mental, physical and emotional support to the development and wellbeing of children. Our congregations and agencies serve many migrant families that have recently arrived in the United States. Leaving their communities is often the only option they have to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children. As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the children and families that will suffer due to this policy and urge the Administration to stop their policy of separating families.

His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Mr. Azhar Azeez President, The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Senior Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., Bishop H. Kenneth Carter, Jr., The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, The Rev. David Guthrie, Mr. Glen Guyton, The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Mr. Anwar Khan, The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller, The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, The Rev. Don Poest, The Rev. Eddy Alemán, Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III, The Rev. Phil Tom, Mr. Jim Winkler, Senior Bishop McKinley Young

Youth Activities

FLC Youth (grades 6 - 12)

VBS starts tonight! Get your supplies ready, dress with a tropical island theme, and let's give those kids a fantastic VBS! Be at the church about 5:30 p.m.!

FLC Swim coming up! July 7, 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. (if you are 13 or older stay for moonlight swim til 10 pm). Meet at Memorial pool, admission is $3.00

*Stayin Cool at Church" (formally "Chill out at the Church") moved to Thursday at 6 p.m.

Cup Cake Bake (competition) coming soon!