June 3, 2012

Post date: May 31, 2012 4:6:50 PM

Dear FLC family,

Thank you for all your love, hugs, support, wonderful cards and prayers over the last month. Our entire family is so grateful for the kindness shown. Special thanks to Pastor Dennis for your thoughtful words at the memorial, Laurae's heavenly harp playing, Betty Kramlich's beautiful piano, the amazing voices of our choir and lovely violin from Carrie Michel. Thanks to everyone who helped in the kitchen and the Borrud’s for the beautiful lilac arrangements at the alter. Another special thank you to Laurel Weberg for sharing her beautiful voice in a duet with Ellory. Thanks Don and Donna for your help ushering and Bea Fairburn and Doreen Day for planting the Shirley Temple Peony in the flower garden in mom's honor. So many gifts shared in our Mother's/Grandmothers memory...she loved the wonderful people who make up this church.

The Fischer/Ferris Families

Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors:

Micah Barnhart, Kate Doughty, Jake Ferris, Justina Gorman, Nathalie Gruber,

Timothy Hurson, Justin Johnson, Kasey McNamee, Alec Michel and Elena Swan.

Please join them for cake after worship today.

Vacation Bible School is right around the corner! Sunday, June 24 through June 28. Registration forms have been mailed to families and are also available on a table in the fellowship hall. Please fill out a form for each child attending and leave it in the box on the table or return it to the church office (we would like to get an accurate count to plan for crafts and food).

On the easel by the table, there are sign-up sheets to help out in various ways. Can you donate some home made cookies, help with a simple meal, be a crew leader, help with registration, or assist in some other way? A successful VBS takes many hands. You don’t need to have a child attending to participate—please sign up, your help is appreciated very much!

For more information see Carla Bergman or call the church office.

We welcome Doug Fessler as our newest Council Member. The Council asked Doug if he would fill the vacancy left by the passing of our friend, Shirley Fischer, and he accepted. Doug will be the council representative to Outreach Ministry, where he has already been working. Did you know that Doug also maintains our church website (www.flc-eburg.org)? Thank you, Doug!

Event Planning Meeting: Today’s Event Planning Meeting will be our last major meeting until August. It’s the chance for Youth, parents, and volunteers to review the summer schedule and begin thinking about ideas for the fall. Even if you’ve never come to an Event Planning Meeting before, please consider coming to this one. It’s a great opportunity to see what we have planned and join in with the work God is doing among the Youth at First Lutheran.

Following worship at the “library table,” today.

Girls’ Bible Study: This summer, Amanda is hosting a bi-weekly, evening bible study at her apartment. The study content is being finalized, but it promises to be amazing. The study begins on Saturday, June 16, 6:30–8:00. Parents are welcome to join on the first night and see what the whole study will be about. After that, the study will be every-other Saturday (June 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25). This is open to all Youth girls (including our newest Youth, those students now completing fifth grade). For more information, please check with Joe or Amanda (or see the Facebook event).

Facebook and Event Updates: Although the Youth Department sends out e-mails from time-to-time, our usual way of communicating is with the Facebook page. Remember that you don’t necessarily need to be on Facebook to use that page. Just go to our address — www.facebook.com/flcyouth — and keep updated on the latest news and events. And, if you “Like” us, you can receive automatic updates and join events.

FISH Summer Lunch Program: Some of you may have taken part in the FISH Summer Lunch Program last year. If you did, then you had an amazing week (or day) of playing games with and serving our community’s kids. The FISH Summer Lunch Program is geared at distributing quality food to many kids who may not otherwise eat well through the summer months. If you (any one from First Lutheran) can be a part of helping this summer, please let Joe know.

We will be taking the week of June 25–29 at Kiwanis Park (11:30–1:30) — though we may split up responsibilities with Chestnut Street Baptist, who is covering the same time at Mountain View Park.

We’ll play frisbee or kickball or just visiting with kids in the community, and helping to serve a FISH-prepared meal. This is an amazing opportunity for churches in our community to share the love of Christ in a personal and tangible way. This year, we’re hoping to get more Youth involved, so watch for more information and get signed up—even if you only have one afternoon available.

Summer Youth Schedule: Just because school ends, doesn’t mean his people stop meeting together, worshiping him in fellowship, discipleship, and service. Youth and volunteers are needed throughout the summer to continue the work (and play) God has for us. Please pick up a copy of the summer schedule from the “kid’s table” outside the church office.

College/Young Adult/Middle-Aged Adults in Denial: Do you have interest in an informal, inquisitive meeting time with other Christians in a pub (a “Tav” to be precise) this summer? In the spirit of those early Reformers (who met in bars and “public houses”), we’re looking for fellow pilgrims who want to discuss Christ and Christianity a few nights over the summer. There isn’t any set approach or study, just a time of freely considering our faith, its meaning, its complexity, and its implications. If interested, please grab Troy Kilburn or Joe.

Youth Updates: Do you want Youth updates through e-mail? If so, please e-mail Joe at flcyouth.eburg@gmail.com to be included on our news and events e-mail list. You can also watch the bulletin, the FLC web site, the Youth Facebook page, and the FLARE for more information.