March 6, 2016

Post date: Mar 03, 2016 5:21:30 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Delores Vietzke in memory of her husband Don Vietzke.

The Wednesday Soup and Bread Supper will be hosted this week by members of the Congregation Life. 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: Outreach—March 16th

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:

Munch Madness: In support of the local FISH Food Bank, FLC will be participating in the annual Ellensburg Morning Rotary Munch Madness competition. The goal is to engage the Ellensburg area business and organizations in a friendly competition against each other to raise food for F.I.S.H. Food Bank. The Munch Madness competition will be structured similar to the NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament. Business and organizations participating will be placed in tournament style brackets as a team, and on a weekly basis from the dates of February 22 to March 18 teams will collect food. On Fridays during these dates, teams will bring their collected food to the Food Bank from the hours of 3-5p for weigh in. Results will be published in the Daily Record and posted on the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Much Madness Facebook page.

"We won in the first round of "Munch Madness," and we are on a roll! We need to accumulate second-round food this week for the Friday, March 4 weigh-in! Please drop heavy food by the church BEFORE NOON, Monday through Thursday. And please bring EXTRA food the next two Sundays (March 6 and 13), or during the week, for the March 11 and March 18 weigh-ins. All this food goes to our own FISH food bank. Last week the grand total was 7426 pounds – almost 4 tons – of which FLC gave 557 pounds!! Great job - thank you so much."

Holy Week Begins on Sunday, March 20th March 20: Palm/Passion Sunday, Palm branches, dramatic reading of the passion of our Lord Jesus according to Luke, and Worship 10 am

(No soup supper or worship on Wed March 23)

March 24: Maundy Thursday, Service of Scripture & Song with Holy Communion 7 pm

March 25: Good Friday worship, Service of Darkness 7 pm

March 27: Easter Sunday—The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Worship 8 & 10 am, and breakfast 7:30-10 am

Children of Chernobyl “Taste of the Town” Friday, March 11th at Mercer Creek Church. Silent Auction starting at 5:30 and Dinner at 6:15. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Adults $12, youth 6-11 $6 and under 6 are free. If you are interested in being a host family please, contact Cec Calhoun at 925-3888.

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

Today - Movie Matinee 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.! Join us and watch Brave with freshly popped popcorn and gummy bears! No tapestries or wisps please.

Wednesday - Lent Soup Supper and Youth Devotional 6 p.m. *note: the Hunger Banquet was moved to March 16 due to the EHS Band Concert at 7 p.m. the same night.

Ongoing: Munch Madness! I got a picture over text showing GREAT deals on rice! There are only winners in this competition, so bring in your (heavy) food stuff!!!

Upcoming: Easter Sunday!!!! The board is up and there is room for YOU! Sign up to bring in stuff and take a shift or two! We will be dying eggs and filling plastic eggs on Saturday, March 26. Don't miss out!