May 15, 2016

Post date: May 12, 2016 6:16:19 PM

BREAD FOR THE WORLD PHONE CALLS. If you are thinking it is not that long ago since we urged you to call Rep. Dave Reichert and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, you aren’t wrong. Bread is urging us to repeat the activity now because of pending legislation in Congress. It is again time to use our collective Christian voices to end hunger. This effort is needed to end maternal and child malnutrition. We live in a world where a women dies every two seconds from complications in pregnancy or childbirth or a child dies-often from malnutrition. We must call our elected representatives and urge them to take the needs of hungry women and children around the world seriously. We thank you for the faithful advocacy you have shown, together as one Christian voice, we can assure that women and children around the world will never again suffer from hunger and poverty. Information needed to place these three phone calls will be provided today.

Outreach Ministry

FISH Dinner Service Saturday, May 21st. On April 23 a trail was blazed when Amy McCoy and the Youth hosted the Saturday FISH dinner. We learned a few things and ironed out a few kinks. Many thanks to them for their service with a smile. Folks from Outreach will lead the charge on May 21 from 3:00 to 6:30 pm and anyone who wants to help is welcome. The Outreach ministry is also asking for volunteers to sign up for one Saturday for one month and be willing to coordinate (with help) the FISH dinner for that Saturday. It starts out with the lead person scheduling the date, picking up the food from the FISH Food Bank a few days before, finding out what the menu will be, preparing and serving the food, and clean up afterward. Remember the “with help” part. An instruction sheet outlining the procedure and contact information will be provided. A few have already agreed to take a Saturday in the upcoming months. We are still looking to fill a Saturday in August, November and December. Witness the community that happens at First Lutheran Church every Saturday evening and experience the humble blessing that comes from your service to others. Please contact Patty Akers at or 925-1198, or Fred or Jean Cutlip at or 925-3739 for more information.

Constitution Update: We have already received our revised constitution back from the Synod and with a few very minor changes it looks good. The next step is to have a congregational meeting to approve it. We don’t want to rush anyone on this (there’s no hurry), so please look it over during May and the summer. It’s on our website or paper copies are available in the office. The Council proposes a discussion meeting on Sunday, September 25th with perhaps a vote on Sunday, October 9th. Thanks again to Neil Caulkins, Mike Krekling, Sheila Johnson and David Lygre for their work on the constitution and by-laws.

FISH FOOD BANK NEEDS: They are in dire need of canned goods! Tuna, canned meat, canned fruit, canned peas, and in particular canned corn are in demand.

Tanzania Visit: Barbara and Earl Tilly from Grace Lutheran in Wenatchee traveled earlier this year with others in our Synod to visit the Ulanga Kilombero Diocese in our Companion Synod in Tanzania. If you are interested in learning more about their adventure and their interactions with our sisters and brothers in Africa, their very interesting letter is posted on the Outreach bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.

Youth Activities

Sunday – May 22 – Senior recognition day! Come celebrate our senior’s hard work! Claire Luvera, Maya Swan, Patrick Lease, Marcus Michel, Taylor Smith and Rachel Gruber.

Upcoming: Wednesday, May 25 – Picnic Potluck/NERF Battle

Bring a dish to share, a meat to grill, and your NERF gear! Meet at Mount View Park at 5:00 p.m. and get ready to dodge foam darts!

Newsletters went out last week and a summer preview is coming soon. Keep an eye out!

Thank you to all who helped out at Parent’s Night Out!

Thrivent Financial Sponsored FREE WORKSHOP

WHERE: First Lutheran Church, 512 N. Ruby St., Ellensburg, WA

WHEN: Tuesday night MAY 17th

TIME: 7:00p-8:00p. Bring a Friend, Neighbor or other interested person. (You do NOT need to be a member of Thrivent to attend.)

TOPIC: “Preparing for Long-Term Care: A Gift Your Family Deserves”

About this workshop.

What would you do if you had an accident or got a diagnosis and required care?

What would your family do?

Explore your options and how to prepare for the unexpected. This workshop will be conducted by our local Thrivent Representative Jay Kelly based in Yakima. Invite your neighbors and friends. Seating is limited to 35 people.

Call the church office 509-925-2844, or our Thrivent Representative Jay Kelley at 509-494-3401 or or our Congregational Advocate Mike Krekling (cell 678-493-7300) or send your name, phone number and email address to our new stewardship email address to reserve your place TODAY.