November 15, 2015

Post date: Nov 12, 2015 5:17:14 PM

Thanks to John & Carrie Michel, Jeff & Thomas Snedeker for their music this morning.

Today is financial estimate of giving Sunday for 2016. As we sing our hymn of the day you may bring your pledge forward and place it in the basket. In the coming weeks the basket will be on the kids table or in the office. Your pledge will be returned to you unopened a year from now. Thanks and God bless you.

Flowers for today are provided by Don & Donna Morris.

FLC will take a turn cooking and serving the FISH Food Bank Dinner here this Saturday. We start cooking and prepping at 3p, serve at 5p and are usually all cleaned up by 6:20. Let Pastor Dennis know if you can help.

Community Thanksgiving Service Sunday Nov 22nd 6:00pm at Chestnut St. Baptist The Kittitas Valley Ministerial Association invites everyone to an informal Thanksgiving worship service of songs, prayers, scriptures and brief messages. Many pastors from the Kittitas Valley will be taking part. Thanksgiving is definitely a good time to cross denominational lines and praise and thank God together.

Soup and Worship at First Lutheran Tues Nov 24th 6:00pm Come as you are to a simple, but hearty meal of soup and bread at 6:00 on Tues Nov 24th. We’ll roll the piano into the fellowship hall and sing songs of Thanksgiving to our wonderful God. Bible readings and prayers will happen as well. Thank you to Worship & Music and Congregational Life for hosting this.

NO BREAD FOR THE WORLD LETTER-WRITING TODAY! Instead, Outreach URGES each member of our congregation to call the Congressional Switchboard (1-800-826-3688) three times, asking for the offices of Congressman Dave Reichert, Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell. To each office staffer, say "I am a person of faith, and I strongly urge (Congressman Reichert, Senator Cantwell, Senator Murray) to help pass a child nutrition bill that protects child nutrition programs and connects more children with healthy meals." This takes less than five minutes. For further background, please pick up from the table near the Outreach bulletin board a copy of the information distributed last Sunday. "God's Work - Our Hands!"

"BAKE SALE TO BENEFIT BREAD FOR THE WORLD - TODAY AFTER WORSHIP! Be sure and stay to check out the table of breads, cookies, and more! Something has your name on it. Enjoy it with coffee after worship, or select something to take home for later. Plan on showing your support to help make Bread for the World a voice that can be heard in Washington, D.C. Donations will be gratefully accepted."

A SEASON OF GIVING. The First Lutheran Church Women are collecting Thanksoffering donation next Sunday, November 22nd. You will find envelopes in the pews and the money collected will go to Lutheran World Relief. Prov. 22:9 “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”

Grieving through the Holidaze: Pastor Jen at United Methodist and Hospice Chaplain Janine Yoder will lead a group that seeks to provide a safe and supportive place for people who are grieving during the holidays. Meetings are November 19, December 3, 10, 17 and January 7, at noon. To sign up call the Methodist Church at 962-9257 or email them at

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner Wednesday, November 25th 4-7p Ellensburg Moose Lodge, 206 N. Main. All are welcome!

Cold Weather Shelter for homeless people Thursday Nights at First Lutheran starting November 5th, 7p-7a. The weekly schedule is: Mon/Tues—First Christian, Wed—-First Methodist, Thurs—First Lutheran, Fri—Chestnut St. Baptist, Sat—Mercer Creek, Sun—Community of Christ. Please call me 925-2844 church or 933-2605 home or e-mail flceburg@yahoo and let me know and/or indicate on your Time & Talent sheet that you are willing or go to and sign up. Blessings upon you, Pastor Dennis

ARE YOU A THRIVENT FINANCIAL MEMBER? (It’s “Choice Dollar”time) If you are a Thrivent financial member it is time to choose where your “Choice Dollars” are to be sent before they disappear. If they are not directed by you each and every year either by calling Thrivent at their toll free number 1-800-847-4836 or sign in on their webpage at it disappears.

We have 95 Thrivent members in our congregation and 35 of you are eligible to gift your Choice Dollars to the 501c3 of your choice. Many of you designate First Lutheran as that recipient. To date only $582 has been gifted compared to last years’ distribution of $1,243. So if you have not yet made your choice as to who is to receive this money and have any questions call the Thrivent number or contact Michael Krekling, the Congregational Advocate at First Lutheran. His cell 678-493-7300 or email him at .

Youth Activities

Bring in that canned or boxed food item, drop it in the box under the youth board, and see your school come out winning! Middle School Youth versus High School to see who can bring in the most non-perishable food items for the FISH Food Bank!

Coming soon: November 22 : 1-4p.m. Creating Homeless Hygiene Kits! Come help put together hygiene kits that we will be handing out to our cold weather shelters and an urban homeless shelter in the near future. More details to come!