November 20, 2016

Post date: Nov 17, 2016 6:56:23 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Doug Fessler in honor of his 10 years clean and sober 11-14-2006 to 11-14-2016.

Thank you for all the cards, gifts, visits and prayers while I am recovering. Sheila Johnson

Quilts, lap robes, and baby blankets — today is the last day to purchase them. Do you need a Christmas gift or two? Thank you to all who supported our sale last Sunday!

For Bread for the World members like us, advocacy for hungry and poor people is a matter of faith. We are moved by God’s grace to help our neighbors – whether they are next door or on the other side of the world. We push for changes in those laws and systems that enable hunger and poverty to persist. For more than 40 years Bread for the World has lobbied the U.S. Congress and presidents to address the root causes of hunger at home and abroad. For the work of Bread for the world, funds are needed.

TODAY right after worship, Outreach will sponsor its annual bake sale, with all proceeds of course going to Bread for the World.

A Community Thanksgiving Service will be here at FLC TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. Pastors from other churches will read scripture, offer brief mediations or prayers and the offering will (probably) go to cold weather shelter. Folks from all churches are welcome, so invite your friends. We could use some coffee and cookie hosts for the fellowship time after the service. Sponsored by Kittitas Valley Ministerial Association.

Scandinavian Potluck Dinner, Wednesday, December 7th at 5:30p.m. We will be setting up the Fellowship Hall to accommodate 173 diners. To be sure that you and your guests will be able to be seated when you arrive, you should pick up a FREE ticket for each person in your party, we’ll also keep track of the people to whom we gave tickets and how many. Ticket table will be available after church on today, next Sunday, November 27th and December 4th or until all tickets are gone.

Because space is limited, if you take tickets and find later that you are unable to attend, please call the church office to let us know so that others can come to the dinner. In addition, we are asking for a crew of helpers and chefs who will be instrumental in making the event a success. There are two sign-up opportunities: one for being part of the crew of helpers and the other for indicating what food you’ll prepare. The Congregational Life Ministry thanks you in advance for your assistance.

New Members Class Nov. 13, 20 Dec. 4, 11 Sundays after worship, in the Chapel. Anyone who is interested in joining First Lutheran Church, or simply wants a little refresher on what Lutherans believe and do is invited to attend these four classes after Sunday worship services. We’ll meet for an hour or less with Pastor Dennis and read together Dan Erlander’s book, “Baptized We Live.” Please plan on attending all four classes if you can. It’s a great time to ask questions and get to know some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

FISH NEWS: Thanksgiving is coming up, and we would love if you would consider gifting food or funds to us during this holiday season. We can stretch your donated dollars further than you could ever imagine! Through generous partners such as Northwest Harvest and Second Harvest, we can purchase food items at a fraction of the retail price. If you would prefer to give food items, FISH especially needs canned goods that have a pull-tab top.

Canned Fruit – All kinds

Soups - All kinds

Canned Meat & Prepared Food - Tuna, Ravioli, Chili

Baby Food & Baby Diapers

Canned Vegetables - Corn, Beans, Peas

Thank you for thinking of your hungry neighbors during this time of year! We can't express how much this wonderfully loving and giving community means to us!

If anyone is interested in helping at the Cold Weather Shelter, you can signup online, at, you will need to set up an account or login using Facebook.

Youth Activities

Today: Youth packs and wraps Operation Christmas Child boxes! Thanks to everyone's donations, we have plenty of wonderful things to send, 1:-00-3:00 in the Fellowship Hall.

Monday: Operation Christmas Child boxes get dropped off! We will get more information on tracking the packages at that time.

Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for all of fun we have together!

Thanksgiving weekend: Mitten and Scarf Christmas Tree gets set up!

Sunday, December 4: Fused! The sign up sheet is half full already! This means we need drivers!!

Wednesday, December 7: We need volunteers for the Scandinavian Dinner!!! Free meatballs in exchange for service! Sign up on the Scandinavian Dinner board or talk to Amy.

A big thank you to everyone's generosity in supporting our Operation Christmas Child event! We are touching so many lives and making so many children happy. Above all, the children are receiving the gift of love and hope. There is truly no greater gift than that!