November 23, 2014

Post date: Nov 20, 2014 5:18:18 PM

Soup-n-Thanks: Tuesday, November 25th at 6p.m. No monetary offering, please bring food for the Food Bank. We’ll start with a soup supper (provided) at 6 and have a short worship time in the fellowship hall of songs, prayers and scripture readings. Come as you are!

Community Thanksgiving Service: TODAY, Sunday, November 23rd 6p at Chestnut Street Baptist Church. All are welcome.

Christmas is coming so it is time to start thinking about the Community Christmas Basket program. From now until December 7th we will be collecting donations for this community program. Thrivent will be matching up to $825. Indicate on your check or offering envelope “Christmas Basket” to make sure it gets there.

Mark Your Calendars for the Scandinavian Dinner: December 10 at 5:30 PM. Our annual Scandinavian Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10, at 5:30 pm. We will be setting up the Fellowship Hall to accommodate 190 dinners. To be sure that you and your guests will be able to be seated when you arrive, you need to 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. A ticket table will be set up after church on November 23, November 30, and

December 7 or until all the tickets are gone. If you receive tickets and find later that you aren’t able to attend the dinner, please call the office at 925-2844 so they can be given to others.

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 saying what food you’ll prepare. The Congregational Life Ministry thanks you in advance for your assistance.

The Advent Festival will be December 7 at 9:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. There will be a continental breakfast with hot spiced apple cider and crafts for the children. We need your donations...please see the easel in the fellowship hall (by the Scandinavian Dinner ticket table and sign-up) where you can volunteer to bring muffins, sweet bread, sweet rolls, or fruit for the event. All are invited to attend. Come join us!

Stewardship UPDATE for 2015 –Stewardship is Love of God at First Lutheran. Thank You. We have received 72 Time and Talent surveys so far during this year Stewardship annual pledging! There are still some of us that have not yet completed the forms so if you need one please get one from the church office or ask one of the stewardship team members for a copy and place it in the basket in the church office. As of Financial Pledge Sunday November 16th we have only received 16 pledge commitments for 2015. Please return your form either in the mail, drop it by the church office or place it in the offering plate. We do not open these envelopes and they represent your act of worshipping God and giving thanks for the blessings God has bestowed upon you. Giving back from your “first fruits” and working to become a tithing Christian is how we show that God is at work guiding our lives in His name.

Matthew 22:37 He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

Severe Weather Shelter for Homeless. Kittitas Valley Ministerial Association is attempting to provide a severe weather shelter for homeless folks during the winter months. Our hope is that 7 churches in town would each host a night for 5-20 people (?). The people would be fed dinner and screened at our FISH Food Bank and then transported to the host church around 6:30 or 7p.m. They would spend the night at the church on mats provided by either FISH or the host church. The Food Bank would then pick them up early (6-7a.m.) and bring them back to FISH for breakfast. Church Council has given approval and First Lutheran, along with First Christian, United Methodist and Thorp Community Churches have committed to being host sites for one night a week (FLC perhaps on Thursday?). I checked with our insurance company and we will need 2 volunteers to spend the night, one of which needs to be a member of FLC. If you are willing to help me with this, please let me know. Pastor Dennis (The Churches hope to make this happen starting Dec. 1.)

Youth Activities

Tonight 2-4 p.m. we will be watching Wreck it Ralph while munching on popcorn and sampling sweets in the fellowship hall.

Saturday: I will be setting up the "Mitten and Scarf" tree. This is a Christmas tree that we will be decorating with our donations of mittens and scarves. Since this tree has spent many years in a box, there will be a lot of "fluffing" to do. If you need a break from your holiday festivities, come on by the church at 10 a.m. and help me fluff branches!