November 26, 2017

Post date: Nov 22, 2017 5:27:6 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Al & Estelle Johnson in honor of their 61st Anniversary.

Bread for the World Bake Sale today. Money earned will be matched by Rick Steves.

You are invited to the Scandinavian Dinner: Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 PM Please mark your calendars for the annual Scandinavian Dinner, which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm. 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, please pick up a FREE ticket for each person in your party. We’ll also keep track of the people to whom we give tickets and how many tickets we’ve given away. Ticket tables will be set up after church on November 26 and December 3 or until all tickets are gone.

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 sincerely hopes you will join us for this festive occasion and thanks you in advance for your assistance.

Cold Weather Shelter for homeless people Thursday Nights are at First Lutheran. The weekly schedule is: Mon - Calvery Baptist, Tue - First Christian, Wed-Foursquare, Thurs—First Lutheran, Fri—Chestnut St. Baptist, Sat—Mercer Creek, Sun—7th Day Adventist. Please call me 925-2844 church or 929-2927 cell or e-mail flceburg@yahoo and let me know and/or indicate on your Time & Talent sheet that you are willing or go to Blessings upon you, Pastor Dennis

Operating the shelter does cost the church money of course, heat, lights, hot water for showers and laundry. Would you like to sponsor a shelter night for about $30? If so just make checks out to “First Lutheran” and write “Cold Weather Shelter” on the memo line. Thank you!!

Holiday Shopping can Change Lives Americans spend over $300 billion on Christmas shopping each year. This year, consider giving gifts that fight hunger and grow the church with ELCA Good Gifts. Select from more than 50 gifts – from goats to water filters to school fees – to help people in need. All gifts can be given in honor of friends and loved ones, and each gift comes with a free card for you to share the news. Give online and you can now personalize cards to send directly to your loved one’s home or email address. Just sign in to and the rest is taken care for you. It is especially good for the person who is hard to shop for or has everything they need. Help those in need this Christmas season by giving them some of the tools needed to sustain life and make a difference in their future.

SYNOD ASSEMBLY PLANNING MEETING December 4th! Everyone is invited to the next EWAID Synod Assembly Planning Meeting at Howard Johnson's, 9 N. 9th Street in Yakima (just west of Exit 33 on I-82) on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:30pm. We will finalize the theme, learn what things have to be done before the next meeting, and become familiar with the Synod Assembly venues: Howard Johnson's and the Yakima Convention Center! The Arrangements, Program, and Worship Committees are getting organized to complete some very important planning...Much needs to be done before the end of January! Synod Assembly is April 27-29, 2018! Contact Deacon Dave Hellerich, dave@hellerich, 402-489-7701 for more information. See you there!

Youth Activities

Thank you to all who donated last Sunday to the radio account at the 12th Man Fundraiser, we raised $600.00.

Saturday Dec 2: 1-4 p.m. Hot Cocoa/Cookie Making/ Crazy Gift exchange! Come for the cocoa, make cookies, fudge, or bars, and stay for the crazy gift exchange! *gifts may not go over $10!!

Sunday Dec 10: FUSED! Bring money for candy and shopping! Leave the church at 1! *Eat lunch before you come or bring a sack lunch to eat after church!

Wednesday, Dec 6: Scandinavian Dinner! Middle school - serve cookies, High school - supervise beverages and clear plates from tables. Meet by the kitchen at 5:30 p.m.

Be a part of the Christmas Pageant on Dec 17 - talk to Laurae for details!