November 4, 2012

Post date: Nov 01, 2012 5:30:45 PM

Today, we welcome Pastor Paul Benz of Faith Action Network to preach and lead the Adult Sunday Class.

Rev. Paul Benz, FAN’s Director of Legislative Affairs, is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He served as director of the Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington previous to his role at Faith Action Network. Paul was presented the 2008 Golden “Skate” award from the Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network for the outstanding work he did getting the “Local Farms Healthy Kids” bill passed and signed into law as one of the first in the nation to establish a Farm to School program bringing locally grown food into the public schools. Paul lives with his wife in Everett and has two grown children.

Faith Action Network (FAN) is a statewide network of people of faith uniting to take courageous public action for justice. FAN develops an annual Legislative Agenda, and faithful advocates across the state respond to advocacy action alerts, hold offerings of letters, sponsor issue forums, meet with their legislators, and take other action to advocate for a just and sustainable future. FAN also builds ecumenical and interfaith relationships,learning from the diverse perspectives of our faith traditions and forging a unified voice and public witness for the common good.

Flowers for today are provided by Al & Estelle Johnson in honor of their 57th Wedding Anniversary.

The family of Iona Kunchenbuch wishes to thank the members of First Lutheran Church for all the prayers, cards and concern for Iona at her passing.

Quilt Sale: After worship today.

Veteran’s Day falls on a Sunday this year. So Veterans, we invite you to wear your military uniform on November 11th. We’d like to recognize and thank you during the worship service. Also, feel free to leave early if you are part of today’s 11a.m. Veteran’s Day Parade.

Thrivent Chapter Elections – Elections for the 2013 chapter officers for Kittitas County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be held November 11. If you are a Thrivent member please stop by the voting table before or after the service and cast your vote.

Stewardship: Today after worship we will be handing out your financial commitment cards. Please prayerfully consider what portion of your household income you will give to God’s work through First Lutheran in 2013. On Sunday, November 18th we will bring our pledges forward to the altar. But if you can’t be present on November 18th, feel free to drop it in the offering basket before then or mail it in. Thank you for your faithful stewardship.

FLC Cooks Dinner at F.I.S.H. Food Bank: Saturday, November 17th we need help cooking and serving a Thanksgiving dinner at our food bank on Sat Nov.17th. Jim Stolte is donating the (cooked) turkeys, so we’ll be cooking up potatoes, dressing, cranberries, rolls and vegetables to go along with that. We start cooking and setting up at 3:30 and serve around 5 pm. Clean-up takes about an hour. Come and help for part or all of it as your schedule allows. Let’s help make it a good Thanksgiving time for our hungry and poor neighbors.

FISH + Bowl: Saturday, November 17th, FLC will be serving a meal at the FISH Food bank. Youth are invited to join in. We’ll help serve and eat dinner. After dinner, we’ll move to Ellensburg Rodeo Bowl for a game or two. Parents can pick students up at Rodeo Bowl.

High School Youth Group Returns: Wednesday, November 7 & Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30p. All high schoolers are welcome to meet with Jonathon Motteler on these two Wednesdays in November (we won’t try to meet on Nov. 14 because Lutherhaven Counselors will be here on Tuesday, Nov. 13and Nov. 21 is the day before Thanksgiving.)

Jonathon is a junior at CWU and has been attending First Lutheran for a year now. He enjoys working with young people and plans to become a Lutheran Pastor. So, 9th through 12th graders come join us from 6:30 to approximately 7:45p on Wednesday’s November 7th and 28th.

Lutherhaven Nights at FLC: Second Tuesday of the Month, Tuesday, November 13th We had over 30 kids take part in October! Everyone seemed to have a great time, so come join the fun. All children/youth are invited on the second Tuesday of each month to enjoy games, songs, prayers and Bible stories with Lutherhaven counselors Lauren Bender and Eric Czirr. Kindergarten through 5th grade meet from 4:30-5:45. Everyone, including parents, is invited for dinner at 5:45 pm,. Then middle school and high school meet from 6:15 to 7:40. This is shaping up to be a great thing for the kids and youth of First Lutheran Church!

New Members/Inquirer’s Classes: Sundays Nov 11&18 and Dec 2 & 9 at 11:30 am in the chapel. Anyone who is interested in joining First Lutheran Church, or simply wants a little refresher on what Lutherans believe is invited to attend these four classes after Sunday worship services. We’ll meet for an hour or less with Pastor Dennis in the chapel room and read together Dan Erlander’s great little book, “Baptized We Live.” Please plan on attending all four of the classes. It’s a great time to ask questions and get to know some of your brothers and sisters in Christ.