October 19, 2014

Post date: Oct 16, 2014 6:7:1 PM

F.I.S.H. Food Bank Dinner: First Lutheran will take a turn cooking and serving the evening meal at our FISH Food Bank on Saturday, October 25th. We start setting up and cooking at 3 pm and serve the dinner at 5 pm. Clean up usually takes about an hour. Come for all or part of it as your schedule allows.

Hospice Kits – Thank you to all who generously responded to our mission outreach by donating items needed for the Hospice kits. The generosity of your donations will reach far into the lives of those who have been afflicted, providing cleanliness, comfort and hope. On Sunday, October 12, the children assembled the kits during the Bible Adventures time and assembled 35 kits! Thank you also to James Stolte and Carla Bergman for making purchases with the funding from Thrivent to complete the kits and transport them to the UPS store for shipment to the Global Health Ministries’ warehouse in Minneapolis, where they will be loaded onto containers for shipment overseas to remote villages in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Cameroon, Nigeria and Kenya.

Thanks to the youth for the enjoyable 12th man fundraiser last Sunday to benefit our FLC radio broadcasts, and to all who donated to eat at the “tailgate party!” A total of $529 was raised that will be deposited into the radio fund to help pay for our Sunday service broadcasts on KXLE. In addition, Thrivent matched with $400 making a grand total of $929!

Anyone willing to sign-up to bring refreshments (cookies, sweet bread, muffins, fruit, cheese and crackers, etc.) for Fellowship Time after Sunday services? There are lots of open Sundays available this month and next—see the sign-up on the kitchen door (it’s currently blank). Thank you!

Thrivent Appreciation Dinner – Thrivent members are invited to an appreciation dinner on November 6 at the Ellensburg Pasta Company at 5:30 p.m. This will probably be the last dinner we have as changes are coming to the Thrivent chapter system. Let Don Morris or James Stolte know if you will be attending so we can get an estimate of numbers.

New Members/Inquirer's Class starting Sunday, November 2nd at 11:30 in the Chapel. If you would like to join First Lutheran Church or you have some questions or want a little refresher on “what Lutherans believe” come join Pastor Dennis for 45minute classes on November 2, 9, 16 and 23. We’ll be using Pastor Dan Erlander’s great little book “Baptized We Live.” (Please come to all the classes if you are able.)

Adult Sunday Class 8:45-9:45a.m. in the Chapel. Come study the Gospel of Matthew with Pastor Dennis and friends. We are using “Partnering with the King,” a book and DVD by John Hiigel as a study guide. Everyone is welcome.

Falling into Winter: FISH Food Bank and M6/28 Clothing Bank (Church of Christ), 408 South Maple Street. Are partnering together for a community event on Thursday, October 23rd, 9-2p. They will be distributing blankets, warm clothes and sack lunches.

Youth Activities

Wednesday night (the 22nd): Confirmation/YouthNight

Next Sunday, (the 26th): Trip to the Pumpkin Patch at Huffman Farm. We will go after church to Huffman Farms, and be back shortly after 4 p.m. The corn maze fee will be paid for, but bring money for food/drinks or bring sack snacks/lunch and any pumpkin chucking you plan on doing.

“Mission Moments” from the ELCA and the Mission Interpreters network. Below are some facts about water. How can I help and what can I do? "Thirst in a Hungry World: 10 Facts about Water" (8/12/2014):

Water is closely related to hunger, disaster, and poverty. Take a look at the 10 facts below to learn more!

A lot of water is used to produce foods that we often take for granted. Consider that it takes 200 liters to produce a glass of milk, 70 liters to produce an apple, 140 liters to produce a cup of coffee, and 2,400 liters to produce a hamburger.

The total amount of water generally needed to produce food for one person for one day ranges from 2,000 to 5,000 liters.

Humans are able to use only about 1% of the 70% of the earth that is covered by water.

Water is closely connected to food security as agriculture is responsible for 70% of the water that is withdrawn by the agricultural, municipal and industrial sectors.

It is estimated that there will be a 19% increase in agricultural water consumption by 2050 due to population growth.

Progress has been made as advances in access to drinking water have occurred over the past few decades. The World Health Organization reports, "By the end of 2012, 89% of the global population used improved drinking water sources, a rise of 13 percentage points in 22 years or 2.3 billion people."

However, approximately 780 million people in the world still do not have access to clean drinking water. One third live in Africa and around 130 million live in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Contaminated water still plays a part in 80 percent of all worldwide sickness and disease.

Children are hit especially hard by not having clean water. Shortages account for the daily deaths of more than 3,000 children under the age of five. These children die every day due to water-related illnesses like diarrhea.

Between the 1970s and 2005, the percentage of the Earth that experienced serious drought more than doubled.

Interested in helping with water issues in our world? Check out options that are available in the Good Gifts catalog! www.elca.org/goodgifts. Thank you to Teri Muller and intern with ELCA World Hunger.