October 2, 2011

Post date: Sep 29, 2011 5:22:29 PM

Would you like to run the sound system? We only have 2 sound operators now and it would be nice to have at least 2 more, so if you would like to help run the sound system, please see or call James Stolte (962-1086) or leave your name in the office. Training will be provided.

The Women’s Retreat is just a few weeks away on October 14-16 at Lazy F Camp.

Registration forms are available on the small table in the fellowship hall. Please turn in your form to the church office SOON! Our theme this year is “Abundance” based on John 10:10. We hope you join us—all women are invited.

5th Annual Turkey Dinner: Please mark you calendar for Saturday, October 22nd for the annual Turkey Dinner. The monies are used for the Christmas Food Bank and

Support of our Veterans and families and scholarships for Ellensburg High School, Air Force and Army ROTC. If you have any questions, please call Don Morris at 929-1032 or 962-9026.

Change of Address: If anyone is going to be away for the winter please, let the office know so we can either hold your Flare for you or mail it to your temporary address. Thank you!

October Festival at St. Andrew’s Church Thursday, October 6th 10a.m. to 3p.m. There will be crafts, homemade food and a luncheon of unlimited homemade soup and bread with a piece of pie for $5 from 11 to 2 .

Stewardship Stu here with a question.

Ever wondered why the Stewardship Ministry asks you to return a commitment form? There are a couple of reasons. The first, and most important, is that we earnestly hope you will be challenged to pray about your Church, the staff, the ministry, and the future of First Lutheran, and why you should include your giving as an important part of your budget. The second reason is that the figures that come back will be supplied to the Church Council to aid them in preparing next years' annual budget.

Our Church operates on Faith and Grace. Traditionally our annual budget hasreflected the hopes and desires we share rather than good business. That's a good thing. God continues to bless us even though we've fallen short of our financial goals again this year. My prayer is that you take a personal stand, that you realize the blessing of giving, and that you commit a larger portion of your income to the work of the Church. Through our Lord we have such an opportunity to bring about the Kingdom in our

community and throughout the world as well as maintaining our buildings and paying our staff acceptable wages.

Just a note about the commitment cards you'll be filling out: You'll notice there is a place for your name... Please know that is only an option. Your pledge is between you and God. If you decide to include your name it will never be used in any way by the

Stewardship Ministry or any other committee, but don't think you need to sign it because it is truly a personal commitment. Actually, that space wasn't supposed to be there... we borrowed the form from an ELCA source and forgot to delete it. I'm sorry about that, but encourage you with all my heart to honestly commit to supporting First Lutheran, and to return your pledge as a sign of your Faith and Thankfulness.

See you in Church. Peace. Stu

Event Planning Meeting: Please join us for the Youth Event Planning Meeting, today

after worship. We’ll look at October and November events as well as upcoming winter events.

Youth Night: Wednesday, from 6:30 to 7:45, Youth Night returns for its usual format. We invite all high school students (and interested college students) for an hour set apart for growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ ... and a few games and snacks.

Confirmation Students and Parents: All Confirmation students are invited to stay after Confirmation class for a joint prayer and game with the Youth Night group. We usually finish by 7:45

Fall Youth Schedule:

Grab a copy of the new October/November event schedule on the Youth/kids table. Here’s a quick overview of events.

10/22* Apple gleaning (for cider)

10/23* Apple cider press at the Strands’ house (following worship)

10/30 Corn Maze in Union Gap. Leaving FLC @ 5:45

And in November... FISH and Bowling, etc.

*Note: These dates may change due to the apple season. Youth Updates: Do you want Youth updates through e-mail? If so, please e-mail Joe at flcyouth.eburg@gmail.com to be included on our news and events e-mail list. You can also watch the bulletin, the FLC web site, the Youth Facebook page, and the FLARE for more information.