October 23, 2016

Post date: Oct 20, 2016 4:24:17 PM

Affirming their baptisms today by the Rite of Confirmation are: Brooklyn Koss, Gracie Luvera, Cody Widner and Kaylee Winter. We rejoice with you on this milestone in your lives!

Pastor Dennis will be in Walla Walla, for the Bishop’s Convocation Monday-Thursday, this week.

Tamara and Neil Caulkins are playing on early 19th century guitars. Neil's is a reproduction of a French instrument that was built in 1830, and Tamara's instrument is actually an original French instrument built around 1830.

We Need Your Smiling Face! Photography Sundays Oct 23 & 30, Nov 13 & 20 It’s been 8 years since we did a church pictorial directory. Many faces have changed in those 8 years. Rather than going through a professional photography company, we plan on doing a home version. Specifically, council member Randy Uhl is a good photographer and will be in our fellowship hall after worship on Oct 23 & 30 and Nov 13 & 20. We hope you will take a few minutes on one of those Sundays to be photographed by Randy. The plan is to make a giant photo wall in the fellowship hall with everyone’s face and name on it. After that we could put the photos on our website. We could produce some paper copies for folks who want them. Or you could snap pictures of the photo wall with your smart phone. Pictures are a great way for us to better learn each other’s names and grow closer as a congregation in Christ.

Consecration Sunday November 6th Stewardship specialist Marcus Rieke will be our guest speaker on November 6th. On that Sunday we will be completing our time and talent sheets, as well as our estimates of financial giving for 2017. We will offer them to God during worship and enjoy lunch together after worship. We will provide the entrée, salad and bread and beverages. This will be served by our young people (think “community service hours for school”) with a little adult help. Marcus Rieke is a trusted stewardship leader in the Northwest and is also leading stewardship workshops in our E.WA-ID Synod of the ELCA during October and November. The estimates of giving will be opened and seen only by our financial secretary Jim Stolte. (Jim, and only Jim, already knows what people give to FLC for your charitable giving tax info.) By the end of lunch we hope to have a congregational estimate of giving for 2017. Whether you are able to pledge a lot, a little, or somewhere in-between, every financial pledge counts for keeping the ministry of your church going. Remember that God loves a cheerful giver and we do grow in faith and love as we give first to God in our lives. And whether you pledge or not, everyone is invited for lunch.

Youth Sunday School Help Needed Between October and March, the Youth Sunday School class needs teachers. Whether it is for one class or many, your help is meaningful. We have a video-based curriculum, a room with a donut supply, and help as you want it. Whether you’ve never taught before or are a seasoned master, the important thing is being present and engaged with our Youth. A signup sheet with topics is on the Youth board. If you want more information (and encouragement), talk with Carla or Joe. (And if you do take a Sunday or two, both Joe and Carla will be able to help with supplies, guidance, and affirmation.) If you don’t think you can do it alone, recruit a friend to help. Classes start (promptly-ish) at 9:00 am and conclude by 9:45 a.m.

Nursery Help Needed: Please consider signing up to occasionally help out in our nursery during the service. (There are usually just a few children.) If we can get enough people, each person’s turn would only be maybe once every two months or so. See the sign up next to the youth bulletin board in the fellowship hall and choose a Sunday. Thank you!

Adult Sunday School 8:45-9:45 a.m. in the Chapel with Pastor Dennis. We are reading and viewing Albert Haase’s new book/DVD “Saying Yes: Discovering and Responding to God’s Will in your Life.” All are welcome!

Last Sunday, on CBS: For six months now, LIRS has been working with CBS News on telling the story of refugees whose journey brings them to the United States through resettlement. CBS approached LIRS and asked for help and advice in shaping a segment of 60 Minutes and assisting them in identifying how and where to film. 60 Minutes, and the segment is called “FINDING REFUGE.” Please, view it online….and spread the word encouraging your family and friends to do the same. We worked with the producers to help them access refugee families in Jordan before they traveled to the US, and then they spent extensive time with our local resettlement partner Lutheran Services of Georgia to understand what happens in local communities. We are so proud of the work of LSG and the volunteers who welcome refugees to Georgia!

We have all felt the frustration of the media attention given stories that promote fear and spread misinformation about refugees. On a daily basis, we know that thousands of Lutherans and other people of goodwill are being generous with their time and resources to welcome refugees, and demonstrate their belief that their communities and our nation are stronger for their becoming our new neighbors. With Sunday’s broadcast of 60 Minutes, we look forward to a broader audience learning from the story we live with every day.

Youth Activities

A BIG thank you to everyone who made our 12th Man Tailgate fundraiser a HUGE success!! We raised $1316 for the radio fund, thanks to the hard work of the Youth team and the generosity of our congregation!! Way to go!

Today: FLC Yumm - Those youth who have signed up, don’t forget you are meeting Suzanne in the kitchen at 2:30 today!

Friday – High School Youth goes to Huffman Farm’s Haunted Maze! Admission is $10. Meet at the church at 6:30 p.m. No flashlights allowed!

Sunday, Oct 30 – Middle School Youth goes to Huffman Farms to check out the pumpkin patch! After church we will head over to Huffman Farms to check out the duck races, go on a hayride, and check out the Llama! Other activities are available for additional charge as well as pumpkins and other food items to purchase.