September 1, 2013

Post date: Aug 29, 2013 4:21:35 PM

Thank you to Judy Ragland for playing the organ today.

F.I.S.H. Dinner: We again need volunteers to help prepare, serve and cleanup, Saturday, September 7th at F.I.S.H. If you haven’t come before try it, you’ll like it. Plan to eat dinner with new friends. We start prep and set up at 3pm and serve at 5pm, clean up takes about an hour. Come for all or part as your schedule allows.

Stewardship Stu here with a request instead of a question this time. Please include in your prayers our teachers and professors as they return to their class rooms this fall, that they may nourish and challenge the minds of their students, and find satisfaction in their calling. Thanks, see you in church. Stu

Confirmation Pizza Feed Wed. Sept 11th at 6:30 pm. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and their parents who are interested in our Confirmation ministry are invited to a pizza feed and information time from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Wed. Sept 11th. This will be a good time to ask questions, get an overview of the year and sign up to be acolytes and parent helpers. Actual confirmation classes will start on Wed Sept. 18th at 6:30 pm. This year we will be studying the Old Testament and the 10 Commandments. Please let pastor Dennis know how many from your family are coming to the Pizza Feed on Wed Sept 11th so he orders enough food. 925-2844 church 933-2605 home

Sunday School classes begin September 15 at 8:45 a.m. After worship the children and youth will be serving “Sunday Sundaes” and cookies during fellowship time to celebrate the first day of classes. Come join us!

Adult Sunday Class begins September 15th at 8:45am in the Chapel Room. We’ll continue in the Gospel of Luke where we left off last May, Luke 17. Newcomers and everyone is welcome to join Pastor Dennis.

Thanks to the Youth, Youth families, and FLC: It was a great privilege to be welcomed back as the summer Youth Director these last few months. I'm constantly amazed by the quality of Youth attending FLC and grateful for the opportunity to work with them. I get to talk with many people in other ministries and other churches. The one thing I brag about most (in Christian humility, of course) is how supportive FLC has been towards me, my family, and the Youth. Thank you. A thousand times, thank you.

Trying to keep any church program going through the summer is a challenge. But through the support of several people (too many to list here), the Youth program had several shining moments. My personal highlight was the High School Bible Study hosted at the Swan house: eleven Youth came to study 1 Corinthians on a Sunday Night! Of course, there were the other nights when we had one or two. And God worked in those times, too. Thank you to the many families who welcomed us into their homes—and even fed us.

I look forward to shifting back to my role as a Youth parent and Sunday School teacher this fall, but am anxious to spend more time with our fantastic Youth and to worship together with this congregation. Did I say, "Thank You"? Thank You!

Joe Johnson

Thank you from the Red Cross: JayAnn Merkle from the American Red Cross in Yakima called to thank First Lutheran for hosting a blood drive on Aug. 26. They collected 40 units of blood (a high amount for a summer day) which can save up to 120 lives. Thank you for hosting us, FLC!