September 11, 2011

Post date: Sep 12, 2011 7:16:19 PM

All are Welcome to join Tor and Betty at choir rehearsal on Thursday, September 29th at 7p.m. in the sanctuary.

The first day of Sunday School for all ages is next Sunday, September 18th at 8:45 a.m. Hope to see you there! Adult Education will meet in the chapel room.

Stewardship “Welcome Back Potluck”

Also next Sunday, September 18th after worship is our “Welcome Back Potluck.” Please bring a dish to share and stay to enjoy good food and fellowship as we begin our fall activities at the church.

We will be highlighting on our active ministries. There will be a lot of information given by each ministry. This will be the start of our new stewardship campaign.

We ask you to pray for all of our ministries. Please pray that all of our members and friends give of their time, talent, and treasure. Also continue to pray for our finances, so we can continue in our mission to serve others. God has given to us abundantly; let us give back abundantly!

The 4th Annual “Women of Faith Retreat” is planned for October 14-16 at Lazy F Camp. All women from First Lutheran and friends from other faith communities are

welcome to attend. Registration forms are now available on the small table in the

fellowship hall by the easels. We will enjoy Bible study, sharing our faith, the great

outdoors, time to relax, and of course, no cooking! Our theme this year is “Abundance” based on John 10:10. Please see the invitation letter by the registration forms for more information.

E-prayer: Several members of FLC have expressed interest in having an e-prayer chain. (Our telephone prayer chain will keep going, of course. And if you would rather be part of that, let the church office know.) We could easily send our prayer requests via e-mail from the church office. E-mail us here at: if you would like to be part of e-prayer chain.

Please save your unwanted items for the women’s rummage sale!

This year’s sale is on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. Bring your things in that week beginning Mon. Sept. 26. Clean clothes, books, kitchen and household items gladly

accepted! (No electronics, shoes, exercise equipment or magazines). All proceeds go to charity. Men are doing soup and bread for lunch.

Please bring pies! It’s a great way to use up some of that summer produce, please have pies here by Friday morning the 30th.

The confirmation pizza feed is Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30p.m. for 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their families (1st, 2nd and 3rd year students). Please, let Pastor Dennis know how many from your family are coming so he orders enough food. Church office can be reached at 925-2844 or Pastor Dennis at home 933-2605.

Youth Bar-B-Q: After worship today, the Youth are invited to a back-to-school Bar-B-Q and potluck hosted by Matt and Joell Boast. Directions are available on the sign-up board.

Fall Youth Schedule:

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

9/11 Back-to-school BBQ at the Boasts’ house (12:00, following worship)

9/14 Confirmation Pizza Feed. 6:30 to 7:30

9/18 Sunday School begins. 9:00 to 9:45

9/21 Youth Night begins. 6:30 to 7:45 (Confirmation students are also invited)

9/25 Event Planning meeting (following worship)

10/16 Youth Quake/Youth Zone sign-up deadline (see “Youth Zones” announcement)

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

*Note: These dates may change due to the apple season.

Youth Zones/ Youth Quake. FLC Youth have attended the Youth Zones/ Youth Quake events — open to middle and senior high students — in past years, though we missed last year. Start planning now for this great time of worship. Dates are set for

Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20. More information will come soon, including a sign-up sheet and expected costs. If you are interested, check the web site ( Our deadline for sign-up is Sunday, October 16. If you decide to attend after that date, you will pay a “late” registration and need to confirm openings. Pray and plan now!

Youth Updates: Do you want Youth updates through e-mail? If so, please e-mail Joe at 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.

Updates from the Churchwide Assembly:

Malaria Campaign

Every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease. Now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will join with Lutheran churches in Af-rica, to work toward a malaria-free future. This effort is part of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, officially launched by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly Aug. 15 by a 968-19 vote. A goal of the campaign is to raise $15 million over a four-year \period.

"Throughout our life as the ELCA, we have focused our work with our global

partners around the concept of accom-paniment, our relationships with companion churches all over the world," said the Rev. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl as she introduced the campaign to voting members. DeGroot-Nesdahl is the campaign's coordinator.

The 2011 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Aug. 18 adopted a social statement on genetics and a series of resolutions from an ELCA task force charged with recommending options for the future of the ELCA.

The assembly adopted the "Genetics, Faith and Responsi-bility," the ELCA's 11th social statement, on a 942-34 vote. It is one of the first by a North American church that develops a comprehensive ethical framework for addressing advancements in medical and agricultural research.

"Social statements are important documents for us as a church," ELCA

Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson told the Churchwide Assembly, which met in

Orlando, Aug. 15-19.

Social statements "guide us as we 'step forward as a public church' because they form the basis for both this church's public policy and my public speech as presiding bishop," he said.

The Churchwide Assembly also adopted a series of resolutions derived from its Living into the Future (LIFT) task force and report. The vote was 914-57.

"We are grateful for the leadership of this Churchwide Assembly in adopting the LIFT implementing resolutions, and we look forward to the renewal envisioned in the report and recommendations," said the Rev. Wyvetta Bullock, ELCA executive for


The Churchwide Assembly also voted, 817-169 to change the frequency of

assemblies from a biennial to a triennial cycle, starting with the 2016 ELCA

Churchwide Assembly

For more details from the Churchwide Assembly go to: