September 30, 2012

Post date: Sep 27, 2012 5:53:21 PM

Ministry Night: October 1st at 7:00 p.m. This is an invitation for anyone interested in the ministries of First Lutheran, to attend a joint meeting of all ministries on one night! The Ministries consist of Worship and Music, Property Management, Outreach, Congregational Life, Education, Youth and Stewardship. We’ll begin the evening collectively with prayer and announcements, divide into separate ministry meetings and regroup at the end to wrap it up. It will be an opportunity to develop ideas, address concerns and work together, prayerfully, with God’s guidance. Give it a try! You might like it! New Members are always welcome!

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!

Does anyone have a “boom box” that could be given to the Bible Adventure program? We’d like one that plays both CDs and cassette tapes. Please see Carla Bergman if you have one you’d like to donate. Thank you!

October Festival at St. Andrew’s Church 401 S. Willow St. Thursday, October 4th 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... Think this is all pretty lame? How long can you be harangued about your participation in our family? We here at First Lutheran Church are pretty committed to our faith, our response to the needs of our neighbors, and our prayers for the growth of our congregation. Where, exactly, do you fit? We are a collection of broken people, disbelievers, sinners, and saints. Could you fit in with us? Jesus has promised us “The Peace of the Lord” and it's possible for all of us to experience that in our lives. We invite you to get involved in the work of this church. Please, come to worship, maybe stay for coffee, then come to worship again... then maybe join a group within the church that speaks to your needs and goals. God does bless us to be a blessing. I'll see you in church. I pray you experience the Peace of the Lord. Stu

2012 Stewardship Ministry Time & Talent Survey – Is your faith guiding you to feed the hungry, or welcome the stranger, or comfort the mourning, or mentor the youth, or care for creation, as you worship God the Father? The Time & Talent survey is how we can let you know some of the areas of need in God’s ministry. And by filling it out, you let each ministry know the areas you are willing to share your blessings. There is a Survey bulletin board just outside of the Sanctuary. Please take a minute to fill out a new survey or update your current survey from 2011.

Adult Education, Sundays 8:45 AM in the chapel starting Sept

“The Didache” (Greek for “Teaching”): the Faith and Practice of the Earliest Christians” is a 6 part DVD and book class led by Pastor Dennis. Author and theologian Tony Jones will be with us on DVD and each participant will receive a book entitled “The Teaching of the 12” (suggested donation $10). The Didache was probably written about the same time as the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. It is a practical teaching about how to live in Christian community and to show the love of Jesus to others. We will explore together the faith and Christian practices of our earliest brothers and sisters in Christ. I think it will be fun and interesting. Everyone is welcome!

Youth(+) Sunday School: Want to know the Bible better? There’s a Sunday School year dedicated to just that. Together, we’ll develop a greater understanding of one of God’s greatest gifts: that collection of 66 books we call the “Bible.” Using Larry Richards’ Smart Guide to the Bible—and Bibles, of course!—we’ll read stories, talk theology, and share thoughts about this amazing text. And, if you have your own Bible, take it off the shelf or nightstand and bring it to church. Mark it up. Highlight passages. Make notes in the margins. (And if you don’t have a Bible, we’ll help get you one). Everyone sixth grade and above is invited. We start at 9:00 a.m. and end by 9:45 (so acolytes can be on time).

The Fall Youth Program: Staff and volunteers are working to keep an active and growing Youth program at FLC this fall. If you would like to be part of this, please email So far, we have some fantastic events and discipleship opportunities planned for the next few months, but we need help to make it all work.

Can You Lead ONE Event? Perhaps you’re interested in helping out with — or leading — a Youth event, but are terrified that saying, “yes,” will lead to a lifetime commitment and a permanent place on the Youth request list. Not so. As we attempt to plan Youth events and programs for the year, we’re looking for volunteers who will take one — and one only — event. So far, we have adult volunteer leaders for the Corn Maze, Fish-Bowling, and maybe a couple other programs. Perhaps you’re comfortable organizing a Parents’ Night Out or Christmas Cookie Baking. If so, please let Joe or Pastor Dennis know. Thanks.

Lutherhaven Nights at FLC Starting Tues. Oct 9th. Something new and exciting for our youth will be happening this year. Starting on Oct 9th and continuing every 2nd Tuesday of the month through May, two camp counselors from Camp Lutherhaven will be with us for an afternoon and evening of fun and music, Christian learning and games. This is for all kids kindergarten through high school. The approximate schedule for the day is 4:30 -5:45 elementary, 5:45-6:30 dinner for everyone (kids and adults), 6:30-? Middle school and high school.

We are excited to welcome Lauren Bender and Erik Czirr to be with us on Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12, March 12, April 9 and May 14. We do need people to cook dinner for those nights and provide Bed & Breakfast for Lauren and Erik. Please let Pastor Dennis or the church office (925-2844) know if you can help. We think we’ll take a free-will donation to help with the costs of the dinners. It would be helpful if you could RSVP to the church with the number of people from your family who would be eating dinner, so that we prepare enough food. Come join the fun!

Central Lutheran in Yakima is excited to announce that we will be hosting Jim and Rosemary Tiffany on Saturday, October 6th from 9:30am-1pm. They are authors, teachers, and workshop leaders who are experts in discussing cultural differences and possibilities for improving communication skills between different cultures. I'm attaching a flyer that I would love for you to post and offer to your organizations, churches, or friends. I'm currently working on a flyer in Spanish, so if you would be interested in receiving one, please let me know.

The cost is FREE! However, we do ask that you RSVP to Central Lutheran 575-6490 or so that we know how much pupusa ingredients to purchase for when we learn to make our lunch together. For more information, please contact me, Pastor Jim Engel at Central Lutheran 575-6490 or or visit the presenters' website at

St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals: There will be a Blessing of the Animals at Kiwanis Park on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2pm. Pet owners are invited to bring their household pets to be blessed in a short ceremony. Please put your pet on a leash or in a carrier or cage. Unfortunately horses and other large animals are not allowed in the park so we will pray for them to be blessed wherever they are. Donations will be collected for the Ellensburg City Animal Shelter. It is a tradition within many Christian communities to bless animals on, or close to, St. Francis Day. St. Francis was a thirteenth century monk, who saw God in all of creation. He is said to have preached to the birds about God’s love and that he tamed a wolf. St. Francis is recognized as the patron saint of animals. This event is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church, Grace Episcopal Church and Holy Space – Holy Ground Center for Spirituality.