September 6, 2015

Post date: Sep 03, 2015 4:23:0 PM

Outreach Ministry has received a $250 grant from Thrivent for its "God's Work; Our Hands" project with the local Habitat for Humanity. Specifics of the project include having church members work in the Habitat Store at 212 S. Railroad, as well as landscaping and straightening donations outside the store. Any money left over will augment the costs of painting Habitat houses built years ago. We encourage as many of you as possible to participate in these activities. Kick-off is September 12th. Also part of “God’s Work; Our Hands” weekend is cooking and serving the Saturday F.I.S.H. Food Bank dinner here on September 12th from 3-6p. Let Pastor Dennis know if you can help cook/serve and/or clean-up.

Quilters resume Wednesday, September 9th 9-2p ish. The ladies make beautiful quilts, which are given to charities. New hands are always welcome.

Confirmation Pizza Feed Wednesday, September 16th 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 16th. This will be a good time to ask questions, get an overview of the year and sign up to be acolytes. This year we will be doing Youth Fun Nights on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. On Sept 16th we will also walk through what you do as an acolyte on Sundays. Actual confirmation classes will start on Wed., Sept. 23rd at 6:30 pm. This year we will be studying the Apostles’ Creed, Baptism & Lord’s Supper and Reformation History. Please let pastor Dennis know how many from your family are coming to the Pizza Feed on Wed., Sept 16th so he orders enough food. 925-2844 church, 933-2605 home. High Schoolers are welcome to come and have pizza with us, too.

Sunday School Begins Sept. 20 The first day of Sunday School classes will be Sunday, September 20. There has been a change of time for the younger children. All kids age 4 through 5th grade will meet during part of the worship service immediately after “Just for Kids” time, and not at 8:45. Middle/High School youth will continue to meet with Joe Johnson at 8:45 in the youth room off the gym, and the adult class will meet with Pastor Dennis at 8:45 in the chapel room down the hall. We will continue with “Catching Fire Becoming Flame” a guide for Spiritual Transformation, with Albert Haase on DVD and book. There’s a class for everyone—hope to see you on September 20!

Cold Weather Shelter Training Sunday, September 20 11:30a Lunch is provided

It’s hard to think about cold weather when it’s so hot, but winter will be upon us in a few months. Again this year, First Lutheran will offer shelter to needy people on Thursday nights. The game plan is to start November 1st and go through the end of February or the first part of March. First Christian and First United Methodist and Mercer Creek Church will also be hosting nights. Pastor Cathy Stone, a friend of Methodist Pastor Jen Stewart, will be offering the training. Cathy was instrumental in running a cold weather shelter for the homeless in Austin Texas for 10 years and has some good practical advice for us. Thank you very much to those who helped me out with the shelter last winter and I hope you are willing to help me again this year. New volunteers are always welcome, of course. The training will take about 90 minutes on Sunday September 20th. If that time does not work for you, the same training will be offered at the Methodist Church on Thursday Sept. 17th at 6pm. In Christ, Pastor Dennis

The Annual FLCW Rummage Sale is coming right up, in October! Items may be brought to the church beginning Sunday, September 27th until noon on Thursday, October 1st.

~ Please, no magazines, computers, or exercise equipment. And make sure all appliances and clothing are clean and ready for use.

~ We will need help marking items and organizing the donations. Please drop in during the week to help when you can.

~We need lots of help the day and a half of the sale and help with loading leftovers into pickups Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

~ We will also need many pies and bread! BAKERSPlease bring your baked goods in by Friday morning!

Any questions? Please call Linda Strand 929-1816

Did you know. . . ALL proceeds from the sale are donated to several charities (including local).

Youth Activities

A huge shout out to all of our amazing youth who are participating in this year's fair! We have 4H kids, kids who create art, kids who bake, kids who compete, and kids who entertain. I love going to the exhibition halls and see all of the amazing things our youth does.

School starts Wednesday, so our next adventure is on September 20th. We will be geocaching along the Yakima Canyon Road. A few of them are challenging caches! See the Youth Board for details.

Did you know? EHS athletics has already started! Take a peek at their schedule online and check out a cross-country meet, volleyball or soccer game this season. We have some serious athletes in our group.