September 9, 2012

Post date: Sep 06, 2012 3:51:11 PM

CLOTHING CENTER EVENT THIS SEPTEMBER 8TH & 22ND, Clothing Center Give-Away on Sat, Sept 8th 9AM-3PM & Sat, Sept 22nd 9AM-3PM The First United Methodist Clothing Center will be hosting a Back to School ‘Clothing Give-Away’ for those in need, on Saturday, September 8th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM as well as Saturday, September 22nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Ellensburg First United Methodist Church Courtyard. Due to the success of the previous events, the clothing center hopes to expand services beyond children grades K-12. The clothing center is interested in meeting the needs of those in the community as fall turns the corner. The church remains determined to meet the clothing needs of Ellensburg in the future. The clothing center will not be taking any donations.

Women’s Retreat: This fall, instead of having our Women’s Retreat at Lazy F, we are planning to attend the EWA/ID Synod Women’s Gathering held this year at the Red Lion Hotel in Wenatchee, September 28-30. All women are encouraged to participate. Pastor Susan Briehl will be the speaker using Colossians 2:6 for the theme, “Born, Called, Caught.” Please find more detailed information and the registration forms on the table in the fellowship hall and more info in our September FLARE newsletter.

Confirmation Pizza Feed and Information Night, Wednesday, September 12th 6:30p.m. For students and parents (families welcome). We’ll welcome our new students and welcome back our ongoing students. I’ll try to answer questions and do some acolyte training. Please RSVP with Pastor Dennis: Church 925-2844 or home 933-2605 so he orders enough pizza or e-mail the church at if that’s easier. High School Students welcome, too. Come meet with Joe and get an overview of the year’s events.

Stewardship Stu here with a question... Do you want to share your wealth with others in this community? Most people don't. Most people feel like they've earned what they have through hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and personal commitment. Many think that there is some passage in the Bible that says God help those who help themselves. It's bunk. The Bible is very clear that the rain that falls on the just falls as sweetly on the unjust. The message of Scripture is absolutely certain. We are God's People. We have been blessed to be a blessing. We are our brother's keeper. It is our calling to be recognized by our love. The good life we have is not because we somehow deserve it, it's a matter of time, place, birth-order, and opportunity. We are who we are because we are where and when we are. God's blessing is for all people, everywhere, in all conditions. What an incredible chance we have to witness our Faith. God has blessed us to be a blessing. Is a tithe, ten percent of your bounty, too much to give in joyful response to your wealth? We all pay taxes, we all pay for new roads and Police protection, we understand the corporate needs of the government that keeps us rolling as a country. That's being a good citizen. What does being a Christian mean to you? Are you willing to be your brother's keeper? Do you want to be known by your love? Time is short. Don't waste the opportunity to participate in the Kingdom of God. Hey, do what you can and I'll see you in Church. Stu

Thrivent Dinner for all Thrivent members. September 29th, 5:30p at Ellensburg Pasta Company. For more information please contact James Stolte or Don Morris.

Youth(+) Sunday School: Want to know the Bible better? Starting next week, 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). On September 16, we’ll do some basic introductions and talk about the year. On September 23, we’ll start with Genesis, the first book in a wild story about what happens after God creates the world.

Youth Email List: As Joe transitions out as Youth Director, communication with Youth — and Youth families — will get a bit trickier. The best way to keep up with any Youth events or programs is to get on the Youth Email list. To be included, email

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 know. And if you act quickly (before September 15), Joe can even put together an event packet (including sign-up sheets, posters, and bulletin announcements). Thanks.

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!

Annual FLCW Rummage Sale

Fri., September 21st ~ 9:00-4:00

Sat., September 22nd ~ 9:00-1:00

The Annual FLCW Rummage Sale is coming right up, in September!

Items may be brought to the church beginning Monday, September 17th until noon on Thursday, September 20th.

Please, no magazines, shoes, cell phones, computers, or exercise equipment. Please 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 a.m.

We will also need many pies and bread! BAKERS—Please bring your baked goods in by Friday morning!

Any questions? Please call Donna Morris, Diana Lien, Linda Strand or Ann Ringe.