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Welcome to First Lutheran Church

  • Come and explore your deepest spiritual desires with us!
  • Discover God's desire for you!
  • We invite you to discover our dynamic Christian Community dedicated to sharing the awesome love of God that is revealed in Jesus Christ.
  • Whether you are just beginning your spiritual journey or have traveled the Christian road for some time....

You are welcome here!

19419 Royalton Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44149

Phone: (440) 238-7890

Interested in joining First Church? A “mega-class” will be held next Sunday, May 4, 6-8? PM. Child care will be provided, if necessary. To register, call the church office or speak with one of the pastors.

Worship Services (to September 7th)


8:15 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.


10:00 AM

Contemporary on the 1st and 4th Sundays of each month; Traditional on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month
Note These Worship Services!!

Aug 31

10:00 AM

CONTEMPORARY Worship only.

2014 Church Annual Report:
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Council Highlights & Notes:

Northeastern Ohio Synod Notes:

Contemporary Worship.


Journey Forward

While Bishop Eaton was still our synodical bishop she challenged every congregation in Northeastern Ohio to participate in a spiritual discernment process she dubbed “On the Journey Forward.” Even though Bishop Eaton is now serving as the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA the Journey Forward continues.

First Church has a Journey Forward team consisting of Ray Treudler, Darden Blake, John Brinzo, Kurt Blankenship, Connie Nielsen, and the pastors. We are part of a cluster of nine congregations who will meet together regularly to participate in this process. Our team will also meet on its own, in between cluster meetings, to work on a variety of assignments designed to help us understand our identity and what God has called us to do and be in the Strongsville community.

The Journey Forward process involves four general phases. Discovery is the data gathering phase, designed to give us an accurate picture of our congregation and community. Diagnosis is the analysis phase where we will attempt to interpret the data and what it reveals about our mission and ministry. Decision is the planning phase where we will design a mission plan with measurable goals. Because we are working within a cluster we may discover that a partnership with another congregation in some particular area of ministry may be beneficial. Do is the implementation phase, and well … it’s where we will actually start DOING something.

As this process continues the congregation will be updated and, at times, invited into the process to provide valuable information and insight. In the meantime the team invites the prayers of the congregation for clear insight and understanding of God’s intentions for us.

Vacation Bible School
(July 28 thru August 1) (5:15 - 8:30 PM)

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2014 Church Annual Report:
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Positions Available:

First Church is currently looking to fill two positions within the church. Please click on the position to see or download the job description.

Director of Music MInistries


Cover letters and resumes should be sent to Pastor Chuck via email at

Candidates may also call Pastor Chuck at 440.238.7890 with questions or more information.

Music Ministries Search Update

We have now received over twenty applications for either the Organist/Accompanist or Director of Music positions. Many interviews and auditions have been conducted with seemingly viable candidates. A tentative offer was made to one person, but, due to personal circumstances, that person withdrew from consideration. The search team remains committed to bringing high quality music personnel to First Church, and continues to carefully review applications as they are submitted. This has become a very challenging process so we invite your continued prayers.

July Revelations:

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our Congregation Council has established three short-term goals they will begin working on immediately. While each goal has its own unique set of characteristics, together they focus primarily on creating both a clearer identity and more visible presence in the community by being active in service in Christ’s name. Following is a brief description of each goal.

Launch Pub Church. What’s that, you might say? In an effort to “take church into the community” we are working with the Bier Haus in Strongsville to create regular opportunities for our own members – and folks in the community – to join together in an alternative yet family-friendly setting for fellowship, learning, and worship. More on this in the near future as we hope to launch in September.

Strengthen our partnership with New Covenant Lutheran Church. For many years the men of First and New Covenant have been holding an annual retreat and meeting monthly for lunch or breakfast. We want to expand that to include pulpit and choir exchanges, and service opportunities. We have a lot to learn from one another.

Implement “Gods’ work. Our hands.” On Rally Day, September 7, we will join with thousands of ELCA congregations across the nation in an intentional day of service. Our own service project will involve collecting and delivering food for the Strongsville Food Bank, something in which EVERYONE can participate. There will be plenty of opportunities to be part of the planning and implementing of this project. More detailed information can be found in this edition of the Revelations.

I hope that everyone will rally around our Council as they seek to move our congregation forward for the sake of the gospel. If you see something that needs to be done, please step up. If you are asked to help, please give generously of your time and talent. We will need everyone working together to accomplish our goals. I am personally excited to learn how God will be at work among us, and to see how people’s lives will be transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ.

Serving with you,
Pastor Chuck





Do you have a prayer request?

Please use the bulletin board over the water fountain to make your prayer concerns known, or Click Here to submit one for inclusion during our next service.


Share Your Talents with
First Church!

How do I get involved?

Click on the “Share Your Spiritual Gifts Volunteer Form” link below if you know the gifts you have been given, and let us know how you would like to share them with First Church this coming 2013-2014 year.

Share Your Spiritual Gifts Volunteer Form:

How do I know what my spiritual gifts are?

Click on the “Discover Your Spiritual Gifts” link below. The survey is simply a list of questions that help identify what gifts, skills and interests you have been given. Once you submit the completed survey, we will score it and email you with the results. We will also include a few suggestions regarding volunteer opportunities that are a good fit for your gifts. If you would like to share your gifts, please take the “Share Your Spiritual Gifts” survey and we will get you connected!

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts Survey:

Questions regarding the surveys, or opportunities to share your gifts with First Church, can be directed to Connie at (440)238-7890 or send an email to


Church News, Photos, etc.. News - Important Dates - Stuff.....


Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as we embarked on our adventure. You can reach us at or 8700 Southside Blvd #2202, Jacksonville, FL 32256-0720. If you’re ever vacationing down here, you have somewhere to stay!

Gene Thompson & Tom Serdar

Thank You One and All …

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Sunday School Spring Service Project, the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank. We took over the last 552 food items, which we collected for this project. In total, through everyone’s generous donations, we collected well over 1500 food items to help those in need in our community. All donations were of course greatly appreciated at the Food Bank, which sees a slowdown of donations during the summer months. We also want to say a special thank you to Sandy & Maria Treudler, Connie Nielsen and Brenda Jacob, who all helped count, box, and take over the food items.

Thank You! Thank You!

We trustees of the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank thank the youth of First Evangelical Lutheran Church for their weekly food donations during the months of April, May and June. You young people are to be commended for collecting over 1500 items of needed food supplies. The monetary donations you collected, which totaled over $350, will be used for distributing refrigerated items and paper items.

Construction of a new Food Bank facility on Zverina Lane, behind the Communications Center on Pearl Road, will be completed this summer. Please feel free to visit and “check out” the Food Bank during the hours of operation from 9:30 to 11:30 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and the second Saturday of each month.

Again, thank you for aiding those in our community who are in need of assistance.

The Strongsville Emergency Food Bank, Inc., Trustees


Please click on a link below to view the current newsletters published by First Lutheran Church.

Weekly Revelations
(news & events)

Sunday School/Youth
Faith & Family

April 2014

Monthly Revelations

Last Month
Monthly Revelations

Prior Month
Monthly Revelations

Our community Food Bank is running low on food. Donations may be dropped off in the shopping carts located near the doors. Items needed most: canned soup, canned tuna, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and jelly.

SCS offerings thru the end of the program year will go to Providence House, one of the oldest child care organizations in the country to house newborns to children age 10 for an extended period of time. They are voluntarily placed there when there is fear of abuse or neglect within the family. The family also receives needed help and support to change the home environment. Watch for more details on this service project.

Coffee and donuts are available in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings. This is a service project of our Confirmation students and their families. The donuts are purchased at a cost of $.50 per donut. All other items are donated. Please help us cover the cost of the donuts.

Our Prayer & Care Group prepares and sends cards to those of us, young and old alike, who are lonely, suffering from illness or injury, or those with on-going issues. Join us the first Friday of every month at 10 AM. Questions? Contact Sue Ludwig (440.238.5164 or


First Lutheran Busy Bags contain quiet items, crayons, and books for children to use during the service. They can be found under the table at the back of the church. Just ask an usher if you would like one of these bags for your little one.


FrontLine Service, formerly MHS, has several families who were recently homeless and are now in need of beds and living room furniture. They also need TV’s and a microwave. If you have donations, please call Tammy Widdows (216.548.2761).

The Street Ministry continues to collect men’s socks for the homeless. Please place your donation in the marked box by the Fellowship Hall entrance. Questions? Contact Steve Gall (440.238.3019).

Join the Red, White, and Blue Team!

A new Mission Ministry is being kicked off to help military families within our congregation and community that have a parent or loved one currently deployed overseas. We are looking for volunteers to provide meals, home handyman, and babysitting services for military families that could use a little extra help and support.

Help fulfill your patriotic duty while doing the work our Lord has called us to do!

Reiner Mueller ( or 440.846.0532).

The ELCA Malaria Campaign intends to contain malaria on the African continent by 2015. To help, make a donation using the special envelope in the pews. Make checks payable to First Lutheran Church, and place envelopes in the offering plate. Our goal is to raise $5,100.

Do you have a prayer request? Please use the bulletin board over the water fountain to make your prayer concerns known.

Need to get rid of your old cell phone? Recycle the old one! Please drop off old cell phones and used ink cartridges – boxes located on the table under the youth bulletin board by the Fellowship Hall entrance. Questions? Contact Debbie Brighter (440.572.2627).

Stop by the Welcome Center, in the lobby, for additional information on our activities and ministries.

Donate your altar flowers to local nursing homes or our own church shut-ins. Please contact the church office if you are interested in donating your flowers.

Cleaning for a Reason - If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning – 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.

Strongsville Emergency Food Bank - The Food Bank is open to Strongsville residents year-round: Monday thru Friday, 9:30 – 11:30 AM and including the 2nd Saturday of every month. Call 440/846-0197 for more information. Nonperishable food items can be placed in the shopping carts by the side and Fellowship Hall entrances. This is taken to the Strongsville Food Bank.

Both pastors offer open office hours for anyone who wants to stop by to share & concerns. It is helpful to call in advance for an appointment. Drop-in visitors are received on a first come, first served basis.
Pastor Chuck’s hours are 10 - noon on Tuesday.
Pastor Kathy’s hours are 10 – noon on Wednesday

Celebrations, parties, or just everyday living ... if you shop at GFS - don’t forget to mention First Lutheran when checking out and help First earn credit to supply future church functions.

CWWV clients need women’s size 16 jeans or pants and XL solid color tops. Also, men’s size large and size 18 boy’s shorts for a 15-yr-old. Please place donations in the church office. Questions? Please call Tammy Widdows (216.548.2761).

The PATH Program (serving those living under bridges and in the woods) needs canned food to hand out to people they find. Please put your donations in the shopping carts. Questions? Please contact Tammy Widdows (216.548.2761).

WOW will continue to collect women’s full-size personal hygiene items and diapers for Laura’s Home. Donations may be placed in the container on the Welcome Center.

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Worship Service Recordings
for Shut-ins

First Church has a program to provide CD recordings, currently of the lesson readings, Gospel reading, and sermon, for members who are unable to attend regular services.

The shut-in will be provided with a CD player, on loan from the church, with which to listen to the service recording mailed or delivered to them each week. Plans are to expand the recording capability to the entire service in the future.

If you know of any or our members, or nonmembers, who may be interested in participating in this program, please contact the church office or click here.

We now have a special page on this Web site devoted to the prior sermons from each week of service.

Please click here to view the sermons you can download.



The following are church events and fellowship opportunities at First Church. A complete listing of all of the Church Events can be downloaded by clicking on the "Weekly Revelations" located in the box to the left.

Vacation Bible School
(July 28 thru August 1) (5:15 - 8:30 PM)

Click Here for an enrollment form.

Click Here for more details.

Pastor Chuck has launched a blog at Check it out as a way of staying connected and having dialog about a variety of topics related to the faith.

Are you a generous giver? Do you have joy in knowing that everything comes from God? Then your gifts are needed on the Stewardship Committee. Contact Pastor Chuck if you would like to join this important team.

Property Management Position – Our property management team is looking for a coordinator of the teams. This person will be a point of contact and coordinator for maintenance and repair activities for the church property. This position does not require monthly meetings and has a very experienced committee in place as resources to handle the repairs. For more information, please contact Len Taylor (440.653.4606).

First Church is looking for volunteers to help operate the video projector for the contemporary services. Basic PC skills helpful (PowerPoint a plus), but will offer training to all interested individuals. Please contact Justin Lauschin ( for more information.


Summer Book Study with Pastor Chuck

All adults are welcome to attend a study and discussion of Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly, How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Topics include:

  • Looking Inside Our Culture of “Never Enough”
  • Debunking the Vulnerability Myths
  • Understanding and Combating Shame
  • Cultivating Change and Closing the Disengagement Divide
  • Daring to Rehumanize Education and Work
  • Wholehearted Parenting

There will be two options to participate:

  • Evenings: Mondays, July 21, 28 at 7:00 PM
  • Mornings: Thursdays, July 24, 31 at 10:00 AM

To register, simply email Pastor Chuck at Each participant is responsible for purchasing their own copy of the book.

Touch a life … become a Hospice of the Western Reserve Volunteer

Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. We care for our patients wherever they call home. As a vital part of our team, volunteers come from all walks of life, and have a variety of skills, talents and abilities. Opportunities to serve are diverse: visit patients and families to provide companionship, socialization, and comfort, help with legacy work, transportation, light housework, meal preparation, run errands, make phone calls, help with clerical work, attend health fairs, make a presentation. Volunteers with specialized professional qualifications and training are also needed: attorneys, licensed hair dressers, massotherapists, pet therapy dogs and their handlers. The next west side series of volunteer classes will be held at Hospice of the Western Reserve, St. John’s West Shore Hospital (29101 Health Campus Drive, Building 2, Suite 400, Westlake) on Sundays, July 20, 27 and August 3 & 10 from 1 to 5 PM. Teen and volunteers not having patient contact only attend the first class in a series while most other volunteers attend all four. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register, call 800.707.8922 ext 6881.

Mission Opportunity at New Covenant – One Saturday per month the members of New Covenant Lutheran Church in East Cleveland provide fresh produce to needy families in their neighborhood. We were able to assist with the packing and distribution of produce in May and June and we are hoping to do it again on Saturday, July 26. If you are interested in assisting, please contact Bruce Holderead ( or 440.655.1523).

Worship at New Covenant! If you would like to continue to build our relationship with the folks of New Covenant, East Cleveland, please join Pastor Chuck on Sunday, August 17 to worship at New Covenant. We will meet in our parking lot at 9 AM to carpool and arrive in time for worship at 10 AM.

God’s work. Our hands.

On Rally Day, September 7, we will have the opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. On September 7 the nearly 10,000 congregations of the ELCA gather to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people.

Following our special Rally Day service (10 AM) we will gather together as a family of all ages for lunch, then we will be sent out into the neighborhoods of Strongsville to collect food for the Strongsville Food Bank, which has been relocated to a brand-new building near the library. This is a project EVERYONE can participate in, and one that will have a significant impact on our community. Not only will many people be fed because of our efforts, but people will begin to associate First Church with the good work of the Strongsville Food Bank. We are a church that SERVES in the name of JESUS CHRIST.

In order to prepare for this very special event we are in IMMEDIATE NEED of the following volunteers:

  • Food Bank Coordinator – Be the liaison between the Food Bank and First Church to communicate needs and coordinate delivery of food.
  • Neighborhood Coordinators – Responsible for identifying routes for picking up food; placing flyers in mailboxes to let our neighbors know of the event; form groups to pick up food in neighborhoods; designate pick-up points.
  • Media Coordinator – Responsible for contacting the local media and making the event known to the public.
  • Lunch Coordinator – Responsible for developing and implementing a lunch plan and setting up the Fellowship Hall.
  • Photographer(s) – Responsible for taking photos during the event and posting to our website.

If you are able to assume any of these responsibilities please contact Pastor Chuck immediately.

The first 100 people at the event will receive a special God’s work. Our hands. T-shirt to wear during the food collection. What a great deal!!

Retreat with the Men of New Covenant – Please join us for a Men’s Retreat with the men of New Covenant Lutheran Church of East Cleveland on Friday, September 26 & Saturday, September 27 at Camp Mowana near Mansfield. We will be carpooling down to the camp from the church on Friday evening and returning on Saturday afternoon. The cost of the retreat is $67, which includes lodging plus breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Camp Mowana requires a 25% down payment within 30 days, with the remainder due the week prior to the retreat. Please contact Bruce Holderead ( or 440.655.1523) if you are interested in attending the retreat.

2015 Mission Trip Opportunity

Have you ever wondered how life-changing a mission trip can be? If so, we are looking for 12 volunteers who may be interested in going on a mission trip to Honduras, June 13 – 20, 2015. The trip, organized through Living Water International, will provide the practical service of digging a new well or repairing an existing well for an impoverished community that desperately needs clean water and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those we are serving.

No experience is required and training will be provided. The team should consist of 8 drillers and 4 hygiene facilitators. Both women and men are welcome to be a part of the drill team. However, due to cultural differences and sensitive health content, only women are allowed to be part of the hygiene team. The minimum age requirement is 14 by the date the trip leaves. Under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. There is no maximum age limit.

Endowment has set aside funding to subsidize the cost of the trip; and with the subsidy, the expected contribution per volunteer will be $950 to $1,000. If interested, please contact Reiner Mueller (440.846.0532 or

There will be an informational meeting planned for late summer for those who are interested.


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