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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.



Sunday Worship Services

Sunday

7:45 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

9:00 AM

Contemporary Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

11:15 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.


2014 Church Annual Report:
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Council Highlights & Notes:
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Northeastern Ohio Synod Notes:
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Dear Friends:

What an exciting time it is at First Church! After a four-month search, we are pleased to welcome Shane Brandes and Zachary Richards to our music staff as Organist/Accompanist and Music Director, respectively. Both bring a wealth of talent and are ready to energize our worship services with their leadership.

Rally Day is September 7, marking the beginning of Sunday school and a new program year. This Rally Day will be special as we have the opportunity to participate in God’s work. Our hands. There are many ways to become involved in our effort to reach out into the Strongsville community and collect food for the Food Bank. I hope each member of First Church will find a way to participate. Please be sure to read more detailed information about this project in this edition of Revelations.

We are still working with our friends at the Bier Haus to make Pub Church a reality. A launch of early October is anticipated. Pub Church will be an opportunity for all ages to gather in a unique setting to share a meal or a drink, listen to a reflective word, hear a local musician, and discuss biblical and theological issues that matter in the midst of today’s culture.

Our Stewardship Campaign also kicks off in September, this time with a little different twist. The congregation will be challenged to give toward a budget that reflects ministry priorities and growth areas that, if met, will surely raise us to new levels of engagement with the communities we serve in Christ’s name.

Planning has already begun, and will continue in earnest, for the next ELCA National Youth Gathering which will be held in Detroit in 2015. Our youth (and their families) will be busy preparing for an event that always changes lives. We should all be eager to support and encourage them as they open their hearts to the Spirit’s leading.

Another Living Water Mission Trip – this time to Honduras – is being planned for the summer of 2015, and the opportunity to get involved is RIGHT NOW. If you want to bring fresh, clean drinking water to people who have never tasted it before, and if you understand that work as a clear example of Christian discipleship, please talk to Reiner Mueller about this trip.

Like I said, there’s a lot to be excited about. God has blessed us with so many opportunities for service, so many avenues to express His love for us in Jesus Christ. One of my favorite songs is “With Every Act of Love” by Jason Gray. There’s a lyric in that song that goes like this: “God put a million, million doors in the world for his love to walk through. One of those doors is you.” How will God’s love walk through the door that is YOU when you consider all of the fantastic things happening in our congregation?

In Christ,
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: www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHAREGIFTS

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WebDiscoverGifts

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 firstchurchalive@hotmail.com.

 
   


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

 


News

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

Current
Monthly Revelations


Last Month
Monthly Revelations


Prior Month
Monthly Revelations







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 suziezoo24@yahoo.com).

 


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.

 


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).



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.


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. http://www.cleaningforareason.org.


Strongsville Emergency Food Bank - The Food Bank is open to Strongsville residents year-round: Teusday, Wednesday and Thursday 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



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.


 

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.

Pastor Chuck has launched a blog at www.pcspincycle.com. 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.


 

New Adult Class

“I’ll be happy after: the promotion … the new house … the next vacation … a different car” … you fill in the blank. Why is a contented, satisfied life so evasive? And, why are we often driven more by what our neighbors own than what will truly make us happy? Find out in our new adult Sunday school class, Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption beginning September 21 at 10 AM in the Fellowship Hall. This six-session study will explore the way in which the messages to the New Testament churches were received by the original readers and how these passages can alter the way we view wealth, accumulation, and ultimate contentment today.


Join Prayer & Care Friday, October 3, 10 AM.


Save the date to save a life. First Church’s Annual Blood Drive will be on Sunday, November 2 from 8 AM to 12:30 PM.


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 reinermueller@sbcglobal.net).

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


 


Red Number indicates "New Record" in monthly or yearly hits.
Blue Number indicates "Highest All-time Month" in hits.

Mth

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Jan

NA

369

349

539

753

544

580

470

Feb

NA

397

394

498

767

559

794

438

Mar

NA

596

347

569

847

476

961

763

Apr

NA

372

441

506

756

563

521

755

May

NA

390

336

481

697

412

467

613

Jun

NA

329

379

475

667

497

642

573

Jul

NA

371

415

432

663

705

552

597

Aug

NA

316

486

421

646

665

656

783

Sep

206

338

501

446

732

511

583

425

Oct

390

343

454

440

567

501

720

Nov

319

343

548

642

564

441

636

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Dec

398

462

553

1,014

652

715

636

-

Tls

1,313

4,626

5,023

6,463

8,311

6,535

7,748

5,417

Grand Total Hits
as of 09-26-2014

45,715


 

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