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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

Thinking about joining First Church? Please call Pastor Chuck (440.238.7890 or email him at pastorchuck1@gmail.com).



"Summer" Sunday Worship Services

Sunday

8:15 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

10:00 AM

Contemporary Worship every 1st and 4th Sunday and Traditional every 2nd and 3rd Sunday at this time.


 

Contemporary Worship.



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"Summer" Sunday Worship Services

Sunday

8:15 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

10:00 AM

Contemporary Worship every 1st and 4th Sunday and Traditional every 2nd and 3rd Sunday at this time.

 

June Revelations.....

Dear Friends in Christ,

Three years ago my family moved to a new home. As part of that process a large pile was created at our curb of all the things we no longer wanted or needed; things that couldn’t even be donated to a charitable cause. It felt really good to be rid of things that were no longer useful. There probably could have been more stuff left behind, but some things (though not in use at the current time, and serving no clear purpose that we could identify) came along with us anyway. We employed the familiar rationale of “you never know when you’re going to need it.” I haven’t kept an inventory of how often we have actually used any of that stuff, but my guess is not much.

We all probably have a lot of things we need to let go of on an emotional level, too. You know what I’m talking about. Resentment, anger, disappointment, a grudge, a lost love … stuff like that. I know I do. Yet we’re content to hang onto these things, and the sad part is that the longer we hold on the more deeply engrained in our identities these things become. I wonder, what causes us to hold on for so long? I suppose there are many answers to that question, all unique to our own situations. Sadly, these things tend to claim too much of our time and energy until we are often diverted from doing something more productive with our lives.

On that first Easter morning when Mary discovered that Jesus was alive he told her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.” In an article about this passage theologian David Lose noted how frustrating it must have been for Mary to have seen Jesus and yet not have been able to embrace him, to hold on to him. And then he wondered if we sometimes feel like that. He wrote, “Like all we want to do is to hold onto our Jesus, or our congregation, or our traditions, or our ideas about how church ‘has always been’ and ‘always should be.’ There are lots of good reasons for us to want to hold onto these things too, also dealing with comfort and security and not wanting to lose something precious to us. Yet we cannot.”

This simply leads me to ask, what do we need to let go of in order to live healthier lives that are more pleasing to God? Our memories of what First Church was like twenty years ago? The way the Church was when there was a “Luther League” and we sang “How Great Thou Art” at least a dozen times every year? Our feelings toward another brother or sister in Christ? Whatever it is, Jesus calls us to let go so that we can move forward, because as long as something that we can’t let go of is holding us back we will never reach our ultimate destination.

Let us pray that God will give us the courage to let go of the things we cannot change, the things that enslave us, so that we may find joy in discovering the new directions God has waiting for us.

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.

 
   


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

Weekly Revelations
(news & events)

Sunday School/Youth
Faith and Family

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: Tuesday, 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.

Summer office hours have begun. Connie will be in the office this week Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 8 AM – 2 PM.


We are still seeking someone to serve as Council Secretary. This is a very important position that needs to be filled immediately. If you are willing to serve, please see one of the pastors or Ray Treudler.


A new electronic door lock system will be installed this coming week in an effort to make it safer for our employees and preschool students. This will also ensure that the building is locked at the end of each day automatically. The new system will be programmed to have the doors open at scheduled times for church services and other common events. Otherwise the building doors will remain locked. There will be an intercom with video to speak to the front desk to open the door when needed. You will always be able to exit the building at any time. The staff and related personnel will be given a new key fob next week. Please contact Len Taylor (440.653.4606) if you have any questions or feel you need a key. This may take some getting used to but it is most necessary for our safety and security.


The teddy bears in the pews are there to share God’s love. You may take one to anyone you know who is hurting for any reason. Donations may be given in a pew envelope marked “Teddy Bear Ministry” or new bears may be placed in the bear den behind the Welcome Center in the lobby. For more information or an opportunity to donate a new bear, please take an informational sheet at the Welcome Center. This ministry is in memory of John Gray. Questions? Please contact Marj Gray (440.572.3158 or marjgray@gmail.com).


There are lots of dates still available on the 2015 Altar Flower & Bulletin list in the lobby. Sign up for your special event date today.


Check out Pastor Chuck’s latest blog post: Prayer www.pcspincycle.com. Check it out as a way of staying connected and having dialog about a variety of topics related to the faith.


Make giving easy with Simply Giving! Did you know you can automate your church offerings and eliminate the need to write checks? By “setting it and forgetting it,” you don’t have to remember to search for your offering envelope and write that check. The Simply Giving program allows you to establish a recurring offering that is automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. And, you can set the frequency and amount of the offering to be deducted. The Simply Giving enrollment/authorization form can be found in the information center outside the church office. For those who are already enrolled in Simply Giving and need to make a change to the amount and/or frequency, you can submit another form with the needed changes. Call Brenda Jacob with any questions.



Summer office hours have begun. Connie will be in the office this week Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 8 AM – 2 PM.


Pierstorf Memorial Loan Fund provides interest-free loans to Lutheran students who are or will be enrolled full time in a four-year undergraduate program at any accredited college or university. This year, the maximum interest-free loan is $3,000 for the school year. For information, go to www.pierstorf.org. Download the 2015/16 application from the website. The deadline for all applications is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.


Pub Church will take a brief summer hiatus in July and August. Look for Pub Church to return on September 1.


Camp Bridges is a one-day bereavement camp for children in FrontLine Service’s child and family trauma programs who have lost a loved one to homicide or suicide. If you would like to volunteer on Friday, August 7, please see the flyer above the water fountain for more detailed information, or speak with Pastor Chuck.


 


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

2015

Jan

NA

369

349

539

753

544

580

470

490

Feb

NA

397

394

498

767

559

794

438

377

Mar

NA

596

347

569

847

476

961

763

496

Apr

NA

372

441

506

756

563

521

755

517

May

NA

390

336

481

697

412

467

613

488

Jun

NA

329

379

475

667

497

642

573

419

Jul

NA

371

415

432

663

705

552

597

0

Aug

NA

316

486

421

646

665

656

783

0

Sep

206

338

501

446

732

511

583

490

0

Oct

390

343

454

440

567

501

720

438
0

Nov

319

343

548

642

564

441

636

412

0

Dec

398

462

553

1,014

652

715

636

602

0

Tls

1,313

4,626

5,023

6,463

8,311

6,535

7,748

6,769

2,787

Grand Total Hits
as of 06-27-2015

50,019


 

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