some ways it seems that we just finished our
Christmas celebrations, but the Lenten season
is now upon us. It’s early this year,
but I’m looking forward to journeying
to the cross with you, and examining once
again the meaning of Jesus’ suffering
and death. Ash Wednesday is February 10, and
we will be worshiping together at 7:30 PM.
I hope to see you there.
year we will be trying something new. While
midweek Tuesday evening services will continue,
they will be in a format other than Holden
Evening Prayer. Each Tuesday at 7:00 PM we
will be exploring a psalm in a setting that
will allow for some teaching, guided conversation,
singing, prayer, and fellowship. There will
be no meal preceding the services.
Holden Evening Prayer service will be offered
on Sunday, February 28 at 6:00 PM. We hope
that by scheduling on Sunday evening this
beautiful service will become accessible for
response to some of the feedback we heard
last summer during the "Conversation
with the Pastors" sessions we will be
providing at-home Lenten studies that will
mirror in some way what we will be doing at
the church on Tuesday evenings. The material
will be sent each week via e-mail and will
include everything families will need to conduct
a devotional time either on their own or together
with other families. Our hope is that this
format will encourage busy families with many
commitments to engage in spiritual development
when it is most convenient for them.
with most things, change may come slowly.
For those who grew up with midweek Lenten
services and know how meaningful they can
be, not having Holden each week may be seen
as a let-down. However, I hope you will still
come to church on Tuesday nights for our exploration
of the Psalms. For those with busy schedules
who find it challenging to make it to church
during the week, especially in the evening,
I hope you will take advantage of the electronic
devotions and commit yourselves to this weekly
are many ways to come to Jesus during this
Lenten season. While our paths may be different,
it’s important to remember that our
destination is the same. We meet at the cross
of our crucified Lord and realize once again
the depth of God’s love for us.
am blessed to travel with you!
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.
Your Talents with
do I get involved?
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
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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).
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.
you have a prayer request? Please use the bulletin
board over the water fountain to make your prayer
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).
by the Welcome Center, in the
lobby, for additional information on our activities
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
out Pastor Chuck’s latest blog post: www.pcspincycle.com.
Check it out as a way of staying connected and having
dialog about a variety of topics related to the
Over 50’s Group
is looking for new members. We will meet Tuesday,
February 9 at 12:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall
and have a slide presentation showing some of
our past events. Bring a brown bag lunch. Desserts
and beverages will be provided by Audie Kiplinger
and Herb Adams.
Ash Wednesday is February
10. Join us for worship at 7:30 PM
as we mark the beginning of Lent. Imposition
of Ashes and Communion.
The Strongsville Food
Bank will be open Saturday, February 13, 9:30
– 11:30 AM. Proof of Strongsville residency
and photo ID required.
FLC Ministry Fair,
Sunday, February 14 – Put Your
Heart in It. Learn more about the variety of
ministries of our congregation.
NEED! The American Red Cross has an urgent need
for blood donations to help prevent a shortage
of blood products this January. Also, save the
date, as we will have a special blood drive
on Sunday, March 13 from 8:00 AM to
1:00 PM. Appointments are encouraged
required; a sign-up sheet will be available
on the Welcome Center or at www.redcrossblood.org.
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