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new pathways for spiritual growth.
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your deepest spiritual desires with us!
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We invite you
to discover our dynamic Christian Community
dedicated to sharing the awesome love of God
that is revealed in Jesus Christ.
are just beginning your spiritual journey or
have traveled the Christian road for some time....
are welcome here!
Strongsville, Ohio 44149
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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?
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 email@example.com).
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:
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
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.
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
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
Join Prayer & Care
Friday, October 3, 10 AM.
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.
Mission Trip Opportunity
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
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
There will be an informational meeting planned for
late summer for those who are interested.
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