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Mission Statement: To live in the powerful example of Jesus, and to discover new pathways for spiritual growth.

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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).



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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Contemporary Worship.



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Join us for Holy Week and Easter worship:

Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7:30 PM

Holy Communion and stripping of the altar
Good Friday, April 3, 7:30 PM

Tenebrae Service of the Seven Last Words
Easter Sunday, April 5
8:00 AM – planting of the Easter Cross
8:15 AM – Traditional Festival of the Resurrection
9:45 AM – Contemporary Celebration Service
11:15 AM – Traditional Festival of the Resurrection

 

March Revelations

Lent is here! The dictionary says it’s a time of solemn religious observance in the religious calendar. For me it is a time to remember the road our Lord endured on His way to the cross, a time for us to reflect and to take inventory of our own faith and its practice. But, what is it for you? How is it that you will walk these 40 days and what will you do to help with that?

Someone recently told me, “I’m too busy to really do anything about Lent this year.” To that I want to ask are any of us ever really too busy to observe Lent? If you think that you are this article is for you; and really everyone who wants to kick it up a notch during these next days and weeks.

“The fast pace of your life may seem to leave little time and energy for the traditional Lenten practices. But you can weave moments of spiritual awareness and service into even the busiest of schedules. The trick is to see Lenten practices as part of, rather than in addition to, each activity of your ordinary hectic day.

The three foundational practices of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Here’s how to think about them in a new way:

Praying Daily – If you make a habit of saying a little prayer whenever someone irritates you, cuts you off in traffic, or makes life difficult; when someone does you a favor, you experience great and friendly service, or when something joyful happens to you — you will soon find yourself praying your way through the day. You will also find that this habit makes your life flow smoother, your self more centered, and your Spirit more aware of God’s presence.

A Different Type of Fasting – There are many ways to fast. Why not fast from criticism, gossip, judging others, or passing on rumors? Why not abstain from unwarranted fear and anxiety? You can also tell that inner voice inside your head that criticizes you to abstain from eroding your ability to be the confident, blessed person God calls you to be.

Give of Yourself – Daily life also offers countless opportunities to give of yourself to others (alms), and most don’t involve dipping into your wallet. Give encouragement to the doubting, give a word of praise to the insecure, show kindness to someone who could use a friend, and offer a word of thanks to those whose service of others often goes unappreciated. Give the gift of your attention to someone who simply wants to be noticed. Tell your children stories about people whose values you admire when you gather at mealtime. Don’t be stingy with your smiles — give them freely to everyone you meet. And, most important, give your love to those close to you. Hug them, hold them, and tell them what they mean to you. In this way you open your heart to God and others.”

So no matter how busy you are in life, there is no doubt that you can with a greater awareness and new perspective, consciously pray, fast, and give of yourself this Lent. Just simply take note of the possibilities that surround you and act on them during the course of your day. Don’t leave any opportunity slip by unnoticed. Make Lent a way of life, not something that only happens 40 days out of every year.

In Christ,
Pastor Kathy


 

 


 



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 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.

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).


Easter Garden and Resurrection Cross order forms are available at the youth table in the lobby. Help brighten First Church for Easter.Easter Garden and Resurrection Cross order forms are available at the youth table in the lobby. Help brighten First Church for Easter.


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.


$60 Sunday donations totaled $5,241! Thank you for your faithful stewardship and generous giving to help us meet our budget and ministry commitments. Special purple envelopes remain in the pews for those who still desire to make a donation.


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.


KIDS HOPE USA –A mentor is needed for a very pleasant third grade boy who loves football. He would benefit from having a positive adult role model show him affection and concern, build his self-esteem, and help him with his reading. Will you be the one to make a difference in his life? Contact Gloria Reichert (330.225.3922 or g.reichert68@gmail.com).


5 Below Fundraiser – March 27-29 all day at the Strongsville location. Just shop and 10% of our total dollars spent will be donated back to First Lutheran Youth. It’s that simple! Must have flyer (available at youth table).


Zion Lutheran Church (2233 Abbeyville Rd, Valley City) 7th annual Passion Walk Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. 30-minute walks begin at 6:30 and continue every 15 minutes until 8 PM. Handicapped accessible. Free admission.


Readers are needed at all services for the Palm Sunday Passion Narrative on March 29. Please use the sign-up sheet on the office window.


God’s Global Barnyard (SCS Spring Project) launched last Sunday with banks being sent home with our students to help purchase an animal or three for people in need through Lutheran World Relief. All banks to be returned by March 29. If you are interested in participating, see Jennifer Paine or Mary Carrossellia.


CWWV needs Easter baskets and supplies. We are collecting baskets, art supplies, hand sanitizer, tissues, socks and books for CWWV in the marked box in the lobby. Deadline is Sunday, March 29.


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


5th Annual Eggstravaganza for the Homeless: Please bring a dozen (or more) hard-boiled eggs to church between Palm Sunday and Easter. They do not have to be dyed. A table will be provided outside the church office. Eggs will be delivered on April 7. Thanks! Questions to Yvonne (bookofjohn1414@juno.com or 440.846.8055).


Pub Church returns Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 PM at Bilo’s. All are welcome!


Two delegates (one male, one female) are needed to represent First Church at the Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly on May 15. Featured: ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will present the report of the ELCA and preach at worship. See Pastor Chuck if you are interested in attending. The cost is covered by our church.


 


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

381

Apr

NA

372

441

506

756

563

521

755

0

May

NA

390

336

481

697

412

467

613

0

Jun

NA

329

379

475

667

497

642

573

0

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

1,248

Grand Total Hits
as of 03-28-2015

48,480


 

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