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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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September Worship Schedule:

September 6
8:15 – Traditional
10:00 – Contemporary

September 13
8:15 – Traditional
10:00 – Blended, Rally Day

September 20 – Program year schedule begins
7:45 – Traditional
9:00 – Contemporary
10:00 – Sunday school
11:15 – Traditional

September 27 – program year schedule

 

September Revelations.....

There’s a “National Day” for just about everything. It’s ridiculous, really. There are “National Days” for comic books, blueberry popsicles, felt hats, and video games. (As if our kids needed another reason to turn their brains into mush.) We could recognize Captain Hook on National Talk Like a Pirate Day, or sing praises to Swanson’s finest on National TV Dinner Day. Turn up your radios on National One-Hit Wonders Day and listen to “Venus” by Shocking Blue or “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum. If none of these suits us we could talk smack about Jesus on National Blasphemy Day, but that doesn’t seem to be appropriate, does it?

Some “National Days” seem truly purposeful like Stand Up To Cancer Day, or Grandparents Day, or POW/MIA Recognition Day. Even Responsible Dog Ownership Day rings true to me. But I got something in the mail recently about National Back to Church Day on September 20. If I acted NOW I could even get a discount on DVD’s, sermon outline, social media guide, bulletin inserts, door hangers, postcards, wristbands, and t-shirts to run my own Back to Church Day program. Huh? Even though church attendance sags in the summertime do we really need a special day to let people know it’s time to return to something they never should have left in the first place? You can discuss the irony of that over Sunday brunch.

Be that as it may, our “Back to Church Day” or “Rally Day” is September 13. We’re getting a jump on the National Day by a week because that’s just how we roll. While there won’t be any of the hoopla associated with the “canned” National Day festivities, we will have some special things going on. Worship is still at 8:15 and 10:00 that day, but I can assure you that some unique components and special music will find their way into the 10:00 service. Then, we’ll have an opportunity to break bread together before setting out on our second God’s Work. Our Hands. project. You may remember that last year we collected over 600 pounds of food for the Strongsville Food Bank. This year we’ll be traveling to the homes of some of our own members who need a hand with some small projects. All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. More information about our Rally Day activities have either reached your home, or will do so very soon.

In the meantime maybe you could gear up for National Pecan Cookie Day, or National Cheeseburger Day, or National Newspaper Carrier Day, or … you get the picture. See you in church … on September 13, but hopefully before!

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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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.

Come join the team … we are building a team and want you all to join. We are looking for people to be workshop leaders, event coordinators, teachers and aides for our exciting, new Sunday school program. If you like doing crafts, baking in the kitchen, doing wondrous experiments, drama, or just being with our exceptional Sunday school children and youth then our team is for you. Contact Jennifer Paine, Mary Carrossellia, or Judy Peach if this sounds like a good niche for you.


New office hours have begun. Connie will be in the office Monday-Wednesday, and Friday, 8 AM – 2 PM.


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).


Check 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 faith.


 

Conversations with Your Pastors continue on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 8, 12:15 PM – Seniors

Please come and share your thoughts about the future of our ministry.


Over 50’s – Music, Music, Music! This is the time our great pianist, Emily Rose, will play the piano for us. Bring your song titles to our next meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 12:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Brown bag lunch. Dessert & beverages provided by our hostesses, Dorothy Krenz (440.238.2693) and Shirley Mack (440.238.1346).


The Strongsville Food Bank will be open Saturday, September 12, 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Proof of Strongsville residency and photo ID required.



God’s Work. Our Hands.

… will again be part of our Rally Day festivities on Sunday, September 13. We will be joining thousands of ELCA congregations across the country, and together we will express our faith in the form of service projects in the community. This year we will be serving our own members who are in need of work done around their homes. Watch for more details as the date draws close. GWOH will be open to people of all ages and generations.


Bible Bonanza and Confirmation Orientation for parents and students in grades 6-8 is Monday, September 21 at 7 PM. Please see one of the pastors if you are new to this program and would like more information.


Women Who Wine and Those That Don’t Friday, September 25, 7 PM at the home of Maureen Shorts (146 Kensington Ct, Broadview Heights). $10 donation. Sign-up at the Welcome Center.


Are you interested in joining First Church? New Member classes will be offered Sundays, September 27 and October 4, 6 – 7:30 PM. See one of the pastors or call the church office to register.


 


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

518

Jul

NA

371

415

432

663

705

552

597

431

Aug

NA

316

486

421

646

665

656

783

413

Sep

206

338

501

446

732

511

583

490

48

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

3,778

Grand Total Hits
as of 09-05-2015

51,010


 

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