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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
Services (to September 7th)
Worship every Sunday at this time.
on the 1st and 4th Sundays of each month; Traditional
on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month
While Bishop Eaton
was still our synodical bishop she challenged
every congregation in Northeastern Ohio to participate
in a spiritual discernment process she dubbed
“On the Journey Forward.” Even though
Bishop Eaton is now serving as the Presiding Bishop
of the ELCA the Journey Forward continues.
First Church has
a Journey Forward team consisting of Ray Treudler,
Darden Blake, John Brinzo, Kurt Blankenship, Connie
Nielsen, and the pastors. We are part of a cluster
of nine congregations who will meet together regularly
to participate in this process. Our team will
also meet on its own, in between cluster meetings,
to work on a variety of assignments designed to
help us understand our identity and what God has
called us to do and be in the Strongsville community.
The Journey Forward
process involves four general phases. Discovery
is the data gathering phase, designed to give
us an accurate picture of our congregation and
community. Diagnosis is the analysis
phase where we will attempt to interpret the data
and what it reveals about our mission and ministry.
Decision is the planning phase
where we will design a mission plan with measurable
goals. Because we are working within a cluster
we may discover that a partnership with another
congregation in some particular area of ministry
may be beneficial. Do is the
implementation phase, and well … it’s
where we will actually start DOING something.
As this process
continues the congregation will be updated and,
at times, invited into the process to provide
valuable information and insight. In the meantime
the team invites the prayers of the congregation
for clear insight and understanding of God’s
intentions for us.
(July 28 thru August 1) (5:15 - 8:30
Candidates may also call Pastor Chuck
at 440.238.7890 with questions or
Ministries Search Update
We have now received
over twenty applications for either
the Organist/Accompanist or Director
of Music positions. Many interviews
and auditions have been conducted
with seemingly viable candidates.
A tentative offer was made to one
person, but, due to personal circumstances,
that person withdrew from consideration.
The search team remains committed
to bringing high quality music personnel
to First Church, and continues to
carefully review applications as they
are submitted. This has become a very
challenging process so we invite your
Friends in Christ,
Council has established three short-term
goals they will begin working on immediately.
While each goal has its own unique
set of characteristics, together they
focus primarily on creating both a
clearer identity and more visible
presence in the community by being
active in service in Christ’s
name. Following is a brief description
of each goal.
Church. What’s that,
you might say? In an effort to “take
church into the community” we
are working with the Bier Haus in
Strongsville to create regular opportunities
for our own members – and folks
in the community – to join together
in an alternative yet family-friendly
setting for fellowship, learning,
and worship. More on this in the
near future as we hope to launch in
our partnership with New Covenant
Lutheran Church. For many
years the men of First and New Covenant
have been holding an annual retreat
and meeting monthly for lunch or breakfast.
We want to expand that to include
pulpit and choir exchanges, and service
opportunities. We have a lot to learn
from one another.
Our hands.” On Rally Day, September
7, we will join with thousands of
ELCA congregations across the nation
in an intentional day of service.
Our own service project will involve
collecting and delivering food for
the Strongsville Food Bank, something
in which EVERYONE can participate.
There will be plenty of opportunities
to be part of the planning and implementing
of this project. More detailed information
can be found in this edition of the
I hope that everyone
will rally around our Council as they
seek to move our congregation forward
for the sake of the gospel. If you
see something that needs to be done,
please step up. If you are asked to
help, please give generously of your
time and talent. We will need everyone
working together to accomplish our
goals. I am personally
excited to learn how God will be at
work among us, and to see how people’s
lives will be transformed by the good
news of Jesus Christ.
you have a prayer request?
Please use the bulletin
board over the water fountain to make your prayer
concerns known, or Click
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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You One and All …
Thank you to everyone who participated
in our Sunday School Spring Service Project, the
Strongsville Emergency Food Bank. We took over the
last 552 food items, which we collected for this
project. In total, through everyone’s generous
donations, we collected well over 1500 food items
to help those in need in our community. All donations
were of course greatly appreciated at the Food Bank,
which sees a slowdown of donations during the summer
months. We also want to say a special thank you
to Sandy & Maria Treudler, Connie Nielsen and
Brenda Jacob, who all helped count, box, and take
over the food items.
You! Thank You!
We trustees of the Strongsville
Emergency Food Bank thank the youth of First Evangelical
Lutheran Church for their weekly food donations
during the months of April, May and June. You young
people are to be commended for collecting over 1500
items of needed food supplies. The monetary donations
you collected, which totaled over $350, will be
used for distributing refrigerated items and paper
Construction of a new Food Bank
facility on Zverina Lane, behind the Communications
Center on Pearl Road, will be completed this summer.
Please feel free to visit and “check out”
the Food Bank during the hours of operation from
9:30 to 11:30 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
and the second Saturday of each month.
Again, thank you for aiding those
in our community who are in need of assistance.
Strongsville Emergency Food Bank, Inc., Trustees
click on a link below to view the current
newsletters published by First Lutheran Church.
community Food Bank is running low on food.
Donations may be dropped off in the shopping carts
located near the doors. Items needed most: canned
soup, canned tuna, canned vegetables, peanut butter,
offerings thru the end of the program year will
go to Providence House, one of the oldest
child care organizations in the country to house
newborns to children age 10 for an extended period
of time. They are voluntarily placed there when
there is fear of abuse or neglect within the family.
The family also receives needed help and support
to change the home environment. Watch for more details
on this service project.
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.
Service, formerly MHS, has several families
who were recently homeless and are now in need of
beds and living room furniture. They also need TV’s
and a microwave. If you have donations, please call
Tammy Widdows (216.548.2761).
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 Red, White, and Blue Team!
new Mission Ministry is being kicked
off to help military families within
our congregation and community that
have a parent or loved one currently
deployed overseas. We are looking for
volunteers to provide meals, home handyman,
and babysitting services for military
families that could use a little extra
help and support.
fulfill your patriotic duty while doing
the work our Lord has called us to do!
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
your altar flowers to local nursing
homes or our own church shut-ins. Please contact
the church office if you are interested in donating
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:
Monday thru Friday, 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
parties, or just everyday living ... if you
shop at GFS - don’t
forget to mention First Lutheran when checking
out and help First earn credit to supply future
clients need women’s size 16 jeans or
pants and XL solid color tops. Also, men’s
size large and size 18 boy’s shorts for
a 15-yr-old. Please place donations in the church
office. Questions? Please call Tammy Widdows
The PATH Program
(serving those living under bridges and in the
woods) needs canned food to hand out to people
they find. Please put your donations in the
shopping carts. Questions? Please contact Tammy
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.
Church has a program to provide CD recordings,
currently of the lesson readings, Gospel
reading, and sermon, for members who are
unable to attend regular services.
shut-in will be provided with a CD player,
on loan from the church, with which to listen
to the service recording mailed or delivered
to them each week. Plans are to expand the
recording capability to the entire service
in the future.
you know of any or our members, or nonmembers,
who may be interested in participating in
this program, please contact the church
office or click
now have a special page on this Web site
devoted to the prior sermons from each week
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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.
(July 28 thru August 1) (5:15 - 8:30 PM)
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.
Property Management Position
– Our property management team is looking
for a coordinator of the teams. This person will
be a point of contact and coordinator for maintenance
and repair activities for the church property.
This position does not require monthly meetings
and has a very experienced committee in place
as resources to handle the repairs. For more information,
please contact Len Taylor (440.653.4606).
First Church is looking for volunteers
to help operate the video projector for the contemporary
services. Basic PC skills helpful (PowerPoint
a plus), but will offer training to all interested
individuals. Please contact Justin Lauschin (email@example.com)
for more information.
Opportunity at New Covenant – One
Saturday per month the members of New Covenant
Lutheran Church in East Cleveland provide fresh
produce to needy families in their neighborhood.
We were able to assist with the packing and distribution
of produce in May and June and we are hoping to
do it again on Saturday, July 26.
If you are interested in assisting, please contact
Bruce Holderead (firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Study with Pastor Chuck
All adults are welcome to attend
a study and discussion of Brene Brown’s
book Daring Greatly, How the Courage to Be Vulnerable
Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.
Looking Inside Our Culture of
Debunking the Vulnerability
Understanding and Combating
Cultivating Change and Closing
the Disengagement Divide
Daring to Rehumanize Education
There will be two options to participate:
July 28 at 7:00 PM
July 31 at 10:00 AM
To register, simply email Pastor
Chuck at email@example.com.
Each participant is responsible for purchasing their
own copy of the book.
Prayer & Care Friday, August 1, 10 AM.
a life … become a Hospice of the Western Reserve
Hospice is a philosophy of care,
not a place. We care for our patients wherever they
call home. As a vital part of our team, volunteers
come from all walks of life, and have a variety
of skills, talents and abilities. Opportunities
to serve are diverse: visit patients and families
to provide companionship, socialization, and comfort,
help with legacy work, transportation, light housework,
meal preparation, run errands, make phone calls,
help with clerical work, attend health fairs, make
a presentation. Volunteers with specialized professional
qualifications and training are also needed: attorneys,
licensed hair dressers, massotherapists, pet therapy
dogs and their handlers. The next west side series
of volunteer classes will be held at Hospice of
the Western Reserve, St. John’s West Shore
Hospital (29101 Health Campus Drive, Building 2,
Suite 400, Westlake) on Sunday, August 3
& 10 from 1 to 5 PM. Teen and volunteers
not having patient contact only attend the first
class in a series while most other volunteers attend
all four. Pre-registration is required. For more
information, or to register, call 800.707.8922 ext
of WELCA – WOW needs YOU! All women
of First Church are invited to attend the WOW Planning
Session on Wednesday, August 6 at 7 PM.
Join us as we brainstorm ideas for events for the
2014/15 program year. We want to provide events
that are meaningful to you, so please come and share
your ideas with us!
Worship at New Covenant!
If you would like to continue to build
our relationship with the folks of New Covenant,
East Cleveland, please join Pastor Chuck on Sunday,
August 17 to worship at New Covenant. We
will meet in our parking lot at 9 AM to carpool
and arrive in time for worship at 10 AM.
work. Our hands.
Rally Day, September 7, we will have the
opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed
in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. On September
7 the nearly 10,000 congregations of the ELCA gather
to serve communities in ways that share the love
of God with all of God’s people.
our special Rally Day service (10 AM) we will gather
together as a family of all ages for lunch, then
we will be sent out into the neighborhoods of Strongsville
to collect food for the Strongsville Food Bank,
which has been relocated to a brand-new building
near the library. This is a project EVERYONE can
participate in, and one that will have a significant
impact on our community. Not only will many people
be fed because of our efforts, but people will begin
to associate First Church with the good work of
the Strongsville Food Bank. We are a church that
SERVES in the name of JESUS CHRIST.
order to prepare for this very special event we
are in IMMEDIATE NEED of the following volunteers:
Bank Coordinator – Be the liaison
between the Food Bank and First Church to communicate
needs and coordinate delivery of food.
Coordinators – Responsible for
identifying routes for picking up food; placing
flyers in mailboxes to let our neighbors know
of the event; form groups to pick up food in neighborhoods;
designate pick-up points.
Media Coordinator – Responsible
for contacting the local media and making the
event known to the public.
Lunch Coordinator – Responsible
for developing and implementing a lunch plan and
setting up the Fellowship Hall.
Photographer(s) – Responsible
for taking photos during the event and posting
to our website.
you are able to assume any of these responsibilities
please contact Pastor Chuck immediately.
first 100 people at the event will receive a special
God’s work. Our hands. T-shirt to wear during
the food collection. What a great deal!!
Retreat with the Men of
New Covenant – Please join us for
a Men’s Retreat with the men of New Covenant
Lutheran Church of East Cleveland on Friday,
September 26 & Saturday, September 27 at Camp
Mowana near Mansfield. We will be carpooling
down to the camp from the church on Friday evening
and returning on Saturday afternoon. The cost of
the retreat is $67, which includes lodging plus
breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Camp Mowana requires
a 25% down payment within 30 days, with the remainder
due the week prior to the retreat. Please contact
Bruce Holderead (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 440.655.1523) if you are interested in attending
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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