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Welcome to First Lutheran Church

  • Come and explore 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.
  • Whether you are just beginning your spiritual journey or have traveled the Christian road for some time....

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19419 Royalton Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44149

Phone: (440) 238-7890

Thinking about joining First Church? Come to the New Member class on Sunday, November 2, 6-8:30 PM. RSVP to Pastor Chuck (440.238.7890 or 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.


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Many choose the New Year as the time to turn over a new leaf. Smokers vow to kick the habit; some decide to change to a new and improved lifestyle; habitual spendthrifts decide to mend their ways; and most of us, who enjoy eating unhealthy food, latch on to the latest dieting fad. But that’s easy to do when the air is filled with the aroma of potential change and the opportunity to begin anew. For many there is an unmistaken hope that comes from the heart as they think about the start of another year and the opportunity for renewal. It’s as if permission has been granted for people to dream and reach high once again.

So, with that being said, I would like to encourage you to think a little bit about the year that lies ahead of you. What will 2015 be about? How different will things be, and what will be the motto you live by?

Here are a few New Year quotes, inspirational enough to send all of us in a healthy direction as we look onto the start of this exciting and potential-filled year. I hope you find them as thought provoking as I have.


Hal Borland
Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

Edward Payson Powell
The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!

Hartley Coleridge
The merry year is born like the bright berry from the naked thorn.

John Burroughs
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.

Oprah Winfrey
Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.


Mark Twain
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Benjamin Franklin
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better person.

Edith Lovejoy Pierce
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

Ellen Goodman
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives ... not looking for flaws, but for potential.

So, if you are super-charged about making a glorious new beginning this New Year, now is a great time to consider how you will approach this coming year. Go ahead and pick that which bothers you the most and resolve to deal with it this year. Give up seeing the glass half empty, and instead take charge of your life. Every day is an opportunity and a chance for a new beginning, so what are you waiting for?

 

 

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 & Family

December 2014

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.

Pastor 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 faith.


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 –One, possibly two more mentors (either male or female) are needed for the children waiting at Drake. Several prayer partners and substitute mentors are also needed. If you would like to volunteer for this amazing ministry, please contact Gloria Reichert (330.225.3922 or g.reichert68@gmail.com).


Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

… helps thousands of people in Northeast Ohio every year to stay out of prison, access counseling and support, obtain job skills, gain employment and secure stable housing. Come and learn more about LMM at the Adult Sunday School Hour on Sunday, January 25, 10 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Our discussion will be led by Deb Yandala, an LMM board member.


First Communion instruction, for those in 5th grade or above, begins next Saturday, January 31, 10 AM. If you haven’t registered, please see Pastor Kathy.


New Adult Class begins February 1. Using the movie “God’s Not Dead” we will explore ways to bear witness to the Christian faith in our daily lives, with friends and neighbors. All are welcome!


Penny Challenge – Join the fun as our Sunday school classes work to challenge each other to a “Penny Challenge” Sundays, February 1 & 8. Put in a penny and it counts as a one, put in a dime and it counts as a minus 10 in the Penny Challenge. Let’s see which class wins the challenge as we raise money for OhioGuidestone.



Retreat with the Men of New Covenant, Friday, February 20 & Saturday, February 21 at the Doubletree Inn in Independence. Led by Reverend Terrance Jacob, Assistant to the Bishop/Director for Evangelical Mission of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA. The room rate at the Doubletree will be $89 plus tax based on double occupancy. You may reserve a room by calling the Doubletree (216.447.1300). We are also asking for an additional $15 per person for the retreat to cover the cost of our meeting room. Please contact Bruce Holderead (vancepack@wowway.com or 440.655.1523) if interested.


2015 Mission Trip Opportunity

Have 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 age limit.

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 or reinermueller@sbcglobal.net).

There will be an informational meeting planned for late summer for those who are interested.


 


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

391

Feb

NA

397

394

498

767

559

794

438

0

Mar

NA

596

347

569

847

476

961

763

0

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

391

Grand Total Hits
as of 01-24-2015

47,623


 

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