First Lutheran Church of Strongsville
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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? 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.
Christmas Eve Worship Services

12/24

4 PM

Contemporary worship with Lessons & Carols

12/24

8 PM

Candlelight & Communion

12/24

10 PM

Candlelight & Communion


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4:00 PM Contemporary worship with Lessons & Carols

8:00 PM Candlelight & Communion

10:00 PM Candlelight & Communion

Special preludes before every service. Come and worship the newborn King!


- December Revelations -

Dear Friends:

THANK YOU for such a generous response to this year’s stewardship campaign! You accepted the challenge to increase giving in a way that will help us expand existing ministries and develop new ones. It will be exciting to see how our faithful stewardship translates into lives impacted by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As we move through Advent, and then into the Christmas season, there will be more opportunities to give of your time, talent, and treasure. The annual Sharing Tree will be up through December 14 to help spread Christmas cheer to needy families in the community. Take a tag, purchase a gift, wrap it and return it to church, and know that you will bring a smile to a child’s face on Christmas morning. The “well” will be placed in the lobby as a reminder that we may choose to contribute to the purchase of a fresh water well that Living Water volunteers will construct in 2015. Our Christmas Eve loose offering will also go toward this project. The Confirmation class and youth will be doing some special Christmas shopping for CWWV families. The GuideStone project continues its weekly collection of personal items. We will distribute food baskets to the hungry. It’s fantastic to be part of a congregation that is committed to living out the gospel by helping those in need.

Of course, we do all of this because God became like one of us through the birth of his Son Jesus Christ. God loved us so much that he entered our world in human form, so that we might be drawn ever closer to God’s heart. Our generosity ultimately stems from a God who is always giving, always revealing his grace and mercy.

As we gather together this month as a community of believers, around the Advent wreath or Christmas tree, at the Lord’s table or the family dinner table, let us come with thankful hearts and voices lifted high for the gift of Jesus Christ. Let us kneel before the Christ child in holy adoration, and worship the One who sets us free to live lives of humble, yet joyful service. And may the elation we experience over knowing that God is always among us result in an overwhelming response of love toward our neighbors.

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.

 
   


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.

 

Needed: a few good men – currently, five boys have been referred to KIDS HOPE USA and are in need of male mentors. Look over the following highlights and prayerfully consider whether or not YOU are the one to make a difference in their lives. Contact Gloria Reichert (330.225.3922 or g.reichert68@gmail.com).


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.


This Advent season, First Church has been asked to sponsor a well for Living Water. The total amount is $5,500. Please consider donating to this worthy cause. Donations can be placed in the “well” in the narthex. Thank you for your support.


The church office will be closed December 25 & 26.

There will be one service on December 28 at 10 AM.


 

Christmas Caroling to our shut-ins, Sunday, December 21, 12:30 PM. Money needed for lunch. 8-12th graders


Packing for the Christmas Food Baskets will be on Tuesday, December 23, 9 AM. Please contact Reiner Mueller (440.846.0532 or reinermueller@sbcglobal.net) if you are able to help.


LYO Gathering (8-12th grade) – January 2-4.
Permission slips required.


Join us for Pub Church on Tuesday, January 6 at Bilo’s Bar & Grill, 6:30 PM. The topic will be: “Is Jesus a Threat to Us?”


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

Jan

NA

369

349

539

753

544

580

470

Feb

NA

397

394

498

767

559

794

438

Mar

NA

596

347

569

847

476

961

763

Apr

NA

372

441

506

756

563

521

755

May

NA

390

336

481

697

412

467

613

Jun

NA

329

379

475

667

497

642

573

Jul

NA

371

415

432

663

705

552

597

Aug

NA

316

486

421

646

665

656

783

Sep

206

338

501

446

732

511

583

490

Oct

390

343

454

440

567

501

720

438

Nov

319

343

548

642

564

441

636

412

Dec

398

462

553

1,014

652

715

636

336

Tls

1,313

4,626

5,023

6,463

8,311

6,535

7,748

6,668

Grand Total Hits
as of 12-20-2014

46,966


 

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