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.

Welcome... Worship Holy Week and Easter.....

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

Worship Services

Easter Sunday: April 20

  • 8:00 AM – Planting of Easter Cross
  • 8:15 AM – Traditional Easter Festival Service
  • 9:45 AM – Contemporary Easter Celebration
  • 11:15 AM – Traditional Easter Festival Service
    Note time change for Easter Sunday only!


7:45 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.


9:00 AM

CONTEMPORARY Worship every Sunday at this time.


11:15 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.

2013 Church Annual Report:
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Council Highlights & Notes:

Northeastern Ohio Synod Notes:

Contemporary Worship.


Journey Forward

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.

Worship with us Holy Week and Easter:

Easter Sunday: April 20

  • 8:00 AM – Planting of Easter Cross
  • 8:15 AM – Traditional Easter Festival Service
  • 9:45 AM – Contemporary Easter Celebration
  • 11:15 AM – Traditional Easter Festival Service
    Note time change for Easter Sunday only!

Positions Available:

First Church is currently looking to fill two positions within the church. Please click on the position to see or download the job description.

Director of Music MInistries


Cover letters and resumes should be sent to Pastor Chuck via email at

Candidates may also call Pastor Chuck at 440.238.7890 with questions or more information.

April Revelations:

Dear Friends:

I shared this story in a recent sermon but perhaps it bears repeating. Two brothers were playing on the sandbanks of a river. One ran after another up a large mound of sand. Unfortunately, the mound was not solid, and their weight caused them to sink in quickly. When the boys did not return home for dinner the family and neighbors organized a search. They found the younger brother unconscious, with his head and shoulders sticking out above the sand. When they cleared the sand to his waist, he awakened. The searchers asked, “Where is your brother?” The child replied, “I’m standing on his shoulders.” With the sacrifice of his own life, the older brother lifted the younger to safety.

As we enter the holiest time of the church year we remember the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. Soon we will gather to greet Jesus with billowing palm branches and choral refrains of Hosanna. But these will abruptly turn into shouts for his crucifixion. We will forget what we thought we were beginning to acknowledge, that Jesus is the Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world. We will leave Jesus to succumb to a lonely death on a cross, an ending reserved only for the worst criminals, seditionists and traitors.

Will we understand that with the sacrifice of his own life, Jesus has lifted us to safety? Will we comprehend that our sins have been washed away because Jesus accepted the death intended for us, and that by this atoning act we have been saved? And not just us, but the whole world?

In an extremely well-written article in The Lutheran Pastor Peter Marty reminds us that “We are not given permission to shrink the cross to suit our own version of God. We ought to think of the work of Jesus Christ as cosmic in scope.” As we worship on Palm Sunday and participate in the reading of the passion narrative, and on Maundy Thursday as we receive the Eucharist, and on Good Friday as we meditate on the last words of a dying Christ, let’s remember that what happened is not just about us or only about us. It’s about Jesus lifting the entire world onto his shoulders so that all people of every time and place may experience forgiveness and new life.

May we enter Holy Week with the assurance of our salvation, so that our Easter joy may be complete.


In Christ (crucified and risen),
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:

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:

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


Church News, Photos, etc.. News - Important Dates - Stuff.....


Mission Report

“For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” Ephesians 2:10

Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets

A heartfelt THANK YOU to the many congregation members that donated an abundance of nonperishable food items, monetary gifts, and their time during the busy holiday season to maintain the long-standing tradition at First Lutheran Church of helping those in need.

Over 50 volunteers, of all ages, helped pack over 44 food baskets that provided a holiday meal to over 165 people through the Southwest Hospital’s Neighborhood Care Center and Gatekeeper programs, the county’s FrontLine Service programs, and within our congregation. A special thank-you goes out Don Nielsen and the Curtiss Wright Company, who donated a generous amount of extra turkeys and other food basket items; and to all members of the congregation who donated turkeys. As it turned out, there were plenty of turkeys for all of the Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Finally, a very special thank you goes out to the Confirmation youth, under the direction of their mentors, in a huge food collection effort from area neighborhoods and the youth group which provided delectable baked goods and thoughtful homemade cards for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.

Christmas Sharing Tree

104 gifts for children in families that would not be able to afford Christmas presents were purchased for the Children's Sharing Tree. A special thank you goes out to Connie Nielsen for her leadership role and all her elves who helped make that program a success.

November Blood Drive

Many thanks to those that donated blood at the First Lutheran Blood Drive. 25 units that were collected gave hope to those urgently needing blood. Each pint of donated blood can help save up to 3 lives! Look for the blood mobile to return to First Lutheran the first weekend of November in 2014.


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

February 2014

Monthly Revelations

Last Month
Monthly Revelations

Prior Month
Monthly Revelations

Our 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, and jelly.

SCS 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.

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


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.


FrontLine 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).

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).

Join the Red, White, and Blue Team!

A 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.

Help fulfill your patriotic duty while doing the work our Lord has called us to do!

Reiner Mueller ( or 440.846.0532).

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.

Donate your altar flowers to local nursing homes or our own church shut-ins. Please contact the church office if you are interested in donating your flowers.

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.

Strongsville 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 on Wednesday

Celebrations, 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 church functions.

CWWV 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 (216.548.2761).

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 Widdows (216.548.2761).

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.

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Worship Service Recordings
for Shut-ins

First 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.

The 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.

If 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 here.

We now have a special page on this Web site devoted to the prior sermons from each week of service.

Please click here to view the sermons you can download.



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.

Not driving after dark keeping you away from our weekly Lenten suppers and/or services? Volunteer transporters are here to assist. Have questions, interested in a ride, or offering to provide a ride, please call Linda Walker (330.225.9340).


Continuing Rob Bell video series topics for the Adult Class:
4/20 – NO CLASS

Our 4th Annual Eggstravaganza –Please bring a dozen (or more) hard-boiled eggs to church on Easter Sunday, April 20. A table will be provided outside the Fellowship Hall. Our Street Ministry will deliver them to the homeless on Tuesday, April 22. Comments or questions to Yvonne Buehner ( or 440.846.8055).

WOW Semiannual General Meeting will be held Sunday, April 27 during the 10 AM Education Hour. Join us in the Fellowship Hall as we elect a Vice-president and Treasurer. Anyone interested in running for either position, please contact any WOW Board Member.

Walk for Hunger – We encourage all of First Church to join us for the Cleveland Hunger Network’s Walk for Hunger on Saturday, May 10 in downtown Cleveland. This is a non-competitive 5K walk. We are trying to put together a team and plan to walk with the team from New Covenant Lutheran Church in East Cleveland. All walkers who raise $40 will receive a T-shirt. Please contact Bruce Holderead ( or 440.655.1523) if you are interested in walking.

First Lutheran Church will be taking part in Relay for Life on May 17/18, 12 PM – 8 AM! If you are in grades 7 thru 12, you can sign up now to be part of the team! Adults are welcome to sign up as well. For more information, please contact Morgan Kluck ( or Gabi Bewie (

Pierstorf Memorial Fund provides interest-free loans to Lutheran students who are or will be enrolled full time in a four-year undergraduate program at any accredited college or university. This year, the maximum interest-free loan is $3,000 for the school year. For video and information, go to Download the 2014-15 application from the website. The deadline for all applications is Monday, June 30, 2014.


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