PM Contemporary worship with Lessons &
8:00 PM Candlelight & Communion
10:00 PM Candlelight & Communion
Special preludes before every service. Come
and worship the newborn King!
December Revelations -
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com).
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).
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
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:
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
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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.
Caroling to our shut-ins, Sunday, December 21,
12:30 PM. Money needed for lunch. 8-12th
for the Christmas Food Baskets will be on Tuesday,
December 23, 9 AM. Please contact Reiner
Mueller (440.846.0532 or email@example.com)
if you are able to help.
LYO Gathering (8-12th
grade) – January 2-4.
Permission slips required.
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?”
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 440.655.1523) if interested.
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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