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19419 Royalton Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44149

Phone: (440) 238-7890

Thinking about joining First Church? Please call Pastor Chuck (440.238.7890 or email him at pastorchuck1@gmail.com).



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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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Dear Friends in Christ,

On February 22 the Academy Awards will once again be presented to the best and brightest of Hollywood’s stars. Nowadays up to ten films may be nominated in the “Best Picture” category. That seems like a lot to me, and more an attempt to make a larger number of people feel good about themselves than a serious exercise in identifying the best of the best. Whatever. I’ve seen some of the movies that have been nominated. If you can manage not to divert your eyes, and your ears are able to withstand the onslaught of profanity, I would recommend Whiplash and American Sniper, both guaranteed to leave you more than a bit unsettled.

One movie that didn’t strike Oscar’s fancy is The Good Lie. That’s a shame as it tells the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who walked nearly a thousand miles to escape the brutal civil war that was raging in their country. Among other things, The Good Lie is a tale of love that ultimately leads to personal sacrifice for the benefit of one’s family. Eventually, everyone gives up something important so that someone else may experience life more fully.

As we move toward the Lenten season, our hearts turn to the One who sacrificed his life on the cross so that we might have life, and have it abundantly. I want to encourage you to set aside a special time each day during Lent to reflect on the great sacrifice of Jesus. You may want to consider using the devotional book composed by our own members, or another resource that you find meaningful. Let your hearts be open to the way Jesus engaged others, the way he expressed love, the personal gain he bypassed in order to make people whole, the obedience it took to surrender to death on a cross. And ask yourself what that really means for your life, and what kind of response is required.

Jesus once said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Indeed, this is what we see at Calvary. The greatest love of all. And so, what kind of sacrifice might we make? How might we lay our lives on the line? How might we express to someone else the love God first showed to us?

May our pilgrimage through the great forty days become completely infused by the sacrificial love of God revealed at the cross of Jesus Christ.

 

Walking with you,
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
February 2015


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.

There are lots of dates still available on the 2015 Altar Flower & Bulletin list in the lobby. Sign up for your special event date today.


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 –A mentor is needed for a very pleasant third grade boy who loves football. He would benefit from having a positive adult role model show him affection and concern, build his self-esteem, and help him with his reading. Will you be the one to make a difference in his life? Contact Gloria Reichert (330.225.3922 or g.reichert68@gmail.com).


SPARK (K-5th gr) – Saturday, February 21, 4 -6 PM.


BLAST (6-8th gr) – Sunday, February 22, 1-5 PM – Sky Zone.


Have some delicious soup you make and want to share? Fire up your crock pots and come to “Soup Sunday,” February 22, 11 AM – 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. All proceeds benefit the youth going to Detroit for the National Gathering. Sign up at the Welcome Center.


Midweek Holden Evening Prayer Services begin Tuesday, February 24, 7:15 PM. A light supper will be served beginning at 6 PM. Our theme this year is “Wilderness Time.”



Lock-in – February 27-28 – 7 PM – 8 AM. Permission slip required.


At the January Congregational Meeting the 2015 budget was approved. Thanks to a significant increase in pledging we were able to create a budget that will allow us to pursue several aspirational ministry goals developed by our Cabinet leaders. However, even with the pledge increase, we were short of reaching our budget goal by approximately $8,700. You will be receiving a letter explaining how Council plans on bridging this gap. We have designated March 1, 2015 as the $60 day. More details will be in the mailing. Thank you all for your support.


Marco’s Pizza Night – March 6. Order a pizza and just mention First Lutheran when ordering and a percentage of the proceeds come back to the church and our youth. Strongsville and Brunswick locations.


All women of First Lutheran are invited to attend an informative presentation by Dr. Holly Perzy. Join us for Women and Ultimate Wellness: Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit on Sunday, March 8 at 7 PM. Babysitting available upon request. Sign up at the Welcome Center.


Rev up your engines for the First Lutheran Silent Auction Saturday, March 21, 5:30 PM! A multitude of awesome baskets for auction, delicious Chicken Marsala dinner, talent show! Adults $15, children 10 and under $6. Tickets on sale now at the youth table. All proceeds benefit youth going to Detroit for the National Gathering.


5 Below Fundraiser – March 20-22 and March 27-29 all day at the Strongsville location. Just shop and 10% of our total dollars spent will be donated back to First Lutheran Youth. It’s that simple! Must have flyer (available at youth table).


Candy/Baked Goods – place your order for homemade candy/baked goods made by our wonderfully talented youth. Orders need to be placed by March 29 for Easter delivery. Order forms available at the youth table.



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

488

Feb

NA

397

394

498

767

559

794

438

273

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

761

Grand Total Hits
as of 02-21-2015

47,993


 

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