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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? Please call Pastor Chuck (440.238.7890 or email him at 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.


2014 Church Annual Report:
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Contemporary Worship.



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When I was in seminary I had an unforgettable learning moment during my field education experience.
It was a cold day. The parking lot to the church was filling up. I noticed as I got out of my car that people were whispering among themselves as they walked to the church. And soon I could see why.

There, leaning up against the wall outside the church, was a homeless man. He was almost lying down as if he was asleep. He looked horrible as he laid there in his long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat that was pulled down so far you couldn't even see his face.

His shoes, that looked ancient, were too small for his feet with holes all over them; his toes stuck out.

As I went in everyone was enjoying their conversations, as there was a lot of laughing and hugging going on. But in the midst of all this cheer someone, coming into worship, decided to bring the homeless man into the building. Almost immediately I noticed people as they blatantly snickered and gossiped, people wondering why he was standing in their midst.

But now it was time for worship. People couldn’t walk fast enough as they heard the prelude starting. No one said a word to him and I watched as he just stood there like a fish out of water.

As the prelude finished everyone looked around for the pastor to give his announcements, but, oddly enough, there was no pastor coming out to make them – instead the weirdest thing happened, our homeless friend began to make his way up the aisle. Again people gasped and whispered and made faces, but he just kept walking making his way down the aisle and up onto the pulpit.

As he stood there he took off his hat and coat. I think everyone’s heart sank. There stood the pastor ... he was the "homeless man."

No one said a word ... the room was silent and still. And with that he took his Bible and laid it on the stand. "Folks, I don't think I have to tell you what I'm preaching about today." And with that he started singing the words to this song ...
"If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody that he's traveling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain."

To put it bluntly, this live demonstration affected me to a point of undeniable change that day. For the first time I saw the face of need in a different light; and because of that a new awareness, and accountability, within me was born. It’s something that I will never forget and something I don't want to forget.

But, that being said, I was however recently reminded of this story as I was questioned on a decision I made to offer help in the midst of need. Someone just didn’t get why I would go out of my way to help a total stranger because it would surely mean time and sacrifice on my part. The person made it clear to me that they believed I was doing the wrong thing.

Every day we find ourselves in situations where we are called upon to help. It may not be the homeless man, but it may be the friend on the other end of the phone, a relative who needs us to do something for them, the person we barely know facing a horrible tragedy; the cries for help surround us and they come in many forms and sizes.

And so we decide how we will respond and by what means we will respond. But as we find ourselves in these situations here’s the question that I would like us to think about: What is it that we are called to do? How much is too much? How far is too far? Did Jesus really mean to love and do when it’s convenient or was it a guideline for all times? And does it matter if they are stranger, friend, relative, neighbor, or co-worker?

I hope as you go through your day you’ll remember the possibilities that exist and the reality that we do have the power to make a difference in this world because the truth is that difference often starts with us. We have the power to do something; the choice is totally ours. We decide how we will help our neighbor or how we will not.

 

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.

 
   


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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 and Family

Current
Monthly Revelations


Last Month
Monthly Revelations


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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.

Vacation Bible School Director – wanted one or two fun-loving, energetic people to lead our summer VBS program. This is a great way to interact with the younger members of our congregation in a short program format. If interested, or if you have questions, please contact Pastor Kathy or Judy Peach.


The teddy bears in the pews are there to share God’s love. You may take one to anyone you know who is hurting for any reason. Donations may be given in a pew envelope marked “Teddy Bear Ministry” or new bears may be placed in the bear den behind the Welcome Center in the lobby. For more information or an opportunity to donate a new bear, please take an informational sheet at the Welcome Center. This ministry is in memory of John Gray. Questions? Please contact Marj Gray (440.572.3158 or marjgray@gmail.com).


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.


Check out Pastor Chuck’s latest blog post: Prayer 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.


Adult Study continues with exploration of another interesting TED Talk. This week we explore Storycorps. Join us as we hear the story of Dave Isay and his great accomplishments in driving the point home that “Every Life Matters.”


Join Prayer & Care Friday, May 1, 10 AM.


Our next Pub Church is Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 PM at Bilo’s Bar & Grill. All are welcome!


All members of the congregation interested in possibly serving our Sunday school program are invited to attend the Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting on Thursday, May 7 at 7 PM. We are excited about some possible changes to the program and are looking for the feedback, ideas, and dreams of past, present, and future teachers, aides and others with interest. For more information, contact Jennifer Paine or Judy Peach … or, just show up!


The Strongsville Food Bank will be open Saturday, May 9, 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Photo ID and proof of Strongsville residency required.


JOY Group will meet on Tuesday, May 12 at 12:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker, Tom Strong, will give a lecture on a medical topic. All are invited. Bring your brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided by Curt Dean, Doyne Botterman and Marge Wilder. Evelyn Scibbe, our resident artist, will also have some of her beautiful work to share.

A special thanks to Beth David for presenting the Over 50’s JOY Group with an informative nutrition workshop. She did an excellent job and held our attention. She even prepared and shared some of her healthier, alternative foods. We have no doubt that she will achieve her goals. We would welcome a “repeat performance.” She has our support and prayers.



Two delegates (one male, one female) are needed to represent First Church at the Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly on May 15. Featured: ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will present the report of the ELCA and preach at worship. See Pastor Chuck if you are interested in attending. The cost is covered by our church.


Fair Trade Fair

St. John Neumann Catholic Church will host a Fair Trade Fair on Sunday, May 17 from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM. Fair Trade supports farmers and artisans around the world by paying them fair prices for their goods. This Fair Trade Fair will feature four vendors who will sell clothing, jewelry, accessories, and decorative items. The vendors are: Around the World Treasures, IRTF: Interreligious Task Force for Latin America, Esperanza Threads, and Ten Thousand Villages. Fair Trade coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and chocolate will also be available. This event is sponsored by St. John Neumann Social Concerns.


Semiannual Congregational Meeting Sunday, May 17, 10 AM. Election of Council and Endowment leaders – Update on New Ministries and Finances – Open Forum for questions & answers. 75 people are needed to conduct business.

The following leadership positions will be open for two-year terms: Council President, Council Secretary, Council at-Large, and two Endowment Committee positions. These positions will be elected at the Congregational Meeting on May 17. If you are interested in having your name placed on the ballot, please speak with Pastor Chuck.


Pierstorf Memorial Loan Fund application deadline is Tuesday, June 30. Maximum interest-free loan is $3,000 for the school year. Go to www.pierstorf.org to download application or for more information.


 

 


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

490

Feb

NA

397

394

498

767

559

794

438

377

Mar

NA

596

347

569

847

476

961

763

496

Apr

NA

372

441

506

756

563

521

755

517

May

NA

390

336

481

697

412

467

613

12

Jun

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329

379

475

667

497

642

573

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Jul

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371

415

432

663

705

552

597

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Aug

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316

486

421

646

665

656

783

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Sep

206

338

501

446

732

511

583

490

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390

343

454

440

567

501

720

438
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319

343

548

642

564

441

636

412

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462

553

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652

715

636

602

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Tls

1,313

4,626

5,023

6,463

8,311

6,535

7,748

6,769

1,892

Grand Total Hits
as of 05-02-2015

49,124


 

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