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Welcome... Summer Worship .....

Pastor Kathy 25 Years of Service
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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).



"Summer" Sunday Worship Services

Sunday

8:15 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

10:00 AM

Contemporary Worship every 1st and 4th Sunday and Traditional every 2nd and 3rd Sunday at this time.


 

Contemporary Worship.



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"Summer" Sunday Worship Services

Sunday

8:15 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

10:00 AM

Contemporary Worship every 1st and 4th Sunday and Traditional every 2nd and 3rd Sunday at this time.

 

August Revelations.....

It seems hard to believe that Detroit and the 2015 National Youth Gathering is already behind us. For three years we worked and waited for the opportunity to travel to that nearby city that was known for its problems and poverty. Some excited and some feeling it was a little close to home, nevertheless, we put our best foot forward as we continued the long, grueling work of raising funds and doing all that needs to be done in an effort to prepare oneself and a group for a National Youth Gathering.

First Church was prepared to attend this gathering. We had raised the money needed, we studied and did all of the educational pieces that were required, and we spent a lot of time talking about diversity and the unbelievable history of Detroit. But nothing we read or worked on prepared us for the actual reality of what it would be like to interface with a city that was waiting and eager to have 30,000 Lutheran youth and adults hit its pavements and the reality of its needs.

Together the representation of this gathering was able to accomplish the collection of 1 million diapers, 1,847 mural boards painted, work in some 600 neighborhoods, 319 vacant homes boarded up, 3,200 vacant lots cleared of debris, 1,425 backpacks distributed, 36 urban gardens installed, 99 picnic tables built, 26 dumpsters filled, 78.8 gallons of blood – 607 pints collected and the list goes on.

For First Church, our service experience outside of donating blood and hair was spent at Spirit of Hope Church, a multi-denominational congregation at the daunting vehicular intersection of Trumbull and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. This church was formed in 2006 when two congregations merged: Trinity Episcopal Church, which was at the current location of Spirit of Hope, and Faith Memorial, formerly across the street on Alexandrine and Trumbull.

Spirit of Hope’s work is relevant and interesting, predominately more like social programs as it addresses the community’s needs. Every Wednesday and Saturday at noon, Spirit of Hope operates a community kitchen, feeding the homeless and hungry. On Sundays, just before the morning service, the food pantry is open. There is a popular farm, Spirit Farm, on a lot adjacent to the church, growing a variety of produce with a chicken coop that provides a bounty of fresh eggs, and an opportunity for the community to volunteer.

Spirit of Hope’s more recreational ministries are its 'Pray and Play' youth basketball and mentoring program and 'Spirit Spit,' an open mic event hosted on the premises. These programs serve to bring the community together around less serious issues while still promoting the Church’s core value of 'love and justice.' In addition, Spirit of Hope also runs an HIV prevention ministry, which includes HIV testing and the distribution of safer sex kits. It runs this ministry in conjunction with Gospel Against Aids. This is the important work of the Church, which, with an official member count of 145, is amazingly leveraged, serving about 15,000 community members annually through these six ministries.

While at Spirit of Hope we did a number of different things. Some spent their time varnishing a wooden play area that will be used for a newly approved child care ministry, others weeded the gardens, walk areas, and flower beds, while still more cleaned up water damage inside the building.

I was with the group that dealt with the water damage. Some months back Spirit of Hope had a roof leak that caused some heavy damage in their Sacristy. The extent of the damage was unbelievable and the mold unlike anything I had ever experienced before. As a pastor, I quickly began to realize that none of that stuff – candles, communion elements, chalices, stoles, paraments, altar Bibles – were really that important to the work they did. At Spirit of Hope the people are the priority – giving them a place to eat, growing food for them, housing children, welcoming the unwelcomed, and loving anyone who comes through their doors.

I am grateful for the opportunity that we had at Spirit of Hope Church. It’s an unbelievable place doing ministry unlike anything I have ever witnessed in my life. To be honest, it was a great reality check to not only appreciate what we have been given here, but a strong reminder that often the most important thing we can do is simply love and welcome one another. At the end of the day, how we care for each other and how we define community within and outside of these walls is what maters the most when it comes to the gospel and living it.

 

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.

 
   


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


Coming.....

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


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.

Summer office hours have begun. Connie will be in the office this week Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 8 AM – 2 PM.


We are still seeking someone to serve as Council Secretary. This is a very important position that needs to be filled immediately. If you are willing to serve, please see one of the pastors or Ray Treudler.


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).


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.


Summer office hours have begun. Connie will be in the office this week Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 8 AM – 2 PM.


Pub Church returns Tuesday, September 1, 6:30 PM at Bilo’s Bar & Grill in Strongsville. Come for great food and fellowship, stimulating conversation about an important topic and how it connects to our Christian faith, prayer and communion. If you haven’t tried Pub Church, now is the time to hop on board. It’s church … just in a different way.


Prayer & Care will meet Friday, August 7, 10 AM.


Camp Bridges is a one-day bereavement camp for children in FrontLine Service’s child and family trauma programs who have lost a loved one to homicide or suicide. If you would like to volunteer on Friday, August 7, please see the flyer above the water fountain for more detailed information, or speak with Pastor Chuck


The Strongsville Food Bank will be open Saturday, August 8, 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Photo ID and proof of Strongsville residency required.


Over 50’s Group

… meets again on Tuesday, August 11 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. No need to bring your brown-bag lunch. Your entire lunch, beverage and dessert will be provided by Bob & June Beck (440.281.8997) and Eleanor Preston (440.309.4653). See you then!


 

God’s Work. Our Hands.

… will again be part of our Rally Day festivities on Sunday, September 13. We will be joining thousands of ELCA congregations across the country, and together we will express our faith in the form of service projects in the community. This year we will be serving our own members who are in need of work done around their homes. Watch for more details as the date draws close. GWOH will be open to people of all ages and generations.


 


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

488

Jun

NA

329

379

475

667

497

642

573

518

Jul

NA

371

415

432

663

705

552

597

431

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

3,317

Grand Total Hits
as of 08-01-2015

50,549


 

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