a “National Day” for just about
everything. It’s ridiculous, really.
There are “National Days” for
comic books, blueberry popsicles, felt hats,
and video games. (As if our kids needed another
reason to turn their brains into mush.) We
could recognize Captain Hook on National Talk
Like a Pirate Day, or sing praises to Swanson’s
finest on National TV Dinner Day. Turn up
your radios on National One-Hit Wonders Day
and listen to “Venus” by Shocking
Blue or “Spirit in the Sky” by
Norman Greenbaum. If none of these suits us
we could talk smack about Jesus on National
Blasphemy Day, but that doesn’t seem
to be appropriate, does it?
“National Days” seem truly purposeful
like Stand Up To Cancer Day, or Grandparents
Day, or POW/MIA Recognition Day. Even Responsible
Dog Ownership Day rings true to me. But I
got something in the mail recently about National
Back to Church Day on September 20. If I acted
NOW I could even get a discount on DVD’s,
sermon outline, social media guide, bulletin
inserts, door hangers, postcards, wristbands,
and t-shirts to run my own Back to Church
Day program. Huh? Even though church attendance
sags in the summertime do we really need a
special day to let people know it’s
time to return to something they never should
have left in the first place? You can discuss
the irony of that over Sunday brunch.
that as it may, our “Back to Church
Day” or “Rally Day” is September
13. We’re getting a jump on the National
Day by a week because that’s just how
we roll. While there won’t be any of
the hoopla associated with the “canned”
National Day festivities, we will have some
special things going on. Worship is still
at 8:15 and 10:00 that day, but I can assure
you that some unique components and special
music will find their way into the 10:00 service.
Then, we’ll have an opportunity to break
bread together before setting out on our second
God’s Work. Our Hands. project. You
may remember that last year we collected over
600 pounds of food for the Strongsville Food
Bank. This year we’ll be traveling to
the homes of some of our own members who need
a hand with some small projects. All ages
are welcome and encouraged to participate.
More information about our Rally Day activities
have either reached your home, or will do
so very soon.
the meantime maybe you could gear up for National
Pecan Cookie Day, or National Cheeseburger
Day, or National Newspaper Carrier Day, or
… you get the picture. See you in church
… on September 13, but hopefully before!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
the team … we
are building a team and want you all to join. We
are looking for people to be workshop leaders, event
coordinators, teachers and aides for our exciting,
new Sunday school program. If you like doing crafts,
baking in the kitchen, doing wondrous experiments,
drama, or just being with our exceptional Sunday
school children and youth then our team is for you.
Contact Jennifer Paine, Mary Carrossellia, or Judy
Peach if this sounds like a good niche for you.
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
out Pastor Chuck’s latest blog post: www.pcspincycle.com.
Check it out as a way of staying connected and having
dialog about a variety of topics related to the
Are you interested
in joining First Church? New Member classes
will be offered Sundays, September 27 and October
4, 6 – 7:30 PM. See one of the pastors
or call the church office to register.
next Pub Church is Tuesday, October 6, 6:30
PM at Bilo’s. All are welcome!
October 11 –
Pancake Breakfast – FUEL is hosting
a free, thank you breakfast in honor of our
great congregation for all their support so
we could attend the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering!
We will show the slideshow for anyone who may
have missed it. Thank You!
is Coming! It will soon be that exciting
time of year when we have the opportunity to
honor God with our gifts. Stewardship Sunday,
which will include an inspiring stewardship
message, will take place on Sunday, October
11. The stewardship theme and message
this year will revolve around “Moving
Beyond Ourselves.” You will hear how we
can fulfill this challenge both for ourselves
as individuals and as a congregation. Also,
please watch for our annual stewardship letter
and pledge cards that will be arriving in the
next few weeks.
College Care Packages
– it’s that time again.
If you would like your child/grandchild, niece/nephew
to receive a care package from our youth (FUEL),
please pick up a form at the Welcome Center
and return by no later than Sunday,
Over 50’s –
BOOOooo!! Join us on Tuesday, October 13, 12:15
PM for a spooktacular time hosted by
Curt Dean and Audie Kiplinger, who will provide
yummy treats. Bring your brown bag lunch and
meet us in the Fellowship Hall.
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