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Strongsville, Ohio 44149
in joining First Church? A “mega-class”
will be held next Sunday, May 4, 6-8? PM.
Child care will be provided, if necessary. To register,
call the church office or speak with one of the
While Bishop Eaton
was still our synodical bishop she challenged
every congregation in Northeastern Ohio to participate
in a spiritual discernment process she dubbed
“On the Journey Forward.” Even though
Bishop Eaton is now serving as the Presiding Bishop
of the ELCA the Journey Forward continues.
First Church has
a Journey Forward team consisting of Ray Treudler,
Darden Blake, John Brinzo, Kurt Blankenship, Connie
Nielsen, and the pastors. We are part of a cluster
of nine congregations who will meet together regularly
to participate in this process. Our team will
also meet on its own, in between cluster meetings,
to work on a variety of assignments designed to
help us understand our identity and what God has
called us to do and be in the Strongsville community.
The Journey Forward
process involves four general phases. Discovery
is the data gathering phase, designed to give
us an accurate picture of our congregation and
community. Diagnosis is the analysis
phase where we will attempt to interpret the data
and what it reveals about our mission and ministry.
Decision is the planning phase
where we will design a mission plan with measurable
goals. Because we are working within a cluster
we may discover that a partnership with another
congregation in some particular area of ministry
may be beneficial. Do is the
implementation phase, and well … it’s
where we will actually start DOING something.
As this process
continues the congregation will be updated and,
at times, invited into the process to provide
valuable information and insight. In the meantime
the team invites the prayers of the congregation
for clear insight and understanding of God’s
intentions for us.
an exciting time it is at First Church!
After a four-month search, we are
pleased to welcome Shane Brandes and
Zachary Richards to our music staff
as Organist/Accompanist and Music
Director, respectively. Both bring
a wealth of talent and are ready to
energize our worship services with
Day is September 7, marking the beginning
of Sunday school and a new program
year. This Rally Day will be special
as we have the opportunity to participate
in God’s work. Our hands. There
are many ways to become involved in
our effort to reach out into the Strongsville
community and collect food for the
Food Bank. I hope each member of First
Church will find a way to participate.
Please be sure to read more detailed
information about this project in
this edition of Revelations.
are still working with our friends
at the Bier Haus to make Pub Church
a reality. A launch of early October
is anticipated. Pub Church will be
an opportunity for all ages to gather
in a unique setting to share a meal
or a drink, listen to a reflective
word, hear a local musician, and discuss
biblical and theological issues that
matter in the midst of today’s
Stewardship Campaign also kicks off
in September, this time with a little
different twist. The congregation
will be challenged to give toward
a budget that reflects ministry priorities
and growth areas that, if met, will
surely raise us to new levels of engagement
with the communities we serve in Christ’s
has already begun, and will continue
in earnest, for the next ELCA National
Youth Gathering which will be held
in Detroit in 2015. Our youth (and
their families) will be busy preparing
for an event that always changes lives.
We should all be eager to support
and encourage them as they open their
hearts to the Spirit’s leading.
Living Water Mission Trip –
this time to Honduras – is being
planned for the summer of 2015, and
the opportunity to get involved is
RIGHT NOW. If you want to bring fresh,
clean drinking water to people who
have never tasted it before, and if
you understand that work as a clear
example of Christian discipleship,
please talk to Reiner Mueller about
I said, there’s a lot to be
excited about. God has blessed us
with so many opportunities for service,
so many avenues to express His love
for us in Jesus Christ. One of my
favorite songs is “With Every
Act of Love” by Jason Gray.
There’s a lyric in that song
that goes like this: “God put
a million, million doors in the world
for his love to walk through. One
of those doors is you.” How
will God’s love walk through
the door that is YOU when you consider
all of the fantastic things happening
in our congregation?
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You One and All …
Thank you to everyone who participated
in our Sunday School Spring Service Project, the
Strongsville Emergency Food Bank. We took over the
last 552 food items, which we collected for this
project. In total, through everyone’s generous
donations, we collected well over 1500 food items
to help those in need in our community. All donations
were of course greatly appreciated at the Food Bank,
which sees a slowdown of donations during the summer
months. We also want to say a special thank you
to Sandy & Maria Treudler, Connie Nielsen and
Brenda Jacob, who all helped count, box, and take
over the food items.
You! Thank You!
We trustees of the Strongsville
Emergency Food Bank thank the youth of First Evangelical
Lutheran Church for their weekly food donations
during the months of April, May and June. You young
people are to be commended for collecting over 1500
items of needed food supplies. The monetary donations
you collected, which totaled over $350, will be
used for distributing refrigerated items and paper
Construction of a new Food Bank
facility on Zverina Lane, behind the Communications
Center on Pearl Road, will be completed this summer.
Please feel free to visit and “check out”
the Food Bank during the hours of operation from
9:30 to 11:30 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
and the second Saturday of each month.
Again, thank you for aiding those
in our community who are in need of assistance.
Strongsville Emergency Food Bank, Inc., Trustees
click on a link below to view the current
newsletters published by First Lutheran Church.
community Food Bank is running low on food.
Donations may be dropped off in the shopping carts
located near the doors. Items needed most: canned
soup, canned tuna, canned vegetables, peanut butter,
offerings thru the end of the program year will
go to Providence House, one of the oldest
child care organizations in the country to house
newborns to children age 10 for an extended period
of time. They are voluntarily placed there when
there is fear of abuse or neglect within the family.
The family also receives needed help and support
to change the home environment. Watch for more details
on this service project.
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.
Service, formerly MHS, has several families
who were recently homeless and are now in need of
beds and living room furniture. They also need TV’s
and a microwave. If you have donations, please call
Tammy Widdows (216.548.2761).
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 Red, White, and Blue Team!
new Mission Ministry is being kicked
off to help military families within
our congregation and community that
have a parent or loved one currently
deployed overseas. We are looking for
volunteers to provide meals, home handyman,
and babysitting services for military
families that could use a little extra
help and support.
fulfill your patriotic duty while doing
the work our Lord has called us to do!
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
your altar flowers to local nursing
homes or our own church shut-ins. Please contact
the church office if you are interested in donating
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:
Monday thru Friday, 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
parties, or just everyday living ... if you
shop at GFS - don’t
forget to mention First Lutheran when checking
out and help First earn credit to supply future
clients need women’s size 16 jeans or
pants and XL solid color tops. Also, men’s
size large and size 18 boy’s shorts for
a 15-yr-old. Please place donations in the church
office. Questions? Please call Tammy Widdows
The PATH Program
(serving those living under bridges and in the
woods) needs canned food to hand out to people
they find. Please put your donations in the
shopping carts. Questions? Please contact Tammy
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.
Church has a program to provide CD recordings,
currently of the lesson readings, Gospel
reading, and sermon, for members who are
unable to attend regular services.
shut-in will be provided with a CD player,
on loan from the church, with which to listen
to the service recording mailed or delivered
to them each week. Plans are to expand the
recording capability to the entire service
in the future.
you know of any or our members, or nonmembers,
who may be interested in participating in
this program, please contact the church
office or click
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devoted to the prior sermons from each week
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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.
volunteers needed to help the Funeral Reception
Committee by making a dessert or salad,
set-up, serve or clean-up. Call Sue Ludwig (440.238.5164)
or Barb Krueger (440.238.9072).
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
you a generous giver? Do you have joy in knowing
that everything comes from God? Then your gifts
are needed on the Stewardship Committee.
Contact Pastor Chuck if you would like to join
this important team.
Property Management Position
– Our property management team is looking
for a coordinator of the teams. This person will
be a point of contact and coordinator for maintenance
and repair activities for the church property.
This position does not require monthly meetings
and has a very experienced committee in place
as resources to handle the repairs. For more information,
please contact Len Taylor (440.653.4606).
First Church is looking for volunteers
to help operate the video projector for the contemporary
services. Basic PC skills helpful (PowerPoint
a plus), but will offer training to all interested
individuals. Please contact Justin Lauschin (email@example.com)
for more information.
Bible Bonanza & Confirmation
All students in 6-8th grade, and
their parents, are invited to attend the Bible Bonanza
and Confirmation orientation on Monday,
September 15, 7 PM. Our Confirmation program
is open to members and non-members alike. If you
have any questions, please contact either pastor.
“Transforming Life and Faith”
are welcome. Please join the women of Lydia Circle
for a monthly Bible study on Wednesday,
September 17 at 10 AM. The theme for this
year’s study is “Transforming Life and
Faith.” Each month’s study stands alone
and no preparation is required.
New Adult Class
“I’ll be happy after:
the promotion … the new house … the
next vacation … a different car” …
you fill in the blank. Why is a contented, satisfied
life so evasive? And, why are we often driven more
by what our neighbors own than what will truly make
us happy? Find out in our new adult Sunday school
class, Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World
of Consumption beginning September 21 at
10 AM in the Fellowship Hall. This six-session
study will explore the way in which the messages
to the New Testament churches were received by the
original readers and how these passages can alter
the way we view wealth, accumulation, and ultimate
WELCA Cleveland West Cluster
Fall Gathering will be Saturday, September 27
at Dr. Martin Luther Church (4470 Ridge Rd, Brooklyn).
Registration & fellowship begin at 8:30 AM.
Business meeting at 9:30 AM. $5 includes Lunch.
RSVP by Monday, September 22.
See flier on bulletin board in the lobby for more
Retreat with the Men of
New Covenant – Please join us for
a Men’s Retreat with the men of New Covenant
Lutheran Church of East Cleveland on Friday,
September 26 & Saturday, September 27 at Camp
Mowana near Mansfield. We will be carpooling
down to the camp from the church on Friday evening
and returning on Saturday afternoon. The cost of
the retreat is $67, which includes lodging plus
breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Camp Mowana requires
a 25% down payment within 30 days, with the remainder
due the week prior to the retreat. Please contact
Bruce Holderead (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 440.655.1523) if you are interested in attending
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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