WEEKLY NEWS AT FIRST
November 6, 2017
- remembered the saints who have gone before us
- lit candles memorializing the special people who have touched our lives and now rest in the mercy of God’s eternal kingdom
- began the pledge process for the good of our congregation and the mission God has set before us
You will be receiving a letter this week announcing the first results for the appeal. You can also expect a letter acknowledging your pledge or inviting you to pledge. The team will now be sending information to an extended list of friends of the congregation inviting them to join us in this vital time in our ministry. THANK YOU for your prayers and for your participation.
REFORMATION 500 WEEKEND!
As heirs of the Lutheran heritage, First Lutheran will celebrate a Reformation 500 Weekend this coming weekend. Dr. Mark U. Edwards, author of four major books on Martin Luther, will be with us to offer presentations:
Saturday, November 11
9:30 am – Presentation #1- Luther’s Liberty in an Authoritarian Age (with projected visuals)
11:00 am – Presentation #2- Luther’s Liberty in an Age of Freedoms (with projected visuals)
Sunday, November 12
8:45 am Sunday School Adult Forum – Luther and Scripture Alone (with projected visuals)
Sunday November 12 Congregation Celebration Catered Dinner following worship in the Lyceum. We will join in a catered meal celebrating our life together as people of the Reformation today. Dr. Edwards will offer a few brief insights for us to think about and Don Hermanson will provide musical entertainment.
Did you get a ticket to the Catered dinner??!! Please contact the church office to get a ticket. Adults are $10 and children $5. We hope everyone will come out for this church family event!!
First Lutheran helping in the Interfaith Thanksgiving Food distribution!
For the first time, First Lutheran will participate in distributing the fixings for Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. If you are aware of a family that would be blessed with such a grace gift, please contact Pastor Rhoades or Brenda Concienne. Brenda Concienne of the Mission Team will be coordinating our efforts in this community wide effort to care for our neighbors in God’s name!
THANK YOU – for your part in the Island Oktoberfest! For the 36th time, the Island Oktoberfest provided a place for community and fellowship on the grounds and around First Lutheran Church. Special thanks to Marilyn Haupt for her leadership and the entire team that stewarded this great event for this year. Special thanks to Karl and Marilyn Haupt for donating the golf cart for the 2017 raffle – congratulations to Grace Carr upon winning the gold cart! Pack away the dirndals and lederhosen for another year – but be ready – Island Oktoberfest 2018 is Already in the planning stages!
Gloriannas Thank Offering Weekend – November 18 and 19
The ministry of the women of the congregation has spanned the entire life of our congregation. Formally it was organized and named, but the role of women in the life of the congregation is irreplaceable. Today, the Gloriannas offer a monthly bible study and provide resources to help in the furthering of God’s kingdom. Each year, ALL the women of the congregation are invited to make a thank offering to God which is used by the Gloriannas for their ministry. Please pick up a thank offering container in the Narthex of the church or bring one of your own. A special time will be given for the women of all ages to come forward to present their thank offering and to join in prayer during the worship services.
James Agrella, 5th
Adam Ahern, 5th
Carolyn Chide, 5th
Pastor Richard Rhoades, 6th
Kennedy Rice, 6th
Lee Coe, 7th
Christina Muehe, 7th
Jeanette Flick, 8th
Emie McCoy, 8th
Alan Rutledge, 8th
James Austin, 10th
Pam Stevens, 10th
Noel Spencer, 11th
D. Gale & Mary Jane Rogers, 9th
Randy & Liz Plain, 11th
Randy & Marcy Scates, 11th
Saturday – N/A
Sunday – 118
Offering – $4,627
Online Giving – $3,793
Coming Up This Week
Monday – Thursday LMA Classes – 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday – Handbells Rehearsal (Handbell Room) – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday – Mission Team Meeting (Board Room) – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday – Reformation 500 Celebration Lectures by Dr. Mark Edwards (Lyceum) – 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Saturday – Holy Communion Service (Chapel) – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday – Holy Communion (Sanctuary) – 10:00 a.m.
Sunday – Reformation 500 Dinner (Lyceum) following worship
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