WEEKLY NEWS AT FIRST
September 18, 2017
NEEDED A Karaoke Machine: Do you have a Karaoke machine you could loan the congregation? We have need for this in the coming month for some special music at the Saturday worship services. Please let the Church Office know if you can loan one to us!!
Acolyte and Crucifer Matriculation and Recognition will be observed on Sunday, October 1! All those who serve as acolytes and crucifers are asked to be present!
Faith Formation at First: Nurturing and growing in faith is a vital part of life in our parish. You are invited to connect and grow! Sunday School engages our younger youth in bible stories and how these relate to our lives. Two tracks based on age help our children to grow at their own pace—Doryn Glenn and Sandra Tetley lead these groups. Middle School and High School youth collaborate in scripture and theology with Pastor Rhoades and Julie Agee for Confirmation and Youth Faith Formation. Adults explore faith formation with Corinne Rhoades leading Cup of Joe and Jesus in the Parish Hall – designed for parents and more youthful adults, this group will explore real life and faith connections. John Stewart leads other adults deeper into faith through the Adult Sunday School Class which uses book studies to ask the deeper questions. For every age there is an option! And, later this Fall we will come together for Faith Formation Sundays in which all ages together will gather around God’s Word and grow together in faith.
Worship Leadership Trainings: Are you ready to grow in serving the Lord through the worship service?
- Worship Assistant Training: Sunday, September 24th Pastor Rhoades will lead a training for individuals wanting to serve in a larger way as the worship assistant for the Sunday service. This role leads the congregation in the Creed and the prayers of the people, then assists directly in the distribution of Holy Communion. Please sign up on line or by calling the church office.
- Acolyte Training: Sunday, September 24th Kay Henson will leada training sessions for upcoming acolytes.
F.I.R.S.T. Forward in Restoration to Serve Tomorrow Plan to be in worship on the next weekend, September 23rd or 24th for the kickoff of our F.I.R.S.T. Capital Appeal. F.I.R.S.T. stands for Forward in Restoration to Serve Tomorrow. Watch for prayer opportunities and other studies that will help us grow as God’s people through this campaign.
Pictorial Directory Photo Session The only remaining Pictorial Directory Appointment Day is Tuesday, September 26th.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s – October 14th! Join the First Lutheran Team to “Walk for a Cure” by reaching out to Pearl Davis, 409-354-9304 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Trunk or Treat! First Lutheran will host it’s first annual Trunk or Treat, Friday, October 20th beginning at 6pm. Truck or Treat will create a safeand fun environment for children to trick or treat. Trunk or Treatis free event open to the community. Winnie Street will be closed for the event to make room for all the trunks.
What Can you do to make it happen?
- Donations of individually wrapped candy are needed,please place candy donations in the basket in the narthex.
- Volunteers to help at the event with set-up and clean up.
- Your Trunk, decorated with your favorite motif.
- Flyer distribution.
Please register your vehicle online: firstlutherangalveston.com/TrunkOrTreat to be a participating “Trunkie”.
Get Better Together – Come next week and get moving with us on Tuesday evenings, at 6:30 pm in the courtyard. Coordinated by Erin Grigsby and Matt Frye, the focus of this new initiative is the opportunity to “come together, get ourselves outside and moving, improve self esteem and form new friendships.” This new walk/run group is open to the public – so help get the word out! Click to visit the web page for more info!
Island Oktoberfest – Raffle tickets are now available online for purchase! Click here to buy your Raffle Ticket now, and spread the word by telling everyone! Top prize this year will again be a custom Golf Cart!
ELCA Youth Gathering 2018 Hold the dates June 27 – July 1, 2018. 30,000+ ELCA Youth will gather in Houston, TX under the theme, “This Changes Everything.” Our First Youth grades 9 through 12 will be attending this life-changing and energizing event! Beginning this fall we will have meetings to help prepare for the Gathering. Registration opens on November 16, 2017 – so we will be getting ALL of our paper work together so as to register on time. We will also need adults to accompany our youth to the Gatherings (we will be staying in Houston!). To learn more about the ELCA Youth Gathering 2018, click here: www.elca.org/YouthGathering
Madelyn Geml Espinosa, 17th
Jimmie Gillane, 17thK
Ruby Rice, 18th
Joan Macaluso, 19th
Ruby DeManuelle, 20th
Barbara Sanderson, 20th
Larry Ryan, 21st
James Stevens, 22nd
Chance Kraft, 23rd
Debra Marinelli, 23rd
Carl & Pearl Davis, 23rd
Ken & Nancy Maser, 23rd
Saturday September 9th – 37
Sunday September 10th – 155
Saturday September 16th – 25
Sunday September 17th – 153
Offering September 10th $2,972
Online Giving $1,358
Offering September 17th – $2,722
Online Giving $487
Coming Up This Week
Monday-Thursday – Fanfare! Lutheran Music Academy 3:45 pm
Tuesday – Coastal Bay ELCA Pastors Conference 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday – JuBELLation Practice (Bell Room) 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – JuBELLation Rehearsal (Bell Room) 6:30 p.m.
Saturday – Holy Communion (Chapel) 5:30 p.m.
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