I met with a group of pastoral colleagues
to plan the Community Thanksgiving
Service, which we will host on November
26 at 7:30 PM. As a prelude to the
planning, each of us shared something
that was happening in our respective
congregations. I discovered there
is a lot of good ministry going on
congregation has begun a KIDS HOPE
USA program at Zellers Elementary
School. Gloria Reichert was instrumental
in introducing them to, and creating
excitement for, the program. Another
congregation is starting a community
lunch ministry. Still another is hosting
an Advent series on the teachings
of Pope Francis.
we continued to share the joys and
struggles of our ministries, I realized
(again) what a blessing it is to be
in relationship with such faithful,
dedicated pastors who serve separately,
yet together for the sake of the gospel.
While it’s so easy to get caught
up in one’s own ministry, and
the busy-ness of it all, it was good
to be reminded of the partnership
I have with other pastors, and of
the gifts each one brings to the often
challenging task of Christian service.
the meeting was drawing to a close,
I found myself feeling very thankful
for the relationships I have with
these folks, and thinking that I should
be more cognizant of that moving forward.
we approach the Thanksgiving holiday
perhaps it would be helpful to call
to mind the people for whom we are
most thankful, yet maybe don’t
think about as much as we should.
What would our lives be like without
the protection we receive from our
law enforcement officers, men and
women in military service, firefighters,
emergency medical personnel and the
like? How about doctors and nurses,
teachers and social workers? Or, maybe
farmers, authors, artists, and musicians?
I bet you could add to the list.
long ago I received a phone call from
a member of the congregation thanking
me for something I did for her. I
I didn’t expect it, and wasn’t
looking for it, but was grateful to
be remembered. It set the tone for
my day. As a way of celebrating this
Thanksgiving, I invite you to do the
same. Tell someone how thankful you
are for their presence in your life,
and be specific.
numberless gifts of God’s mercies
my tongue cannot fathom or tell. Like
dew that appears in the morning, they
come to us shining and full.”
(ELW #683). May your Thanksgiving
celebration be filled with the boundless
gifts of God, and be sure to tell
someone how much they are appreciated
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.
a few good men – currently, five boys have
been referred to KIDS HOPE USA and are
in need of male mentors. Look over the following
highlights and prayerfully consider whether or not
YOU are the one to make a difference in their lives.
Contact Gloria Reichert (330.225.3922 or email@example.com).
1st grader –
likes math, basketball, and mac & cheese
4th grader – likes math, science, cars. Is
a Tribe fan who asks me every time he sees me, “When
is my mentor coming?”
6th grader – very polite, likes science and
skateboarding. Asked for a male mentor.
are looking for a person, or persons, to direct
our annual Sunday School Christmas Program.
Experience not necessary. The program will be held
Sunday, December 21. Rehearsals
will be minimal. Interested? Please contact Judy
Peach or Pastor Kathy.
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
needed to pack the food baskets on Tuesday, November
25 at 9 AM in the Fellowship Hall. To
sign up, please contact Reiner Mueller (firstname.lastname@example.org
are hosting the Community Thanksgiving
Service on Wednesday, November
26, 7:30 PM. Come and give thanks to
God for the blessings of this year!
SCS Service Project for OhioGuidestone –
for November 30 & December 7 –
bath towels, blankets and/or throws.
men of New Covenant Lutheran Church in
East Cleveland are having a Prayer Breakfast on
Saturday, December 6, 9 AM and they have
invited the men of First Church. Our youth are
also encouraged to attend. The cost of the breakfast
is $10. We plan to carpool from our parking lot.
Anyone interested in attending the breakfast should
contact Bruce Holderead (email@example.com
Nut Sale – Need some Christmas
goodies? The youth going to Detroit in July will
be selling nuts and candy from now until Sunday,
December 7. They will be available at
the youth table in between services with order
forms. Products should be in approximately 1 week
after orders are placed.
and Shop Childcare – Let us take
care of your kids or grandkids while you shop
for gifts or go out for a well-deserved evening.
On Saturday, December 13, childcare
will be available at the church from 5:30 –
9:30 PM. Help support the youth going to the National
Gathering in July. Sign-up forms will be at the
youth table. Free-will offering.
Group will continue collecting warm clothing items
for the homeless thru December 14.
save the dates for a Men’s Retreat
with the men of New Covenant Lutheran
Church of East Cleveland on Friday, February
20 & Saturday, February 21 at the
Doubletree Inn in Independence. The retreat will
be led once again by Reverend Terrance Jacobs,
Assistant to the Bishop/Director for Evangelical
Mission of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the
ELCA. More details will be provided in the near
future. 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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