Worship every 1st and 4th Sunday and Traditional
every 2nd and 3rd Sunday at this time.
Friends in Christ,
I feel blessed
for the opportunity to host the Watoto Children’s
Choir from Uganda. It was an evening of praise
and worship that I will remember for a long
time. I hung around the church the entire
day, helped in small ways to get our guests
settled in and set up their terrific sound
stage, and then hosted three Watoto members
in our home. Through it all I was reminded
that we always have important lessons to learn
when we encounter folks from a different culture.
Here are some
things worth thinking about …
(1) There was
pure joy in the worship and witness presented
by the children of Watoto. Their love of the
Lord and commitment to discipleship was apparent
both in their body language and in their ability
to clearly articulate the faith. Stylistically
that doesn’t align with traditional
Lutheran ways of expressing ourselves, but
I found myself being challenged to “loosen
up” a little bit.
(2) Watoto children are orphans, yet they
have a clear sense of identity. The clearest
message I heard throughout the concert revolved
around being children of a God who loves unconditionally
and claims us as His own. In a society where
we are identified by our jobs, the cities
we live in, the cars we drive, the clubs we
frequent, the teams we root for, the clothes
we wear, and the people with whom we associate,
it’s good for us to remember that our
true identity is rooted in Jesus Christ who
gave his life for us.
(3) There was no doubt about the purpose of
the Watoto concert. It was to share the gospel
of Jesus Christ through music and personal
witness. Also, I heard repeatedly that children
were being raised to become the future leaders
of Uganda. I don’t know that much about
the political or social landscape of Uganda,
but I appreciated the dedication to building
leadership with a Christian foundation.
(4) The manners of the children were impeccable.
Requests were prefaced with “Please
may I …” followed by “Thank
you.” The little girls who stayed with
us cleared their plates, helped load the dishwasher,
and left the used bedding neatly folded in
the morning. Oh, and no one was wearing saggy
jeans or sloppy sneakers or baggy shirts.
Call me old school if you like, but it was
refreshing. Young parents, take note!
Thank God for
you, Watoto, and for the lessons you taught
you have a prayer request?
Please use the bulletin
board over the water fountain to make your prayer
concerns known, or Click
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during our next service.
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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 email@example.com).
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.
hours have begun. Connie will be in the office this
week Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 8 AM –
are still seeking someone to serve as Council Secretary.
This is a very important position that needs to
be filled immediately. If you are willing to serve,
please see one of the pastors or Ray Treudler.
new electronic door lock system has been installed
in an effort to make it safer for our employees
and preschool students. This will also ensure that
the building is locked at the end of each day automatically.
The new system will be programmed to have the doors
open at scheduled times for church services and
other common events. Otherwise the building doors
will remain locked. There will be an intercom with
video to speak to the front desk to open the door
when needed. You will always be able to exit the
building at any time. The staff and related personnel
will be given a new key fob next week. Please
contact Len Taylor (440.653.4606) if you have any
questions or feel you need a key. This may
take some getting used to but it is most necessary
for our safety and security.
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
There are lots of
dates still available on the 2015 Altar
Flower & Bulletin list in the lobby.
Sign up for your special event date today.
out Pastor Chuck’s latest blog post: Prayer
Check it out as a way of staying connected and having
dialog about a variety of topics related to the
giving easy with Simply Giving! Did you
know you can automate your church offerings and
eliminate the need to write checks? By “setting
it and forgetting it,” you don’t have
to remember to search for your offering envelope
and write that check. The Simply Giving program
allows you to establish a recurring offering that
is automatically deducted from your checking or
savings account. And, you can set the frequency
and amount of the offering to be deducted. The
Simply Giving enrollment/authorization form can
be found in the information center outside the
church office. For those who are already enrolled
in Simply Giving and need to make a change to
the amount and/or frequency, you can submit another
form with the needed changes. Call Brenda Jacob
with any questions.
Summer office hours
have begun. Connie will be in the office this
week Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 8 AM –
Strongsville Food Bank will be open Saturday,
July 11, 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Proof of Strongsville
residency and photo ID required.
Over 50’s will
meet Tuesday, July 14 at noon in the
Fellowship Hall. Marsha Stephens (440.238.1129)
will bring her 7-layer salad to accompany your
brown bag lunch. Bonnie Newling (440.465.6125)
and Steve & Betty Sarbry (440.234.8469)
will provide dessert and beverages. Come join
Pub Church will take
a brief summer hiatus in July and August. Look
for Pub Church to return on September 1.
Camp Bridges is
a one-day bereavement camp for children in FrontLine
Service’s child and family trauma programs
who have lost a loved one to homicide or suicide.
If you would like to volunteer on Friday,
August 7, please see the flyer above
the water fountain for more detailed information,
or speak with Pastor Chuck.
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