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  • Come and explore your deepest spiritual desires with us!
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  • We invite you to discover our dynamic Christian Community dedicated to sharing the awesome love of God that is revealed in Jesus Christ.
  • Whether you are just beginning your spiritual journey or have traveled the Christian road for some time....

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19419 Royalton Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44149

Phone: (440) 238-7890

Thinking about joining First Church? Come to the New Member class on Sunday, November 2, 6-8:30 PM. RSVP to Pastor Chuck (440.238.7890 or pastorchuck1@gmail.com).



Sunday Worship Services

Sunday

7:45 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

9:00 AM

Contemporary Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

11:15 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.


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EVIL AND THE GOD IN WHOM YOU BELIEVE

NOVEMBER 16, 6:30 P.M.

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH
19419 ROYALTON ROAD
STRONGSVILLE, OH

Join Terry Fretheim, trinity Lutheran seminary,
As we build a biblical and theological
Framework to address the reality of evil
In our world today

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October Revelations.....

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In our busy, crazy lives it’s easy to rush by someone, make quick judgments, and not pay attention to that sense of compassion and empathy within our hearts. I was reminded of that recently from both ends of the situation. I made the mistake of not being sensitive enough to someone who needed it; and, I was on the painful receiving end of someone making a quick judgment and blowing me off. Believe me, in the end, neither felt too good. Ever been there? Well, if you have, here is a little food for thought.

You may not realize it but the word empathy doesn’t appear in the Bible; but, the Scriptures do refer indirectly to the characteristic or quality of demonstrating empathy, which is defined as “the capability to share another's emotions and feelings.” The apostle Peter counseled Christians to have “compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.” The apostle Paul recommended similar sentiments when he exhorted fellow Christians to “rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” And, it was the apostle John who said, “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

We know that as Christians we are commanded to love our neighbor and to have genuine love for one another. Though we are aware of this, and intend to love one another, we often overlook opportunities to relieve others’ pain. That could be because we are not aware of others’ needs, or we don’t take the time to be aware. Empathy is the key that can unlock the door to our kindness and compassion. It’s that quality about our Christian selves that we can’t afford to be without.

  • Heavenly Father, help us remember that the person who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.
  • Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.
  • Remind us, Lord, that the scary-looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.
  • Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress is savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.
  • Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts, not to just those that are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love. Let us remember that there is always time to let your love shine through!

 

 

In Christ,
Pastor Kathy

 

 



 



Do 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.



 

Share Your Talents with
First Church!

How do I get involved?

Click 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 year.

Share Your Spiritual Gifts Volunteer Form: www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHAREGIFTS

How do I know what my spiritual gifts are?

Click 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!

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WebDiscoverGifts

Questions 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 firstchurchalive@hotmail.com.

 
   


Church News, Photos, etc.. News - Important Dates - Stuff.....

 


News

Please click on a link below to view the current newsletters published by First Lutheran Church.

Weekly Revelations
(news & events)

Sunday School/Youth
Faith & Family

April 2014

Current
Monthly Revelations


Last Month
Monthly Revelations


Prior Month
Monthly Revelations







Coffee 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.


Our 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 suziezoo24@yahoo.com).

 


First 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).



The 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.


Do you have a prayer request? Please use the bulletin board over the water fountain to make your prayer concerns known.


Need to 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).


Stop by the Welcome Center, in the lobby, for additional information on our activities and ministries.


Cleaning 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 service. http://www.cleaningforareason.org.


Strongsville 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 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 on Wednesday



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.


 

The 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.

Needed: 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 g.reichert68@gmail.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.


We 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.


Pastor 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 faith.


Are 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.


Pastor Kathy is leading a Women’s Bible Study called A Chocolate Boutique: A Metaphor for the Way God Transforms our Lives with His Sweet, Amazing Grace. This two-session study will be held on Tuesday, October 28 and Wednesday, November 5 from 7 – 8:30 PM. Child care available upon request. Sign up at the Welcome Center or by contacting Jeanine Kowalewski (440.391.2823 or jkowalewski13@yahoo.com).


All Saints’ Sunday is November 2. A special candle lighting, in memory of loved ones, will be included at each service. Members of the congregation who have died this year will be remembered in the prayers. You may add the name of a loved one, to be included in a special bulletin insert, on the list in the church office.


Special Adult Class on All Saints’ Day (November 2). Death with Dignity, a discussion of death and dying issues. What does the church say about how we can sustain human dignity as a loved one nears death? Fellowship Hall, 10 AM with Pastor Chuck.


Save the date to save a life. First Church’s Annual Blood Drive will be on Sunday, November 2 from 8 AM to 12:30 PM.


Help straighten the sanctuary Monday, November 3, 9 AM. Sharpen pencils, refill fellowship pads, etc. Questions? Please contact Barb Krueger (440.238.9072 or kruegbg@att.net).


Pub Church has found a new home at Bilo’s Bar & Grill (14751 Pearl Rd). We will launch on Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome!


Thankoffering Sunday is November 9, all services. Our special guest preacher will be Deaconness Judy Hoshek, Assistant to the Bishop. Join us for a special woman-led service and bring your donations in the blue Thankoffering envelopes!


Join us at Wing Night to benefit the 2015 National Youth Gathering. Saturday, November 15, 6-9 PM at Bilo’s (14751 Pearl Rd). Only $25 for appetizers, rigatoni, salad, wings, desserts, soft drinks, wine, beer. Drawings, baskets, 50/50 drawings, and a vacation give-away offered.


2015 Mission Trip Opportunity

Have 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 age limit.

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 or reinermueller@sbcglobal.net).

There will be an informational meeting planned for late summer for those who are interested.


 


Red Number indicates "New Record" in monthly or yearly hits.
Blue Number indicates "Highest All-time Month" in hits.

Mth

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Jan

NA

369

349

539

753

544

580

470

Feb

NA

397

394

498

767

559

794

438

Mar

NA

596

347

569

847

476

961

763

Apr

NA

372

441

506

756

563

521

755

May

NA

390

336

481

697

412

467

613

Jun

NA

329

379

475

667

497

642

573

Jul

NA

371

415

432

663

705

552

597

Aug

NA

316

486

421

646

665

656

783

Sep

206

338

501

446

732

511

583

490

Oct

390

343

454

440

567

501

720

343

Nov

319

343

548

642

564

441

636

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Dec

398

462

553

1,014

652

715

636

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Tls

1,313

4,626

5,023

6,463

8,311

6,535

7,748

5,825

Grand Total Hits
as of 10-26-2014

46,123


 

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