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Welcome... September Revelations.....

Pastor Kathy 25 Years of Service
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Welcome to First Lutheran Church

  • Come and explore your deepest spiritual desires with us!
  • Discover God's desire for you!
  • 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....

You are welcome here!

19419 Royalton Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44149

Phone: (440) 238-7890

Interested in joining First Church? A “mega-class” will be held next Sunday, May 4, 6-8? PM. Child care will be provided, if necessary. To register, call the church office or speak with one of the pastors.



Worship Services (to September 7th)

Sunday

8:15 AM

Traditional Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

10:00 AM

Contemporary on the 1st and 4th Sundays of each month; Traditional on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month
Note These Worship Services!!

Sunday
Aug 31

10:00 AM

CONTEMPORARY Worship only.

 

We return to our program-year worship schedule on September 14:
7:45 – traditional
9:00 – contemporary
11:15 – traditional



2014 Church Annual Report:
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Council Highlights & Notes:
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Northeastern Ohio Synod Notes:
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Journey Forward

While Bishop Eaton was still our synodical bishop she challenged every congregation in Northeastern Ohio to participate in a spiritual discernment process she dubbed “On the Journey Forward.” Even though Bishop Eaton is now serving as the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA the Journey Forward continues.

First Church has a Journey Forward team consisting of Ray Treudler, Darden Blake, John Brinzo, Kurt Blankenship, Connie Nielsen, and the pastors. We are part of a cluster of nine congregations who will meet together regularly to participate in this process. Our team will also meet on its own, in between cluster meetings, to work on a variety of assignments designed to help us understand our identity and what God has called us to do and be in the Strongsville community.

The Journey Forward process involves four general phases. Discovery is the data gathering phase, designed to give us an accurate picture of our congregation and community. Diagnosis is the analysis phase where we will attempt to interpret the data and what it reveals about our mission and ministry. Decision is the planning phase where we will design a mission plan with measurable goals. Because we are working within a cluster we may discover that a partnership with another congregation in some particular area of ministry may be beneficial. Do is the implementation phase, and well … it’s where we will actually start DOING something.

As this process continues the congregation will be updated and, at times, invited into the process to provide valuable information and insight. In the meantime the team invites the prayers of the congregation for clear insight and understanding of God’s intentions for us.


 

Dear Friends:

What an exciting time it is at First Church! After a four-month search, we are pleased to welcome Shane Brandes and Zachary Richards to our music staff as Organist/Accompanist and Music Director, respectively. Both bring a wealth of talent and are ready to energize our worship services with their leadership.

Rally Day is September 7, marking the beginning of Sunday school and a new program year. This Rally Day will be special as we have the opportunity to participate in God’s work. Our hands. There are many ways to become involved in our effort to reach out into the Strongsville community and collect food for the Food Bank. I hope each member of First Church will find a way to participate. Please be sure to read more detailed information about this project in this edition of Revelations.

We are still working with our friends at the Bier Haus to make Pub Church a reality. A launch of early October is anticipated. Pub Church will be an opportunity for all ages to gather in a unique setting to share a meal or a drink, listen to a reflective word, hear a local musician, and discuss biblical and theological issues that matter in the midst of today’s culture.

Our Stewardship Campaign also kicks off in September, this time with a little different twist. The congregation will be challenged to give toward a budget that reflects ministry priorities and growth areas that, if met, will surely raise us to new levels of engagement with the communities we serve in Christ’s name.

Planning has already begun, and will continue in earnest, for the next ELCA National Youth Gathering which will be held in Detroit in 2015. Our youth (and their families) will be busy preparing for an event that always changes lives. We should all be eager to support and encourage them as they open their hearts to the Spirit’s leading.

Another Living Water Mission Trip – this time to Honduras – is being planned for the summer of 2015, and the opportunity to get involved is RIGHT NOW. If you want to bring fresh, clean drinking water to people who have never tasted it before, and if you understand that work as a clear example of Christian discipleship, please talk to Reiner Mueller about this trip.

Like I said, there’s a lot to be excited about. God has blessed us with so many opportunities for service, so many avenues to express His love for us in Jesus Christ. One of my favorite songs is “With Every Act of Love” by Jason Gray. There’s a lyric in that song that goes like this: “God put a million, million doors in the world for his love to walk through. One of those doors is you.” How will God’s love walk through the door that is YOU when you consider all of the fantastic things happening in our congregation?

In Christ,
Pastor Chuck


 

 



 



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.

 
   


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Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as we embarked on our adventure. You can reach us at genet.toms@gmail.com or 8700 Southside Blvd #2202, Jacksonville, FL 32256-0720. If you’re ever vacationing down here, you have somewhere to stay!

Gene Thompson & Tom Serdar

Thank You One and All …

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Sunday School Spring Service Project, the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank. We took over the last 552 food items, which we collected for this project. In total, through everyone’s generous donations, we collected well over 1500 food items to help those in need in our community. All donations were of course greatly appreciated at the Food Bank, which sees a slowdown of donations during the summer months. We also want to say a special thank you to Sandy & Maria Treudler, Connie Nielsen and Brenda Jacob, who all helped count, box, and take over the food items.

Thank You! Thank You!

We trustees of the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank thank the youth of First Evangelical Lutheran Church for their weekly food donations during the months of April, May and June. You young people are to be commended for collecting over 1500 items of needed food supplies. The monetary donations you collected, which totaled over $350, will be used for distributing refrigerated items and paper items.

Construction of a new Food Bank facility on Zverina Lane, behind the Communications Center on Pearl Road, will be completed this summer. Please feel free to visit and “check out” the Food Bank during the hours of operation from 9:30 to 11:30 AM every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and the second Saturday of each month.

Again, thank you for aiding those in our community who are in need of assistance.

The Strongsville Emergency Food Bank, Inc., Trustees



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





Our community Food Bank is running low on food. Donations may be dropped off in the shopping carts located near the doors. Items needed most: canned soup, canned tuna, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and jelly.


SCS offerings thru the end of the program year will go to Providence House, one of the oldest child care organizations in the country to house newborns to children age 10 for an extended period of time. They are voluntarily placed there when there is fear of abuse or neglect within the family. The family also receives needed help and support to change the home environment. Watch for more details on this service project.



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.

 


FrontLine Service, formerly MHS, has several families who were recently homeless and are now in need of beds and living room furniture. They also need TV’s and a microwave. If you have donations, please call Tammy Widdows (216.548.2761).


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).



Join the Red, White, and Blue Team!

A new Mission Ministry is being kicked off to help military families within our congregation and community that have a parent or loved one currently deployed overseas. We are looking for volunteers to provide meals, home handyman, and babysitting services for military families that could use a little extra help and support.

Help fulfill your patriotic duty while doing the work our Lord has called us to do!

Reiner Mueller (reinermueller@sbcglobal.net or 440.846.0532).



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.


Donate your altar flowers to local nursing homes or our own church shut-ins. Please contact the church office if you are interested in donating your flowers.


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: Monday thru Friday, 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


Celebrations, parties, or just everyday living ... if you shop at GFS - don’t forget to mention First Lutheran when checking out and help First earn credit to supply future church functions.


CWWV clients need women’s size 16 jeans or pants and XL solid color tops. Also, men’s size large and size 18 boy’s shorts for a 15-yr-old. Please place donations in the church office. Questions? Please call Tammy Widdows (216.548.2761).


The PATH Program (serving those living under bridges and in the woods) needs canned food to hand out to people they find. Please put your donations in the shopping carts. Questions? Please contact Tammy Widdows (216.548.2761).


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.


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Worship Service Recordings
for Shut-ins

First Church has a program to provide CD recordings, currently of the lesson readings, Gospel reading, and sermon, for members who are unable to attend regular services.

The shut-in will be provided with a CD player, on loan from the church, with which to listen to the service recording mailed or delivered to them each week. Plans are to expand the recording capability to the entire service in the future.

If you know of any or our members, or nonmembers, who may be interested in participating in this program, please contact the church office or click here.

We now have a special page on this Web site devoted to the prior sermons from each week of service.

Please click here to view the sermons you can download.


 

 

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.

Additional volunteers needed to help the Funeral Reception Committee by making a dessert or salad, set-up, serve or clean-up. Call Sue Ludwig (440.238.5164) or Barb Krueger (440.238.9072).


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.


Property Management Position – Our property management team is looking for a coordinator of the teams. This person will be a point of contact and coordinator for maintenance and repair activities for the church property. This position does not require monthly meetings and has a very experienced committee in place as resources to handle the repairs. For more information, please contact Len Taylor (440.653.4606).


First Church is looking for volunteers to help operate the video projector for the contemporary services. Basic PC skills helpful (PowerPoint a plus), but will offer training to all interested individuals. Please contact Justin Lauschin (j.lauschin@yahoo.com) for more information.


 

Women Who Wine … and Those Who Don’t annual social event will be held Friday, September 5, 7 PM. Come on out to catch up with your church friends and make some new ones! This year we will gather at the home of Maureen Shorts (146 Kensington Ct, Broadview Heights). Donation of $10 requested to cover food and beverage costs. Sign up on the sheet at the Welcome Center or by contacting Jeanine Kowalewski (440.391.2823 or jkowalewski13@yahoo.com).


Prayer & Care meets Friday, September 5, 10 AM. Questions? Please contact Sue Ludwig (440.238.5164 or suziezoo24@yahoo.com).



God’s work. Our hands.
Rally Day, September 7

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, we will join the nearly 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as they put their faith into action by serving their communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people. Through unique congregational service projects, we celebrate that we are a church that boldly does God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities.

Our congregation will participate in a service project that will have a significant impact on our community. On Rally Day, September 7, we will conduct a special community food collection for the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank. Following our special Rally Day service at 10:00 a.m., we will gather together as a family of all ages for a light lunch. We will then be sent out into the neighborhoods of Strongsville to collect food, which will be delivered to The Strongsville Food Bank.

This is a project that EVERYONE can participate in. Our participants will be easily identified in local neighborhoods by our bright yellow “God’s work. Our hands.” T-shirts. In addition to collecting food from Strongsville neighborhoods on Rally Day, volunteers are needed a few days prior to the event to distribute notices about the food collection in local neighborhoods. Assistance is also needed for preparing and serving the lunch. Everyone is encouraged to gather for lunch, regardless of participation in the food collection. We hope you will participate in this special project.

Sign up online at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ca9a92eaafb6-gods/; or by using the sign-up sheets located in the Narthex.

“God’s work. Our hands. Sunday reminds us that we are church together for the sake of the world. Our lives have been changed by our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and it’s that encounter with Jesus that frees us to make a difference.” - ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton


JOY Group on Tuesday, September 9 at 12:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Our special guest will be Lynn Wagie, who will give a presentation of crosses from all over the world. She will then play Christian songs on her guitar. And, as a final treat, Ruth Lawrence will sing for us. Don’t miss this exciting event. New members are welcome! Bring your bagged lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided by Steve & Betty Sarbry. Our hostesses are Ruth Lawrence (440.779.7752) and Yvonne Buehner (440.846.8055).


The Installation of our newly elected Bishop, Abraham Allende

… will take place Saturday, September 13 at 2 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1361 W Market Street in Akron.) The service is open to all, and promises to be a grand celebration of God’s Spirit at work in our midst.


Bible Bonanza & Confirmation Orientation

All students in 6-8th grade, and their parents, are invited to attend the Bible Bonanza and Confirmation orientation on Monday, September 15, 7 PM. Our Confirmation program is open to members and non-members alike. If you have any questions, please contact either pastor.


“Transforming Life and Faith”

All are welcome. Please join the women of Lydia Circle for a monthly Bible study on Wednesday, September 17 at 10 AM. The theme for this year’s study is “Transforming Life and Faith.” Each month’s study stands alone and no preparation is required.


New Adult Class

“I’ll be happy after: the promotion … the new house … the next vacation … a different car” … you fill in the blank. Why is a contented, satisfied life so evasive? And, why are we often driven more by what our neighbors own than what will truly make us happy? Find out in our new adult Sunday school class, Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption beginning September 21 at 10 AM in the Fellowship Hall. This six-session study will explore the way in which the messages to the New Testament churches were received by the original readers and how these passages can alter the way we view wealth, accumulation, and ultimate contentment today.


Retreat with the Men of New Covenant – Please join us for a Men’s Retreat with the men of New Covenant Lutheran Church of East Cleveland on Friday, September 26 & Saturday, September 27 at Camp Mowana near Mansfield. We will be carpooling down to the camp from the church on Friday evening and returning on Saturday afternoon. The cost of the retreat is $67, which includes lodging plus breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Camp Mowana requires a 25% down payment within 30 days, with the remainder due the week prior to the retreat. Please contact Bruce Holderead (vancepack@wowway.com or 440.655.1523) if you are interested in attending the retreat.


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

203

Sep

206

338

501

446

732

511

583

727

Oct

390

343

454

440

567

501

720

-

Nov

319

343

548

642

564

441

636

-

Dec

398

462

553

1,014

652

715

636

-

Tls

1,313

4,626

5,023

6,463

8,311

6,535

7,748

4,936

Grand Total Hits
as of 08-29-2014

45,234


 

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