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19419 Royalton Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44149

Phone: (440) 238-7890

Thinking about joining First Church? Please call Pastor Chuck (440.238.7890 or email him at pastorchuck1@gmail.com).



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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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Dear Friends:

I make a habit of listening to people I don’t agree with because it challenges me to think more deeply about my own beliefs. Recently I watched an interesting TED talk by Stephen Cave, a philosopher and author of Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How it Drives Civilization. Cave opened his presentation by saying, “We each live in the shadow of a personal apocalypse,” meaning that the fear of death overshadows us. Well … maybe … sometimes … but certainly not true of Christians, right? Especially in this Easter season we trust that death has been conquered by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we live in the hope of that same resurrection for each of us.

Cave went on to say that there are four basic forms of “immortality stories” present in modern civilization that are utilized to calm our fear of dying: (1) Elixir, or the search for eternal life through something like genetic engineering or hormone therapy; (2) Soul, where one leaves the body at death and lives on as a soul; (3) Legacy, or living on through the “echo” you leave in the world and; (4) Resurrection, which Cave described as “too much like a bad zombie movie.” Cave suggests that we should be skeptical of any of these versions based on the strength of the evidence. The only thing that matters, he says, is that each of us makes life a good story.

I can’t imagine living like that, where the only thing that matters is “making life a good story.” But I understand the skepticism. Mark’s resurrection account tells us that the women who came to the tomb ran away and told no one about their experience because they were afraid. Other gospel narratives reveal the uncertainty of Peter, the doubts of Thomas, and the inability of the disciples traveling to Emmaus to recognize the risen Christ in their presence. But eventually they all “get it,” they all place their faith in the resurrection because their personal experience with the risen Jesus became all the evidence they needed. It was more than just a “good story.” It was a life-giving, life-saving, life-altering experience that drew them ever closer to the God who promises that something awesome is waiting beyond this earthly life.

Sisters and brothers, as we move into this joyful Eastertide let us not be fooled. Jesus is alive! Whatever experience the disciples had of the risen Christ was real and powerful, causing them to share the good news with everyone they met, even to the point of risking their own lives. Why? Because they knew for certain that death had no power over them; because Jesus lived they would find that same kind of life too. Perhaps St. Paul said it best: “Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (I Corinthians 15, selected verses.)


Have a joyous Easter, for Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia!

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

Weekly Revelations
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Sunday School/Youth
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Current
Monthly Revelations


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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.

Vacation Bible School Director – wanted one or two fun-loving, energetic people to lead our summer VBS program. This is a great way to interact with the younger members of our congregation in a short program format. If interested, or if you have questions, please contact Pastor Kathy or Judy Peach.


The teddy 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 or marjgray@gmail.com).


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.


Check out Pastor Chuck’s latest blog post: Prayer www.pcspincycle.com. Check it out as a way of staying connected and having dialog about a variety of topics related to the faith.


Make 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.


KIDS HOPE USA –A mentor is needed for a very pleasant third grade boy who loves football. He would benefit from having a positive adult role model show him affection and concern, build his self-esteem, and help him with his reading. Will you be the one to make a difference in his life? Contact Gloria Reichert (330.225.3922 or g.reichert68@gmail.com).


 

April brings us to a more serious time with our annual General Meeting at 10 AM on Sunday, April 26. This month the group will elect a new President and Secretary. The current Board is seeking nominations for both offices. If you would like to help lead this group in its ministries, or if you know someone who would be a great addition to the Board, please contact current WOW President, Jeanine Kowalewski (440.391.2823).


Join Prayer & Care Friday, May 1, 10 AM.


Our next Pub Church is Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 PM at Bilo’s Bar & Grill. All are welcome!


All members of the congregation interested in possibly serving our Sunday school program are invited to attend the Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting on Thursday, May 7 at 7 PM. We are excited about some possible changes to the program and are looking for the feedback, ideas, and dreams of past, present, and future teachers, aides and others with interest. For more information, contact Jennifer Paine or Judy Peach … or, just show up!


Two delegates (one male, one female) are needed to represent First Church at the Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly on May 15. Featured: ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will present the report of the ELCA and preach at worship. See Pastor Chuck if you are interested in attending. The cost is covered by our church.


The following leadership positions will be open for two-year terms: Council President, Council Secretary, Council at-Large, and two Endowment Committee positions. These positions will be elected at the Congregational Meeting on May 17. If you are interested in having your name placed on the ballot, please speak with Pastor Chuck.


Pierstorf Memorial Loan Fund application deadline is Tuesday, June 30. Maximum interest-free loan is $3,000 for the school year. Go to www.pierstorf.org to download application or for more information.


 

 


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

2015

Jan

NA

369

349

539

753

544

580

470

490

Feb

NA

397

394

498

767

559

794

438

377

Mar

NA

596

347

569

847

476

961

763

496

Apr

NA

372

441

506

756

563

521

755

426

May

NA

390

336

481

697

412

467

613

0

Jun

NA

329

379

475

667

497

642

573

0

Jul

NA

371

415

432

663

705

552

597

0

Aug

NA

316

486

421

646

665

656

783

0

Sep

206

338

501

446

732

511

583

490

0

Oct

390

343

454

440

567

501

720

438
0

Nov

319

343

548

642

564

441

636

412

0

Dec

398

462

553

1,014

652

715

636

602

0

Tls

1,313

4,626

5,023

6,463

8,311

6,535

7,748

6,769

1,789

Grand Total Hits
as of 04-25-2015

49,021


 

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