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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).



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7:45 AM

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Sunday

9:00 AM

Contemporary Worship every Sunday at this time.

Sunday

11:15 AM

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November Revelations.....


Dear Christian Friends:

Recently 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 in Strongsville.

One 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.

As 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.

When 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.

As 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.

Not 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.

“The 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 and loved.

Thankfully,
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.



 

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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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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

November 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.


Pub Church is happening Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 PM at Bilo’s Bar & Grill. Come and experience church in a new and different way!


Join Prayer & Care Friday, December 5, 10 AM.


Fall SCS Service Project for OhioGuidestone – for November 30 & December 7 – bath towels, blankets and/or throws.


The 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 (vancepack@wowway.com or 440.655.1523).


King 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.


The Sharing Tree is up today with 75 tags for children served by the Strongsville Food Bank. They need to be returned by next Sunday. Please consider buying your Target gift card at the youth table. Next Sunday, December 7, the tree will have 26 tags for children served by CWWV. They will need to be returned by December 14. Please take a tag, sign the master list, and help a child in need.


JOY Group will celebrate Christmas together on Tuesday, December 9 at noon at Santo’s Party Room on Pearl Rd. Cost is $18 per person (includes tax and gratuity). For further info, contact Yvonne Buehner (440.846.8055 or bookofjohn1414@juno.com).


Drop 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.


JOY Group will continue collecting warm clothing items for the homeless thru December 14.


Please 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 (vancepack@wowway.com or 440.655.1523) if you are interested in attending.


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

438

Nov

319

343

548

642

564

441

636

284

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

6,204

Grand Total Hits
as of 11-21-2014

46,502


 

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