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new pathways for spiritual growth.
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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.
are just beginning your spiritual journey or
have traveled the Christian road for some time....
are welcome here!
Strongsville, Ohio 44149
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
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.
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?”
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
Your Talents with
do I get involved?
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:
Teusday, 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.
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
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.
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
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.
Mission Trip Opportunity
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
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
There will be an informational meeting planned for
late summer for those who are interested.
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