Circle of Hope Outreach Beyond Our Borders

Very soon, the Circle of Hope will begin collecting items to make School Kits, and Baby Care Kits, which are part of the Lutheran World Relief effort.   These are projects that have been very successful in  past years, and which make a big difference in the lives of children around the world.   Lists of items needed to buy for each kit will be available soon, or monetary donations are greatly appreciated.

Your help in making these projects successful makes all the difference.  Watch for further announcements, and thank you for your continued support!


Love Feast Scheduled for July 14th

We have been asked by Simpson-Temple to host another Love Feast, as one of the sponsoring churches has cancelled. We have decided to contribute by hosting the Love Feast on Saturday, July 14th. We will be serving sloppy joe, potato salad, pork and beans, dessert and beverages. We are hoping to reduce the cost of this Love Feast by asking for donations of cans of pork and beans (any size), and jars of DelGrosso Sloppy Joe sauce, which can be placed in the food box in the narthex. Monetary donations can be made to any Circle of Hope member. This will be our third and last Love Feast for 2018. Our last dinner fed 78 hungry souls. It is a great outreach to the community, and good fellowship. If you can, please sign up soon to donate a cake or other item, or to help us work in any capacity at the Simpson-Temple church that day.

Children’s Summer Sunday School

Kids Having Fun clipart

Calling all children and adults from FELC and TLC…..Summer vacation time is here, but Children’s Sunday School has just begun a fun and interesting series of lessons for June, July and August.  The theme is “God’s Great Creation.”  The students will study about the many ways that God’s creation works together for the benefit of all.  In addition, they will also learn about ELCA World Hunger, an important ministry of the ELCA.

During the summer, some interesting “visitors” will find their way into Sunday School, plus fun crafts and activities will focus on some of the animals that help in the projects supported by the church.

And, by the way, the snacks will be awesome, too!

In fact, the adults will find the whole experience a wonderful way to renew Bible knowledge and learn about how the Lutheran Church is helping people in the United States and other countries.

School teachers, Sondra Thompson and Deborah Thomas, are excited to greet children, parents, and adults without children on summer Sunday mornings at 9:00 am on the second floor of the education wing.

All are welcome!

June Benevolence Offering

As part of our continued outreach program, FELC makes a charitable contribution to a worthy endeavor on a monthly basis. One of these twelve organizations receives a $200 check each month from the second offering. June’s second offering will go to Camp Sequanota. Sequanota is a year-round, Christian-based retreat center and camp, located in the Laurel Highlands region of south central PA. It hosts retreats, meetings, reunions, special events, banquets and training workshops. In the summer, it provides Christian camping for families and youth, grades K-12. Sponsorships are available for those with financial need.
Thank you for your continued support!

Baby Fusco Due This Summer

Allyson Moyer and Chris Fusco are expecting a baby boy in the beginning of July. We love babies at First Lutheran Church, and like to welcome each with a basket of small gifts. If you would like to welcome Baby Fusco, you can place a gift in the marked basket in the narthex. Your gift need not be wrapped, and can be given anonymously. Bibs, booties, onesies, disposable diapers, blankets, wipes, small toys and baby books make great additions to the basket!

May Second Offering

As part of our continued outreach program, FELC makes a charitable contribution to a worthy endeavor on a monthly basis. One of these twelve organizations receives a $200 check each month from the second offering. May’s second offering will go toward the Love Feasts. FELC members volunteer twice a year in a rotation with other city churches to prepare and serve free meals to the needy. In conjunction with providing these free meals, take-home snack bags are also prepared and distributed.
Thank you for your continued support!

Fall Trip Planned To Sight And Sound Show, “Jesus”

A trip is being planned for October 31, 2018, to see the Sight & Sound show, “Jesus.” Departure will be at 8:30 am from Lowe’s parking lot, and showtime is 3:00 pm in Lancaster. The cost is $95 for adults and $70 for children, ages 3-12, which includes transportation and ticket to the show. Lunch will be at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, at an extra cost of $15.84 for adults and $7.92 for children, ages 3-12 (tax & gratuity included). All money for the tickets and for lunch is due by September 1, 2018. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex, and friends are also welcome, so spread the word!

FELC To Provide Shoes That Grow For Children Of Honduras

John and Maria Wagner, our church and TLC custodians, will be making a trip to Honduras in June. FELC would like to provide them with much needed shoes for the children. For the past several years, we have been providing Christmas Shoe Boxes with gifts for the children, and they are always in need of shoes. The shoes pictured here grow five sizes, so each pair will give each child years of use. $15.00 covers the cost of one pair. John and Maria believe that these shoes will be perfect, especially for the children who live in the mountainous regions. They truly are life-changing shoes. Donations can be made by check to First Ev. Lutheran Church, 1401 – 12th Ave, Altoona, PA, or turn in your donation (cash or check) at Saturday or Sunday service. Due date for donations is May 6, 2018.

Shoes That Grow

Love Feast April 14, 2018

The Circle of Hope has scheduled the next Love Feast for Saturday, April 14th at Simpson-Temple Parish. The menu will be pasta casserole, tossed salad, buttered dinner roll, ice cream, cake, hot and cold drinks. Please mark your calendars now and add your name to the sign-up sheet in the narthex.

To cut down on costs for the Love Feast, Circle is asking that church members donate 24 oz. spaghetti sauce and 12 oz. boxes of penne pasta. Preferred sauces are Ragu, Barilla, Hunts or Prego Traditional sauces. These donations can be placed in the food bank box in the narthex.

Thanks to all volunteers and those offering donations!

April Second Offering

As part of our continued outreach program, FELC makes a charitable contribution to a worthy endeavor on a monthly basis. One of these twelve organizations receives a $200 check each month from the second offering. April’s second offering will benefit Habitat for Humanity Blair County.
Habitat for Humanity Blair County is part of a global, non-profit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. The mission is simple: to provide decent, affordable housing to families in this area who would not typically qualify for a traditional mortgage. Homes are provided at cost to families, with a 0% 30-year mortgage. As a non-profit, the organization relies solely on donations, fundraising and government grants to continue its mission.