Announcements

Volunteers Needed for Holiday Remembrance Bags

 

Christmas Remembrance Bags

Each Christmas and Easter, FELC volunteers put together Holiday Remembrance Bags.  These are distributed to those in our congregation who are in nursing homes, or are shut in.  We make extras for friends or family who could use some holiday cheer.  Volunteers are needed for this 3-step effort.

1-Donated items can be placed in the big box in the narthex (check sign-up sheet for what is needed).
2-Bags will be assembled on Saturday, December 16th, at 9:00 am, at the church.
3-Bags will need to be delivered to the shut-ins, along with a poinsettia, which are provided by Women’s Circle.

Packed bags and poinsettias will be ready for delivery by Saturday evening and Sunday, December 16th and 17th.  All bags will be tagged with the name and address of our shut-in members, or simply labeled “Friend,” for easy delivery.

Thank you for helping to remember our church family and friends at this holiday season!

December Second Offering Benefits Christmas Carol

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. December’s benevolent offering will go to Christmas Carol.
The Christmas Carol Foundation helps those who have ill family members, or have suffered a devastating injury or accident. Christmas Carol has helped provide monetary assistance, toward utility bills or other expenses such as hospital trips, or warm winter clothing The foundation has also provided assistance to make homes handicapped-accessible, has installed new roofs, new furnaces and provided appliances and furniture. The foundation has provided firewood, food, and, in some cases has provided a gravestone for a deceased loved one. Children are always taken care of, and in most cases are the focus of the charitable bequest.
http://www.foreveraltoona.com/christmas-carol-2016/

40,000 Can Challenge

Another New Baby

We Love Babies!

The Becker family – Erin, Joe and their two boys – who usually attend Sat. evening, are expecting a baby in early January. We love babies here at First Lutheran Church, and when we know of an expectant couple, we welcome the baby into our church family with a basket of gifts. You can join in the Becker Baby welcome by placing a small gift in the Becker Baby Basket in the church narthex. Such gifts as disposable diapers, onesies, booties, wipes, bibs, and small baby toys, etc. make great additions to the basket.  Your gifts need not be wrapped and can be given anonymously.

Christmas Remembrance Bags

Christmas Remembrance Bags

Each Christmas and Easter, we put together holiday Remembrance Bags, which are then distributed to those in our congregation who are in nursing homes or are shut-in. We make extras for friends or family who could use some holiday cheer. Volunteers are needed for this three – step effort. There will be a signup sheet in the narthex to donate the items we pack in the bags. You can deposit your donated items in the big box in the narthex. Volunteers are then needed to help assemble the bags on Saturday, December 16 at the church at 9 AM, and then volunteers are needed to deliver the bags and a poinsettia provided by Women’s Circle group. The packed bags and poinsettias will be ready for delivery by Saturday evening and Sunday, December 16 & 17. All bags are tagged with the name and address of our sick or shut – in members for easy delivery or simply  labeled, “Friend”.  Thank you for helping to remember our church family and friends!

November 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. November’s second offering will go to WALY WARMTH. This program buys warm winter clothing for underprivileged children from our area. Each December, these children are taken on a shopping trip for their new clothes. For many of these children, it’s the only Christmas they’ll know. All the children are screened for eligibility by Child Advocates of Blair County. This is funded purely through donation, and every single cent goes to help buy warm winter clothing for underprivileged right here in Blair County.

http://www.foreveraltoona.com/waly-warmth/

Thank you for your continued support!

Harvest Home Thanks

Thank you for Harvest Home Donations! Your food and monetary gifts were greatly appreciated. As in the past, the Altoona Food Bank received the food, and checks for $600 each were sent to Allegheny Lutheran Home, St. Leonard’s Home, and St Vincent DePaul Food for Families. Thanks also to those who decorated the church so beautifully!

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October 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. October’s second offering will benefit our Harvest Home celebration. During the month of October, FELC members bring non-perishable food items to church. Circle of Hope then coordinates the donations,with monetary gifts, and all are delivered to various local food banks, soup kitchens and non-profit nursing homes.

http://www.firstlutheranaltoona.org/outreach/

Thank you for your continued support!

It’s Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Time!

Due to the success of last year’s chocolate-covered pretzel sale, we have decided to do some serious pretzel-dipping again this year.
Part of the proceeds of this sale will go to Lutheran Disaster Relief.  Supplemental funds are provided by Thrivent for Lutherans.
We had a great group of volunteers for this last year, and we hope to have a high turnout again. ALL ARE INVITED to help with preparation and/or selling & buying of our pretzels, which are made from the finest chocolate!
Sign-Up Sheets & Order Forms are available in the narthex.
All orders must be in by Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Preparation will be on Tues. & Thurs., November 7th and 9th, & 14th and 16th. Pick-up/Delivery of orders will be November 18th – December 2nd, 2017.
For more information, please contact Vicki Houseman (934-8962), or Cindy Yablinsky (312-3842).

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