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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.
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).

Pretzel Bag Labels

Honduras Christmas Boxes Have Arrived

Honduras Boxes close-up for announcement

Empty Christmas Boxes for Honduras arrived. TLC has received 50 and FELC has 50. Empty boxes for the church are available in the narthex. Please take one to fill with Christmas presents for a child. Instructions and gift suggestions are with the boxes, along with the name and age of the child who will receive your gift. The deadline to return the filled boxes is Sunday, October 8, 2017, at which time these gifts will receive the Lord’s blessing. Thank you for your continued support in our outreach beyond our borders!!

Lutheran World Relief School Kits Due Soon

 

School and office supplies on white background. Back to school.

The Circle of Hope is again collecting items for school kits which are part of Lutheran World Relief. We collected for school kits two years ago, and this was a very successful effort by not only the Circle women but also members of our congregation. To the children who receive school kits, these supplies mean the difference between getting an education or not. Public school is usually free, but in places where LWR works, even a few required supplies, like pens and paper, may be more than many families can afford.

Each school kit will include notebooks, a ruler, pencils, a pencil sharpener, blunt cut scissors, an eraser, ballpoint pens and crayons. All the supplies will be placed in a drawstring backpack made by Circle members.

Due to a grant from Thrivent Financial, all supplies have already been purchased for 25 kits. Our goal this year is double the previous effort collecting supplies for 50 kits! We are asking for additional supplies to be provided by members of our congregation.

If you can help us fill a backpack with the school items, please pick up a list of the items needed on the table in the narthex. If you are unable to shop, a monetary donation may be made. Any questions, please contact Polly Bowers pbowers@atlanticbb.net or any Circle member.

Please return all backpack items to the box in the back of the church. Deadline for completing the packets is Sunday, September 17th!

Confirmation Class Resumes

Confirmation Class will resume weekly on Sunday, September 10, 2017, right after church.  The Rite of Confirmation will be performed on Sunday, November 5, 2017, with a reception to follow.  All are welcome to greet our confirmands on this day of celebration!

September 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. September’s recipient will be Lutheran Disaster Response. Lutheran Disaster Response collaborates with other disaster-response and religious entities in the US and around the world to coordinate resources for maximum impact in response to the victims of hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, flooding, and other such disasters. International work is partnered closely with companion churches and other Lutheran and ecumenical relief agencies to address and meet local needs. US relief work is partnered within the ELCA affiliate network and other partners.

August Second Offering Benevolence

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. August’s benevolence offering will go toward The Beacon. A youth alternative to the street, the Beacon is a faith-based organization that seeks to provide an alternative gathering place for youth, ages 12-20. In a safe environment, with structured activities, positive adult role models can build relationships with “at-risk” youth, and encourage them to make beneficial decisions in their lives. The schedule includes an After-School Program, with tutoring, mentoring, after-school snack and dinner; and a Friday Night Program, with supervised activities, socialization, a life lesson, and dinner.
http://www.thebeaconpa.org

Thank you for your continued support!

July 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. July’s second offering will go toward Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM). For the purpose of enhancing independence in the elderly, and providing the ability to remain at home, ALSM provides community support services through its Senior Living Adult Day Care, ALSM At Home personal/companion care, and ALSM Home Health nursing services. It also provides services to children through its Growing Years Early Learning Centers.
http://www.alsmcommunitysupport.org
Thank you for your continued support!

Coffee Time

Beginning Sunday, June 4, we will have a coffee & tea table in the Narthex for those who wish to socialize prior to the service. This will be available from 9:30-9:50 every Sunday. Please come & join us, and enjoy your favorite morning beverage!

Coffee Time