Announcements

Virtual Worship Begins Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

We are pleased to announce that First Evangelical Lutheran Church will be providing virtual church services for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday/Good Friday and Easter. Thereafter, we will provide weekly music worship with sermons from Pastor Folmar. These services will all be available each Sunday on our FELC Facebook page. Video schedule will also be listed on our calendar of events.


Each service can be viewed on-demand, beginning on its scheduled date. This means that you can attend our services at any time that is convenient for you. Just go to our Facebook website https://www.facebook.com/FirstLutheranAltoona/ (on left menu of the home page click “videos”).  You will see all of our videos in order of date posted, most recent first. Videos will remain on the site for viewing any time after the date of the service.

In addition, we would like to continue to keep in touch with everyone during this time of social distancing. We would like to know how you prefer to receive outreach from your church. We can maintain contact with you by phone, email, regular mail or text. Please contact us in a manner convenient to you, and let us know your preference, so that we can all remain a part of each others’ lives.

Finally, this time of social distancing has led us to begin work on a “donate” button, to be located on both our church website and Facebook pages. Hopefully, this will make it more convenient for you to remember our church’s financial needs. Keep an eye out for this feature.

FELC office will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm. Feel free to contact us at 814-942-3816 or office@firstlutheranaltoona.org. For any special needs or concerns, Pastor Folmar can be reached at 814-404-6615.

We pray that you will all remain healthy throughout this time of concern.

Covid-19 Suspension Of Activities

Please note that FELC has suspended church services, all Lenten breakfasts and all other group activities from now until and including Sunday, March 29, 2020. This is upon recommendation from our Synod Bishop, Michael Rhyne. It is to protect our church family, our loved ones, our TLC children, families and staff, and you.

Church Services will be live-streamed at 9:00 am each Sunday, and available thereafter on demand on the synod FB page https://www.facebook.com/pg/AlleghenySynod8c/
(click on “videos” on left menu)

FELC office will be open Monday-Friday, from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm. Feel free to contact us at 814-942-3816. For any special needs or concerns, Pastor Folmar can be reached at 814-404-6615.

We pray that you will all remain healthy throughout this time of concern. Peace be with you.

CHURCH CALENDAR

Sun, Apr 5 – Palm Sunday Service, 10:00 am, Nave
Thur, Apr 9 – Maundy Thursday Foot Washing Service, 7pm, Nave
Fri, Apr 10 – Good Friday Service, 12:15 pm and 7:00 pm, Nave
Sat, Apr 11 – Easter Eve Service of Contemplation, 5:30 pm, Chapel
Sun, Apr 12 – Easter Sunday Celebration Service, 10:00 am, Nave

Weekly Worship Service – Saturdays, 5:30 pm
Weekly Worship Service – Sundays, 10:00 am
Children’s Sunday School – Sundays, 9:00 am
Weekly Children’s Church – Sundays, during 10 am Service
Adult Bible Study – Watch calendar for sessions/dates
Choir Rehearsal – Wednesdays, 6:30 pm (off in summer)

Chocolate-Covered Easter Eggs For Sale

We are again selling Easter Eggs, the Circle’s only fundraiser to support our Harvest Home benevolence activities in the fall. We are selling peanut butter (dark and milk chocolate), coconut (dark and white chocolate), maple nut and cherry nut. All eggs are $2.00. Order sheets are available on the table in the narthex. Eggs will also be sold at our Sunday Lenten Breakfasts and after all worship services. Contact a member of circle if you’d like to purchase any eggs. They are mmm-mmm good!

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March 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. March’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.
http://www.elca.org/disaster/
Thank you for your continued support!

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Love Feast Feb 2020

February Benevolence Benefits Lutheran World Relief

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. February’s recipient is Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, and emergency operations. Their staff and partners in the countries where they work know the local languages, traditions and customs necessary to provide appropriate solutions. In addition, they have access to the knowledge and expertise of their colleagues in other countries around the world. http://lwr.org
Thanks for your continued support!

 

January Second Offering Benefits Love Feast

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. January’s second offering will go toward our Love Feast. 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.
http://www.firstlutheranaltoona.org/outreach/
Thank you for your continued support!

Allegheny Synod Can Challenge

Once again, there is a Synod-wide “Can Challenge” for canned and non-perishable food items to be donated by synod churches, with a goal fo 40,000 cans. The challenge started the first Sunday of Advent, and continues until Super Bowl Sunday in February. Please contribute by leaving donations in the basket located in the narthex. All non-perishable goods are appreciated. Thanks to all for continuing to support our outreach to those less fortunate in our own community!

 

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