Announcements

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

June 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. 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. http://www.sequanota.com

Thank you for your continued support!

Memorial Day Tribute

This year we recognize the 75th anniversary of the United States involvement in World War II, and for Memorial Day we remember the 14 members of First Lutheran Church that made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country during the war. Of important note, the Aeolian-Skinner Organ in the church was installed in 1950 and was dedicated to these 14 men.

1. Major George T.R. Wicker US Army

2. T Sgt Robert C. Andrews US Army Air Corps
Died: December 16, 1943
Location: Holland
Technical Sergeant Robert C. Andrews was born
on December 14, 1920, the son of Robert C., Sr.,
and Susan E. Andrews. He was married to Mary E. Andrews.
His hometown was Altoona, Pennsylvania, and he entered
the Air Corps on August 5, 1942. While serving as a gunner with the 96th Bomb Group, 337th Bomb Squadron, his B-17 (tail #42-37739) was downed on a mission to Bremen, Germany. The aircraft crashed near Poppingawier, Holland; there were no survivors from the crew. He was buried at the US Military Cemetery at Margraten, Holland.

3. 1 Major George T.R. Wicker US Army
Died: June 17, 1944
Location: Italy
Pfc. Trotter entered the service in 1943 and
trained at Camp Croft, South Carolina, and spent
time in North Africa before being killed in action
in Italy. His father, Warren Trotter, was killed
in a tragic railroad accident in 1943.

4. Sgt. Charles K Harnish Jr. US Army Air Corps
Died: July 27, 1944
Location: Hungary
US Army Air Corps B-24 Gunner shot down over
Hungary, July 27, 1944. He was listed as MIA for a year
Before his family received word when the war was over.

5. Lt. Merle F. Bair US Army Air Corps
Died: August, 10, 1944
Location: Corsica
US Army Air Corps killed in car accident on Corsica
where he was stationed as a P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot
who had completed five successful missions over
enemy territory before the accident.

6. Lt. Ralph L. Stehley US Army
Died: August 21, 1944
Location: France
Ralph was a 1941 Gettysburg College Graduate
after graduating from Altoona High School at age 16.
He earned nearly every possible award Gettysburg
College offered. Killed in action in France (Battle of Mortain)
as a member of the 30th Infantry Division. The story of the
flowers he sent for his Mom on August 25th that arrived
four days after he died has been often told to remind us of
the tragedy of war. He lost his Dad in 1936 and remained in
close contact with his Mom through his time away from home.

7. SGT John J Bell US Army
Died: October 9, 1944
Location: England
Died in a hospital in England from wounds
sustained from fighting in France with the 84th
Infantry division on October 9, 1944.

8. Seaman 1 c Eugene F Waite US Navy
Died: October 20, 1944
Location: Philippines (Leyte Gulf)
Stationed aboard the USS Honolulu, a cruiser, Eugene Waite
was part of the Invasion of the Philippines and subsequent
Battle of Leyte Gulf. The USS Honolulu came under attack
from a Japanese Torpedo Bomber during the battle. Despite
evasive maneuvers, the Honolulu was struck by an aerial
torpedo on her port side and was severely damaged. It was
during this attack Seaman Waite lost his life at sea.

9. Private Richard E. Rigler US Army
Died: December 15, 1944
Location: Germany
During the Battle of the Bulge and while
assigned to the 95th Infantry Division,
Private Rigler was engaged in house-to-house
fighting in the town of Saarlautern on the Saar
River. It was during this fighting that he lost his life.

10. Ensign George Harold Bowser US Navy
Died: January 12, 1945
Location: Pacific Ocean (USS Langley)
Ensign Bowser was a fighter pilot with Admiral
Bull Halsey’s 3rd Fleet, USS Langley, Squadron 44.
He shot down two enemy planes during the Battle
of Leyte Gulf and contributed to the destruction of
enemy surface ships prior to the loss of Ensign
Bowser and his plane in January. He was awarded
the Air Medal for his devotion to duty.

11. Pfc John B Smith US Marine Corps
Died: February 5, 1945
Location: Luzon, Philippines
Killed in action while fighting to retake the Philippine
Islands from Japanese occupation. He was employed
by the PRR prior to entering the service in 1943.
He previously saw action on New Guinea prior to the
Philippines.

12. Sgt. Eugene R. Ferry US Army
Died: March 24, 1945
Location: Germany
Sergeant Ferry was assigned to the 17th Airborne, 194th Glider Regiment. During Operation Plunder, the coordinated crossing of the Rhine River by combined British and American troops, Ferry was killed in action.

13. Pfc. Edward Robert Glass US Marine Corps
Died: June 6, 1945
Location: Okinawa
Robert Glass was a radio operator with the US Marine
Corps taking part in the invasion and capture of the
Island of Okinawa where he was killed in action.

14. Pfc. Clyle Edelblute US Army Air Corps
Died: November 16, 1944
Entered the service in 1942 and was declared
MIA by the Department of Army on November
16, 1944. A telegram informing his wife that
he was KIA arrived on December 4th. His father
was a veteran of the First World War.

 

 

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 our June 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!

Barbara Weller Crain Event April 23

Holy-Week-Services

April’s 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.  April’s benevolence recipient will be Family Services Incorporated of Blair County (FSI).  FSI offers shelter services, and specialized housing to the homeless, victims of domestic abuse, and teens. Through counseling, advocacy and education, it targets the prevention of abuse and victimization, FSI intervention empowers those who are dealing with these issues to overcome and improve their life circumstances. http://www.familyservicesinc.net.  Thank you for your support of our benevolence outreach!

Remembering Our Shut-Ins At Easter

Each Christmas & Easter we pack & deliver holiday bags & potted flowers (courtesy of Circle of Hope) to those in our church family & friends of the church who are shut in. These bags are filled with congregation-donated homemade cookies, body lotion, activity books, a seasonal card from the congregation, and a special decoration, made by our TLC children.
A sign-up sheet & a box for donations are in the Narthex. Cookies will need to be delivered to the church on Saturday, April 8th, when volunteers will pack the bags after the Lenten Breakfast. Bags will be ready on Sunday, April 9th, for volunteers to take and deliver to shut-ins. Name & address tags will be on each bag.
We ask for anyone who is able to please help out with donations & deliveries….think how meaningful a visit would be to our shut-ins!
Thank you!

Goodie Bag