Announcements

Lenten Breakfasts

Our first Lenten Breakfast was this morning. The topic for this Lenten season is the book of Acts. Lots of good food, stimulating conversation and great company. Come join us each Saturday until Holy Week at 9:00 am for breakfast!

Easter Eggs

Again we will be selling Easter Eggs, the Circle’s only fundraiser, to support our Harvest Home activities in the fall months. We invite ALL church members to help in this effort. We will gather at 9:00 am in the social hall kitchen on Feb 6, 8 and 13 to “dip” and package the eggs. We have a great time of fellowship and fun. Order sheets for egg purchases will be available soon. Circle of Hope meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. All women are welcome. Any questions, please call Polly Bowers at 943-4992 or email at pbowers@atlanticbb.net.

Choc Covered Easter Eggs

Coming Soon, Baby Kordwitz

 

The Kordwitz family is expecting a baby on Easter, April 1, and this time, they are expecting a boy! We love babies here at First Lutheran, and like to welcome each baby with a Baby Basket filled with small gifts. If you would like to welcome Baby Boy Korditz, feel free to place a small gift, such as onesies, disposable diapers, wipes, booties, bibs, small books, etc., in the basket you will find in the narthex. You need not wrap your contribution and gifts can be given anonymously.

January 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.  January’s Second Offering will benefit the 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.  The next Love Feast is January 27th at Simpson Temple.  http://www.firstlutheranaltoona.org/outreach/

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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!