Announcements

Harvest Home

This Sunday, October 21st, is Harvest Home! All non-perishable food items and monetary donations are greatly appreciated. The children of TLC have collected and donated lots of items for this cause; the generosity of our TLC families is overwhelming! Support of this worthy cause is greatly appreciated!

October Second Offering Benefits Harvest Home

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!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels!

Pretzel Bag Labels

We will be making and selling Milk and Dark Chocolate covered Pretzels 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 of our pretzels, which are made from the finest chocolate! There are individual Seller Order Forms that you can take with you to use if you are selling pretzels outside the church.
Your final order total should be written on the Master Church Order Form, which is located and stays in the narthex.

All orders must be in by October 28, 2018. Pick-up/Delivery of orders will be November 18-December 9, 2018.

For more information, please contact Cindy Yablinsky (312-3842) or Vicki Houseman (934-8962).

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.

http://www.elca.org/disaster/

Thank you for your continued support!

Shoes and Shoeboxes from FELC and TLC

Honduras Boxes close-up for announcement Shoes That GrowTwo projects that we have done these past years are the Honduras Shoebox Christmas Gift project, and the Shoe That Grows project.  We are beginning these projects again this fall, and invite you to be a part of these worthy endeavors.

Shoeboxes and children’s names will be in the narthex, along with list of instructions and suggested items to place in the boxes.  A signup sheet will also be there, for each sponsor to write his/her name and phone number next to child’s name that is chosen.  The filled boxes are due back at the church by October 16, 2018.

In conjunction with the shoebox project, we would like to donate additional Shoes That Grow to the children of Honduras.  Donation sheets and envelopes are in the narthex.  80 shoes were sent this past June, and there are so many more children who could benefit from these life-changing shoes.  The price per pair is $15.00.

Help us complete these projects, and enjoy the good feeling that comes from helping someone less fortunate than we are!

Blessing of Backpacks Saturday and Sunday, September 1/2, 2018

This Saturday and Sunday, September 1/2, 2018, Pastor Folmar will be blessing children’s backpacks during the weekly service. Please have your children bring their backpacks to church to be blessed, for a safe, happy and successful school year!!

 

 

Baby Bonanza!

Yes, there is another baby on the way in our church family!  The excited parents are Julie and Sean McGeary, who are expecting a baby girl on October 25th.   We love babies at First Lutheran Church, and like to welcome each with a basket of small gifts.  If you would like to welcome Baby McGeary you can place a gift in the marked basket in the narthex.  Your gift need not be wrapped, and can be given anonymously.  Bibs, booties, onesies, disposable diapers, blankets, wipes, small toys and baby books make great additions to the basket!

August Benevolence Offering For The Beacon

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!

Annual Picnic This Sunday, July 29th

Church Picnic

Circle of Hope Outreach Beyond Our Borders

Very soon, the Circle of Hope will begin collecting items to make School Kits, and Baby Care Kits, which are part of the Lutheran World Relief effort.   These are projects that have been very successful in  past years, and which make a big difference in the lives of children around the world.   Lists of items needed to buy for each kit will be available soon, or monetary donations are greatly appreciated.

Your help in making these projects successful makes all the difference.  Watch for further announcements, and thank you for your continued support!