Don Rupe celebrated his 95th birthday on October 16, 2019. He is shown here with Audrey Hamilton, and his daughters, Cindy Humphreys and Donna Rupe. Happy Birthday, Don!
Shown below are some pictures of recent outreach activities in our church:
75 school kits were prepared by the Circle of Hope, with donations of school supplies from congregation members. The colorful backpacks were sewn by circle members and friends, and will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for distribution to children around the world. Thrivent Financial provided a Thrivent Action Team grant to purchase material and other supplies used in making the backpacks.
44 Christmas boxes and 44 pairs of Shoes That Grow were prepared and purchased by congregation members. These are being sent to Honduras, and for many children, will be the only Christmas gifts they receive.
Harvest Home Sunday was observed on October 20, 2019 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. A beautiful fall display arranged by the Circle of Hope included donations of nonperishable food items given by church members and the children, parents, and staff of Tender Love for Children (TLC). The food items will be donated to the Altoona Food Bank. In addition, the Circle of Hope made generous cash donations to the Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg, St. Vincent dePaul Food for Families, and St. Leonard’s Home from profits made from their Easter egg fundraiser.
A big thank you to all who donated money, supplies and hours to these projects!
Our TLC daycare and pre-school will be inducted into the Blair County Business Hall of Fame on October 21, 2019. Under the superb leadership of our own Barbara Crago, TLC has been a leading child-care facility for the past 31 years. We celebrate Mrs. Crago and her excellent staff for providing Tender, Loving Care and a top pre-school education for our area youth. Congratulations to Mrs. Crago and all of her staff!
CIRCLE OF HOPE met last evening to pack donated school supplies into 23 hand made backpacks. These backpacks were made by a charity sew, hosted by Connie’s Collectables. The backpacks will be donated to Lutheran World Relief to distribute to those in need. A big thank you to all who helped and contributed to this project!
As the children of First Evangelical Lutheran Church prepared to return to school and had their backpacks blessed at the Sunday worship service, they also shared their talents and Sunday School projects with members of the congregation. Elise Trimmer played a piano solo. The children’s message was presented by Sunday School teacher Sondra Thompson who explained that the summer lessons have used the theme “Who Is My Neighbor?” The children, directed by Miss Joni Whetstone, sang “This Little Light of Mine”. On display were lighthouses made in Sunday School illustrating the message of Let My Light Shine.
On Sunday, August 25, 2019, we welcomed Margaret Rose McGrain into the family of God through Holy Baptism. She is the daughter of David and Erin McGrain, and the granddaughter of Scott and Sue McGrain, of our congregation. Margaret is shown here with her parents, grandparents, her Aunt Shelby, Uncle Kyle, and Pastor Folmar.
On Sunday, July 21, 2019, we welcomed Gianna and Nova Fedeli into the family of God through Baptism. They are twin daughters of Kris and Kristen (Shaffer) Fedeli, and the grand-daughters of Bill and Diana Shaffer. Gianna and Nova are shown here with their parents, Kris and Kristen, and Pastor Folmar. We extend a warm and loving welcome to Gianna and Nova Fedeli.