Bees Help World Hunger

Special guests have been featured during summer Sunday School lessons this year.  This past Sunday the children began studying how bees are helpful in the fight against hunger.  The day began with a skit with Teacher Sondra Thompson acting as the Emcee and Teacher Deborah Thomas as Buzz the Bee.  Sunday School will resume August 12 when another special visitor will talk more about ELCA World Hunger and bees.

Sondra & Deborah Bee Costume

Reece Kordwitz Baptized

On Sunday, July 8, 2018, we welcomed Reece Kordwitz into the family of God through baptism. Reece is the younger brother of Madelyn, and the son of Brad and Dana Kordwitz. They are shown here with Pastor Folmar. Welcome to our church family, baby Reece!!


Sunday School Chicks

As part of Sunday School’s study of God’s Good Creation, and how chickens play different parts in helping to feed the hungry, we enjoyed the “clucking” of our young “chickens” this past Sunday, July 1, 2018.


New Members

On Sunday, July 1, 2018, we welcomed the Stetzer family to our church community, by letter of transfer. We are blessed to have Tim, Linda, and their daughter Alyssa as sisters and brother in Christ. They are shown here with Pastor Folmar.



Graduates Honored

On Sunday, June 10th, FELC graduates were presented with gifts from Circle of Hope. Shown here are Cassidy Berkheimer (AAAHS), Claude Fabinyi (PSU), and Emily Nagle (BAHS). Cassidy and Emily are also shown below with their families and Pastor Folmar.

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Noah Beidle’s Gift An Inspiration

This past Sunday, June 10th, FELC members were treated to the masterful singing of the very talented Noah Beidle. The powerful voice of this young man, who will be a senior in high school this coming year, gave inspiration and a sense of the hand of God to those so blessed to hear him. Noah is shown here with Pastor Folmar, after the service.


FELC To Provide Shoes That Grow For Children Of Honduras

John and Maria Wagner, our church and TLC custodians, will be making a trip to Honduras in June. FELC would like to provide them with much needed shoes for the children. For the past several years, we have been providing Christmas Shoe Boxes with gifts for the children, and they are always in need of shoes. The shoes pictured here grow five sizes, so each pair will give each child years of use. $15.00 covers the cost of one pair. John and Maria believe that these shoes will be perfect, especially for the children who live in the mountainous regions. They truly are life-changing shoes. Donations can be made by check to First Ev. Lutheran Church, 1401 – 12th Ave, Altoona, PA, or turn in your donation (cash or check) at Saturday or Sunday service. Due date for donations is May 6, 2018.

Shoes That Grow

New Members Welcomed

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, we welcomed our newest members, Jim and Cindy (Rupe) Humphreys.  They are shown here with Pastor Folmar. They have already become an active part of our church family, singing in the choir and working with our pretzel project.  We are blessed to have Cindy and Jim as a sister and brother in Christ and we give them a warm welcome into our midst!


Confirmation Sunday

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, we celebrated the confirmation of six of our youth. Confirmed were Carolyn Maguda, Nicholas Maguda, Olivia McMinn, Morgan Stellabotte, Emma Wilkes and Lisa Yarnell. Here are some photos of the confirmands with Pastor Folmar and their families. Our Children’s Church group (also shown) sang and played “This is the Day,” in honor of this special occasion.






Harvest Home

The Circle of Hope at First Lutheran Church once again sponsored the annual observance of Harvest Home on Sunday, October 22. Circle members decorated the chancel of the sanctuary with beautiful fall decorations and displayed the generous offerings of food given by the children and families of the church’s school, Tender Love for Children, and congregation members. All the donated food will be given to the Altoona Food Bank. In addition, the Circle made monetary donations to the Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg, St. Leonard’s Home, and Sister Paula’s Food for Families.