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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!

Donald Rupe Birthday Recognition 10-20-19

October Happenings

Shown below are some pictures of recent outreach activities in our church:

Blessing of Backpacks for LWR 10-20-19

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.

Shoeboxes 2019

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 #1 10-21-19

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!

 

60th Wedding Anniversary

Monta Jean and Dale Beery recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to you both!!

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New Members

We have received four new members this past summer. Shown here are Lauren Sral, Kathie and Dave Lutz, and Rusty Pringle. We warmly welcome them as our brothers and sisters in Christ!NewMembers

 

TLC To Be Inducted Into Blair County Business Hall Of Fame

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!

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Sunday School Awards Given

First Lutheran Church Sunday School was pleased to recognize two of its children on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Each time a child attends Sunday School for 52 Sundays, an award is given. Lilie Hetrick and Julian Trimmer are shown here, with their awards.

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School Kits Completed By Circle

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!

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Back To School

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.

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Margaret Rose McGrain Baptized

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.McGainBaptism

Gianna and Nova Fedeli Baptized

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.

Fedeli Baptism Sunday July 21, 2019