Harvest Home

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Harvest Home Sunday was observed at First Evangelical Lutheran Church on October 21. Members of the Circle of Hope provided fall decorations for the chancel area. Donations of food given by children and their families and staff of TLC, the Children’s Sunday School Class, and congregation members were on display before being given to the Altoona Food Bank. The Children’s Sunday School Class shared the news of their donations to ELCA World Hunger to purchase chicks and bees for poor families around the world. These donations were made in honor of Pastor Barry Folmar who is pictured with the certificate of appreciation signed by the children.

Jaffa Highlanders

Here are some pics of Roy Cook and the Jaffa Highlanders, who provided very moving music ministry this past Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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Lutheran World Relief School Kits Blessed

Sunday September 16th Pastor Folmar blessed 75 school kits for Lutheran World Relief. Members of the Circle of Hope assembled the school kits using supplies donated by church members and placing them in wonderful cloth backpacks sewn by Doris Reigh, Beth Andrews, and Connie Leipold. The Circle of Hope is very appreciative of all money donations and donations of school supplies for this project. A Thrivent Action Team grant also provided funding for this activity. The 75 kits represent an increase of 25 kits over the number packed last year.DSC02013 (2) DSC02015 (2)

Blessing of Backpacks

On Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd, 2018, Pastor Folmar blessed the backpacks of our youth, who are returning to school this fall.  Shown here are the children with their backpacks from Sunday service, September 2nd.

Backpack Blessing 2018


First Lutheran’s Sunday School children are proudly showing their “bee” bookmarks made while learning how ELCA World Hunger supports poor families in Hungary by providing money for them to buy bees which will provide honey. Sunday School learning was enhanced by a wonderful talk by First Lutheran’s own beekeeper, none other than Pastor Folmar.

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Isaac Becker Baptized

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, Isaac Thomas Becker was baptized into our church family. Isaac is shown here with Pastor Folmar, and with his parents, Erin and Joseph Becker. Welcome, Isaac!!

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Luca Fusco Baptized

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, Luca Nicolas Fusco was baptized and welcomed into our church family. Luca is shown her with Pastor Folmar and his parents, Allyson Moyer & Chris Fusco. Welcome, Luca!

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Church Picnic 2018

Church Picnic 2018

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.

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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!!