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.


Honduras Gift Boxes Blessed

Honduras Shoebox Christmas Gift project was a huge success! Shoe box gift donations were given from the church and TLC. These were blessed on Sunday, October 8, 2017. John & Maria Wagner will see that these gifts arrive in Honduras in time for children to receive at Christmas. Many thanks to the congregation, children, staff and parents of TLC for their continued support of those less fortunate than ourselves!

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Dr. Amber Boyles Davidhizer Recognized by Circle of Hope

The Circle of Hope recognized Dr. Amber Boyles Davidhizer on her graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine at the worship service September 17. She is the daughter of William and Wendy Boyles and the granddaughter of Tom and Judy Clendenin,, all members of First  Evangelical Lutheran Church.  In the picture, left to right, are Wendy Boyles, Dr. Davidhizer, Judy Clendenin, and Deborah Thomas, representing the Circle of Hope.

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School Kits

Members of the Circle of Hope are completing their project of assembling Lutheran World Relief school kits. With thanks to a generous grant of $250 from Thrivent Financial and donations from church members, the Circle of Hope was able to pack 50 kits to be sent to children in need of school supplies in countries, such as the Philippines, where purchasing school supplies would be an impossibility for many parents.


Annual Outdoor Service And Church Picnic

A good time was had by all at our annual outdoor service and picnic at Del Delight Park, Hollidaysburg, PA this past Sunday, July 30, 2017.

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Bible Awarded to Owen McGeary

On Sunday, July 16th, Owen McGeary was awarded a Bible for attending Sunday School for 52 Sundays. Owen is shown here with his cousins, Julian and Elise Trimmer.


Tobias Hughey Baptized

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, Tobias Hughey was presented by his parents, Jenna and Mitchell Hughey, for infant baptism. We welcome Tobias and pray for many blessings for this newest member of our church family. Tobias is shown below with Pastor Folmar, Jenna and Mitchell.


Welcome New Members


This past Sunday, June 25, 2017, we welcomed three new members into our midst. Shown here with Pastor Folmar are Emily Nagle, and Jon & Jen Ravel. Below is Emily Nagle, with her mother, Rhonda, and her grandparents, Jean & Dale Beery. We are thankful that God has directed these new sisters and brother in Christ to our church family.

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