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

Red Nose Day

On May 19, 2019, the children of FELC celebrated “Red Nose Day.” Shown here are some of the children of FELC wearing their red noses.


Sunday School Advent Mobiles

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Children from the Sunday School  their teacher, Sondra Thompson, are shown with the Advent mobiles they created during the four Sundays of Advent.  The children worked diligently to paint parts of the mobiles and string beads to hold stars representing the Advent Sundays.

Mila Grace McGeary Baptized

On Saturday, December 29, 2018, we welcomed Mila Grace McGeary into the family of God through baptism. Mila is the baby sister of Owen and Brayden McGeary, and the daughter of Sean and Julie McGeary. They are shown here with Pastor Folmar. Welcome to our church family, baby Mila!!

Mila's Baptism with Pastor Folmer

Let There Be Peace On Earth

Special music, “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” was sung Sunday, December 23 for the Advent  worship service by Tara  Thomas Banerjee, Jean Thomas  Woynicki, and Deborah Thomas.  They were accompanied by Claude Fabinyi.  (Also pictured is Caroline Banerjee.)


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.

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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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