First Lutheran Updates – November 2015
Dinner church – Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:30. Meal is provided by Thrivent Action Team. Holden Evening Prayer. Next dinner church – Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (weather permitting) at 5:30. We will be having lasagna and will be exploring Advent.
Healing Service – A number of people came to the altar for the laying on of hands and prayers for healing on Sunday, October 25, 2015. The service celebrated God’s desire for wholeness for all people. There were prayers someone else’s healing. Prayers for healing specific spiritual, physical and emotional concerns.
Prayers seeking forgiveness and the willingness to forgive and prayers for healing broken relationships. God is always ready to listen, ready to heal, ready for YOU. Healing services are generally held on the 5th Sunday of the month.
The next regularly scheduled time for a service of healing in on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Please join with us for prayers for one another and our community.
No midweek Thanksgiving worship service. We give God thanks each time we gather and on November 29, we will celebrate all of God’s provision with a pie social following worship.
Pilot Project – Fun, Food, Friends and Faith
We have had a wonderful time with the children attending our after school program on Tuesday afternoons. The children have been experiencing SonRock Bible Camp and hearing five different stories about the Apostle Peter and his friendship with Jesus. They have made their own snacks, included Moose faces and have been gathering around around the campfire, just outside the tent, to eat a delicious array of snacks and watch for moose and bear.
We are grateful to Pat Janke who organized and coordinated the activities; to Bonnie Joyal, who formed the action team and obtained funds from Thrivent to provide the program; and to all the volunteers who made this possible: Judy Haataja, Gert Samero, Judi Binnonemi, Gail Neber, Tammy Caskey, Tera Janke, Chris Parsons, Cookie Kiiskala, Claire Torrey, Ashton and Jaden Janke.
Our final session will be Tuesday, November 10.
Watch the website or community notices for the next 5-week session, to begin early in 2016. Refreshments, crafts, games, music and stories will focus on Famous people in the Bible.
Contact Pat Janke if you would like to register your children or volunteer.
The congregational council had a successful meeting with the council from Grace Lutheran in October. The yoking agreement continues to work well for both congregations. Sunday and holy day worship service schedules were discussed and plans for holidays were shared. The finance committee from Grace made plans to meet with the First council on November 16 to discuss the pastor’s compensation package, as that is the portion of each budget that is shared between the two churches.
This month, the council is working on making some tough decisions as budgeting time rolls around. The budget for 2016 needs to be presented at our annual meeting on January 24, 2016
and needs to be realistic. Pray for the council members: Bonnie Joyal, Virginia Ylitalo, Tera Janke, Pat Janke, Tammy Caskey andTom Spurr. If you have ideas about how we might stretch our ministry budget, please talk with one of them.
Coffee First was held through the summer months and is still going strong. Many bring their knitting or crocheting to work on while we enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and some great conversation. Bring your project or select some of the yarn that was donated to us and make a prayer shawl or baby blanket for us to share. Or bring a new craft and teach us how to do it. Starts at 10:00 every Friday morning. Open to the entire community. Ends a little before 11:00 a.m.
Anyone who wants to stay after coffee is invited to Bible Study every Friday morning at 11:00 am. We have bibles, lots of questions, and the Holy Spirit to guide our discussions. Just give it a try. Open to visitors and guests every week. We typically discuss the upcoming readings for the next Sunday.
Pastor Sally recently participated in an informative and restful session for pastors and their spouses at Mission Point Resort, Mackinaw, MI. In addition to plenty of time to walk, rest, and see the Island sights, we were treated to uplifting worship and music, and speakers to help us in supporting God’s mission in the world.
She will be on vacation, November 22-29, 2015, to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family. Kelly Ylitalo and Pam Long will preach and preside the two Sundays she is gone.
Pastor Sally’s office hours remain on Tuesdays and Fridays. She is in the office, 2-5 on Tuesdays and 9-12:30 on Fridays. Because there are activities going on during those times, please call first to make sure she is available. After November 10, she will, once again, have “office” hours at Quincy’s, 11:30 – 2 pm, if everyone has gone; 3 p.m. if she is meeting with someone or has an appointment.