Officers of the First Lutheran Church council this year are:
Bonnie Joyal, President; Tammy Caskey, Vice-President; Tera Janke, Secretary; and Pat Janke, Treasurer.
Replacements are needed for the two council members who had to resign this year. If you are a member of First Lutheran and are interested in the workings of the congregation and using your gifts for service, please talk with the pastor, Bonnie Joyal, or any council member.
A joint council meeting was held on May 16 at First, with the council of Grace Lutheran Church, South Range. The primary item of business was to discuss each congregation’s current financial status and plans, as well as to review the yoking agreement. The next joint meeting will be held September 20, 2016 at Grace Lutheran in South Range, at 6:30 p.m.
Immediately following worship on Sunday, April 24, the quilters welcomed men, women and children to assist them in making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. The quilters gather every Friday afternoon in the lower level fellowship hall and classrooms to make quilts that are sent to LWR each October for distribution world-wide. Whether cutting, measuring, sewing, or tying, everyone who participated in this special Thrivent Action Team funded event had a great time. Maybe even recruited a few new regulars for Fridays next fall.
After a number of years without a baccalaureate service in Dollar Bay, First Lutheran stepped up to offer this special service for area graduates on May 22. All area high school graduates were invited to attend. Two of our member graduates and their families participated this year.
Congratulations to Gavin Collette and Chelsea Williams. Hannah Rundman, who provided guitar music and led singing at the service, also gave a well placed Baccalaureate Message.
If you would like this service to be held annually in Dollar Bay, please talk with the church council or other community church leaders to make plans to provide it again next year.
Service of Holy Communion and Healing
This service is typically held on the 5th Sunday of each month, and Sunday, May 29 was no exception. Using readings, music, prayers and litanies that focus on God’s healing touch,
this service also includes Laying on of Hands for those who desire it. It may have been a holiday weekend, but there were still many who came and participated in this special service.
The next scheduled service of Holy Communion and Healing will be Sunday, July 31. You do not need to be a member of First to participate in this service. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.
Final Session of After School Bible School (AS/BS)
Under the leadership of Pat Janke, we just wrapped up our second session of AS/BS for this school year. From May 11 through June 1, area children, pre-K through 5th grade came to First each Wednesday for an afternoon of bible stories, crafts, games, fun and food. We loved sharing the stories of the Holy Trinity, Moses and the 10 Best Ways to Live, From Pillar of Smoke to Synagogue, and the Reluctant Prophet with the students who came eagerly and regularly. A special visit by Dr. Steven and Joan Guest, of the SAIACS, Bengaluru, India intrigued the children with their stories of life and ministry. This would not have happened without the help and support of the congregation and community, especially Gert Somero and Judy Hataaja, bus transportation from the school, and snacks by Cookie.
Watch this space for news of the next session of AS/BS to be held in the fall. Plans are already underway.
Sparkhouse Book Fair
In conjunction with the AS/BS program on Wednesdays and Lectionary Bible Study on Fridays, the congregational council held a Book Fair for those interested in expanding their libraries or purchasing gifts of faith-building children’s books and bibles. The order will be submitted June 10, so you still have time to make purchases, if desired. All books in the fair are 15% and there is no shipping charge. Stop by the church on Friday or Sunday mornings to take a look at the books.
Where is Pastor Sally?
On Sunday mornings, most of them, you will find her at church, often by 8:00 a.m.
On Tuesday, she may be at the church, at Quincy’s or working from home. Call her cell phone if you’d like to meet with her.
On Friday mornings, she’s at the church from 9:00 until 12:30 or so, and then she heads to Quincy’s or makes home visits.
Thursday is her day off.
Monday and Wednesday, she may be found at Grace in South Range. (Except for the last Wednesday evening of each month, when she is at Dinner Church at First.)
What has Pastor Sally been up to since we last heard from her?
In addition to reading, studying, praying and preparing sermons, bible studies, and Godly Play lessons, she makes home visits every month (call if you’d like her to visit you), participates in community events, attends a ministers’ text study, and leads worship at Arbor Green at 10:00 a.m. and at The Bluffs at 11:15 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month.
She also meets with the council and other congregation leaders to plan special events, make decisions about the life of our faith community, and explore innovative ways to better serve the community. If you have ideas, give her a call. Because she is a ¾ time pastor, working full time each week, she also has twelve weeks every year that she is not available. She tries to take most of her time off during the less-busy times of the church year, so she can be available for as many of the festival days as possible.
Pastor Sally continues to work with the council on ways to better serve children and youth in our community. The After School Bible School program (AS/BS) is one new ministry that has brought several new children and families to First.
Our Godly Play resources are growing, used on Sunday mornings and for storytelling during the AS/BS program. During the school year, children are encouraged to participate in worship by gathering on their rug in the front of the worship area. They are provided with the resources and directions needed to participate in the beginning of the service, prior to Sunday School.