September 9-15, 2013

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Good afternoon!

It has been a LOUD day here at First! We are having our fire alarms checked and inspected (good for safety…bad for mouse ears!) I may have to go into hiding for the rest of the afternoon!

For those of you who attended Worship in the Park and Rally Day yesterday, it was a HUGE success! The worship in our beautiful First Lutheran Park was fantastic and we had the chance to witness two baptisms and the commissioning of our Sunday School teachers!!! What a treat!

Speaking of treats, Marvin was running a delicious cotton candy stand! YUM! We enjoyed lunch served by our wonderful Fellowship committee,  games organized by the Christian Education committee, a duck pond, face-painting…even Pastor Jerry had his face painted! It was a really fun and enthusiastic way to kick-off our brand new Sunday School year!

This Week:

Mary-Martha Circle met this morning at 10:00 in the Fellowship hall to enjoy sewing projects and lunch.

This evening, Monday, September 9th, Monday Night Bible Studies are back! Pastor Bob Smith will be teaching a 2 month series on the Parables of Jesus. It starts at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room.

Wednesday, September 11 we will host Food from the Heart, our weekly free luncheon. This is open to the public and everyone is invited so come on down to First Lutheran and enjoy some food and fellowship. This week, they will be have cranberry roasted chicken! Sounds delicious! Also on Wednesday, following Food from the Heart, join Pastor Jerry in the Parlor to “Parlez” (that’s French for “speak”)! Pastor Jerry will be hosting a time to relax and just chat with him in the Parlor every Wednesday from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. come on in and say hello. I heard there will be coffee and cookies as well!

Thursday, we welcome back the Bell Choir and Adult Choirs as a new year of music begins at First Lutheran. There will be Bell choir practice at 6:15 Pm in the Choir room, followed by Adult Choir practice at 7:00 PM in the choir room. If you would like to join, or you would like to speak with someone about joining, please speak to Marvin Huls, our wonderful music director. He is in his office here at the church Monday through Friday. Also, feel free to contact the church office Monday through Friday for more info our check out the choir page.

Thursday evening, Ruth Circle will be meeting in the Parlor at 7:30 PM.

Friday from 2-9 will be the last day to get your pictures taken for the directory, so if you haven’t already had the chance to get your pictures taken, please call the office to reserve your spot!

This Sunday, September 15th, we will return to the Fall/Winter worship schedule. Worship times will be at 8:15 Am and 10:45 AM. Also, Sunday School classes will begin this week and The F.L.Y. Café will open for high school students! WELCOME BACK!!!! Hope to see everyone at Sunday School for a great year!


God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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May 20-26…2013

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Good Monday morning to everyone!

We had a lovely reception yesterday following our 10:45 AM worship service to honor our newest confirmed members: Laura Miller, Brett Schugt and Sawyer Rehak. Congratulations!!!

We also held our last Java Table until September.

Our Monday evening Bible Studies are on summer break and will return in September with a brand new study topic!

Tomorrow, Tuesday May 21st, Rebekah Circle will be meeting at 10:30 AM in the Conference Room.  There will also be a Finance Committee meeting at 6:30 PM and a Christian Education meeting at 7:00 PM.

Our weekly free lunch, Food from the Heart, will be served on Wednesday from noon- 1:00 PM. This lunch is open to the community and all are welcome to join us! This week’s menu will be: Pizza Burger

My little mouse whiskers are twitching with excitement for our Preschool class, which will be graduating this Thursday with flying colors! We have 17 wonderful graduates moving on to Kindergarten! Hip-Hip-Hurray! Please come join us to celebrate with our “little graduates” and their families at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary!

This Sunday, May 26th, we will honor the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our worship services will be at 8:15 and 10:45 AM. At 9:30 AM, we will hold the LAST Sunday School meeting until September! We will be closing our Sunday School doors for summer break and will end the year with a bang by having an intergenerational event…in our PARK! This will also be the LAST Sunday before beginning our summer worship hours, so all you 10:45’ers, relish that extra 45 minutes of sleep Sunday morning!

As a general announcement, there are still 9 seats left for the Pirates baseball game and fireworks night on June 29th! If you are interested in going, please contact the office!

I also have to say a big thank you to our custodian, Dennis Hall, for installing the air conditioner in the office. It jumped from winter to summer pretty quick around here and the humidity in that room made me want to cut all my fur off! Now I can go and visit my office friends without melting like a block of Velveeta cheese! (Hmmmm….now I’m hungry!)

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

God’s Grace and “Squeaks”,

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May 6-12

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Dearest friends, how was your weekend?

I dare say, I think I saw some of you at worship on Sunday morning, and it was wonderful worshipping with you! Also, a big “Congratulations!” is in order for the newest member of God’s family, Aubrey Elyse Hoyle, who received the Sacrament of  Holy Baptism yesterday!

Tonight, we will have Bible study with Pastor Marleen. We will continue our study of the Devil and all his empty promises.

Tuesday evening, Congregational Council will be meeting at 7:00 PM in the conference room.

Wednesday, our weekly Food from the Heart lunch will be served from noon until 1:00 PM in the fellowship hall. Come join us and share some food and friendship. We serve the entire community of Greensburg, and everyone is welcome!

Thursday, Adult choirs will practice at 7:00 PM. There will also be a Ruth Circle meeting held at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, as always, we will have worship services at 8:15 and 10:45 AM. This week, Kip Boggs, our Stewardship Committee chairperson will be speaking briefly in order to kick off our big stewardship “Plan of Thanks”. I think this year; I will show my thankfulness by donating some of my cheese to our hunger outreach programs! Our weekly Sunday School will be held in between worship services, beginning at 9:30 AM, and is for all ages. There will be another baptism this week as well! Hallelujah!

I sure hope everyone has a wonderful week! Maybe I will see you if you stop into the office around lunchtime. The office ladies are so nice and sometimes they offer me some leftover nibbles from their lunches!

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”

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April 22-28

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Good afternoon friends!

It’s Monday again…how quickly a week flies by when you are a busy mouse!


Here’s what’s happening this week:


Tonight, Pastor Marleen will be having Bible Study at 7:00 PM in the conference room. She will be continuing the discussion about the Devil and all his empty promises.

Tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 PM, the Stewardship Committee will be meeting to discuss the upcoming spring pledge and the thankfulness that we have for all God’s gifts!

On Wednesday, the church will host its weekly free luncheon, Food from the Heart. As always, it will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 and all are welcome to attend! There will also be a 6:00 PM meeting of the Property Committee.

On an exciting (and delicious!) note, The Women of the ELCA will be hosting a “Chocolate Fantasy” event on Wednesday at 7:00 PM and all the women of the church are invited. I sure hope I’m invited! They will be eating all kinds of delicious chocolate, and will have a guest speaker, June Bennet, who will be talking about hymns: the tunes, the lyrics and the stories behind them. It is sure to be a fun event!!!

On Thursday, choirs will be held as usual: Bell Choir at 6:15 PM and Adult Choir at 7:00 PM in the choir room.

Another exciting event will be taking place this week: YOUTH SUNDAY! This Sunday during both worship services (8:15am & 10:45am), the youth and young adults in the congregation will be running the show! During sermon time, Pastor Jerry and a few of the young adults in the congregation will be singing a musical, written by Pastor Jerry himself, about Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath! I have gotten the chance to listen in during their weekly practice and it is a snappy little number! It certainly gets my little mouse toes a-tappin’ and my tail swaying! Besides that, it is a beautiful story of God’s providence, mercy and trusting in His all-encompassing love and faithfulness. I encourage you to come and hear the story, and bring some friends too! I might call up Mickey and Minnie to see if they are available…we go way back.

Sunday School will be at the regular time: 9:30am and as always, we will have a continental breakfast between our services. Java table will also be set up this Sunday in between worship services. Each month, the Social Ministry Committee sells Fair Trade Certified products from Equal Exchange such as coffee, teas, and chocolates, and all profits go toward the provision of funds for small scale farms/farmers, business and artisans. Click the links in this paragraph for more information about Equal Exchange and Fair Trade!

On that note, I am going to take my leave for the day. I may go out in the park and enjoy some of the sunshine!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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April 8-April14


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What a beautiful Monday Afternoon!

The sun is certainly shining and creating a glorious spring day here in Greensburg!

It just so happened that I was searching for an early afternoon snack, and I ran into some of the women from the Mary-Martha Circle! They were holding their monthly meeting today at 10:00 AM.

Later in the day, I overheard Pastor Marleen talking about the new topic for Bible Study; “The Devil and All His Empty Promises”. Sounds like an interesting topic! If you would like to join us, Bible Study begins tonight and every Monday at 7:00 PM in the Conference room.

As always, we will host our weekly free luncheon, Food From the Heart, which is open to the public from 12:00 – 1:00 PM every Wednesday.

Marvin Huls, our fantastic music director, will be having Bell Choir and Adult Choir practice on Thursday, April 11. Bell Choir practice will begin at 6:15 PM and Adult Choir will begin at 7:00 PM in the choir room.

Thursday is a busy day this week! Ruth Circle will meet this Thursday,April 11 at 7:30 PM.

The Worship & Music Committee will also meet on Thursday April 11 at 7:45 PM.

Of course, we will also have our weekly Worship services at 8:15 AM and 10:45 AM on Sunday, April 14. Sunday School will be held from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, in between services.  Following the service, the Youth Committee will have a meeting at 12:15 PM.

Don’t forget to have a look at the new April bulletin board in the lobby, to catch up on all the great upcoming events at First!

This is the Church Mouse signing off and wishing you a wonderfully blessed week! I think I am going to find a nice quite spot on a windowsill and enjoy some of the warm breeze on this lovely spring day!

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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