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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Good morning friends and family!

 

How was your weekend?

This week at first, we are heading into the second week of August. Can you believe it? As this mouse gets older, I feel that time goes faster and faster!

We have no events happening at the church today, but it has been filled with activity. We have had the fortunate opportunity to help several people this morning, by providing food from our food pantry. Please continue to donate non-perishable items to our food pantry, as this is a vibrant and necessary ministry. We are currently in need of protein items, such as canned tuna and chicken, and peanut butter. The folks that we serve truly appreciate your donations!

Tuesday, August 6th, there will be a Congregational Council meeting at 6:00 PM in the Conference Room.

Wednesday, August 7th, we will open our doors from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM to serve a free lunch to the community. This is our Food from the Heart ministry, which is open to the public every Wednesday. We invite everyone to come join us for good food and good fellowship!  Later Wednesday evening, there will be a Fellowship Committee Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

On Thursday, August 8th, Ruth Circle will be meeting at 7:00 PM. For more information on the location, please contact the church office at (724)-834-1457. There will also be an introductory Confirmation Meeting held on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM, which will include Acolyte training for our new confirmation members. All those who plan to affirm their baptism through confirmation should attend this meeting.

Sunday, our worship times will be 8:15 AM and 10:00 PM. There is no Sunday School during the summer months. Sunday School will resume on September 15th at 9:30 AM.

 

Just to recap the past month…

VBS was a huge success, hosting over 50 children ages 3 – 10. THANK YOU to Rachel Krunszyinsky for being our director and doing such as wonderful job! Thank you also to all our amazing teachers and helpers that dedicated their time and talents to VBS!

We had two baptisms in July: J. Duncan, and A. Bayles. Welcome to the First family!

Pastor Jerry presided over the Ulishney/Sias wedding and it was absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to the newlyweds!

The Park has seen many beautiful improvements over the past few months, including planting. The latest addition will be 4 park benches!

Our Directory Pictures had such a wonderful response that we had to open up two days in September (13 & 14) to allow for more pictures to be taken!

We received several NEW members!

 

Coming up…

There are EXCITING THINGS happening at first!

Coming up on August 23-24, the Congregational Council will be sponsoring an overnight family camping trip to Cedar Creek County Park. There will be biking, hiking, fishing and boating available. children under 16 can attend for free, and adults are asked to contribute $5 to cover the cost of food. Bring your tent and join the fun! I am going to hitch a ride in Rick Druschel’s backpack! I hope they save me a s’more!

The fall is quickly approaching, and that means Rally ReCreation day is upon us!!! This year, the Christian Education Committee has BIG, make that “BIG TOP” plans for RR DAY! Welcome to the First Family Carnival, where there is room for everyone under God’s Big Tent! There will be a duck pond, games, food, prizes, face painting and more! join us for outdoor worship (weather permitting) under the “Big Top” in our Park to kick off the new Sunday School Year!

Sunday School will begin on September 15th, and we will return to our 10:45 AM second service schedule.

There have been all kinds of exciting things floating through the church concerning the High School Sunday School class. They will have a teacher this year: Ginger Shultz! There are big things planned for the class and the entire congregation will be filled in at a later date. I will say this though…I walked through the FLY room the other day and its looking SPECTAULAR!

The annual WELCA Women’s Retreat to Lutherlyn will be held September 20-22.  the theme this year will be “Count Your Blessings”. There will be small groups, large groups, workshops, seminars, prayer, and worship.  The registration deadline is August 11, so please stop by the office if you are interested! We have several women from our church attending!

The women of our church are contributing cookies to the Churchwide ELCA Assembly in Pittsburgh from August 12-17th! All these baked goods around here are making me hungry!

 

As you can see, the church has been very busy this summer! I hope everyone has a great week, and starts to get excited about the many amazing things happening at First!

 

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”

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May 27-June 2

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Good morning to you all!

This week I am writing to you on Tuesday, because yesterday was Memorial Day, where we celebrate and remember all those who fought for our country and our nation’s freedom.

On Wednesday, we will host our weekly Food from the Heart lunch from noon until 1:00 PM. This week’s menus will be Tuna Salad on a Croissant, Waldorf Salad and a Brownie with ice cream and chocolate syrup, yum yum!… There will be a Property Committee meeting at 6:00 PM and an Executive Committee meeting at 7:15 PM.

Thursday, there will be an IT Committee meeting at 6:00 PM

This Sunday will be the FIRST Sunday of our Summer Schedule! Our worship services will now be held at 8:15 AM and 10:00 AM.  Also, Sunday School is on its Summer Break, so there will be NO Sunday School classes until September.

Some upcoming events to look forward to:

Our Social Ministry Committee will be collecting donations for Malaria Prevention nets to benefit the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of your father or a special man in your life as a tribute to Father’s Day. The last donations will be taken on Father’s Day, June 16, 2013 and the tributes will be printed in the bulletin the following Sunday.

Our Church Council is planning a trip to PNC Park for a Pirates baseball game and fireworks night on June 29, 2013. There are still 9 seats left at $43 per person, which covers the cost of the ticket, plus the bus. If you are interested in going, please contact the office! Boy, I wish I could go…it would be a great place to find some delicious morsels to nibble on. On second thought, with all those people around, I might get stepped on…yipes! I think I will watch the game from home, much safer for a mouse! I wonder if Pastor Marleen would let me borrow her big screen TV (she insists on calling it a cell phone).

On June 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM, we will be hosting a youth choir all the way from Naperville, Illinois. “Eagle’s Wings”, a high school choir of about 50 students from Our Savior Lutheran Church in Naperville Illinois will be returning home from a ministry tour and mission trip in New York City and will be stopping here to rest and put on a concert in our Park! We will be having a hot dog feast as well! I can’t wait to hear the joyful noise coming from our lovely Park!

The Women of the ELCA will be hosting their annual picnic on June 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Bogg’s Pavilion in Greensburg.  This event will be hosted by the Priscilla and Mary-Martha Circles. There will be good food and great fellowship! Don’t forget your white elephant gift! This event is open to all women of the church. Please bring your favorite casserole or dessert to share!

The youth group will be taking a trip to Washington DC from June 29 – July 2. They will be visiting museums, learning about our country’s history, participating in worship opportunities, and learning about poverty in the city. This is a wonderful opportunity for the youth to grow in their faith and have some fun too! Another opportunity for the youth is Mission on the Mon, which will be held in July! The registration deadline for this week-long local mission event is June 10, so sign up in the office if you are interested!

Looking ahead, July 8-12 will be our Vacation Bible School! “Kingdom Rock: Kids Standing Strong for God” will be held from 9:00 AM – noon each day. We will have snacks, games, bible lesson and tons of fun for kids ages 4 years – fifth grade. I will be making appearances as well…I just hope I can avoid being spotted by that lion I’ve heard rumors about!

That’s all I have for this week, so I hope everyone has a nice week! Keep your eyes open for all the upcoming events which will be posted on our bulletin board this week!

 

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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