July 15-19, 2013

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Good afternoon friends!

VBS Kingdom Rock was a HUGE success! We had over 50 kids! Thank you to all the wonderful people who helped out! On Sunday, we celebrated by sharing songs from VBS with the congregation.

This week:

Mary-Martha circle met today in the fellowship hall from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM for sewing projects and lunch.

Tuesday, Rebekah Circle will be meeting at 10:30 AM. There will be a Finance Committee meeting at 6:30 PM, and there will also be a Christian Education Committee meeting at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday will be our free weekly Food from the Heart ministry in the fellowship hall from 12-1 PM. Come join us for a delicious bite to eat!

Thursday will be our food bank distribution day. We are always looking for people to help out with loading and unloading, so if you are interested in helping with this ministry, please call the office at 724-834-1457. If you are interested in signing up to receive food, please contact Westmoreland County Food Bank, or call the office at 724-834-1457 for more information. Pick up for people currently receiving food is between 9:30 – 10:30 AM. Please arrive on time. We are not able to hold food, or deliver food. If you cannot make it, please either call the office to inform us that you will not be able to make it, or send someone to pick up your food for you  (Must have valid ID).

Sunday, we will have worship at 8:15 and 10:00 AM.  There will also be a Youth Committee meeting at 7:00 PM.


Pastor Marleen and Don are expecting a bundle of joy in the coming weeks and we are holding a baby shower in their honor. The show will be held following the 10:00 AM service this Sunday, July 21st, and it is open to all members of the congregation (men, women and children)! If you would like to attend, please contact the office at 724-834-1457 so that we can get a head-count for food and refreshments.

It’s supposed to be hot and in the 90’s all week, so make sure you stay cool! I would go outside, but I am not sure how to get the sunscreen on without it making my fur stand up!

Have a great week!

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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 15 – April 21

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Good Monday morning to you! I hope that you had a blessed Sunday, and that you were able to join us for worship yesterday morning!

As I was visiting with Pastor Marleen this morning, scurrying across her desk in search of new curtains for my Mouse House (I have found that post-its work nicely and are very colorful!) she informed me that it is going to be a busy week here at First!

First of all, the May newsletter deadline is today, so anyone that has information to put in the newsletter should make sure to email Joanie as soon as you can to submit your articles!

Monday evening will be Bible Study @ 7:00. Pastor Marleen will be leading an interesting topic discussion about the Devil and all his empty promises.

On Tuesday, the 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.

On Wednesday, we will be serving a free lunch through our Food from the Heart ministry. Food from the Heart serves meals every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 PM in our fellowship hall. There is always wonderful food! Everyone is welcome, so please join us!

Also, on Wednesday evening the Personnel Committee will be meeting at 6:30 PM.

Thursday is Food Pantry Day: our distribution date for the Westmoreland County Food Bank. This is a wonderful opportunity to help others through compassionate ministry, and each month over 100 families are provided with food through the Westmoreland County Food Bank! We are always looking for people to help out with food distribution, so if you are an individual or are representing a group that would like to help out, please contact us at office@felchurch.org .

There will be NO choir rehearsals this week!

I hope to see you on Sunday morning at one of our worship services! I usually hang out in the rafters of the balcony…it’s the only way a little mouse like me can see anything! We have services at 8:15 and 10:45 AM and hold Sunday school for all ages between worship services at 9:30 AM. We also have a Continental Breakfast every Sunday morning between the worship services, serving coffee, teas, rolls, fruit and pastries. I am excited to join the church in welcoming Kaleb into the Body of Christ through the sacrament of Holy Baptism this Sunday!

I have also heard that Pastor Jerry will be working with the Young Adults and High School Youth on a musical about the Bible story “The Widow of Zarephath” to be presented on Youth Sunday, April 28th! Practice will be held at the church for the next two Sundays from 6-7:30 PM, and pizza is on Pastor Jerry! If you are a young adult (age 18-35) or a high school youth (grades 9-12) and you would like to be a part of the musical, please contact Pastor Jerry for more details!

Have you “liked” us on Facebook? Are you “following” us on Twitter? You can find us on social media and catch up on all the happenings around the church!

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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