February 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter


February 2016 Calendar

January 2016 Calendar



First Evangelical Lutheran Church and School
925 13th St. East, Glencoe, Minnesota 55336

CHURCH OFFICE: 320-864-5522
Pastor Daniel Welch: 320-864-2753
Pastor Ronald Mathison: 320-864-5616
SCHOOL OFFICE: 320-864-3317
Principal Dean Scheele: 952-250-1149
COMMON CUP: 320-864-5511
PRAYER CHAIN: 320-864-3892 or 320-238-2148

The Transfiguration of our Lord
February 7, 2016

ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting 1 Page 151
HYMNS: 414, 415, 537, (dist. 821, 585, 814), 417
SERMON: “Things That Will Last…Things That Won’t” Luke 9:28 – 36 Pastor Dan Welch
ORGANIST: Mr. Paul Otte
DEACONS: 8 AM: Jerry Strobel, Don Hepner, Fritz Schulz
            10:30 AM: James Mathews, Brian Witte
ACOLYTES: 8 AM: Alexander Cohrs, Cullen Lukes
            10:30 AM: Katelyn Ober, Dani Tessmer
            Old Testament – Deuteronomy 34:1-12
            Epistle Lesson – Hebrews 3:1-6
            Gospel Lesson – Luke 9:28-36
10:30 AM: “Nothing Can Keep Us” Lambs Of The Lord
“Sharing Christ, Changing Lives”
WELCOME TO First Ev. Lutheran Church: Guests, please fill out a Welcome card found in the cardholders in your pew. Tear off the top portion to keep and place the bottom portion in the offering plate. Members, please use these cards only to notify the Church Office of any changes or needs.
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February 7 – Pancake Dinner – Men’s Club
Feb. 14 – Assimilation/Evangelism: Welcome New Members
February 21 – Deacons Board
February 28 – Altar Guild
There are still dates open to serve. If you are interested in serving fellowship time, contact the church office.
REMINDER: TODAY IS THE MEN’S CLUB PANCAKE DINNER, serving 9 AM – 3 PM, in the Fellowship Center. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 ages 4-12, age 3 & under free.
First Edition Book Club: All women are invited to join this group for discussion on the book “Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café by Max Lucado on Mon. Feb. 8, at 7 PM, in the FLC sitting area).
ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS – If you still have 2015 Choice $, be sure to direct them (before March 31) or they will be lost. You can direct online at or phone 1-800-847-4836. Take action now!
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR: Known to be hospitalized: Ruth Templin
--Renae Jensen, Mary Husberg, Vanna Wolff, Dave Randt
--Lutheran Hour Ministries
--the family of Rev. Martin Cloeter, (Rachel Brandenburg’s dad). The funeral is at St. John’s Luth. Church, Chaska, Sat. Feb. 13, visitation is 10:30 AM, the service at 11:30 AM.
--the family of Jim McIntire, who has passed away.
JOIN US for Adult Bible Study today, led by Pastor Welch, in the church from 9:15 – 10:15 AM. Topic: The Baptism of Jesus – Luke 3:15-22.
Sun. Feb. 7: Topic: The Temptation of Jesus – Luke 4:1-13. The devil tempted Jesus to sin, but Jesus, true God and true man, did not sin. He kept God’s Law on our behalf and became the sinless sacrifice for our sins so that we might have forgiveness and new life.
MEN, JOIN us on Tues. night, Feb. 9 at The Men’s Network to finish Session 4, Collision and Cooperation from the video topic The Intersection of Church & State. We will also begin Session 1, Why Jesus? from the video top GodConnects, hosted by Rev. Gregory Selz, Lutheran Hour speaker. We meet at First Lutheran from 7-8 pm.
FLS POPCORN FUND RAISER SALES run now thru Wed. Feb.17. Orders can be placed with a FLS student or stop in the Church Office. Checks can be made payable to FLS at the time the order is placed.
COME & WELCOME our newest members Sun. Feb. 14  during Fellowship Time. Refreshments will be served until 10:20 AM. The confirmands will be received at the 10:30 AM service.
FINANCIALS: For the Period of:  Jan 31 – Feb. 6, 2016
General Fund & Debt Reduction Receipts        $ 16,076.59
This Period’s Budgetary Needs in 2015-16          17,716.00
This Period’s Abundance or (Shortfall)               ($ 1,639.41)
2015-16 Year-To-Date Totals for:  Jan 31 – Feb. 6, 2016
Receipts = $ 481,306.79     Budgetary Need = $ 566,912.00
PLEASE NOTE:  The above “Budgetary Need” is our budget, not what is actually spent. This reports a shortfall of our budgetary needs not our indebtedness.
KETCH-UP Funds Received:  Nov 6– Feb. 6, 2016
Ketch-up Totals: $ 16,514.00  (included in receipts above)
ATTENDANCE: For the Period of:  Jan 31 – Feb. 6, 2016
                 In Worship     Communed     Visitors     Classes
Sunday         375                   116                    2             80
KETCHUP: Help “SEASON” our budget with a special gift!
ANNUAL FLS SILENT AUCTION/LUNCHEON is Sun. Mar. 6th from 9 AM – 1 PM. To Volunteer or make a donation, please contact the School Office at 864.3317, A Flame Boosters Member (Becky Edwards, Alissa Hanson, or Jen Goff) or the Church Office.
FLAMES OF FAITH is in need of snack donations for the kids like fruit snacks, pudding, fruit cups, gold fish and snack crackers. Also, Legos if anyone has some they aren’t using. Thank you!
Fun Fact: Did You Know? By directing their Thrivent Dollars to First, our congregation members are responsible for donations of $7,009.00 to the Church and $10,546 to the School in 2015?
ANGEL SEEDS:  for the months of January, February and March have been designated to the “Feed Our Starving Children” ministry.
Lent 2016 – Places of the Passion
            Feb. 10 ~ Ash Wednesday
  1. A Place at the Table for You:  Luke 22:1-13
            Feb. 17 ~ Midweek 1
  1. The Upper Room: A Place of Service:  Luke 22:14-38
            Feb. 24 ~ Midweek 2
  1. Gethsemane: A Place of Strength:  Luke 22:39-46
            Mar. 2 ~ Midweek 3
  1. The Betrayal: A Place of Eternal Love:  Luke 22:47-53
            Mar. 9 ~ Midweek 4
  1. The Courtyard: A Place of Renewal:  Luke 22:54-62
            Mar. 16 ~ Midweek 5           
  1. The Trial: A Place of God’s Will:  Luke 22:63-23:25
            Mar. 24 ~ Maundy Thursday
  1. The Last Supper: A Place of Forgiveness: Luke 22:7-23
            Mar. 25 ~ Good Friday
  1. Golgotha: A Place of Simple Love: Luke 23:44-49
            Special services each Wednesday at 2 and 7 PM.
UDESSERT will be provided and served by LWML at 2:45 PM after the 2 PM Lenten service.
Sponsored by First Lutheran NYG
 Saturday, February 13, 2016
First Lutheran Church Fellowship Center.
This dinner is a benefit fundraiser for the NYG trip to New Orleans, LA in 2016.
The menu choices & prices are:
   Prime Rib of Beef - $27
   Fillet of Salmon - $16
   Breast of Chicken with Raspberry sauce - $16
•All meals include salad, green beans OR carrots, potato, beverage and dessert – Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake or Fresh Fruit Cup.
•Free daycare will be available.
The event will start with a social hour and hors d’oeuvres at 6:15 PM. Seating for dinner will begin at 7 PM.
•When making your reservation, please indicate menu choice, choice of vegetable and dessert. Also, indicate if daycare is needed and whether you want to be seated with other parties. There will be six to eight place settings at each table.
•If you’d like to attend, contact Sheila at 320-864-4699 or look for a sign-up table in the Fellowship Center after services on Sunday. The deadline for reservations is Sun, Feb. 7th. Sorry, we will not be able to offer refunds for this event.
SAD NEWS... the boiler in the school building has passed away. Our 74-year-old boiler has developed a problem that will cost $20,000 or more to repair. Different options are being researched by the Board of Trustees and staff. Pray for wisdom that our funds are managed properly. We need to move quickly to bring some heat to our children’s classrooms. Donations of any kind are greatly appreciated. Business Manager, Debi Ramirez
CORRECTION FROM NEWSLETTER: The  2016 Glencoe Business Expo will be on Sun, Feb. 21 from 9am - 4pm at the GSL Panther Field House.
WEEKLY SERVICES                         CABLE TV, CHANNEL 10
Sundays 8:00 & 10:30 AM            Wednesdays  6:30 PM
            Fridays 5:30 PM
This Week at First Lutheran
Sun. Feb. 7 Worship, Comn. 8:00 AM
            Men’s Club Pancake Dinner, 9 AM – 3 PM
            Sun. Bible Classes, 9:15 AM
            Worship, 10:30 AM
Mon. Feb. 8 Screen Sub. Committee, 5:30 PM
            Flame Boosters, 6:00 PM
            Adult New Membership Class, 7 PM–8:15 PM
            Altar Guild, 7:00 PM
            First Edition Book Club/FLC, 7:00 PM
Tues. Feb. 9 GRHS Comn., 9:30 AM
            Common Cup Meeting, 10:00 AM
            Office Staff Meeting, 1:00 PM
            Manor Comn., 1:30 PM
            Evangelism Board, 6:30 PM
            Early Childhood Committee, 7:00 PM
            The Men’s Network, 7:00 PM
            Stewardship Board, 7:00 PM
            Youth Board, 7:00 PM
            Men’s Club, 7:30 PM
Wed. Feb. 10 Ash Wednesday Worship, Comn., 2 & 7 PM
            Dessert Served, 2:45 PM
            Christ Chimes, 3:15 PM
            Gospel Ringers, 6:00 PM
            Senior Choir, 6:15 PM
Thur. Feb. 11 Pastor’s Circuit/St. Paul’s L.P., 8:00 AM
            FLS Chapel – Mrs. Erickson, 8:10 AM
            Chapel at Grand Meadows, 1:30 PM
            Church Finance Committee, 6:30 PM
Fri. Feb. 12 Valentine’s Dinner Prep
Sat. Feb. 13 Valentine’s Dinner, 6:15 PM 
Sun. Feb. 14 Worship, 8:00 AM
            Fellowship Time: Assimilation/Evangelism, 9 – 10:20 AM
            Sun. Bible Classes, 9:15 AM
            Refreshments/New Member Welcome, 9 AM
            Worship, Comn., New Member Recog, 10:30 AM
Communion Policy
 We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a Sacrament in which Christ’s body and blood are given in and with the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins (Matt. 26:26-28). When we receive Holy Communion at a church, we show that we agree with the faith that is taught there (1 Cor. 10:14-18).
St. Paul cautions us about receiving the body and blood of Christ in an unworthy manner (1 Cor. 11:27-29). Therefore, we invite to Holy Communion those who have received instruction in the teachings of the Lutheran Church and who agree with the confession of faith as taught in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. If you are not a member of a LCMS church, we kindly ask that you speak to one of the pastors first.