First English Lutheran

This Week--Upcoming Events & Ongoing Ministries

Cross Generational Sunday School on November 24th

"Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart" on Sunday, November 24th at 9:45am. Everyone is invited to join in the thanksgiving themed activity. We'll gather in Luther Hall.

As a special offering the congregation is encouraged to bring a non-perishable Thanksgiving items to help fill the Thanksgiving basket. Example: green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French onions. Or, pie crust mix, evaporated milk and canned pumpkin.

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One Wednesday in December

December 4th is the only week we will have Wednesday night meal and programming next month. The Connect Groups will not meeting in December.

Senior Ministry Meeting-November 18th at 5:30pm

The Care & Connect Committee will be discussing how to strengthen our ministry, to and with, our oldest members. If you have an interest in supporting our "Senior Ministry" and seeing it grow, please join us for this conversation.

Monday, November 18th at 5:30pm. (We have moved our time to 5:30pm to offer ample time for this conversation before Outreach Committee meets at 7pm.)

Possible Ideas:

Senior Trips

Topical Discussions

Strengthening Barnabas Ministry program

Keeping connected to those who are homebound

Caregiver Small Groups

Cards and seasonal gifts for homebound

Retiree's Luncheon

Other ideas? Please join the conversation!

Thanksgiving Meal on Wednesday, November 20th at 5pm

November 20th FELC Thanksgiving Meal.

Jerry and Ronna James host this traditional Thanksgiving feast. All are welcome! It is incredibly helpful to our planning when people sign up--bulletin board in Luther Hall. You can call in to sign up.

Desserts are needed for this meal. When you sign up, please indicate if you can bring a dessert to share.

November 27th--Thanksgiving One Service at 7pm

Invite your friends and family to our Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service on Wednesday, November 27th at 7pm. Trefzger's pie and fellowship following worship.

Adult Fellowship: Art at the Bodega and early dinner--Sunday, November 24 at 1:30pm

Adult Fellowship--all adults welcome

Sunday, November 24

Art at the Bodega: Paint Pottery at 1:30pm

Bernardi's: Dinner at 4:30pm

November Adult Fellowship opportunity. Join others from FELC at Art at the Bodega (2407 Washington Rd, Washington) for pottery painting. After painting, we will be gathering at 4:30pm at Bernardi's (2137 Washington Rd); so join us for both art and dinner or just one part.

Invite a friend along with you. Signing up with help us plan on space and reservations. Sign up sheet is in Luther Hall.

From their webpage:

What can I make?

We have the largest selection of any studio in Central Illinois with over 600 pottery items to paint including cups, plates, bowls, useful household/kitchen items and a great range of fun kids pieces. Our creative classes are designed to help everyone, no matter their perceived artistic ability, to make something memorable.

How much does it cost?

We only charge for the price of the piece selected. There is no additional studio or sitting fees. We do have some specialty glazes that can be purchased separately and some advanced glazes that require an additional firing charge. Our pottery pieces range from $10.00 to $100.00 with most pieces priced between $16.00 and $35.00.

Deck the Halls-November 30th at 10am

Saturday, November 30th at 10am

Come, help your church family get ready for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Everyone is invited to pitch in--tasks and projects for all ages!

There will be ornament making, along with setting up and decorating Christmas trees in the gym and sanctuary.

Christmas Caroling-December 8th

FELC will be caroling on Sunday, December 8th. Meet at the church at 2:45pm for a 3pm departure. We look forward to spreading Christmas cheer to FELC shut-in members. All ages are invited to join the fun.

*If you are interested in driving the church bus for this event please contact Kari Dodson or someone on the Worship Committee.

2 Week Adult Discussion Class-Dec 1st and 8th

Strive for Justice and Peace

Lamentably, violence permeates much of our culture, and affects the well-being of too many individuals, families, and communities--even here in the United States, one of the planet's wealthiest nations, steeped in religious values, and a leader in global peacemaking. As Jesus' followers, called to be light to the world, we can make a difference by sharing God's love and forgiveness. Join the discussion in this two-week course adapted from the Living Lutheran magazine and led by Lee Maki.

December 1st and 8th at 9:45am in the Mary Martha Parlor.

Gifts for LSSI

Christmas Care Giving Cards for Lutheran Social Services

We will be collecting Christmas gifts for children in need. The names of the children have been provided by LSSI. Please plan to include one or more of these children on your Christmas gift list this year.

The names will be available for selection on Sunday, December 1st and Sunday, December 8th. After selecting your card, please register your name and the card number with one of the volunteers at the table.

Giftwrap each present, use the card from the Care Giving Cards as the nametag and put the gifts in a bag with a handle. Bring your wrapped gifts to the back of the sanctuary by Noon on Sunday, December 15th.

We ask that you keep within the suggested guideline of $30 per individual. It is suggested that you get two gifts per child; one clothing item, and one toy/fun item.

If you are not able to or do not wish to shop, monetary donations may be given to Shelley Atkinson. If you are interested in helping deliver the gifts, doing some shopping, or staffing the registration table, please contact Shelley Atkinson.

Needlework on Mondays! Schedule and Time Change.

Do you have some needlework projects you'd like to work on? Want some company as you sew or knit? Join others at FELC on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. The group gathers at 2:30pm at FELC. Please join us.

Save the Date: Christmas Program 2019

The FELC Christmas Program will be on Sunday, December 15th at 9:45am during the Sunday School Hour. Please invite your friends and family to celebrate the season with you as our youngest members proclaim the story of Jesus' birth.

There will be one rehearsal on Sunday, December 8th during Sunday School.

Save the Date for New Year's Day Meal

FELC will once again be serving a meal with the Central Illinois Agency on Aging, on New Year's Day 2020. Please keep your day free to help with this ministry. More information will be shared as the date gets closer.

If you have questions, please contact Jerry James.

Keep In Touch with FELC

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