First English Lutheran

Redeemed by Christ to Witness and Serve

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Devotional Book

Devotion books (Word in Season and Hopeful Living) for July-September are available in the church entryway. You can stop by to pick them up during office hours (Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm), or call or email the church office and we can mail them to you.

Martyrdom of Emanuel Nine-June 17th

On June 17, 2015, nine people were murdered by a self-professed white supremacist while they were gathered for Bible study and prayer at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (often referred to as Mother Emanuel) in Charleston, South Carolina. This church is one of the oldest black churches in the United States, and it has long been a center for organizing related to civil rights.


Two of those who were killed, Pastors Pinckney and Simmons, were graduates of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

The killer was a member of an ELCA congregation.


A resolution to commemorate June 17 as a day of repentance for the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on August 8, 2019. Congregations of the ELCA are encouraged reaffirm their commitment to repenting of the sins of racism and white supremacy which continue to plague this church, to venerate the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine, and to mark this day of penitence with study and prayer.


  • Clementa C. Pinckney (41) – the church's pastor and a South Carolina state senator.
  • Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd (54) – manager for the Charleston County Public Library system;
  • Susie Jackson (87) – a church choir member
  • Ethel Lee Lance (70) – the church's sexton.
  • Depayne Middleton-Doctor (49) – a pastor who was also employed as a school administrator and admissions coordinator at Southern Wesleyan University.
  • Tywanza Sanders (26) – grandnephew of victim Susie Jackson. He was the youngest victim.
  • Daniel L. Simmons (74) – a pastor who also served at Greater Zion AME Church in Awendaw.
  • Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (45) – a pastor; also a speech therapist and track coach at Goose Creek High School;
  • Myra Thompson (59) – a Bible study teacher.

Thursday-Book Discussion Group Meets

1619 Project--Discussion Scheduled


Book Discussion Group

Everyone is invited to join the FELC Book Club. This discussion series was inspired by the adult study class Pastor Ryan led which was based on the video series; Dialogues on Race. The Book Club will be reading a number of books aimed at furthering conversations on race, religion, and listening to one another's story.



Thursday, June 18, 7pm via Zoom

We will discuss The New Times Magazine edition titled, 1619 Project.


Please email Pr. Heather if you'd like to receive the magazine digitally. heather.arnold@felcpeoria.org


"The 1619 Project is an ongoing project developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia." The magazine is made up a number of articles, photos, and historical timelines.


You can also listen to the podcast by the same name.

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Serving in Worship Online During July

We're filling in the worship schedule for July, if you or a family member are interested in participating in online worship by being a lector, providing music or reading prayers, please contact Pastor Ryan.

Resources for Your Sunday Worship

As you prepare for worship on Sunday morning, you have a number of places to find the worship materials.


+An emailed copy of The Weekly Buzz is sent to our email list on Fridays.

+Our webpage has a copy of The Weekly Buzz linked to it under "What's Happening-Weekly Announcements."

The worship and sermon videos are also posted on the front page of the webpage. Previous sermons can be found in the Sermon Archive.

+You can find links to the worship and sermon videos on our FELC Facebook page. @felcpeoria

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Our friends in Madagascar need our help.

Our friends in Madagascar need our help.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought difficult challenges for faith communities around the globe. Here in the United States, our abundance of resources has made possible for the faith leaders in Central Southern Illinois of the ELCA, both clergy and laity, to maintain the proclamation of God’s word and a sense of unity and spiritual fellowship centered in Christ during this global crisis.

Our companion Synods in Madagascar hope to do the same. However, our Malagasy sisters and brothers face a much steeper slope. All they have to carry their evangelism initiatives under lockdown is radio broadcasts. Furthermore, ministers in the field must overcome a complete loss of income, which forces them to deviate from their call in hope of somewhat make a living.

Please prayerfully consider helping the CSIS financially support pastors and catechists in the Ambovombe-Androy and the Ft. Dauphin Synods of the Malagasy Lutheran Church.

Because this is an urgent request, we are asking that initial contributions be sent to the synod office by June 25. (Any and all gifts will be accepted at any time.)

Click here to donate via the CSIS website and select the “Aid to Madagascar Pastors” fund or send your contributions to: CSIS-ELCA, 524 S. Fifth Street, Springfield, IL 62701.

Please share this information with your congregation.

In Christ,
The Global Mission Committee

At Home: Compassion Camp from Illustrated Ministry.

For more information click HERE to order your Compassion Camp Resource.


Compassion Camp: Be Kind. Be Loved. Be You. is where kids and families explore what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves, and the world. While it is geared toward both preschool-aged children and K-5th graders, it is extremely flexible, adaptable, and fun for the entire family, older siblings included.



Compassion Camp is designed for you to have the freedom to use in whatever way you see fit! You can lead it at your own pace. Whether you live in an apartment in the city or have a backyard in the 'burbs; whether you love creating with your hands or making up new yoga poses, we've created Compassion Camp to meet a variety of contexts and needs.


If this sounds like a good option for faith formation in your home this summer but it's just not in your budget right now, please contact Pastor Ryan or Pastor Heather. We can provide this material for your family.

Illustrated Ministry

Come to the Table by Illustrated Ministry
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Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center in Oregon, IL

http://lomc.org/family-getaway/.



LOMC is offering families a way to have a two-night, three-day adventure away from home this summer! Keeping everyone safe, we have 5 different locations at LOMC where your family can enjoy time together in your own building or campsite. We even throw in some LOMC-led activities.

For safety reasons we can only allow your immediate household to visit. Eventually we’ll be allowed to accommodate family reunions but for now please only bring the people you immediately live with. You can bring adult children! Bring anyone currently in your household. This opportunity is not limited to households with school-age children. Enjoy time together in a peaceful location!

Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly. ELCA Anti-Racism Resources.


Please follow link to the Racial Justice tab on the C/S IL Synod webpage. You can download and read a statement released by the Synod Council on June 6th.


You can find more about how the ELCA and First English Lutheran is working to stand against the sin of racism, grow in our confession that we are one diverse body in Christ Jesus, and serve our neighbor, honoring their story and life.


Below are a few links to church webpages.


ELCA Racial Justice Ministries


Women of the ELCA Racial Justice Resources



If you are interested in reading more about racial justice, members of FELC have read and either have met, or will be meeting in upcoming months, to discuss these titles.


I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan

1619 Project-Contact Pastor Heather for a copy of this Wall Street Journal magazine. Podcast by the same name is linked in this newsletter.

Save the Date-July 10th Social Hour on Zoom

Everyone is invited to hop on Zoom for a social time-mark your calendar.

Friday, July 10th at 7pm


It's good to have something to look forward to this summer! Use this as an excuse to treat yourself to your favorite snack or make a new hors d'oeuvres recipe and have your favorite beverage on hand. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your voice.


Watch for the Zoom link next week. The link will also be sent out via email the week of the event.

Ways to Give at FELC-THANK YOU.

We, the Body of Christ together, are blessed with your spirit of generosity when it comes to keeping our mission and ministry steadfast in uncertain times.


If you are looking for a way to give—or looking for a new, easier way to give—First English provides these options:

+ Check by Mail

- making it out to “FELC” ensures it goes to greatest need


+ tithe.ly app

- download the app or

- hit the “Support FELC!” button on our website, www.felcpeoria.org


+ Simply Giving

- automatic deposits from one of your accounts

- contact the office for details on signing up


+ Sending donations through your banking institution


For more information on any of these options, please contact the Church Office at 309-685-0337.

Thank you for continuing to support our work together as you are able.

—Stewardship Committee

Keep In Touch with FELC

Submit prayer requests to the prayer chain email address: prayer@felcpeoria.org


Please update your contact information by calling Lois Neptun in the main office. office@felcpeoria.org.