First English Lutheran

This Week--Upcoming Events & Ongoing Ministries

Serve at Food Bank-Saturday, Nov. 9th

Join FELC as we serve at the East Bluff Community Center Food Bank. Saturday, November 9th from 9am to Noon.

East Bluff Community Center

512 E Kansas St

Peoria, IL 61603

Connect Groups meet Next Week!

Connect Groups will be meeting again in November.

Most groups chose to meet on November 13th but a few made other plans. Be sure to watch for communication from your group Leader for final details.

There will be no Midweek Meal or Midweek Ministries on Wednesday, November 13th.

Care Cards due Sunday

Care Card for Carlinville

Prayer & Care Card Request

Everyone is invited to write out a Care Card for our youth and adults participating in the CSIS Carlinville Youth Retreat in November.

Please remember them in your prayers and send care cards--notes of encouragement--they can receive during their time away. The Care Card table is located in Luther Hall-cards and envelopes are provided.

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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.

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.

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.

Passionate about Lutheran World Relief Ministries?

The Outreach Committee is looking for someone who is passionate about the work of Lutheran World Relief, who could serve as a liaison between the various LWR projects at First English Lutheran.

FELC works on Quilts, School Kits, and Personal Care Kits. It would be very helpful to have one person keeping in touch with the leaders working in each area. Please contact Ronna James, Chair of the Outreach Committee, if you are interested in this position.

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.

Rejoicing Spirits Worship at Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton

Sunday, November 17th at 3:30pm

Rejoicing Spirits Worship

Trinity Lutheran Church

301 E. Chestnut, Canton, IL

Worship and free dinner

Rejoicing Spirits is a ministry that provides space for people of all abilities to explore faith together.

Rejoicing Spirits is:

Inclusive--worship service engage both people with disabilities and people without disabilities, as well as family and caregivers

Shush-Free--We go with the flow, and no one is shushed.

Fun--Services have lots of music and hands on activities

A Stepping Stone--if you want to take the first step into a faith community

Extra Worship & Fellowship--If you already belong to a faith community.

A special thanks to MOSAIC's day hubs in Canton, Macomb, and Bushnell for their support.

Please contact Pastor Micah Garnett for more information 309-647-0724 or

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