First English Lutheran

This Week--Upcoming Events & Ongoing Ministries

A Desert of Your Own--take home project this Lent

Each Wednesday beginning on March 13th, worship participants will receive a component to start their own "arid font" at home. A new element will be available for you to pick up at each midweek worship service--you'll want to collect them all!


*One font per household, please. If you must miss a Wednesday, see Mrs. Brown to pick up the item you missed.

Deserted Font

During the Season of Lent a number of changes are made to our worship service and our to our sanctuary. The paraments change, we stop singing "Alleluia"; and this year, our Baptismal Font becomes an arid landscape. When you worship in the coming weeks there will be a small handout to help further explain the deserted font. Here is a small bit of information to help us begin our Lenten devotion and focus.


Why The Deserted Font?


Physical symbols are powerful. We could talk about our thirst until all our mouths are dry, and still not feel the need. A physical symbol helps us get out of our minds, and feel an effect in our souls.


Shouldn’t there always be water in the font to show God’s never-ending providence?

The deserted font is startling. You are right that Jesus is always present. We have the water that lasts, even gushing up to eternal life. But, the deserted font reminds us that we still have a need for Jesus, and always will. And it is a defiant statement that even in the desert we will survive because our water is eternal. The challenge of faith is to find Jesus even in scarcity. The deserted font is testimony that especially in poverty, wretchedness and trial Jesus is present. It is a symbol of hope in God’s steadfast love when it seems absent or unlikely. It is a symbol of trust and expectation. It is a symbol of our endurance in the face of adversity because God strengthens us.

Food Bank Help on Saturday--March 9

FELC will be helping at the East Bluff Community Center Food Bank this Saturday. 9am to Noon.


Thank you for joining us as we serve together!

FELC Plant Sale to Benefit Youth Ministry

One way to beat those winter blues is to start dreaming of your spring and summer gardens! the 2019 Plant Sale will begin on Sunday, March 3rd through the 13th.


Please pick up information on Sunday and get your orders in! Proceeds benefit the youth programs of FELC.

Work Day with Parish Education

Everyone is invited to help the Parish Education Committee clean up around the church and organize a few key areas of the building. Join us on March 16 from 10am to Noon.
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Retirees Lunch on March 26th

All Retirees of FELC are invited to the monthly luncheon. March 26th at 11:30pm at Perkins.

Adult Fellowship on April 12th--Sign Up Now!

Draper Glass Demonstration and Dinner

Friday, April 12th at 6pm. Join other FELC adults and learn more about glass blowing at Draper Glass. The demonstration is $12. Please sign up as soon as possible so we can make a deposit on our event. Following the hour long demonstration, we will grab dinner at One World. Sign up on the bulletin board in Luther Hall or on the Facebook Event page.

Keep In Touch with FELC

Content for this e-newsletter may be directed to Pastor Heather Arnold at: heather.arnold@felcpeoria.org.

Items for the monthly calendar or the weekly Buzz may be sent to Lois Neptun in the main office. office@felcpeoria.org. Deadline for both publications is Wednesday by 11:30am.