First English Lutheran

This Week--Upcoming Events & Ongoing Ministries

Grief Journey Group begins Wednesday. Contact Pastor Ryan before Wednesday to sign up.

Walking the Grief Journey


Dates: October 2nd, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Time: 6pm -- 7:30pm

Location: Council Room


Please contact Pastor Ryan to sign up—ryan.anderson@felcpeoria.org or 309-685-0337.


Walking the Grief Journey

Wednesday evenings (6pm—7:30pm) on October 2nd, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, Pastor Ryan will lead a, supportive, compassionate series for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.


In this group, each will learn some of their own natural ways of coping with loss, as we seek together God’s strength and guidance on the journey.


The four-session class will culminate on All Saint’s Sunday (Nov. 3rd), when the whole congregation will remember the saints who have died in faith.


The class will meet in the Council Room.

We need cars for Trunk or Treat part of the Fall Festival!

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Meal Train for Member

Friends of Aubrey O'Brien have set up a Meal Train for her family as Aubrey recovers from a recent surgery. If you would like to provide a meal for the O'Briens, please check on Pastor Heather's facebook page or contact Pastor Heather for the link to the O'Brien Meal Train webpage.

Connect Groups: Meeting this Month

Plan to meet with your Connect Group on Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30pm. Location will vary for each group. Group leaders should be reaching out to their group this week.


Thank you to everyone how has offered to host or coordinate the groups. Your enthusiasm, prayers, and support is much appreciated.

SIGN UP for Kickball! All ages-open to everyone!

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ONE October Stewardship Events

Pledge cards will be blessed on Stewardship Sunday, October 20 during both worship services.


“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back...and thanked him.”

Luke 17:11-19


Soon you will receive a Stewardship Packet in the mail. It will include a letter, pledge card, and a puzzle piece. Please be sure to read over the material and plan to spend some time discerning how you will give to First English Lutheran in 2020.


Pledge Card. Please prayerfully consider how God is calling you to support the mission of FELC. These pledges are crucial as FELC leaders create the 2020 budget.


Puzzle Piece. When you bring your pledge card, bring in your puzzle piece, too. There will be a table in the narthex throughout October, as we all piece together the puzzle.


Pledges help us piece together our financial plan for 2020; your contributions make our One Mission possible.

Snack Pack Donations: October is Oatmeal Packets

The Snack Pack program at Von Steuben Middle School is off to a great start. We are providing food for 168 students every week.


If you'd like to donate foods items, we will be suggesting a specific item for each month. In October please bring in Oatmeal Packets.


Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

FELC Women's Scrapbooking and Craft Event

Join other FELC members and their guests at the Scrapbooking and Craft Event.

Saturday, October 12th

9am to 4pm


Coffee and bottled water will be available.

No charge. Please bring a sack lunch & drink, your projects and supplies. You may also bring some items for the "freebie table."


This event is for FELC members and their invited guests. Children must have activities to keep them busy all day. Nursery will not be open and there aren't sitters.


Contact: Donna Hartwig at 251-7894 or Pam Anderson 444-2018 for more information.

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Bonfire Potluck-October 26th

Bonfire Potluck

Saturday, October 26th from 4pm-8pm

hosted at the home The Perkinson Family


Bring a dish to share and your lawn chair, hot dogs, beverage, s'mores and bonfire provided.


Please sign up by Sunday, October 20th.


Everyone from FELC is invited to join this fun evening!

Nursery Attendant Updates

For the past few weeks we have been without a paid Nursery Attendant in the church nursery area on Wednesday nights or Sunday mornings. We are currently interviewing applicants for the Nursery Attendant position and hope to have this position staffed soon.

If you or someone you know would be interested in providing childcare in our Nursery on Wednesday nights or Sunday mornings, please contact Kathy Neptun for more information.


For parents and caregivers: "there's no lifeguard on duty" right now in the nursery and we appreciate your help watching and picking up after the kids who enjoy our space.

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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 the Buss is Wednesday by 11:30am.