First English Lutheran

Redeemed by Christ to Witness and Serve

Public Newsletter

This edition of the newsletter was created to be posted on the internet; links to our Zoom meeting IDs and passwords are not included.

A copy of this newsletter with the meeting IDs and passwords was emailed to our FELC Membership email list. The information will also be included to those who receive The Weekly Buzz by mail.

Your Generous Spirit

Thank you for your overwhelming generosity in bolstering the Family Aid Fund in recent weeks. We, First English, are now in a good position to help those who suffer financially because of the ongoing pandemic.

If you are in need of assistance please contact Pastor Ryan. Money from the Family Aid Fund is given out at the pastor’s discretion, with guidance from select congregational leaders. The anonymity of the person making the request is taken seriously.

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Online Worship Participation

If you 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

Volunteer Opportunity at VSMS

Von Steuben Middle School is in need of volunteers to help teachers and staff with the collection of school property at VSMS this week.

Help is needed for any amount of time from 10am to 2pm-Monday through Thursday this week. Contact Kathy Neptun via text or email at

Parents and students will be returning school property and collecting personal items. All parents and students will remain in their vehicle when they arrive at the school. A school staff member will take a student's name at the car. Staff will take books, Streams, and power cords borrowed from the school. Another staff member will then return student belongings.

All staff will follow strict safety protocol when handling school and student property. Masks and gloves will be worn, and all staff will be fever free and in good health.

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Care Callers--seeking phone callers

The Care & Connect Committee is seeking to increase our number of Care Callers. A small group of dedicated people have been making phone calls to members of FELC since mid-March. We are inviting other members to join this group--hopeful to gain around 10 more callers.

+ Call around 10-15 households every 7-10 days (or as need arises.)

+ Pass any concerns, needs, or prayer requests on to the Pastors.

If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Pastor Heather.

(text or call)

Gather Bible Study Video

For your use in at home devotionals.

Gather Bible Study Link You will find a series of five videos.

From the Women of ELCA's Gather Magazine. "As many Bible study groups continue meet remotely due to stay-at-home orders across the country, Gather is excited to share that Angela T. Khabeb, author of the May 2020 devotional, “Plenty good room” has created a series of videos to accompany the study.

Please feel free to use the videos above as a part of your personal devotional practice in May or share with your Bible study circle as you socially distance."

Inspire on Sunday Mornings

Sundays @ 9:30AM—Inspire

A time of devotion and conversation, calling on the Holy Spirit to speak to us through the scriptures. This is a great way to kick-start or enhance your at-home worship experience.

Led by Pr. Ryan.

An invitation with the Zoom link will be sent out to the FELC email list. You may contact Pr. Ryan if you have any questions or trouble getting to the link.

Encourage on Tuesday Nights

Tuesdays @ 6:30PM

A time of guided prayer and open conversation to break through the isolation and encourage one another in faith. Led by Pr. Ryan

An invitation with the Zoom link will be sent out to the FELC email list. You may contact Pr. Ryan if you have any questions or trouble getting to the link.

No Internet? You can still join us on Zoom!

You can still participate in FELC Zoom sessions, even if you don’t have a computer or the internet. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Just follow these steps:

From any telephone (landline or cellular):

1. call the Zoom meeting Dial In number at the appointed time

2. when prompted, type in the Meeting ID number

3. when prompted, type in the meeting Password

You are then connected using audio only (you will be able to hear others and talk to everyone, but you won’t see them and they won’t see you).

If you have any questions or technical difficulties, please contact Pastor Ryan.

Try it for one of these weekly First English virtual gatherings:

Inspire (Bible Study)

Time: Sundays @ 9:30 AM

Dial In #: +1 312-626-6799

Meeting ID:


Encourage (Prayer & Conversation)

Time: Tuesdays @ 6:30 PM

Dial In #: +1-312-626-6799

Meeting ID:


Youth Get Together via Zoom

The FELC Youth will meet for Midweek Youth Group Wednesday at 6:30pm. All youth in 7th grade through Post High are invited to join the conversation and fun.

Contact Mrs. Brown for a link to these meetings.

Keep In Touch with FELC

Submit prayer requests to the prayer chain email address:

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