WEEKLY NEWS
February 25, 2019

No Saturday Evening Services this Saturday due to Mardi Gras!

Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6: Plan now to attend one of the worship services on Ash Wednesday March 6th at 12 Noon or 6:30 pm.  Begin your observation of Lent with your church family and friends.

New Member Class to begin in March Pastor Rhoades will offer a new members class with three sessions Sundays, March 3, 10, and 17 8:45 am – 9:45 am. If interested in joining First Lutheran, please contact Pastor Rhoades or the Church Office to sign up for the class.

Bill Glenn Memorial Shrove Tuesday Pancake SupperOur Boy Scout Troop #123 will once again offer a gift of a pancake supper on March 5th starting at 5:15 pm and ending at 6:30 pm just prior to the last Mardi Gras parade that kicks off at that time. So you park here, eat pancakes, and then walk over to the parade! This has become a tradition and a fun time of fellowship.  Plan now to be part of the fun! Goodwill donations will be accepted.

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?  The Adult Sunday School Class for all men or women will begin a new study on March 10th, 9 am, Large Conference room.  We will be looking at this age-old question in the famous book of JOB using a study book by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe.  Please plan to join this class.

Is God inspiring you to be a Healing Prayer Minister?
The Worship Team with Pastor Rhoades are developing a Healing Prayer Ministry Team. Participants will be trained by Pastor Rhoadesto offer individual prayer for healing. Scripture is clear in the call to pray for one another and for there to be prayer with those in need of healing. Once established, the team will serve on a rotation of Sundays to offer healing prayer in the Chapel as people are returning to their pews from receiving Holy Communion. Those desiring such prayer will simply go to the chapel to receive this individualized prayer. If you are feeling God’s nudge for you to be part of such a ministry, please contact Pastor Rhoades.

Coffee Fellowship Hosts  Each Sunday, following worship, volunteers serve refreshments and beverages.  Volunteers are need to sign up to host the Coffee Fellowship.  Please contact Vera Danner 409-762-2526 or the church office, if you would like to host coffee fellowship.

Tellers Needed  Janet Choate, Financial Secretary, is asking for volunteers to count the offering each week. Please contact Janet, 409-771-3287 or the church office if you would like to serve.

Mission Team Thanks to Donna Spencer who has generously donated her time, talent and her goods, the Mission Team will be having a Fundraiser on Sundays, March 10, 17 & 24. With the sell of bracelets, the Mission Team will be able to have funds to further their goals in helping the less fortunate. We hope you will check out her beautiful bracelets.

The Mission Team is requesting donations of men’s personal care items for the less fortunate in our immediate community.
We are requesting donations of:
Toothbrushes; Toothpaste; Body wash / soap**; Shampoo**; Razors; Hand sanitizer (liquid or wipes)**, Underwear (variety of sizes/type); Socks
**Please no large size products, just small or travel size.
Items will be collected now through Sunday, March 24th.  The Mission Team will present your donations to Our Daily Bread on March 27th.  There will be labeled tubs in the Narthex & the hallway leading to the Parish Hall.  We thank you in advance for the generosity you’ve shown with your contributions for our homeless neighbors.

Greeter Recognition  Sunday, March 10th we will recognize our greeters for their faithful service greeting congregants and guests before our worship service.  Our greeters are the first impression that folks see when they arrive for worship.

SERVOLUTION is Coming – May 4th! First will be joining in an island wide service day on May 4th. The Mission Team is leading the way with a planned visit with residents of Gulf Health Care Center. In preparation for this event, the Mission Team is inviting all knitters, crochet-ers and quilters to help create lap throws as a gift to residents of Gulf Health Care Center.  If you are willing to help make this happen please contact Brenda Concienne at 409-370-6119.

This Week’s Birthdays
Jamie Coles, 25th
John Stewart, 27th
Bobby Stockfleth, 27th
Joe Henderson, 28th
Melissa Schmidt, 28th
Frank Grizzaffi, 2nd
Kurt Koopmann, 3rd
Scott Rice, 3rd

Anniversaries
Joe & Shirley Byers, 25th
Eddie & Linda Miranda, 26th
Noah & Sue Rice, 1st
Jeff & Ashley Bishop, 2nd

Attendance
Sunday – 121

Offering $3,493
Online Giving $878

Live in such a way that those who know you
but don’t know God,
will come to know God because they know you.
The Evangelism Team