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February 7. 2021

New Members Classes  Pastor Rhoades will be gathering those interested in becoming members of First Lutheran for a three session class beginning March 14 following the worship service in the main sanctuary. The sessions will last approximately 1 hour and will be held March 14, 21 and 28. New Members will be received on Easter Sunday (April 4) during the worship service.  If interested please contact Pastor Rhoades or the Church Office.  If you would prefer a virtual setting let us know!

Ash Wednesday – February 17 Plan now to observe Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, either in person or virtually. Worship gatherings will occur at 12 noon and 6:30 pm. Because of COVID-19, we will not be using actual ashes (there is no safe way of imposing ashes in a pandemic), we have created a special sticker in place of the ashes for 2021. This sticker can be worn on Ash Wednesday then placed in a prominent location for the remainder of Lent as a daily reminder. If you are not able to attend in person on Ash Wednesday the sticker can be picked up in the Church Office or mailed to you. Please call the Church Office to arrange for this opportunity. Deadline for mailing stickers is February 12th so that they are delivered in time for Ash Wednesday.

The Evangelism Team will be selling yard crosses beginning Ash Wednesday. The cross is white and has "He is Risen" printed on them.  Be on the lookout for the Evangelism Team selling these in the Narthex.
 
Preparing for Lent You are invited to find a clay pot to place in a special location in your home or work space for the season of Lent. Our theme for Lent 2021 is “We have this treasure in clay jars” (2 Corinthians 4:7) – yet, how often might we feel more like a cracked pot? During Lent we will be exploring how God uses fragile and sometimes broken clay jars to carry the love of God into this world. Each day in Lent a special Facebook post will go out highlighting a “fragile clay jar” that God has used to do amazing things. On Wednesdays in Lent we will focus on specific individuals in the Bible who lived out being fragile clay jars and changed the world.  So too, God has poured such love into you to carry into the world.

Bach Society Concert will be at 3:30pm on February 20, 2021.The concert is open to the public. A free will offering of $5-$10 will be appreciated.

Bible Time Travel Lesson 3 is now available! Kids from K-6 will enjoy weekly videos that help them dive into the bible stories. Find the videos at: http://www.firstlutherangalveston.com/kids-mission.
Also, click here to see all of our archived Kids Mission videos!
Contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com for supplies.

The Mission Team Our Coat, Blanket and Socks Drive continues through February 12th. We will have a box in the hall by the Main Office. These will be given to Christus Daily Bread to help those who are less fortunate or those going through hard times right now. We are taking new or nice, clean used items so this is a good time to clean out your closets!!

Virtual Bible Study – Reading Through Galatians
Join Pastor Rhoades virtually on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm to read through and study Galatians. Please sign up by reaching out to the church office or Pastor Rhoades. Pastor will send you the link and also provide digital materials to assist in the study. Sign up now!

 


Worship Virtually – Sundays 10:00 am

 

Worship Safely In Person – Sundays 10:00 am

 



You are encouraged to join in worship either safely in person or virtually every Sunday. 

Mask Up!
As the pandemic continues to churn in our world, First Lutheran continues to require that masks be worn and kept on during worship services or other events at the church. Those leading worship in chancel will removed their masks while speaking so as to provide clear communication for both those worshipping in person and those on line. Otherwise, everyone is required to keep their mask over their mouth and nose. Please be vigilant and encouraging to one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising – hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

HOME Holy Communion Package: As we have entered into a time of observing weekly communion virtually in our homes, you may contact the Church Office to receive a package of wafers for the celebration of Holy Communion. A bag with a month’s supply will be brought out to your car while observing safe practices. Luther reminds us that the sacrament is valid when we trust the promise of Christ in the sacrament. And, as we confess belief in the communion of saints, we trust God’s presence in our virtual gatherings for worship. Please contact the Church Office as 409-762-8477 to arrange for your package of wafers.

Offering  $9114

Attendance

In-person:

 88

Virtually Online:

  Worship Service: 130 views

  Sermon: 74 views

  Children's Message:  28 views

 

 Bible Time Travel

      Lesson 3: 21 views

      Lesson 2: 27 views

      Lesson 1: 131 views

  

This Week’s Birthdays

Lisa Johnson 8th

Adam Palmer 9th

Amy Rutledge 10th

Becky Wyman 15th

Anniversaries

Jack and Lynn Gallo 12th

Jim and Laura Lewis 15th

February 1, 2021

Open Church and Holy Communion -The main sanctuary will be open for prayer from 2:00 – 3:00 pm on Wednesday , February 3. At 3:00 pm, Pastor Rhoades will offer a simple service of Holy Communion.

Ash Wednesday – February 17 Plan now to observe Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, either in person or virtually. Worship gatherings will occur at 12 noon and 6:30 pm. Because of COVID-19, we will not be using actual ashes (there is no safe way of imposing ashes in a pandemic), we have created a special sticker in place of the ashes for 2021. This sticker can be worn on Ash Wednesday then placed in a prominent location for the remainder of Lent as a daily reminder. If you are not able to attend in person on Ash Wednesday the sticker can be picked up in the Church Office or mailed to you. Please call the Church Office to arrange for this opportunity.
 
Preparing for Lent You are invited to find a clay pot to place in a special location in your home or work space for the season of Lent. Our theme for Lent 2021 is “We have this treasure in clay jars” (2 Corinthians 4:7) – yet, how often might we feel more like a cracked pot? During Lent we will be exploring how God uses fragile and sometimes broken clay jars to carry the love of God into this world. Each day in Lent a special Facebook post will go out highlighting a “fragile clay jar” that God has used to do amazing things. On Wednesdays in Lent we will focus on specific individuals in the Bible who lived out being fragile clay jars and changed the world.  So too, God has poured such love into you to carry into the world.

Bach Society Concert will be at 3:30pm on February 20, 2021.The concert is open to the public. A free will offering of $5-$10 will be appreciated.  This concert will feature violist, Matthew Carrington.

Bible Time Travel Lesson 2 is now available! Kids from K-6 will enjoy weekly videos that help them dive into the bible stories. Find the videos at: http://www.firstlutherangalveston.com/kids-mission.
Also, click here to see all of our archived Kids Mission videos!
Contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com for supplies.

The Mission Team Our Coat, Blanket and Socks Drive continues through February 12th. We will have a box in the hall by the Main Office. These will be given to Christus Daily Bread to help those who are less fortunate or those going through hard times right now. We are taking new or nice, clean used items so this is a good time to clean out your closets!!

Virtual Bible Study – Reading Through Amos
Join Pastor Rhoades virtually on Tuesday evenings to read through and study the Old Testament prophet Amos. The study includes study notes and conversation as to what God is saying through the prophet and what it means today for God’s people. Please sign-up to be included in the study!  Participants will receive the notes via email and an invite to the weekly online gathering. Sign up now! 


Worship Virtually – Sundays 10:00 am

Worship Safely In Person – Sundays 10:00 am



You are encouraged to join in worship either safely in person or virtually every Sunday. 

Mask Up!
As the pandemic continues to churn in our world, First Lutheran continues to require that masks be worn and kept on during worship services or other events at the church. Those leading worship in chancel will removed their masks while speaking so as to provide clear communication for both those worshipping in person and those on line. Otherwise, everyone is required to keep their mask over their mouth and nose. Please be vigilant and encouraging to one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising – hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

HOME Holy Communion Package: As we have entered into a time of observing weekly communion virtually in our homes, you may contact the Church Office to receive a package of wafers for the celebration of Holy Communion. A bag with a month’s supply will be brought out to your car while observing safe practices. Luther reminds us that the sacrament is valid when we trust the promise of Christ in the sacrament. And, as we confess belief in the communion of saints, we trust God’s presence in our virtual gatherings for worship. Please contact the Church Office as 409-762-8477 to arrange for your package of wafers.

Offering  $2916

Attendance 

In-person:

 73

Virtually Online:

  Worship Service: 165 views

  Sermon: 4 views

  Children's Message: 23 views

 

 Bible Time Travel

      Lesson 2: 12 views

      Lesson 1: 127 views

  

This Week’s Birthdays

Carlie Plain 1st

Kelsie Plain 1st

Henry Wulf 1st

Sidney Prets 2nd

Ava Gerald 3rd

Rick Watkins 3rd

Jack Bennett 5th

Anniversaries

January 25, 2021

Bible Time Travel has kicked off! Kids from K-6 will enjoy weekly videos that help them dive into the bible stories. Find the videos at: http://www.firstlutherangalveston.com/kids-mission.
Also, click here to see all of our archived Kids Mission videos!
Contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com for supplies.

Christian Sympathy to Jeanie Doreck upon the death of husband Herbie Doreck on Monday morning. The visitation and funeral service is tentatively set for Friday morning at First Lutheran.

The Mission Team is going to have our Coat, Blanket and Socks Drive through February 12th. We will have a box in the hall by the Main Office. These will be given to Christus Daily Bread to help those who are less fortunate or those going through hard times right now. We are taking new or nice, clean used items so this is a good time to clean out your closets!!

Virtual Bible Study – Reading Through Amos
Join Pastor Rhoades virtually on Tuesday evenings to read through and study the Old Testament prophet Amos. The study includes study notes and conversation as to what God is saying through the prophet and what it means today for God’s people. Please sign-up to be included in the study!  Participants will receive the notes via email and an invite to the weekly online gathering. Sign up now!


Worship Virtually – Sundays 10:00 am

Worship Safely In Person – Sundays 10:00 am



You are encouraged to join in worship either safely in person or virtually every Sunday. 

Mask Up!
As the pandemic continues to churn in our world, First Lutheran continues to require that masks be worn and kept on during worship services or other events at the church. Those leading worship in chancel will removed their masks while speaking so as to provide clear communication for both those worshipping in person and those on line. Otherwise, everyone is required to keep their mask over their mouth and nose. Please be vigilant and encouraging to one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising – hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

HOME Holy Communion Package: As we have entered into a time of observing weekly communion virtually in our homes, you may contact the Church Office to receive a package of wafers for the celebration of Holy Communion. A bag with a month’s supply will be brought out to your car while observing safe practices. Luther reminds us that the sacrament is valid when we trust the promise of Christ in the sacrament. And, as we confess belief in the communion of saints, we trust God’s presence in our virtual gatherings for worship. Please contact the Church Office as 409-762-8477 to arrange for your package of wafers.

Offering  $4126

Attendance 

In-person:

 79

Virtually Online:

  Worship Service: 182 views

  Sermon: 65 views

  Children's Message: 185 views

  Bible Time Travel: 35 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Tiffany Boysen 25th

John Schmidt 25th

Kay Fritz Stafford 27th

Sherry Black 28th

Bill Graefe 28th

Ruby Wulf 28th

Falyn Cruz 30th

Lynn Gallo 30th

Brooke Hopkins 30th

Caroline Boysen 31st

James Tetley 31st

Anniversaries

 

January 18, 2021

 Family Sunday will be January 24th at 11am (right after worship ends). This group is for families with children from Pre-K to 6 grade. It will gather in-person (fellowship hall) and virtually. This month, the group will kick off a new round of virtual Faith Formation lessons: Bible Time Travel. Please RSVP to emily@firstlutherangalveston.com by Jan 17.

The Mission Team is going to have our Coat, Blanket and Socks Drive starting January 8th through February 12th. We will have a box in the hall by the Main Office. These will be given to Christus Daily Bread to help those who are less fortunate or those going through hard times right now. We are taking new or nice, clean used items so this is a good time to clean out your closets!!

Virtual Bible Study – Reading Through Amos
Join Pastor Rhoades virtually on Tuesday evenings begins TODAY, to read through and study the Old Testament prophet Amos. The study includes study notes and conversation as to what God is saying through the prophet and what it means today for God’s people. Please sign-up to be included in the study!  Participants will receive the notes via email and an invite to the weekly online gathering. Sign up now!

 



Worship Virtually – Sundays 10:00 am

 

Worship Safely In Person – Sundays 10:00 am

 

 



You are encouraged to join in worship either safely in person or virtually every Sunday. 

Mask Up!
As the pandemic continues to churn in our world, First Lutheran continues to require that masks be worn and kept on during worship services or other events at the church. Those leading worship in chancel will removed their masks while speaking so as to provide clear communication for both those worshipping in person and those on line. Otherwise, everyone is required to keep their mask over their mouth and nose. Please be vigilant and encouraging to one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising – hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

HOME Holy Communion Package: As we have entered into a time of observing weekly communion virtually in our homes, you may contact the Church Office to receive a package of wafers for the celebration of Holy Communion. A bag with a month’s supply will be brought out to your car while observing safe practices. Luther reminds us that the sacrament is valid when we trust the promise of Christ in the sacrament. And, as we confess belief in the communion of saints, we trust God’s presence in our virtual gatherings for worship. Please contact the Church Office as 409-762-8477 to arrange for your package of wafers.

Offering  $4755

Attendance 

 

In-person:

 72

Virtually Online:

  Worship Service: 179 views

  Annual Meeting: 111 views

  Sermon: 68 views

  Children's Message: 36 views

  

This Week’s Birthdays

Mario Ceccacci 18th

Bret Rutledge 19th

Rob Holland 20th

Wendy Marchesini 20th

Jimmy Fundling 21st

Louise Miller 21st

Robby Boysen 22nd

Dylan Schultz 23rd  

Diana Chide 24th

Albert Choate 24th

Colten Gerald 24th

Anniversaries

Berto and Barbara Hernandez 18th

Christopher and Debbie Hopkins 20th

January 11, 2021

Annual Meeting of the Congregation Join us following the Sunday morning worship service on January 17 in the main sanctuary for the Annual Meeting. The Agenda includes adoption of the 2021 budget, election of one new Church Council member and election of voting members to the 2021 Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Assembly (a virtual/digital gathering).

Family Sunday will be on Jan 24th at 11am (right after worship ends). This group is for families with children from Pre-K to 6 grade. It will gather in-person (fellowship hall) and virtually. This month, the group will kick off a new round of virtual Faith Formation lessons: Bible Time Travel. Please RSVP to emily@firstlutherangalveston.com by Jan 17.

The Mission Team is going to have our Coat, Blanket and Socks Drive starting January 8th through February 12th. We will have a box in the hall by the Main Office. These will be given to Christus Daily Bread to help those who are less fortunate or those going through hard times right now. We are taking new or nice, clean used items so this is a good time to clean out your closets!!

Virtual Bible Study – Reading Through Amos
Join Pastor Rhoades virtually on Tuesday evenings beginning January 19, to read through and study the Old Testament prophet Amos. The study includes study notes and conversation as to what God is saying through the prophet and what it means today for God’s people. Please sign-up to be included in the study!  Participants will receive the notes via email and an invite to the weekly online gathering. Sign up now!

You are encouraged to join in worship either safely in person or virtually every Sunday at 10am. 

Mask Up!
As the pandemic continues to churn in our world, First Lutheran continues to require that masks be worn and kept on during worship services or other events at the church. Those leading worship in chancel will removed their masks while speaking so as to provide clear communication for both those worshipping in person and those on line. Otherwise, everyone is required to keep their mask over their mouth and nose. Please be vigilant and encouraging to one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising – hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

HOME Holy Communion Package: As we have entered into a time of observing weekly communion virtually in our homes, you may contact the Church Office to receive a package of wafers for the celebration of Holy Communion. A bag with a month’s supply will be brought out to your car while observing safe practices. Luther reminds us that the sacrament is valid when we trust the promise of Christ in the sacrament. And, as we confess belief in the communion of saints, we trust God’s presence in our virtual gatherings for worship. Please contact the Church Office as 409-762-8477 to arrange for your package of wafers.

Offering  $11,255

Attendance 

In-person:

 81

Virtually Online:

  Worship Service: 190 views

  Sermon: 65 views

  Children's Message: 182 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Don Burlison 11th

Mackenzie O'Sheaghnessy 11th

Stephanie Pena 12th

Gary Scales 12th

Zachary King 13th

Joshua Glenney 15th

Bailey Glenn 16th

Anniversaries

John and Shereen Boysen 11th

January 4, 2021

Wednesday Communion The sanctuary will be open for prayer and reflection Wednesday, January 6 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. A Brief service of Holy Communion will be offered at 3:00 pm. This opportunity offers a safe space for those not comfortable in a weekend worship service with higher attendance. Safety protocols are observed.
 
Annual Meeting of the Congregation Join us following the Sunday morning worship service on January 17 in the main sanctuary for the Annual Meeting. The Agenda includes adoption of the 2021 budget, election of one new Church Council member and election of voting members to the 2021 Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Assembly (a virtual/digital gathering).

Family Sunday will be on Jan 24th at 11am (right after worship ends). This group is for families with children from Pre-K to 6 grade. It will gather in-person (fellowship hall) and virtually. This month, the group will kick off a new round of virtual Faith Formation lessons: Bible Time Travel. Please RSVP to emily@firstlutherangalveston.com by Jan 17.

The Mission Team would like to thank all of you who supported the ELCA World Hunger Advent Tree. Your generosity during this Christmas “Time of Giving” will help so many less fortunate.  Fifty-five items were purchased amounting to approximately $2,277.

The Mission Team wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy 2021 New Year!!
Donna Spencer, Donna Martin, Jim Gainer, Brenda Concienne

Virtual Bible Study – Reading Through Amos
Join Pastor Rhoades virtually on Tuesday evenings beginning January 19, to read through and study the Old Testament prophet Amos. The study includes study notes and conversation as to what God is saying through the prophet and what it means today for God’s people. Please sign-up to be included in the study!  Participants will receive the notes via email and an invite to the weekly online gathering. Sign up now!

 



Worship Virtually – Sundays 10:00 am

 

Worship Safely In Person – Sundays 10:00 am

 

 



You are encouraged to join in worship either safely in person or virtually every Sunday. 

Mask Up!
As the pandemic continues to churn in our world, First Lutheran continues to require that masks be worn and kept on during worship services or other events at the church. Those leading worship in chancel will removed their masks while speaking so as to provide clear communication for both those worshipping in person and those on line. Otherwise, everyone is required to keep their mask over their mouth and nose. Please be vigilant and encouraging to one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising – hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

HOME Holy Communion Package: As we have entered into a time of observing weekly communion virtually in our homes, you may contact the Church Office to receive a package of wafers for the celebration of Holy Communion. A bag with a month’s supply will be brought out to your car while observing safe practices. Luther reminds us that the sacrament is valid when we trust the promise of Christ in the sacrament. And, as we confess belief in the communion of saints, we trust God’s presence in our virtual gatherings for worship. Please contact the Church Office as 409-762-8477 to arrange for your package of wafers.

Offering  $8227

Attendance 

 

In-person:

 58

Virtually Online:

  Morning Service: 171 views

  Sermon: 111 views

  Children's Message:  40 views

  

This Week’s Birthdays

Marilyn Howard 4th

Suzanne Peterson 6th

Robert Boysen III 9th

Mark Dell'Osso  10th

Anniversaries

Joe and Brenda Concienne 8th

December 28, 2020

The Mission Team would like to thank all of you who supported the ELCA World Hunger Advent Tree. Your generosity during this Christmas “Time of Giving” will help so many less fortunate.  Fifty-five items were purchased amounting to approximately $2,277.

The Mission Team wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy 2021 New Year!!

Donna Spencer
Donna Martin
Jim Gainer
Brenda Concienne

Virtual Bible Study – Reading Through Amos
Join Pastor Rhoades virtually on Tuesday evenings beginning January 19, to read through and study the Old Testament prophet Amos. The study includes study notes and conversation as to what God is saying through the prophet and what it means today for God’s people. Please sign-up to be included in the study!  Participants will receive the notes via email and an invite to the weekly online gathering. Sign up now!
 
NO Sunday Evening Worship on January 3. During the slower period of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Sunday evening worship not be held. Join us for Sunday evening worship on Sunday, January 10 at 5:30 pm.


During these difficult days of the pandemic, we must observe masks at all times and social distancing. Because of this, we have added a third worship opportunity on Christmas Eve to reduce the number of people in each service (spreading it over 3 services versus just 2). 
 
If you are not feeling well, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are still in a 14 day quarantine period, please remain at home and worship virtually with us. Our Christmas Eve worship will be available on line.
 

Worship Virtually – Sundays 10:00 am or 5:30 pm
Worship Safely In Person – Sundays 10:00 am or 5:30 pm

You are encouraged to join in worship either safely in person or virtually every Sunday. If you prefer a smaller gathering, try out the Sunday evening worship service!

The Evangelism Team would like to thank the congregation for their participation in Operation Christmas Cookie. Without the help from our parishioners, it would not have been the success it was. We packaged and delivered fifty cookie boxes. Thank you so much again.

Mask Up!
As the pandemic continues to churn in our world, First Lutheran continues to require that masks be worn and kept on during worship services or other events at the church. Those leading worship in chancel will removed their masks while speaking so as to provide clear communication for both those worshipping in person and those on line. Otherwise, everyone is required to keep their mask over their mouth and nose. Please be vigilant and encouraging to one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising – hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

HOME Holy Communion Package: As we have entered into a time of observing weekly communion virtually in our homes, you may contact the Church Office to receive a package of wafers for the celebration of Holy Communion. A bag with a month’s supply will be brought out to your car while observing safe practices. Luther reminds us that the sacrament is valid when we trust the promise of Christ in the sacrament. And, as we confess belief in the communion of saints, we trust God’s presence in our virtual gatherings for worship. Please contact the Church Office as 409-762-8477 to arrange for your package of wafers.

Year End Offerings - For those who like to make year end offerings to the church please have it to the church office by noon on December 31, 2020.  This will ensure that your donation gets recorded in the year 2020.

Offering  24th $2842
                     25th $50
                27th $2910

Attendance 

 

In-person: 

   Blue Christmas: 2

  Christmas Eve 5pm: 89

  Christmas Eve 8pm: 44

   Christmas Eve 11pm: 42

   Christmas Day: 9

   December 27: 

Virtually Online:

  Christmas Eve Service 5pm: 263 views

  Christmas Eve Service 8pm: 206 views

  Christmas Eve Sermon: 217 views

  Christmas Day Service: 99 views

  Christmas Day Sermon video: 201 views

  December 27 Morning First Sunday of Christmas video: 463 views

  December 27 Evening Sermon video (Rev. Guthier):  82 views

  Christmas Pageant video:  215 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Dee Zimmerman 28th

Theresa Boysen 29th

Christof Gault 29th

Chris Badger 30th

Jim Gainer 31st

Wesley Moore 31st

Lillian Pean 1st

Tom Scott 1st

Monica Cox 2nd

Anniversaries

Roger and Dee Zimmerman 28th

Earl and Paulette Gilmore 1st

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