March 11, 2019
Midweek Lenten Worship During the season of Lent, join us for midweek Lenten services at 12 noon in the Chapel. For those who will be attending during their lunch hour, these services will be last between 30 and 40 minutes. If unable to attend, you can view the video online at our website at your convenience!

STRATEGIC GENEROSITY - Join our Gift Planner, Dr. Lizbeth Jonson from Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest, this Sunday immediately after worship this Sunday for a discussion and Q&A about stewardship practices, including "Have you considered using your IRA's Required Mininum Distribution (RMD) for your church or ministry?"

Easter Lilies – place your order for Easter! Each year the sanctuary is adorned with Easter Lilies – we need your help to get these. Please pre-order and pay for each lily you would like to donate for the Easter Worship services. (Lilies may be taken home on Easter Sunday following the worship service.) Each lily will cost $16 – please list how you desire the lily to be recorded as a memorial or honorarium of someone. 
Lent in a Bag If you did not pick up a Lent in a Bag kit, please stop by the church office to pick one up to use at home!

New Member Class finishes up on March 17 Pastor Rhoades will complete a new members class on Sunday March 17, 8:45 am – 9:45 am. Please contact Pastor Rhoades or the Church Office about this class or a future class.

Why Do Bad Things Happen to God's People?  The Adult Sunday School Class for all men or women meets at 9 am in the Large Conference room.  We are 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.
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 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.
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 at First Lutheran
Monday – Church Council Meeting, 5pm
Tuesday – Lyceum Board Meeting, 4pm
Wednesday – Midweek Lenten Service, 12:00noon
Saturday – Holy Communion, 5:30am
Sunday – Confirmation Class, 8:45am
Sunday – Adult Study Class, 8:45am
Sunday – New Member Class, 8:45 am
Sunday – Holy Communion, 10am
Sunday – The Divine Drama Class, 5pm

This Week’s Birthdays
Ellis Shook, 13th

Jason & Christina Muehe, 14th
Saturday - 34
Sunday – 113
Offering $5,408
Online Giving $1,368


The Great Commandment of Jesus is not optional…
Love your neighbor as yourselves!
The Evangelism Team