April 15, 2019

The Great Commandment of Jesus is not optional…
Love your neighbors as yourselves! 

The Evangelism Team
First Lutheran Resurrection Egg Hunt - The Faith Formation Team is asking for donations of candy filled eggs for the Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday.

Whatsapp Communication Partners With African Companion Synod - Would you like to communicate with a member of our companion synod, the Lutheran Church of Central African Republic (EEL-RCA) via cell phone app ("Whatsapp" or "Messenger")? The church there is keenly interested in this program and is eagerly signing people up. Participants between the age of 18 and 40 would be matched up with someone within about 5 years of their age. If you know some French, that would be helpful, but that is not an absolute requirement since Google Translate can give you rough translations. For more information or to register, 
email Carolyn Jacobs and write Communication Project in the subject line.

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.
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) if you would like to host coffee fellowship.

Feed Galveston Packaging Event – Saturday, May 11th– Sign In 12:00noon at the Lyceum at First Lutheran.  Our goal is to package 50,000 serving of food for our neighbors in need! We need your help; come for an hour or two, or stay to the very end.  If you cannot come at 12:00 noon, then please come at 2:00pm, or come at 10:00am to label the bags.  We appreciate all help!  This is a great opportunity to be of service to your community, meet new people, and have some fun.  If you or your group will participating, kindly sign up and give us the approximate number of volunteers that we can expect.

Tuition Assistance for Naomi  In order for Naomi Lopina to attend classes for the 2019 School year, she needs our assistance with her school fees at the Namnyaki Secondary School in Iringa, Tanzania.  Disowned by her father for refusing to enter an arranged marriage with an older man with our help she will be able to continue her studies. Please make your checks payable to First Lutheran and earmark them for Naomi, place them in the offering place or mail to the church office.

The church office will be closed Monday, April 22nd.

Maundy Thursday, April 18th
Join us at 12:00 noon (in the Chapel) or 6:30pm , for the beginning of The Triduum – The Great Three Days.  We will begin the worship that concludes at the benediction on Easter Sunday.  The evening worship service will include the washing of feet or hands and First Communion for our third graders.
Good Friday, April 19th
We will mark this day with Service of the Word at 12:00noon and the Tenebrae at 6:30pm.
Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 20th
Saturday, March 31st at 5:30pm join in the Easter Vigil which begins the celebration of Easter with readings from the Old Testament leading up to the joyous reading of the Resurrection account from John. 
Easter Sunday, April 21st
We will gather to celebrate the joy that Christ is Risen!  Worship will begin at 10:00am.  A Resurrection Egg Hunt in the courtyard will follow the worship.

Saturday – 27
Sunday – 166
Offering - $4,530
Online Giving – 738.00
This Week’s Birthdays
Hunter Haupt, 15th
Barbara Krider, 15th
Paula Castonguay, 16th
Kodiak Cox, 17th
Phyllis Ahern, 18th
Leo Chide, 19th
Jeremy Heallen, 19th
John Marchesini, 21st
Roger & Theresa Low, 15th
Karl & Marilyn Huapt, 19th
Herbie & Jeanie Doreck, 20th

This Week at First Lutheran

Wednesday – Theology Class, 10am

Thursday – Holy Communion in Chapel, 12noon

Thursday – Holy Communion 6:30pm

Friday – The Solemn Liturgy of the Word, 12noon

Friday – The Solemn Liturgy of the Tenebrae, 6:30pm

Saturday – Easter Vigil, 5:30pm

Sunday – Easter Day Festival Service, 10am

Monday – Church Office Closed