WEEKLY NEWS
April 6, 2020

Worship With Us – Virtually – Go To FirstLutheranGalveston.com 
- The Evangelism Team


Holy Communion VIRTUALLY on Maundy Thursday
During this disrupted time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the weekly celebration of Holy Communion has been interrupted. As we approach Maundy Thursday, the day on which we remember Jesus instituting this sacrament, we will observe the sacrament virtually.  Please prepare for this celebration by having bread/crackers/pita bread and wine/grape juice ready in your home.  When the liturgy moves to the celebration of Holy Communion, those in your home who normally receive and desire to receive the promise given in the sacrament, are welcomed to receive. If living alone you will simply take the bread and the wine after the pastor offers the sacrament in the online worship. If others are with you, share the sacrament one another and offer a blessing to those who are not receiving. This is the only time during our time apart we will celebrate the sacrament until we are once again worshipping together in person. In this unusual reception of Holy Communion, clearly grasp the promise of our Lord Jesus offered in this sacrament.
 
Invite your friends!
You have a tool of invitation in this unusual time! Use your Facebook, email or other apps to invite your friends near and far to worship with us virtually. This might just be what your friends are looking for or are in need of right now.  Simply invite them to join you in virtual worship.

A ZOOM Bible Study on 1 Peter: Reading 1 Peter Together in the Easter Season
The epistle (letter) reading from the New Testament in the Easter Season comes from 1 Peter. Join Pastor Rhoades in ZOOM for an online study weekly on Tuesday’s at 6:30 pm. Pastor will lead us in digging into the text to understand what it meant then and what it says to us now. To participate, email RevRhoades@firstlutherangalveston.com to signup. Pastor will send you the link. In preparation: 1. Download ZOOM onto your computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone. 2. Find 1 Peter in the Bible and read through it—what questions do you have about the text. If you have not participated in a Bible Study before – this is a great time to give it a try!

COVID-19 and Church Update
As President Trump has extended the national effort of social distancing, we at First Lutheran will continue to observe worship virtually – until meeting together is give the clear by health officials. This is definitely a most unusual reality that we are living through. What is needed in this time? 

  1. Prayer. Join in praying daily for the wellbeing of those affected by COVID-19. Pray for those who are ill and their families. Pray for medical staff who are caring for the ill. Pray for those whose employment has been affected by outbreak. Pray for those who are stressed and anxious amidst the time of social distancing. Pray for those who think they are invincible or are simply unaware.
  2. Serve. Extend yourself safely through phone calls, texts, emailsto check on others. Be mindful of the older neighbors or those who live alone. If you are able to safely help others, do so – be a gopher for picking up groceries or prescriptions for those who cannot take care of such things for themselves.
  3. Love. Be mindful of the stress and anxiety of everyone being home. Find moments of joy along the way. Make a schedule for your household – include time for prayer, devotions and play!
  4. Know. Know that God is with us in all things. Know that this time of pandemic will end at some point. Know that life will adjust to a new normal.

Virtual Lilies if you would like to contribute a “virtual lily” for Easter, please email or call the church office. Your $16 contribution will go to the General Fund to help in this unusual time. Names of donors will appear on line and in the next monthly newsletter. Virtual lilies may be donated in memory or honor of others. Please contact the church office at 409-762-8477 or flcg@firstlutherangalveston.com

 Your HELP is Needed
During this unusual time, your congregation needs you to be regular and attentive to submitting your offering. The bills continue for the congregation even though we are not physically together right now.  Please consider:

  • Signing up for electronic giving with this link.
  • Or, go online to have your bank issue a check through bill pay.
  • Or, mail in your offering: First Lutheran Church of Galveston, 2415 Avenue G Galveston, TX 77550

Your continued financial faithfulness will assist the congregation to steer through this unusual time. Thank You!

Faith Formation ONLINE
Your Church Staff is actively developing online faith formation pieces to use in the home. We will be posting the 3rd lesson today! We hope this will be helpful in your faith practices in the home!
 
Zoom Meetings


TODAY 7PM High School Virtual Youth Group Join Zoom Meeting with this link:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/886716033?pwd=T3Fwdkc5WlNYcExuNXB6UHVBSENxdz09. Meeting ID: 886 716 033 and Password: Luther1517
 
Wednesday 7:00PM Theology on Tap (for ages 21-39) in Zoom Join Zoom Meeting with this link:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/706027075?pwd=S2lhL1NnTG9OSEliMlFwZmxjZE12dz09. Meeting ID: 706 027 075 and Password: Luther1517
 
Thursday 6:30PM Family Faith Formation in Zoom Join Zoom Meeting with this link:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/420981996?pwd=Wng2ZFY3eCtCOFdQbDI4N2IxU0FlUT09. Meeting ID: 420 981 996 and Password: Luther1517
 
Saturday 1:00PM Emily’s Office Hours in Zoom Join Zoom Meeting with this link: 
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/679718135?pwd=aEdUZ1NaMjhKMjhYa3h3VXF5Y2tJdz09. Meeting ID: 679 718 135 and Password: Luther1517
 
Sunday 11:30AM Confirmation in Zoom contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com for the details. 
 
Sunday 2:00PM College Student Devotion in Zoom Join Zoom Meeting with this link: 
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/528144238?pwd=WmREOEYwdmhWRlFvSFdQdWpzaHRQUT09. Meeting ID: 528 144 238and Password: Luther1517

Monday, April 13: Church Council ZOOOM Meeting.
Tuesday, April 14th: ZOOM Bible Study at 6:30 pm.
 
Fanfare Lutheran Music Academy - Executive Director June Pulliam continues with their online learning program for the music students. The staff is hard at work to keep the lessons going. Please remember Fanfare in your prayers!

The Lyceum of Galveston - Our Director Cynthia McEldowney is busy handling wedding postponements, and handling new future event requests. 
 

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Attendance
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This Week’s Birthdays
Khole Albakri 6th
Nancy Stephenson 6th
Helga Garcia 7th
Merrijo Shaffer 7th
Christi Wendt 9th
Carolyn Hill 10th
Sydney Moon 10th
Noah C. Rice 10th
Janis Layer 11th
Leslie Blacketer 12th
Carla Sanborn-Jones 12th

Anniversaries
Paul & Christi Wendt 9th