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November 30, 2020

Turn in 2021 Annual Intent Cards THIS coming Sunday, Dec 6! It is that time of the year when we gather in each households’ Annual Intent Card for the coming year. This is a part of being in community. Your card is kept in confidential but the unidentifiable information is added into the congregation’s total to assist with planning by the Church Council. Bring your card with you on Sunday or send it electronically or by mail to the church office. Thank you for your support and participation!


The 40th Annual ABC13 "Share Your Holidays" Food Drive is Friday, December 4th at Ball High School!
 
We will sincerely appreciate your non-perishable food and/or monetary donations delivered to the Church office by Wednesday, December 2,  before 4pm.  If you prefer to give a monetary contribution - checks should be made payable to Galveston County Food Bank. First Lutheran will join with other local congregations that are members of the Galveston Ministerial Association and will deliver contributions to BHS on Friday, December 4th. 
 
IF it's easier for you to drop off you contribution personally, the 40th Annual ABC13 "Share Your Holidays" will be held at Ball High School on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 between 8am and 12 noon.  Following Covid-19 protocols, you will not leave your vehicle, rather a BHS student volunteer- properly masked - will come to your vehicle and receive your generous contribution.  Ball High School is located at 41st & Avenue O.
 
For questions or more information please contact me... Robyn Bushong, Community Partners/Publicity Coordinator, rbush1147@aol.com; 409.744.7848.
 
On behalf of ALL of us working on this vital project for our neighbors throughout Galveston County who are food insecure... THANK YOU!!  And please know... all contributions stay in Galveston/Galveston County and are administered and distributed by the Galveston County Food Bank. 

Thank you!
Robyn
 



Wednesday Afternoon Prayer and Holy Communion
During these days of pandemic, gathering together has become difficult and even dangerous for some. Yet, the desire and need of being in the church building for prayer and reception of Holy Communion remains. The main sanctuary is open on the first Wednesday of each month¬†and the next one is December 2nd¬†from 2:00 pm ‚Äď 3:30 pm. Holy Communion will be celebrated with a brief liturgy lead by Pastor Rhoades at 3:00 pm.¬† Participants are invited to be seated in socially distanced pews and for quiet prayer and reflection. Holy Communion will be brought to you in your pew. All will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands upon entering the building, and to remain socially distanced. Those who are running a fever or have other symptoms are asked to not attend.¬†This gathering opportunity is designed for those with underlying health concerns, those who are older, and those who are homebound. Our hope is to offer a safe time and space for your spiritual well being.

Thank you¬†for your support of the mission and ministry of our parish. 2020 has been an unusual year ‚Äď yet God continues to call us to live into the ministry and mission of the Gospel. Your support helps us to do that. Working together we can end the year strong over these last months. Thank you for your support!

Worship Virtually ‚Äď Sundays 10:00 am or 5:30 pm
Worship Safely In Person ‚Äď 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!


Christmas Worship Opportunities

Dec 23, 6:00 pm Blue Christmas
A worship service designed for those encountering sadness, loss, challenges and difficulty in this season.
 
Dec 24, Christmas Eve
All services will include candlelight and Holy Communion.
5:00 pm
8:00 pm
11:00 pm 

Dec 25, 10:00 am Christmas Day
Daytime service celebrating the joy of God’s gift to us in Jesus.


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 ‚Äď 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.

2020 Men’s Club Christmas Party Cancelled The Men’s Club has decided to cancel the annual Christmas Party because of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. The safety of our community outweighs our enjoyment of the party. BUT the date is already reserved for the 2021 Christmas Party which will be the best one ever! (Thank you to the Men’s Club for their constant support of the ministry of the church and for their thoughtfulness for the safety of our congregation.)

Offering $4455 11/22
                $4054 11/29

Attendance

In-person: 

   10:00am: 64

   5:30pm: 7

Virtually Online:

  10am Worship Service video:  148 views

  5:30pm Worship Service video:  88 views

  Sermon video: 68 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Nancy Trieff 1st

Roger Zimmerman 2nd

Richard Bafico 5th

Henry Schmidt 5th

Anniversaries

Lee and Alicia King 6th

November 23, 2020

The 40th Annual ABC13 "Share Your Holidays" Food Drive is Friday, December 4th at Ball High School!
 
We will sincerely appreciate your non-perishable food and/or monetary donations delivered to the Church office by Wednesday, December 2,  before 4pm.  If you prefer to give a monetary contribution - checks should be made payable to Galveston County Food Bank. First Lutheran will join with other local congregations that are members of the Galveston Ministerial Association and will deliver contributions to BHS on Friday, December 4th. 
 
IF it's easier for you to drop off you contribution personally, the 40th Annual ABC13 "Share Your Holidays" will be held at Ball High School on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 between 8am and 12 noon.  Following Covid-19 protocols, you will not leave your vehicle, rather a BHS student volunteer- properly masked - will come to your vehicle and receive your generous contribution.  Ball High School is located at 41st & Avenue O.
 
For questions or more information please contact me... Robyn Bushong, Community Partners/Publicity Coordinator, rbush1147@aol.com; 409.744.7848.
 
On behalf of ALL of us working on this vital project for our neighbors throughout Galveston County who are food insecure... THANK YOU!!  And please know... all contributions stay in Galveston/Galveston County and are administered and distributed by the Galveston County Food Bank. 

Thank you!
Robyn
 



Kids' Mission All elementary aged kids are invited to join in Secret Agent of God training. This week we have Lesson 11: Sheep and Goats on our website: FirstLutheranGalveston.com/kids-mission. At the end of each lesson, your Agent will be given a top secret mission that will help make the world a better place. If you have questions or would like a TOP SECRET SUPPLY BAG, please contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com. 

Thank you¬†for your support of the mission and ministry of our parish. 2020 has been an unusual year ‚Äď yet God continues to call us to live into the ministry and mission of the Gospel. Your support helps us to do that. Working together we can end the year strong over these last months. Thank you for your support!

Worship Virtually ‚Äď Sundays 10:00 am or 5:30 pm
Worship Safely In Person ‚Äď 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!
 
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 of one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising ‚Äď hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

Wednesday Afternoon Prayer and Holy Communion
During these days of pandemic, gathering together has become difficult and even dangerous for some. Yet, the desire and need of being in the church building for prayer and reception of Holy Communion remains. The main sanctuary is open on the first Wednesday of each month¬†and the next one is December 2nd¬†from 2:00 pm ‚Äď 3:30 pm. Holy Communion will be celebrated with a brief liturgy lead by Pastor Rhoades at 3:00 pm.¬† Participants are invited to be seated in socially distanced pews and for quiet prayer and reflection. Holy Communion will be brought to you in your pew. All will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands upon entering the building, and to remain socially distanced. Those who are running a fever or have other symptoms are asked to not attend.¬†This gathering opportunity is designed for those with underlying health concerns, those who are older, and those who are homebound. Our hope is to offer a safe time and space for your spiritual well being.

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.

2020 Men’s Club Christmas Party Cancelled The Men’s Club has decided to cancel the annual Christmas Party because of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. The safety of our community outweighs our enjoyment of the party. BUT the date is already reserved for the 2021 Christmas Party which will be the best one ever! (Thank you to the Men’s Club for their constant support of the ministry of the church and for their thoughtfulness for the safety of our congregation.)

Offering $

Attendance 

In-person: 

   10:00am: 71

   5:30pm: 10

Virtually Online:

  10am Worship Service video:  149 views

  5:30pm Worship Service video:  48 views

  Sermon video:  55 views

  Kids Mission videos: 

   Lesson 11: 22 views

   Lesson 10: 35 views

   Lesson 9: 23 views

   Lesson 8: 46 views

   Lesson 7: 95 views

   Lesson 6: 121 views

   Lesson 5: 92 views

   Lesson 4: 138 views

   Lesson 3: 130 views 

    Lesson 2: 8 views (not posted on Facebook)

   Lesson 1: 138 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Pearl Davis 23rd

Eddie Miranda 23rd

Karen Campbell 27th

John Boysen 28th

Kyler Mahoney 28th

Paul Badovinac 29th

Manuel Syers 29th

Sharmi Watkins 29th

Paulette Aiken 30th

Anniversaries

November 16, 2020

Family Sunday is a new monthly event for our Faith Formation kids AND their whole family. This month, we will be preparing for the season of Advent by making an Advent wreath (we will supply the materials). We will also talk about what Advent is and why it’s important. You can then use your wreath at home for the whole 4 week season of Advent. Don’t miss this gathering on Nov 22. You can join us in-person right after the 10AM service ends OR you can join us virtually at 4:30PM. 

Share Your Holidays Fill a grocery bag with food for our neighbors in need! Pick up a paper grocery bag while at church or by stopping by the church office. Fill it up and drop it back off at the church. ALL donated food will be added to the Share Your Holidays Food Drive and will be added to the Galveston total as it goes directly to the Galveston County Food Bank. Thank you for being generous with your support for our many neighbors who are even more food insecure this year than ever before.

Kids' Mission All elementary aged kids are invited to join in Secret Agent of God training. This week we have Lesson 10: Parable of the Talents on our website: FirstLutheranGalveston.com/kids-mission. At the end of each lesson, your Agent will be given a top secret mission that will help make the world a better place. If you have questions or would like a TOP SECRET SUPPLY BAG, please contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com. 

Thank you¬†for your support of the mission and ministry of our parish. 2020 has been an unusual year ‚Äď yet God continues to call us to live into the ministry and mission of the Gospel. Your support helps us to do that. Working together we can end the year strong over these last months. Thank you for your support!

Worship Virtually ‚Äď Sundays 10:00 am or 5:30 pm
Worship Safely In Person ‚Äď 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!
 
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 of one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising ‚Äď hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

Wednesday Afternoon Prayer and Holy Communion
During these days of pandemic, gathering together has become difficult and even dangerous for some. Yet, the desire and need of being in the church building for prayer and reception of Holy Communion remains. The main sanctuary is open on the first Wednesday of each month¬†and the next one is December 2nd¬†from 2:00 pm ‚Äď 3:30 pm. Holy Communion will be celebrated with a brief liturgy lead by Pastor Rhoades at 3:00 pm.¬† Participants are invited to be seated in socially distanced pews and for quiet prayer and reflection. Holy Communion will be brought to you in your pew. All will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands upon entering the building, and to remain socially distanced. Those who are running a fever or have other symptoms are asked to not attend.¬†This gathering opportunity is designed for those with underlying health concerns, those who are older, and those who are homebound. Our hope is to offer a safe time and space for your spiritual well being.

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.

2020 Men’s Club Christmas Party Cancelled The Men’s Club has decided to cancel the annual Christmas Party because of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. The safety of our community outweighs our enjoyment of the party. BUT the date is already reserved for the 2021 Christmas Party which will be the best one ever! (Thank you to the Men’s Club for their constant support of the ministry of the church and for their thoughtfulness for the safety of our congregation.)

Offering $3627.55

Attendance 

In-person: 

   10:00am: 61

   5:30pm: 6

Virtually Online:

  10am Worship Service video: 112 views

  5:30pm Worship Service video: 107 views

  Sermon video: 99 views

  Kids Mission videos: 

   Lesson 10: 25 (released yesterday)

   Lesson 9: 21 

   Lesson 8: 46 views

   Lesson 7: 95 views

   Lesson 6: 122 views

   Lesson 5: 94 views

   Lesson 4: 142 views

   Lesson 3: 143 views 

    Lesson 2: 8 views (not posted on Facebook)

   Lesson 1: 140 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Paula McComb 16th

Nancy Roach 16th

Waylon Stowers 16th

Ian Watkins 16th

Evelyn Gault 17th

Steve Krause 17th

Kiaya Lerma 17th

Marilea Schmidt 18th

Susan Bartosh 19th

Kristi Stakes 19th

Shirley Muraca 20th

D Gale Rogers 20th

Sharon Kirkpatrick 22nd

Anniversaries

Lou & Judy Muller 16th

Raymond and Mildred Zorn 18th

November 9. 2020

Family Sunday is a new monthly event for our Faith Formation kids AND their whole family. This month, we will be preparing for the season of Advent by making an Advent wreath (we will supply the materials). We will also talk about what Advent is and why it’s important. You can then use your wreath at home for the whole 4 week season of Advent. Don’t miss this gathering on Nov 22. You can join us in-person right after the 10AM service ends OR you can join us virtually at 4:30PM. Please RSVP for this event by Nov 15th: emily@firstlutherangalveston.com

Share Your Holidays Fill a grocery bag with food for our neighbors in need! Pick up a paper grocery bag while at church or by stopping by the church office. Fill it up and drop it back off at the church. ALL donated food will be added to the Share Your Holidays Food Drive and will be added to the Galveston total as it goes directly to the Galveston County Food Bank. Thank you for being generous with your support for our many neighbors who are even more food insecure this year than ever before.

Calling Child Artists! This year our nativity play is going to look different. We want to be able to include those who are worshiping in person, and those who worship at home. So, this year, we will be creating a picture show of the nativity story. From Mary & Joseph’s journey to the arrival of the 3 Kings, we need your child(ren)’s help. Please let us know if your child(ren) is/are interested in drawing a picture by Nov 15th. Then, you will be assigned a specific scene to draw on a normal white sheet of printer paper (we can provide this if needed). Turn in your picture so it can be displayed in our art show nativity! For more information or to sign up, please email emily@firstlutherangalveston.com

College Devotion is on Nov 12th at 7PM. All undergrads are welcome to virtually join us in a discussion about science and religion. It’s sure to be a good discussion! For the Go-To-Meeting link, email emily@firstlutherangalveston.com

Kids' Mission All elementary aged kids are invited to join in Secret Agent of Godtraining. This week we have Lesson 9: Ten Bridesmaids on our website: FirstLutheranGalveston.com/kids-mission. At the end of each lesson, your Agent will be given a top secret mission that will help make the world a better place. If you have questions or would like a TOP SECRET SUPPLY BAG, please contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com. 

Thank you¬†for your support of the mission and ministry of our parish. 2020 has been an unusual year ‚Äď yet God continues to call us to live into the ministry and mission of the Gospel. Your support helps us to do that. Working together we can end the year strong over these last months. Thank you for your support!

Worship Virtually ‚Äď Sundays 10:00 am or 5:30 pm
Worship Safely In Person ‚Äď 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!
 
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 of one another in observing this for the safety of all. The reality is that case numbers are rising ‚Äď hopefully we can help lower those numbers and keep things moving.

Wednesday Afternoon Prayer and Holy Communion
During these days of pandemic, gathering together has become difficult and even dangerous for some. Yet, the desire and need of being in the church building for prayer and reception of Holy Communion remains. The main sanctuary is open on the first Wednesday of each month¬†and the next one is December 2nd¬†from 2:00 pm ‚Äď 3:30 pm. Holy Communion will be celebrated with a brief liturgy lead by Pastor Rhoades at 3:00 pm.¬† Participants are invited to be seated in socially distanced pews and for quiet prayer and reflection. Holy Communion will be brought to you in your pew. All will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands upon entering the building, and to remain socially distanced. Those who are running a fever or have other symptoms are asked to not attend.¬†This gathering opportunity is designed for those with underlying health concerns, those who are older, and those who are homebound. Our hope is to offer a safe time and space for your spiritual well being.

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.

2020 Men’s Club Christmas Party Cancelled The Men’s Club has decided to cancel the annual Christmas Party because of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. The safety of our community outweighs our enjoyment of the party. BUT the date is already reserved for the 2021 Christmas Party which will be the best one ever! (Thank you to the Men’s Club for their constant support of the ministry of the church and for their thoughtfulness for the safety of our congregation.)

Joyful Noise - The Joyful Noise Strings will be playing on Sunday, November 15. Masks are required at this time. Any questions, please contact kelseyscheuerman@gmail.com

Offering $5625

Attendance

In-person: 

   10:00am: 88

   5:30pm: 14

Virtually Online:

  10am Worship Service video: 196 views

  5:30pm Worship Service video: 93 views

  Sermon video: 111 views

  Kids Mission videos: 

   Lesson 9: 17 (released yesterday)

   Lesson 8: 46 views

   Lesson 7: 95 views

   Lesson 6: 122 views

   Lesson 5: 94 views

   Lesson 4: 142 views

   Lesson 3: 143 views 

    Lesson 2: 8 views (not posted on Facebook)

   Lesson 1: 140 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Liberty Cox 9th

James Austin 10th

Pam Stevens 10th

Noel Spencer 11th

Alyce Rac 12th

Brandon Wiltse 13th

Jennifer Cooper 14th

Ann Moreau 14th

Anniversaries

Tom and Sharon Kirkpatrick 9th

Randy and Liz Plain 11th

Jeremy and Tiffany Heallen 13th

November 2, 2020

Community Prayer Gathering on the Eve of our National Election
You are invited to join in a Prayer Gathering at 6:00 pm this evening in the main sanctuary of First Lutheran as we come before God in prayer for our nation. We will beseech our gracious God for the good of our nation and our world. This is a non-partisan gathering intended to unite us in prayer as we ask for God to guide voters, those running for office, and our nation in God’s way in the present.
 
Wednesday Afternoon Prayer and Holy Communion
During these days of pandemic, gathering together has become difficult and even dangerous for some. Yet, the desire and need of being in the church building for prayer and reception of Holy Communion remains. Beginning in November, the main sanctuary will be open on the first Wednesday of the month from 2:00 pm ‚Äď 3:30 pm. Holy Communion will be celebrated with a brief liturgy lead by Pastor Rhoades at 3:00 pm.¬† Participants are invited to be seated in socially distanced pews and for quiet prayer and reflection. Holy Communion will be brought to you in your pew. All will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands upon entering the building, and to remain socially distanced. Those who are running a fever or have other symptoms are asked to not attend.¬† This gathering opportunity is designed for those with underlying health concerns, those who are older, and those who are homebound. Our hope is to offer a safe time and space for your spiritual well being.

Calling Child Artists! This year our nativity play is going to look different. We want to be able to include those who are worshiping in person, and those who worship at home. So, this year, we will be creating a picture show of the nativity story. From Mary & Joseph’s journey to the arrival of the 3 Kings, we need your child(ren)’s help. Please let us know if your child(ren) is/are interested in drawing a picture by Nov 15th. Then, you will be assigned a specific scene to draw on a normal white sheet of printer paper (we can provide this if needed). Turn in your picture so it can be displayed in our art show nativity! For more information or to sign up, please email emily@firstlutherangalveston.com
 
Family Sunday is a new monthly event for our Faith Formation kids AND their whole family. This month, we will be preparing for the season of Advent by making an Advent wreath (we will supply the materials). We will also talk about what Advent is and why it’s important. You can then use your wreath at home for the whole 4 week season of Advent. Don’t miss this gathering on Nov 22. You can join us in-person right after the 10AM service ends OR you can join us virtually at 4:30PM. Please RSVP for this event by Nov 15th: emily@firstlutherangalveston.com
 
College Devotion is on Nov 12th at 7PM. All undergrads are welcome to virtually join us in a discussion about science and religion. It’s sure to be a good discussion! For the Go-To-Meeting link, email emily@firstlutherangalveston.com

Kids' Mission All elementary aged kids are invited to join in Secret Agent of God training. This week we have Lesson 8: Be Humble on our website: FirstLutheranGalveston.com/kids-mission. At the end of each lesson, your Agent will be given a top secret mission that will help make the world a better place. If you have questions or would like a TOP SECRET SUPPLY BAG, please contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com. 

Thank you¬†for your support of the mission and ministry of our parish. 2020 has been an unusual year ‚Äď yet God continues to call us to live into the ministry and mission of the Gospel. Your support helps us to do that. Working together we can end the year strong over these last months. Thank you for your support!

In-Person Worship Has Resumed Join us for in-person worship Sundays at 10:00 am or at 5:30 pm. Our ON-LINE worship is also available. As with our re-opening earlier this summer, the Church Council will keep watch on COVID-19 case numbers and should our area re-enter into a spike, the Church Council will do what is best for our community. When returning to in-person worship everyone will need to follow the following practices:

  1. If you are not feeling well or have a fever ‚Äď remain at home!
  2. Sanitize your hands at the entrance of the building.
  3. Wear a mask/face-covering at all times (except when moving it to receive Holy Communion).
  4. Socially distance and refrain from all hand shaking or hugging.

We look forward to seeing you in person when you are ready to return!

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.

Joyful Noise - The JuBELLation Handbells will be playing on Sunday, November 8. Bells will rehearse at 9am. Bell rehearsal will last one hour and we will meet in the chapel. Masks are required at this time. Any questions, please contact kelseyscheuerman@gmail.com

Offering $5136

Attendance 

In-person: 

   10:00am: 84

   5:30pm: 6 

Virtually Online:

  10am Worship Service video: 174 views

  5:30pm Worship Service video: 57 views

  Sermon video: 62 views

  Kids Mission videos: 

   Lesson 8: 3 views (released this morning)

   Lesson 7: 95 views

   Lesson 6: 122 views

   Lesson 5: 94 views

   Lesson 4: 142 views

   Lesson 3: 143 views 

    Lesson 2: 8 views (not posted on Facebook)

   Lesson 1: 140 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Joey Gillane 3rd

Charlie Alcala 4th

Tracey Geml 4th

James Agrella 5th

Alex Bennett 6th

Richard Rhoades 6th

Kennedy Rice 6th

Lee Coe 7th

Allen Hopkins 7th

Christina Meuhe 7th

Jeanette Flick 8th

Sarah Kirkpatrick 8th

Emie McCoy 8th

Alan Rutledge 8th

Anniversaries

October 26, 2020

All Saints Sunday This coming Sunday, November 1, we will observe All Saints Sunday. We will remember the faithful who have died in the last year as we hold fast to the promise of salvation in Jesus Christ. Join in either the Sunday morning 10:00 am in person worship, Online worship, or the 5:30 pm Sunday evening worship. The names of congregation members who have died in twelve months will be read during the prayers and you will be able to speak the names of others you wish to remember during the time also.  May we gather round those who grieve and may we lift up the promise of Jesus for all who believe.
 
Community Prayer Gathering on the Eve of our National Election
You are invited to join in a Prayer Gathering at 6:00 pm on Monday, November 2, in the main sanctuary of First Lutheran as we come before God in prayer for our nation. We will beseech our gracious God for the good of our nation and our world. This is a non-partisan gathering intended to unite us in prayer as we ask for God to guide voters, those running for office, and our nation in God’s way in the present.
 
Wednesday Afternoon Prayer and Holy Communion
During these days of pandemic, gathering together has become difficult and even dangerous for some. Yet, the desire and need of being in the church building for prayer and reception of Holy Communion remains. Beginning in November, the main sanctuary will be open on the first Wednesday of the month from 2:00 pm ‚Äď 3:30 pm. Holy Communion will be celebrated with a brief liturgy lead by Pastor Rhoades at 3:00 pm.¬† Participants are invited to be seated in socially distanced pews and for quiet prayer and reflection. Holy Communion will be brought to you in your pew. All will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands upon entering the building, and to remain socially distanced. Those who are running a fever or have other symptoms are asked to not attend.¬† This gathering opportunity is designed for those with underlying health concerns, those who are older, and those who are homebound. Our hope is to offer a safe time and space for your spiritual well being.

Thank you for the candy donations! Trick-or-Treat was a great success!

Kids' Mission All elementary aged kids are invited to join in Secret Agent of Godtraining. This week we have Lesson 7: The Greatest Commandment on our website: FirstLutheranGalveston.com/kids-mission. At the end of each lesson, your Agent will be given a top secret mission that will help make the world a better place. If you have questions or would like a TOP SECRET SUPPLY BAG, please contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com. 

Thank you¬†for your support of the mission and ministry of our parish. 2020 has been an unusual year ‚Äď yet God continues to call us to live into the ministry and mission of the Gospel. Your support helps us to do that. Working together we can end the year strong over these last months. Thank you for your support!

In-Person Worship Has Resumed Join us for in-person worship Sundays at 10:00 am or at 5:30 pm. Our ON-LINE worship is also available. As with our re-opening earlier this summer, the Church Council will keep watch on COVID-19 case numbers and should our area re-enter into a spike, the Church Council will do what is best for our community. When returning to in-person worship everyone will need to follow the following practices:

  1. If you are not feeling well or have a fever ‚Äď remain at home!
  2. Sanitize your hands at the entrance of the building.
  3. Wear a mask/face-covering at all times (except when moving it to receive Holy Communion).
  4. Socially distance and refrain from all hand shaking or hugging.

We look forward to seeing you in person when you are ready to return!

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.

Joyful Noise - The JuBELLation Handbells will be playing on Sunday, November 8. Bells will rehearse at 1pm on Sunday, November 1 at 1pm and also Sunday November 8 at 9am. Bell rehearsal will last one hour and we will meet in the chapel. Masks are required at this time. Any questions, please contact kelseyscheuerman@gmail.com

Offering $7079

Attendance 

 

- 

In-person: 

Sunday: 

   10:00am: 83

   5:30pm: 4

- 

Virtually Online:

 10am Worship Service video: 66 views

 5:30pm Worship Service video: 0 views

 Sermon video: 87 views

 Kids Mission videos: 

   Lesson 7: 88 views

   Lesson 6: 121 views

   Lesson 5: 94 views

   Lesson 4: 142 views

   Lesson 3: 143 views 

    Lesson 2: 8 views (not posted on Facebook)

   Lesson 1: 140 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Mikalya Crews 26th

Brandon Worthen 26th

Edie Frye 27th

Kelly Cruz 28th

Rosalyn Ceccacci 29th

Theresa Low 30

Ann Heidel 31st

Robyn Bushong 1st

Karen Fullen 1st

Anniversaries

Paul and Donna Martin 28th

Don and Becky Wyman 30th

Trey and Jessica Kirkpatrick 1st

October 19, 2020

Reformation Sunday - Oct 25th  Wear red in celebration of Reformation Sundaywhen we remember Martin Luther and the Reformers standing firm in the Gospel and calling for the reform of the church. We continue in this call for the church to be shaped more and more into the likeness of Christ our Lord. Wear red!
 
Confirmation This Sunday During the worship service this coming Sunday, Amanda Coles and Evelyn Gault will confirm their faith. Amanda and Evelyn were to have been confirmed on Pentecost, but because of the pandemic their celebration was displaced. We will join in celebrating their baptismal faith on October 25th!
 
Christian Sympathy is expressed to family and friends of Donald Gangl. Donald peacefully died early this past Saturday morning. 
 
Welcome into the Church Family Harvey Michael Ruthenbeck was baptized at the Sunday evening worship service on October 18th. He is the new born son of Michael and Alexandra Ruthenbeck of Galveston.

Trick-or-Treat at the church on October 24 from 2-3PM. This event will be outside, with social distance, and masks will be required. There will be several stops for kids to collect candy from our volunteers. We will also have a photo station to commemorate their cute costumes. Please RSVP for this event by emailing emily@firstlutherangalveston.com or calling the church office.

Support our Trick-or-Treat event by donating candy. There is a box in the narthex for candy, but you can also bring it to the church office. We will need all candy by October 19th.

Reading through Philippians¬†Register now to join in a study of Paul‚Äôs Letter to the church in Philippi (Philippians). This study will occur Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pmand will be an online offering. Contact the Church Office or Pastor Rhoades to join the study ‚Äď Pastor will send you the link and the study materials that accompany the study. There is no charge to participate.

Let‚Äôs Talk ‚Äď Exploring Racial Justice as God‚Äôs People¬†Jesus noticed those on the edges of society ‚Äď Jesus welcomed the powerless and the vulnerable‚ÄĒJesus showed God‚Äôs heart toward all people. Yet, racial issues continue ‚Äď including in our nation. One of the key paths forward is honest listening and reflection. If you would like to be part of such an effort, join Pastor Rhoades in a book study of ‚ÄúI‚Äôm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness‚ÄĚ by Austin Channing Brown. The group will read the book and gather for six discussion sessions. The hope for goal is expanding our understanding for the sake of following the path of Jesus‚Äô love in a difficult world.¬†SIGN UP today to order your copy of the book for $20 and to participate. The group started on October 4, at 4:00 pm.

Kids' Mission All elementary aged kids are invited to join in Secret Agent of Godtraining. This week we have Lesson 6: Paying Taxes on our website: FirstLutheranGalveston.com/kids-mission. At the end of each lesson, your Agent will be given a top secret mission that will help make the world a better place. If you have questions or would like a TOP SECRET SUPPLY BAG, please contact emily@firstlutherangalveston.com. NEXT WEEK, Oct 25 at noon, we have a special opportunity for the young secret agents to gather virtually to swap secret mission stories. Email Emily to get the Go-To-Meeting link.

Thank you¬†for your support of the mission and ministry of our parish. 2020 has been an unusual year ‚Äď yet God continues to call us to live into the ministry and mission of the Gospel. Your support helps us to do that. Working together we can end the year strong over these last months. Thank you for your support!

In-Person Worship Has Resumed Join us for in-person worship Sundays at 10:00 am or at 5:30 pm. Our ON-LINE worship is also available. As with our re-opening earlier this summer, the Church Council will keep watch on COVID-19 case numbers and should our area re-enter into a spike, the Church Council will do what is best for our community. When returning to in-person worship everyone will need to follow the following practices:

  1. If you are not feeling well or have a fever ‚Äď remain at home!
  2. Sanitize your hands at the entrance of the building.
  3. Wear a mask/face-covering at all times (except when moving it to receive Holy Communion).
  4. Socially distance and refrain from all hand shaking or hugging.

We look forward to seeing you in person when you are ready to return!
 
WISH BOARD NEED: We need to replace the current sound board in the sanctuary to a digital sound board. With the new video equipment almost in place, we now recognize that we need the digital sound board to properly function with the cameras.  The estimated cost should be under $3500. If you are interested in assisting with this as a memorial or honorarium let the church office know!  

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.

Joyful Noise - The JuBELLation Handbells will be playing on Sunday, November 8. Bells will rehearse at 1pm on Sunday, November 1 at 1pm and also Sunday November 8 at 9am. Bell rehearsal will last one hour and we will meet in the chapel. Masks are required at this time. Any questions, please contact kelseyscheuerman@gmail.com

Offering $7079

Attendance 

 

- 

In-person:

Sunday: 

   10:00am: 84

   5:30pm: 14

- 

Virtually Online:

 10am Worship Service video: 221 views

 5:30pm Worship Service video: 1 view

 Sermon video: 121 views

 Kids Mission videos: 

   Lesson 6: 104 views

   Lesson 5: 89 views

   Lesson 4: 141 views

   Lesson 3: 143 views 

    Lesson 2: 8 views (not posted on Facebook)

   Lesson 1: 140 views

This Week’s Birthdays

Meghan Busking 19th

Jack Gallo 20th

Autumn Marchesini 22nd

Ava Marchesini 22nd

Teri Tillotson 22nd

Betty Dunquez 23rd

Kelsey Scheuermann 24th

Misty Coles 25th

Anniversaries

Mark and Lisa Dell'Osso 24th

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