Members make a difference, please join us. The Anne Arundel County Chapter of Thrivent is holding a Member Appreciation Picnic!
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time: 12:30—5 pm
Place: Kurtz's Beach. 2070 Kurtz Avenue Pasadena, MD 21122
Contact: Gretchen Michaels, 410-553-0950, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Chapter members & 1 guest per member. Registration required by 9/4/14 at www.thrivent.com/findanevent. Adults $10, Children (6-10) $5, under 6 free. Full picnic menu includes pit beef & ham, fried chicken, sides, desserts, beer & soda. DJ, moonbounce, games & door prizes.
By Jean McHenry
On Saturday, 13 September from 9 am to 2 pm the Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold their Fall Flea Market. As usual we will offer spaces and tables for people to sell their own items. Spaces are $15; space with table $20. Please contact the church office at 410-672-3352 or Alice Andrzejewski at 410-987-4575 to make your reservations. As usual we’ll have a hot dog stand and bake sale. Also, as usual, we need the congregation’s help in providing baked items. Our flea market has become very popular in our community so plan to stop in and meet our neighbors. Enjoy a hot dog, some sweets and some unique shopping. If you have questions please contact Alice at her phone number listed above.
School supplies are being collected through September 14, 2014. The supplies benefit disadvantaged chidren at a local elementary school. The collection box is in the narthex and is labeled "School Supplies."
17: Robert Mencik, birthday
21: Chico and Jan Perez, wedding anniversary
If you wish to sign up to donate flowers, please write your name and special occasion under the date desired on the flower chart. The chart is located at the bottom of the sanctuary steps on the bulletin board. Two vases are used each Sunday on the altar and cost $25 each. The flower donation may be included with your offering. Please come to the working sanctuary to the left of the altar after the service to pick up your flowers and take them home. If you have questions please direct them to Sandy Nelson, 410-987-2476.
By Jean McHenry
For August, CAP will be concentrating on collecting canned pork and beans.
For September, CAP will be concentrating on collecting peanut butter and jelly.
Please deposit donations in the CAP basket at the bottom of the sanctuary steps.
Dan Donovan and Amy Gantt of CAP advise CAP volunteers of the following:
“Effective June 3rd, the CAP Food Pantry temporarily increased the value of the clients’ monthly Weis voucher using funds provided by a $24,000 Community Services Grant from Anne Arundel County. In our first week, Food Pantry volunteers gave out 59 vouchers worth a total of $2013.00!
We were awarded this grant to allow clients to purchase healthier, less processed foods, with a focus on fresh fruit and vegetables. The temporary voucher combines the regular CAP-funded $7 voucher redeemable for bread, milk, juice and eggs with additional “grant” dollars towards the purchase of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Using the existing agreement in place with Weis Markets, the temporary vouchers are initially in the amount of $27, $37, or $47, depending on household size. The values may change based on an anticipated surge in clients over the next few months. All funds must be spent by 31 December 2014 after which we will revert to the $7 voucher.
Unsolicited comments from clients reveal what a blessing this is for some of the neediest households in our community. Expressions of surprise, joy and thankfulness were repeated throughout the first two days. One woman was literally in tears at the thought of purchasing fresh salad fixings and summer produce for her family, and a senior asked in an amazed voice if she could really use the voucher for bananas and apples.
Our ability to offer this expanded service is due to the efforts of each of you who contribute your time, energy and resources to the CAP mission. Our clients recognize the support you provide them and continue to express their apprecia-tion. Nearly 100% of households we serve are below the poverty level. CAP clients are the most vulnerable segment of our area's population. The Community Services Grant is an acknowledgment of CAP’s contribution to supporting the neediest households in our area. You have all earned a well-deserved thank you.”
By Kathy Reichard
We would like to start this ministry at First Lutheran. The knitted or crocheted shawl is offered with our prayers to a troubled or sick person. If you are interested please contact Dana Toon 410-987-2431 or Kathy Reichard 410-674-8479. We will pro-vide instructions on completing a shawl. Donations of yarn would also be appreciated.
By Alan Potter, Choir Director
After a post Easter fade out of activity, we are planning for a robust Fall schedule. I think you will all agree that our musical offering at Palm Sunday and Easter were blessed from above (as we always are). In order to continue this musical worship, we need more warm bodies willing to share their vocal utterances. We are increasingly having to not scheduleor cancel at service times due to lack of singers attending. Things like ill-ness and travel limit our ability to offer our anthems in worship. This is why we need a larger congregational participation in your choir. Please consider spending that little extra time with us on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings beginning again in September.
And here is the real news. I was told that the choir room is now air conditioned. This will greatly enhance our comfort in those extremely warm months as we ready new anthems to offer. Again, please consider joining us, no prior training necessary.
September is Education Board emphasis month.
1 - Labor Day
7 - Fall Worship Schedule & Sunday School Begins / National Grandparents’ Day
11 - Patriot Day
13 - Auxiliary Flea Market
23 - First Day of Autumn