First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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This Past Week's Sermon:  The Lord's Prayer  Listen
 John 17:11-19 


Cherished Memories Mother's Day Celebration

A Celebration of Mother’s Day

by Margie Mallary

Calling all Ladies (mothers and others) to join us Saturday, May 23rd, 4:00 pm First Lutheran Church of Odenton Fellowship Hall

  • Meal will be provided
  • A look back from the eyes of some of our original FELC ladies
  • Play the “Memory Game”
  • Learn about Sarah’s House
  • See Sign-up Sheet on bulletin board in Church entrance
  • Admission – bring a photo of yourself – preferably from when you were young
  • Monetary donations are encouraged for Sarah’s House – Live Generously(Thrivent Action Event)
  • Bring along something that reminds you of your mother to share your memory with others (i.e., something that she gave you or belonged to her, a photo, etc.)
  • Special requests -Please see Brenda Gerhardt or Margie if you are interested in Sponsoring a table by providing centerpiece/decorations with a cherished memory theme (special jewelry box, sewing box, clock, toys, porcelain figurines, etc.) OR Bringing something from the past that people are not likely to know what it is.
Planning Council Minutes of April 13, 2015

Condensed from Jan Perez's minutes

  • Scouts request to use Sunday School room in church basement for training purposes. Meetings would be on Monday evenings.
  • Realistic membership rolls needed. Motion was made to review and update rolls every two years. There are problems with Servant Keepers software.
  • Zabel’s troop increasing. Request made to use the back of the sanctuary last week of April/ First week of May to provide informational meeting about the Venturing Crew.
  • Cub Scouts to plant a couple of redbud trees next to Pre-School yard on Earth Day. This will be done around 6 pm.
  • Noah and Dave to outline information for Pre-K employees regarding sick days, leave, etc.
  • Purse and Bingo Fundraiser held for 75th Anniversary Celebration. Banners planned for celebration.
  • Church does not need a dedicated account for purchase of trees and plants.
  • Military Bible Stick project (New Testament on a reader) discussed.
  • New website up and running.
  • Ad in bulletin to ask for Vacation Bible School volunteers.
  • Margie Mallary and Brenda Gerhardt will be doing the cooking for the 75th celebration.
  • Mother’s Day celebration scheduled for May 23rd.
  • Stewardship event scheduled for April 25th for teens and parents.
  • New members’ luncheon went well—thanks went to Brenda and Margie.
  • Easter lilies carried outside for watering and planting.
Mini Pictorial Directories

Mini Pictorial Directories have been paced in each pew. Please do not remove from the church.


Baby Bottle Campaign

By Dolores Saars and Donna Donaldson

Because of the generosity of our congregation, we raised $916.75 during our Baby Bottle Campaign this year. The campaign is a crucial part of the Pregnancy Clinic’s financial budget, and also serves to give them more exposure in the community. The clinic would like to personally express their gratitude to each and every person here at our church who so thoughtfully contributed to their ministry this year.

Christian Assistance Program (CAP)

By Jean McHenry

We’d like to thank our church members who serve with CAP. They are Karen Averyt, Buford Hansberger, Don Glass, Tom Girgash and Ben Saars who pick up donated groceries from Food Lion every week and take them to CAP for distribution. Special thanks to Chuck Nelson and Denise Bach who serve packing groceries every Thursday. Ron and Carol Sams have been active in the pantry for years. Dana Toon and Donna Van Dine keep order in the pantry by stocking shelves and sorting donated foods. Donna and family also take our church’s contributions to the Pantry. Of course, we can’t forget the Food Pantry Manager, Dave Vitchock who does a balancing act managing the Pantry. If you would like to volunteer time with CAP please contact Amy Gantt, or call (410) 760-0485.

The Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm and on Thursdays from 3-5 pm. We have volunteers from any of the 13 CAP churches serving and we are proud to have so many FELC volunteers. Our Clothes Closet works from Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church, 1239 Murray Rd. in Odenton. Contact Nichols Bethel at 410-674-2272 if you would like to work with sorting and distributing clothes.

During May we will be collecting canned fruit.

In June we are asking for macaroni and cheese.

Of course any non-perishable food is welcome. Please check the dates on the food so it has not expired.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

By Kathy Reichard

Prayer Shawls are an on-going project. We have several skeins of donated yarn if you would like to make one. Contact Kathy Reichard at 410-674-8479 for details. Thank you also to the ladies who have completed shawls already.

Special Events in May and June


May is Youth Board emphasis month.

7—National Day of Prayer

9—Oikodome Fellowship Campfire, 5 pm

10—Mother’s Day

14—Ascension of Our Lord

16—Armed Forces Day/Flea Market 9-2

17—Game Night, 5 pm

23—Mother’s Day Celebration, 4 pm

31—Confirmation/Summer Worship Schedule begins


June is Worship Board emphasis month.

14—Flag Day

21—Father’s Day/First Day of Summer


Did you know that FELC has an email list? It is used for important church-related notices and reminders, such as prayer requests and updates, notification of FELC member deaths and funeral arrangements, and reminders for church events and cancellations.

If you would like to be added to the list or have an announcement that you think might be appropriate to send to the list, please email your request to To prevent messages from the list from getting sent to your spam folder, you can add the email address "" to your allowed senders (white) list. Please do not send emails to this address or "reply all" to emails that you receive from that address.

Note that some "lower priority" events are better advertised here on FELC's website and/or FELC's Facebook site ( - if you have an item for the web page or Facebook site, please email Noah Hayward ( or JB Jaeger (

Next Gospeltality: July/August 2015

From the Editor: The next issue of the Gospeltality will be for the July/August time frame.

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This week's events...

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Mother's Day Celebration 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Blended Service 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sunday School 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Traditional Service 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Confirmation Class 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Coffee Talk 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Ladies' Prayer Group 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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