First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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This Past Week's Sermon:  Lower and Higher  Listen
 Luke 14:1-11 


October Flea Market

By Amanda Mencik

On 17 October, the Ladies’ Auxiliary will be holding a flea market from 9 am - 2 pm. Spaces are $15, tables are $20. We'll have hot dogs, sodas, water, and baked goods for sale!

Amanda Mencik will be accepting donations in the fellowship hall from 6-8 pm on October 16th. This is the perfect way to clean out your house and donate to the church at the same time!

If you are unable to donate anything but are so inclined, we would love your help! It takes a lot of people to put on a flea market but our numbers have been dwindling lately. It's relatively easy work for a few hours on a Saturday and we would be thrilled to have you! If you think you might be able to help, please call Amanda Mencik, 443-370-6419.

If you'd like to rent a space or a space and table, please call Amanda Mencik.


Condensed from Jan Perez’s minutes

  • Thermostat in Fellowship Hall needs is pre-programmed and therefore needs to be adjusted prior to events held there.
  • Question about whether excess money collected for 75th anniversary celebration was to be added to purchase of air conditioners for sanctuary.
  • Council members urged to review Church Constitution and By-Laws prior to update.
  • Council to spread word to members about not changing settings on sanctuary air conditioners.
  • Mike Mallary, Ray Reichard and Logan Gerhardt lent a hand in pouring cement slab for Fellowship AC unit.
  • Financial Peace Seminar starts October 4 at 6 pm and runs for 9 weeks.
  • Chili cook-off will be on Nov. 7. Looking for Country Line Dancer. Attendees encouraged to wear cowboy boots and hats.
  • Need volunteers to man FELC booth on October 3, Odenton Day, from 9 am—2 pm.
  • Lutheran Mission Society picked up 22 boxes of donated items from us.
  • Time and Talent Sheet to be handed out with new offering envelopes.
  • Church presented with plaque for donating to Biblestick Project for the military.
  • Auxiliary Fall Flea Market to be held on October 17 from 9 am to 2 pm.
  • 75th Anniversary Celebration a huge success. Many thanks to volunteers. Commemorative plates and shelf sitters on sale September 27 and October 18.
Christian Assistance Program (CAP)

By Jean McHenry

During the month of October, CAP will be collecting canned potatoes and tomatoes.

Donna Van Dine has taken over as the CAP Representative from our church. If you have any questions about CAP please contact Donna at (410) 551-0889 or

Donna is very knowledgeable about CAP as she has been working there for quite some time. We’ll look forward to her leadership.

CAP had a meeting in September and decided that this year they will distribute 228 baskets of food for Thanksgiving and 228 for Christmas. Registration has begun for qualified applicants at the Food Pantry at Severn United Methodist Church. The holiday food will be distributed from the Church at Severn Run, 8187 Telegraph Rd., in Severn. Thanksgiving food will be distributed on Friday, 20 November. Christ-mas food will be distributed from there on Friday, 18 December. Hours will be from 4-7 pm each date. Please save some time in your busy holiday schedules to help pack the food the day before distribution and to help dis-tribute it on the dates listed. More reminders on this will follow. A pamphlet will be included in each basket of food stating who our CAP supporting churches are and listing holiday services.

It was noted at the meeting that donations of food, clothing and money have decreased. We are re-minded of Jesus’ command to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Non-perishable food donations may be given any time in the basket at the bottom of the sanctuary steps. Cash donations should be made payable to Christian Assistance Program and mailed to 1239 Murray Rd., Odenton, MD 21113. Clothing should be taken to Nichols Bethel at the Murray Rd. address.

CAP needs the following volunteers:
Someone to act as Secretary
Someone to act as Treasurer
Clothes Closet at Nichols Bethel needs volunteers on Thursdays from 2-4.


You can contact David Vitchock at or Amy Gantt (410) 760-0485 or e-mail for information on any of the above jobs.

Special Events in October

3—Odenton Day, 9 am-2 pm

12—Columbus Day

17—Auxiliary Flea Market, 9 am-2 pm

25—Reformation Sunday

Altar Flowers

By Jean McHenry

Donating flowers for the altar for special occasions during October are:

4—Dave Pinckney, birthday

11—Dolores & Ben Saars, anniversary

18—Moses and Cecilia Takwi

25—Barbara & Tom Girgash, anniversary

If you have signed up for flowers and want to take them home, please pick them up immediately after the late service in the sacristy. If you require special pick up arrangements, please contact Barbara at 443-370-7931 or

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This week's events...

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Oikodomé Group Meeting 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 11, 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
Financial Peace Seminar 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, October 12, 2015
Planning Council Meeting 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Confirmation Class 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Coffee Talk 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Choir Rehearsal 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Ladies' Prayer Group 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Special Planning Council Meeting 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Men's Bible Study and Breakfast 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Flea Market 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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