First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


All are welcomed to join us in worshiping our Lord and Savior.

This Past Week's Sermon:  Welcome to the Vineyard of the Lord  
 Matthew 21:33-46 


The Reformation Experience

This October the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be celebrated. Remember Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church doors in Wittenberg, Germany. Come to First Lutheran on October 21 and step back 500 years in history to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Reformation. Along the way, you will meet some of the individuals who played a role in transforming the Church and the world.

If you are interested in helping with this endeavor, please contact Diane Jaeger at

Please join us on October 29, Reformation Sunday. There will be one service at 10:00 AM so that together we may celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. There will be a meal following the service.

Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 28th, 4-6 PM; FELC Parking Lot

Calling all kids and friends to attend in costume!

Please consider sponsoring a trunk for the event by decorating the trunk of your vehicle (and/or a table set up outside) and have a game and/or treat for the kids that attend, preferably with a religious theme (no demons or violence).

See the sign-up sheet in the church entrance.

Special Events in October

October - Stewardship Board Emphasis Month

2 - Ladies Auxiliary Meeting (6:30 pm)
3 – Coffee Talk at (7 pm)
4 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30 pm)
5 – Ladies Prayer Group (1 pm)
7 – Odenton Day (9 am – 2 pm)
9 - Columbus Day; 9 - Planning Council Meeting (7 pm)
10 – Confirmation (6 pm); 10 - Coffee Talk (7 pm)
11 - Choir Rehearsal (7:30 pm)
12 - Ladies Prayer Group (1 pm)
17 – Confirmation (6 pm); 17 - Coffee Talk (7 pm)
18 - Choir Rehearsal (7:30 pm)
19 - Ladies Prayer Group (1 pm)
21 – Reformation Experience
24 – Confirmation (6 pm); 24 - Coffee Talk (7 pm)
25 - Choir Rehearsal (7:30 pm)
26 - Ladies Prayer Group (1 pm)
28 – Trunk or Treat (4-6 pm)
29 - Reformation Sunday (One Service at 10am); 29 - Reformation Dinner
31 - Coffee Talk (7 pm); 31 - Halloween
Christian Assistance Program (CAP)

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

CAP will conduct the Holiday Sharing Program again this year, providing 200 food baskets to CAP clients and members of participating CAP churches for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are looking for a way to give this holiday season, please consider a monetary donation to CAP. Donations can be given through the weekly collection (put CAP in the comment line on checks or put money in an envelope marked for CAP). Checks can also be mailed to our CAP address, 1239 Murray Rd., Odenton, MD 21113.

CAP is in need of a 16’ box truck to pick up food for the Thanksgiving Holiday Sharing Program. Food pick up is scheduled for November 16th at 8:30 AM. If you can help, please contact Donna Van Dine.

The CAP Food Pantry needs help filling 2 positions. Contact Amy Gantt, 410-733-6022:

1. Substitutes to Carry Bags/Boxes of Food. We need 2-3 individuals to fill in when our regularly scheduled carriers are not available on Tuesdays from 11 am - 1 pm and/or Thursdays from 3-5 pm. This is the most physically demanding volunteer position and requires able-bodied volunteers to carry bags/boxes of groceries out to the clients' cars. Individuals must be able to repeatedly carry 25-35 pounds up 10 steps and out to the parking lot. We are entering our busiest time of the year at the pantry and need help immediately!

2. Volunteer Coordinator. At the end of this year, I'm stepping down as Volunteer Coordinator for the Food Pantry. I will remain as CAP Secretary and continue volunteering in the pantry. We would like to find a replacement as soon as possible so we can have some overlap in the next few months. This position does not require being at the Pantry and can easily be done at home. Effective Jan 1, 2018, the new Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • maintaining the volunteer calendar
  • receiving notifications when volunteers cannot make their scheduled times
  • finding individuals to fill in
  • notifying the Pantry Manager of changes to the schedule
  • working with the CAP Secretary to recruit new volunteers
Altar Flowers

Donating flowers for the altar guild for October:

1 – Jean Mencik – Birthday; Dave Pinckney – Birthday
8 – Delores & Ben Saars – Anniversary
15 – Georgia Martin in memory of Larry (Husband)
22 – Barb & Tom Girgash – Anniversary
29 – Susie Family in memory of Debbie’s Brother Steven Vossler

The Altar Guild is in need of volunteers. If you would like to find out more about serving, please contact Diane Jaeger - or 301-641-4501. Thank you very much!!

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This week's events...

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Ladies Prayer Group 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Reformation Experience 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
Men's Breakfast 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday, October 22, 2017
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, October 24, 2017
Confirmation Class 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Coffee Talk 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Choir Rehearsal 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Ladies Prayer Group 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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