First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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 Matthew 25:1-13 


Looking For a New VBS Director

By Donna Van Dine

Summer is closer than you think, so now is the time to start planning for Vacation Bible School 2016. If you would like more information on the Director’s duties, please contact Donna Van Dine at or 410-551-0889 or Ursula Pinckney at or 443-995-2035.

Community Services News

By Kathy Reichard

January 2016 will start the process for new two-year terms on the Church Council. We need two council members and two church members to serve on the nominating committee. This process runs from January to April. If you are interested in serving in this very important process, please contact Kathy Reichard at 410-674-8479. If you prefer, please consider running for a position on the council. Anyone can run for any office. Elections will be held in May.

As you change out your closets for fall and winter, please consider making a donation to the Lutheran Mission Society. Collection is in the Church basement by the handicap ramp.

Christian Assistance Program (CAP)

By Donna Van Dine

During the month of November, CAP will be collecting canned vegetables.

We put out a plea for donations to provide holiday baskets to our CAP clients and folks in our community in need. In the past two weeks, you donated more than 90 holiday baskets! Your generous donations and the matching contribution will allow us to warm many hearts and stomachs this holiday season. Unfortunately, our work is never done. We have seen an increased need in our community for food and it has put a strain on CAPs financial health this year. Your generous donations of food, clothing, and money throughout the year are greatly appreciated. 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 or you can make checks payable to FELC, designated to CAP in the remarks, and placed in the offering.

Clothing should be taken to Nichols Bethel at the Murray Rd. address.

We are blessed with many volunteers who help weekly at the CAP pantry. We can always use a few more helping hands, particularly when we have our monthly food bank delivery and during the holidays when we prepare and distribute the food baskets. Mark your calendars to help:

  • The November food bank delivery is tentatively scheduled for November 13th at 11:00 am. CAP is located at Severn United Methodist Church, 1215 Old Camp Meade Rd.
  • The holiday baskets will be distributed from Severn Run Baptist Church located at 8187 Telegraph Rd. The Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed on Friday, November 20th and the Christmas baskets will be distributed on Friday, December 18th. Hours will be 4-7 pm. Please consider helping to distribute the food on these dates or with helping to pack the baskets the day before at 11:00 am at Severn Run.

CAP also needs help with filling the following positions. If you are interested, please contact David Vitchock at or Amy Gantt at 410-760-0485 or email

  • CAP Secretary
  • Clothes Closet Volunteer at Nichols Bethel on Thursdays, 2-4 pm.
Special Events in November

November is Commnity Services Board Emphasis Month

1 – All Saints’ Day; Daylight Savings ends

7 – Apple Pie Contest and Chili Cook-off (5 pm)

11 – Veterans Day

25 – Thanksgiving Eve Service (7 pm)

26 Thanksgiving

29 – First Sunday of Advent


Condensed from Jan Perez’s minutes

  • All board members were to bring their 2016 budgets to the by-laws and constitution meeting on Thursday October 15th, but the Treasurer has not yet received all the budget requests. Our budget should be the number one priority.
  • The 75th Anniversary Committee asked that money collected at the special service be used to pay down the mortgage.
  • Our new Verizon phone service will save about $80 on our monthly phone bill.
  • Health insurance premiums will be going up 4.9% this year.
  • Considering quarterly pierogi fundraisers. The Council will discuss with Tom Girgash.
  • God and Me class will begin January 5th and will run for 9 weeks.
  • The 75th Committee held their wrap up meeting on October 21st. Items specific to the 75th Anniversary were boxed up to store for the 100th Anniversary celebration.
  • January 2016 will be the start of another 2-year term for boards.
  • Welcome to our two new Elders: Chaplain Malmstrom and Kurt Forton.
  • The Financial Peace class started on October 18th and will run for 9 weeks.
  • A member very generously offered to match CAP donations up to $1,000 by October 25th.
New Newsletter Editor

Donna Van Dine is the new editor of Gospeltality.

Thank you to Jean McHenry for the many years of service she has provided as editor, and thank you to Donna for taking over this important service!

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This week's events...

Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Confirmation Class 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Coffee Talk 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Choir Rehearsal 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Ladies' Prayer Group 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Blended Service 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Voters' Assembly and Breakfast 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Traditional Service 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Financial Peace Seminar 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, December 07, 2015   

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