First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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This Past Week's Sermon:  Clothed in Christ  Listen
 Mark 5:21-43 



The Chesapeake Bay Work Camp is an organization that provides summer work (Mission) camps for youth partnering with local churches. Nichols-Bethel UMC of Odenton is spearheading this important ministry. As many as 40 local residents will benefit from the work of over 350 adult and teenage volunteers from around the country! The Chesapeake Bay Work Camp will provide free home repairs through the Group Cares program, the first week in July (the 5th -11th). Many of our CAP clients have registered with them for assistance.

At this time here’s how you can help:

Provide baked goods--cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. for various days of the camp week. To donate snacks, please contact Cindy Geskey at

At this time we need approximately 25 ladders, primarily in the 5-14 foot range (step ladders, multi-folder or small extension ladders – please put your name on your ladder). Contact Doug Wallace ( or Barry Oren ( and they will make arrangements to pick them up! Please loan us a ladder (or several) to use for the week as soon as possible so we can get ready for the camp. We set the camp up the week before the youth come to town! All ladders will be tracked carefully, treated respectfully, and returned immediately after the Work Camp. Many of the youth groups headed our way are from as far away as Arizona and Minnesota and cannot bring large items, like ladders, with them.

The Chesapeake Bay Work Camp thanks you for your support.

Oikodomé Group

The Oikodome Group meets meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month, with an evening of fellowship for post-high-school-aged singles, couples, and families (including those with children.)  With school, work, and family commitments, this is a very busy time of life for everyone.  But we also know that it is important to spend time in fellowship, enjoying our time together and sharing what God is doing in our lives.  Our next get-together will be Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 5PM (location and more information coming soon).  Please RSVP to Noah ( or 443-831-4900) or Keisha ( or 443-388-1700).

Planning Council Minutes of June 8, 2015

Condensed from Jan Perez's minutes

  • Treasurer’s report shows during summer months we have actually spent less than we have taken in. Congregation has given a total of 50 Bible Sticks. Campaign ends 4 July.
  • Aging air conditioner units in sanctuary and fellowship hall need replacing. Voter’s meeting on 5 July will decide.
  • Gable Sign Co.’s price for digital sign-topper to be $6,000. Ray Reichard will make for under $500 at his convenience.
  • Glen Zabel, Scout Leader, will have 3 car washes this summer. Scouts to help with putting down additional mulch outside of church and fellowship hall.
  • Banners for 75th Anniversary being worked on. Photo booth planned and commemorative plates with church picture and church history will be available.
  • Ladies’ Auxiliary will not be meeting in July but a meeting will be held the last Monday in August. Still need more members.
  • Possibility of getting members together for Baysox game discussed.
  • Susan Moore to get together a Financial Planning class with other churches in area.
  • Edie Warther will be working half days while Pastor is on vacation in June and July.
  • Toilet in Sunday School room broke and overflowed . Whole area flooded. Two new toilets purchased and Ray Reichard installed them.
Mini Pictorial Directories

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


Christian Assistance Program (CAP)

By Amy Gantt, CAP Volunteer

Back in June, thanks to our supporters, CAP was able to increase the vouchers issued to clients from $7.00 to $10. We're also expanding the items that clients can purchase to include other dairy items (e.g., yogurt, cheese, margarine, etc.) in addition to the existing milk, bread, eggs and juice.

We are pleased to announce that the CAP Food Pantry was awarded a $24,000 grant from the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council. For the second year in a row, we will be able to provide our clients with fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables to supplement the usual items stocked in the pantry. CAP expects to receive the money in early July and it must be spent by the end of the year. The timing is great because families often have an increased need for food during the summer months when children are not in school. Starting July 2nd, CAP will be issuing (instead of the CAP funded $10 vouchers) $30 , $40 and $50 vouchers to households of 1 to 2, 3 to 4 and 5 & above, respectively, until the grant is exhausted.

More than 30 years after the CAP Food Pantry began, your support is more important than ever. Your churches are our lifeblood. While the grant is a blessing, your continuous donations of money and food staples, coupled with the many hours of volunteer work from your parishioners, keep the food pantry running. Thanks for your critical support.

(During July and August CAP will ask for donations of canned meats [tuna, chicken, etc.] and canned pork and beans respectively.)

Special Events in July/August

July is Planning Council emphasis month.

4 - Independence Day/Blood Drive/Bible Stick Project Ends

5-11 - Chesapeake Bay Work Camp

18 - Scout Car Wash

August is Evangelism Board emphasis month.

15 - Scout Car Wash


Addresses Needed

If anyone knows the addresses of the following families, please contact Elizabeth Lueth at 410-674-7569 or

  • Kathy Cordova
  • Robin Acklin
  • Clyde & Darlene Bell
Next Gospeltality: July/August 2015

From the Editor: The next issue of the Gospeltality will be for the September time frame.

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This week's events...

Wednesday, July 08, 2015   
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Oikodomé Group Meeting 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Blended Service 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Traditional Service 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday, July 13, 2015
Planning Council Meeting 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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