First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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


Advent Meals
Come one, come all!
Enjoy a hot meal and fellowship this Advent season at 6:00 PM prior to each Wednesday Advent service (services start at 7:00 PM on Dec 6th, Dec 13th & and Dec 20th). We would like at least 6 people to sign up for each week to provide soup, bread or small dessert. If cooking isn’t your thing, you could help set-up (heating food by 5:15 PM each week) and clean-up. If you have any questions, please phone or text Ursula Pinckney at 443-995-2035. The sign-up sheets for the three weeks are posted on the wall as you enter the church.

Altar Flowers

Donating flowers for the altar guild for December:

3 – Viia Erwin in memory of Olga Oja (Grandmother)
10 – Michael & Margie – 11th Anniversary
17 – Margie Mallary - Birthday
24 – Christmas Poinsettias
31 – Christmas Poinsettias

The 2018 Altar Flower Chart is now posted on the bulletin board at the base of the sanctuary steps. Flowers cost $25 per vase. No more than two vases used each Sunday. Please write your name and special occasion (if applicable) next to the desired date(s). Place your flower donation in the church offering, noting that it is for altar flowers. In observance of the solemn season of Lent, we do not have flowers on the altar. We have special flowers for Easter, Confirmation and Christmas.

Please pick up your flowers after the late service in the working sacristy to the left of the altar. For questions or special pick up arrangements, contact Debbie Susie, 410-551-0058.

Special Events in December

December - Ladies' Auxiliary Emphasis Month

1 – Parent Shopping Night (5:30-9:30 pm)
4 – Christmas Dinner at Osaka Grill (6:30 pm)
5 – Confirmation (6 pm)
5 – Interesting Topics (7 pm)
6 - First Advent Service (7 pm)
7 - Prayer Group (1 pm)
7 - Prayer Shawl Group (7 pm)
9 – Guest Speaker (9 am – 3:15 pm)
11 – Planning Council (7 pm)
12 – Confirmation (6 pm)
12 – Interesting Topics (7 pm)
13 – Second Advent Service (7 pm)
14 - Prayer Group (1 pm)
14 - Prayer Shawl Group (7 pm)
16 – Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study (9 am)
16 – Sunday School Program (6 pm)
19 – Interesting Topics (7 pm)
20 - Third Advent Service (7pm)
21 – First Day of Winter
21 - Prayer Group (1 pm)
21 – Prayer Shawl Group (7 pm)
22 – Youth Group Christmas Party (6-10 pm)
24 – Christmas Eve Service (10 am)
24 – Candlelight Service (7 & 11 pm)
25 – Christmas Day
27 – Choir Rehearsal (7:30 pm)
28 – Prayer Group (1 pm)
28 - Prayer Shawl Group (7 pm)
31 – New Year’s Eve
31 - First Sunday after Christmas


Altar Guild - Volunteers Needed!

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!!

Youth Group News

By Leigh Lebkicker

On Friday November 10th the youth went to Build A Bear and made 28 bears for the children at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. This was our second year doing this and we hope to do it again next year.
On Sunday Nov. 12th, the youth from FELC and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie collaborated on a concert and bake sale to raise funds for hurricane victims in Texas. We had a pretty good turn out and raised a little over $1,100.
Youth Group Christmas Party
  • Friday, December 22nd
  • 6-10 PM
  • FELC Fellowship Hall

Lasagna, mac and cheese, rolls and salad “Hot Chocolate Bar” for dessert Come dressed in your “ugliest” Christmas sweater or “dressiest” in your nicest clothes. Prizes will be given to the best “ugliest” and “dressiest”. We will have our annual gift exchange game where each person brings a wrapped gift ($5-$10 that can be for a boy or girl), and other fun games. Bring a friend and come have a merry time! Please RSVP no later than Wednesday December 20th to Leigh Lebkicker at


Christian Assistance Program (CAP)
During the month of December, CAP will be collecting baking mixes.
We would like to thank the many volunteers who helped with assembling and distributing Thanksgiving dinners to our CAP clients.
The CAP Food Pantry will provide 200 clients and their families with food for Christmas dinner. We hope you can join us to help at the Church at Severn Run, 8187 Telegraph Rd. in Severn. 
Mon, Dec 18 
  • 8:30-11 am: 5-7 able-bodied men to meet at the Church at Severn Run and travel together to Walmart and Aldi's to pick up the food and bring it back to the church
  • 11 am-12:30 pm: volunteers to help unload trucks and then pack the food into bags 

Tues, Dec 19 

  • 3-4 pm: 4-6 people to help bag turkeys
  • 4-7 pm: volunteers to assist with the food give-away
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.
The Clothes Closet needs winter clothing in all sizes - adults and children, particularly winter coats and boots. When you switch over to seasonal clothing, please consider donating any cold weather clothes, shoes or outerwear that you may no longer need.

Church Envelopes 2018

Church envelopes for 2018 will be distributed during the month of December. If you do not have 2017 church envelopes and would like to have them for 2018, please contact Mary Beth Hilton at or 410-672-1015.

Please help the counters and the Financial Secretary by making sure your checks are written out with the correct date (especially with the new year coming), are not post-dated, and are signed. Additionally, specify any special designations on the front of the envelope.

Confirmation Classes for 2017-2018

Confirmation classes for 7th and 8th grade students will begin in October for the 2017-2018 session, culminating on 3 June 2018 (Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday).

This year, Lesson 1: Introduction to Confirmation and to the 10 Commandments will be held on Sunday, 8 October and Tuesday, 10 October.

A detailed calendar of classes and lesson notebooks will be provided to each confirmand.

1st year confirmands will also receive a special Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanations.

Each class will be taught twice: on a Sunday and on a Tuesday, allowing each confirmand the opportunity to easily attend confirmation classes as well as school or other activities.

Parents of prospective confirmands are urged to contact Mike Petersen at 443-223-5884 or at to register their child or to obtain more information.

Sunday Services

Sunday Services (Summer)

(After Memorial Day through Labor Day)

8:00 am Blended Service

10:00 am Traditional Service

No Sunday School

Coffee available in Fellowship Hall following services.

Communion at all Services.


Sunday Services (After Labor Day through Memorial Day)

8:00 am Blended Service

9:30 am Sunday School

11:00 am Traditional Service

Coffee available in Fellowship Hall following services.

Communion at all Services.


Coffee Talk Bible Study

 Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7pm

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