First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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


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!!

Dave Ramsey’s $mart Money

Watch a FREE Live Stream of Dave Ramsey’s Smart Money Event @ First Lutheran Evangelical Church of Odenton, Fellowship Hall

Over the last 25 years, millions of lives have been changed through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. This November, Dave will be live streaming his Smart Money event to churches and Financial Peace University classes across the country.  We are excited to announce that we will be a host site for this event. The best part? It’s absolutely free for you to attend! Dave and Rachel Cruze will take the stage on November 7 in Phoenix, and we will stream the event in real time. We’d love for you to join us and learn the steps you and your family can take to live like no one else. Sign up today to be a part of this amazing event (Register here).

We look forward to seeing you on 7 November 2017; 8-11 p.m.! If you have any questions regarding our streaming of the event @ First Lutheran email or call Wayne ( or 410-551-0889).

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!!

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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