First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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


Altar Flowers

Donating flowers for the altar guild for February:

4 – No flowers donated
11 – No flowers donated
18 – No Flowers - LENT
25 – No Flowers - LENT


Christian Assistance Program (CAP) / Food Pantry

During the month of February, CAP will be collecting canned soup.

A basket is located at the bottom of the sanctuary steps to collect donations. You can donate cash in honor or in remembrance of someone. There are cards on the bookcase in the Fellowship Hall to complete and mail to our CAP address, 1239 Murray Rd., Odenton, MD 21113. Letters are sent out to the recipients or their families acknowledging these gifts. Cash donations can also be placed in the collection plate on Sunday, but make sure to mark the donation for CAP.

Special Events in February

February is Fellowship Board emphasis month.

1 – Prayer Group (1 pm)
1 – Prayer Shawl Group (7 pm)
2 – Groundhog Day
4 – “Souper” Soup and Sub Sale
5 – Ladies’ Auxiliary Meeting (6:30 pm)
6 - God & Family/God & Me (5:45 pm)
6 - Confirmation (6 pm)
6 - Interesting Topics (7 pm)
7 - Choir Rehearsal (7:30 pm)
8 – Prayer Group (1 pm)
8 – Prayer Shawl Group (7 pm)
11 – Scout Sunday (No Adult Sunday school) 11 - Transfiguration of Our Lord
12 – Planning Council (7pm)
13 – Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Supper (5-7 pm)
14 – Valentine’s Day
14 – Ash Wednesday (7pm)
14 – Choir Rehearsal
15- Prayer Group (1 pm)
15 - Prayer Shawl Group (7 pm)
17 – Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study (9 am)
17 – Chili Cook-off (4-6 pm)
19 – Presidents Day
20 – Confirmation (6 pm)
20 – Interesting Topics (7 pm)
21 –Dinner (6:30 pm)
21 – Meal & Lenten Service (6:30 pm)
21 – Choir Rehearsal
22 - Prayer Group (1 pm)
22 – Prayer Shawl Group (7 pm)
27 – Confirmation (6 pm)
27 – Interesting Topics (7 pm)
28 - Meal & Lenten Service (6:30 pm)
28 – Choir Rehearsal


Ladies’ Auxiliary News
By Denise Bach
“Souper” Sunday Soup & Sub Sale February 4th
Deer Chili, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Crab Soup - $8 per Quart Subs - $6
Sign up in back of the church and in the fellowship hall.


2018 ”Souper” Bowl Challenge
The CAP Food Pantry is attempting to collect 1,000 cans, boxes, cartons or packages of soup in Feb.
Let’s help fill the Pantry’s shelves and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in the Severn, Odenton, Gambrills, Hanover area.
Please bring your donations to church or the CAP Food Pantry during the month of February.

Scouting for Food
During the week of 3-10 March 2018, Scouts may be leaving bags at your home to collect food for the needy. If you see a bag, please consider filling it with non-perishable foods and leaving it on your porch for pickup on the morning of March 10th. Most of the units participating will be delivering these donations to either the Maryland Food Bank or the Christian Assistance Program (CAP) which benefits our local community. We appreciate your donations and request you ensure the items have not expired.
We are up and running and could always use more children! If your child has a friend that is not currently involved with a church, invite them to ours! We are glad for the dedicated staff we have for ages 2-high school! Also, it would be great if we could get one more teacher for the primary grades. We unexpectedly lost a teacher and would love to have you join us on Sunday Mornings in the church basement, starting at 9:30 am! If you feel a calling to work with children and serve the Lord, give David Pinckney a call @ 443-995-3139.

St. Patrick’s Day Gathering

Come join in on fellowship and fun on March 17th, 4-7 PM.

We will have food, games, and live Celtic music. Enter the cupcake contest - bring your best decorated yummy cupcakes – entries will be judged by their presentation and taste and will be consumed by all!

Don’t forget to wear green!

Lent Meal Services

During the Lenten season we will be holding a combined Lent Meal and Service.

A meal will be provided and incorporated into the services to be held on Feb 21 & 28, Mar 7, 14 and 21st in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30PM.

Seder Service with Meal

On March 29th beginning at 6PM we will hold a Seder meal ceremonial celebration of the Passover, the miraculous exodus from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago. The Seder is a feast that includes reading, drinking wine, telling stories, eating special foods and singing.

See church narthex for sign-up.

2nd Annual Resurrection Walk for CAP

On Saturday, March 31st from noon-3pm come join us in a Resurrection Walk – Journey to the Cross Experience.

Invite your friends, co-workers and relatives to participate in this interactive educational event.

  • Walk to Bible stations and meet witnesses to Jesus’ last days on earth!
  • Get a brand new Passport filled with stickers of places you visit!
  • Sample foods, experience cultural differences, see what Bible life was like!

A free will donation and/or contributions of non-perishable foods will be collected to support the Christian Assistance Program (CAP). Sign-up will be in the church narthex.

Vacation Bible School


Keep your eyes on the Monthly Newsletter and Church Bulletins for more news about the annual meeting for VBS Staffing and planning! We need to start now to get ready for a great time in VBS! The meeting is when we choose the date, and get the awesome staff signed up!

There is always room for more and especially new persons to help out with this ministry! So if you have helped in the past or have never tried it before, we'd love to see you at the Meeting, tentatively scheduled for late Feb - mid March!

If you have questions or want to reserve your job, please call or email Liz Lueth or Ursula PInckney!

Thanks for your consideration of serving the Lord this summer!

Lutheran Mission Society

For February and March we will be collecting the following items for Lutheran Mission Society Compassion Centers to be given out to the needy that come into their centers. A bin will be available in the Narthex for your donations.

Basic Blessing Bag:

  • Wash cloth
  • Soap/shower gel
  • Tooth brush (in original packing)
  • Tooth paste - Travel size
  • Nail clippers
  • Comb
  • Emory Board
  • Shampoo- Travel Size
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Lotion
  • Hand Sanitizer

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.


Interesting Topics Bible Study

Interesting Topics Bible Study (formerly "Coffee Talk"): Tuesdays at 7pm

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