You now have two options for worship at First Evangelical Lutheran!
First, as we’ve been doing since early in March, First Evangelical will be holding our worship services online on our YouTube channel. Online services start just before 10:30 AM every Sunday.
The YouTube link will also be posted directly to the church’s Facebook page:
We hope to continue and even expand our online ministry through this forum into the future to provide not only for those folks at high-risk for COVID-19, but also for shut-ins, out-of-state travelers and those who prefer online access to God’s word.
Watch this space for more info about our online service plans.
Note: online service videos follow our Online Worship Bulletin.
Secondly, as of July 2020 we’re now holding in-person services again!
As before, service will be held in the sanctuary Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM. (Yes, at the same time as the service on the YouTube channel.)
In accordance with Maryland COVID-19 guidelines and our desire to keep everyone safe, you must pre-register every week as we will be limiting attendance to 50 people to ensure social distance remains in effect.I f we begin to see a rise in the desire for in-person services going beyond that, we’ll add another service.
Register for in-person service via our Church Center page, or use the links provided below:
Note: in-person worship follows our COVID worship guidelines. Please read the guidelines before registering.
A Message From the Pastor
November 7th 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It was really great to see so many people at the Pork Dinner! It was a really nice evening of fellowship and great weather. With all that is going on, we still look forward to some big holidays coming up. As we get ready to prepare for the end of the church year and Advent, I’ll send out more information regarding our midweek services and our schedule for Christmas Eve.
If you are not attending the in-person services but would like to schedule a communion visit, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email, and we’ll get something setup.
Registration for In-Person Services
in order to attend you must pre-register. Registration links are above.
You must re-register every week. Again, please see the worship guidelines linked above and note that masks covering the nose and mouth are required.
God continues to guide us…
I know that this has been a stressful week for everyone. As we deal with our own struggles in our daily lives it doesn’t make things any easier when our society adds to it even more chaos, uncertainty, and worries. I once had a pastor who would often repeat a short line whenever difficult situations arose. He would say, “Jesus is still Jesus.” It’s very simple and seems obvious, maybe even unhelpful. But the more I reflect on that simple statement, the more comforted I become. Jesus is still Jesus. He’s the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Nothing is too big for him, nothing in our own individual lives or even on a global scale. Nothing is going to stop Jesus’ love for us. Nothing is going to reverse his sacrifice or his victory over the grave. Jesus reigns and has brought us into his kingdom. No matter what happens, we are his. Jesus is still Jesus. May you find rest in him.
Email List Subscription
If you know of anyone who would like to get the emails but does not know how to go about it, please ask them to contact me. If you know someone who was once getting the emails but is no longer, it’s possible that it’s due to a typo in the system or that the email address has unsubscribed from the email list. Again, please ask them to contact me, and we’ll work to get it figured out.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Join us Wednesdays at 10:30am for a congregational Bible Study as we are reading through Acts and following St. Paul as he navigates different cultures while proclaiming the gospel of Jesus on his 2nd missionary journey. Simply click the link below or dial in via the phone # given.
Join Hangouts Meet: https://meet.google.com/coh-qrme-gmc
Join by phone: +1 631-618-8074 (PIN: 559341419)
More Devotional Material
You can always find additional devotional material on my website:
Copies of Portals of Prayer are also available as well and can be picked up anytime from the information box at the Fellowship Hall main entrance. I also remind you of the resources from Lutheran Hour Ministries. They have free daily devotions (which can even be emailed to you) and the weekly broadcast of The Lutheran Hour radio program, all of which can be found at:
Updated Contact Information and Call Request
We now have an online form to help keep our information current. If you would like to have your contact information updated, you can do so via the following link. You can also make a request for a phone call.
There are currently two ways to give. One way to give is by mailing your offering directly to the church office (8397 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton, MD 21113). Only a few months ago we installed a secure mailbox with a lock to keep our mail safe. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to consider another way to give online. It is one easy way to be faithful in financial stewardship.
For online giving:
For further instruction see:
You can also help the church out via Amazon Smile. More information at our Amazon Smile page or click the banner below to get started.