Come and join us for worship service on Sundays at 10:30 AM.
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 ensure social distance remains in effect.
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.
Announcements and Prayers
June 29th, 2022
Please continue to register. Registration is important for us to complete our end of year statistics. You can register using the link below or register in the pew registration books on Sunday. Thank you!
Registration Links for June and July:
Michael Mallary has requested a list of new pastoral candidates. If you know of a candidate that you would like to recommend or if you are interested in serving on the call committee for the next phase of the process, please let Michael know.
Smoked Brisket Dinner
July 16, 2022, 4-6 PM. Smoked brisket, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, roll, dessert. Eat in or carry out: $15. Cost reduced to $12 if you donate gently used suits or business attire for Success in Style (Sis). Reservations requested by July 14th. Call or text Margie at (443)838-8438. Proceeds will go toward Concordia Seminary. This is a Thrivent sponsored event.
Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars for 1-5 August 2022. The theme this year is Monumental, Celebrating God’s Greatness! Join us for a howlin’ good time as we go off-road for a Monumental adventure. Each day’s fun happens 6-8PM (registration at 5:30). Ages Pre-K through 12th grade. Register at https://VBSMate.com/FELCOdenton.
Samaratin’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child
Starting next week, the Ladies Auxiliary will be collecting different items to fill shoeboxes for children in various parts of the world that may not know Jesus. It is an ongoing project until November. The ladies undertook the project last year, using funds from one of our â€œmonthly meals. They sent 50 boxes that ended up in Haiti where Chaplain Lorenz is deployed. They are hoping to increase that number to 100 with the congregation’s help. A list of the items and more specific information will be coming next week. Each month there will be specific items collected that can be brought to church and put in a bin in the narthex. They thank you in advance for your support of this project. If you have questions about this endeavor, please contact Ursula Pinckney at 443-995-2035. The website for additional information on this project (Samaritan’s Purse, International Relief-OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD) is samaritanspurse.org.
- 100 small flashlights | ex, WalMart – Ozark Trail 10-Pack Aluminum Mini LED flashlights, 50 Lumen, 10 colors, Model 3110, $9.82)
- 300 AAA batteries
- Small toys | slinky, cars, yo-yo, small plastic animals, dinosaurs, etc.
- 50 Pillow Cases for sundresses (any size) – Prints or bright colors
- 100 Wash Clothes (for boys and girls) – Dollar store has character printed wash clothes that expand when put in water
- 50 Children’s toothbrushes w/cover (NO toothpaste)
- 50 Sturdy combs
- 50 bars of soap (no strong smelling soap like Irish Spring)
- Flipflops (30 Small, 40 Medium, 20 Large)
- 50 hair accessories | Scrunchies, headbands, ponytail holders
- 50 bandanas
July 11th, Planning Council, 7:00 PM
Help Wanted for Christmas in July Carnival and Vacation Bible School (VBS)
God gave you 7 days a week- can you please spare a couple of hours? Let Donna, Ursula or Margie know if you are interested in any of the following opportunities:
- Run a game
- Make snow cones
- Grill Hot Dogs
- Sell tickets
- Sit in dunk tank
- Story time
- People movers
We are collecting new or gently used shoes (any kind of footwear, shoes, sandals, boots, slippers, etc.). Collected shoes will not only support a fund-raising effort for us, but, will be reused and given a second life by those in need through #microenterprise. Collection will be running starting now through August 5th. A donation box is located in the church entrance. Our goal is to collect 100 bags of 25 pairs of shoes. Please consider going thru your closets and ask your friend and family to do the same.
September 16-18, 2022, at Brenda Gerhardt’s Farm in Sommerset, PA. We’ll have Praise and Worship, campfires and rustic cooking. We’ll complete a service project and make crafts .We’ll play yard games and make new friends. Saturday afternoon we will travel to nearby Laurel Hill State Park where you’ll have the opportunity to rent a canoe, kayak, or paddle board, swim in the lake, enjoy a picnic in the shade, play on the playground or just relax. Contact Margie 443-838-8438 for additional information and to RSVP.
Christmas in July and Craft Fair
July 23rd, 11AM to 2PM. Games, dunk tank, moon bounce, prizes, hotdogs, snow cones and more. If you would like to rent space for crafts, contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space only – $15, space with table – $20. Bring school supplies for our local schools or gently used shoes and receive a free hot dog.
Mark your calendar! Our next blood drive is August 5th, 10 AM – 3:30 PM, in the Fellowship hall. Walk-ins welcome. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: firstevangelicallutheranchurch or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Denise Bach. (Future dates scheduled are October 7 and December 2).
Shut In Visitation Ministry
Pastor Harris visits shut-ins If you would like to be visited and/or receive Communion, please contact the Church Office (email@example.com).
Coffee and desserts, when available, will be available in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays, 10:00-10:30 AM. Join us!
Young Adult Small Group
If you are between the ages of 20 and 30 and would be interested in joining our Bible Study, we meet on Wednesdays from 8-9pm. We are currently studying Job. If interested please contact John Pinckney for more information. We look forward to discussing God’s word with you!
Sunday school is paused through the summer months.
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:
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