Reflections and Announcements for the Week of November 1 | First Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Reflections and Announcements for the Week of November 1

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8.36

When I say . . . “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin’.”
I’m whispering “I was lost,
Now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say . . . “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say . . . “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak
And I need His strength to carry on.

When I say . . . “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say . . . “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say . . . “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say . . . “I am a Christian”
I’m not holier than thou
I’m just a simple sinner
Who received God’s good grace, somehow!

“When I Say, ‘I Am a Christian’” (1988)
The Rev. Dr. Carol Wimmer, Pentecostal theologian

You Are Needed

Even when we resume our in person worship service our podcast will continue and you are needed! Yes, you! The voices of First Lutheran! We want members to read some of the lessons and/or lead the Lord’s Prayer in our podcast services, so that we are reminded of our oneness in Christ by hearing voices. Here’s how it works: Kristen Hansen will send you the reading. You can record it at home on a phone, on your computer, in a Zoom session we can schedule together. Or you can come in on a Thursday morning to the church and we’ll do a recording that way. It can be a video, or just audio. Kristen will tell you how to get the file to her and will incorporate it into our recorded service. ALL ARE WELCOME! For details and questions, email Kristen at

Social Ministry

The Christmas party for Inspirits is on but it will look a lot different. We will be providing a carry out lunch for the families. The kids will get gift bags that will contain various items including some Christmas craft kits that they can take home and work on them. The moms will receive a gift bag like last year. It will include personal care, cleaning items and some special items. We will prepare 30 kids bags and 20 bags for the moms.
If you would like to help you can provide 30 craft kits or 30 of any other item the kids could use or enjoy. You can also provide 20 items for the moms to use or enjoy to put in their gift bags. You can drop off the items any time up until December 15, 2020. Call me or email me and let me know if you are going to provide anything so I do not duplicate your efforts.
We are looking forward to a blowout party in December, 2021.

Buena Visa / Jones Paideia

We will still be doing Thanksgiving bags this year. The kids are in school and the need is great. I will have some bags at church in the shopping cart or you can use your own. The bags need to be back to church by November 22. Below is the list
1 can cranberry sauce
2 boxes of stuffing
2 boxes of instant mashed potatoes
2 cans of green beans
2 boxes of cornbread
2 jars of gravy
1 dessert
$15 Kroger gift card
If you want to send me a check or a Kroger gift card I will pick up the rest and create a bag.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

The Angel Tree will be digital this year. They will create a digital page for our church. We can go to the page and adopt an angel. This page should be ready by early November and I will send the link when I receive it. You can drop the gifts off at church during business hours or I can pick up from your house. Gifts are due by December 4, 2020.

Stewardship Thoughts
Giving Our Firstfruits

Firstfruits giving means that we give to God first rather than giving God the leftovers after our own needs are met. When we give our firstfruits, no matter what the gift, we acknowledge that God is first in our lives and that he is the owner and giver of all that we have. Firstfruits giving expresses the special elationship that we have with Jesus Christ. God gave us his first and best when he gave his one and only Son who gave his best, his very life, to win our salvation. As his people, we receive with gratitude and respond faithfully and generously. We give our firstfruits, setting aside our offerings to the Lord first before fulfilling our other obligations. Faith empowers us to give our firstfruits.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving to me so generously, especially the gift of salvation through your Son. Help me to give what I have. Grant me faith so that I will give you the first part of all that you give to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

Next Week’s Readings

Amos 5:18-24
Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13