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October 15, 2019

15 St. Teresa of Ávila, 1515-1582  St. Theresa was known for her life of contemplation and prayer, her theological reflection and writing, and her strong identification with people suffering poverty and illness. Remember the people who have helped shape our faith, values and life, and pray that, through the work of the Spirit, our faith,…

REMINDER: FALL WORSHIP TIMES are at 8:00 and 11:00AM with Sunday’s Cool for ages 4 – adult at 9:29AM!

WORSHIP, WORSHIP EVERYWHERE!  Well, not everywhere. Did you know that First Lutheran hosts a communion service at the Rouse Suites on the 4th Tuesday of each month beginning at 2:00PM?  Pastor Jeff always welcomes members to join him for these services.  First Lutheran also hosts a worship service at Warren Manor on the 1st Monday of the month beginning at 1:15PM and at the Watson Home on the 4th Sunday of the month beginning at 4:00PMThis is just one example of our congregation’s outreach into the community.  These worship services are able to be provided because of the generous stewardship of each and every one you!  Thank you!

FROM THE SYNOD OFFICE: AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A COMMUNION STEWARD!  We have several Communion Stewards – members who distribute Holy Communion to the homebound – and we are always looking for more!  If you think you may be led to serve in this ministry, please contact Pastor Jeff!  There is instruction being offered by the Synod on Saturday, October 5, 2019, beginning at 10:30AM at Emmanuel Lutheran, 152 Seaward Avenue, Bradford, PA.  The instruction time is only 90 minutes!  Contact Pastor Jeff ASAP so he can get you signed up through the synod office!

FIRST LUTHERAN IS ALWAYS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS to help in the office, serve on our TAP staff, participate in the Quilters Workshop, help with fundraiser dinners, Produce Express, Senior Fellowship, Sunday’s Cool, Social Ministry activities, Holiday Meals, Trunk n’ Treat, etc… If you are ready to jump in to serve (or serve in an increased or different capacity), contact the church office and ask for Pastor Jeff, Alayna or Cheri!  We look forward to hearing from you!

FRIDAY NIGHT OUT will be dining downtown at Total Evolution on Friday, October 18th at 6PM. They will be offering us an expanded menu of delicious options for this evening and we’ll have the whole place to ourselves. That means games are planned! Hope you can be there. Sign up in the narthex.

NEW WAYS TO GIVE TO FIRST LUTHERAN: ONLINE AND THROUGH A MOBILE APP! The Give Plus app gives those who enjoy on-line banking as a way to give their offering.  Remember this new option is just that: an option.  If you are comfortable with your current giving practices, great!  Keep it up!  And if you would like to explore a new way in giving, then download the app on your phone or head over to our new website and go for it! 

IT’S BACK! THE 5TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S EXTRAVAGANZA will be held on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 5:30-8:00pm in Niewoehner Hall. You don’t want to miss this evening. If you haven’t attended before, make this the start of a new tradition. Hostesses decorate tables in special themes, the guys cook (Hungarian specials with a few American favorites), and Sydney Ewing will be speaking about her year in Hungary. Her topic is “Courage, Vulnerability, and Growth”. The Warren Area Student Union (WASU) will be the beneficiary of the event. Tickets will be $10 each and will go on sale after we have secured hostesses. Please see Kari Ewing or Penny Lester to volunteer to help with this fun evening.

WELCA FALL GATHERING AT CROOKED CABIN FARM will be held Saturday, October 5 from 10AM-2PM (605 Stanton Hill Rd., Russell). Cost is $15 per person, includes lunch, speaker, and farm tour. This is an organic farm. Janeen Beard will talk to us about reversing diseases through food. Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” She believes in improving health one meal at a time. A delicious plant-based lunch will be served. All are invited! Make your reservation early by calling Joyce Kelley at 230-9345. Limited space available. Call by September 30th. Friends, neighbors, and spouses welcome!  “I have provided all kinds of fruit and grain for you to eat.”- Genesis 1:29

CHECK YOUR CLOSETS!  Warren Area Elementary Center is in need of 23 winter jackets in the following sizes:

Boys: 6-8, 10-12, 14-16  Girls: 5, 6, 6x, 7-8, 10-12

Families with children, please check your closets for jackets that your children have outgrown and that you can donate. Your help will make a big difference in kids’ lives. Thank you. Donation box in Narthex.

SUNDAY’S COOL UPDATES!  God’s calling us to Sunday’s Cool, to tell the good news!  Will you answer?  We start all together in the Narthex at 9:25am.  On October 27th, our 3 year old – 5th graders will be singing during the 11AM service for Confirmation Sunday.  Please bring your children so they can practice with us.  ATTENTION:  OCTOBER 6, there will be NO SUNDAY’S COOL; instead, come to 10AM worship at First Presbyterian Church to celebrate World Communion Sunday!


Please join us on October 20th in the giving of a Thankoffering, a long-standing custom among Lutheran women, however, all are welcome to participate!

Beginning in the late 19th century, Lutheran women were given small Thankoffering boxes, originally known as mite boxes, to place in a special location in their homes as a visible reminder of blessings received.  Women would add coins to those boxes almost daily as particular blessings were noted. They  also formed “mite” or “cent” societies to raise money  for the support of church projects and foreign missionaries.

Today, Thankofferings continue to be a way to show gratitude for God’s blessings and  to give us an important and tangible way to express that gratitude.  It is a tradition grounded in our celebration of community, of meeting together to joyfully give thanks for what God has given us in both significant and ordinary moments.

Women of the ELCA Thankofferings support the total outreach of the organization.

Thank you for  joining us in this tradition and for your generosity.  And…THANKS BE TO GOD!

T.A.P. UPDATES! TAP has begun again, the kids are back to have fun with their friends and learn about God’s Love.  We have snacks, worship, songs, recreation, class, fun, and don’t forget about dinners!  We are always looking for baked goods for desserts every Wednesdays.  If you can bring in a dessert, let Cheri know or bring them in with a label saying TAP.  Our themes this month are: Penn State Night, Superhero Night, Crazy Sock Night (we are asking families to buy new socks as a donation to A Safe Place).  We will be going to the Abplanalp’s Farm on October 23rd,  so if you have your clearances and would like to help drive some kids up and have a hot dog over a fire, let Cheri know at 688-0640. 

IT’S OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD AGAIN!!!  Are you a person who loves children and is passionate about spreading the word of GOD?  If you are, grab a shoebox and decide to buy for a girl or boy or BOTH.  Fill the box with toys, little balls, sunglasses, books, coloring books, crayons, etc.… along with $9 per box for the shipping costs.  You can drop the shoeboxes on the table in the Narthex or drop them off in Cheri’s office.  Let’s make some children happy and smile this Christmas!  Can we collect 50 shoeboxes this year?  How GREAT would that be!  The last day to bring in the shoeboxes will be Sunday, Nov. 17th.  Any questions please give Cheri a call at 723-6450.

JOIN US ON OCTOBER 27TH FOR REFORMATION SUNDAY as we have 5 of our students confirm their faith!  Hunter Feeny, Kaelah Knupp, Lizzy Koebley, Will Strassburg and Nick Brooks will be leading worship that morning.  Come and worship with them as they and their families celebrate this special day!

BREAD FOR THE WORLD SUNDAY SET FOR OCTOBER 13th  Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.  Their (and our) work is to change the conditions and policies that allow hunger to persist in a world of plenty.  Join us as we pray for and work toward the end of hunger.

‘KRAUT IS KING!!  Tuesday, Oct. 15: Annual Community Sauerkraut Supper!  Come and taste the fruits of our labor.  The kraut has been fermenting since August, so you know it’s got to be good!  The food is served from 5:03 – 6:47PM.  A freewill offering will be taken.

SENIOR FELLOWSHIP MEETS THE 2ND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH (September to May) beginning at 11:00AM for a Eucharist Worship service and hymn sing, followed by a wonderful luncheon at noon!  Depending on the month, we may have a program after lunch.  We hope you will be able to attend Senior Fellowship with us!  And if your name is not on our “call” list (we need to have an accurate count for the kitchen staff), please call the church office at 723-6450 and we’ll be sure you get a reminder phone call each month!  See you on Tuesday, October 8th at 11:00AM!



Join us as we celebrate what makes us one in the Christian faith – Jesus –as we join our fellow brothers and sisters in faith at First Presbyterian on Sunday, October 6th at 10:00 AM (For the early risers, we will have our regular 8:00AM worship at First Lutheran).  Remember there will be no Sunday’s Cool that day, but we are still called to worship – it is the Lord’s Day, after all!  See you at First Presbyterian at 10:00AM!

ALTAR FLOWERS for 2019! These are dates you can still purchase flowers for this year:

November 3, 10

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Call Kris Whitaker (726-2843) or email at to place an order.

DID YOU KNOW…  The Workshop of First Lutheran created over 300 quilts last year, and that 50 of those quilts were given to kids who went to Camp Halo this past summer (the other 250 were sent to Lutheran World Relief)? This is what “Friends Loving Christ, Friends Loving Community” looks like!  If you would like to serve with the Workshop, give Denise Bleech a call or stop in each Wednesday from 9:00 – noonish downstairs in Old Fellowship Hall.  There’s plenty of work for everyone’s skill level! Learn more about this ministry at under “Quilter’s Workshop”!

DID YOU KNOW…First Lutheran’s Free Little Middle School Library has given away over 100 books?  Although the intention is for the books to be borrowed and returned, we know that they are serving their purpose for the students who need them!  Thank you for your generous support of this outreach into the community


  • Christmas Eve will celebrate worship at 6PM & 11PM.
  • After decades of service on Sharing Place, Vonda is retiring and our new coordinator will be Elsa Redding.
  • End of year reports need to be into Alayna by October 15th.
  • Trunk-or-Treat will be Thursday Oct. 31st, 6-8pm
  • Budget requests for 2020 need to be turned in by October 15th.