May 30th, 2014

(W)holistic Living…Thoughts of the Parish Nurse

Summer is rapidly approaching and it will be time for vacation. Many people don’t take vacations often enough. In fact, according to several studies and polls, many people never take an annual vacation. Now with increasing frequency, when we do take vacations, we often bring work along with us, keeping ourselves essentially still in the work mindset we’re trying to escape. This is unfortunate for several reasons:

Vacations Promote Creativity: A good vacation can help us reconnect with ourselves, operating as a vehicle for self-discovery and helping us get back to feeling our best.

Vacations Prevent Burnout: Workers who take regular time off to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their over-worked, under-rested counterparts.

Vacations Can Keep us Healthy: Taking regular time off to “recharge our batteries,” thereby keeping stress levels lower, can keep you healthier.

Vacations Promote Overall Wellbeing: One study found that three days after a vacation, subjects’ physical complaints, their quality of sleep and mood had improved as compared to before vacation. These gains were still present five weeks later, especially in those who had more personal time and overall satisfaction during their vacations.

Vacations Can Strengthen Bonds: Spending time enjoying life with loved ones can keep relationships strong, helping you enjoy the good times more and helping you through the stress of the hard times. In fact, a study by the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their personal lives.

Vacations Can Help With Your Job Performance: As the authors of the above study suggest, the psychological benefits that come with more frequent vacations lead to increased quality of life, and that can lead to increased quality of work on the job.

Vacations Relieve Stress in Lasting Ways: It should come as no surprise that vacations that include plenty of free time bring stress relief, but research shows that a good vacation can lead to the experience of fewer stressful days at least five weeks later! That means that vacations are the gift to you that keeps on giving.

The bottom line is that taking a good amount of time away from the stresses of daily life can give us the break we need so that we can return to our lives refreshed in body, mind and spirit.


In faith, hope and love, Parish Nurse Bev


Report from the ELCA Mission Support Committee

May 30th, 2014

May 11, 2014, the Noisy Coin Collection received $177.65!! WOW! Keep up the good giving!

The total received then as of May 11th for ELCA Mission Support is $2, 844. 67.


Bible School

May 30th, 2014

This year’s Bible School theme will be “Workshop of Wonders.” Discover how the ordinary can be extraordinary with God. Bible School will be held the week of June 16th-20th from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Our fun morning will include music, games, science experiments, crafts, Bible stories, and snacks. Please invite a friend to come to Bible School and share this special week with you.


Additional Benevolence

May 30th, 2014

$68.25 was collected and sent to the NIS for the World Hunger appeal from the loose offerings at the joint Rock Island ELCA Lenten Midweek Worship Services. Three ELCA congregations in Rock Island, First, St. James, and St. John’s, participated in this joint venture.

 $88.25 was collected and sent to theplace2b from the loose and designated offerings at the Community Easter Sunrise Service. The congregations from Rock Island that participated in this community event this year were First Lutheran, First Paradise Baptist, Gloria Dei Presbyterian, , St. John’s Lutheran.


Nova Singers Presents: Out of the Ordinary Broadway Concert

May 30th, 2014

Nova Singers and friends will present this concert on Saturday, June 7, 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, Rock Island and on Sunday, June 8, 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Galesburg.

Audience members will enjoy hearing Broadway choruses, solos and ensembles from Les Miserables,Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,Cats,South Pacific,Guys and Dolls,Frozen and many more.

This special event is a fundraiser that will help support the Nova Singers’ 29th and 30th Anniversary Seasons. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students free. Tickets are available at the door.

The audience will also have an opportunity to purchase (for $10) chances on various prizes from businesses such as Four Seasons, The Cellar Restaurant, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, QC Symphony, Nova Singers, Lagomarcino’s, Quad City Music Guild, and Lavender Crest Winery.

For more information, please contact Nova Singers at For information about recordings or other Nova Singers events, contact 309-341-7038, or visit our facebook page!


Midsummer Concert Features Sweden’s 2014 Jenny Lind Soprano Christina Nilsson

May 30th, 2014

Soprano Christina Nilsson has been chosen as Sweden’s Jenny Lind Scholarship winner for 2014, based on her rich, charismatic and warm voice, expressing great artistry. She will appear at a Midsummer’s concert sponsored by the American Scandinavian Association at Augustana that will be held at First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St., Rock Island, IL at 7:00 pm., Monday, 23 June 2014. The concert is supported by a generous performance grant of The American-Scandinavian Foundation of New York City, with proceeds benefiting the Augustana College Mauritzson Scholarship for Swedish exchange students.  A free-will offering will be taken.

The Midsummer Celebration begins at 5:30pm with the decorating of the Midsummer Pole, followed by crowning the Midsummer Queen and her court and then dancing around the pole. A reception in the Parish House follows the concert.


Women’s Circles

May 30th, 2014

Hannah………. Meeting Thursday, June 19, 9:30 the Parish House

Convener: Marilyn Raymond,309-787-2542 or


Chloe………. Bible Study: In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women, “Elizabeth and Mary” from the June Gather magazine.

Sandy Stoit’s home,  #1 Briarwood Lane, Rock Island, IL - Tuesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.

 Everyone is welcome


May 30th, 2014

June Wellness Opportunities


Eat Out Together Group (E.O.T.) meets for lunch Thursday, June 12 @11 AM- Arsenal Island Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie, Arsenal Island. Sign up for lunch will be June 1 through June 11 in the narthex or by contacting the church office.

Wellness Adult Forum Sunday, June 29, 9AM in the parish house, topic through the summer months –Complementary Alternative Medicine Therapies.

B/P screening during fellowship Sunday, June 29.

Healing service Sunday, June 29 during worship service.


May 30th, 2014

Tanzanian Visitors’ Reception at St. James Lutheran

Mark your calendars, and plan to come to the Reception for Mary E. Laiser and the women’s leader, Sara Lomyani from our Companion Synod, North Central Diocese in Arusha, Tanzania.  The Reception is on Saturday, July 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island.

These two women will be in the West Conference July 11-12, and then they will attend the Triennial.


First, We Give of Ourselves

May 30th, 2014

Last month, First, We Give of Ourselves was introduced as a three-year stewardship response program designed by Pr. Kurt Nordby for congregations who wish to help members grow in their understanding of stewardship as a spiritual and discipleship practice. It is more than that. The program is a Three-Year Discipleship and Financial Stewardship Journey.”

Year One … Grace is the center point of this stewardship discussion and “Giving in Grace” is the topic of year one.

Our giving is done first, as a joyful and faithful response to God’s gift of grace in Christ. This is the foundational reason for giving.

From the first foundational reason flows a second. Our gifts are joyfully given that the ministries of one’s congregation can grow and be vibrant in the proclamation of Christ and God’s grace. Members are invited to “tithe” or grow their giving by at least 10% or beyond.

There are “Common Program Components” throughout the three years. A 3-year Bible Study series is one of the core elements. Growth in faith, discipleship, and giving are hoped-for outcomes. The Bible Study along with a sermon series, if desired, is the main teaching vehicle for each of the three years. The Bible Study is composed of “Giving in Grace” for year one.



Emphasis, Theme, and Prayer for June

May 30th, 2014

Emphasis: Growth/Theme: Growing in God’s Grace

Prayer: Abundant God, we give you thanks for the fruitful earth, which produces what is needed for life. Bless those who work in the fields; grant favorable weather; and help us to ensure that all people share the fruits of the earth, rejoicing in your goodness. Let us grow in your grace, as your children; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adapted from Sundays and Copyright 2014 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #26904.


New Perspective

May 30th, 2014

Change is difficult and challenging for most of us. The computer is an example. I bought my first computer setup for almost $5000. This included a scanner, printer, color monitor, a small Mac Apple Computer and a keyboard. Within three years, it was out of date. Today that set up would be used as a paper weight. I come from the “Make things last and don’t throw anything away” generation.

The church’s face is changing. In the early phase of my ministry, my secretary and I would spend most of the day on Saturday using the Gestetner copy machine to turn out messy ink saturated stencil sheet masters to process the bulletin for Sunday morning. Our people used the telephone or post cards to communicate simple messages. With cell phones, color copy machines, digital cameras, video cards and modern video equipment the world has been revolutionized.

Personalization is much needed in our world. Eye to eye contact, shaking hands, finding common ground, enhanced by the love of Christ, does the most for building relationships. Jesus gives us prayer, communion and his church (our Christian Family) to enrich us in the best possible way. We want to please him and build his church body.

The council will be reading a Pocket Handbook called “Dwelling in the Word.” It is written by Pat Taylor Ellison and Patrick Keifert. Its simple message is to filter the decisions through the heart of Christ. Some would say, “What would Jesus Do?” Others might say, if it is true to the Gospel then it is good for the ministry of Jesus Christ. Decision making, even with the Bible wide open, is a process of: Agreeing to disagree, All contributions of ideas are welcome, Joining in healthy theological debate and finally, Prayerful discernment. Jesus says, “Whatever you ask in my name, I will give it to you.” He will not give us scorpions or spiders. He will not give us that which will destroy life but those things which bring life.

May this be a reminder to all of us that First Lutheran Church is Jesus’ church. Let’s do it His way. He wants what’s best for the largest number of people, not just for individual delight. No major decisions will be embraced by all. But, once we make our decisions, it is best to gather our commitment supporting it. The council is prayerfully committed to following Jesus’ example. Please pray for our leadership and bless them with love and commitment. Currently, the CALL committee is in a discernment process on our behalf. They are considering; What is First Lutheran’s Mission and Vision? Where do we want to be in the next 5-10 years? What is our corporate personality? How can we best bring Christ’s ministry to the Quad Cities? What is the best Pastoral fit for us at this point in our history?

I am praying for our church and for each one of you that your spiritual journey will always be in the direction of Jesus. Thank you for your prayers for me and my family as well.

We are Resurrection People!

Pastor Bob



May 9th, 2014

On Sunday, May 25th, beginning at 9:00am, there will be a Wellness Forum in the Parish House on the topic of glaucoma. Parish Nurse Bev Blake will lead the discussion. Coffee and snacks are available, too!



May 9th, 2014

We will be serving St. Joe’s Evening Meal on Monday, May 19. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. If you can provide any of the needed items or can help prepare or serve the meal, please sign up. Monetary contributions are always welcome. Please place them in the cast-iron kettle or the offering plate. Note St. Joe’s Evening Meal on your check. Thank you.