First, We Give Of Ourselves: Giving in Grace – GIVING in GRACE Bible Study

August 25th, 2014

Our all-congregation Bible Study begins Sunday, August 31st, with a variety of opportunities to participate. This is a four week study and a key spiritual growth opportunity in the
“First, We Give Of Ourselves” emphasis.

The studies will be around half an hour in length. Here are the opportunities for you to participate:

Sunday *9:00am, at Adult Forum, in the Parish House
*11:45am, at Coffee Fellowship, in the Fellowship Hall

Monday *7:00pm, after Handbells, in the Fellowship Hall

Tuesday *11:30am, after 10:30am Bible Study, in the Parish House

Wednesday *6:15pm, before Choir, in the Fellowship Hall

Please join in!

The Summer Sprint is Coming to an End

August 25th, 2014

Each summer feels like a long-distance marathon for us. Lots of movement, sometimes fast… often slow… but always in motion. This summer was no different.

The Lord has blessed us with a unique team: half guys and half gals … this in itself is amazing as this is a first during our past ten years here in Mexico. We usually have more gals than guys. We had four Canadians (two Chinese Canadians), and six Americans coming through our partner ministries: Gospel Operation International, the Canadian Christian & Missionary Alliance, LAM Canada, and our mission, United World Mission.

We worked with six different churches throughout the Mexico City metropolitan area. We had a successful Mission’s Conference, attended by many from within and outside of Mexico City. We had an Avance Prayer Retreat and a Ministry Couples Retreat, as well.

Thanks for being a part of this summer!

Paul, Nydia, Andy, and Anna

Women’s Circles

August 25th, 2014

Hannah…… Meeting Thursday, September 18, 9:30 the Parish House
Convener: Marilyn Raymond, 309-787-2542 or

Chloe……… Bible Study: Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 p.m. in the Parish House, study from the September 2014 Gather magazine: “Transformation & Conversion.”
Anyone is invited to attend. There will be copies of the study and refreshments. Call 786-1152 if you have questions.

Northern Illinois Synod WELCA Convention

August 25th, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

First Lutheran Church, Galesburg, IL

The theme of the convention is “We Are All One,” and the Keynote Speaker will be Pastor Diane Dardon. Bishop Wollersheim will also deliver a morning message. The $35.00 registration fee is due by September 9th. Please contact the church office for registration forms.

The Convention Offering will go to Women of the ELCA, LWR (the quilt shipping fund), and to the two Companion Synods in Tanzania and Arcot, India. The material offering will be Lutheran World Relief School Kits. Even if you are not attending the convention, you can donate to a kit. See the items for a kit on a sheet in the Narthex at First Lutheran, Rock Island, and sign up to donate one or more items. Bring items to church no later than September 14, 2014. Call Sylvia Martin, 786-1152 if you have questions.

ELCA Treasurer to Preach

August 25th, 2014

The Rev. Linda Norman, treasurer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will be our guest preacher at First Lutheran, Rock Island, on Sunday, September 21st. Plan to attend to welcome her and hear her message on Giving in Grace.

Upcoming Events—Mark Your Calendars!!

August 25th, 2014

First Lutheran’s Dinner Theater- “You Know You’re a Lutheran When…..”
Saturday, October 18, 2014
5:00 p.m. – Dinner: pulled pork, coleslaw, cheesy potatoes, beans, relishes, dessert, drinks
6:00 p.m.- The show: “You Know You’re a Lutheran When….”
This is a fundraiser for MISSIONS.
We will start selling tickets that are $10 per person the first weekend in September.

Get ready to laugh and reminisce and sing!

Holiday SERRV/World Crafts Sale at First Lutheran Church

Dates: Saturday November 15th from 10:00am to 3pm
Sunday November 16th noon till 2pm

Stock up on wonderful gifts for the holidays that are unique and hand-made in countries all around the world. These hand-crafted items are made by artisans who get a living wage for their works, and profits are invested back into the communities to build schools and infrastructure. Proceeds from the sale will help to support the missions of our Northern Illinois Synod.

Missionaries at Work

August 25th, 2014

There is a brand-new world map on the east wall of Fellowship Hall. You will notice there are a few photos of missionaries pinned to the countries where they are doing their mission work. In the next weeks, there will be more photos going up. The Sunday School children will help pin some of the photos.

When the project is finished, you will see up to 150 different photos pinned all over the map. The purpose of this map is to make you and the children aware of just how much the ELCA supports missionary work in the world. There are actually many more ELCA missionaries, but we do not have photos of all of them.

Donate to Make a Lutheran World Relief School Kit

August 25th, 2014

Look for a requirements list for making a LWR School Kit in the narthex. Sign your name by an item or items that you would like to donate, and then bring the item(s) to church and deposit in the box provided no later than September 14th. The kit will be taken to the Northern Illinois Synod Women’s Convention September 27, 2014 at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg, IL.

Congregational Meeting September 7

August 25th, 2014

On Sunday, September 7, immediately after church in the sanctuary, there will be a Congregational Meeting to vote on the two alternate members for the Call Committee. It is important that you stay and vote. There will be a paper ballot.

Labor Day Parade Participation

August 25th, 2014

We will be walking in the Rock Island Labor Day Parade Monday, Sept. 1. We will need people to hand out candy and flyers about our church. What a great way to get exercise and enjoy God’s world. Meet Bob & Ruth Mortland and their “First Lutheran” Car at the 18th Avenue U.S. Bank lot at 8:30am. The parade starts at 9:30am. For more information, contact Pam King.

Foot Clinic

August 25th, 2014

The UnityPoint Home Care Foot Clinic will be held on Wednesday, September 24, from 12:30-2:30 in the parish house. An appointment can be made for foot care by contacting Wanda in the church office. #309-788-9661. The cost is $25.00 for foot massage and nail trim. Please bring a towel to the appointment. The foot clinic will continue here at First Lutheran every other month.

(W)holistic Living…Thoughts of the Parish Nurse

August 25th, 2014

Asthma is a lung condition that causes difficulty breathing and it is a common condition among all age groups, especially kids and teens. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath from inflamed airways. The airways are also overly sensitive or hyper-reactive, to certain things like exercise, dust or smoke. This hyper-reactivity causes smooth muscle that surrounds the airways to tighten up and makes it difficult for air to move through the airways.

Asthma is the number one reason that children chronically miss school. Asthma flare-ups are the most common cause of pediatric emergency room visits due to a chronic illness.

While some asthma flare-ups are mild, others are life-threatening, so it is important to deal with them right away. Signs of a severe flare-up may include: trouble breathing, even when sitting still; difficulty speaking without pausing; feeling tired or drowsy; blueness around the lips; the areas below and between the ribs and in the neck sink in with each attempt to inhale.

If a child or an adult is having an asthma flare-up, be sure to follow his or her specific asthma treatment guidelines. Call 911 if the person is exhibiting signs of a severe flare-up.

Help prevent flare-ups by taking these steps: try to avoid substances that trigger flare-ups; make sure long-term control medication is being taken properly as directed by the doctor-even when the person is feeling well; receive an annual flu shot; make sure all prescribed medications are always on hand and available.

In faith, hope and love,

Parish Nurse Bev

September Theme and Prayer

August 25th, 2014

Emphasis: Stewardship/Theme: First, We Give of Ourselves: Giving in Grace

Prayer: Thank you God for your abundant grace in Christ and giving us the mission to proclaim this gift of grace. Thank you, too, for the hands of faith and discipleship to do the work of your mission. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

From First, We Give of Ourselves

From the Pastor’s Desk (August 22, 2014)

August 25th, 2014

“The Way”

The Way was the name given to the first group of Christians in ACTS who formed the church as we know it. “Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” I like that name, THE WAY, because it identifies what we are faced with on almost a daily, if not weekly, basis: Which way shall I go? We make big decisions about which school, where we will call home, whom we shall marry; and the big decisions between right and wrong.

Yogi Berra was a catcher for the NY Yankees who had a great sense of humor. He said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” What he was saying is don’t let life freeze you up. Martin Luther said, “When you sin, sin boldly, that God’s grace will abound.” Making decisions can best be done by following the heart of Christ. This means that we give ourselves permission to fail. That means moving forward decisively, knowing that we are forgivable. We also know that we can learn from our mistakes. Second chances are a part of God’s Grace.

We are doing some major discernment on our WAY. Spiritual discernment is making time and space to listen to how God is calling us. Our First Lutheran family, with the help of our council and the CALL committee, are making some major decisions. You may have heard of the discernment tool called Dwelling in the Word. This is LAY lead and scripturally based. Luke 10:1-12 is a helpful scripture passage. Some outgrowths of this process will be that we are:

+Listening to each other. (Without judgment or distraction)

+Listening to God (What is God’s will in this matter)

+Asking how this decision will benefit the whole church and not just me

Even a council meeting, call committee meeting or other support committees can be an extension of spiritual growth and development. Can Bible study and prayer be at the center? It is not just getting the job done or letting the agenda rule. This is Jesus’ church.

The activities you see us moving on are important: Stewardship and giving with time, talents and self. Our passions will be sought by three simple questions from our Council members and others. The Call committee will be working on discerning a call for a new Pastor. Prayers and focus on the Bible will lead us to the prize of a God-centered decision.

With peace and prayers,

Pastor Bob