March 31st, 2014

We invite you to join in celebrating the

5th Anniversary of the First Scandinavian Folk Arts Fest!

Saturday, May 17th, 2014, from 10:00am – 3:00pm

First Lutheran Church, Rock Island, will share our love of Scandinavia.

Be a part of this special day, with music, crafts, artwork, food, and more!


March 31st, 2014

April Wellness Opportunities at First Lutheran


Eat Out Together on Thursday Thegroup meets for lunch on Thursday, April 10, 11 AM at Miss Mamie’s Restaurant, 3925 16th St., Moline. Sign-up will be in the narthex from March 30-April 6.

 Lenten Wellness Activity-“Stations of the Cross”- continues through April 17.

 Wellness Adult Forum Sunday, April 27 @ 9 AM, parish house, topic-MRSA. (rescheduled from snow date)

 B/P Screening during Coffee Fellowship Sunday, April 27.


March 31st, 2014

Easter Baskets Fundraiser: Shop First Lutheran First!

Sundays April 6, and April 13 there will be 10 children’s (some for boys and some for girls) Easter baskets and 5 adult Easter baskets for sale.  The baskets will sell for $5.00 to $10.00, and the proceeds will go to ELCA Mission Support

March 31st, 2014

Church Office Easter Holiday Closings

The church office will be closed on Good Friday, April 18th, and Easter Monday, April 21st.


March 31st, 2014

Holy Week Activities

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday – April 13

10:15am, Worship with Procession/Palms/Handbells/Choirs

Maundy Thursday – April 17

7:00pm, Worship with Holy Communion and Washing of Hands

Good Friday – April 18

7:00pm, Worship with Bidding Prayer and Tenebrae Service of Light and Darkness

Easter Saturday – April 19

10:00 – 11:30am, Easter Egg Coloring

The Resurrection of Our Lord/Easter Sunday – April 20

6:30am, Community Easter Sunrise Service

7:30 – 9:00am, Breakfast

10:15am, Festival Worship with Trumpets


March 31st, 2014

Celtic Service Sunday, April 27

Come celebrate the season of Easter! At 10:15am, Sunday, April 27th, we will worship with guitar, fiddle, flute, drum, and banjo, using Irish, Gaelic, English, and Welsh music, and even American tunes with a Celtic flavor. To support this music ministry, please note “Celtic” on your donation. Thanks!


March 31st, 2014

Knife Handle Class

Friday, April 11th, at 6:30pm and Saturday, April 12th, from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Bring a sack lunch. The cost is $15.00 plus the your knife blade. To register, call 788-9661.


March 31st, 2014

Got Christmas Stamps?

If you bought special Christmas stamps for your holiday cards and letters, you may not want to use them now. You may not remember where you put them when next Christmas rolls around and you may want to use new ones each year anyway. So, here’s a suggestion for you. Donate your extra Christmas stamps to First Lutheran. You won’t have any of the above worries and you’ll help with the church’s postage costs, too! Thanks to those who already have!


March 31st, 2014

Easter BreakfastApril 20, 2014

Come and enjoy an Easter Breakfast of eggs, coffee cake, and juice and coffee.  Breakfast will be available from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.  The proceeds will go to ELCA Mission Support.


March 31st, 2014

Don Clark on Honor Flight

A long-time member of the congregation and a bombardier in WWII, Don Clark has been selected to go on the next Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. On Wednesday, April 16th, he will go with his daughter Christine Butterfield to Washington, DC for the day. They leave the QC Airport at 7:00am and return sometime after 10:00pm.You are welcome to go to the airport, as Christine was told that there is a crowd there when they leave and when they come back! There will be over 160 vets and chaperones on the flight representing World War II and the Korean War.Thank you, Don, for your service!


March 31st, 2014

Other Fundraising for ELCA Mission

The pancake breakfasts have made about $100.00 as of March 16th.  Also, the Mardi Gras Lunch made $180.00  Thank you to Dan McDannell for arranging for this lunch.


March 31st, 2014

Second Sundays for ELCA Mission Support/ Noisy Coin Collection

The next second Sunday is  April 13.  Collect your coins and bring them as well as any cash you wish to put in the cans that Sunday.  Have your children bring their coins in the boxes they received in Sunday School too. We got a start on our collecting March 9th with $40.58 collected.  Let’s try to double that April 13th!! 


March 31st, 2014

(W)holistic Living…Thoughts from the Parish Nurse


Last month was Traumatic Brain Injury Month but my newsletter focus was on wellness events for Lent.  I feel it is important to still present this timely information on concussions.  This has been a much discussed topic on the news lately from the pro football leagues to our children who engage in sports activities.  Every year there are up to 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States.  Among 15-24 year- olds, sports are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury.

A concussion occurs when an impact causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull which can disrupt the function of the brain.  Most people recover from a concussion quickly and fully, but for some people, symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer.  In general, recovery may be slower among older adults, young children and teens.  Those who have a history of more than one concussion also are at risk for a longer recovery.  Most concussions do not cause loss of consciousness.  Some of the common signs and symptoms are:

 A dazed or stunned appearance          Headache               Nausea

Confusion or clumsiness          Balance problems

Slow responses to questions

Personality or behavior changes        Depression

Double or blurry vision

Fatigue or drowsiness              Irritability

Sensitivity to light or noise

Loss of consciousness-even temporary     Changed sleep patterns

Trouble with comprehension

The following are ways to help decrease the symptoms from a concussion and help speed up the recovery process.  Over stimulation of the brain post-injury will not allow the brain to rest and recover.

Get some sleep.  Our brain recovers during sleep.  The brain also needs rest after a concussion.  Using your brain to think hard, read, study, or try to learn new material may be very difficult and aggravate the condition.  Returning to sports too soon after a concussion can lead to worsening symptoms and missing additional time on the court or field.

 Complications of repeated concussions include seizure activity, lasting and even progressive cognitive impairment that limits functional ability.

 In faith, hope and love,

 Parish Nurse Bev


March 31st, 2014

Emphasis/Theme for April: Easter

Prayer: O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen