First, We Give Of Ourselves: Giving in Grace – Faith Talks and Prayer Ministry

August 18th, 2014

Giving Faith Talks during Worship is essential for telling the “Giving in Grace” story. Faith talks are best if told from a personal perspective. For that reason, we are asking if there are volunteers for this part of our journey where we explore growing in discipleship and sharing our gifts for ministry. The speaker can speak of “giving in grace” in a number of ways. Some ideas are:

• An appreciation of God’s gift in one’s life
• How God’s gift of grace informs how one lives and shares gifts
• The importance of the congregation giving in grace through ministries
• Ways in which gifts given in grace impact the lives of people

You are asked to tell your own story, which you all have.

Another important part of the Stewardship and Discipleship Emphasis is Prayer. A Prayer Coordinator is needed. This person recruits people to pray for the congregation’s ministry and the First, We Give Of Ourselves: Giving in Grace program. He or she also would recruit prayer writers for prayer petitions for worship services.

If you feel called to give one of four Faith Talks or to be a Prayer Coordinator, please contact Pastor Bob or Wanda in the church office. Thank you.

First, We Give Of Ourselves: Giving in Grace

August 18th, 2014


On August 24th, God’s people at First Lutheran, Rock Island, begin a three-year journey on which we will explore growing in discipleship and sharing our gifts for ministry. Our journey will be filled with opportunities to explore discipleship, giving, and growing in God’s grace in Christ.

Beginning August 24th, our emphasis for this fall will be “First, We Give Of Ourselves: Giving in Grace”. We will explore the life- transforming gift of God’s grace, the joy of living in this gift, and the delight of sharing gifts in grace.

Our Seminarian Graduate, Donna Runge will preach. We will have Sunday School Round-up. The Learning Spiritual Unit will host the Annual Potato Bar for Lunch. Council Members will lead “Giving in Grace.” small group discussions over lunch. Plan to be in worship as we begin this walk, exploring the joy of God’s grace in Christ and what it means to live each day in this gift of grace.

One of the key components of our three-year journey is an ‘All-Congregation’ Bible Study. This fall, we will have a four-week “Giving in Grace” Bible Study. The whole congregation is invited to take part in this faith growing opportunity beginning the week of August 31st. Studies will be held at a variety of times, including Sundays, at 9:00am, during Adult Forum and after worship, during Coffee Fellowship; Wednesdays at 6:15pm, before Choir practice, and other times that will be announced next week. Copies will also be available for you to take home with you.

Join in our walk as we grow and give of ourselves in God’s grace!

Ice Cream Social

July 30th, 2014

Come Join Us!


July 30th, 2014

The Bix Jazz service will be Sunday, August 3. The jazz combo includes Bob Bosco, Todd Slothower, Ron Morton, Josh Hahn and Daniel Skelton. If you would like to financially support the Bix Jazz service, please put “Bix jazz” on the memo line. Come for jazz at 10:15. Stay for lunch at the ice cream social, from 12n – 2pm.

Altar Guild Meeting

July 30th, 2014

There will be an Altar Guild meeting on Monday, Aug 4th at 11:00AM in the sanctuary. We will be discussing protocol for set up and going through the sacristy reorganizing the banners etc. If you are interested in helping with this group, please come to this meeting or speak to Sandy Steinbeck or Miriam Anderson.

Germany July 2015 Information Gathering

July 30th, 2014

3:00pm, Sunday, August 17, 2014, ~ 815 17th Street, Rock Island, IL
Pastor Greg & Judy Mayer

We will talk about our upcoming tour of July 2015: Romantic and Historical Germany, Bach, Luther, and Bonhoeffer, in the cities of Rothenberg, Coburg, Eisenach, Erfurt, Leipzig, Wittenberg, and Berlin. Medieval Cities, Castles, Cathedrals, Monasteries, Museums, and more! Learn about and experience Bach, Luther, Bonhoeffer, St. Elizabeth, Albert & Victoria, Music, and Culture.

Come help fine tune the sights and sounds of Romantic Germany on August 17th.

Call Committee Update 7/13/2014

July 30th, 2014

The Call Committee is following the Synod Check list, and we are currently working on Step 8 (Prepare and submit the Mission Site Profile to Synod). The most challenging questions have been answered. I am currently updating the new Synod website. After the website is completed, the Call Committee will meet to review the website information for accuracy. Then we will look at our relationship with St James and St Johns and how our Ministry Site Profile compares to the known strengths and weaknesses as one Rock Island church family. When the Call Committee is comfortable with the Mission Site Profile we will then share with the church leaders for their review and guidance before submitting to Synod.

Mike McCalester
Call Committee

Upcoming Events—Mark Your Calendars!!

July 30th, 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.

Supplies Needed, Please Donate

July 30th, 2014

Toilet bowl cleaner, window cleaner (Windex), dust spray (Pledge), paper towels, toilet paper. Thanks!

Labor Day Parade

July 30th, 2014

We will be walking in the Rock Island Labor Day Parade. We will need people to hand out candy, goodies, and flyers about our church. What a great way to get some exercise and enjoy God’s world. Wear a First Lutheran t-shirt; whatever color/kind you have! If you want to order a “God’s Work. Our hands.” t-shirt, let Wanda Esping know before Monday, August 4. For more parade information, contact Pam King, 309-737-9634.

Mission Support Envelopes

July 30th, 2014

We are over the half way point in raising funds for the ELCA Mission Support pledge that we have made as a church ($3588.03 as of 7/13/14). The needs are great in the work the Synod does. Please prayerfully consider a larger donation by using one of the Mission Support envelopes. Some of you received these envelopes in late spring, but for those of you who do not have an envelope, you can find them available on the missions table in the Narthex. You may put your donation envelope in the regular offering plate or in the Noisy Coin Collection buckets Sunday, August 10, 2014. If you have questions, please contact Sylvia Martin at 786-1152.

Annual Paper Order

July 30th, 2014

This is a thank-you to those of you who have already donated toward our paper supply and a request for any more donations that might still be available. The annual paper order was placed through Illowa Lutheran Coalition, which gets a discount by ordering with Augustana College. It hasn’t arrived yet, but it will soon. The estimated cost of the 19 cases ordered this year is around $800.00. The exact cost won’t be known until just before it arrives. This paper supports all of our programs, including learning, worship, music, outreach, finance, property, and stewardship. Thanks.

August Wellness Opportunities at First Lutheran Church

July 30th, 2014

Eat Out Together (E.O.T.) group meets for lunch and devotions Thursday, August 14@ 11 AM, Legend’s Corner, 3008 7th Ave., Rock Island. Signup in the narthex will be August 3 through August 13 or contact the church office.
Wellness Adult Forum, August 24 @ 9 AM, parish house, conclusion – Complementary Alternative Therapies.
B/P screening during fellowship Sunday, August 24.
Healing service Sunday August 31 during worship service.

(W)holistic Living…Thoughts of the Parish Nurse

July 30th, 2014

In August we think of our children returning to school and college. This is an appropriate month to observe National Immunization Awareness Month. This is the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in the classroom and the community. Children age 4-6 are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and polio. Starting at 11 or 12-preteens and teens- need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccines. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older.
Vaccines are important for those young adults attending college. That is because immunity from childhood diseases may wear off over time. Many colleges and universities have vaccination requirements for school entry. A yearly flu shot is recommended. Every adult should receive the Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent, then a Td booster every 10 years. Meningococcal vaccine is recommended for young adults, especially first year students living in residence halls. Young women and men who have not started or finished the HPV vaccine series may be vaccinated through age 26.
Older adults also need vaccines to protect their health. All adults should receive an influenza vaccine yearly. An initial Tdap vaccine should be given then a Td booster every 10 years. In addition, women who are pregnant are also recommended to get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks. The need for other adult vaccines – such as shingles, pneumococcal, hepatitis, HPV – depends on one’s age, occupation, travel health status, and other risk factors.
Please talk to your primary health care provider or your parish nurse if you have questions about immunizations that you may need.

In faith, hope and love, Parish Nurse Bev