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

From the Pastor’s Desk (July 25, 2014)

July 30th, 2014

“Blessed are those who have ears to hear and eyes to see”

Jesus wants our attention. When I was a missionary to Bolivia for six months in 1984 I resided in Cochabamba, at the Institute for Language Study. My purpose was to learn Spanish so that I could better minister to the rising population of Spanish speaking people entering and residing in the USA. When my six months ended, I had shared my small talents for ministry with the poor in Cusco, Peru, and parts of Bolivia called the Alta Plano. The impoverished captured my heart. They listened to my broken Spanish with hunger. Most of all they ministered to me, a stranger. I discovered that their universal language is love, servant hood and community. If a poor family had one loaf of bread and another person came to the door hungry, the bread would be broken and shared, like communion.

I was surprised, when my time was up, that I had deep sorrow in leaving. The people had a good-bye party (fiesta) for me in a large open area around a huge camp fire. One of the old time missionary priests saw the tears streaming from my eyes and came over to sit close to me.

He said,” God bless you in your ministry as you go back to the US. The poor here do not know where they will sleep tonight, where their next meal will come from and whether they might be in danger. All they have is God. These people teach me and are an example of faith every day. They utterly depend upon our Father every day. Back in the US, people are distracted and falling away from the church. Your ministry is harder than mine. Go back home. I wish I could, but my home is here in Bolivia. I need these people to keep reminding me how dependent, I am, upon Jesus.”
Jesus wants us to depend upon him. “Come to me all you who are heavily laden and I will give you rest.” Stress levels are high, suicide rates are rising, the drop-off rates from churches are climbing and there are many distractions. I have noticed that, even talking with my own family members who use cell phone, I-Pads, I-Pods; tablets, computers, and lap tops, they have trouble focusing. When we are in deep conversations and distracted, our eyes flit from one side to the other. Our attention is drawn away at the sound of the cell phone or the beep of an incoming Email. Sacred places like church, walking along the beach or a quiet stroll in the woods can be interrupted by one of these electronic enslavement devices.

When my boys were sub-teens, I would have to get their attention and eye contact by placing my hands gently on either side of their cheeks and pressing my face in close to theirs. Also, I would not rest until I got some recognition of what I said, like: “Did you clean your room? Did you walk the dog? Did you do your homework? Did you understand what I just explained to you?” Sometimes, I think Jesus would like to get our eye contact. He wants us to see what he is doing in us and through us. We learn best by example. There are lots of examples in the Gospels of how to be like him. “If you want to know who God is, know me.” Let’s be hungry, listening and seeing. Our God is an Awesome God. We are children of the resurrection! Alleluia!
Pastor Bob

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