Quarterly Newsletter



ADOPT-A-STREET  It’s time again to clean up Smoke Tree Lane.  We’ll do this the week of October 7-13.  If you have the time, take a walk and “tidy up“ Smoke Tree Lane. 


OPEN FORUM  An Open Forum (for all members of the congregation to ask questions and offer suggestions) will be held on Sunday, October 21, at 10:30AM (during Fellowship Hour).  Plan on attending. 


VOTERS’ MEETING  The Quarterly Voters’ Meeting of First Ev. Lutheran Church will be held on Sunday, October 28, following the communion service (at around 10:45AM).  Agenda items include acknowledgement of membership changes, a preliminary 2019 Church Budget, a preliminary 2019 Smoke Tree Village Budget, and committee reports.  All voters are encouraged to be in attendance.


LWMS GRAND CANYON CIRCUITS RETREAT  The LWMS Retreat is scheduled for October 5-7, at Camp Tatiyee, Lakeside, AZ,.  The featured speakers are Rev. Eric Hartzell and Rev. Timothy Patoka.  For more information, see the poster on the Narthex bulletin board. 


REFORMATION  Our congregational observance of Reformation will be on Sunday, November 4, in the 9:30AM worship service.  May the observance of the Reformation help us better understand and appreciate our Lutheran heritage!


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD  The Ladies League will again be participating in Operation Christmas Child.  The program provides gift-filled shoe boxes to less fortunate children around the world.  Monetary gifts are always welcome.  See Harriet Burger or Jodie Herod for more information. 


THANKSGIVING  “Count your blessings one by one”, an old Gospel hymn tells us.  David does this in Psalm 103.  He realized that God had given him everything he needed in life and he wanted to show his thankfulness.  We too have to admit that we have received “every good and perfect gift” from our Heavenly Father.  We have the “extra” opportunity to show our thankfulness in a special worship service on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), November 22, at 9:30AM.  Let’s ALL make use of this worship opportunity to thank and praise God for all his goodness!


SPECIAL OFFERING  The Church Council has determined that the Thanksgiving Day Offering will be designated to assist local benevolences.  May the Lord bless this offering!

COMMUNITY CUPBOARD  Don’t forget about assisting the less fortunate in the tri-city area.  The last Sunday of the month has been set aside as “Community Cupboard Sunday”.  A basket will be set in the Narthex to receive your non-perishable food items.  If you forget, you can bring them any time and set them on the kitchen counter by the refrigerator.  Your donations will benefit the Yavapai Food Bank.


COUPON CLEARINGHOUSE  A basket has been placed in the Narthex (under the track rack) to receive your unwanted coupons.  If you’re not going to make use of them, maybe someone else can.  The purpose of the Coupon Clearinghouse is to assist those individuals who might be able to make use of them (either for themselves or when purchasing items for the Community Cupboard).  Stop by and either drop off or take out some coupons.


ADVENT  The Church year begins with the season of Advent; which literally means “coming”.  The season commemorates Jesus’ first coming as a baby in Bethlehem’s manger and his anticipated second coming as judge on the last day.  We’ll “kick-off” the Advent season on Sunday, December 2.  May our Advent worship prepare us for Jesus’ “comings“!


HOLIDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE  Our Christmas Eve Worship Service will be at 6:30PM; followed by a Christmas Day Song Service at 9:00AM. 


SIGN-UPS  There are still dates open to sponsor flowers on the altar and host Sunday Fellowship Hour.  If either of these areas of service interest you, please sign up on the appropriate sheets located on the Narthex bulletin board.


TRI-CITY FELLOWSHIP  The Tri-City Fellowship Organization generally meet on the first Tuesday of the month at one of the Tri-City WELS Churches.  Following a Potluck Meal at 12:00PM, there is usually a brief business meeting followed by a program and/or games.  All WELS seniors and retirees are encouraged to be a part of Tri-City Fellowship.


LADIES LEAGUE  The Ladies League meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30PM.  All ladies of the congregation, by virtue of their Church membership, can be a part of Ladies League.  Stop by their bulletin board located in the hallway leading to the Fellowship Hall to see what they’re up to.


“OPEN FOR BUSINESS”  The First Ev. Lutheran Church Memorial Garden is “Open For Business”.  Niches are available to congregational members (and members of the tri-city WELS congregations).  Cost of a single niche, which stores two sets of cremains, is $500.  This includes all costs for the urns, copper nameplates, and engraved niche covers.  Cost of a half niche for a single set of cremains is $250 and includes a single urn, nameplate, and half of the engraved niche cover.  If you’d like more information or would like to receive an application form, contact Sharon Radichel in the Church office.


AZ TUITION TAX CREDIT  This program offers Arizona taxpayers the option of

donating up to $1,000 to private education for tuition scholarships and/or grants.  ACSTO (Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization) stands ready to assist with these donations.  Students who have ties to our congregation (and could be recipients of your AZ Tax Credit dollars) include Zachary & Tanner Plitzuweit (grandchildren of Adela Burk) who attend Arizona Lutheran Academy & Cross of Glory-Peoria, respectively.   On the form (under #2 - option #1), designate the recipient of your donation and complete #3.  More information and application forms are available from the table in the Narthex (by the secretary’s office). 


CHRISTMAS-TIME ACTIVITIES  Get into the “spirit” this Christmas-time by joining in one or more Church activities.  The Tri-City Fellowship will hold their Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 4, at 11:30AM, at a local restaurant (check bulletin for exact location).  More information and a Sign-up Sheet will be posted on the Narthex bulletin board.  The Ladies League will hold their Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 11 (location & time TBA).  All Ladies of the congregation are invited!  A Congregational Christmas Party/Potluck will be held on Sunday, December 16.  After the worship service we’ll view a “seasonal video”, sing favorite Christmas Carols, and end the day’s activities by enjoying a Potluck Meal.  The Altar Guild (and anyone else who would like to join in the fun) will trim the Church Christmas Trees and decorate during the week of December 2.  Look for times in the weekly bulletin. 


OFFERING ENVELOPES  The 2019 Offering Envelope Boxes will be available for pick up in the Narthex on Sunday, December 16.  They will be on the table by the Office Secretary’s door.  Please pick yours up and make good use of them in the new year!


EXPLANATION OF THE LITURGY  Have you seen the “Explanation Of The Liturgy” on the first page of the Hymnal?  Take a look and have a better understanding and appreciation our Liturgical Worship!




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