SUMMER 2020 CHURCH NEWSLETTER
CDC GUIDELINES We are still implementing CDC guidelines at our public worship services. That means wearing masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing. May the Lord continue to bless our public worship!
SUMMER SERMON SERIES Beginning on Sunday, July 5 and continuing through Sunday, August 30, Pastor Rothe’s sermons will follow the series “Who’s Who In The Bible?” The series will focus on a different Bible “character” each week. May the Lord bless our summertime meditation on his Word!
ADOPT-A-STREET It’s time again to pick up litter on Smoke Tree Lane. We’ll do this the week of July 7-13. Whenever you have the time, take a walk and “tidy it up“.
OPEN FORUM An Open Forum (for all members of the congregation to ask questions and offer suggestions) will be held on Sunday, July 21, 10:30AM (in the Church Sanctuary). Plan on attending.
VOTERS’ MEETING The Quarterly Voters’ Meeting of First Ev. Lutheran Church will be held on Sunday, July 28, following the Worship Service (at around 10:45AM). Agenda items include acknowledgement of membership changes, and committee reports. All voters are encouraged to be in attendance at this important meeting. It’s your opportunity to stay informed on the business of YOUR Church.
TRI-CITY FELLOWSHIP The Tri-City Fellowship group (formerly OWLS) meet on the first Tuesday of the month. They have suspended meeting during the summer months and will reevaluate in September.
BIBLE CLASS The Sunday Bible Class (8:30AM) and the Wednesday Bible Class (10:00AM in the Smoke Tree Village Clubhouse) have suspended meeting this summer (because of Covid-19 concerns). Their “restart” will also be reevaluated in September.
LADIES LEAGUE The Ladies League will not meet during the summer months of June, July, and August. They will hopefully resume meeting in September. 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“.
BACK BULLETINS If you weren’t able to make it to Church on a given Sunday, but would still like to stay informed, bulletins from the past 4 Sundays are available from the top row (right side) of the Church Mailboxes in the Narthex.
YAVAPAI FOOD BANK There's always individuals in our community who can benefit from your generosity. If you'd like to assist the "hungry" in our community, just bring your canned goods and/or non-perishable food items to the Church kitchen and set them on the counter next to the refrigerator. And remember: the last Sunday of every month has been specially designated as “Yavapai Food Bank Sunday”. A basket will be in the Narthex to receive your donations.
COLLECTIONS There are a number of “collection” projects that are on-going. On the tables in the Narthex is a box to collect eye wear (glasses/sun glasses) to benefit world-wide charities and a box to collect past issues of Meditations to benefit Prision/ Institutional Ministries (please no Forward In Christ magazines) . On the table in the hallway to the Fellowship Hall is a basket to collect personal care products (unused small bottles of shampoo, lotion, and bars of soap - like you’d receive from a hotel stay) to benefit area shelters.
IN YOUR PRAYERS Please continue to remember the following in your prayers: missionaries around the world who have answered the call to “make disciples of all nations”, those who have answered the call to serve in the armed forces, and students who are enjoying summer vacation before returning to school this fall. May the Lord continue to keep them in his care!
COMMITTEE WORK The Budget Committee seeks YOUR input as they study and prepare the 2021 Church Budget. Please direct any input to a Church Councilman.
STV Smoke Tree Village (STV) is the independent living retirement center located south of the Church. Units are available at a first come, first served basis. Brochures on STV (along with floor plan) can be picked up from the small table under the Narthex bulletin boards or on the link on our Church’s web site.
“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 (plus the cost of the engraved nameplate). The cost for a single set of cremains is $250. If you’d like more information or would like to receive an application form, contact John Knoll at 928-277-9542.
TRANSFER TO HEAVEN Forms, enabling you to “Transfer To Heaven” are available from the table holding the Church Mailboxes. The form is intended to assist you in the planning of your funeral. Once completed, your form will be kept on file and will help your survivors make the necessary arrangements (Readings, Hymns, Fellowship Lunch, etc.). Fill one out and return it to the Church Office.
WHY IS REGULAR CHURCH ATTENDANCE IMPORTANT? It’s important for a number of reasons...1) It’s part of Obedience you owe God. The 3rd Commandment tells us to “Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy”. That means be faithful in your Church attendance. Refusal to do so, shows just the opposite; disobedience. 2) It’s an act of Confession. Public confession testifies to your faith in Jesus. Refusal to do so, shows a lack of true faith. 3) I Need the blessings public worship offers. At the center of our worship is the Gospel which is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Refusal to attend Church (where the Gospel is freely dispensed), is also refusing the Gospel’s blessings. 4) My Gratitude for all of God’s goodness compels me to join with others in thanksgiving and praise. 5) Finally, my Love for Jesus draws me to His House. As Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in My name, there I am with them.” The more I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the more I agree with the Psalmist David who wrote, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Let’s not forget the importance of worship over the summer months!