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Launch Calendar

Let’s Connect
Coffee Fellowship— This week’s coffee is hosted by the Health Ministry Team. Please join us after worship in the Parlor for coffee, conversation, and
goodies followed by a CPR discussion in the Chapel. 

Lenten Supper and Worship — Each Wednesday of Lent, join us at 5:30 p.m,. in the Fellowship Hall for a light supper followed by worship at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

CPR Discussion— February 18th, at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel, please join us for a layperson CPR discussion! Snacks and drinks will be provided in the Parlor. ALL are invited to attend. The Riley County EMS will be here at First Lutheran Church to give us the tools to do layperson CPR and to operate our AED. We hope to see you there.

Associate Pastor Call Committee Update—The Call Committee appreciates your continued prayers as we await to hear from candidates with interest in our open position working with children and youth ministry. Candidates are directed to formally indicate their interest via the Central States Synod Bishop’s Associate, Keith Hohly. After mutual interest has been established, telephone and in-person interviews will commence with suitable candidates. In order to respect the best interests of all candidates, the highest level of confidentiality will be maintained throughout the process, with updates to the congregation provided as available via the bulletin.  

Vista Men’s Breakfast—The next Men’s Breakfast at Vista In will be held on March 10 and will feature Ben Fulton and a discussion of the amazing work of Camp Tomah Shinga. 


Let’s Grow

Ready For a Night Out?— Join us on Friday, March 9 at the Flint Hills Discovery Center for a fun and relaxing “adult night out”! The Youth will be offering childcare/dinner in the children’s play area, freewill donations accepted. 5:30-6:30 Social Hour includes wine and assorted beverages while casually perusing the exhibits/movie, with dinner being served at 6:30, followed by a brief special presentation by one of our members featuring a wonderful community outreach program. Cost is $15/person. RSVP to the office by March 5. Contact Stephanie in the office with questions!

Lenten Women’s Bible Study— Join us for a Lenten women’s bible study , “Gospel of Mark “ by Lisa Harper. Meetings will be on Tuesday mornings at 9:15 a.m. starting February 13th. Email Sarah Briggeman for more information or to sign-up, sarah.briggeman@gmail.com.

Devotionals for Lent— Copies of Lenten devotionals are located in the narthex as well as the church office. There is a devotional geared for families as well as one for individuals.

Sunday School— Each Sunday at 9 a.m., infants through children in 5th grade gather in the Fellowship Hall to explore and grow in their faith through Bible stories, crafts, conversation, and fun! This is a great opportunity for children to experience First Lutheran’s teachings.  

Art Displays— Lamb of God invites you to view the art displays in the hall outside of the preschool main entry door. Rotating displays can be found as the children continue to explore art concepts during weekly Art Encirclement. During our spring art show larger collaborative pieces will be available through raffle. The current display includes the children's exploration of robotics and movement. Check out the robots that we used to create beautiful original works of art! Displays will change periodically, so be on the look out for more amazing art. 

Let’s Serve

Community Outreach— We are looking for a coordinator for the FIT closet donations. Duties would include taking donations to the FIT closet and determining what their specific needs are and get that information to the congregation. Please contact Kathryn in the office for further information.

Reading Week and Celebration— The Lamb of God students will be participating in Reading Week from March 19-23. If you’d like to stop by to read a story for one of the classrooms, please contact Tynisha in the office. All families with young children are invited to attend the Reading Week party on March 2 at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

First Suppers— Volunteers are needed for the hospitality and kitchen teams. We encourage volunteers to sign up for a specific Thursday each month. Please contact Kathryn in the office for further information.

Men at First— Men at First will hold their next meeting on February 24th. All are welcome for a time of fellowship and service.   

Lutheran Campus Ministry— First Lutheran, along with Peace Lutheran, is providing meals on Sunday evenings to Lutheran Campus Ministry. These simple evening meals allow students to gather together to enjoy good food and Christian fellowship prior to worship. If you would like to help prepare a meal in March or May, please see the sign-up sheet located in the narthex or contact Larry and Laurel Erickson at 539-4424.

Kitchen Volunteer Needed— LOG has a need in the kitchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A volunteer is needed to help with clean up (dishes, tidying kitchen and prep spaces) after lunch time between the hours of 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. The kitchen tasks typically do not take more than an hour to complete. On site training available. Please contact Tynisha in the office for more information. 

Shepherd’s Crossing Food Ministry—Members of First Lutheran have been furnishing approximately twenty snacks each Tuesday for the clients of Shepherd’s Crossing for the last several years. These snacks are a much appreciated treat for the clients who have many challenges in life.  If you would like to participate in this food mission, please contact the church office. You will then be contacted by e-mail (or by phone if you don’t have e-mail) with instructions, and you can sign up for as many or as few Tuesdays as you would like. 

CASA (Court appointed special advocates for children) 2018 Spring Training—If you are interested in being an advocate for children in Riley, Clay, and Pottawatomie Counties, training dates will be on Monday nights at our church on February 26, March 5, 12, 26; and April 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Make-up sessions will be available. Training is approximately 30 hours of instruction and volunteers can expect to spend approximately 10 hours/month in making a difference in the life of a child. They currently have a waiting list of children that need your help. To sign up or get further information, please contact Jennifer at janguiano@rileycountyks.gov or call 785-537-6367.

Special Offering for February: Manhattan Crisis Center—The Center depends on donations from individuals, churches and community organizations to offer support and comfort to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. These services are free in providing assistance and support to the victim and their children. Please write “designated offering” on your check or envelope to direct your meaningful contribution to this mission.

Special Offering for March: Russian Ministry and the ELCA Campaign—Always Being Made New