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Singers Wanted—The Chancel Choir is back in session, and we are looking to add some new voices to the group! The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and sings during worship most Sundays. If you are interested in joining, contact Greg Knittel, knittel@vet.ksu.edu.

PUMPKIN PATCH is October 6-7 at CiCo Park and it's all about SHOES, SHOES and more SHOES for kids!  Are you wondering what non-perishable foods you can bring to our church's food booth?? Fruit and pecan pies, cookies/bars, dinner and cinnamon rolls, snack mixes, caramel corn, gifts in a jar, candy/fudge, granola bars, non-bake foods and goodies in small bags for kids are all good to bring!  Questions?  Call Karen Spaeth, 539-1363 or kspaeth@cox.net.

Lutheran-Catholic Prayer Service—Please plan now to join the Synod for a Lutheran-Catholic shared prayer service on September 29, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 11th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO. This prayer service is part of the Synod’s observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and is meant to help build deeper unity and partnership between the two faiths.

Reformation Festival—It's almost time to celebrate the 500th year of Reformation! Join us Saturday the 28th of October starting at 3:00 pm for fun on the Green Space! There will be activities for all ages, some yummy snacks, and a chance to try your hand at playing the chimes! Be on the lookout for more details in the coming weeks.

Call Committee Formed!The council has selected the following individuals for the call committee for an Associate Pastor: Kathy Wichmann, Vera Langemeier, Martha Ann Olson, Donna Krumm, David Jerabek, Brian Briggeman, Jared Meitler, Stephanie Grynkiewicz. There is one remaining opening on the committee for a person in the age range of 18-25. Contact Stan Tilley, tilleysg@gmail.com, if interested. Please keep the call committee in your prayers as they prepare to engage in this process.

Worship NewsThe season after Pentecost is known as the ‘green’ season of the church. It reflects the growing season of nature and represents our desire to grow as a church. This year during our ‘green’ season, the worship and music committee is looking at ways of growing in our worship time together. We will again be doing some of the old favorites like varying the psalmody response as well as singing it together. We are also looking at doing a dialogue style of the assigned readings. Pastor Jerry will be coming out of the pulpit when preaching, in the teaching and preaching style of the early church as taught by Jesus and his Apostles. If you have any favorite hymns or suggestions, please let Megan know, and we will see how we may incorporate them. Come grow in worship with us this green season!

Saturday Altar GuildWe are looking for some assistance in setting up Holy Communion for Saturday evening worship services. It is a fairly simple process, and training will be provided. If you are interested in serving, please contact Megan or Kelly in the office.

Get Involved!—Many of our committees and groups have openings for new members. There’s something for everyone! If you have a little time to give, either during the week or during worship, please contact Megan in the office for a list of ways to share your time and talents.  

Have you lost something? We keep a basket of found items on a table just outside the church office. Please check there for any items you are missing. Items will remain in the basket for about a month before being donated.

Parish Photographer—We are always looking for photos of life at First Lutheran for the website and Facebook page and would love to have volunteers help us capture some memories, especially for important events. If you are interested in taking some photos around the church, please contact the office. If you have some photos you’d like to share, email them to kelly@firstlutheranmanhattan.org.

Going through a rough time? If you or someone you know is struggling, the Stephen Ministers of First Lutheran are here to help. Stephen Ministers are trained lay people who provide confidential, Christ-centered care for individuals going through a difficult time—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. If you’d like more information or would like to speak to someone, please contact Kelly in the office.

Let’s Grow

Luther League & Confirmation—The new semester of study for confirmands and high school students begins on Sunday, September 24th. First- and second-year confirmation students will meet at 11:15 a.m. for study; all youth are invited to share a meal and fellowship at 12:30 p.m.; high school students will stay after the meal for study and discussion. If you would like to sign up to provide a meal for our youth, please contact Kelly in the church office or visit http://signup.com/go/OQvveVF.

Confirmation Class of 2017—Students being confirmed this October will have a meeting at 5pm on Sunday, October 1, to finalize plans for Confirmation Sunday and begin work on statements of faith.

Sunday School is Back!—Children in 5th grade and younger are encouraged to attend Sunday School each week at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Using the Sparkhouse curriculum, our students will explore and grow in their faith through Bible stories, crafts, conversation, and fun! Classes meet 9-9:45 a.m. on most Sundays through the school year.

Women's Bible Study meets on Tuesdays, 9:15-11:15 a.m. in Room 28. Join us as we explore Beth Moore's new study, The Quest. This six-week study will promote prayer and journaling to answer some of our Biblical questions and develop a more intimate relationship with Jesus. Email Sarah Briggeman for more information or to sign up: sarah.briggeman@gmail.com

The ELCA Youth Gathering is scheduled for June 27-July 1, 2018, in Houston, and it’s time to begin making plans to attend! In an effort to give everyone who wants to go the opportunity to do so, the Gathering is offering financial assistance of up to $300 to qualifying youth to help with registration costs. In addition, Luther League will hold fundraisers to assist families in covering some of the remaining expenses. Financial aid applications for 2018 are now open at ELCA.org/YouthGathering/Registration/Financial-Assistance. Gathering registration opens September 15! 

Dillon’s Card Holders—Thanks to you, we received a check for $354 from the Dillon’s Community Rewards program! You can help our youth raise money for trips by activating the Community Rewards feature on your Dillon’s Card.  All you have to do is login to your Dillon’s account and search for First Lutheran by entering our zip code, 66502.  That’s it!  This does not affect your fuel points. See Kelly in the office if you would like help getting this set up.

Art Displays—Lamb of God invites you to view the art displays outside of the preschool main entry door. Rotating displays can be found as the children continue to explore art concepts during Art Enrichment. The display includes art from our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Currently there are examples of the children's exploration of positive and negative space. Visit the display to learn more about this concept. The group art project completed during the previous art show is also on display near the door. Displays will change periodically, so be on the look out for some amazing art!

Stewardship Moment--“A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.” —Martin Luther

Lutheran Campus Ministry is committed to helping each student grow toward wholeness; physically, mentally, socially, spiritually, and academically. Opportunities to assist in reaching these goals include weekly worship services, Holy Communion, fellowship meals, spiritual growth retreats, forums and open discussions, Bible study, and community service projects. One way First Lutheran is a part of this ministry is by providing simple evening meals that allow students to enjoy good food and Christian fellowship prior to Sunday worship. If you would like to prepare a simple meal in September, November, January, March, or May, there is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. If you have any questions please contact Larry and Laurel

Erickson at 539-4424.

Mark your calendars: We will celebrate Consecration Sunday this year on October 7 & 8. We will have a festive worship service with Bishop Roger Gustafson preaching and presiding. Following worship we will serve a catered luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. Please plan to attend! Letters and e-mails with more detailed information were sent this past week. Additional copies of these letters and response cards for the luncheon are available in the office.

Let’s Serve

Hurricane Relief—In response to the recent devastation left by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response is collecting donations to assist with relief and recovery efforts. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please mark “Hurricane Response-United States” on your check or envelope, and we will forward your gift to Lutheran Disaster Response.

Patchwork—The Patchwork ministry supports families in the USD 383 school district who are at or below the poverty level through the district’s FIT Closet. This volunteer-run organization has, with your help, provided toiletries, shoes, laundry soap, socks, underwear, and so much more to the many needy families in our community. Thank you, First Lutheran, for being the hands and feet of Christ in our community!

FALL HAIR CUTS—A good hair cut can make you feel good, yet many people in our community lack the funds for a professional haircut. First Lutheran is once again teaming up with Platinum & Company to provide a “back-to-school ‘do” for our neighbors on Monday, October 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. In addition to the free haircuts, we will also provide a light meal. We are looking for a small group of people to help make this outreach ministry a success. There is a small commitment of time needed for organization, preparation and clean up. Please contact Kathryn in the office if you’d like to get involved.   

FIRST SUPPERS UPDATE: Our Thursday night dinners in the fellowship hall have seen an increase in attendance, especially in families with children. We are currently preparing food for approximately 80 people so that we have enough for everyone, including our volunteers. With this increase in numbers, the work load has increased and we need more helpers, both in the kitchen and as dining companions. We are especially needing team coordinators for the 1st and 5th Thursdays of the coming months, plus additional teams going forward. We will participate in food recovery from the KSU training table again this fall, so the teams have the opportunity to provide great meals with less time and effort. This is a vital ministry of First Lutheran and we need your help! Please contact Kathryn in the church office if you can help.   

Special Offering for September: Meadowlark Hills & Bread for the World—You may direct your offering to either fund by indicating the ministry name in the memo line of your check or on the offering envelope. Blank envelopes are provided in each pew.  To have the offering split equally, simply write “Dedicated Offering” on your check or envelope. 

  • Meadowlark Hills—The Good Samaritan fund assists about 45 residents who live in Meadowlark’s healthcare households and who have exhausted their financial resources. Last fiscal year, the cost to provide care to those without resources totaled nearly $1.5 million, so our contributions to The Good Samaritan Fund are needed and greatly appreciated.  
  • Bread For the World—Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. According to the Bread website, every $1 you donate helps win more than $100 in federal government assistance for hungry and poor people in the U.S. and around the world. See www.bread.org for more information. 

Designated offering for October: Flint Hills Breadbasket & CROP