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Saturday Cookout—Let’s gather on the Green Space on Saturday, June 3, for a potluck cookout! Plan to stay after the worship service and enjoy the longer days and beautiful weather in the company of our church family. Please bring a dish to share. Pastor Jerry will fire up the grill and cook burgers and hot dogs. All are welcome!

Worship News—The 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.

NEW Weekday FellowshipStarting May 10th at 9:30 a.m., we’ve got a new thing coming to our church family this summer! On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, we will gather in the parlor for some coffee, conversation, and connection with one another and with the Lamb of God students! If you’ve got an hour or so on a Wednesday, come on in and join the Coffee Crew. Snacks and coffee will be provided! Questions? Email megan@firstlutheranmanhattan.org

Reformation 500 Celebration—Area Ministry 4 is providing a bus to the Reformation 500 Celebration on June 10 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Overland Park.  Bishop Elizabeth Eaton is preaching.  The bus will depart at 10:00 from Peace Lutheran Church in Manhattan & return approx. 5PM. The $10 fee will include a box lunch. RSVP by June 1 to Kathy Ouellette 785-325-2563, kathyo127@hotmail.com, 785-406-0198.

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.  

Summer Special Music—We are blessed to have so many musical gifts in this congregation! During the summer months, we enjoy hearing from individuals and groups while the choirs are taking a break. If you are interested in providing special music during worship services this summer, you may sign up online here or contact someone in the church office.

Junior Bell Choir - We are working on starting a junior bell choir for youth in grades 5-9. Students would learn how to play bells and perform occasionally in worship. The group would start with 5-7 practices per semester. Please email Chris Wolf, chrisrwolf@gmail.com or speak with Kyle Olson if interested.

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

SonQuest Rainforest Cafe Vacation Bible School will be HERE June 12-16 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM in partnership with Peace Lutheran.  Please register your child (age 3 - 5th grade) by filling out the online form found here.  We will need a lot of help - from teachers to cookie bakers, to crossing guards.  You may sign-up to volunteer through the same registration link. Registration ends on May 29!

Stewardship Moment—One of the greatest missing teachings in American churches today is the reminder to men and women that nothing we have belongs to us.

Summer Youth Activities—Youth will meet many times over the summer for faith, fellowship, and fun.  A complete calendar can be found in the north entrance, narthex, and the website.  

Let’s Serve

Call for Assistance—One of our neighbors who has been working very hard to turn his life around has acquired safe housing for himself and his son and is ready to move in. He is in need of a few household items: small kitchen table and chairs, king-sized box spring and frame, king-sized sheets, dresser, curtains & curtain rods, shower curtain, a mop, and clothes hangers. If you have any of these items and would like to donate them, please contact Kathryn.

Summer Pool Passes—Each summer, we provide city pool passes to a few families in the community who otherwise might not be able to afford them. If you know of a family for whom the cost of a pool pass is out of reach, please let us know by contacting Kathryn in the office. If you would like to help sponsor a child or family pass, please write “summer swimming” on your check or envelope and drop your gift in the offering plate. Season passes are good through Labor Day and cost $55.

Caregiver Classes—The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a four-part series of classes for family caregivers and friends who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Classes will be held at the Manhattan Public Library on June 5, 12, 19, and 26, and will include discussions about the basics of the disease, common challenging behaviors, community resources and care options, and the emotions associated with caring for a loved one suffering from dementia.  Advance registration is required. Please contact Cindy Miller, cmiller1@alz.org or 785-271-1844, for more info or to register. 

Patchwork Ministry—Summer is a great time to think about donating to the Patchwork ministry! The items collected for this ministry are distributed to low-income families within the USD 383 school district by the FIT Closet. We are currently in need of the following items: kids’ school shoes (youth sizes 1-5), socks in all sizes, toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, brushes), and boys’ pants in sizes 5-8. Thank you for helping us restock the shelves during the summer break!

Designated Offerings for May: KSU Lutheran Campus Ministry—Offerings for this ministry are used for Pastor Kevin Clark's salary, peer ministry stipends, program expenses, and Luther House upkeep. You may direct your offering to this ministry by writing LCM in the memo line of your check or on the offering envelope. Blank envelopes are provided in each pew.