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Quarterly Statements are available in the Narthex. Please check your statement carefully. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Carolyn at financialrecorder@firstlutheranmanhattan.org.

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Back to School BashFirst Lutheran families, come join us for a Back to School Bash with the Lamb of God School on Friday, August 18, starting at 6:30 in the Green Space! We have a lot of fun activities planned, including a movie, a bouncy house, food, backpack blessing, and so much more! Bring your backpacks for a blessing and some lawn chairs or a picnic blanket for the meal and movie. We will also be working on a service project and learning more about the FIT Closet. Bring your kids, your grandkids, or your neighbor’s kids, and celebrate the start of a new school year!

Ministry Fair—After church on August 27th, we will be holding a potluck and Ministry Fair! This is a time to come enjoy lunch while learning more about the different ministries of First Lutheran and to find out which ones speak out to you! Each group will have a booth with information about that specific ministry. If you are involved in one of our many ministries, please check with your group for details, and email megan@firstlutheranmanhattan.org with any questions.  

Pumpkin Patch—The 2017 PUMPKIN PATCH will be held October 6-7 at CiCo Park. Please add “Pumpkin Patch" to your fall calendar as a reminder. We will need bakers, workers, and buyers to help sell the goodies at FLC's food booth!

Insurance CommitteeFirst Lutheran Church is looking for 3-4 volunteers to re-establish the Insurance Committee.  At least one member should have insurance experience and/or knowledge of property and liability.  The committee would meet approximately 2 times per year, one of which would be with the account executive to review adequacy of and/or changes to coverage.  There would be an annual requirement to provide Finance Committee with projected costs for yearly budget estimations.  Please contact the council president, Stan Tilley, 785-477-9167 or tilleysg@gmail.com if you would be willing to share your knowledge and serve.

Events in the Fall—We have a few very important events in the works for this coming fall. On Sunday, September 10, First Lutheran will once again participate in the churchwide day of service, God’s Work, Our Hands. Plan to spend the day in worship, fellowship, and service with us! In addition, this year marks the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. We will host a block party on Saturday, October 28, and a special festival worship service on Sunday, October 29, to celebrate the occasion. Add these dates to your calendar now!

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

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--Now is a good time to thank everyone for all that has been accomplished through ministries at First Lutheran Church. This is also the time to volunteer as many fall activities begin, and you are called to serve. Pray that all positions will be filled according to God's plan for our congregation.

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! We will provide you with more

details in the coming weeks.

Let’s Serve

Patchwork—Thank you for your generosity in bringing school supplies over the last few weeks! The school year is off to a good start, but there are still needs to be met. We are in need of the following items this week: Trapper Keepers, shampoo, deodorant, soap, towels and washcloths, diapers (size 3, 4, and 5), Pull-Ups, and boys’ pants (size 5 & 6). Please leave donations in the Patchwork bins located around the church. Monetary donations are always welcome! Mark “Patchwork” on your check or envelope, and we will purchase the item.

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 be a part of this program.

Special Offering for August: Lamb of God Ministry & Bethany College—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.

  • Lamb of God Early Childhood Ministry—LOG Early Childhood Ministry is First Lutheran’s preschool and daycare center. Offerings will support scholarships for students experiencing exceptional financial need. 
  • Bethany CollegeBethany College in Lindsborg, KS, is the only Lutheran institution of higher education in Kansas. The school’s mission is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service.