"Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing." -Martin Luther-
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 8, 2021
You are invited to join us for Sunday Worship on Sunday, August 8, 2021, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. We have moved back into our church building for in-person worship. Worship will begin at 10:00 am and end at 11:00 am. Due to lack of viewership, we are no longer going to be recording the service for our YouTube channel.
Below, please find links to download a PDF of the Order of Service
All links and the Order of Service are also available on our Facebook page:
Children's Worship Resources
From First Lutheran
The First Lutheran Family Fun & Fellowship Virtual Program led by Barbara Giangaspro takes place on Sundays at 4:00 pm each week. Please email Barbara at lwmcbg@optonline.net if your family would like to join the group!
From Metro NY Synod
Members and friends of First Lutheran with children are invited to download the free MNYS Children's App. To learn more, click, here: https://www.mnys.org/childrens-app/
Meeting and Fellowship Reminders
Council Meeting
Our council meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month for the foreseeable future. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Pastor Koenig will be our coverage Pastor and has been assigned this responsibility by the Synod.

Fellowship Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast and/or coffee together as we gather prayer petitions and check in with each other on Thursday, August 12, 2021 beginning at 9 AM. The breakfast will take place at the Palace Diner. No reservations are needed.

Pub Night
Our next FELC Pub Night will be Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 6 PM. The pub night will take place at Schatzi's.
Church Reopening-We are Singing. Come Join Us
MASKS The CDC says that wearing masks inside is no longer mandatory however it is still suggested. It is also recommended that everyone wears a mask while singing to help prevent the spread of COVID. CDC Mask Guidelines
NYS GUIDELINES FOR HOUSES OF WORSHIP – If you have not seen these guidelines, please contact Nancy Slingerland at 845-853-4307 or president@firstlutheranpok.org.
SINGING—We are singing two hymns each week. Come join us and praise the Almighty with our voices.
COMMUNION—When we have a preacher who can administer communion we have decided to give both elements wafer and wine. We will line up at the communion rail to receive communion. Please follow the markers on the floor in front of the communion rail and/or ushers instructions.
ENTRANCES—Please enter through the front doors, parking lot door or Catherine St. If you enter through the front doors, please read the sign on the wall directly ahead of you with the STOP sign. If you enter through the parking lot door or Catherine St., please read the sign outside the door prior to entering. 
SANITIZING STATIONS—Please ensure you sanitize your hands upon entering the church. The stations are located inside the church at the parking lot entrance, Catherine St. , and in the narthex. 
WORSHIP—Our service will look and feel a little different. We will be filming our service so it can be shared on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Please be conscience that we are filming and would appreciate no talking during the prelude and postlude. Thanks!
COFFEE HOUR—We are offering lemonade and a dessert during the summer. Please join us in Fellowship Hall after the service each Sunday. Also, please sign up to host the coffee/lemonade hour.
PARKING—I know that parking has been a concern since our lot across the street now has apartment buildings. Available parking—our lot, the other side of the municipal lot right next to the apartments, Security Supply lot, and two lots on Catherine St. One lot is owned by the city and leased to Family Services. This lot is a short distance from 45 Catherine St. The other lot is located at the law firm of McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa and Paterson at 42 Catherine St. Both lots are very close to the church and folks can enter the church on Catherine St. There are a few other lots around yet to be explored. We will continue to investigate. 
Thanks for your patience as we move forward on our journey! 
Altar Flowers
This week’s flowers are given by Diane Wood-Miller, Lorna Davis, and Trudy Cerbone. Diane and Lorna's flowers are given in memory of their mother, Mildred Davis' birthday. Trudy's flowers are given in memory of Trudy's mother Theresia.
Monthly Newsletter
After this week, we will no longer be sending out our weekly newsletter. In its place there will be a monthly newsletter, similar to the monthly contact that was sent out pre COVID. All of the important announcements such as the council meeting, fellowship breakfast, and pub night will be located in the announcements section of the bulletin. Any important dates can also be found on our calendar which is updated regularly to reflect any potential changes.
Fellowship After Service
Please join us for fellowship after the services. PLEASE sign up downstairs to bake/bring a desert.
Council Message - The Garden
I have a book that was given to me many years ago that is titled “Garden Blessings”. It contains poems, prose, and prayers celebrating the love of gardening. One of my favorites is “The Kiss of the Sun” by Dorothy Francis Gurney.

“The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Then anywhere else on earth”

Whether you enjoy gardening or just enjoy viewing it, take a few minutes to survey its beauty. As I always say, “I’m only the caretaker, he is the creator.” On a Sunday morning, take a walk from the back of Wetzel Hall to the front and see what’s there for all to enjoy.

Shirley M 💗
School Supplies
First Lutheran will again be collecting school supplies for Hudson River Housing. Items requested are Ticonderoga pencils, notebook paper, crayons, and pens. Please have your items to Church by Sunday August 29. Thank you so much for your generosity!

The Social Action committee
Summer Match Challenge
Our Summer Match Challenge is proceeding exceptionally well as we have so far collected $5300.00 toward our goal of $7500.00! The quick response to this summer campaign is nothing short of amazing. A big "Thank You" to the many members who have contributed. Our church family's willingness to share their blessings for our mission here in the heart of Poughkeepsie is truly heartwarming. We only need another $2200.00 to realize the full match. Please consider a donation to help us realize this summer's goal.

Yours in Christ,
Altar Flowers
**If you would like to place an order for special altar flowers, please either call or send an email to the office at least one week before you would like the flowers. Please be sure to leave your name, the color/type of flowers, and the date you would like them for.

As we now have in-person worship, you can sign up for ordering Altar flowers in honor or memory of your loved ones. As always Jim Grey will provide the beautiful arrangements.

The suggested donation is $25 for each Sunday. Please send your check along with the name of who you are honoring to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 325 Mill Street., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. If you would like to use the online donation option, please send a note or email to our secretary Bailey Yewchuck at office@firstlutheranpok.org with the name of the person(s).

The announcements of who provided the flowers will be added to both our e-blast newsletter and weekly bulletin.

The chart is located in the narthex with pens at the ready.
Upcoming Events
Germania Oktoberfest - September 10, 11, and 12. Times will be announced shortly

First Lutheran Oktoberfest - October 9, 2021 at 4 pm.
Pastoral Care
Pastoral care is being coordinated by our First Lutheran Shepherds, who will refer FELC parishioners to Pastor Arlene Wilhelm, Deacon Peter Slingerland, Rev. Jeff Koenig, or Pastor Chris Mietlowski, Assistant to the Bishop MNYS/ELCA in cases of serious pastoral emergency. If you are not sure who your Shepherd is, please contact:
FELC President, Nancy Slingerland at Email: President@firstlutheranpok.org
Nancy Compton at Email: NLCompton59@gmail.com
or leave a message for either at the Church Office phone: 845-452-6050.
August Birthday List
12 Jane Flynn
14 Pastor Deborah
14 Otto Frank, Jr.
26 Eric Hepp
28 Carol Ann Fischer
28 Andrew Stephens
28 Philip Stephens
30 Lorna Davis
Sharing our Offerings
We offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us - ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (LBW, Offertory Prayer)
Simply Giving online giving is available for donations:
1) Go to https://my.simplegive.com/app/giving/Firs9999156 -or- go to https://firstlutheranpok.org/ and click on "Donations" at the top of the home page.
2) Under Fund click on Choose a Fund --> General Fund
3) Type in Amount (check box for recurring if desired -- you'll be prompted to set up an account)
4) Choose Credit card or Bank Account
a) Credit card incurs 2.5% fee to the church
b) Bank Transfer incurs 1.0% fee to the church
If you have any questions, contact Chris Collins at ccollins38000@gmail.com
And Finally, Always Remember...
"Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus!"
First Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA)
325 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-452-6050 (Church)

“As members of God’s family in mission together, we are part of the whole complicated, colorful spectrum of God’s creation in all its diversity, practicing our faith and putting it into action as we strive to make a difference, in big and small ways, through God’s grace.

We recognize that we are all called to be one body with many members, from infants to seniors. We welcome people of all races, ethnicities, shapes and sizes; of every marital status, political affiliation, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; of different faith traditions, different physical, mental and emotional abilities, and those in recovery or struggling with addiction.

We know that no matter who you are, Jesus accepts you, and so do we.”