"Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing." -Martin Luther-
Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 16, 2021
Dear Members and Friends of First Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie, NY:
You are invited to join us for virtual Sunday Worship on Sunday, May 16, 2021, the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Special thanks to our Worship & Music and Communications teams and heartfelt gratitude to Scott and Rosemary Compton for producing and posting our service video.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Sunday Worship Service
May 16, 2021
Below, please find links to download a PDF of the Order of Service and the text of the Sermon
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 is Wednesday, June 9, 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, May 20, 2021 beginning at 9 AM. The breakfast will take place at the Acropolis Diner on Main Street. No reservations are needed.

Pub Night
Our next FELC Virtual Pub Night will be Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6 PM.  We decided to venture out for Pub Night. Please look for an announcement next week for location of our next PUB Night. Hope to see you there!!
Church Reopening
The Ambassadors for First Lutheran, Diane, Lorna, Nancy C., Scott, Eric, Nancy S., Lisa, and Alison, met on Tuesday, April 27 to discuss reopening. I presented to the council the Ambassadors plan to reopen on Sunday, June 6, 2021. The council approved our plan at our meeting held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A few things:  

MASKS--must be worn at all times inside church whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks must be worn properly and should cover both nose and mouth. Masks may be lowered to receive communion.

NYS GUIDELINES FOR HOUSES OF WORSHIP – These guidelines are being written and will be sent to you shortly.

SINGING—No singing for a few weeks. We will reassess at a later date.

COMMUNIONWhen we have a preacher who can administer communion it will be only one element, the host. 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 parking lot door or Catherine St. Please read the sign on the door prior to entering. A person will be stationed at a table to ask you a few questions each Sunday and log you name and phone number for contract tracing purposes.  

SANITIZING STATIONS—Please ensure you sanitize your hands upon entering the church. The stations are located inside the church at the parking entrance and Catherine St. entrance. 

PEWS—Please sit in only designated pews. Other pews will be taped off. 

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, our communion will be one element only, folks will need to stop at reception tables, you may not be able to sit in your pew, since we will be singing in the future, per CDC guidelines, seating will be 12’ apart, and masks must be worn at all times.  We will have a few bumps in the road but we will be together and experiencing worship inside our beautiful sanctuary.  

COFFEE HOUR—No coffee hour for a while.

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 to open our church! See you inside our church on Sunday, June 6, 2021. 

Many blessings!
Nancy S.
Council Message


Oh yes, there is a large apartment building now standing directly across the street from our church. You may like it or hate it, but guess what? It is not going away.
I have had people tell me we will not survive with that building across from us. Who will come? Where will we park? How will we be able to walk from the parking area? Will we have coffee hour? Will we be able to have dinners, concerts, weddings, and funerals?
Why can’t we? What is to stop us? Change takes time to adapt to but do not let negativity get in the way. We have survived thus far when people said we could not, but we did! Never tell a Lutheran they cannot do something. That is a known fact!
I honestly believe that God has something important he wants FELC to be a part of. I do not know what or when, but he has reasons why HE has kept us going.
The church is an old gal who is now getting a much needed “face lift” both inside and out. With our faith and support she hopefully will make another 100 years. Keep the faith and ditch the negativity.
We will soon be opening our church doors to all and it will take a little while to get used to our “new norm.” Our church is waiting and longing to feel life, love, and laughter within her walls. She wants to breathe again.
Remember, God will never let us down. HE is with us every step of the way. 
Did you know that many years ago there was a large hotel standing directly across the street from the church? So, you see, as the saying goes “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Also, want to extend a huge thank you to all the men and women who work so hard and tirelessly to keep FELC alive and running during this pandemic. It takes a village and hard work. Each and every one of you is such an important part of our being. We could not do it without you!

Keep the faith,
Shirley M.
Pub Nite
On Thursday the pub niters returned to Schatzi’s on Main Street and we arrived like we never left. We have a total of 8 people, eager to toast Carol Rhode’s new hip and the $500 the Easter food drive Thrivent gave to St Paul’s food pantry. We enjoyed SEEING each other in person instead of on ZOOM and liked sitting in the Bier Garden again! We had a beautiful evening, dinner was great, and most of all, we enjoyed fellowship! Stayed tuned for our next adventure out on the town – watch the Sunday Newsletter for details.  COME JOIN US!! 
Nancy S. and the PUB NITERS
Thrivent Financial Education Event
Please open the attached flyer for information announcing a Thrivent Financial Education event, “Economic Update” offered by Thrivent Rep, Steve Jones. As you can read, the event will be held virtually on Monday, May 17 for 2 sessions at 4:30-5:30pm & 6:30-7:30pm. Participants need to register and will be sent the link to access the webinar. As usual, the event sessions are free, open to the public.
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.
May Birthday List
05 Oliver Kai Nicoll
05 Barbara Giangaspro
15 William L. Nicoll
19 Emily Giangaspro
20 Addilyn Rutter
21 Alison Matos
24 Kaylee Hawks
Saturday Pick-up Dinners at Germania
For those who are interested in supporting Germania while enjoying a delicious meal each week, please consider ordering Germania's Saturday pickup dinners at Germania. Sylvia Reuter is the contact person and her email address is sylvreuter@gmail. com. Her phone number is 914-882-0307. The dinners are very reasonably priced and include entree and dessert. They also have apple strudel available for an additional cost. You must contact Sylvia by Friday to order and to tell her when you will be picking up on Saturday (between 4-7 pm). You can pay by check or by credit card. When you arrive at Germania on DeGarmo Road, drive to the front of the club and someone wearing a mask and gloves will bring you dinner(s) to the car.
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.”