"Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing." -Martin Luther-
Third Sunday of Easter
April 18
Dear Members and Friends of First Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie, NY:
 
You are invited to join us for virtual Sunday Worship on Sunday, April 18, 2021, the Third 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
April 18, 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:
COMMUNION IN THE PARKING LOT
Come one, come all. Pastor Arlene has agreed to give communion in our parking lot on Sunday, April 25th at 1:00 PM. Bring a chair and a drink which will substitute as the wine. Hope to see you then!!
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 May 5 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, April 22, 2021 beginning at 9 AM. A virtual invitation will be sent out prior. Newcomers are most welcome - contact Diane Wood Miller at: dianewoodmiller@icloud.com

Pub Night
Our next FELC Virtual Pub Night will be Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6 PM.  This will be hosted by Victor and Alison Matos. Watch for the Zoom invitation and invite a friend to join us!
 Bio for Philip Jenks, Synodical Deacon
Philip E Jenks, a Synodical Deacon in the ELCA of Metropolitan New York, is a retired journalist and church communicator. As deputy general secretary of American Baptist Churches in the USA from
1971-91, he was responsible for all denominational media. He has been news officer for the U.S. Conference of the World Council of Churches and for the National Council of Churches in the USA.
He is also an Air Force veteran and has been a reporter for two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. In retirement he continues to write a column he wrote monthly for twenty years for The American Baptist magazine (thelittlescroll@blogspot.com) and draws a daily cartoon called “COVID-19 Diary”. Philip and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are members of St. Paul’s ELCA church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They are the parents of six adult children and have five grandchildren.
COUNCIL MESSAGE
Hello dear Friends at First Lutheran, 

I hope this finds everyone well, and preparing for the warmer spring weather we’ve so desperately been waiting for. And hopefully, soon enough we will be enjoying that warm weather together; sitting in the pews at church praising God for all we have made it through the past year. Be well and hope to see all of you again, soon. 

Blessings,
Karen Butts

Isaiah 61:11 “For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”
Jean M Vandenbrul - 1926-2021
Jean was born March 24, 1926. She was the epitome of class, a true lady. Jean was raised and spent 60 years in the church having been confirmed in 1939. She married and had two sons John and Mark, who grew up at First Lutheran while Jean spent many years teaching Sunday School. Her sons grew to manhood and she recently told me she was immensely proud of the men they became. My parents had been friends of Jean and John and often played cards together. But after 25 years of marriage, Jean was again single. She did not attended church for a long time. Then one day she had a chance meeting with my mother, Norma who said, “Why don’t you come back to church?” Jean did and spent the rest of her life sitting next to her best friend in Pew 88. Jean was always dressed to the nines with matching jewelry for every outfit.
She became active in the church as a member of the Altar Guild (she co-purchased the Advent Blue paraments), served many times on council, was a long-time member of the Finance Committee, serving with the Stoothoffs and Al Long. She was also our insurance expert and handled all the insurance needs of the church. She served on the Call Committee for Pastor Deborah. 

She reconnected with John and they remarried after another 25 years. While John did not attend church, I recently found out every Christmas he would unfold and check every bulb on the Christmas tree lights, making sure they were in perfect working order. Jean loved her family and visits with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved her church family. Attending every dinner and event and the entertainment by the Sisters of Perpetual Motion. She loved to laugh (especially the antics of the Sisters) and enjoyed a good old-fashioned joke, even a bawdy one now and then, and act goofy with silly hats and facial expressions. Her laugh was infectious.
Jean never said anything bad about anyone. She was kind and well-liked by First members. She had opinions but would contemplate situations carefully and give her suggestions in a calm and businesslike way. Jean loved music and enjoyed the choir and Eric’s organ playing, especially when one of her favorites hymns was included in worship. 

Jean also loved cats and her grandson’s two dogs who would visit her at Thompson House and plant big sloppy kisses on her face all while she was laughing and enjoying their antics.

Jean will be missed but she enjoyed her 95 years of life. I know she is looking down on us and smiling and praying for us, the church and her family. She has risen to be with her God and those who were there to welcome her (I’m sure Mom had a pew seat ready for her). Knowing Jean, I bet she is driving around in a bright yellow VW Bug she always wanted and she has already made a large, extravagant floppy hat ready for the occasion.

With so much love,
Linda
CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE
The Call Committee has been working closely with Pastor Chris Mietlowski from the Metropolitian NY Synod, to secure a permanent pastor for FELC.  The process has been painfully slow.  Even though it looks like there may be some positive news to report, we still have an uphill road to traverse.

The Call Committee was meeting twice a month for a couple of months.  During that time, we discussed the process and developed a series of questions that can be asked of prospective candidates.  We are prepared when the time comes.  Before the Call Committee can contact a candidate, that candidate must first be certified by the Synod.  As I write, there are no certified candidates available for us to interview.  Why? A variety of reasons.  COVID, economics, retirements, shortage of those graduating from Seminary.   However, things may be looking up for us soon.  The synod certification committee will next meet towards the middle of May.  At that time, they hope (expect) to have certified candidate(s) for the FELC Call Committee to interview.  Provided that the call committee finds an acceptable candidate, that individual will be forwarded to Council who will conduct their own interview of the candidate.

If all goes smoothly, here is a possible timeline.
Late May: Documents are forwarded to the FELC Call Committee from Synod.
Early June: Documents reviewed by the FELC Call Committee
Mid June: Interviews conducted by FELC Call Committee
Mid June: Successful candidate(s) forwarded to Council for their review.
Please pray for a successful conclusion to the process.

Regards,
John Knight
(Chair of FELC Call Committee)
In the Garden
This year we have not been able to offer weekly flower arrangements, Easter or Christmas purchase of live plants for the altar decorating. For Christmas we did a poinsettia drive with great success. That money was donated to St. Paul’s Food Pantry.
 
Now it is spring, and Shirley will be busy with our gardens. Think of the Sundays you have would offered flowers and the lilies you would have purchased for Easter and consider making a monetary donation to “The Garden Fund”. The money generated will be used to help Shirley with garden necessities, such as mulch and new plants.
 
Just decide how many flower arrangements and lilies you want to “purchase” and send your check to FELC with a note in the memo space “Garden”. You can add a note with your check with the name or names of those loved ones you wish to be remembered and they will be published in our newsletter.
 
Happy Gardening!!!
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.
April Birthday List
02 Joshua Polgrean
02 Carol Reichert
03 Jacie Madison Harris
05 Cassondra Belon
08 Chris Collins
11 Kurt Bastian
12 Susan Polgrean
13 Jack Reeves
15 Linda Brewer
15 Guenther Grosshans
20 Lesa Noble-Lee
29 John Knight
30 Virginia Anthony
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)
FIRST LUTHERAN MISSION STATEMENT

“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.”