"Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing." -Martin Luther-
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 18, 2021
You are invited to join us for Sunday Worship on Sunday, July 18, 2021, the Eighth 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. If you are unable to attend at the church, you can still join us for worship virtually as we will be posting a recording of the service on our You Tube channel later in the day Sunday or on Monday. You can check our channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfqAlVP3IslFJILUcVSCM1w

Special thanks to our Worship & Music and Communications teams and heartfelt gratitude to Scott and Rosemary Compton for producing and posting our service video.
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. There will be no council meeting in July. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Pastor Koenig will be our coverage Pastor and has been assigned this responsibility by the Synod.

Pub Night
Our next FELC Pub Night will be Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 6 PM. The pub night will take place at Schatzi's.

Fellowship Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast and/or coffee together as we gather prayer petitions and check in with each other on Thursday, July 29, 2021 beginning at 9 AM. The breakfast will take place at the Palace Diner. No reservations are needed.
Church Reopening-We are Singing. Come Join Us
MASKS—If you are NOT vaccinated, masks must be worn at all times inside our church. NO requirement to wear a mask if you are vaccinated.
 
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 Joan Cohen in memory of Arnold Cohen, and Slaap Lekker.
Fellowship After Service
Please join us for fellowship after the services. PLEASE sign up downstairs to bake/bring a desert.
Council Message - Sounds Familiar
Have you ever walked into a room and said “What did I come in here for?” Darn if I can remember. Ever push the buttons and wondered why the TV didn’t work? Except you were holding the telephone! Ever been driving alone in your car and suddenly realize this is not the place you were planning to go to?

My sister paints the handles on her garden tools bright pink so she can find them in the garden. Each year I need to buy new ones as I lose them in the garden. Another I just had it, I was using it, where did it go moment. Sometimes, I find them the following year.

I have a friend who couldn’t find her sunglasses only to find them in the refrigerator.

We all spend so much time looking for things we just had. Where did it go? Only to find it in strange places. I am convinced I have a little elf following me who hides things on me.
We never have to look for God. He is always with us. He won’t let us down. If we are lost, he will find us.

Now, where did I put my glasses? I just had them!!

Love,
Shirley M 
Summer Match Kick-Off
Dear Friends in Christ, The summer solstice will soon be upon us with the harbinger of warm weather, cook-outs with family and friends and Renegades games. It's also the start of our summer match fundraising campaign. We are so blessed with generous members who have come forward to commit the $7,500.00 to be matched. The summer match is an integral part of our income budget which we approved at the Zoom congregational meeting in January. Please prayerfully consider a donation this summer so we can meet our goal of $15,000.00.

Sincerely,
Kurt Bastian
Altar Flowers
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.
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.
July Birthday List
02 Carol Kaiser
03 Robin Frank
03 Danielle Menist
03 Matthew & Michael Reeves
09 Rebecca Reeves
13 William J. Gorres
15 Katherine Ulrich
16 Jeff Henkel
17 Nella Rose Giangaspro
18 William Gorres
20 Leo Freihofer Jr.
20 Frances Gorres
23 Peter Slingerland
30 Ella G. Carbone
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.”