"Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing." -Martin Luther-
The Holy Trinity
May 30, 2021
Dear Members and Friends of First Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie, NY:
You are invited to join us for virtual Sunday Worship on Sunday, May 30, 2021, the Holy Trinity. 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 30, 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, June 3, 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, June 10, 2021 at 6 PM. The pub night will take place at Schatzi's.
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.
Church Reopening Guidelines
Please click the link below to see the reopening guidelines
Council Message
Dear friends at First Lutheran,

Wow! I can not believe it is already almost June! This year is just flying by. Sometimes, for myself, I realize that time is passing so quickly that I haven’t stopped in weeks! It’s so easy for all of us to have our routines and get into the hum drum of everyday life that we don’t take the time to just breathe and relax!
I started keeping a journal by my bed and every night I write at least 3 things that make me feel blessed, and it has helped me tremendously. I encourage everyone to give it a try. It’s a great habit and helps remind you of the things that really matter.

My list last night went as follows:
    1.   My successful business
    2.   Working on my vegetable garden
    3.   The perfect song playing on the radio
What are your 3 blessings?
2 Corinthians 4:16
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day”

Karen Butts
Altar Flowers
As we begin in-person worship on June 6th, you can begin signing up for ordering Altar flowers in honor of or memory of loved ones. As always Jim Grey will provide the beautiful arrangements.
The suggested donation is $25 for each Sunday. Send your check along with the name of who you are honoring to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 325 Mill St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. If you are using the online donation option, please send a note or email to Bailey Yewchuck at yewchuck.bailey@gmail.com with the name of the person(s).
Our church secretary, Bailey, will check the list and for now the announcements of who provided the flowers will appear in our e-blast newsletter.
The charts will be set up in the narthex with pens at the ready. One more sign of positive changes. Keep the faith and come to church?
Plea for Help From First Congregational Church Down the Street From Us
Dear FCCUCC members,
I received word Monday night (5/24/21) that our beloved Office Manager and Sunday School Director, Tracy Lovejoy-Kitweger, and her family experienced a devastating fire that burned down much of their home. All of the people made it out safely, along with their two dogs, but other smaller pets perished in the fire. At the time I spoke to her, Tracy hadn't had a chance to see what, if anything was salvageable. Both vehicles have been damaged.
First, let us hold Tracy and her family in prayer as they come to terms with the loss of their home and deal with all of the many complications that go along with that loss.
Second, please be aware that our church office phone will go unanswered for a little while (calls had been forwarded to Tracy's home phone as she has been working from home for the past year Wednesdy-Friday). I will do my best to check the church voicemail as often as I can. I ask for your patience this week.
Third, I anticipate there will be an opportunity for our congregation to be of help through donations (of essential items, store gift cards, etc), or doing things like running errands (Tracy is the only driver in the household--her husband is legally blind), walking their dogs, bringing them meals, etc. As soon as I have further information about what she and her family need, I will let you know.
God's grace and peace be with you,
Rev. Heather
Spring Fling
There will be a Spring Fling with St. Paul's Church on Saturday, June 19. Please click on the link below to see the flyer.
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
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.”