"Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing." -Martin Luther-
Easter Sunday
April 4
Dear Members and Friends of First Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie, NY:
 
You are invited to join us for virtual Sunday Worship on Sunday, April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday. 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 4, 2021
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 is April 14. 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 8, 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 15, 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!


A Message From Council
The other day Linda and I were in church recording our readings for Easter Sunday when I took a few moments and sat down in one of the pews to admire our beautiful alter when such a peaceful feeling came over me. I suddenly started to think about Easter when I was kid, Easter for my sister and me meant getting up before 5 in the morning to be at FLC by 6 for Easter Dawn services. Our new clothes would all be laid out, new coat, dress ,shoes, hat and gloves. Off we would go. After services we would go downstairs to enjoy a wonderful pancake breakfast and on to round two! Then we would attend regular services with a full house, wonderful music and much too long a
sermon for a kid. Then my Dad, sister and I would sit in the car and wait and wait as the ladies stood out front and talked and talked and talked, and finally Home James!! At home we would change our clothes and at last get that glorious Easter Basket!! Maybe it was a different church, a different state or country, or a different denomination, but take time to reflect on childhood Easters. Now is the time to make new memories for you and your loved ones. Have a Blessed
Easter and hope to see you soon!

Shirley M
Spring
Spring is here! The flowers and trees are starting to bud and bloom. The internal projects will decrease as Shirley returns the gardens to their pre-winter glory. The daffodils in front of the church started without her.

But isn’t that what we expect to happen every year? People begin to walk in the sun, do spring cleaning and work their gardens. Every week the sounds of mowers and leaf blowers will compete with the birds, who are already starting their spring return, singing their mating call and then raise a family.

This is Easter! Our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled God’s promise and He has risen. Our lives are renewed through the Resurrection. The pandemic has given us a year filled with rough times, but we have weathered the storm for better or worse. But while Jesus had moments of doubt and prayed for a different path and outcome, we must follow his example and go along the path set for us with faith, love and care for others. Continue to visit and attend worship remotely for a while longer. Enjoy the renewal of life provided by Spring and God but continue to be careful.

Shirley, nor any other gardener, would just pull out every green shoot. They would determine what the plant has to offer in beauty and nurture it to full bloom. So, let us nurture each other, enjoy those plants pushing up from their winter sleep, and look forward to a better world. 

WASH HANDS, WEAR MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCE with love and kindness for all. God Bless You.
Who's Under the Hood
When we can finally meet in person again you will not recognize the place. The Quad L’s, under the command of Shirley, have so many going projects it’s amazing what gets done. 

We have always said it is a big old building that needs constant care and the pandemic has allowed many projects to proceed because there are not many people there each day. 

So can you guess who’s under the range hood working the kitchen projects.
 
We will keep you updated on all the projects with a photo when they are complete. But we did manage to chain Shirley to a post so she can only finish the projects already on her list. (Good Luck with that…)
Bonhoeffer: A Film by Martin Doblmeier
Christ Lutheran Church in Woodstock has been studying Dietrich Bonhoeffer during Lent and will be doing a Zoom viewing of the film by Martin Doblmeier about the life of Bonhoeffer. Pastor Sonja has offered to let us join her congregation in watching this movie if you are interested. They will be watching the movie on Tuesday, April 6th at 3:30 and 7 p.m, three days before the day of his commemoration day in the ELCA.

 
The Zoom Link is Click Here to Join Via Zoom  Zoom Meeting # 452594022
Habitat Dutchess Restore Looking for Donations
Habitat Dutchess Restore is looking for donations of new and gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, building materials and more. Are you ready to clean out your home and garage clutter? Trying to justify purchasing new furniture? Do you have a business inventory that’s costing you money? Habitat Dutchess Restore is your solution.  

They gratefully accept small and large donations, and the resale of donations helps build Habitat Homes for low-wage working families who qualify for the program. Donations along with sweat equity and a small mortgage will change lives forever.

You can drop off your donation or schedule a pick up by professional volunteers and staff. Drop off hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 to 3:30. You can schedule a pick up through the online scheduler and www.habitatdutchess.org or call at 845-297-7610 option 3.

Many thanks – The Habitat Restore Staff
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.”