First Lutheran Church 

                                          November 7, 2019 


3600 West Friendly Avenue + Greensboro, NC  27410 + 336.292.9125  + 


Several years ago, my daughter was playing on the school playground with a friend. Her friend blindfolded her and told her she was going to tell her where to go. My daughter 'blindly' trusted her friend to make sure she didn't bump into any obstacles along the way. As my daughter tells it, the friend told her to walk straight into a metal pole. My daughter ended up cracking her front tooth and had to get it fixed. I look back on that incidence that maybe my daughter just wasn't trusting enough of her friend to really follow her directions.  
We hear phrases in our society all the time about the blind leading the blind, or blind justice, or blind as a bat. Our text for Sunday (Luke 18: 35-43) tells of the blind man who has more insight into who Jesus was than Jesus' own followers. He saw Jesus as the ONE who was going to set things right, do the right (and loving) thing, and restore real sight to the world. Next time you see a blind person, don't shortchange the wisdom they may have. Lean more into their insights and gain your own from them. 

~ Pastor Emily

                      9:00 am  Contemporary Worship - CWS*
                    10:00 am  Faith Formation for All Ages
                    10:00 am  5th Grade Bible Parent Meeting - Room A10
                    11:00 am  Contemporary Worship - CWS
                    11:00 am  Traditional Worship - TWS*  
                    12:00 pm  R.A.D. Youth "Giving" Scavenger Hunt - Luther Cafe, Bus 
                    12:15 pm  Worship Ministries Team - Room A7
                      2:00 pm  W.E.B. Bowling - Triad Lanes
                      7:00 pm  Annie Ray Moore Circle - Luther Cafe
                     10:00 am  SFYC Chapel - TWS 

                       9:15 am  Staff Meeting - Room A10
                     10:15 am  Chair Yoga - Room A12
                     11:00 am  FACEOUT - CC*
                       4:00 pm  Handbell Trio - TWS
                       6:00 pm  Boy Scouts - CC
                       6:30 pm  Council - Room A7
                     10:00 am  Crocheting Christians
                       5:00 pm  Women's Bible Study -Library 
                       5:30 pm  Hope Fest Team - Room A7
                       6:00 pm  Handbells - TWS
                       7:10 pm  Choir Rehearsal - TWS

                     10:30 am  Parables of Jesus Book Study - Room A12
                       6:30 pm  Contemporary Musicians - CWS

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 * CWS - Contemporary Worship Space 
 * TWS - Traditional Worship Space
 * CC -    Community Center

W.E.B. Bowling this Sunday, 2-4 pm at Triad Lanes, 21 Oak Branch Dr. Please send $8 with your child and extra cash for snack money.  Drop off and pick up at the bowling alley.

Calling all children! 
We need your help in the 
4 pm Christmas Eve Service!                 Click here  to sign up.

RAD Youth this Sunday: 
Lunch at 12 pm in the Luther Cafe followed by 
a "Giving" Scavenger Hunt 

Grades 6-8 Youth - Register Now for BYG-er 2020! Join us for a weekend away together, March 20 - 22, 2020, at Camp Agape. Spaces are limited - Click here for details and to register.

in all services
Contemporary Worship
Pastor Emily Lemoine

Traditional Worship
Pastor Jay Hilbinger

Flowers in the traditional worship space are needed for November 17 (one arrangement) and November 24 (two arrangements). We also need arrangements in December, there is only one signed up for. Check out the chart in the narthex and pick a date that works for you and sign your name and what you would like the bulletin to say in the bulletin.

SFYC Sneak-a-Peek
Click here to see
 full-size flyer!

Registration opens for the 2020 - 2021 school year: January 17 for church members, January 22 for current families and January 28 for new families.

Saturday, December 14 @  9:30 am
The cost is $6.00.

Come Celebrate the  REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Musical program by special guests!

Reservations can be made  Dec. 1 and 8 between and after services outside the Traditional and Contemporary Worship Spaces and in the Community Center 
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES - Schedule for November

NOVEMBER 10 - Presenters: Jean Dalkey and Karen Forster
The Danger of the Single Story (TED Talk presentation by Chimimanda Adichie) video and small group discussion of key points
NOVEMBER 17-Presenter: Pastor Jay Hilbinger
*  What is white privilege?
*  What are the effects?
NOVEMBER 24 - Presenter: Rick Diehl
*  What is systemic racism?
*  Timeline showing how government policies and actions negatively impacted certain
    groups of people even before this nation was founded
*  Examples of effects of systemic racism

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For November and December, the Cornerstone Class will be exploring prophecy in general and the biblical book of Amos in particular. Rev. Dr. Marty Stevens will lead the class in examining the roots and goals of prophecy, the communication style of prophets, and the specific circumstances and prophecy of Amos. Come to Room A-8 by 10 am on Sunday morning. The classes build on each other, but you can also learn something each week without coming to every class. Bring your own Bible or use one provided in class. All are welcome!

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Come join us for F AITH LENS: Looking at everyday life through the eyes of faith
A GREAT way to get connected! All are invited - Room A7

Faith Lens is a weekly conversational bible study based on the blogs from ELCA called Faith Lens that engages adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life. This class will allow many of us to come together and discuss current and life events with little to no prep time required

Questions? Please contact Debbie Sivret.

God's work. Our hands.


NEW NEEDS!   The Barnabas Network (BN)  truly appreciates all that First Lutheran does to help needy residents establish their homes once they have been approved for assistance.  BN will contact us periodically to update their most urgent shortages.  They still need twin XL sheets and now need a few King size as well.  Bath, hand and face towels are also requested.  If you are able to help with new or gently used items you can drop them off in the Mission Depot box marked BN.  THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR FAITHFUL GENEROSITY.  If there are any questions please call or email Ruth Zeemer.

GUM Friday Morning Breakfast Group is in need of peanut butter and jam/jelly.  We make 80+ lunches for our guests every week, so our supplies go fast.  Please bring any donations and put them in the marked collection box in the Mission Depot.   Thanks for your help!

GUM Friday Morning Breakfast Group also makes Blessing Bags every year at Christmas.  As you travel, please gather any unused hotel sized personal items.  We use them in the bags for our guests.  Any donations can be put in the marked collection box in the Mission Depot.


Want to know how?  Click here!