First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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This Past Week's Sermon:  Shepherd of souls  Listen
 John 10:11-16 


Farewell to the MacDonald Family

First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton bids farewell and God's blessings to

As they transition to their new family of faith at
St. John Lutheran Church in Meriden CT
Please join us for food and fellowship
Saturday, May 14th 4:00pm-7:00pm
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Fellowship Hall
RSVP by May 8th
410-672-3352 or

Ladies' Gathering

Mothers, Daughters, Neighbors, and Friends - All Ages Welcome!

Join us for Dinner, Fun and Fellowship

A Devotion by Georgia Martin and other activities

May 21st, 4-7pm - Fellowship Hall - Sign up in the Narthex

Free will offering to benefit our Missionaries, the Lohmeyers, in the Dominican Republic. This is a Thrivent-sponsored event.

Board Elections

By Donna Van Dine

Election Day is coming! Mark your calendar and plan to attend on May 22nd to cast your votes! Elections will be held in the Fellowship Hall during the Sunday school hour. Installation of new officers will be June 5th. Following is a list of boards and who is running. All positions have been unopposed with the exception of Recording Secretary, Worship, and Stewardship. While Recording Secretary remains vacant, Elizabeth Leuth has expressed interest in serving as Director of Stewardship and Diane Jaeger as Director of Worship. Church Property will be divided into functions. Tom Girgash has agreed to handle the paperwork. If you are interested in helping with a different function of Church Property, please contact someone on the nominating committee.

  • President - Dave Morse, Unopposed
  • 1st Vice President  - Jean Mencik, Unopposed
  • 2nd Vice President - Beverly Hansberger, Unopposed
  • Recording Secretary - VACANT
  • Treasurer - Steve Mencik, Unopposed
  • Financial Secretary - Mary Beth Hilton, Unopposed
  • Elders - Noah Hayward, Unopposed
  • Worship - Diane Jaeger
  • Evangelism - JB Jaeger, Unopposed
  • Education  - Ursula Pinckney, Unopposed
  • Youth Ministry - Leigh Lebkicker, Unopposed (David Nguyen)
  • Stewardship - Elizabeth Lueth
  • Church Properties - Tom Girgash
  • Fellowship - Margie Mallary, Brenda Gerhardt, Unopposed
  • Community Services - Kathy Reichard, Unopposed

Condensed from Jan Perez’s minutes

  • The Treasurer's report indicated income from envelopes and cash donations is down, as is the Pre-K tuition. There will be a meeting to discuss the Pre-K on May 7th.
  • There will be a Purse Bingo fundraiser on June 17th to benefit the boiler fund. The Elks Lodge Hall and bingo caller have already been paid for.
  • The nominating committee had their last meeting. The Board Fair was a success and should occur each year. Nominees will be posted in the church bulletin and newsletter.
  • Pastor Black, our Circuit Counselor, will be assisting with the transition when Pastor and family move to their new home in Connecticut. He advised that the Word and Sacrament will always be made available. Our district president will meet with us upon his return from a business trip. A discussion arose regarding an interim pastor vs a vacancy pastor. Pastor Black gave an overview of the call process and provided guidelines for us to use.
  • Chaplain Malmstrom spoke of his availability through October 2017. He works at Walter Reed so some nights and Sundays he cannot be available. He is available for some visitations, and will assist as needed.
  • Community Service – Collection for the homeless was a big success and will be done again in October.
Call Committee

The Call Committee, which consists of the Board of Elders and the Church President, has begun the procedure for securing a new pastor for First Lutheran. We have met with FELC’s Circuit Counselor, and will be meeting with the District President as soon as he is available.

After our meeting with the President, we will brief the congregation on the path forward, and will ask the congregation to vote on how we will fill the vacancy before a new pastor is installed. Options include using a vacancy pastor, who would mainly be available for Sunday Services, or hiring an intentional interim pastor, who would be under contract and available “24/7.”

More information will be provided after we have met with the President. In the meantime, please contact Dave Morse (952-212-0729 / or Noah Hayward (443-831-4900 / with any questions, if you would like to help the Call Committee, or if you would like to provide the names of any pastors you would like to nominate for consideration of FELC making a call to.

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This week's events...

Sunday, May 08, 2016
Blended Service 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sunday School 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Traditional Service 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, May 09, 2016
Planning Council Meeting 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Confirmation Class 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Coffee Talk 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Ladies' Prayer Group 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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