First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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Help for the Holidays (LMS)

From a 10/15/14 article in the Maryland Gazette

The Lutheran Mission Society (LMS) is seeking donations and assistance for its annual miracle of Christmas ministry. Last year, the society helped 152 families with food and gifts.

Please consider adopting one or more families and filling a box for them. Make it a family activity this year or a service project for your group or congregation. General donations of food and new gift items with tags also are needed.

The ministry also includes homemade Christmas cookies in each box and rely on donations to help achieve the task. Adult volunteers are needed for food and gift packing in December at the Society’s Brooklyn Park headquarters.

Financial donations are also needed to ensure all of the families are provided for this Christmas. Checks may be mailed to: Lutheran Mission Society, P.O. Box 438, Linthicum, MD 21090, with “Miracle of Christmas” in the memo field. Donations may also be made at Click “Donate Now” and designate “Miracle of Christmas.”

For details, contact Heather Rosenkoetter at 410-636-0123 or

Christmas Giving Projects

By Sally Martin

This year it is our great privilege and blessing to assist a diverse group of people who are requesting assistance. I am pleased to advise that we will be working with two Lutheran organizations to provide Christmas gifts, as well as sponsoring a family with several children and a single adult with pets, both from our local community. The tree with ornaments/requests will be in the Narthex at the Sunday Service of 11/30/14.

We are assisting the Lutheran Mission Society (LMS) by collecting Christmas gifts for teenage children from needy families who did not receive sponsorship. These gift requests are in the shape of Christmas trees, and they must be returned to the church by Sunday 12/7/14 in order to meet the delivery deadline to LMS.

It is also our goal to sponsor 10 nursing home residents of Augsburg Village this year. Augsburg Village is seeking a donation of $30 per resident. We deliver the donations (checks) to Augsburg and the vol-unteer staff at Augsburg Village will use the donated funds to provide the residents their choice of a gift from the residents’ catalog (clothing and personal care items), a fruit basket, or cash on their account for use at their onsite salon/café, etc. The funds must be returned to the church by 12/14/14 to meet the delivery deadline to Augsburg Village. There is a form that may be used and returned with the check. There will be copies on the table in the Lower Narthex, or you may request a form from Sally Martin via e-mail.

The gifts for our local family and adult must be returned by 12/21/14 for Christmas delivery. Every year the congregation at First Lutheran overwhelms me with their generosity and joy in this Christmas project. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at

Thank you, Merry Christmas and God bless.

Altar Flowers

By Jean McHenry


7: Viia Erwin in memory of Irene Lello’s Birthday



24/28: Christmas Poinsettia Donors (Thank You!)


The 2015 Alter Flower Chart is now posted on the bulletin board at the bottom of the sanctuary steps. You are welcome to sign up for flowers and special occasions as appropriate on the date(s) desired. Flowers cost $25 per vase and 2 vases are used each Sunday. Flower donors may pick up the flowers after the second service on Sunday in the working sacristy to the left of the altar. An altar guild member will assist you.

Christian Assistance Program (CAP)

By Jean McHenry

During December CAP will be collecting baking mixes (cakes, muffins, etc.) Thank you for remembering the less fortunate.

It was an inspiring sight. On Friday, 21 November, 280 CAP families filed through the Church of Severn Run picking up turkeys, vegetables, pies, etc. (everything you need for a Thanksgiving meal). On hand to help were the Boy Scouts who carried out the groceries, CAP volunteers who manned the stations, hearts filled with Christian love. The day before many volunteers showed up to pack the bags, stack the turkeys, potatoes, etc. CAP will need help again on Thursday, 18 December:

  • 8:30 am -- 5-8 strong men (able to lift 50 lbs) to meet Charlie Baldridge in back of the Church at Severn Run. They will ride over to Walmart and Aldi's together to pick up the turkeys and all of the other food items and then unload them back at the church.
  • 11:00 am -- As many people as possible to help pack the Christmas bags for 280 clients.

If you’d like to help come to the Church of Severn Run, 8187 Telegraph Rd. in Severn on the dates listed. Please contact Amy Gantt at 410-733-6022 or e-mail It is organized chaos, but a sight you’ll not soon forget—God’s love in action!


Special Events in December

December is Ladies' Auxiliary emphasis month.

1 - Auxiliary Christmas Dinner, 6:30 pm

3 - Mid-week Advent services begin

7 - Potluck Voters’ Meeting, 9 am

21 - Sunday School Christmas Program, 9:30 AM / First Day of Winter

24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, 7 and 11 PM

25 - CHRISTmas Day

31 - New Year's Eve

Planning Council Minutes of November 10, 2014

Condensed from Jan Perez's minutes

  • New website about done. Sunday Sermons could be loaded onto that site.
  • 75th Anniversary Committee brainstorming ideas to raise funds for celebration.
  • Shelf Sitter sale going well.
  • Parents of junior and senior high students urged to get involved with youth group.
  • Discussions to be held on chartering a Venturing Crew (for 13 years and up).
  • 90 families photographed for new directory. 50 additional directories to be ordered for welcome packets.
  • Boards who have not yet provided 2015 budgets information urged to work on their new budgets.
  • Pastor to speak to parents of Pre-K student who needs financial assistance to assess situation.
  • Expansion/mortgage information to be added to our offering envelopes.
  • Sunday School program to be held on 21 December.
  • More people needed for church choir. Meets Wednesdays at 7 pm to rehearse.
  • Amended budget to be submitted at Voters’ Meeting on 7 December.
Help Request - Fellowship Hour

By Margie Mallary

We are in need of a few people to help out with Sunday fellowship hour set up and clean up. If this is something that you can assist with, please see the signup sheet on the kitchen refrigerator for a time slot. Contact Margie Mallary for details.

Cat’s Meow Shelf Sitters

The shelf sitters are here! They are on display on the narthex window sills. They sell for $20 each. Make check payable to FELC with “shelf sitter” in the memo field. Place in an envelope and put in the offering plate.

Ride For Ray

By David Nguyen

The Ride for Ray charity event was successfully completed on October 18th. We would like to thank the riders: Wendy, Scotty, and Wayne; and especially those who have pledged and donated. All you need to do is to put the amount of donation in an envelope, label it "Ride for Ray" and drop it in the offering plate. If you forgot the amount you have pledged, please email me at and I can let you know the amount.

Ray was happy to hear that we have raised about $685.00. Again, the funds will go towards supplies and materials needed to refurbish a church member’s house that is in need of repair.

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This week's events...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
God and Family Class 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Christmas Eve 12:00 AM - 12:01 AM
Candlelight Communion Service 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Candlelight Communion Service 11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Christmas Day 12:00 AM - 12:01 AM
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Blended Service 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sunday School 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Traditional Service 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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