First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


All are welcomed to join us in worshiping our Lord and Savior.

This Past Week's Sermon:  Seeing Jesus!  Listen
 John 1:29-42 


Church Choir - Hallelujah Chorus

By Alan Potter

The First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton Choir will be singing the "Hallelujah Chorus" from George F. Handel's Messiah. We are hoping that many of you will join us for rehearsals and to sing this anthem at the late service on Easter morning. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm in the choir room downstairs (if there's room) and on many Sunday mornings at 10:30 am to include those who cannot be at Wednesday evening rehearsals.

Easter Egg Hunt

By Brenda Gerhardt

  • All Children Welcome through 5th grade
  • Easter Morning, April 20th,  8:30 am
  • Hop on in and gather in the Fellowship hall
Administrative Professional's Day

By Jean McHenry

April 23rd is the day set aside to honor those in the administrative field. Please be sure to thank Edie Warther for the great job she does for us in our church office.

Thank you, Edie!!!

Altar Flowers

By Jean McHenry

Many thanks to all who bought Easter lilies to beautify our altar for Easter services.

On April 27th flowers are on the altar for Marge Girgash’s birthday.

Christian Assistance Program (CAP)

By Jean McHenry

The Christian Assistance Program (CAP) is composed of 13 Christian churches in our area. Together we supply and donate to a Food Pantry located at Severn United Method-ist Church in Severn. We also support a Clothes Closet where we donate used but ser-viceable clothing. The Closet is located at another CAP church (Nichols Bethel United Methodist). We serve the poor and needy in Odenton, Severn and Gambrills.

Each church has a CAP Representative who keeps the churches informed about the needs of CAP. I have the honor of being the representative at FELC. If you have questions please feel free to contact me at 410-674-5353 or CAP also puts out a quarterly newsletter which is made available to you in the bookcase of the fellow-ship hall or on the small table just inside the entrance of the church.

CAP is concentrating on collecting cereal in April.  Please check to make sure food is not expired.

On April 5th between 9 am and 1 pm, the Scouts are bringing their collected food to the Food Pantry. Last year 7000 lbs. of food were collected. We need volunteers to be at Severn United Methodist Church, 1215 Old Camp Meade Rd., in Severn to help:

  • Separate the different categories of food
  • Check expiration dates on food
  • Box up and store foods.

If you can come help, that would be wonderful.

There is a CAP basket at the bottom of the sanctuary steps for this collection. We will see that it gets to the Food Pantry. We also need plastic grocery bags and paper grocery bags for our food distribution. We will also give out any used Bibles to our clients if you have any extras you don’t need. All can go in the CAP basket.  Please check the expiration date on food donated to CAP. If it is expired we are unable to give it out.

The quarterly CAP newsletter has been published and is available on the nar-thex table and on the shelves in the fellowship hall.

Planning Council Meeting Minutes - 3/10/2014

Condensed from Jan Perez's minutes

  • Boy Scout Matthew outlined plans for renovating Pre-K playground as his Eagle Scout project. It was approved by the council.
  • Financial Workshop will be held either 4/30/14 or 5/7/14.
  • Mike Mrozek working on shelf sitters.
  • Mike Mallary will check out security system at Costco. Church and Fellowship Hall will both be covered. Wireless intercom to be purchased for Fellowship Hall.
  • Ron Sams will put an item in the bulletin regarding rides to church. The elders would be put in charge of this volunteer list.
  • Council nominating committee will start recruiting for council positions soon.
  • Pre-K parents who are 2 months in arrears on tuition will be contacted.
  • Rental property had to have furnace replaced.
  • “Wives of Pastors” retreat to be held in Richmond, March 28-30. $500 pre-approved by council for Wendy MacDonald to attend, if she is able.
  • Christ Covenant Church in Columbia looking to rent a gym or cafeteria for three weeks. Council determined that our facility is not big enough to handle.
  • Bev Hansberger has tickets for the Auxiliary Turkey Dinner on April 5th.
  • Fellowship will have an Easter Egg Hunt at 8:30 am on Easter. Mother/Daughter ban-quet will be held on May 18 from 4-6 pm.
  • Pre-K may extend their schedule to account for “snow days”.
  • Promotional water bottles were purchased for our “guest bags” and for upcoming Odenton Day. Also included will be pens and pamphlets already available.
Special Events in April

April is Church Properties Board emphasis month

Special events in April

5 - Auxiliary Turkey Dinner, 4-7 pm

13 - Palm Sunday

17 - Holy Thursday Service, 7 pm

18 - Good Friday Service, 7 pm

20 - Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 am; Easter Breakfast, 8 am; Easter Egg Hunt, 8:30 am; Sunday School Service, 9:30 am; Traditional Service, 11:00 am

23 - Administrative Professional's Day

Community Service - Helping Hands

By Kathy Reichard

Do you have a business that you would like to promote? - Business cards $10.00 per month.

Do you have something you'd like to sell? - Each item listed $5.00

Advertise in our Helping Hands flyers. Flyers run for two months at a time.

Call Mike Mrozek 410-768-9083 or Kathy Reichard 410-674-8479.


Community Services Board

By Kathy Reichard

Change of Season/Spring Cleaning

Please keep Lutheran Mission Society in mind for clothing donations and small household items.

Please place bags or boxes alongside handicap ramp going into Sunday school rooms.

If you need a receipt, please call Kathy Reichard 410-674-8479.

Thank you.

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This week's events...

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sunrise Easter Service 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Children's Easter Presentation 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Traditional Easter Service 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, April 21, 2014
Church Office Opens at Noon 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Confirmation Class 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Coffee Talk 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Admin. Professional's Day - Thank You, Edie! 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Ladies' Prayer Group 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Choir Rehearsal 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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