First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton


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This Past Week's Sermon:  Lord of Authority  Listen
 Matthew 21:23-27 


Roast Pork Dinner

By Brenda Gearhardt

If you have a taste for roast pork, German potato salad, sauerkraut, etc. come to our Fellowship Hall on Saturday, 11 October, between 4-7 pm. Tickets are $12.00 for adults; $6.00 for children 6-12 years of age; under age 6 is free. Take out dinners are available. Tickets sold at the door or by contacting Bev Hansberger 410-551-6656. Come and bring a friend!

We are asking for volunteers to help with the dinner. On Friday, 10 Octo-ber at 6 pm help is needed with preparation and Saturday 11 October at 3:45 pm we will need a few gentlemen to serve as waiters for our guests and others to serve and clean. We are also asking for donations of des-serts. They can be dropped off Friday night or anytime Saturday. Please contact Brenda Gerhardt if you are able to volunteer,

Ride For Ray

by David Nguyen

October 18th is our 2nd annual Ride for Ray fund raising event. The fun bicycle ride distance will be about 10 miles on the BWI Airport trail. Anyone could participate by either riding with the group and/or through donation. An individual rider who wishes to ride can also raise funds. The sign-up sheet is located just outside the sanctuary. We hope that people will sponsor $5.00-$10.00 per mile or any desired amount. The ride will start at 2:00 pm, fair weather only.

Event description: Ride for Ray is an event honoring Ray Reichard to thank him for his generous volunteer handiwork in support of our church’s various projects. This effort will go towards supplies and materials needed to refurbish a church member’s house that is in need of repair. Point of contact with questions is David Nguyen, 443-472-0726 or

Ice Cream Social

Watch the church bulletins. Think there is a plan afoot to have one of your favorite treats on Sunday, 19 October, at 6 pm. The Fellowship Committee is planning an Ice Cream Social on that date.

Altar Flowers

By Jean McHenry


5: Ben & Dolores Saars, Anniversary

12: Steve & Jean Mencik, Birthdays; Jaime Perez, Birthday

19: Tom & Barb Girgash, Anniversary and Tom's Birthday; Georgia Martin in memory of husband Larry

26:  Susie Family in memory of Debbie’s brother Steven Vosler

If you wish to sign up to donate flowers, please write your name and special occasion under the date desired on the flower chart. The chart is located at the bottom of the sanctuary steps on the bulletin board. Two vases are used each Sunday on the altar and cost $25 each. The flower donation may be included with your offering. Please come to the working sanctuary to the left of the altar after the service to pick up your flowers and take them home. If you have questions please direct them to Sandy Nelson, 410-987-2476.

Christian Assistance Program (CAP)

By Jean McHenry

For October, CAP will be concentrating on collecting canned potatoes and tomatoes.  Please deposit donations in the CAP basket at the bottom of the sanctuary steps.  Thanks for donating! 

The CAP Food Pantry is looking for able-bodied volunteers to carry bags/boxes of groceries out to the clients' cars. Individuals must be able to repeatedly carry 25-35 lbs up 10 steps and out to vehi-cles in the parking lot. If you need community service hours for school or any reason you can earn them here doing a good work.

The food pantry is located at Severn United Methodist Church, 1215 Old Camp Meade Road, Severn, MD and is open on Tues-days from 11 am - 1 pm and on Thursdays from 3-5 pm. The pantry serves between 15 and 40 clients per session. Please contact Amy Gantt,, (410) 733-6022 if you are interested.

Prayer Shawls

By Kathy Reichard

There is an example of a prayer shawl in the narthex. The shawl doesn’t have to be the same stitch or have fringe. Men’s would have no fringe and the women’s doesn’t have to either. Its just an idea to go by. Thanks to all for getting this project started.

Special Events in October

October is Stewardship Board emphasis month.

11 - Auxiliary Roast Pork Dinner, 4-7 pm

13 - Columbus Day

18 - Ride for Ray Bike Event, 2 pm; Parents, Teens and Money Matters Class, 6-7:30 pm

19 - Ice Cream Social, 6 pm

26 - Reformation Sunday

Planning Council Minutes of September 9, 2014

Condensed from Jan Perez's minutes

  • Starting in October $1000 less additional principal will be sent for the mortgage payment each month.
  • Less people are signing up for altar flowers. Suggestion made to only purchase real flowers when people sign up and place them on the organ. Artificial flowers will be used on all other Sundays.
  • Two members of the congregation required to review treasurer’s books.
  • Shelf sitters ordered. Will be available for sale in 3 weeks.
  • Thrivent will supply coffee hour refreshments in September.
  • Church website to be rebuilt and updated; includes sermon link and ability to sign up for activities online.
  • Rally Day Picnic well attended.
  • Sod laid on left side of church and is already paid for.
  • Two members interested in working with Youth Group.
  • New insurance plan available for 2015. Pastor will look over and choose plan he fa-vors.
  • Roast Pork Dinner to be held on 11 October 2014. Some of the men will meet on 10 October at 6 pm and peel potatoes. Will also need men to be waiters.
  • Parents and Teens to learn about finances through Thrivent.
  • Chili Cook-off and Apple Pie Contest to be held 2 November. Working on live music for event.
  • Another scout is looking for an Eagle project.
  • Flagpole for Eagle Scout Logan Gerhardt’s project to be erected 8 November. Participation by American Legion a possibility. May include Potluck Dinner.
  • Pastor traveling to Europe and Israel from September 29 through October 21. Church services will be covered by the Elders.
  • Fellowship sponsoring an Ice Cream Social on October 19 at 6 pm.
Community Services

By Kathy Reichard

Please keep Lutheran Mission Society in mind when you change over clothes for the season. If you need a receipt please let Kathy Reichard know at 410-674-8479. Thank you.

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This week's events...

Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Ladies' Prayer Group 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Choir Rehearsal 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday, October 05, 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
Monday, October 06, 2014
Ladies’ Auxiliary Meeting 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Coffee Talk 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Ladies' Prayer Group 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Choir Rehearsal 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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