Lay Eucharistic Ministry

First Lutheran Church is once again beginning an important ministry that was postponed due to the pandemic, which is sharing Holy Communion with those who cannot attend church.

Once a month, our congregation’s lay people will carry the consecrated bread and wine from our Sunday service to our homebound members who reside in care facilities or have an illness that prevents them from attending church services.

Holy Communion is not only communion with Christ but also an expression of the Communion of Saints, a tie with fellow members of First Lutheran. Eucharistic ministers are not just from the church; together with the two or three who are gathered, they are the church. In addition, the visit provides an opportunity for personal sharing and meeting our members where they reside. Such fellowship with our siblings has a long history in the Lutheran church.

We need your help to carry out this ministry. FLC is seeking people interested in learning more about becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister. We will provide complete hands-on training, including a prepared short service and the distribution of bread and wine. Training is scheduled to be in April or May this year.

Please contact Pastor Tamika Jancewicz, 410-465-2977, or Ken Danker, 410-375-1295 for more information.

Feeding Ministry Opportunity!

Several weeks ago, our LEAD (Living Every day As Disciples) Team received a request from one of our partner schools, Veteran’s Elementary. Based on our ability and willingness to assist families with food during the initial phase of the pandemic, the school had identified two families who would benefit from our providing food on a weekly basis.

You are invited to assist with that ministry opportunity by:

1) donating non-perishable items such as pasta, rice, beans, cereal, pasta sauce, canned vegetables

2) making a donation to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund (either online via our website or mobile app or via check) which will be used to provide fresh produce, meats and other food items.

One family does have a nut allergy, so we are asking that all donations be nut-free.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration and response as we live into our call to love God and neighbor. There will be a bin on the Narthex to drop off your donations.

Please feel free to contact a member of our LEAD team (Joanna Casto, Kim Kearns, Cathy Rice, Tom James, Malia Schlichting) or Pastor Tamika or Pastor Mike with questions.

Snack Drive for Veteran’s Elementary

We have been asked to help provide snacks for the students at our partner school, Veteran’s Elementary.  We’re looking for snack size donations of items such as:
Goldfish crackers
chewy granola bars
Pirate Booty
veggie straws
cheese n’ crackers.
Please bring donations to church and place them in the cart labeled VES Snack Donation in the vestibule.
Contact Joanna Casto with any questions.