News from first lutheran church

ThanksgivingThanksgiving Worship Service
Thursday, November 23rd, a Thanksgiving Day Service will be held at 10:00 am at First Lutheran Church. During the service a special offering will be collected, to benefit the food pantries served by the congregation. As you and your family enjoy this traditional day of Thanksgiving, please remember those in the community who need our help and support during the year. 

ReformationThank you - Reformation 500 Planners
Thank you to all those in the First Lutheran congregation who worked so very hard to make the Reformation 500 Cluster activity such a success. The North Coast Cluster activity on Saturday, November 4th was well attended. The service, workshop sessions on reformation art and music and dinner were wonderful activities, uniting the congregations of the North Coast in celebrating the Reformation. The event was successful due to the work of the pastors, choir directors, musicians, choirs, and those working behind the scenes.

Advent NightAdvent Night

Sunday, December 3rd marks the beginning of the Advent season. Please join the members of the congregation as they celebrate this family activity time. The evening will begin with a light evening meal. After that there will be a time for wreath and swag making. Following that there will be a time to make holiday decorations and engage in some board games. Please join us in celebrating the beginning of the Advent Season.

S. KienbergerPastor Stephan Kienberger
FIrst Lutheran Congregation welcomes Pastor Stephan M. Kienberger as its new pastor. Pastor Stephan Kienberger grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington and a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California.
     He has served as Pastor at St. Matthews Lutheran in San Francisco, Frederick Lutheran Church, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, American Lutheran Congregation, Oslo, Norway and at the American Church in Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
     He is married with two adult daughters, both college students.

Wecker WorkArt in Fellowship Area
The art work in the friendship room is thanks to Pastor John Wecker in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. His works were inspired by Martin Luther's teachings and life experiences. Please read Pastor Wecker's explanations as you view the works.
     Pastor Wecker's works will be on view from now throughout the fall Reformation Celebration. That celebration is planned for November 4th at Peace Lutheran Church in Astoria, Oregon beginning at 2:00 pm.

2017 Endowment Grants
The endowment committee of First Lutheran church is awarding $12,100 this year:
   - Stewardship Sewing - $500
   - Coffee Hour - $1,200
   - Budget/Finance - Pastoral Call - $2,000
   - Food and Fellowship - $1,000
   - Care Team - $1,500
   - Card Ministry/Prayer Team - $200
   - Hope House - Children's Trauma Counselor - $1,500
   - Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Chaplaincy Program - $500
   - Food Pantries - $1,500
   - Oregon Synod Creative Ministry Fund - $3,300