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Church Offerings can be delivered to the church by mail or by putting them through the mail slot in the buzz door.
If you have prayer requests during this time please contact the church office. If calling during non-office hours, please leave a message. You may also submit your prayer requests online at our website - www. firstlutheran.info or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests will be forwarded to the pastor and the prayer chain.
The weekly prayer meeting held Mondays at Noon has resumed. The group meets in the Social Hall, practicing social distancing, and masks can be worn if desired. Participants are asked to enter through the elevator and proceed directly to the Social Hall. Only visit the office floor if you have business to conduct.
The Tuesday Bible Study, along with other Committees, have been given permission to meet. Again, please meet in the Social Hall and practice social distancing. In order to limit traffic, everyone is asked to enter through the elevator.
Donations to the Backpack Project, Mary and Martha House, West End Food Pantry, Little Red School House and the Cambria City Mission will also be accepted by placing all items in the downstairs Nursery room. After sitting untouched for several days, they will be placed in the appropriate areas of the church for donation.
ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white supremacy
5/29/2020 2:45:00 PM
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reaffirms its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy following the recent murders of Black Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon (Sean) Reed, and George Floyd were our neighbors. Ahmaud Arbery was chased down, shot, and killed by a retired police officer and his son while jogging in Brunswick, Ga. (Feb. 23, 2020). Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot eight times by Louisville Metro Police Department officers who entered her apartment while serving a "no-knock warrant" (March 13, 2020). Dreasjon (Sean) Reed, a 21-year-old from Indianapolis died after being shot at least eight times by an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer (May 6, 2020). George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis while begging for his life, a block away from Calvary Lutheran, an ELCA congregation (May 25, 2020). As the Conference of Bishops, we condemn the white supremacy that has led to the deaths of so many unarmed Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color in our country. We grieve with, pray for and stand in solidarity with the families and friends of all whose loved ones have been and continue to be victims of injustices run amok, racist violence and the insidious venom of white supremacy.
The ELCA's social policy resolution, "Condemnation of White Supremacy and Racist Rhetoric," adopted by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, states: "As persons called to love one another as God has loved us, we therefore proclaim our commitment to speak with one voice against racism and white supremacy. We stand with those who are targets of racist ideologies and actions." As church, together we must work to condemn white supremacy in all forms and recommit ourselves to confront and exorcize the sins of injustice, racism and white supremacy in church and society and within ourselves as individuals and households.
On May 21, the ELCA Southeastern Synod hosted a webinar: "Becoming the Body of Christ – Condemning White Supremacy" in response to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. This is one of many strategic opportunities happening across this church to address white supremacy and racist rhetoric. On June 17, we will gather again as church to commemorate the Mother Emanuel 9 and to repent of racism and white supremacy. An online ELCA prayer service, including leaders from across the church and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton as preacher, is being planned for June 17, 2020, marking the fifth anniversary of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9. We encourage congregations to reaffirm their commitment to repenting of the sins of racism and dismantling white supremacy that continue to plague this church by marking this day of penitence with study and prayer leading to action. https://www.elca.org/emanuelnine
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Deacon Sue Rothmeyer
The Rev. Tracie L. Bartholomew
Bishop, New Jersey Synod
Chair, Conference of Bishops
The Rev. Thomas M. Aitken
Bishop, Northeastern Minnesota Synod
The Rev. Abraham D. Allende
Bishop, Northeastern Ohio Synod
The Rev. Jon V. Anderson
Bishop, Southwestern Minnesota Synod
The Rev. James A. Arends
Bishop, La Crosse Area Synod
The Rev. Daniel G. Beaudoin
Bishop, Northwestern Ohio Synod
The Rev. Susan J. Briner
Bishop, Southwestern Texas Synod
The Rev. Shelley M. Bryan Wee
Bishop, Northwest Washington Synod
The Rev. Michael L. Burk
Bishop, Southeastern Iowa Synod
The Rev. Susan Candea
Bishop, Central States Synod
The Rev. H. Jeffrey Clements
Bishop, Northern Illinois Synod
The Rev. Barbara J. Collins
Bishop, Upper Susquehanna Synod
The Rev. Yehiel Curry
Bishop, Metropolitan Chicago Synod
The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport
Bishop, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
The Rev. Suzanne D. Dillahunt
Bishop, Southern Ohio Synod
The Rev. James S. Dunlop
Bishop, Lower Susquehanna Synod
The Rev. Paul T. Egensteiner
Bishop, Metropolitan New York Synod
The Rev. Paul D. Erickson
Bishop, Greater Milwaukee Synod
The Rev. R. Guy Erwin
Bishop, Southwest California Synod
The Rev. Katherine A. Finegan
Bishop, Northern Great Lakes Synod
The Rev. William O. Gafkjen
Bishop, Indiana-Kentucky Synod
The Rev. Michael K. Girlinghouse
Bishop, Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod
The Rev. William J. Gohl
Bishop, Delaware-Maryland Synod
The Rev. James W. Gonia
Bishop, Rocky Mountain Synod
The Rev. Erik K. Gronberg
Bishop, Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod
The Rev. Constanze Hagmaier
Bishop, South Dakota Synod
The Rev. Lorna H. Halaas
Bishop, Western Iowa Synod
The Rev. Regina M. Hassanally
Bishop, Southeastern Minnesota Synod
The Rev. James E. Hazelwood
Bishop, New England Synod
The Rev. Mark W. Holmerud
Bishop, Sierra Pacific Synod
The Rev. Robert F. Humphrey
Bishop, Virginia Synod
The Rev. Deborah K. Hutterer
Bishop, Grand Canyon Synod
The Rev. Richard E. Jaech
Bishop, Southwestern Washington Synod
The Rev. Laurie A. Jungling
Bishop, Montana Synod
The Rev. Donald P. Kreiss
Bishop, Southeast Michigan Synod
The Rev. Wilma S. Kucharek
Bishop, Slovak Zion Synod
The Rev. Kristen E. Kuempel
Bishop Northwest Intermountain Synod
The Rev. Kurt F. Kusserow
Bishop, Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod
The Rev. Laurie A. Larson Caesar
Bishop, Oregon Synod
The Rev. Michael L. Lozano
Bishop, Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod
The Rev. Patricia J. Lull
Bishop, Saint Paul Area Synod
The Rev. Brian D. Maas
Bishop, Nebraska Synod
The Rev. John S. Macholz
Bishop, Upstate New York Synod
The Rev. Gerald L. Mansholt
Bishop, East-Central Synod of Wisconsin
The Rev. Idalia Negron-Caamano
Bishop, Caribbean Synod
The Rev. Leila M. Ortiz
Bishop, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod
The Rev. Michael L. Rhyne
Bishop, Allegheny Synod
The Rev. Michael W. Rinehart
Bishop, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
The Rev. Peter Rogness
Interim Bishop, South-Central Synod of Wisconsin
The Rev. S. John Roth
Bishop, Central/Southern Illinois Synod
The Rev. Craig A. Satterlee
Bishop, North/West Lower Michigan Synod
The Rev. Laurie Skow-Anderson
Bishop, Northwest Synod of Wisconsin
The Rev. Timothy M. Smith
Bishop, North Carolina Synod
The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland
Bishop, Southeastern Synod
The Rev. Pedro M. Suarez
Bishop, Florida-Bahamas Synod
The Rev. Ann M. Svennungsen
Bishop, Minneapolis Area Synod
The Rev. Andrew A. Taylor
Bishop, Pacifica Synod
The Rev. William T. Tesch
Bishop, Northwestern Minnesota Synod
The Rev. Steven L. Ullestad
Bishop, Northeastern Iowa Synod
The Rev. Shelley R. Wickstrom
Bishop, Alaska Synod
The Rev. Lawrence R. Wohlrabe
Interim Bishop, Eastern North Dakota Synod
The Rev. Herman R. Yoos
Bishop, South Carolina Synod
The Rev. Samuel R. Zeiser
Bishop, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
The Rev. David Zellmer
Interim Bishop, Western North Dakota Synod
We have returned to in-church worship! We will be following CDC and ELCA guidelines to ensure the safety of our members. See this site for further guidelines.
Our office computer underwent a repair and consequently we lost all of our email files. Please email your address to the church so that we can restore and update our records.
Aesop said, “No act of kindness no matter how small is wasted.”
When school was open, she was there for a couple of hours every weekday morning and then again in the afternoon. Rain, shine, or snow, she was on the corner making sure the children crossed the street safely.
She made life and death decisions for our kids, and that makes her a hero in my book. Some of our heroes are those who have demonstrated astonishing bravery in the face of adversity. You know the ones who are braving the world these days.
But the world is full of unlikely heroes—people like you and me—who step in to help in situations that might otherwise overwhelm someone.
The young woman in the grocery store who shops for her elderly neighbor. The friends who take dinner to the family of a newborn. Take some time this month to notice the heroic deeds of those around you, and while you are at it, notice your own. Each time we are able to lift the burden from another’s shoulders we’re doing the work that God asks of us. Be sure to thank those who are helping others. Perhaps today is a good day for me to thank that grocery store worker or the nurse who valiantly takes care of the Covid-19 patient.
Let us pray:
May we who have the luxury of working from home
remember those who must choose between
preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.
During this time of the pandemic First Lutheran will provide the following worship opportunities:
Atlantic Broadband - Channel 9
at 8:00 pm every Monday
Search – First Lutheran Church, Johnstown for the link.
Link will also be emailed each Monday.
Synod staff is also posting a weekly Sunday worship service which is on the Allegheny Synod 8C Facebook page.
Check out our Web Site and Facebook for weekly worship resources – introduction to the day, the readings and psalm, prayer of the day, a Gospel message.