Sermon by Kate Marshall, pharm June 7, 2015
Trinity Sunday sermon by guest preacher Nancy Schmit.
Sermon by Pastor Kate May 17, visit this 2015
July 6-10, 9am – 3pm
for children ages 5-12, who have finished kindergarten through 6th grade. All are welcome to attend, whether you’re a church member or just a neighbor looking for summer activities for kids.
Summer staff young adults from Mt Cross Ministries come to our church to lead a week of faith-based fun, including group games, arts and crafts, worship, community-building activities and bible encounters based on our summer theme for 2015: “a love that never ends.”
Registration: there’s a $100 fee. Complete the following registration and health forms:
Email completed forms to a pastor or mail to:
Attn Barbara Erickson, First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave, Palo Alto 94301
At the semi-annual meeting – June 7, 2015 – our congregation will have the opportunity to vote to adopt a new statement of welcome.
Discussion opportunity beforehand: Sunday, May 24 at 11:45 or so in the library – but PLEASE contact one of the pastors if you can’t make it and wish you could, or if you might want to discuss one on one. Please note that the original scheduled discussion (May 31st) has been cancelled, as the pastors will both be at synod assembly.
The proposed new statement of welcome (drafted by Margaret Marshall in collaboration with Joe Haletky (RIC rep for Sierra Pacific Synod), the church council and pastors:
We, the community of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, proclaim the message that Christ, in grace, draws all people to himself. We welcome the full participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical and mental abilities, educational backgrounds, and economic conditions. We support marriage equality for all couples, we value families in their many, diverse forms and we embrace Christians from every tradition, and people new to faith.
To replace FLC’s original (1991) statement of welcome:
As a community of the people of God, we are called to minister to all people of the world, knowing that the world is often an unloving place. Our world is a place of alienation and brokenness. Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness, and we are challenged by the Gospel to be agents of healing within our society. We affirm with the apostle Paul that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). Christ has made us one. We acknowledge that this reconciliation extends also to those who affectational orientation is toward a person of the same gender. Because gay and lesbian persons are often scorned by society and alienated from the Church, wish to make known our caring and concern. It is for this purpose that we affirm the following:
– that gay and lesbian people share with all others the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God;
– that gay and lesbian people are welcome within the membership of this congregation upon making the same affirmation of faith that all other people make;
– that as members of this congregation, gay and lesbian people are expected and encouraged to share in the sacramental and general life of this congregation.
Background: For those of you who are somewhat new to the congregation, Reconciling in Christ (RIC) is a program that recognizes Lutheran communities that publicly welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender believers. FLC has been an RIC congregation since 1991. In speaking with some of you Pastor Kate and I have been made aware of how life giving it’s been, to extend and to receive warmly and without reservation a welcome meant for all people.
Dig into the closet for that old guitar or other accoustic instrument, or just come and sing. John Allured, Liz Motahari, Bernt & Karl Hillesland plan on being there (guitars, violin, mandolin).
All skill levels welcome: we’ll try to stay in keys like D and G with notation provided for those who’d find it helpful. Kids, too – there will some kid-friendly songs and a few percussion instruments.
We’ll be playing through simple arrangements of mostly folk music, including some kid’s songs. Here’s some of the songs we’ll start with:
You are my sunshine – I’ll fly away – Red river valley – Mama don’t’low – I’ve been working on the railroad – Jesse James – Dance around – Old Joe Clark – Angel band – I am a pilgrim -Boil em cabbage down – Free Bird– Driftin’ too far from the shore – Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling – I saw the light, Hank Williams
Knockin’ on heaven’s door (and more …! You can bring music to share).
Sermon by Pastor Bernt, unhealthy 4/26/2015
Pastor Kate’s sermon 4/19/2015: sharing Jesus with others
The days leading from Easter to Pentecost are especially festive – a celebration of the gift of new life that draws us together, fills us with light, gives us hope.
On Sunday, April 26th at the 10:30 service we remember Christ as the Good Shepherd who “makes us lie down beside still waters” and “restores our soul.” (Psalm 23) The Silicon Valley Boychoir “Ovation Choir” under the direction of Julia Simon will be joining us for worship.
On Sunday, May 10th at 4pm we welcome St. Bede’s Choir together with our own FLC Choir in an eclectic program of choral music: “Double Delight.” Two choirs, two directors, two organists; the finale of the season. Admission for adults is $12, children 12 and under $5.