Firelands Lutherans Active​ in Mission


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Firelands Lutherans Active in Mission

We write it FLAMe and call it "flame"!

We are a coalition of north-central Ohio congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located on the historic Firelands Tract. We have been sharing ministry together since 2002, making Christ known and facilitating God's work on earth.

Our calling is to faithful witness and loving servanthood. Our shared mission is declaring the saving grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus, and showing unity in our service to the world. We believe God is calling us into that world – together.

God's Work. Our Hands.


203 S Washington St.
Castalia, OH 44824

Rev. Kathleen Suggitt

Sunday: 9 a.m.

209 South West St.
Bellevue, Ohio 44811

Rev. Mark Bogen

Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.


106 Scheid Rd.
Sandusky, OH 44870

Rev. Stacy Lauer-Scovanner

Sunday: 10:30 a.m.

2211 Mill St.
Sandusky, OH 44870

Rev. William Schroeder

Saturday: 4 p.m.
Sunday: 8 & 10 a.m.


243 Benedict Ave.
Norwalk, OH 44857

Rev. Anita (Ann) Marshall

Saturday: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8 & 10:30 a.m.

502 Bardshar Rd.
Sandusky, OH 44870

Rev. Philip Gardner

Sunday: 8 & 10:30 a.m.


930 S. Main St.
Huron, OH 44839

Rev. Kristine Schroeder

Sunday: 8 & 10 a.m.

503 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870

Rev. Dr. Eric L.Bodenstab

Saturday: 6 p.m.
Sunday: 8 & 10:30 a.m.



February 18, 2019 



  • Bob Krawetzki
  • Jerrie Krawetzki
  • Martha Thompson
  • Pr. Ann
  • Karen Munsterman, Tr
  • Darlene Janka
  • Millie McCready/ Tim Schwanger
  • Steve Lippert, President
  • Cathy Wobser, Sec
  • Lori Schlick, VP
  • Deanna Ridenour
  • Michelle Schaffer
  • Jan TerVeen
  • Jane Ann Cummings.  


Call to order/ approve agenda: President Steve called the meeting to order and asked for additions or changes to the agenda.


Introduction of Guests:  President Steve introduced new Board members Martha Thompson, Zion, Sandusky and Millie McCready, St. Paul as well as tonight’s guest Sally Warner, Trinity.


Devotions: Lori read a short devotion based on Matthew 16 called “Keys to the Kingdom”


Guest presentation: Sally shared details for an idea called Seniors Prom.  The target audience is 55+, both couples and singles, to enjoy an afternoon of snacks, fun, fellowship and games at one of our local churches. There does not need to be a charge, unless the Board wants to make it a fund raiser. Sally has obtained the volunteer service of a local DJ. Games with a 50’s- 70’s theme, such a “Name That Tune”, “Name the TV Theme Song”,  “Family Feud”, Trivia, etc. could be played. Food choice would be based on time of day. Sally suggested a Sunday afternoon because most seniors don’t like to drive at night. Costs would be minimal, mainly decorations for the area and tables and the snacks.  Trinity hosted such an event several years ago, but would like to open it up to all of the FLAMe congregations. Sally left information for the Board to discuss.


Motion: Cathy made a motion, Deanna seconded, to dispense with the reading of the secretary, treasurer, and standing reports to allow more time for the planning meeting. During discussion one correction to the minutes was made and Karen shared some highlights/explanations to her report. Motion was approved.


Secretary’s Report: All received email copies. Dispensed report with one correction.


Treasurer’s Report: All received email copies. Dispensed with report after brief explanation from Karen.


STANDING REPORTS dispensed with all reports.

  • JOY Time: 
  • Lifetree Café:  
  • Giving Garden: 




Senior Prom: See report from Sally Warner above.  Cathy and Millie will meet with Sally and report back to the Board.


Burn Pits: Cathy did not have a report.




Insurance: Karen suggested FLAMe get quotes from several insurance companies to be competitive with our current Motorist Mutual policy. Michelle and Darlene will check into this.  


Audit: As new Treasurer, Karen asked that an audit be completed. The Board agreed.


2019 Projects: President Steve presented a flow sheet for proposing and approving potential projects. Projects are divided into three categories, major, small support, and finance projects. The chart will provide overall information, details, point person, tentative dates, promotional materials, etc. During discussion, it was suggested to add Council approval. In many cases, representatives need to go back to their congregation councils for approval. Steve modeled the use of the form with a proposal for Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” which is a nine video course to teach individuals financial basics. At this time no one spoke up to take the leadership role on this project.  Steve also modeled with “Spiritual Care Volunteer”, a program at Firelands Regional Health Center under Ann McGookey that greets new patients. 


The Board went over a list of proposed ideas for 2019 and brainstormed other projects. Additional brain storming ideas included an adult movie night, first responder tribute, kits for foster care support, kits for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), an end of life program, support for the youth conference coming up in three years in Minneapolis, a calendar project, and a project to support Habitat for Humanity.


Pr. Ann presented “Prayer for You”.  This is a low cost project for individuals who have the gift of prayer. It involves sitting in a McDonald’s, a coffee shop, hospital cafeteria, or other location of your choice and displaying a sign that says “Free Prayer”. The hope is that folks with needs would stop by the table to pray with you or at least share their concern. This could be every week or just spontaneous.  A box for prayer suggestions could also be made available.. Bob made a motion, Lori seconded, to support the free prayer initiative. Motion passed.


Adjourn: Motion by Lori, second by Jerrie. Unanimous approval.  Next meeting: March 18, 2019 at St. John’s.   Devotions: Michelle



  • Saturday, March 3rd : Grace, Castalia: Grace Fellowship Hall, Project Share Spaghetti Dinner, Carry-out and delivery available.
  • Sunday, March 3rd : St Peter, Norwalk, Christian Day Nursery School, Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction, $8
  • Tuesday, March 5th:  Sandusky High School. 4-6pm, Spaghetti Dinner and Ability Works Talent Show (6pm). Come hear the JOY Time Singers!  
  • Wednesday, March 6th: Ash Wednesday
  • Thursday, March 14th: Zion, Huron, Lifetree Café 7-8pm.  Lifetree Café is a place to gather for conversation about life and faith.
  • Thursday, March 14th : JOY Time is cancelled due to March 5th Talent Show.
  • Monday, March 18th : St. John’s, 7pm. FLAMe Board meeting.
  • Thursday, March 28th: Zion, Huron, Lifetree Café 7-8pm.  Lifetree Café is a place to gather for conversation about life and faith.
  • Thursday, April 11th: St. Paul, JOY Time, 6-7:30pm, a night of Christian Fellowship for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Zion, Sandusky quilters could use material donations, preferably cotton, and flannel sheets for linings.