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.



FLAMe Board Meeting

January 21, 2019


Bob Krawetzki
Jerrie Krawetzki
Judy McEowen,
Pastor Ann
Karen Munsterman
Darlene Janka
Barb Rohrbacher
Alec Badenhop
Cathy Wobser, Secretary
Lori Schlick
Deanna Ridenour
Steve Lippert, President
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: No guests

Devotions: Cathy read a short devotion based on Revelations 3:8 called “How Do I Choose?”

Secretary’s Report: Dee moved, Karen seconded to accept the November 2018 minutes as recorded. Cathy asked for address corrections to file.

Treasurer’s Report: Dee moved, Lori seconded to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. Motion passed unanimously. The report was prepared by past secretary Barb Rohrbacher. December Checks were written to past President Judy McEowen for new clergy welcoming gifts and to Motorist Mutual to cover FLAMe’s insurance. Karen and Steve will meet at Civista Bank to add their names to the account. (No electronic copy to share at this time.) Checking: $127.30 Savings: $3437.07


JOY Time: Cathy, Deanna, and Lori shared JOY Time’s recent activities. Cathy thanked the Board for the continued support.
Lifetree Café: Karen reported 12 were in attendance at the last gathering, the largest attendance ever. There will be no February 14th gathering, but presentations will continue on the fourth Thursday of February.
Cathy and Karen shared Leslie’s dedication to this ministry and the personal expense she encounters providing beverages, baked goods, and snacks at each meeting. Dee moved, Darlene seconded a motion to give the $200 budgeted in 2018 to Leslie for her time and personal expense invested into Lifetree Café ministry since its inception. Motion passed unanimously.
Giving Garden: No report until spring.


FLAMe logo: President Steve had inquired if FLAMe had a computer ready logo that could be used on t-shirts flyers etc. Cathy could not find a way to share with Steve. Deanna said Pr. Eric provided the logo when t-shirts were last made. Cathy will contact him,
2019 Budget: Steve passed out several pieces of information reviewing FLAMe’s past projects. He reminded the Board we need to think about some BIG projects that may require us to step out of our comfort zone. Bob recalled input from the November meeting about getting out into the community more. It was decided to roll the current budget over until we discuss our 2019 projects at the next meeting.


Run Your Ashes Off: Cathy shared an idea offered by Sally Warner, Trinity. The Board liked the idea, but does not have enough time to plan for this year. Sally will be invited to the September meeting to help us plan the event for 2020.

Senior Prom: Cathy shared an idea offered by Sally Warner, Trinity to host an event for our senior members called “Senior” Prom where our older members are guests at an evening of entertainment. She will attend a future meeting with details.

Burn Pits: Dee shared a concern brought to her for FLAMe to look into supporting a local effort about burn pits. The information was given to Cathy to investigate.

Job Descriptions: Steve passed out information. The Board just revised the Governance documents. Cathy will see that Steve gets a copy and Steve will send an electronic copy of his information to Cathy to dispense to the Board.

2019 Projects: Steve’s request to the Board was to brainstorm ideas before the next meeting to come up with 15 hands-on projects and 15 funded projects that could be reviewed. He shared Pr. Ann’s suggestion about regularly visiting restaurants/coffee houses with “prayers available” signs. He also shared that anyone was invited to Pr. Katie and Pr. Eric’s Tuesday meetings at noon at Mr. Smith’s coffee in Sandusky. Michelle will contact Huron County representatives to share what is being done to fight addiction in that county for our March meeting. The topic of Human Trafficking was also placed before the Board. Pete Schade also offered to return to the Board early in 2019 to share the needs of Erie County Board of Health. The Board will work on an Advent Devotional for 2019 rather than a Lenten Devotional starting in September.

Adjourn: no motion. Next meeting: February 18, 2019 at St. John’s. Devotions: Lori


Thursday, February 14: St Paul, JOY Time 6-7:30, Faith-based gathering for adults with developmental disabilities.
Monday, February 18: St. John’s, FLAMe Board meeting 7pm
Thursday, February 28 : Zion, Huron, Lifetree Café 7-8pm. Lifetree Café is a place to gather for conversation about life and faith.
Saturday, March 3: Grace, Castalia: Grace Fellowship Hall, Project Share Spaghetti Dinner, Carry-out and delivery available
Sunday, March 3: St Peter, Norwalk, Christian Day Nursery School, Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction, $8
Zion, Sandusky quilters could use material donations, preferably cotton, and flannel sheets for linings.