Firelands Lutherans Active in Mission ( formerly called SALM )


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 2003 in making Christ known and facilitating His mission in our community and in God's world.

Our calling is to faithful witness and loving servanthood. “We grow so we can go” out to proclaim the in-breaking Kingdom of God.


203 S Washington St.
Castalia, OH 44824

Rev. Kathleen Suggitt

Sunday: 9 a.m.

209 South West St.
Bellevue, Ohio 44811

Rev. Juli Lejman-Guy

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. Merlin Jacobs, Interim

Saturday: 6 p.m.
Sunday: 8 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

In the Call Process

Sunday: 8 & 10 a.m.

503 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870

Rev. Ralph Schibler, Interim

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


Firelands Lutherans Active in Mission (FLAMe)

Board Meeting Minutes

July 18, 2016


Present: Brent Gardner, Darlene Janka, Pr. Monty Kaufman, Bob Krawetzki, Barry Laird, Judy McEowen, John Mears, Karen Munsterman, Dee Ridenour, Barb Rohrbacher, Michelle Schaffer, Cathy Wobser,

Absent: Jan TerVeen, Lori Schlick, and Jane Ann Cummings


Barry provided the devotion about putting our confidence in the Lord that included Psalm 118.


Minutes: The Secretary’s minutes from June 20, 2016 were approved after a typing correction. Motion to accept the corrected minutes: Bob, Second: Dee.


Financial Report: The report is unchanged from last month. The checking account has $3,261.90 and the savings account has $4,432.63. Motion to accept the treasury report was made by Judy, Second: Karen. Motion passed.



JOY Time: The group met in July with 16 present. Our next meeting will be on August 11th.

The Giving Garden: The Garden is looking great and growing well. Deliveries have been made to Huron’s Community Meal, Huron Food Bank, Cross Roads, and Salvation Army. Bob suggested each church go out and pick baskets of produce to take back to their congregations for sharing. Cathy asked if church picnics could get corn from the garden. Bob thought these would be good ways for our congregations to see how FLAMe’s hard work has paid off and perhaps encourage new workers.

Stephen Ministry: The class is taking the month of July off and will resume in August.



2017 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation: Cathy announced that she heard from the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Topilow will be performing Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” on opening night in October of 2017. FLAMe will seek donations to help cover the cost of our sponsorship. John suggested that the secretary contact Zion’s Foundation, Zion, Waterville, and Thrivent Financial. Pr. Monty reported that a Catholic/Lutheran group continues to meet and hopes to set up discussions with small groups of eight or so to examine our relationships. Pr. Phil has purchased Anniversary Resources for Congregations Reformation 500 Sourcebook. This book includes a CD, hymns for the anniversary year, a movie list, “About the Lutherans” bulletin inserts, midweek Lenten Service, and more. See Pr. Phil if you would like to see this resource.


The Mission Summit, Moving Forward to Make Christ Known: The Dinner Church committee will be hosting a run through in late July. Several FLAMe Board members are planning to attend and will report in August. The Life Tree Café steering committee has contacted all member congregations to experience an actual Life Tree Café presented by Pr. Bruce Batchelor-Glader and the Port Clinton Trinity United Methodist Life Tree Café team. The theme is “To Heaven and Back” from the author of “Heaven is for Real”. Our congregations need to provide seating in groups of four, beverages, a TV/DVD, and a snack. Once it has been experienced, the steering committee hopes volunteers will be willing to join the committee and make Life Tree happen for FLAMe. The secretary was asked to send out an attachment to all congregations so that those who have not yet responded may choose a date.


FLAMe Banner: Discussion is on hold until we decide on a logo.


Rules and Governance Revision: The committee of Karen Munsterman, Michelle Schaffer, Lori Schlick, and Cathy Wobser presented proposed changes, simplifications, and updates to the final sections of the document. The Board approved the changes presented by the committee with a motion by Dee, second by Bob. Discussion followed concerning sending the document to all pastors when it is re-typed. Cathy will talk to Pr. Phil about the decorated copy that is displayed in all of our congregations. President Barb thanked the committee for its hard work.


Third Annual Erie County Recovery Walk The check was sent and Cathy provided the name change for our sponsorship to Joey Supina.


Lutheran Seminaries Campaign No news.


God’s Work. Our Hands. New event announced: Saturday, September 10th, Zion, Sandusky and St. Paul will join together to provide a breakfast to recognize both the Sandusky and Perkins first responders.




Catholic Charities Cathy shared notes from an informational meeting at St. Paul’s on the community services offered by Kristina Woods of Catholic Charities. An invitation was extended to all Board members to attend the July 19th meeting of the Sandusky Area Crisis Services meeting.


St. John’s announced the installation of their new pastor is September 7th at 7 pm and her first service will be September 11th . A reception will follow to welcome Rev. Stacy Lauer –Scovanner. All congregations are invited to welcome Pr. Stacy to FLAMe.


Zion announced that July 31st, Bishop Kinyunyu from the Dodoma Diocese will be speaking at both services, with a reception to follow. Due to the late date a quick email will be sent to all FLAMe congregations.


Pr. Monty announced that Pr. Marc Miller will be moving to Puerto Rico. Pr. Cathy Schibbler will be working with rostered leaders as a Portico coordinator for several regions. Portico is a ministry of the ELCA.


Judy brought to the floor the advent/lent devotionals. John made a motion to print 50 copies for each congregation, Cathy second. Motion passed. Judy will see if Carolyn Steinfeldt has time to assemble them again.


Zion, Huron announced that Pastor Mandy Oleson’s last Sunday will be August 7th. She will become a pastor at Salzburg International Christian church and also teach religion in the public school system of Austria. The FLAMe Board deeply regrets the loss of Pr. Mandy and the fact that another of our congregations must begin the call process.


Motion to adjourn: Motion by Karen, second, Bob was approved. The meeting closed with The Lord’s Prayer.




Sunday, July 31: Zion, Sandusky Tanzania Bishop Kinyunyu at both services

Thursday, August 11: JOY Time, an evening of Christian ministry and fun for adults with disabilities, St. Paul, 6- 7:30pm.

Sunday, August 14: Experience Lifetree Café at Zion, Sandusky, 7pm

Monday, August 15: Experience Lifetree Café at Trinity United Methodist, Sandusky, 7 pm

Thursday, August 18: Blood Drive, St. Paul Lutheran. 2-6pm

Wednesday, August 24: Experience Lifetree Café at St. Paul, Sandusky, 7 pm

Thursday, August 25: Experience Lifetree Café at Trinity, Sandusky, 7 pm

Sunday, August 28: St. Paul will host an outdoor service at 10 am followed by the Welcome Table, community meal, open to all, noon-1:30

Monday, August 29: Experience Lifetree Café at St. Peter’s Norwalk

Saturday, September 10th: Zion, Sandusky and St. Paul, breakfast for first responders, 8-11 am.

Sunday, September 11: God’s Work. Our Hands. Service Sunday.

15th anniversary of 9/11. Please keep first responders in your project planning.

Saturday, September 17th: Third Annual Recovery Walk, 9 am-11 am Sandusky Artisians Center to Shoreline Park


Next month:

Devotion: Michelle

Date and Location: August15, 2016, St. Paul, 7 pm.