Pastor Paul Zeise

Pastor will be out of town for part of April. If you need to contact him directly please call his cell phone number

Cell Phone Number: 210-863-5757


 Through its Sunday collections the Adult Sunday school Class has donated $100.00 to Cross Trails Ministry and $100.00 to World Vision to buy lifesaving medicine and supplies like antibiotics, antiparasitic medications, oral rehydration salts, Vitamin A, and malaria medications.  Thanks to everyone who attended our adult classes and generously participated in this outreach ministry.

"Three Sides" podcast: Little steps. Big faith

  Can the science behind children’s brain development inform faith formation? Author Dawn Rundman discusses this on “Three Sides” podcast. Dr. Rundman provides daily practices for parents and ideas on how congregations can create inviting spaces for children to experience God. Find this episode and others at

The Holy Month of June

The Holy Month of June…This is taken from an article in Gather magazine (the magazine of Women of the ELCA) by Kristin Berkey-Abbott. If you think summer is a time for reduced activity, think again.  First there is the celebration of Pentecost. Second, there are two feast days - Feast of John the Baptist on June 24 and then the feast day of Columba, June 9(he was an Irish Christian).  Third, the anniversary of the Augsburg Confession is on June 25.  If the reading of the Augsburg Confession is too dry for your summer reading, Holy Trinity Sunday (June 16) is a good time to consider the triune nature of God. June 16th is Father’s Day.  Celebrate the larger ideas of fathering.  We celebrate Vacation Bible School and church camps.  Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day people enslaved in Texas first heard that the Emancipation Proclamation had freed them.  The month of June offers a wealth of holy opportunities.  Maybe we can’t celebrate them all, but we can resolve that we will not neglect them all.  Submitted by Barb DelNero-Chase.

 Lutheran Disaster Response 

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).


A series of powerful and destructive tornadoes has ripped through parts of the central U.S., leaving destruction in its wake. In Missouri, at least three people have been killed, homes and businesses have been destroyed, and rescues are still underway. Tornadoes have also been reported in Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. These tornadoes were part of a series of more than 170 weather events to strike the region in the last week, with the potential for more severe weather in the coming days.

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with those in the impacted states, including local synods, congregations and social ministry organizations, to provide immediate relief and long-term support. 

Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for “U.S. tornadoes" will be used entirely (100%) to help those affected by tornadoes until the response is complete. Together, we can support those who are on the long road to recovery. Please give today. 

Please join me in prayer and partnership, and use this bulletin insert in your congregation to help spread the word. 

Please give now

With gratitude for your partnership in ministry,


The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response Funding
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America





Additional Ways to Give

Checks or money orders can be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

Write "U.S. Tornadoes" on your check memo line.
Give by phone at 800-638-3522 or online.

Scholarship Available

Also, First Lutheran Edinburg is offering a financial scholarship for eligible, high school graduates. Please complete the attached application if interested and give to Cathy or a Council member.


In order to be recognized or be eligible for the scholarship, all information must be submitted by Tuesday, May 14

Stewardship Letter

Dear Members and Friends of First Lutheran,


We hope that the New Year of 2019 finds you in good health and ready to take on whatever challenges you and your family may find that you need to face this year.     

Please select the attached PDF to read the complete 2019 Stewardship Letter

Plan for Giving

We respond to the many gifts God has provided for us.

Please select the attached PDF to view the complete Plan for Giving Form.

This document can be brought to regular Sunday service and delivered to Virginia Norquest, or dropped off at the First Lutheran Church during regular office hours.