“I HOPE YOU DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY!
A church member once said that to me in reference to why that member was not currently regular in worship attendance. I appreciated the assurance that nothing was held against me personally as a reason for not being in church. Yet such assurance is not really needed. I don’t take it personally. There are several reasons why I don’t.
This is not my church. It belongs to the Lord. We come to hear, sing, read, and study God’s Word, not my word. We take the Lord’s Supper, not my supper. Nor is it my works we are commanded to praise and revere. It’s not my strength or providence or mercy which we are commanded to invoke in prayer. It’s not my house we are invited to enter with thanksgiving. I didn’t save anyone from hell, and I don’t answer prayers. So if on a given Sunday a member chooses to do none of the above, it’s not me who is offended. I don’t take it personally. But I hope you do.
And by the same token, when a church member, says “good sermon, Pastor”, or some other such thing I like to hear, I don’t take that personally either. I am blessed that you were blessed and happy that the Lord spoke to you. But more than anything I am amazed and humbled that God can use such a simple-minded man to communicate the greatest truth of the universe–and that he would graciously channel his mercy through a servant who is so greatly in need of it himself. Such is our God, whose knack for using the foolish things of this world brings praise from our lips. All good done in and through the ministry of the church is to His credit alone as He uses us together.
(Note: I originally wrote this for a church newsletter almost 21 years ago. It also went to a pastor in that circuit, who saved it, and sent it me last fall. It seems to me to be as relevant now as it did in 1992. )
Midweek Lent: (Fellowship meal at 5:45 p.m. and Service at 6:45 p.m.)
Midweek of Lent 3 Amos 6:6 “Grieving for Joseph”
Midweek of Lent 4 Amos 7:1–6 “Locust Here, Locusts There,
Locusts Seem to Be Everywhere”
Midweek of Lent 5 Amos 7:10–17 “Lion Alert!”
Holy Thursday Amos 8:11–14 “The Taste Test”
Good Friday Amos 9:1–6 “Buried!”
Easter Amos 9:11–15 “Come to the Feast”
Sunday Worship Themes in March
March 3 “God is Faithful” 1 Corinthians 10:1–13
March 10 “Reconciled” Luke 15:1–3, 11–32
March 17 “The Priceless Prize” Philippians 3:8–14
March 24 “What Was God Thinking?” Philippians 2:5–11
March 31 “Come to the Feast” Amos 9:11–15
Meals on Wheels
March 1 Walter
March 8 Quade
March 15 Simpson
March 22 Pack
March 29 Holiday- No meals
Community World Day of Prayer is being held at the Presbyterian Church this year on Friday, March 1st at 6:00 p.m. The theme for this year is “I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me”. Everyone in the congregation is invited. Please contact Lynann Simpson for more information.
About the Worship: The Christian women of France invite us to join them Friday, March 1, 2013 for World Day of Prayer. The theme “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” was developed out of their experience of life as Christian women within a multicultural society. Within one single generation, migration will become the sole growth factor for the French population, yet political restrictions and suspicion of immigrant people are increasing.
Cross Timbers Pregnancy Care Center & Choices Clinic
Thank you for returning the change for life baby bottles! We are fortunate to have a local facility that cares for women & men!
Bottles are all due back Sunday, March 3, 2013.
You might be surprised to see these 2012 statistics:
Choices Clinic: Pregnancy Tests 285, Total Positive Test 182, Ultrasounds 157, Abortion Vulnerable 97, Mothers that chose life after counsel 142
Care Classes Details:
Care Classes Held 1,510 (Boutique Bucks are earned & can be spent in Baby Boutique). Diapers Purchased 20,766 (an important thing to purchase along with clothes & other supplies!)
Participating Students 2,076, Sexually Active Students 19%, Desire to commit to abstinence until marriage 68%. Thank you again for your support and prayers!
Serving in the Month of March
Usher: Terry West & Mark Gallagher
Greeter: Sue Angerhofer
Altar: Marilyn Pack
Acolyte: 3rd Tara, 10th Alex, 17th Karsyn, 24th, 31st Jamee
Usher: Karl Easterling & Jeff Stroebel
Greeter: Magan Carrasco
Altar: Marilyn Pack
Acolyte: 3rd Rett, 10th Landry, 17th Eric, 24th Kylie, 31st Karlee
Due to uncertain schedules, if you are at a service and the scheduled server is not here, please step up to volunteer.
Snack Snack Snack Drink Serve/Cleanup
3 Febinger Garza Gallagher Franz
10 Keilers Hatton Konz Kimbrough
17 Seider Lee Espinoza Lewis
24 Mitchell Carrasco Hanna Schulze
31 Easter Brunch
If you are unable to serve on a Sunday, please find a replacement and let the office know.
**** Please remember if you are on the schedule to “Serve” this includes: setting up & making coffee and after, put things away, wash dishes, wipe off tables, sweep and mop if necessary.
A Special Thanks to Mary and Rueben Walter for keeping our grounds looking so well groomed.
Moises Espinoza 3/2
Voila Truss 3/3
Rosanne Keilers 3/5
Lucy Espinoza 3/6
Doug Hanna 3/7
Karl Easterling 3/9
Chet Cameron 3/10
Mason Hatton 3/10
Jacob Lopez 3/11
Kathryn Cameron 3/11
Justin Nehring 3/12
Troy Kimbrough 3/12
Ashley Lopez 3/14
Eric Curtoys 3/15
Inge Easterling 3/20
Whitney Lee 3/21
Eli Symm 3/23
Rueben Walter 3/23
Elizabeth Cameron 3/23
Sarah Osterloh 3/25
Shane Hatfield 3/31
Kerrie Keilers 3/31
SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES
Spring has sprung and is a busy time for Christian Education and Faith Lutheran Youth activities. Please keep all the dates on the next page in mind as you schedule your family activities. Thank you!
March Calendar for FLY
Sunday – March 3rd -CampShiloh deposits are due! Please give them to Ms. Kim or place them in the Christian Education mailbox in the office.
Wednesdays – March 6th, 20 & 27th – FLY will meet from 5-5:45 p.m. during Lent. We will eat with the congregation at 5:45 and worship at 6:45 each week.
Wednesday- March 13th– THERE WILL BE NO CONFIRMATION OR FLY ACTIVITIES DUE TO SPRING BREAK!!
Wednesday – March 20th – Sunday School teachers and students will provide the final Lent Meal. You will receive additional info closer to this date.
Sunday – March 31st – Easter Egg Hunt during brunch! Please begin bringing small wrapped candies for our eggs. Thank you!
A HUGE Thank You to Sherre West, Brent Stroebel, Cathy Knoll, Joanne Schulze & Zelda Dawson for sharing their Faith Stories with us. You have impacted our lives and deepened our understanding of how with God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 If you have a faith story you would like to share with our youth please contact Kim Mitchell.
Following Lent only a few meals will be needed to finish out our FLY year. If you would like to help with a meal or just send money please letTammy Cogburn know. Our hungry youth really enjoy this time of food and fellowship!
Camp Shiloh – June 16-21, 2013 on the shores of Lake Bob Sandlin inPittsburg,TX. Youth ages 8-18 are eligible to attend. Your $50 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is due March 3rd. Please give to Kim Mitchell or place in the Christian Education mailbox in the church office. Thank you!
$$$ Money Earned $$$- Christian Education received $193 from the Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper. These funds will go toward our 2013 VBS. The National Youth Gathering families received $250 from Thrivent for the meal they prepared and served on February 17th. The LWML helped out with desserts. We appreciate your support.
NOTICE: Faith Lutheran Women Keep Serving
Meals, showers, desserts, donations, missions, devotions, Bible studies, cookies, helping others, and on and on…our women truly live by the LWML Motto, “Serve the Lord with Gladness”. J
On February 9th six women and two girls attend the LWML Prayer Service inHurst. It was a dreary day outside but a warm and inspiring time atPeaceLutheranChurch with women from all over the zone.
On February 11th nineteen attended the wedding shower forAlicia Schermerhorn at the home of Marlene White. Following the fun of the shower, some of the attendees went to another room at Marlene’s home and viewed Chapter 6 of the “Strong Suit Bible Study”.
On February 17th our women provided desserts for the Thrivent dinner to help our youth with this fundraiser project for their summer activities. Several also helped serve and clean-up.
February 24th brought the “Muffins for Missions” project. All of our LWML women baked and brought yummy food for a wonderful brunch time between services. Donations were accepted and all of the monies went to support the Mites Mission Projects all overTexas and the world. Our people are always so generous and supportive and we appreciate that so much.
The” Strong Suit” Bible Study continued on Monday, Feb. 25th. That was to be the last lesson but there may be a follow-up/catch-up gathering in March. It was excellent and so meaningful for today’s life!
A community prayer service will be held on March 1st. Several of our ladies will participate in the readings and sharing of the mission focus of France. We will be providing French bread and sliced cheeses to contribute to the light meal that follows the prayer service. Lynann Simpson will have more details soon. All are welcome. To plan for many upcoming events a business meeting will be held in Room 6 on March 7th @ 6:00pm. We hope you will plan to attend the next program for all women on Sunday, March 17th when we will enjoy hearing Shirley Febinger speak about her trip to Ireland last year. She will share pictures and stories. This will include a lunch provided immediately following 2nd service and then the program will follow. Babysitting will be provided.
Finally…PLAN AHEAD for the annual Church Garage Sale for April 6th. Save your items now and plan to bring them and help set up on Friday night, April 5th. Please come join us. All women from teens and up are invited to be a part of our time of service and fellowship. Contact any of the officers for more information: Lynann Simpson, president;Whitney Lee, vice-president; Shirley Febinger, treasurer; Rachel Moravec, secretary; Marlene White, Christian Growth; Cindy Franz, hospitality; Cheryl Konz, publicity.
S.A.I.L. NEWS OF INTEREST
When S.A.I.L. met on Feb. 7th, they celebrated in a big way by recognizing Cindy Franz for her many years of loving service to the congregation as church secretary. In appreciation, S.A.I.L. honored Cindy by donating to a cute money tree designed by Edna Tate. After refreshments we entered a discussion with Pastor Tom about the Transfiguration of Jesus. Matthew 17:1-13 was the background for the questions in the study. Pastor led us in comparing a mountain top experience of Moses with Christ’s Transfiguration. Each of the Gospels shed light on this event. Members signed get-well cards to send to Ola Merck and Betty Kirklen. Following the meeting, members who wished had lunch at Pastafina to continue celebration with Cindy Franz.
At our Feb. 21st S.A.I.L. program, Pastor Tom had invited us to think of issues we wanted to discuss. If the Bible did not expound or resolve the question, we had to leave that to God’s will and understanding, but members brought up interesting subjects. Irene Spitz served delicious refreshments.
March 7th at 10:00am in Room 9 will be our next Bible study with Pastor and our S.A.I.L. program on March 21 will be a work day to assemble Human Health Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief for shipping. Faith School classes have gathered the supplies like toothbrushes, nail clippers, combs, soap and towels.
Thanks to Jeanette Quade, our children’s activity bags stay up to date in the sanctuary and ready for use in Sunday services. We also appreciate members in our congregation helping with collecting ink cartridges. On a monthly basis, we can contribute $40 for use in office supplies for church and Faith School.
Board of Evangelism
How Do I Pray for Others?
How many people in your life could be touched if you prayed these things for them?
I’m going to be honest with you and tell you that I have been praying for President Obama. Even though I didn’t vote for him, I feel the need to pray for him, and anyone else who serves in a political office.
Remember that God is in control. And He loves to hear our prayers. So just do it.
Written by: Georgia Scott
The Prayer Garden has new plants and mulch and will be blooming soon.
Please stop by and see the progress that is being made.
Dear Faith Family,
Thank you for the wonderful and yummy brunch. I am overwhelmed by the love, cards, and words of encouragement from my Faith Family. The plaque is so pretty and thoughtful too. It has been my pleasure to work/serve and get to know so many of you personally. How blessed am I that I do not have to say “Good Bye” but continue to worship and work along side you in Our Lord’s Mission.
God’s Blessings and Love to all of you,
A Biblical Tour of Israel & Jordan: (October 14-24, 2013) An Experience of a Lifetime! A deluxe tour of ‘Israel & Jordan’ plus many extras such as a cruise on the Sea of Galilee, meditating in the Garden of Gethsemane, seeing the Jesus boat, driving to Petra, Jordan through the desert that the Israelites wandered in and much more! Arrangements can be made for departure from any airport in Texas. Rev Darold Reiner, retired LCMS Pastor (Former LWML International Counselor), is leading this tour. Contact him at 406-890-1149 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure.
All-Stars will begin on Monday, March 25th and will continue every Monday through April. The last game/party and awards is scheduled to be on April 29th. If you have any questions please contact Cary Strohmeyer.
Willow Osterloh and Eli Espinoza had a great time at their
class’ Valentine Party.
Thank you to Ann Soltau, Sheree West, Pat Weber and Vicky Sparkman for volunteering to hold babies during the day at Faith School. We have so many newborn that need hugged and loved all day long. Come in and get some baby lovin yourself!! It makes your day as much as it makes theirs J Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
Put Yourself in Time-Out
Parenthood is a job with no quitting time. We all start early and end late. There are no days off; we are always on the clock. Even when you fall into bed at night, you can still be called into action at 2:00 a.m. A schedule like this needs the healthy balance of some time-out. I came across a quote this month from Vance Havner that I wanted to share. Jesus knows we must come apart and rest awhile, or else we may just plain come apart. This is so true!!
A time-out needs to be more than just five minutes alone with the bathroom door closed. We all know how it feels to be demanded of from the crack at the bottom of the door. Time-outs for mom and dad’s need to be a full morning, afternoon or even twenty-four hours of doing something you truly enjoy. Scrapbook. Paint. Fish. Hunt. Have a BBQ with friends just because. Take a sack lunch and a good book to the park-without visiting the playground. Relax, journal, nap. Both you and your children will be glad you did.
This month being the Lent Season and Spring Break, I challenge you all to sit down with your spouses and schedule a time-out for EACH OF YOU. If we don’t take care of ourselves we can’t fully take care of others. Serve your kids the best way you can…after a much needed, self inflicted time-out!
By God’s Grace, Faith is a place to Believe, Belong and Be Loved
Palm Sunday, March 24, 6pm
Faith Lutheran Church
Faith Family Center
The Last Supper was a Jewish Passover, a “Seder,” a solemn sacrificial meal carried out according to ancient Jewish ritual by Our Lord and His apostles. The ceremony we will celebrate is an attempt to reconstruct the events of that solemn meal from the Gospel narrative and from what scholars tell us about the Passover in the time of Christ.
The Last Supper was the final celebration of the paschal rites of the Old Law before their fulfillment in the New, the Christian pasech. The Last Supper is the decisive moment when the figures and foreshadowing’s of the Old Testament is replaced for all time by the substance and fulfillment of the New.
The ceremony we celebrate is not merely a reconstruction of the Jewish paschal meal of the year 33; it is a dramatization of the specific meal which Christ ate with His disciples before going out to thegardenofGethsemane. For us Christians, the paschal meal is a dramatic presentation of the events of the Upper Room.
We re-enact it to bring more vividly to our minds the Lord’s last hours upon earth and to deepen our understanding of the Gospels, making the gospel accounts of the Last Supper come to life for us. The paschal meal will also deepen our understanding of all the liturgical ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter.
Our celebration of the Passover Meal will be held on Sunday, March 24, 6pm. Please use the sign-up sheets in the narthex of the main building to indicate your involvement and attendance. If you would like to take an active role in preparing for the meal or desire additional information, please callCindy Stafford at 968-4337 (h) or 918-1212 (o) or 592-6630 (c).