“Who We Are”
“I believe in the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints…” We confess that regularly, but what does it mean? The disciples after Easter probably wondered the same thing. What now? Who are we and what are we supposed to be doing?
About a year and half ago a committee of about a dozen Faith members gathered monthly for over a year to talk about what Faith Lutheran Church is all about as a congregation, equipped with resources and placed in a community of needs and opportunities. This led us to the one year goal of focusing even more on the mission field we call Faith School.
We also wanted to develop a shorthand visual way of describing our reason to exist. The mission description is, “drawing everyday people to faithfully follow God’s Word.” Each word is important, for it leads us to minister to people from every walk of life and every level of ability; to love them without compromising God’s Word, so that they too may be faithful disciples.
But now you may ask, “How do we do that?” The best way to tell you is in a banner—the one hanging in the narthex. It will hang in the sanctuary during the Sundays of Easter. The following themes are taken from that banner, and the content will be drawn from the lectionary of the season. Come learn and grow in grace and knowledge. Come discover from God’s Word who we are.
Pastor Tom Konz
Sunday Worship Themes in April & part of May
April 7th “Life of Worship” Introit, John 20:28
April 14th “Sharing Our Faith Story” Introit, John 20:
April 21st “Accountable Living” Acts 20:28
April 28th “Serving Community” John 13:34-35
May 5 “A Church of Prayer” John 16:23-24
May 12 “The Church in the World” Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20
In the month of February we collected $15 for FLY from recycled aluminum cans. Keep bringing your aluminum cans to the kitchen by the sanctuary so that we can redeem them for $CASH$ for the youth.
Meals on Wheels
April 5th Simpson
April 12th Walter
April 19th Carrasco
April 26th Simpson
Serving in the Month of April
8:15 a.m. Service
Usher: Bob Small & Leonard Kelly
Greeter: Edna Tate
Altar: Rosanne Keilers
Acolyte: 7th Jamee, 14th Alex, 21st Luke, 28th Karsyn
10:45 a.m. Service
Usher: Doug Hanna &James Myers
Greeter: Inge Easterling
Altar: Rosanne Keilers
Acolyte: 7thEric, 14th Ethan, 21st Landry, 28th Rett
Due to uncertain schedules, if you are at a service and the scheduled server is not present, please step up to volunteer.
Snack Snack Snack Drink Serve/Cleanup
7 Small Nelson Strohmeyer Sparkman
14 Tate Nehring Vandenberg Weber
21 Bills Cameron Carlson Hatton
28 Franz Fredrickson Keilers Gallagher
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 include: setting up & making coffee and after, put things away, wash dishes, wipe off tables, sweep and mop if necessary.
SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES
SPRING CLEANING- IT’S GARAGE SALE TIME!
The annual Faith Garage Sale is coming on Friday & Saturday, April 5th & 6th. Each family with youth attending camp needs to sign up for one of the two-hour shifts below.
Friday-5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday-11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please email Kim Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org with the time you will serve. Thank you!
CAMP SHILOH REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE. We have 13 youth scheduled to attend June 16th-21st. Each of you should have received an email from me detailing the amount you still owe toward camp. One-half of your remaining balance is due by Wed. May 1st. Once that is paid I will send you the link to register your child online. You will have 3 more fundraising opportunities to help earn the reminder of your camp fees.
They are: the garage sale, a special Mother’s day luncheon & delivery of Yellow books.
***BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND***
National Youth Gathering & Camp Shiloh participants will team up to honor our Mothers and serve up a delicious family meal on Sunday, May 12th.
The menu includes: Mom’s Mouthwatering Chicken, baked potatoes, tossed salad & your choice of pie for dessert! The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children through age 10. You may reserve a table for 8 at a discount-$80. Child care for children under 3 will be available. You may see Kim Mitchell for reservations.
FAITH LUTHERAN YOUTH ARE FLYING HIGH!
- Jamee Nelson & Cooper Vandenberg won spots on Gilbert Intermediate’s difficult Music Memory team.
- Eric Carrasco completed the Running on Faith 5K in 28:11. He is continuing his training for more races down the road.Brent Stroebel look out!
- Karsyn Kimbrough’s soccer team was the undefeated league champions. In basketball, district champs, undefeated again. On the track, Karsyn placed at the district level and will continue on to regionals in both the Sprint & Mile relays.
- Gabriella Carrasco competed in the Region Music Ensemble festival & will continue on to the State competition in May.
- Megan Franz threw a personal best in the discus 70 ft. 11 in. This year she is adding shot put to her events & has been on the A/B honor roll all year.
- Kerstin Fredrickson placed in the top 10% in a Field of 2100 participants in Horse Judging at the recent TSU competition. This was Kerstin’s first judging event.
- Isabella Manlapaz placed 1st in District 7 UIL Spelling & Vocabulary. She & her team are headed to regionals.
- Billy Cogburn placed 1st in Lincoln-Douglas district debate. He will represent SHS at the Regional tournament in Lubbock in April.
- Tyler Mitchell won back-to-back 1st place awards, with the High Individual Score, at the TSU & Central Texas Wildlife Competitions.
- Bamma Strohmeyer & SHS Honeybee Soccer are in the playoffs! Bamma will also serve as Varsity Mascot & President of the Student Body in 2013-14.
- Billy Cogburn, Jacob Lewis & Bamma Strohmeyer were recently inducted into the National Honor Society.
- Many of our talented youth currently have art on display in the SISD Bond Auditorium. The exhibit is open through April 2nd. We are very proud of you!
LWML—Lutheran Women’s Missionary League-
As always, a LOT is happening with the women. Here you go:
- Enjoyed a day of the Irish on March 17th with Shirley’s presentation of herIreland trip and enjoyed lots of Irish food for lunch. 20 women attended.
- Had a productive business meeting in Room 6 planning and laughing on May 10th
- Provided meals for Viola Truss (surgery),Susan Myers(broken leg), and the Quade’s (deaths of Jeanette’s sister and aunt).
- Planning baby showers for first baby mothers (Sarah McNeal, a boy, May 19th, Heather Soltau Paup, a boy, June 22) and baby gift baskets for mom’s having 2nd or more babies (Sarah Osterloh, June, a boy)
- Gathering and sending MITES to help with the many LWML mission projects in Texas and around the world.
- Planning ahead for May 19th confirmation and May 26th graduation recognitions
Here’s what’s coming up for April:
- Friday, April 5th Set Up for Church Garage Sale so bring your items after 5:30pm and put your items on tables, priced. Thanks!
- Saturday, April 6th 8:00-2:00 pm—sign up to help for a few hours to clerk the check-out table or come back at 2:00 to help clean up.
- Wednesday, April 10th all are welcome to the business meeting at 7pm in Room 6
- Sunday, April 14th Spring LWML Workshop at St. Marks in Mineral Wells @ 2:30-5:30pm—carpool!
- Saturday, April 27th all women are invited to a gathering of Lutheran women from all the surrounding churches on both sides of us. We could use help with providing the lunch for the day. Check with Lynann Simpson or Marlene White for more information.
- As the need arises, we provide meals. Cindy Franz is the coordinator for this Hospitality Committee. Please call her if you want to help with meals and/or if you know of someone who needs a few meals to help during a rough time.
We love our special fellowship times with the women of our congregation. It is a built-in need that women have. We grow spiritually and emotionally through our connection together. Please consider joining us as often as you can. We welcome any and all ideas and help, but mostly, YOU being with us!
LWML listening to Shirley Febinger, about her trip to Ireland.
S.A.I.L. NEWS OF INTEREST
On March 7, 2013, ten members and Pastor Tom met at 10:00am in Room 9 for our monthly Bible study. Jeanette and Lyder Quade provided chocolate cake with ice cream left from the Lenten meal. A birthday card for Viola Truss and get-well card for Inge Easterling were sent.
Pastor Tom opened and closed our group participation prayer. Members joined in a unique Bible study titled “Jesus Appears to Women.” We discussed the few verses in the four gospels that explain Jesus’ burial and the first people (all women) to whom our Risen Lord appeared. Pastor Tom challenged us to offer an edifying insight for each group of verses.
For our March 21st S.A.I.L. meeting members brought bath towels that were used with the items for the Personal Care Kits those students in Faith School have gathered. 10 members of S.A.I.L. assembled 63 kits for Lutheran World Relief, for distribution to people in need throughout the world. Mildred Coker provided delicious strawberry shortcake for dessert and Inge Easterling’s birthday celebration. Pastor offered prayers of Thanksgiving and concerns. S.A.I.L has volunteered to prepare the Confirmation banquet.
In April our Bible study with Pastor Tom will be on the 4th, as well as provide interview information for a social worker. Members will work on new bibs for Faith School in our April 18th S.A.I.L. meeting. Darleene Hufstutler and Cheryl Konz are continuing to research and develop plans for a walking trail around Faith’s property.
A great BIG “THANK YOU” to the Faith School children who brought items for the kits.
S.A.I.L assembling the kits for Faith School kids were able to help
the Lutheran World Relief. collect items for the kits for the
Luther World Relief.
BOARD OF EVANGELISM
The Project Connect display tracts have been refilled. We are happy that you are finding them to be a good resource. A new one was ordered – “Self-Control in an Addictive World”.
We anticipate the Prayer Retreat Garden being utilized again with the completion of the Faith School addition and as the days are warmer! “God calls us to vigilant prayer to combat the hosts of hell. When we remain watchful and alert, we guard ourselves against drowsiness, mind-wandering, and preoccupation. In today’s culture, we find those three obstacles very prevalent – especially technological preoccupation. Text messaging, emails and social networking provide huge distractions from a meaningful prayer life. Prayer requires spiritual alertness, keenness, concentration, and perseverance. Effective prayer keeps asking, seeking and knocking (Luke 11:9).” Your Strong Suit Bible Study, Donna Pyle
God bless you as we “witness” – speak from personal experience and simply introduce others to Jesus!
CTPCC: Thank you so much for continuing to return the Change for Life baby bottles! Each bottle costs $1 so please return them even if they are empty. We are in GREAT NEED of individuals to help with phones at the Center. These volunteers will answer the phones and call to confirm appointments for the next day. If you can offer an hour, an afternoon or a day, we would be very appreciative! Please note our hours are only 9 am -3 pm Monday through Friday, and Thursday 4 pm-6 pm. If you are available to help, please contact Laurin or Athena at 965-6031.
As you know, we have a wonderful facility here at Faith Lutheran Churchfor our congregation and community to use for various purposes throughout the year. The demand for our Faith Family Center and room 9 has increased significantly and because of this our church council has approved procedures and some restrictions on use. Our Administrative Assistant, Nichole Monroe, will give tours, maintain the schedule, go through the contract process with lessees and bill all building usage and events. If you need a room or the gym you must contact the church office prior to the events. Church activities and paid events will take precedence over personal use. If you are interested in being a building attendant, which pays $25 per hour during a non-church member rental, please contact the church office. If you are sponsoring a non-profit event you must be PRESENT THE ENTIRE TIME and handle the contract for the organization.
Being Great, Not Perfect
“GREAT” moms and dads are not perfect parents. Most of the time they are parents who are ordinary, who trust God, Who is extraordinary. During the Lent Season we are reminded of the great sacrifice God made for us and how blessed we are to have unconditional mercy and forgiveness.
Great parents don’t try to hide their mistakes or pass the blame to keep up appearances. They don’t expect their children to be perfect so that their behavior will reflect well on their own parenting skills. They still answer the door to unexpected company, even when the house isn’t spotless.
Great parents are parents who risk greatness by risking failure and who are honest with themselves and to others about both their victories and their defeats. They are parents just like you and me, committed to being exactly who God created them to be. We are not perfect and never will be.
The next time your children make a mistake, share openly about a time when your humanness was as obvious as theirs is now. Remind them that only God is perfect.
Children have more need of models than of critics. –Joseph Joubert
VOTER’S MEETING: There will be a voter’s meeting between services on Sunday, May 5th at 9:30 a.m. Please put this in your calendar. If you have any questions please contact Javier Garza.
CONFIRMATION SUNDAY, May 19th: We look to God for his blessings as Alex Cameron, Eric Carrasco, Ret Douglas, Tara Garza, and Ethan Nehring will proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ and vow their allegiance to His Church after careful instruction over the past year. Remember them in your prayers as they prepare for that special day in their lives. Our thanks to their parents for their faithful assistance. We would also like to thank S.A.I.L for serving the confirmation banquet.
FLOWERS FOR CHURCH SERVICES: We are looking for someone that is interested in taking over the flowers for the church services. Missy Weber will be able to continue getting them through May, but we need someone to take over for her starting in June. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Missy Weber at 254-396-9059.
LOVE AND LOGIC PARENTING CLASSES: The STARRY counseling program will be hosting Love and Logic Parenting Classes during the month of April. The classes are free and are open to anyone who would like to attend. Please
see their website for more information. http://www.childrenatheartministries.org/STARRY-Counseling-Stephenville
Please contact Sarah Ansley at the agency at 254-434-5232 if you have any questions or would like more information.
A NEW ADVANTAGE FOR MINISTRY:
Thanks to John Young and other church members for finding and purchasing a van for the church. If you are interested in using the van, please contact Nichole in the office and she get you signed up for the training. Our congregation has been blessed in many ways this year and this is just another example of such!
WHAT MARTIN LUTHER SAYS ABOUT
THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST:
In his life, Christ is an example, showing us how to live; in his death, he is a sacrifice, satisfying for our sins; in his resurrection, a conqueror; in his ascension, a king; in his intercession, a high priest. Martin Luther
You have been PING’ed!
Join your sisters in Christ on April 27, from 10 am – 2 pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 3000 NW Loop, Stephenville. The workshop is a free event and lunch will be hosted by the women of the Faith Lutheran LWML. Child care will also be available. Please RSVP to: Marlene White at (254) 967-3379 or email@example.com
How is God pursuing you?
How can your society prepare for God’s work?
What has God invested in you?
How can your society inspire its members?
How has God nurtured you?
How will your society nourish the women God brings?
Be prepared & inspired to GO!
Together we will explore the resources God has provided through the LWML and explore ways to reach out to those around you. Whether your organization just needs a boost or an overhaul or you’re just not sure what you need, this session will help prepare members for the task at hand. Zone presidents will be given Resource Guides to take home and share. Door prizes from the LWML shop will also be given away.
If you have any questions please contact Lynann Simpson at (254)592-6255 or Marlene White at (254)965-2049.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
Love and Logic Parenting Classes
NO CHARGE FOR CLASSES
Materials provided for use during class sessions
LOVE AND LOGIC PARENTING CLASSES
Begins April 9, 2013 and runs through April 30, 2013
6:00 PM– 8:00 PM
Call 254-434-5232 if you have any questions
Parents have you:
▪ Ever wanted less stress and more confidence in yourself?
▪ Wanted to know the words to get your kids to do what you have asked them to do?
▪ Second guessed yourself on when to give in or when to stand firm?
▪ Dreamed of having respectful and responsible kids.
Classes will be held in Stephenville at:
2301 NW Loop Suite 101
(Behind Rangler’s Convenience Store)
“Love and Logic” is a parenting curriculum that goes by the philosophy that parents
should not work harder than their children and that the best parents use their heads
and their hearts. It utilizes easy-to-use techniques and skills to help make parenting
more fun and less stressful. It can be used with all ages and all different types of parents.