Faith in Transition
May brings transitions. School gives way to summer break, careers and college. The weather warms up, hopefully.
This May brings transitions also in our Church. As we tie up the “banner” series on our mission map we move to celebrate that which empowers us to Accountable Living, Serving Community, a Life of Worship, and to Share our Faith Story : Prayer and the Word of God.
Then we joyfully acknowledge how God works through His Word and our prayers by His Holy Spirit in the festival of Pentecost. The Lord who transitioned (May 9) from earth to Heaven gave His Spirit to the Church to carry out the ministry of reconciliation through our witness and ministry.
Transitions also happen for catechumens to be confirmed/baptized and for those who will be transferring to Faith from other churches. They commit themselves in faith to follow our Lord and support His Church. This is a solemn, yet joyful transition. Remember them in your prayers.
And what better way to wrap up the month than Trinity Sunday, a powerful and joyful celebration that our Lord Jesus is indeed one of a kind, with the Father and the Spirit. In the words of a wonderful hymn by St. Patrick, it is to the “strong name” of the Holy Trinity that we “bind ourselves.” (LSB 604)
He is the changeless Lord through all our transitions.
May God Bless May, PastorTom Konz
Sunday Worship Themes in May
May 5 “A Church of Prayer” John 16:23-24
May 12 “A Church in the World” Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20
May 19 “Confirmation: to be continued…” John 14:23
May 26 “Jesus: One of a Kind” John 8:48–59
Holy Trinity Sunday
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 on May 17th.
National Day of Prayer: Thursday, May 2, 2013
We will begin with an hour of prayer around the courthouse. Then, 11 churches from around the community will host a prayer gathering at their church, at times listed below. The community is welcome to participate at all locations.
7:00 Courthouse– First Baptist- Rev. Ben Macklin
8:00 First Christian- Rev. Shannon Grubbs
9:00 Rocky Point Baptist– Rev. Edward Heinze
10:00 Timber Ridge– Rev. Nic Burleson
11:00 Cornerstone Assembly of God-Rev. Ed Dittfurth
12:00 Cowboy Church- Rev. Werth Mayes
1:00 St. Luke’s Episcopal– Rev. Curt Norman
2:00 Christian Reformed– Rev. Merwin Rylaarsdam
3:00 Faith Lutheran- Rev. Tom Konz
4:00 Oakdale Methodist– Rev. Steve Holston
5:00 Cross Timbers Church of Christ– Rev. Don Middleton
6:00 First United Methodist– Rev. Howard Martin
Pregnancy Care Center Baby Bottles: We received a letter of thanks from the Cross Timbers Pregnancy Care center for our support in the baby bottles. Our congregation alone gave $618.81 in change for the baby bottles. The Pregnancy Care Center raised over $28,100 overall this year. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this amazing event to serve an organization, who shares the love of Christ.
Aluminum Can Recycling:
In April we have received $20 for our youth group by recycling aluminum cans. Thank you for your assistance. Keep bringing your aluminum cans to the kitchen by the sanctuary so that we can help our youth AND our environment.
Meals on Wheels
May 3rd Pack
May 10th Walter
May 17th Quade
May 24th FaithSchool
May 31st West
SERVING FAITH IN MAY
8:15 a.m. Service
Usher: Duane Sparkman & Troy Kimbrough
Greeter: Mark Gallagher
Altar: Cindy Franz
Acolyte: 5th Tara, 12th Cooper, 19th Jamee, 26th
10:45 a.m. Service
Usher: Lee Barlow & Lyder Quade
Greeter: Rueben Walter
Altar: Cindy Franz
Acolyte: 5th Landry, 12th Ethan, 19th Karlee, 26th Kylie
If you are at a service and the scheduled server is not present, please step up to volunteer.
Choirs and Young Musicians: We have 14 adults and 9 youngsters who have participated in our “choirs” this school year. They come on Wednesday evenings for practice and then are here on Sunday mornings to share their music with you. It is their prayer that their offerings add to your worship. Especially in the case of the young people, you need to encourage them and their parents to continue to share their musical gifts in worship. Eric Curtoys on baritone has shared his music with us in several services. Gabriella Carrasco on clarinet and Eric Carrasco on drum also have supported the choir’s song. We thank these young people for wanting to be a part of the worship. Make a joyful noise!
Snack Snack Snack Drive Serve/Cleanup
5 Angerhofer Cameron Bills Carlson
12 Garza Febinger Franz Gallagher
19 Konz Keilers Kimbrough Hatton
26 Schulze Lee Lewis Espinoza
If you are unable to serve on a Sunday, please find a replacement and let the office know.
Serving includes set up, clean up, and drinks.
For those who might be interested in helping with the flowerbeds around the church and the Faith Family Center, we are currently meeting on Tuesday mornings about 8:30-9:00 and then working until about 11:30. You are invited to join us. If this time does not fit your schedule, ask Mary Walter to give you an area that you can be your responsibility and you can work on your own schedule. Any help will be appreciated. Contact Mary Walter – 968-6922 or email- email@example.com
SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES
May 5th – 11th is Teacher Appreciation Week please remember the following Christian Educators in your prayers and with a word of Encouragement & Gratitude! Sarah Osterloh, John, Cindy & Megan Franz, Amy Curtoys, Liz Cameron, Pastor & Cheryl Konz,Mark & Missy Weber, Ola Faye Howard, Kim Mitchell & Marlene White..
Summer is coming and so is Summer Sunday school. Please prayerfully consider volunteering your teaching gifts for ONE Sunday this summer. All lesson materials and supplies will be ready for you. That way everyone can enjoy a little vacation. See Kim Mitchell for more information.
FAITH LUTHERAN YOUTH
May Calendar for FLY
May 1st – Water Works w/ Alex and Zelda @ 530 pm
May 8th & 15th – FLY @ 530 pm
May 22nd– EAT, FISH & SWIM at the Mitchell’s home. End of year FLY party for your whole family. We will have hamburgers & hot dogs. YOU bring a dish to share. Also bring chairs, fishing gear & swimming supplies.
PLEASE NOTE!!! 1/2 of your camp balance is due May 1st. Please place these in the Christian Education box in the church office. Thank you!
Mother’s Day Family Lunch – Sunday, May 12th Reserve your table now! This is a fundraiser forCampShiloh and the National Youth Gathering. You will receive more information on what to bring for this event.
LWML—Our Lutheran Women
Hurray! Spring is here with wonderful refreshing rains and beautiful temperatures and lots of color. God’s creation is amazing. Our LWML ladies show that, and are busy “Serving the Lord with Gladness” in thankfulness to our wonderful God.
April started with our annual Church Garage sale on the 6th. We are thankful for all the help from the youth and many church members for set up, donations, and working. We earned $1600 plus some funds from Thrivent and gave $700 to the youth for camp and National Youth Gathering. Then, we purchased a flat screen TV with a bracket and a DVD player for Room 6 to be used for Bible Studies, social gatherings, etc. Computers and projectors can be plugged in so it can be used in a variety of ways for teaching or presenting special features. The rest of the money raised will be used to support many LWML sponsored activities throughout the year.
On April 14 we attended the Spring LWML workshop in Mineral Wells. We had a zone meeting and then trimmed stamps for missions and made greeting cards to be sent to missionaries and others for encouragement and thanks.
April 21st our large Mite Box in both services was blessed by your donations to help many missions all over the world sponsored by LWML. Bless you!
Finally on April 27th, we hosted P.I.N.G. (Pursue—Invest—Nourish—Go). This brought women from churches within about a 75 mile radius for inspiration and information on how to improve their ministry. Whitney Lee, Young Woman representative for our zone was the guest speaker Thanks to all who came and who helped us provide the lunch and to decorate and clean-up! It was an inspiring time!
And that’s not all from April…we also provided meals for several recovering members, a diaper shower for Cassie Cubbage for a baby due in April, and delivered 63 personal health care kits for Lutheran World Relief (with help of Faith School, SAIL, and Cindy and Russell Stafford).
And now comes May…
- May 8th @ 7:00pm. Business Meeting in Room 6—all are welcome & light refreshments served.
- May 17th—will help SAIL with the Confirmation banquet.
- May 19th—provide cake and punch for honoring the confirmands during brunch
- May 19th—host a baby shower for Sarah, Ty and future son from 2:30-4:00pm
- May 26th—provide the cake and punch for honoring the graduates during brunch
Plan ahead for June…
- June 9th—Annual church picnic/swim party at Bill/Marlene White’s home, 4:00
- June 22nd—Baby Shower for Heather (Soltau) Paup @ 2:00. Expecting a boy!
We love working and laughing with all the women ofFaithLutheranChurch. You would, too! Join us anytime. For more information, contact any LWML officer: Lynann Simpson, Marlene White, Shirley Febinger,Rachel Moravec,Whitney Lee, Cheryl Konz, Cindy Franz, and Rosanne Keilers
A Walking/Jogging Trail for Faith Lutheran Church? If approved…yes!
We have a beautiful setting here at FaithLutheranChurch. Cheryl Konz and Darleene Hufstutler have been doing some preliminary groundwork to plan a possible walking/jogging trail. This may happen if approved by the voters on May 5th.
A ½ mile route has been tentatively mapped out by Darleene and Cheryl. Just follow the little flags. J It begins at the back corner of the parking lot by the left field corner of Faith Field. It winds through the trees by the McCoy’s side, winds around behind Faith Field, behind Faith School, loops around the prayer garden, moves along Frey St. side and around the front of the church, crosses back to Faith Field side and ends where it began at the back corner of the parking lot by the left field corner of Faith Field. They are looking into funding through grants for non-profits but will also be seeking donations which are needed to qualify for grants, too. Costs of asphalt and concrete are being gathered. Just the basic trail costs would be about $11,000 without any extras. This cost would hopefully be covered by receiving a grant as well as some church and community donations.
- It would provide a safe place for ALL OF OUR MEMBERS/FRIENDS to walk or jog and be able to enjoy the beautiful landscaping of our property. While waiting on your kids or before or after church meetings, services, or social gatherings it would be an opportunity for exercise and time for meditation. About four or five benches are planned to provide resting spots.
- Walking with others is a good way to discuss things, too, including God.
- The Evangelism committee wants to help by putting meditation stations along the trail by the benches plus the concrete bench in the prayer garden.
- A large bulletin board would be at the beginning with posted information about the trail, church happenings, whatever!
- And…FaithSchoollikes the idea of being able to take the children on walks around the property on a safe walking trail, too.
At this time, other ideas have come up and we welcome anyone’s help as we go forward if approved by the voters on May 5th.
Pastor Konz led the opening prayer for the thanksgivings and concerns of the members present. We helped Inge Easterling celebrate her birthday, and everyone signed her birthday card as well as Easter cards for Bernice Reese and Viola Truss. For our March 21st S.A.I.L. meeting members brought bath towels that were used to wrap the items for the Personal Care Kits those students in Faith School had gathered. A BIG “THANK YOU” to the Faith School children who brought items for the kits. Ten S.A.I.L. members assembled 63 kits for Lutheran World Relief.
Our Bible study on April 4th with Pastor Tom covered only two questions, but those questions were the most important topics for an after Easter discussion: 1) What does the bodily resurrection of Christ indicate? 2) Why is the doctrine of justification by grace through faith for Jesus’ sake so important? Pastor Tom included several Bible passages for the 11 of us to discuss as we determined what we “must DO.” We must believe and be saved as we give all glory to God.
Jerry Brewer, a Social Worker student at Tarleton, also attended our Bible study in order to complete an assignment for a class. He interviewed us as we discussed the challenges we face after the age of 60. Members present also signed a birthday card for Pat Weber.
Our members will work on new bibs for Faith School in our April 25th S.A.I.L. meeting. Everyone is welcome. Our project of recycling computer printer cartridges gains $40 each month for church supplies. Darleene Hufstutler and Cheryl Konz are continuing to research and develop plans for a walking trail around Faith’s property. S.A.I.L. will also host the Confirmation Banquet on May 17th.
We will have Bible study on May 2nd from 9am to 3 pm with Bernice Reese at her assisted living and eat lunch in Granbury. Either Lyder Quade or Cheryl Konz will be driver for the church van. S.A.I.L. meets next on May 19th in Room 6 at 10am.
BOARD OF EVANGELISM
Due to construction that is ongoing atFaithSchoolthe Prayer Retreat in Room 10 is temporarily bring relocated into Room 9. We encourage you to continue using this area for your prayer needs.
We are currently working on updating the church website with current pictures of Evangelism. If you have an idea or picture that you feel would improve the website please contact Nicole in the church office. The church website is: faithlutheranstephenville.com.
The committee has decided to do a short witness outreach at the end of service to reach out to everyone, current members and visitors. This will serve as a way to share God’s word and what we as a church have to offer spiritually. Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into the World and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Moving onward and upward….
FaithSchoolcurrently employs 46 teachers and caregivers, many of whom are Tarleton students and graduates. Some are studying to be teachers, child-life specialists and some will be kinesiology graduates. With the close of every school semester we must say goodbye to a number of teachers. This semester is no different.
Christian Hanna, Taylor Edwards and K’Leigh Watts will be student teaching, in the job market, looking for what we call “big girl jobs” or moving on to a different campus to continue their education. I pray that we have helped mold these young people by offering a structured, rewarding work environment for them during their college years. We try to teach them to be professional and set high goals and expectations for themselves moving forward.
Please over the next few weeks give these ladies a pat on the back and words of encouragement. The job market and “real world” await them. May God bless each of them and work in their lives.
Serving Him, Magan Carrasco
CHURCH MEMBER NEWS
Nehring Technologies, under CEO Justin Nehring was designated MSP Mentor 501, which is a Nationally Recognized Award. Talk to him for more information.
The annual Impact Award was given this year to Karl Easterling in “Recognition of a staff member who displays outstanding problem solving, resourcefulness, and innovation toward reducing University costs and improving safety.” .
Tyler Mitchell recently placed first – 5 times in a row – in the FFA Wildlife & Recreation Management competition. In his final competition he was the Top Individual Score in the State ofTexas from a field of 200 plus competitors. The SHS team placed 3rd in the state.
Billy Cogburn represented the SHS debate team at the Regional UIL tournament at Texas Tech, placing 4th and qualifying for State UIL tournament in May as 1st Alternate; and April 20 in Extemporaneous Informative Speech at Regionals.
Other youth still to compete on the state level are; Andy Heflin & Isabella Manlapaz in Spelling, and Kerstin Fredrickson in Horsemanship.
Bob Small 5/4 James Soltau 5/19
Karlee Easterling 5/7 Tim Childress 5/21
Jocelyn Lewis 5/8 Seth Curtoys 5/23
Carl Spitz 5/10 Luke Weber 5/23
Karl Fredrickson 5/11 Jake Morris 5/23
Kerstin Fredrickson 5/11 Daniel Carrasco 5/26
Isabella Manlapaz 5/13 Josie Ellis 5/26
Rachel Moravec 5/13 Hannah Lee 5/26
Jay Morris 5/15 Tracy Rudel 5/26
Bethany Espinoza 5/19 Jeanette Quade 5/27
Linda Fulton 5/31
Come to a Baby Shower for baby boy
Connor Jaxon Weaver
Parents: Sarah and Ty
When: Sunday, May 19th, Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Where: FaithLutheranChurch in the Narthex fellowship area
Given by: Faith Lutheran LWML ladies, Registered at: Amazon.com & Target
Call or Text: 254-592-5593 (for more information