“Givers and Takers”
In previewing the lectionary (appointed texts) for July a wonderful pattern popped up that shows how our Lord calls us to be both givers and takers. The only differences in the themes are the words “in” and “to”.
God, who has called us to faith, calls us to be faithful in being His voice in the world. We speak to others what He speaks to us, no more, no less. He calls us also to be his heart in the world. We imitate the Good Samaritan by showing the compassion that we have first received from Christ. Leviticus specifies in more detail other examples of loving our neighbor.
Christians, like Martha of Bethany, can get so preoccupied with giving that they forget to take from God what He desires to give to us. In reminding us to sit at his feet as Mary did, and to persist in prayer, Jesus would have us know the importance of being takers of His faith-sustaining Word and bountiful blessings.
So I hope to share with you this month the balance of giving and taking in our faith walk together. We certainly cannot earn God’s grace by loving our neighbor, but grace freely received freely gives. Which do you think is the most important to God, that we take or that we give? Consider that with me in worship this month.
Pastor Tom Konz
In the month of June we received $15 from aluminum can recycling for the youth. Thank you continuing to bring you aluminum cans to the church. Please place them in the kitchen by the sanctuary so we can take them to the recycling place. This action on your part helps our youth and helps the environment.
Thanks to Edna Tate, Cindy Franz, and Darleene Hufstutler the gardens around the Family Center and around the church itself have improved greatly. It is amazing how much easier a job is with helping hands. We continue to meet on Tuesday mornings about 8:30-9:00 and work until about 11. All are welcome! If you cannot work then but would like to help, talk to Mary Walter and she will give you an area that you can take care of.
Lutheran Hymn Festival:
The theme of this 9th Lutheran Hymn Festival is Christ, Mighty Savior – Light of All Creation. Save Sunday evening September 29 at 7:00 for this inspiring event at theMortonH. MeyersonSymphonyCenterinDallas. Mary will be making reservations soon. In the past we have gotten the best seats – $13 each if we buy 12 or more tickets. This is a great opportunity to be inspired by Lutheran music, to see many Lutherans in one setting, and to see this beautiful facility.
SERVING FAITH IN JULY
MEALS ON WHEELS
July 12th: Sparkman
July 19th: Walter
July 26th: Simpson
8:15 a.m. Service
Usher: Chet Cameron &Mark Gallagher
Greeter: Joann Schulze
Altar: Marilyn Pack
Acolyte: 7th Cooper, 14th___________, 21st Jamee, 28th Tara
10:45 a.m. Service
Usher: Karl Easterling &Rueben Walter
Greeter: Magan Carrasco
Altar: Marilyn Pack
Acolyte: 7th Karlee, 14th Eric, 21st Landry, 28th Kylie
If you are at a service and the scheduled server is not present, please step up to volunteer.
Snack Snack Snack Drink/Server
7 Cameron Carlson B. Stroebel Febinger
14 Franz Gallagher Hatton Keilers
21 Cubbage Kimbrough Konz Mitchell
28 Tarpley Pack Lovin Quade
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.
SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES
Thank you to our June Sunday School teachers: Andrea Morris, Cheryl Konz, Cheryl Hatton, Edna Tate, Cindy Franz, Bethany Espinoza, Javier Garza, Lindsay Hatfield, and Lynann Simpson.
July 10, 26 & 27 – VBS Workday 1-5 p.m.
July 28-August 1: VBS-Tell it on the Mountain-Where Jesus Christ is Lord! Family Dinner each evening @ 5:30 pm followed by activities for children ages 3 (Potty trained) through Grade 6. Teen helpers needed for group leaders, arts & crafts and game time. We are looking for someone to lead our 5th-6th grade Extreme Bible Adventure. If you are interested please let Kim Mitchell know.
Key people for VBS-contact them to share your talents and support our largest outreach of the year.
Decorating-Ola Faye Howard
Bible Challenge-Bethany Espinoza
Music Mountain-Cathy Knoll
Preschool-Lindsay Hatfield & Brett Tarpley
Fruit & Cookies are welcome every evening. Please see sign- up sheet in the narthex.
Check out the “new” signs on the storage building out back. Thank you to Missy & Sam Weber, Ola Faye Howard, Brad Cogburn & Tyler Mitchell for creating this great display!
FAITH LUTHERAN YOUTH
July 1-5: National Youth Gathering in San Antonio. Please pray for Hannah Bruce, Magan & Gaby Carrasco, Billy Cogburn, Rieken Douglas, Megan Franz, Pastor Konz, Tyler Mitchell, Emma Quade, Bamma Strohmeyer & Coby Vandenberg as they travel, serve & worship together.
National Youth Gathering:
Live streaming Dome Events: All Dome Events taking place on July 1-5 will be live streamed through www.lcmsgathering.com. Please encourage the community back home to join us by tuning in for:
- Mass Events on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday at 8:30pm CST
- Worship on Thursday at 10 am CST
- Mass Event on Thursday at 7:30pm CST
- Mass Event on Friday at 9 am CST
LUTHERAN WOMEN MISSIONARY LEAGUE NEWS
- Had a GREAT turnout for the church picnic we sponsored at the home of Bill and Marlene White on June 9th.
- Enjoyed a wonderful baby shower for Heather (Soltau) Paup on June 22nd
- Marlene White and Whitney Lee attended the LWML Convention
Date: June 27-30, 2013
Theme: “Quenched! By the Water”
Scripture Verse: [Jesus said:] “… but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).
- Provided meals with several church families and individuals due to surgeries and a new baby.
- Officers and any other interested women will meet to plan the programs and activities for the upcoming year from September, 2013 to May, 2014. Let Lynann Simpson know if you have some ideas to share. The date will be set later so watch church bulletins and your email in July.
Plan to join us anytime! All women of all ages are welcome. You know the saying, the more the merrier! And, as always, we move forward with the LWML motto: “Serve the Lord with Gladness.”
On June 6, fourteen S.A.I.L. members, including Pastor Tom, met for Bible Study in Room 6 at 10:00am with refreshments from Cheryl Konz and Jeanette Quade. We had a challenging discussion about Pentecost and how it reversed God’s judgment of the self-centered pride of man at theTower ofBabel. Pentecost was God’s act to give His Word to all people when people of all nations could understand the disciples who had received the Holy Spirit, as Christ had promised, and could speak in foreign languages to share the Good News. Pastor’s questions covered the purpose of the sound of a violent wind, the symbolism of fire and how the Pentecost experience differed from later manifestations of the Spirit.
Once again, the summer includes one meeting each month, so in July we will meet on the 18th. Everyone is welcome to join us at 10:00am for our lively discussions of the Bible. We are still pursuing the plan to include an exercise class as soon as we know which room will be available.
BOARD OF EVANGELISM
- Our thanks go to Doug Hanna for the latest signs: Believe, Belong, Be Loved to be placed in theFaithFamilyCenter above the stage!
- Our desire is to implement a method to submit prayer requests electronically and we are working on updating the website to also include the Witness Word (our monthly Sunday morning witness from the pew).
- We welcome anyone who wants to help maintain the prayer garden. The drip irrigation is set for 2 different days so weeds should be easy to pull Tuesday and Saturday.
- Praying that we all grow to accept witnessing as a privilege.
The following devotion was in our church’s Portals of Prayer quarterly book last year. I felt it was worth sharing.
“Spare the rod and spoil the child.” We all know the saying. It comes out of Proverbs 13:24 and 29:15. In principle, we probably all agree with the saying. But the difficulty comes in the application of it.
Some of us experienced the rod of discipline. It stung for a while (and sometimes for a long while), but it changed our behavior. And when it was accompanied by the firm expression that though we were loved, our behavior was unacceptable, we gained wisdom.
If receiving the rod was difficult, it is equally difficult, it is equally difficult to know how and when to use the rod. It needs to be used with great care. We do not wish to “provoke our children to anger” (Ephesians 6:4). But neither do we wish for them to disgrace their mother. Our love for the children in our care may indeed call for us to use the rod. When we discipline, we express our love in that they know the consequences of sinful behavior. We wish for them to be everything that God has called them to be.
For our sinful behavior, we seek the forgiveness of our gracious and loving Lord. For those times when the rod was spared, and for those times it was inappropriately applied, we seek and find forgiveness in Christ. He endured the “rod” for all our sinful behavior.
TheFaithSchoolexpansion is just about complete. We have a few open spots for the upcoming semester and need your help spreading the word! Our community has known for years that we have a long waiting list here at Faith and some are discouraged to inquire because it has always been a long list. Please help get the word out that we are enrolling and the list isn’t something to be discouraged by. As always, thanks for the kind words and encouragement in the community about the program. We are blessed to have the reputation we do and it is solely from word of mouth!
Serving Him, Magan Carrasco
Ways to serve:
1. Help Mary Walter work on our flower beds around the church andFamilyCentereach Tuesday at 9 AM. Give her a call to volunteer.
2. Lawn Care: Contact Reuben Walter or the Cogburn family (yard) or Everett Seider (Faith Field) for more information.
3. Volunteer to help with Altar Guild…contact Rosanne Keilers.
4. Drivers Wanted: To take a turn drivingCary Strohmeyer to his doctor’s appointments, please call him at 254-396-5018 (cell) or 254-968-2560 (home).
5. Always…pray for our staff: Pastor Konz, Mary Walters and Cindy Stafford (organists), Kim Mitchell (youth and education), Magan Carrasco and Faith School teachers and care givers, Shirley Febinger and Moises Espinoza (custodians), Nichole Monroe (church and school administrative assistant).
CONGRATULATIONS: to Ricky and Sarah Osterloh on their beautiful baby boy Zane Everett Osterloh. He was born on June 19, 2013 at 9:22 a.m. he was 9 lbs 4 oz and 19 inches long.
CONGRATULATIONS: to Ty and Sarah Weaver on their beautiful baby boy, Connor Jaxon Weaver. He was born on June 26, 2013 at 11:53 a.m. he was 10 lbs 2 oz and 21 inches long.