“Meeting the World Head On”
As I type this, the news of mass murders of Christians inPakistanand non-Muslims inKenyais still sending sobering chills through my heart and mind. It is in times like this that I remember my father, the first Rev. Konz, telling me 40 years ago that these days would come. He always wanted me to know of the persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union and to realize that it could come toAmerica. Having pastored for 15 years in a once peaceful country now racked by Muslim violence against Christians, he was not naïve about the dangers of living as a Christian in a world hostile to it. It isn’t just certain sects of Islam that are at war with our Faith, but also godless secularism and philosophy that seeks to tear us apart from our moral and religious bearings.
I urge you to be aware of the enemies of the Cross all around. When they don’t kill the body they kill faith through the repeated temptations. Exploiting sinful human nature, they have conquered many souls already.
But we are not without defensive armor and offensive weapons. The faithful and frequent use of the means of grace, God’s Word and sacrament, along with much prayer, can keep us strong against the enemy’s onslaught. We pray not only for personal protection, but also for the conversion of our enemies. Christ has turned many former foes, like St. Paul, from their evil to follow Him. Pray for those captured by the deceptions and demands of the devil. We may have to pay with our own life, but victory is the Lord’s in the end. His justice will prevail. Remain faithful to the end. He will return to set things right. Pastor Tom
Sunday Worship Themes in October
October 6th “You Are My Witnesses” Luke 24:44-53 LWML Sunday
October 13th “Faithful to the End” 2 Timothy 2:1-13
October 20th “Timeless Word for Today’s World” 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
October 27th “Freedom From What, For What?” John 8:31-36
BOARD OF ELDERS:
The elders regularly discuss worship related concerns, so speak to them if you have comments on that. They also confidentially address needs of members and each have a group of families that they are to care for. (To know who your elder is, call the Pastor or Church Office.) They are using a training guide titled, “Pastors and Elders: Caring for the Church and One Another.” New with this board, they are sending birthday post cards to their care group members. Actions taken at the meeting of September 23:
1. Revise pre-service time: a. Brief review of church-wide events b. extension of peace to those around you. c. worship preview and prayer.
2. Voted to include a hymn during distribution, when choir is not singing. ,
3. Whole-heartedly approve use of pew Bibles, using the paperback ones used now for guests. This will start when we get enough to distribute.
4. If time permits after Voter’s Meeting on Sept 29, review with ushers and greeters their responsibilities.
5. We discussed pros and cons of having one 5th Sunday worship at a neutral hour, or have more intentionally inclusive mixer type activities during our brunch. Member input is encouraged. Call your elder.
SERVING FAITH IN OCTOBER
8:15 a.m. Service
Usher: Leonard Kelly &Troy Kimbrough
Greeter: Edna Tate
Altar: Shelia Small & Sue Angerhofer
Acolyte: 6th Tara, 13th Jamee, 20th Aiden, 27th Karsyn
10:45 a.m. Service
Usher: Franklin Wood & Lyder Quade
Greeter: Inge Easterling
Altar: Sheila Small & Sue Angerhofer
Acolyte: 6th Landry, 13th Ethan, 20th Karlee, 27th Kason
LWML SUNDAY- OCTOBER 6TH
8:15 a.m. Service
Usher/ Greeter: Ola Faye Howard & Cindy Franz
10:45 a.m. Service
Usher/ Greeter: Shirley Febinger & Rosanne Keilers
If you are at a service and the scheduled server is not present, please step up and volunteer.
Snack Snack Snack Drink/Server
6 Small Nelson Cubbage Sparkman
13 Tate Nehring Wright Weber
20 Bills Cameron Carlson Hatton
27 Franz Fredrickson Keilers Gallagher
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
Sunday School News—Calling all Parents and Kids and Adults!
We have had a wonderful start in September. We are blessed with very dedicated teachers. I am so thankful to them for their preparation and their love of all of our children and adults! Take the time to encourage them and let them know you appreciate their willingness to prepare and to teach and to love our kids, young and old!
Do you know what is in the Old Testament? Our kid and youth lessons have been examining King David, Solomon, and the Fall of Jericho, to name a few. The Old Testament stories and heroes show us that what is happening TODAY in the world is nothing new. There are so many REAL lessons to learn from God’s Word that apply to our lives today. Pastor Konz and Brent Stroebel are digging deeper into the day’s worship lessons to older and younger adults (including college students), respectively. John Franz is leading a video series for adults from Lutheran Hour Ministries that goes through books of the Bible.
We have had from 12-22 students each Sunday, plus up to 20 adults. Of course, it is always more fun the more that are there as it encourages and helps create friendships. But the BEST reason for being in Sunday School is that Christians need to know God’s Word. We never stop learning! Today’s world is getting crazier and having the foundation of God’s Word brings us a strength and faith that will be needed more than ever.
We give our kids food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and make sure they go to school. These are all great and necessary for their physical needs and to help them grow up strong. What about their spiritual needs and building their faith in God and their relationship with Jesus? Sunday school is a great place to help fulfill their spiritual needs and build a strong faith.
And around the corner…preparing for our Christmas Program to be held on Sunday, December 15th. J
Blessings everyone, Cheryl Konz, SS Superintendant …and a big believer in the power of Christian Education for our daily lives…
Faith Lutheran Youth
Schedule for October
2nd & 9th – 4:45 Confirmation 23rd– 4:45 Confirmation
5:45-7 p.m. FLY 5:45-7 p.m. FLY
16th – 4:45 Confirmation 30th – FLY FALL CARNIVAL
5:45-6:45 p.m. FLY 5:30-7:30 p.m.
7-9 p.m. Fields of Faith for
Fall Fun is on the Way!
The annual FLY Fall Carnival will be held on Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Faith Family Center. This is a great evening to see all our Faith School friends, in costume, and join in fun and fellowship with our Faith family. Each FLY family will be in charge of one game booth. Dinner will also be served. The cost is $5 per child or $20 per family. Plan to join us!
FLY kids are Awesome and Also very hungry. They meet Wednesday evenings. To help feed them there are many options. Sponsor a night to feed the group, or donate cash or gift cards from HEB or Wal-Mart; put a check in the offering basket with Feed FLY on the memo. You can put any of these in Kim Mitchell orTammy Cogburn’s mailbox or give to Nichole in the office. Thank you for supporting our Youth. It’s a great investment If you have any questions, please contactTammy Cogburn 254-967-3865 call or text is fine
Lutheran Women Missionary League News
Greetings to all women of our Faith Lutheran Family!
Our new “year” has started off with the fantastically fun “Progressive Dinner” on September 15th. Thirty-seven men and women attended, plus seven children wonderfully taken care of by Landry Stroebel. Many generous donations for missions were received in our Mite Box. There was lots of laughter at all the tables as we traveled to different places to sit and also enjoyed the conversation starters at each table. All left with smiles as well as some new friendships.
The “Promise” group of 20 enjoyed the performance in Glen Rose at the Amphitheatre on Friday, Sept. 27th. Many rode in the church van, driven by Lyder Quade, to add to the special evening with lots of good conversation and wonderful door to door service!
We also helped with the Faith School 10 Year Anniversary and Chamber Ribbon Cutting on Sept. 25th by providing lots of cookies, punch, as well as many of us making sandwiches for the evening. What a special time!
The Bible Study DVD Series, “Overflowing Abundance” began on Sept. 23rd and 30th in Room 6 led by Marlene White. Those in attendance are enjoying the presentation and being fed special truths on the Holy Bible.
- LWML Sunday is October 6th with a new banner
- LWML Fall Rally Oct. 13th @ 2:00pm in Azle—we will carpool for any interested in going
- Arts/Crafts work nights at 7:00 in Room 6 Oct. 9th, 16th, 23rd and Nov. 6th if needed—All help and craft ideas are welcome from everyone!
- Advent by Candlelight is back!!! Sunday evening, November 24th. HOSTESSES ARE NEEDED to decorate tables and to invite guests to fill your table. Sign-up on the narthex and/or talk to Lynann Simpson regarding what is needed. The theme is “Joy to the World”.
Next business meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 9th @ 7:00. All are welcome
S. A. I. L.
The question Pastor Tom asked us to begin our Bible Study in Room 9 on September 12 was, “What will happen on Saturday, Sep. 14?” The answer, that none of the nine present, could give led us to the study on Holy Cross Day. It is a reminder that God’s glory is chiefly displayed in the humility, service, suffering, and death of Jesus for our salvation.
We enjoyed delicious carrot cake refreshments served by Jeanette and Lyder Quade. Members continued to choose months for hostess duties. S.A.I.L. plans to take a collection on Oct. 3 for helping FLY with a meal.
Our Matter of Balance class with Tamara completed the four week course on Sep. 5 with 16 people. All in attendance gained more confidence because of the exercises and lessons on how to age and continue to feel physically secure and enjoy every day. Thanks to Darleene for organizing the class.
On our S.A.I.L. meeting this month, we toured the Veldhuizen Cheese Shop and had lunch at Granny Clark’s in Dublinon Thursday, Sep. 26th.
In October we will meet for Bible study on the 3rd and our S.A.I.L. meeting on 17th. Please join us as we enjoy learning more about God, visiting with friends and tasting great refreshments.
Prayer Retreat: (Room connected to Room 9 in FFC) has a fresh coat of paint and is ready for use again. The small brown lamp that was in there is missing so we’d appreciate its return. Prayer Garden: Plans were discussed for plants in front of the bench to enclose the garden. Website: Plan to add background pictures to indicate ongoing activity. Big appreciation to Nichole for keeping it current!
Witness Word: At the end of some worship services board members highlight pamphlets on various topics available on the track rack. We also would like to plan an event (around food of course) at which we share witness-in-the workplace tips. Consider how you have ministered to people you encounter during the week. This event will give you a chance to share and learn. (Name suggestions: Witness Works, or Wiki Witness)
The Board wants your ideas on sustainable ministries to people in our community, for example, Operation Christmas Child that other churches in town are doing. We are thinking something more visible and participatory for our members in addition to Breadbox.
Ideas to have Board of Elders discuss:
1. Instead of printing Scriptures in bulletin, provide pew Bibles. It will get people familiar with the whole Bible, emphasize that the readings are part of greater context. Also, first time visitors can take theirs home if they desire to, since we try to give them one anyway. (Of course it will cut down on paper.)
2. Providing one-on-one prayer beside at prayer kneeler with prayer partner available during communion.
3. Extend greeting in worship to insure that visitors are welcomed by all.
The Board also plans to set up a Welcome Station in the narthex. More information will be shared as plans develop. We emphasized the importance of connecting our guests and new members to other members and activities. This is not a program, but an intentional process guided by the love that the Holy Spirit awakens in us. We also will seek to stay in touch with non-church VBS families throughout the year. Along with FLY and LWML and others the Board helped with the Faith School Reunion/Ribbon cutting and looks forward to helping with Faithfest as well.
The Board’s ongoing questions:
1. What would a first time visitor expect and make them want to return?
2. How else can serve our community in ways that are sustainable and invite all the members to participate?
3. How can we be distinct Christian and Lutheran witness in our community?
4. How can we improve the assimilation of new members and guests?
You have by now been handed (or mailed) an envelope to challenge you to grow in the grace of giving. It is designed to encourage you to consider making a small step of faith by increasing your donations to the church at a higher percentage. Prayerfully consider what you can do, based on the material blessings God has given you, and also what you want to do joyfully, based on the incredible blessings of God’s love and forgiveness in Christ. Consider also what is needed to be done for the growing ministry opportunities ahead, and to help you remember that all things in this life belong to God. Of those blessings, we are but stewards, and accountable to God for our stewardship.
As soon as you can, please return the commitment card in a sealed envelope to the church office (marked box is there) or you can place it in the offering plate during the service, or mail it back. Concerning the charitable giving by the saints, St. Paulwrote:, as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. 2 Cor. 8:7
FAITH FEST is November 9th: It is time to publicize and to get ready to sell tickets. Pick up some Faithfest flyers today to put up at your place of business or at other places you like to DO business. Faithfest Ticket envelopes will be distributed starting Sunday, October 6th.
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR Nov. 8-9—Craft items will be sold by LWML at the arts and crafts fair. This is one of two fundraisers LWML does. Monies all go to missions and a variety of church projects. All donations welcome.
October 9, 16, 23, 30 (Weds.) will be craft work nights at 7:00 in Room 6 of Family Center. We can work on our own things to work on and bring extras for others to work on, or just come and help with what others bring to do.
Meals on Wheels: Oct. 4th Walter 11th Pack 18th Quade 25th Simpson
THANK YOU: I wish to thank the following people who were involved in the cutting down of my large tree last month:Troy Kimbrough, Jeff Stroebel and Brent Stroebel. These men gave up a Saturday morning with their families to help me with my situation. Not only did they get the job done, but their teamwork made it more pleasant, if that’s what you call sawdust and sweat! Thanks also the Keilers and Sims families for providing food to get us through the day. My sincere appreciation goes out for everyone’s hard work.
Many blessings to you and your families. Darlene Hufstutler
LUTHERAN WITNESS: This monthly magazine is the official communication medium for all LCMS Lutherans. Besides informing us of Synod events and developments, it also has includes useful features and stories to inspire faith. Texas District information is extensively reported in the supplement inserted in the magazine. Pictures of people you know have been included in the past. We subscribe to this on behalf of all the members and have it mailed to you directly, to encourage its use church wide, and the cost for your subscription through the church is $12.50/year. To subscribe to it on your own would cost $24.00/year, so this is the most economical way to get all the news. Your extra donation to cover your discounted subscription is encouraged, as this is not covered in the budget. If for any reason, you do not want to receive it, let us know, and we will remove your name. Call or write the church office if you have questions. Our deadline for the current mailing list adjustment is October 11th.
Tim Lewis 10/1 Sheryl Malone 10/16
Tammy Cogburn 10/2 Temperance Espinoza 10/17
Ed Weber 10/4 Ralph Hymer 10/21
Dee Ann Nelson 10/7 Sam Weber 10/23
Evan Tarpley 10/8 Adam Garza 10/25
Mary Walter 10/9 Don Kirklen 10/26
John Franz 10/10 David Beyer 10/29
Scarlett Bills 10/11 Diana Wood 10/29
Rose Kelly 10/11 Diana Synatzske 10/30
Marlene White 10/13