Neither Cradle or Cross Cancelled
This is probably a good time to go ahead and publish my working policy on when I will cancel worship services due to inclement weather: It isn’t going to happen. I was tempted to add, “unless I can’t make it”, being the pastor and all. But it’s not my church, it is Christ’s Church. Even if I can’t make it to lead services, that doesn’t prevent God’s people from gathering around His Word and singing his praises. Those that can make it and want to make it, will.
So, when it comes to Sunday morning worship, you have no need to call me or the elders to ask if we have “canceled”. Rest assured we haven’t. It may be cancelled for you, if you just can’t make it at all. You should not jeopardize your safety under a legalistic obligation to worship, for God-pleasing worship is joyful and willing. If you feel confident you can safely get to the church, then know it will be open, or you can open it yourself. We might not have some of the conveniences available, but it will be open.
Why do I take that position? I was reflecting on all the inconveniences that Christ put up with to win our salvation. He deserved a royal birthing room, but his parents had to settle for a crude manger made for animal feed. He emptied himself of his divine power and glory to condescend to us, humbling himself to death on a cross. His suffering was immeasurable, his sacrifice complete. Most remarkably, he saw it coming and like every Jew knew what crucifixions entailed. Yet he did not cancel the cross. He carried it. And that is such good news for the world that I want nothing to interfere with the telling of it and the praise that Jesus deserves for saving us.
Certainly, not weather. The unofficial motto of the U. S. Postal System, is this: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. By God’s grace and power may we have equal if not greater commitment to being couriers of God’s Good News in Christ, gathering to receive, believe, for prayer and to share the love of God.
Christ cancelled nothing in his appointed rounds due to difficult tasks and inconvenience. How can we? We are one with the Hebrews 11 saints and the persecuted saints around the world today who regularly pay the price of following Christ. Let us aspire to follow their example. Pastor Tom
Sunday Worship Themes in December
December 1 “Morning People” Romans 13:11-14
December 8 “Abounding in Hope” Romans 15:4-13
December 15 “The Purpose of Patience” James 5:7-11
December 22 “The Communion of God” Romans 1:1-7
December 29 “Why Christmas, Anyway” Galatians 4:4-7
Wednesdays in December and Christmas Eve
December 4: Advent Midweek 1:
Jesus Is Emmanuel, Isaiah 7:10–14 and Wisdom, Colossians 1:24–2:3
December 11: Advent Midweek 2:
Jesus Is Lord; Exodus 3:1–6, 13–15 and
Jesus Is the Root of Jesse, Isaiah 11:1–10
December 18: Advent Midweek 3:
Jesus Is the Key of David, Revelation 3:7 and
Jesus Is the Day spring, Luke 1:68–79
December 24: Christmas Eve:
Jesus Is King, Psalm 72
SERVING FAITH IN DECEMBER
8:15 a.m. Service
Usher: Dorwin and JoAnn Schulze
Greeter: Charles Fulton & Jimmy Pack
Altar: Rosanne Keilers
Acolyte: 1: Jamee Nelson, 8: Cooper Vandenberg, 15: Colby Vandenberg,
22: Kason Seider, 29: Kason Seider
10:45 a.m. Service
Usher: Rueben Walter
Greeter: Neal Lovin & Karl Easterling
Altar: Rosanne Keilers
Acolyte: 1: Ethan Nehring, 8: Rett Douglas, 15: Noah Ashley,
22: Landry Stroebel, 29: Tristan Hanna
Acolyte for Christmas Eve Service: Eric Carrasco
If you are at a service and the scheduled server is not present, please step up and volunteer.
Snack Snack Snack Drink/Server
1 Carrasco Mitchell Pack Hanna
8 Lovin Quade Simpson Small
15 Nelson Seider Strohmeyer Sparkman
22 Nehring Tate VanWright Weber
29 Fifth Sunday
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—KIDS AND ADULTS J
- Classes every Sunday at 9:45-10:30
- 3 years up to 100yrs.
- Nursery care for little ones
- Pastor Konz—adult class in narthex or Room 9
- John Franz—adult class Room 6 w/video
- Brent Stroebel—young adult class in Pastor’s office
- Javier Garza & Diana Synatzske—7th-12th in youth room
- Lindsey Hatfield—4th-6th on room next to pastor’s office
- Amy CurtoysJansen—1st-3rd in library
- Sarah Osterloh/Cheryl Hatton/Cindy Franz—preschool-K in FFC kindergarten room
- Bethany Espinoza and Cheryl Konz substitutes
RIGHT NOW…FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS PROGRAM!!!! Thanks to all participating!
- Dec. 1st– short rehearsals of Christmas Program in our SS classrooms 9:45-10:30
- Dec. 8th– FULL rehearsal of Christmas Program with 3yr. – high school 9:45-10:30. Please be there if at all possible. Parent help appreciated with supervision.
- Dec. 8th Costumes distributed—parent help appreciated.
- Dec. 15th– FULL rehearsal of program 9:45-10:30 with everyone!!
- Dec. 15th– Program “Silent Night, Holy Night” begins at 6:00pm—children arrive IN COSTUME by 5:40pm.
6. Dec. 15th– Everyone brings a plate of goodies to share following the program
7. Dec. 22nd– Classes will be regular with a special Christmas theme/activity
8. Dec. 29th– No Sunday School
9. Jan. 5th– Regular Sunday School
Thanks to all the teachers for their faithfulness in teaching. Thanks to so many parents that bring their children to Sunday School. Thanks be to God for His wondrous Word and our freedom to study it in America. God’s blessings to all of you! Please plan to join in a regular class every Sunday. You will be blessed AND your presence will be a blessing to others.
Merry Christmas…and in His love and service, Cheryl Konz—SS Superintendent
Faith Lutheran Youth
Advent Season is HERE! PLEASE note the change in our Wednesday schedule.
Wednesdays, Dec. 4th, 11th & 18th:
Confirmation Classes- 4:45 p.m.
Open Gym 5:30 p.m. -Do NOT use the gym prior to 5:30. It is needed for Faith School.
Advent Supper- 6:00 p.m.
Advent Worship- 6:45 p.m.
FLY will provide the first Advent supper on Wednesday, December 4th.
Boys – please bring 1 bag hamburger buns & 1 bag of chips.
Girls – please bring 1 large dessert.
Advent Bible Study for high school/college students only!
Join me following Advent worship on December 4th for the JOSHUA CODE. We will investigate Bible verses every Christian know. We will complete the first three in December. If we like it we will continue after Christmas break. We will help you with a ride home if you need it J
Be watching for opportunities this season to worship together, work together, and enjoy the wonderful miracle that is the birth of our Savior!
Joy and Peace to you and yours-Ms. Kim
- November was busy and successful with the Arts and Crafts fair and FaithFest.
- Advent Lights was all planned and ready, but the weather changed and the cancellation means that NEXT year, you will REALLY be ready!! November 23, 2014 plan on “Joy to the World”.
- Much food was gathered and we provided food and meat for 8 families. Thanks for the generosity of so many of our church family of food and cash. Again, you blessed many as God has blessed you.
- Sunday, Dec. 1st –the Christmas Angel Tree is ready for members to take a tag, buy and wrap the gift, attach the tag to the gift, and return it to the Christmas tree by December 18th . There are children from the community AND elderly angels from Meals on Wheels that you can bless with your gifts!
- December 8th—CAROLING to our shut-ins and elderly members at 2:30pm. Meet at church.
- We are asking for help with treats to put in the Children’s SS gift bags. LWML is providing a special gift and the fruit. Please bring your donations by December 11th.
- December 11th—We will assemble the Children’s Gift Bags to be given out at the Sunday School program the 15th after choir practice, or you can help if you want to do it after church that night.
- Save the Date: January 26th—We have a mission speaker coming, Lois Teinert. She will share about her mission trip to Poland.
- Save the Date: Women’s Retreat February 21-22 at Glen Rose for only $32 each. Sign up if you are interested on the Narthex board.
We appreciate all of the help so many of you give to LWML. Our motto: “Serve the Lord with Gladness” is shared by everyone. Thanks, too, for your donations to our Mite Box on the third Sunday of every month in your support of Missions.
We are thankful for YOU and we wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
On Nov. 7, eleven S.A.I.L. members met in Room 9 for Bible Study with Pastor Tom. The discussion centered on the blessings we receive, both spiritual and physical, as well as, naming our gratitude’s for the many different gifts that people in our congregation share. Pastor Tom pointed out that our thanksgiving is patterned after Christ whose life was one of thankfulness for fulfilling God’s plan for our salvation.
Besides signing a birthday card for Pastor Don Kirklen, members were reminded that we have a guest speaker from CASA for our Nov. 21 S.A.I.L. meeting. Once again, with the help from the congregation, we were able to recycle printer cartridges and secure $40 toward office supplies. Our silent auction basket and free-standing angel at FaithFest provided $80 for helping with community needs.
On December 19, we will celebrate our Christmas lunch downtown at Soup and More. Please let Lynann Simpson know that you will attend.
Prayer Retreat Need Prayer? New signs have been placed at the entrance/exit doors so everyone knows what the Prayer Retreat Room is all about and where it is. You can add prayer needs and praises on the white board in addition to the prayer notebook. Pastor has been requesting and receiving weekly prayer needs for faculty, staff, and families for FaithSchool.
Prayer Garden -We will be placing large rocks in front of the Prayer Retreat Garden for the Faith School and Sunday school classes to sit on. We are planning on adding a fence and more plants to partially enclose the Garden.
Witness Word –At our December 8, 2013 Voter’s Meeting, Javier Garza will be telling about the group that he started at TSU. On the 5th Sunday of each month, beginning March 30, 2014, we will ask congregants to talk about/brainstorm how they “witness-in-the workplace or community”. Brent Stroebel recently ran the New York Marathon so he will share a Witness Word about that experience.
The ESV Bibles for the pews have arrived. We will begin using them December 1, 2013. Of course, if you want to bring your own Bible, please do. Some of us need larger print.
One of our Faith Family members has graciously and generously offered to purchase four Faith Lutheran highway signs, (two for Hwy. 377 & two for Hwy. 281). Thank you! We are excited to get those made and placed. We will be looking for places to put them so please give us ideas.
Sarah Osterloh was pleased with the many volunteers helping her in the FaithFest children’s activity area. The children had fun!
Bethany Espinoza has resigned from our board. We ask for your prayerful consideration to fill this vacancy. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Meals on Wheels: Dec. 6: Walter, Dec. 13: Simpson, Dec. 20: Pack,
Dec. 24: Christmas Meals on Wheels: Faith Lutheran Members, Dec. 27: Sparkman
Christmas Meals on Wheels: Tuesday, December 24
“Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me”.
Friends and members of Faith Lutheran Church will again cook, package, and deliver a home-cooked Christmas dinner to those persons who receive Meals on Wheels here in Stephenville. Assembly of the meals will begin at 9am on Tuesday, December 24, with delivery of the meals beginning at 10:30am.
Volunteers are needed to COOK or PACKAGE or DELIVER the meals. If you would like to be a part of this holiday tradition, please sign up on the poster located in the narthex.
You may contact Cindy Stafford at 968-4337(h), 918-1212(o), or 592-6630(c).
Church Choir Practices
Chime choir Practices: 4:15 on Dec 4, 11, and 18
Adult choir practice after midweek services on Dec 4, 11, and 18
Kathleen Wertz 12/2 Kris Nehring 12/21
Sarah Small 12/3 Robbie Schermerhorn 12/22
Robin Kimbrough 12/4 AlexandriaLopez 12/23
Heidi Douglas 12/7 Marilyn Pack 12/24
Luke Wilson 12/7 Chris Lewis 12/25
Cheryl Konz 12/8 Nora Lovin 12/25
Ola Merck 12/9 Terry West 12/25
Tristan Hanna 12/13 Cassandra Hanna 12/26
Christopher Kirklen 12/16 Brent Stroebel 12/28
Leonard Kelly 12/19 Kallan Kimbrough 12/29
Lyder Quade 12/20 Britt Nordstrom 12/31
Jeff Stroebel 12/20
Faith Fellowship Meal