December 2013 Newsletter

Pastor’s Page

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

Worship

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.

Brunch Schedule

                   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

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!

  1. Dec. 1st– short rehearsals of Christmas Program in our SS classrooms 9:45-10:30
  2. 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.
  3. Dec. 8th Costumes distributed—parent help appreciated.
  4. Dec. 15th– FULL rehearsal of program 9:45-10:30 with everyone!!
  5. 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

 

LWML

  • 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!

S.A.I.L

        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.

Evangelism

          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 WordAt 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

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

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 ANNOUNCEMENTS

  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

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

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 

 

Thanks for Trials, Lord

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds”  James 1:2

Joseph, son of Jacob, knew the value of trials in strengthening faith and character.  Perhaps a bit vain, he nevertheless did not deserve to be sold to slave traders by his brothers.  And certainly, when unfairly judged guilty of assault in Egypt, he did not deserve to be thrown into the dungeon.  Yet through these trials he triumphed by receiving them as God’s leading him and testing him for a noble task ahead. He rose to power and glory in Egypt while saving his family from starvation. By counting such trials as joys, and not reasons to grumble, or excuses to sin, he was available to do God’s work and to be delivered in God’s time.  He might have well looked back at those difficult days with thanksgiving to God.

As we focus on thanksgiving as the main theme of tomorrow’s national holiday, I suggest that we expand our definition of blessing for which we give thanks.  Instead of just thanking God for all those things that went well and made life easier, we can truly thank Him also for our trials.  Did they not shape our character, build our faith, and show us the glory and goodness of God as we learned to lean more on Him and less on our own strength?  And have we considered what purpose God may have had in leading us through these tough times?  Who knows what He is preparing us for?  No matter what we go through, we have His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Not only did Jesus set the example of commending himself to God at the height of his suffering, He enables us to do the same.  By taking our punishment on the cross we don’t need to waste time wondering if God is punishing us.  He disciplines us out of love, to mold our character and to give us the experiences that will enable us to serve Him in the way He will call us.  So give thanks for the various kinds of trials. Ask God to keep you strong through them and to show how you can serve through your suffering.

Happy Thanksgiving, especially for the trials.

Pastor Tom

 

“Now/Not Yet”

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.  Isaiah 11:6

In this idyllic description of paradise, when the Prince of Peace reigns victorious with all his true followers, we see a picture far different from present reality. Recently at the Dallas Zoo we found out that not even the lions could dwell together, much less a lion and a fattened calf.  A male for some unknown reason killed a lioness.  The incident reminds us that the world is still a dangerous place for both man and beast. When you add to the predatory instincts of animals the violent nature of humanity, along with typhoons and tornadoes, you have a hostile and dangerous environment.

Yet, I have seen some amazing pictures already of animals that are natural enemies dwell together in peace. There are also bright spots of amazing cooperation between peoples of different languages and religions.  These are not the norm, but a preview and glimpse of paradise. The perfection ofParadisewill have to wait until Christ returns to rescue us from our sinful nature.

Until then we walk in the tension of now and not yet. We thank God for the new life in Christ he has given us, and know that not yet can it be made perfect. It is vital that we learn to live in this tension so that we don’t despair over man’s effort to create heaven on earth. History is cluttered with failed attempts at that very thing.

And that is a good thing. For God loves us too much to let us be satisfied with the best that we can do for ourselves. He wants us to have the best that He can give us. In Christ Jesus, where we are already free from the penalty of sin, we get a preview of paradise, where neither sin nor death will abide.  We can be confident by faith that we have this promise as good as done even now. But at the same time we don’t have it yet, So we press on in daily repentance, good works, and sharing God’s Good News with others, until the not yet becomes the now, forever.  Do not be discouraged that perfection is not now yet, for it is certain one day to be so.

Pastor Tom

 

He Still Stands

Surrounded by mass destruction from typhoon Haiyan, a statue of Jesus in the Philippine coastal town of Tanawan survived completely intact.  Whether or not you consider its survival a miracle or just good construction, it still serves as a visual reminder of God’s presence on earth and a sign of hope. (See it here: http://inagist.com/all/400487786890797056/)

Of course Jesus was no statue during his time on earth. He spoke words of comfort to his followers.  He said then, and still does today through sacred writ, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28   When you have lost everything, what else is left—Jesus, who restores our courage and raises our hopes.  When you have lost loved ones to death and you start to realize how fragile your own life is, where do you go for answers—Jesus, whose death and resurrection took the sting out of death by forgiving our sins and promises eternal life where there is no more death or loss.  Are his arms reaching out to you today? Go to Him.

He spoke words of challenge to his followers as well.  He said then, and still does today through sacred writ, “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’  Matthew 25:40   So today we see these arms reaching out to his Church on earth, inviting, urging, and appealing to us to come over and help.  Pour out your prayers and open your purse.  We are the hands, head, and heart of our Lord on earth.  He does the miraculous, the divinely possible all on his own, and sometimes through us, but we do the humanly possible wherever and whenever we can.  Is his appeal challenging you to action now?  Go for Him.

Yes, another disaster, among many of the past and many to come.  Still we worship the same Jesus, ever present in the midst of our distress. He stretches out his arms to those who hurt with comfort. He appeals to those who can help.  In whatever camp you find yourself, know that He still stands. 

Pastor Tom   

In This Together

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, Ephesians 2:19

 

   Does your family have traditions–daily, weekly, monthly, or annual?  We probably don’t analyze the reasons for our traditions, we just do them. It may be the evening meal around the table, a birthday party ritual, a vacation you take a particular time or place. Practicing traditions are natural for us, because they help to strengthen the bond of family relations.

What does a family look like that has no such bonding rituals? Members will start to disengage from the family to do their own thing. They will form their own value system and seek their own counsel or that outside of their family, away from those who know and love them the most.

Our Creator God understands our natural need to bond and form supporting relationships. That’s why when His Spirit draws people to faith in Him; He also brings them together in a church family, or household of God. Contrary to the notion that some have, “church” is not a man-made institution, but is rather God’s own way of seeing that His sons and daughters have a spiritual family where faith can grow and bear fruit. To that family he has given rituals and times that strengthen the bonds between members of His family and with Him.

Those traditions and rituals include the sacraments, the hearing and teaching of Scripture, prayers for common needs and for one another, holding ourselves accountable to God and to each other through confession, and the universal language of music.  Add to these gifts from God our mutual friendships and support networks and you get a strong “family”. God knows not only that we need Him, but that we also need each other, so he wisely invites us to be in his family together. There, we are no longer strangers and aliens, but members of the household of God.

Pastor Tom Konz

 

November 2013 Newsletter

Pastor’s Page

 

“How Can I Serve Today?”

     That was my prayer the morning I that I wrote this. I never prayed quite those words before, but as they marinated in my head, I got to thinking about all the good things that could come if we lived out this prayer each day.

Consider these blessings:

a. You will never be bored with nothing to do.  There is always a need      somewhere, at home, at work, in school, while shopping, etc.  Somewhere        someone    needs to you to listen, to care, to pick up, to carry, to be a calm     presence amid the        stress, to smile, laugh, cry, and hold.  The possibilities    of service (how and whom)   are endless.

You will always have something to do.

b. You won’t have any problems.  Well, they won’t seem so large.  Nothing lifts           worry and personal stress like stepping out of your own world and into        someone else’s world.  It’s not just a function of temporary distraction from      your problems, but in getting perspective on them.  You see that you are not   alone in having challenges.  It makes yours seem more manageable when you          help someone else manage theirs.

c. Your joy and gratitude will grow.  Helping others is just intrinsically satisfying.            Period.

d. And the number one reason: you will be doing the will of Jesus.

John 13:12-17- When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and        resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call        me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher,    have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an        example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a    servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent          him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

 

In service to the King, Pastor Tom

 

 

Sunday Worship Themes in November

          November 3rd              “Blessed through Stress”              Matthew 5:1-12

                                                    All Saints Sunday

          November10th                “God of the Living”                      Luke 20:37-38

          November17th       “Working While We Wait”     2 Thessalonians 3:6–13

          November 24th            “Jesus, Remember Me”                       Luke 23:42

                                       Last Sunday of the Church Year

 

SERVING FAITH IN NOVEMBER

Worship

8:15 a.m. Service

Usher:       Bob Small & David Beyer

Greeter:     Mark Gallagher

Altar:          Marilyn Pack

Acolyte: 3 Tara Garza, 10 Jamee Nelson, 17 Cooper Vandenberg, 24 Alex Cameron

10:45 a.m. Service

Usher:       Bill White & Rueben Walter

Greeter:     Lee Barlow

Altar:          Marilyn Pack

Acolyte: 3 Noah Ashley, 10 Eric Carrasco, 17 Landry Stroebel, 24 Ethan Nehring

 

                                                                     Brunch Schedule

                   Snack                  Snack                  Snack                  Drink/Server

3                 Angerhofer       Cameron              Bills                      Cubbage

10                Garza                   Febinger              Franz                   Gallagher

17                Konz                   Keilers                 Kimbrough          Hatton

24               Schulze                Lee                       Lewis                     Espinoza

If you are at a service and the scheduled server is not present, please step up and volunteer.

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.

 

Worship changes present and future:

Mutual Greetings: For the last few weeks we have been taking a few moments between the announcements and the opening prayer to greet one another with God’s peace.  We want to be especially mindful of first time guests and that they, as well as each other, feel welcome in the House of God.

Communion hymns: We are now practicing the Lutheran tradition of using a distribution hymn during the Lord’s Supper.  Some may prefer to quietly meditate instead of singing.  Where possible, the words will be printed so that you may take them with you to the altar to sing or reflect upon them while you wait to be served.

Pew Bibles: Beginning December 1, pew Bibles will be used instead of printing the readings in the bulletin. This reminds us that the words come from the fuller revelation of God, improve our familiarity with the Bible, and may even save paper.  Page numbers will be referenced in the bulletin.  First time guests will be invited to keep theirs. The Evangelism Board will be marking them in November.

Nursery: The attended nursery is now the toddler room across from the Faith School office.  In the former nursery anyone who needs to step outside the sanctuary for any reason can now watch the worship service.

SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES

Sunday school News!!!!

 Christmas Program—December 15th—“Silent Night, Holy Night”

This program is probably my favorite thing of the Christmas season.  Teaching our children about the birth of the Savior and having them tell it and sing it as only kids can do is pretty special.  I hope you are planning on being a part of this special event that is WAY better than Santa Claus…and Jesus is REAL, too. J

There is a part for EVERY child and youth from Preschool through 12th grade. Students in 7th-12th grade will be the readers and will not have a song assigned to their group.  But their help and encouragement for the younger ones would be wonderful!

The parts were given out on Nov. 3rd with a letter.  Those not there on the 3rd will receive the letter in the mail during the week.

We will have the Sunday School Bible lessons shortened, but taught, in November.  We will spend some time in the Preschool-6th grade classes each Sunday to practice parts and singing any songs.

          Whole group practices will be during the Sunday school hour 9:45-10:30am December 8th and December 15th.  Costumes will be given out on December 8th.

ALL CHILDREN AGES 3 through HIGH SCHOOL can participate.  It would be great to have all 60 plus kids to be a part of this wonderful Christmas message.

Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions or if your child will not be available to participate in the program so I can re-assign parts if needed.

The management of the program takes lots of help!  I will also need and appreciate parent help on the 8th to pass out costumes.  Also, parents during Sunday school on the 8th and 15th will be needed to help supervise so that our practice goes smoothly!  J  And of course, we all bring a plate of goodies for the fellowship time following the program.

Call, text, or email:   254-592-5593   crkonz@gmail.com

Thanks for helping to bless your child and to bless our Faith Lutheran Family as we share the message that our Savior REALLY did come for the world…prophecy fulfilled!

 

Faith Lutheran Youth

Wednesday Schedule for November

6th and 13th: Confirmation 4:45

                       FLY & LSF 5:45

20th: Confirmation 4:45

         Thanksgiving Meal with Big Brothers & Big Sisters 6-7:30 PM

27th: Anyone in town on the 27th may join us for an afternoon @

          CiCi’s or Taco Casa

         More information will follow on this event.

 

Summer Plans to Share Your Faith!

– Camp Shiloh for youth ages 8-18 – June 2014

–  Discovery @ Camp Lonestar – high school youth only – July 2014

Higher Things – are you ready for something more? Then this is for you! Receive the gifts that come from The Lord. Study, worship & fellowship with other Lutheran high school & college youth. July 1-4 or 8-11, 2014.

Alaska VBS Mission Trip – spread the good news of Jesus Christ in the great state of Alaska. July 31-August 9, 2014

 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities see Ms. Kim

 

LWML News for November—a month for giving THANKS!

          As always, your women have been industrious and busy planning and carrying out a variety of tasks and always remembering the LWML motto to “Serving the Lord with Gladness”.  Check out the plans for November and join us in serving.  May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

-October was LWML Sunday, LWML Zone Rally, Abundant Life Bible Study (for men and women), collecting MITES for Missions, and a business meeting on Oct. 16th.

-October included three Wednesday nights working on crafts for the Nov. 8-9 Arts/Crafts Fair.

Nov. 3rd—you can begin bringing food and/or cash (to Shirley Febinger) for Thanksgiving food baskets

November 8-9th:  Arts and Crafts Fair—any crafts or baked goods are welcome, plus workers.  Bring your items to church Thursday evening, Nov. 7th or contact Lynann or Cheryl.

Nov. 9th—we move our goods to FaithFest at 3:30pm.

Nov. 11th and 25th—last two sessions of “Overflowing Abundance” study 6:30-8:00 in Rm. 6.

November 17th—Mite Box will be displayed in church for donations to Missions.

Nov. 24th—Advent Lights from 5:30-7:00 with spectacular decorations and dessert or quiche.  It is a MUST to get your Advent and Christmas season off to a special start!

Nov. 26th—putting together Thanksgiving baskets

Nov. 27th—distributing Thanksgiving baskets

Dec. 1st—Angel Tree and tags will be up with wrapped gift with tag attached due by Dec. 15th.

S.A.I.L

Our Bible Study began in Room 9 at 10:00am with Pastor Tom leading us in opening prayer.  The study presented was based on our Synod’s mission work and is summed up with three verbs: washing, teaching and feeding.  With the topic of “Christ at the Center,” we studied the commission given by Jesus to the disciples and all of us.  We also collected money for a gift to FLY to use in meal preparation.

Our S.A.I.L. meeting this month on the 17th was presented to 12 members by Pastor Tom.  With several dates on the board while Pastor asked about their importance, we soon found the trail led to significant dates in Martin Luther’s life.  Our meeting concentrated on the upcoming Reformation Day celebration. In addition, Pastor Tom shared with us the video clips he had from the Fly participation in the Field of Faith activity where two of our youth gave their testimonies to all in attendance.  We celebrated birthdays for the month.  Members also brought items for a Christmas-theme basket for the Silent Auction for FaithFest.

Our next Bible study will be on Nov. 7th and our S.A.I.L. meeting will follow on the 21stwith a guest speaker from CASA.  Members plan to gather for their Christmas lunch at Soup and More on the Corner on December 19th at 11:00am.

Evangelism

A Bible verse for the wall above the entrance into the Faith Family Center will be made:  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Prayer Retreat – A more definitive sign to indicate where it is, will be installed above the class 9 door and in other areas of entrance to our church.  A white board, marker & eraser have been installed for additional prayer requests.  A prayer request list for faculty, staff, and families will be included in the monthly Faith School Newsletter.  Mention of this list, the availability of the Prayer Retreat will be made in theFaithSchool Newsletter & the weekly “Need to Know” sent out by email to congregants. The small brown lamp still missing.

Prayer Garden – The dead plants have been replaced. We are discussing installing a fence and/or trellis for plants to provide a more private, meditative atmosphere between the Garden and the parking lot.

Witness Word – 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”.

We will order 3 cases of pew Bibles, put labels in them & highlight specific scriptures like the “guest” Bibles so that if anyone wants to take one they are ready.

(In progress) In order to greet guests more intentionally and assure that the Bibles are given out, the Board will set up a Welcome Station (or other name that may be created), moving the guest book pulpit to a place with more room and with a table holding more information and the gift Bibles.

Each month a “Life News” report from Lutherans For Life will be included as a bulletin insert. Each week a Life Quote and/or Life Thought also from Lutherans For Life will be included in our bulletin.

A prayer for our congregation: Dear Heavenly Father, we are humbled that you have called us and appointed us to be ambassadors of Christ in a world that is not our home. It is a calling much higher and grander than our finite minds can imagine.

We pray that your Holy Spirit will empower us to walk worthy of the calling. We pray that Your unconditional love will flow through us onto those who desperately need Your saving grace. In the name of Christ who is worthy, Amen.

– Ephesians 4:1-2

Stewardship

          Each Faith family has received an intention envelope from the Stewardship committee and the response has been a positive one.  The Living Stewardship Program cards are slowing coming back in and we are appreciative of the time you all have taken.  If you have not completed this card, please do so and return to the church office as soon as possible.  Please consider a step-of-faith in regards to your giving.  As you will all see at the upcoming voters meeting, the council has decided to take on an increase in several expenses and your tithes is what makes our budget possible.  If you are interested in serving on our Stewardship Committee, please email the church office and a member will get in touch with you.  We are currently looking for two more members.

 

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Chime choir

If any students who are in the third grade or older are interested in chime choir, please encourage them to come.  At present we have 3 ringers:  Kathryn Cameron, Tori Cameron, and Logan Hanna.  Tristan and Alex are just filling in on Sundays so there will be 3 ringers for each service.

Recycling

In October we have collected $20 from aluminum can recycling.  Every little bit helps our youth go to camp and other youth activities.  It is important that the young people get to participate in these activities to strengthen their faith and to meet other youth who are Lutherans.  As a junior in high school, I went to an international youth conference inDetroitwith 20,000 other Lutheran youth.  The Texans were really impressed that there were so many others with a Lutheran background.  Continue to bring your aluminum cans to the kitchen by the sanctuary.   Thank you.

Cross Timbers Community Choir and the Tarleton Chamber choir along with the Ft. Worth Symphony will be performing the Vivaldi Gloria and the Poulenc  Gloria on Nov. 23 at 7:30 pm at the Tarleton Fine Arts Auditorium.  Tickets are $12.00 and may be purchased from Cathy Knoll and Shirley Febinger.

Meals on Wheels:  Nov. 1 Walter, Nov. 8 Quade, Nov. 15 Sparkman,

Nov. 22 Pack, Nov. 29 Holiday

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

FaithFest—Nov. 9th 4:00-7:00pm

What do we need????

  1.  YOU—plan to come Nov. 9th It is come and go and carry out available, too!
  2.   Share:  The reason for the event is celebrating our heritage from Europe and the work of Martin Luther on the Reformation and we have FUN doing it!
  3.  Members do need a ticket, too.
  4.  Return ticket money and unsold tickets to office by Nov. 8th or give to Cheryl Konz at the ticket table the night of FaithFest…but Friday is preferred.  Thanks!
  5.  SIGN-UP to HELP: We still desperately need dessert servers, ticket takers, and a little more help serving in the kitchen.  PLEASE check out all the sign up sheets on the narthex board.
  6.  ADVERTISE:  You can do this by putting up a flyer and/or telling others.  Prices are the same at the door or in advance.
  7.   SILENT AUCTION ITEMS:  Cindy is still looking for items for the silent auction.  Let her know and/or sign up on narthex board.
  8.  HERITAGE ROOM ITEMS:  Any items you may have that reflect German, Scandinavian, European heritage such as objects, pictures, books, etc.  Label and bring to display
  9.      BRING FOOD ITEMS:  If you signed up to bring something, please bring it to the Family Center on Saturday, Nov. 9th by 2:30pm.
  10. We guarantee a great time for all.  We hope to see you on Nov. 9th and thanks to all of you that are donating food and your time and for selling tickets and spreading the word.

SS Christmas Program: We will begin a bit of practice during SS Classes, led by the teacher, this month but still have a lesson.   Cheryl will distribute parts on Sunday, Nov. 3rd.  All are invited to participate, whether in SS or not, but a few Sunday mornings to help your child is appreciated.  The program is December 15th.  Talk to or call Cheryl if you have any questions.

Arts and Crafts:  This is LWML’s fall fundraiser.  Bring any crafts and/or baked goods to the church office by Thursday, Nov. 7th.  We would appreciate you pricing them if you can.  Sign up to work a shift if you are available Nov. 8 or 9.  We close up Saturday at 3:00 and move everything to FaithFest.  Thanks for your help!

ADVENT LIGHTS:  Please plan to come on November 24th for a wonderful evening of style, beauty, and inspiration.  This is for women.  Our men help serve and our chime choir performs. The theme is “Joy to the World”—taking us around the world.   As always, sign-ups are on the board in the narthex.  :)

–  HOSTESSES:  If you hostess a table by yourself or with someone, try to fill it with 8 guests.  You will decorate your table according to the theme.

GUESTS:  If you are coming as a guest, sign up to sit at any hostess table you wish, or just to let us know you are coming and we’ll place you at a table.’

-DESSERTS OR QUICHE:   Please volunteer to make a regular or sugar-free dessert or a quiche.  This year guests many choose to dessert or quiche.

THANKSGIVING FOOD FOR NEEDY: You may start bringing food for our Thanksgiving Food Baskets on November 3rd.  Money for Turkeys and other food may be given to Shirley Febinger. They will be delivered Nov. 27.

 

November Birthdays

Rebecca McDougal      11/2                              Jared Stroebel      11/18

Donna Strohmeyer       11/4                              Javier Garza        11/18

Molly Hatton                11/6                              Kim Fimbel         11/22

Neal Lovin                    11/8                              Lois Spaugh         11/22

Emery Nehring             11/10                            Katy Bills             11/24

Aidan Espinoza            11/14                            Greg Wertz          11/25

Paul Mitchell                 11/14                            Mark Weber        11/25

Bobby Small                 11/15                            G. Peterson         11/26

Carter McNeal              11/16                            Tara Garza          11/26

Lisa Stroebel                 11/16                            Ben Kirklen         11/27

Ann Soltau                    11/17                           Ryan Hatton        11/28

Shane Hamaker            11/17                           John Calahan      11/30

Jane Sweeny                  11/18

FAITH SCHOOL RIBBON CUTTING!!!!