Faith Lutheran Newsletter March 2014
3000 NW Loop, Stephenville, Texas 76401
(254)968-2710 faithlutheranchurch @embarqmail.com
Drawing everyday people to faithfully follow God’s Word
The Moving Spirit
Don’t gather from the heading of this little article that I am getting in the mood to move. The moving Spirit is that God Himself seems to me to be up to something. I know, I know, He always is, but I mean that He seems to be doing something in our church–not something that will be announced with blaring trumpets or massive conversions, but something quietly effective in our hearts and in our ministries.
You know I don’t normally express things like this, but I can’t deny what appears to be in play here. I am not going to tell you that God is telling me something specifically or that I know exactly what He is up to. I just want you to know that from a pastoral perspective, I believe he is working a little differently these days, not only in me, but also in our congregation. Call it a new sensitivity to people and things, an arrangement of people moving into our lives as God is preparing us for changes, a generous spirit among our people. Call it what you want, but praise God for whatever it is.
Sorry for not being more specific than that, but I am not sure myself what’s going on. I just feel blessed by it. Pastor Tom
Sunday Worship Themes in March
March 2nd “The Power of our Lord” 2 Peter 1:16–21 Transfiguration
March 9th “Eyes Wide Open” Genesis 3:1–21
March 16th “Why Jesus” John 3:16-17
Stewardship Celebration: “Because Jesus”
March 23rd Guest Speaker and Worship Leader: Rev. David Horn
March 30th “Eyes Wide Shut” John 9:1-41
5th Sunday Brunch in FFC with program from Evangelism Board
Lenten Midweek Series: The Lord’s Prayer All services at 6:45.
March 5th: Ash Wednesday: “Our Father, Who Art in Heaven,” Matt. 6:1–6, 16–21
Observed with imposition of ashes and Holy Communion
March 12th “Hallowed Be Thy Name on Earth as It Is in Heaven,” Matt. 4:1–11
March 19th “Thy Kingdom Come . . . on Earth as It Is in Heaven,” John 3:1–17
March 26th “Thy Will Be Done, on Earth as It Is in Heaven,” John 4:5–30, 39–42
April 2nd “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread,” John 9:1–7, 13–17, 34–39
April 9th “Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . . ,” John 11:1–45
April 17th: Maundy Thursday: “Lead Us Not into Temptation,” Luke 22:39–46
April 18th: Good Friday: “Deliver Us from Evil,” Luke 23:46
SERVING FAITH IN MARCH
8:15 a.m. Service:
Usher: Chet Cameron & Terry West
Greeter: Sue Angerhofer
Altar: Marilyn Pack
Acolyte: 2: Aidan Espinoza, 9: Jamee Nelson, 16: Kason Seider, 23: Tara Garza,
30: Cooper Vandenberg
10:45 a.m. Service:
Usher: Lyder Quade & Rueben Walter
Greeter: Magan Carrasco
Altar: Marilyn Pack
Acolyte: 2: Rett Douglas, 9: Eric Carrasco, 16: Kylie Curtoys, 23: Ethan Nehring,
30: Noah Ashley
If you are at a service and the scheduled server is not present, please step up and volunteer.
Snack Snack Snack Drink/Server
2 Febinger Garza Gallagher Franz
9 Keilers Hatton Konz Kimbrough
16 LWML Muffins for Mites
23 Bills Seider Lee 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.
SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES
Lots of great Bible learning going on around here…
On Sunday, Feb. 16th the SS kids and FLY Studio kids enjoyed pink milk and VERY specially decorated cookies that FLY made for Valentine’s Day. Our spring curriculum begins on Sunday, March 2nd. Make plans to come!
BIG EVENT: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper March 4th @ 6:00: March 4th Shrove (Fat) Tuesday Annual Pancake Supper provided by our Faith Sunday school and FLY. Your donations are welcome to support Faith Education @ 6:00pm. The evening begins with the ceremony of the burning of the palm leaves from LAST year to make the ashes that will be used on Ash Wednesday, Mar. 5th. Then we feast on the sweets and fats before beginning a time of reflection and penitence starting the next day. This is done BIG TIME with Mardi Gras…we only overdue it on pancakes, sausage, and bacon. J
Our classes need to supply the following and come to the Family Center kitchen to cook pancakes by 5:30 Tuesday:
Preschool to Kinder class: Milk
1st-3rd class: 2 Boxes Pancake Mix for each student
4th-6th class: Already cooked bacon and/or sausage—as much as you can—we can get it cooked if you are not able to…
7th-12th class: Apple Juice and either a box of pancake mix or one package of bacon.
Kim Mitchell: Syrup and Butter
All Teachers: Bring food and help supervise the cooking!
Thanks parents and teachers for your help making this happen!
Faith Lutheran Youth
March will be a busy month for youth at Faith. Please note the changes in schedule below.
Tue. March 4th-FLY & Sunday school students are needed to help cook & serve during our Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper.
Please plan on being in the new church kitchen by 5 PM to help out.
Wed. March 5th is Ash Wednesday. Confirmation classes will meet from 4:30-5:30 PM. Dinner for youth will be at 5:45 PM with Ash Wednesday service following at 6:45 PM.
Wed. March 12th is Spring Break. There will be no confirmation classes or FLY activities.
Wed. March 19th – Confirmation Classes 4:30 PM, Open Gym 5:30-6 PM Fellowship Meal 6 PM, Lenten Worship 6:45 PM.
Fri. & Sat. March 21st and 22nd-Garage Sale Weekend All youth going to camp must work a two hour shift on either Friday or Saturday.
Wed. March 26th – Confirmation Classes 4:30 PM, Open Gym 5:30-6 PM Fellowship Meal 6 PM, Lenten Worship 6:45 PM
Spring brings cleansing, renewal and joyful spirits just as the Psalmist says, Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 May it be so for you and yours this season and all year long.
These are some pics of the valentine cookies that FLY kiddos made for their camp fundraiser in February. Thank you to all who purchased our tasty treats.
Here are pictures of all the smiling and inspired ladies that attended Café Chocolat Feb. 21-22. Below are those who came from Faith. We had beautiful weather, great food & fellowship, and insightful Bible study.
Next on our women’s agenda:
- Trinity Zone Prayer Service in Roanoke Mar. 1 @ 10:00am. Please contact Lynann or Marlene if you would like to carpool.
- World Day of Prayer at Oakdale United Methodist Mar. 7th @ 6:00pm Tuesday, Mar. 11th Planning meeting in Room 6 @ 5:30pm
- Sunday Brunch on March 16: “Muffins for Missions” We provide ALL the food and YOU are invited to donate $$ to the Mites Mission Projects. A double blessing!
- Friday, March 21st @ 5:30-? Set up for Garage Sale…bring your priced items and please stay to unpack and place them.
- Saturday, March 22nd: Church Garage Sale 8:00am-2:00pm Volunteers needed to “woman the check-out table”. Proceeds to the FLY and LWML programs.
Please join us and share in our motto: “Serve the Lord with Gladness”. Questions? See any of these women: Lynann Simpson, Marlene White, Cheryl Konz, Whitney Lee, Shirley Febinger, Rosanne Keilers, Rachel Moravec, and Cindy Franz
Due to bad weather conditions, the Feb. 6thBible study did not happen. Pastor Tom and Leonard Kelly, who braved the weather, had a good visit.
S.A.I.L. met on February 20th in Room 9 at 10:00am when Darlene Hufstutler served a delicious birthday cake in honor of Irene Spitz, who was ill. We added a little cheer to her day when we sang to her by a phone call. Nine members were present to hear Larry Ohl share information about Lutheran Foundation of Texas that can help church growth even after death with a percentage estate gift. Mr. Ohl had great examples as well as contact information. Lyder Quade led us in a closing prayer of thanksgivings and petitions.
In March, our Bible Study will be on the 6th, and the program will be presented on the 20th. We always have a good time with fellowship while hearing about God’s plans and enjoying refreshments. Please join us!
Each month our continuing project of recycling printer cartridges gains $20.00 for church office supplies, so continue to drop those used cartridges in the collection box on the desk in the Narthex. Thanks to Jeanette Quade’s consistent help with the children’s bags in church, we keep seven activity pouches current with coloring sheets, books and activities related to the church year.
For the March 2nd movie, we had over 36 people attend Son of God. It is encouraging to see our theatre add movies of this type to their venue. We now have the sign-up sheet posted for the movie Noah at 2:30 on March 30. Once again the price is $3.25. Please sign up by March 16.
The Prayer Retreat will soon be finished! A lamp and plant have been added. Sarah will be installing the vinyl in for the wall script “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”! Come spend some time!
Brent will be sketching a plan for the Prayer Garden which will include a future walkway, placement of large rocks, trellis and/or fence for our next phase.
A new case of Pew Bibles have arrived and will be placed in the pews.
Jim will continue to work on getting approval for the remaining three sign locations. He will be meeting with the State Highway contact person to determine the right of way dimensions.
We desire to find good ways to respond and meet the needs of first time visitors so that they desire to attend our services again. We will be watching a DVD at our next meeting and brainstorm other ideas.
Your Evangelism Board welcomes your comments and/or suggestions!
Jim Myers, Sarah Osterloh, Brent Stroebel and Sherre West
“We would like to thank everyone for the enthusiastic response with the Faith Cards, the giving intention you have provided brightens the path of our ministry. We appreciate the MANY ways our congregation gives their time and talents to serve the church and God’s kingdom … together we can light the way!
Chime Choir: We will have chime choir March 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 4:00 pm
Adult Choir: We will have adult choir March 5, 12, 19, and 26 immediately following the worship service (about 7:30pm).
Meals on Wheels: March 7th: Pack, March 14th: Walter, March 21st: Stafford,
March 28th: Quade
Recycling: We have received $15 for FLY from recycling aluminum cans in February. Thanks! Continue to bring your cans to the kitchen by the sanctuary so that we can use them to help the youth go to camp.
ASH WENDESDAY: The beginning of Lent is on March 5th starting at 6:45p.m.
LENTEN SERVICES: Lenten services from March 12th – April 9th will begin with a dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. and then the service will begin at 6:45 p.m.
Moises Espinoza 3/2 Ashley Lopez 3/14