As you may know, we will face some personnel changes over the next few months. After three decades as music director and organist, Mary Walter is going to focus more on other ways to serve her Lord, beginning this summer. We will call on her from time to time to use her excellent skills on the organ. Her long term ministry of directing choir and chimes and playing every Sunday and for other services is greatly appreciated and will be sorely missed.
Secondly, about the same time, our faithful education director and youth leader Kim Mitchell will also be using her gifts in different ways. A Director of Christian Education intern from Concordia University, Nick Rittgers, will begin in June to serve God’s church in the areas from which Kim is retiring.
We are so grateful for the gifts that God has blessed us with in these two faithful women. They are not “replaceable” in the sense that someone will come in and do exactly what they do. They serve (d) according to their gifts, and those that follow will serve according to theirs. We don’t compare gifts from God with each other, but receive them all with thanks.
However, this will present a change for us, which may come with some degree of anxiety and even mourning. Let us acknowledge that, as we adjust to the changes, we may look back from time to time and wish things had stayed the same. That’s normal and even healthy. It means that we were very blessed by the way things were before. It doesn’t mean that the change is not good, just that we need time to adjust.
Though all of that is ahead of us, there is another kind of change in our church that has already been happening for years. We are becoming, and will be more so with the changes just mentioned, a more staff oriented congregation. That means that the nuts and bolts of the “church” work will be more in the hands of those you have brought on with the skills and aptitudes to manage the business of ministry.
That doesn’t mean that congregation volunteers are not needed. But it does mean that they (you) will be freer to be concerned less with the everyday minutiae and more with your ministry. Yes, I said, “your” ministry. Part of that ministry will be the works of service you do for the church by yourself, with other members, and alongside the staff. Another part of your ministry will be using your gifts to build relationships and extend God’s love into the lives of those who are currently outside of the church, as well as those inside of it.
One model of a church gathering, though not the only one, is that it is a filling station where you get your tank full of encouragement and instruction in God’s Word. From there you re-enter your everyday world ready to minister to others.
One of my favorite songs about the church has this verse and chorus:
The Church is not a building, The church is not a steeple,
The church is not a resting place, the church is a people!
I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus All around the world!
Yes, we’re the church together!
By the grace of God that is what we will remain, even in the midst of all the changes and challenges ahead.
Pastor Tom Konz
Sunday Worship Themes in April
April 6 “The Power of the Spoken Word” John 11:43-45
April 13 “Servant, Sufferer, Savior” Philippians 2:5–11 Palm Sunday
April 20 “Earthshaking News!” Matthew 28:1–10 Easter Day
April 27 “Faith in the Unseen” 1 Peter 1:3–9
Lenten Midweek Series: The Lord’s Prayer All services at 6:45.
April 2nd “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”
April 9th “Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .”
April 17th: Maundy Thursday: “Lead Us Not into Temptation”
April 18th: Good Friday: “Deliver Us from Evil”
SERVING FAITH IN APRIL
8:15 a.m. Service:
Usher: Leonard Kelly & Bob Small
Greeter: Edna Tate
Altar: Rosanne Keilers
Acolyte: 6: Jamee Nelson, 13: 20: Aidan Espinoza, 27: Kason Seider
10:45 a.m. Service:
Usher: Franklin Wood & Lee Barlow
Greeter: Inge Easterling
Altar: Rosanne Keilers
Acolyte: 6: Rett Douglas, 13: Landry Stroebel, 20: Karlee Easterling, 27: Noah Ashley
Maundy Thursday: 17: Eric Carrasco
Good Friday Service: 18: Ethan Nehring
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 Strohmeyer Sparkman
13 Tate Nehring VanWright Weber
20 Easter Brunch
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
***Great lessons are happening EVERY Sunday. There is SO much to know about God and we never stop learning. Come and be an encouragement for other kids and adults just because YOU are there. J
- April 16th: Sunday school provides the Wednesday Meal—Mexican Fiesta!
Pre-K class: Bag shredded cheese & some cut up apples
1st-3rd class: Bag shredded lettuce & cut up fruit of some kind
4th-6th class: 16oz. sour cream & 2 tomatoes diced
7th-12th class: Lg. pack soft tortillas and Lg. box hard shells
Teachers: Desserts—cake or bars or cookies and help Magan in kitchen
- Palm Sunday!—April 13th with the Seder meal that evening that really helps us all appreciate God’s plan for His death and resurrection
- Easter!—April 20th –wonderful church potluck brunch from 8:45-10:30 with the Egg hunt right in the middle plus our Easter Hymn Sing.
- Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday morning, April 20th @ 9:30
Needed: Congregation members to bring wrapped candy ASAP so FLY can “stuff” the eggs. The sooner the better! J Put on the narthex desk by piano.
Faith Lutheran Youth
Thank you to all the FLY families who assisted with the garage sale. Your hard work is appreciated!
PLEASE bring small, wrapped candies by Wed. April 2nd. FLY members will prepare them for our annual Easter egg hunt.
April 2nd, 9th & 16th-Confirmation 4:30 PM/ Lent Meal 6 PM/ Lent Service 6:45 PM
PLEASE note: no service on April 16th. Confirmation & FLY will meet.
April 23rd- Confirmation 4:30 PM/ FLY 5:39 PM
April 30th – Possible Field Trip More details to come.
Camp Shiloh paperwork will be in your mailboxes by April 2nd. Please complete your registration ONLINE by April 30th. If you need help, please ask. Final camp payments will be due Wed. May 28th. Thank you!
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)
- Thanks to our loving and giving Faith Lutheran Family for your donations of $155.30 for Muffins for Missions Sunday, March 16. All of it goes to Mites and that means you have helped support missions.
- Thanks to FLY and many church members for your great help for the Garage Sale set up and clean up on March 21st and 22nd . A total of $1500+ was collected plus $300 from Thrivent.
- Thanks to Faith School for collecting Health Kit supplies for Lutheran World Relief. A total of 21 kits were put together with the help of Faith School, SAIL, and LWML.
- April 6th—Everyone Invited to our BUNCO PARTY and POTLUCK LUNCH right after 2nd service. Men and Women invited and babysitting provided. Bring food to share and be ready for some fun and game prizes. Christian Fellowship galore!
- May 4th LWML Spring Workshop at St. Paul’s in Fort Worth @ 2:00. Phoebe the Comfort Dog, Braille work, and Stamp trimming, making fleece shrugs for nursing homes, plus a meal.
- Plan ahead…coming in May…Mother/Daughter Tea…in June…Church Picnic/Swim party.
- ALWAYS…pray for our missionaries and thanks for donating to the MITES when our BIG Box is on display every 3rd Sunday.
- This summer, Marlene White, Whitney Lee, Sarah Weaver, Lynann Simpson, Rosanne Keilers, and Pastor Konz will be attending the Texas District LWML Convention in Frisco for part or all of June 19-22.
Come join as we follow the LMWL motto to “Serve the Lord with Gladness”.
Seniors Alive In The Lord (S.A.I.L)
S.A.I.L. met on February 20th. 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 on the 6th with Pastor Tom centered on the purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord. With Cheryl’s accompaniment on the newly donated piano in Room 9, the 10 people present sang hymns, read a psalm and studied with Pastor Tom. Donuts and a card helped Viola Truss celebrate her birthday.
On Mar. 20th in Room 6, 8 members gathered with Pastor Tom who opened the meeting with a prayer of thanksgivings and concerns by the members. After refreshments served by Lynann, Jennifer Grandpre from the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce presented a very interesting program about all the Volunteer Opportunities in Stephenville to help youth and to work in non-profit organizations. There are many different avenues of interest and needs for volunteers.
A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex for the Noah movie on March 30 at 2:30pm. For the Son of God movie on March 2, we had 30 people attend, and following the movie several returned to the Faith Center for a discussion.
On April 10, SAIL will meet for a Bible study/devotion with Pastor Tom and work to pack Health Kits for Lutheran World Relief collected by Faith School. The SAIL meeting program agenda on April 24th has yet to be announced.
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.
Faith School currently serves 135 families which represent 179 children; this number includes holiday only, after school drop-ins and babies not yet born, but guaranteed a spot. We average 110 students a day. Currently we have 86 children on our waiting list. Our ministry currently employs 62 people. Most of our staff only work 20 hours a week and we have two shifts of employees each day.
The 2014 calendar has started strong in regards to financials. Last month’s financials are noted in the treasurer’s report. February $4,140 worth of scholarships was given. We also waived $2,396 for the ice date we had on the 11th.
Our state inspection was conducted February 10th. During the onsite visit the following areas were inspected: daily activity schedules, infant, toddlers, pre-k and school-aged care, guidance and discipline practices, naptime procedures, nutrition and food services, health and safety practice, physical facilities, outdoor safety and our fire safety policy and procedures. There were two findings: a cord from a CD player was hanging from shelf and a pack and play was too close to emergency exit door. Both were corrected during inspection. No other areas of concern were discussed.
We are moving forward to a new phase in the Prayer Garden! Brent Stroebel and Bob Small are working on a design which will include the placement of: walkway, sprinkler system, fence, rocks, plant/tree to create more privacy between the parking lot and Prayer Garden. A discussion about the congregation participating in purchasing bricks/stones for the walkway was a favorable one. There also has been an interest in having a fountain.
The script “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” has been added to the wall in the Prayer Retreat.
Witness Word – Javier Garza will talk about the small group that he started at TSU during brunch March 30, 2014. Come learn about ways to share God’s Word and how the group has evolved.
An additional case of Pew Bibles will be in the pews by Easter! We also are working toward having some, if not all, the highway signs installed by Easter! We are working on updating the hallway signs as well.
In its first report to the congregation, on March 16, the board of Stewardship presented the following:
1. The meaning of the LAMPLIGHTER theme seen in the posters around the
church: “In the 1800’s a Lamplighter would begin lighting street lamps at dusk for the townspeople. As night came, the lamplighter would be gone, but his path was clear. How does this relate to stewardship? As followers of Christ we should be lighting the path for others and our path be seen from the lights we’ve lit. ALSO, the lamplighter would not be seen as a very glamorous occupation, but was still important. Likewise, God sees no jobs more important than others … he has given us all gifts to use in various ways.”
2. Report on PLEDGE RESPONSES -Thirty percent of those with cards have
made pledges. If members have not done so, or need a card, please ask Melissa
Weber. A commitment is not absolutely needed by the church, but it can help you
set a goal for what the Lord is leading you to give and help you to stay committed
to that goal.
3. FAITH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP – The combined Church/School budget
subsidized about $32,000 in Unpaid tuition so that struggling families could keep
their children in the school.
(Note: The board of Education is formulating new guidelines on this. Note also in the next article a special challenge to contribute aid directly to the school on behalf of these families.)
4. MEALS ON WHEELS FLC– Church members, through the church’s route or
individual member routes run six different routes each week. That comes to
approximately 4,966 miles, 286 hours, and 4,500 meals per year!
A DO-GOOD OPPORTUNITY
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10
Those whom God has blessed have an opportunity to bless and a need to meet among those in the “household of faith” (fellow Faith members). There are a few young families in our church who are facing special challenges in their finances, but whose children do or would benefit greatly from the ministry of Faith School. If you are able, an ongoing donation on their behalf would be a tremendous blessing at this time. You may recall in your years as a young parent, receiving financial blessings from others. This would be a great way to pay it forward. Faith School has been allowing students to attend tuition free because of inability to pay, but that lessens the school’s ability to keep up with growing costs and expanding the ministry. If you are so moved to respond to this need, please talk to Magan Carrasco about specific amounts that you could give.
St. Paul puts the opportunity before us to do good to those whom we consider brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus gives us the motivation for “taking care of our own”: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35. This kind of love attracts people to Christ and to His Church.
Chime choir – 4:15pm Wed April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
Adult choir – 7:30 Wed, April 2 and 9; Sunday, April 6; Wed, April 16, 23, 30
Meals on Wheels: April 4: Walter, April 11: Simpson, April 18: Holiday,
April 25: Pack
Recycling: In the month of March we have received $15 from aluminum can recycling. Thank you for helping our youth as they plan their excursions for the summer. Please keep bringing your aluminum cans to the kitchen by the sanctuary and we will see that they are redeemed for cash at the recycling place.
2014 SENIORS: Attention 2014 Senior’s and Parents, next month I would like to get everyone’s graduation announcement in the May Newsletter. This will help church members see who is graduating May 2014. If you have any questions please let Nichole know by emailing or calling her at any time.
Vacation Bible School “Gangway to Galilee” July 13-17th
We are well underway with plans. We pray your kids and your kids’ friends will come. Please check out the online registration or pick up a sheet in the narthex on the desk.
Here’s the online website:
AND…Cash donations always help plus you can donate any of the following supplies…this is a start; anyway J Put them in the box by the piano in the narthex. Thanks!
3. scissors (kid types)
5. fish nets
6. captain’s hats
7. plastic tablecloths
8. scotch tape
10. sandwich size zipper bags
Contact Magan Carrasco or Cheryl Konz for more information or to ask how you can help! J
Jessica Evans 4/3 Kameron Seider 4/19
Patricia Weber 4/4 Noah Ashley 4/20
Tyler Mitchell 4/6 Doris Stanley 4/22
Cindy Franz 4/7 Hannah Bruce 4/23
Janie Latham 4/9 Eric Carrasco 4/23
Sheila Small 4/11 James Myers 4/24
Ken Van Matre 4/11 Sarah Weaver 4/24
Mark Gallagher 4/14 Julian Barksdale 4/25
Kaci Hatfield 4/14 Ann Calahan 4/25
Jan Swiggum 4/15 Justin Pack 4/26
Donna Kirklen 4/16 Victoria Cameron 4/29
Rett Douglas 4/17 Tyler Lee 4/30
Chase Hamaker 4/17 Jamee Nelson 4/30
Cindy Stafford 4/17
St. Paul – LWML – Ft. Worth
Invites you to the
TRINITY ZONE SPRING WORKSHOP
Sunday – May 4, 2014 – 2:30 p.m.
► Registration begins at 2:00 p.m.
► Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you at
St. Paul Lutheran Church – Fellowship Hall – Sanctuary level
1800 W Freeway (I-30 near downtown) Fort Worth
Summit Avenue exit
Our primary activity will be Lutheran Braille Workers and the Braille Ministry here at St. Paul. There will be an introduction to Braille ministry followed by workshop activity in small groups in our Braille center.
Secondly, we’ll be making no-sew, fleece buttoned shawls for shut-ins. Fleece will be furnished; ladies should bring scissors, large buttons (1”–1½”), a needle and embroidery floss.
Also, bring your cancelled postage stamps to be collected.
RSVP by April 15, 2014
Ann Ziehe – 817-249-2529 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Palm Sunday, April 13, 6pm
Faith Family Center
Faith Lutheran Church
The Last Supper was a Jewish Passover, a “Seder,” a solemn sacrificial meal carried out according to ancient Jewish ritual by Our Lord and His apostles. The ceremony we will celebrate is an attempt to reconstruct the events of that solemn meal from the Gospel narrative and from what scholars tell us about the Passover in the time of Christ.
The Last Supper was the final celebration of the paschal rites of the Old Law before their fulfillment in the New, the Christian Pasch. The Last Supper is the decisive moment when the figures and foreshadowing’s of the Old Testament is replaced for all time by the substance and fulfillment of the New.
The ceremony we celebrate is not merely a reconstruction of the Jewish paschal meal of the year 33; it is a dramatization of the specific meal which Christ ate with His disciples before going out to the garden of Gethsemane. For us Christians, the paschal meal is a dramatic presentation of the events of the Upper Room.
We re-enact it to bring more vividly to our minds the Lord’s last hours upon earth and to deepen our understanding of the Gospels, making the gospel accounts of the Last Supper come to life for us. The paschal meal will also deepen our understanding of all the liturgical ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter.
Our celebration of the Passover Meal will be held on Sunday, April 13, 6pm. Please use the sign-up sheets in the narthex of the main building to indicate your involvement and attendance. If you would like to take an active role in preparing for the meal or desire additional information, please call Cindy Stafford at 968-4337 (h) or 918-1212 (o) or 592-6630 (c).