September 2014 Newsletter

Pastor’s Page

“Cross Relations”

As we prioritize our relationships it is helpful to look at the Cross of Christ. The very shape of the Cross speaks to us of the two kinds of relationships that are to be the focus of our lives.  Its vertical beam runs from earth to heaven and back.  It points us to our relationship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Christ came down to us in time to reconcile us to God so that we could go up to Him for eternity.

Where the horizontal beam intersects the vertical is close to where the heart of Jesus beat its last and his lungs gave up their final breath. There we are connected to God and to our neighbor.  Because Christ loved us enough to give His life for us, we both can and ought to love one another.  He is the means and the mission in relationship with others. We love because he first loved us.

As we foster both the horizontal and vertical relationships, we don’t do one without the other.  Scriptures teach that we cannot say we love God and hate our neighbor.  Jesus clearly taught that when we serve our neighbor we are serving Him. Our good works for our neighbor are the evidence of real faith in God.

How do we nurture both our vertical relationship with God and the horizontal relationship with others?  Through the Means of Grace (Word and Sacraments). Baptism ushers us into the people of God and make us His child. We are family (horizontal) and we are His (vertical).  Holy Communion connects us to his grace (vertical) and expresses our unity with one another (horizontal).  In worship we draw near to God and draw near to each other.  Our Lord instituted Church to strengthen our relationships with Him and with each other. We don’t choose one. We choose both. The Cross points the way.

Peace, Pastor Tom Konz


Meet our new Office Administrator: Albreesha “Breezy” Culberson

Breezy is from Cedar Hill, Texas, and graduated from Cedar Hill Collegiate High School in 2012. She then moved on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Stephenville, Texas, from Tarleton State University. In May of 2014, she graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and plans to move forward and obtain her Masters of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. Previously, Breezy was a summer Office/Site Assistant with the non-profit organization National Student Leadership Conference. There she aided in organizing an office and a campus with 11 programs designed for high school students to have a pre-college experience.

I am very excited to now be working for Faith Lutheran Church and Faith School! I have loved every moment and every experience that I have had here during my first two weeks. I look forward to getting to know the church members and families better, and gaining as much knowledge as possible from not only the job position but the congregation as a whole.

                                            September Sermons

September 7th        “God’s Left Hand Man”                         Romans 13:1–7

September 14th    Take a Pass on Passing Judgment”        Romans 14:10-12

September 21st           “But That’s Not Fair!”                 Matthew 20:1–16

September 28th          Serving Like Our Savior”           Philippians 2:1-18



8:15 a.m. Service:

Usher: Charles Simpson & Terry West

Greeter:    Lynann Simpson Altar: Sheila Small and Sue Angerhofer

Acolyte: 7: Aidan  14: Jamee  21: Kason  28: Jamee

10:45 a.m. Service:

Usher: John Franz and Doug Hanna

Greeter: Cindy Franz                   Altar: Sheila Small and Sue Angerhofer

Acolyte:   7: Rett 14: Karlee 21: (TBA) 28: Noah


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

7       Febinger             Garza                 Gallagher           Franz       

14     Keilers               Hatton               Konz                 Kimbrough

21     Seider                 Lee                    Espinoza            Cubbage

28     Mitchell              Carrasco             Hanna                Schulze


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.



   Earlier this summer our congregation chose Arnold Ramming to be our new music director, upon the retirement of our long time faithful musicians Mary Walter and Cindy Stafford. He and Cindy are returning to their home state after 24 years in Bakersfield, CA, where Arnold was a civil engineer for the city. Arnold will play organ/piano for both services and direct the voice and chime choirs. Cindy brings considerable musical talent on the flute and guitar. Together they will contribute their God given musical gifts to the praise of God.  He begins September 1, though the week will also be needed for moving into their new home, as they just arrived August 28. Please be sure to take time to get to know the Rammings and welcome them. 


Sunday School


“Growing in Christ”

On August 31st we had a party to end our summer of H2Oh!  It was fun for all. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that helped all summer!

On September 7th our new classes begin!  

  • Under 3:  Nursery care provided
  • 3yrs to Kindergarten:  Meet in FFC Preschool classroom with Sarah Osterloh or Cheryl Hatton
  • 1st-3rd:   Meet in FFC Kindergarten room.—Amy Curtoys
  • 4th-6th:  Meet in FFC Room 9 or 6—Bethany Espinoza
  • 7th-8th:  Meet in church library—Diana Synatzske
  • 9th-12th:  Meet in FFC Youth Room—Nick Rittgers
  • Adult 1—Pastor’s class “Growing in Christ” following SS curriculum in the church narthex fellowship area
  • Adult 2—John Franz’s “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know that You Did Not Learn In Sunday School”  video class in Room 6 or 9
  • Watch for more information about a new adult Bible study

AND COMING: BIBLE BOWL CONTEST!  The Bible Bowl questions will relate our lessons from the book of Genesis for Fall.    Even if children miss some Sundays, the lesson can be studied at home.  Kids will be in teams of mixed ages to be able to help each other.   A list of lessons with brief descriptions is available for all families. There is LOTS to learn about how they apply to us today.  And, they do…God’s Word is true forever and for all.



Faith Lutheran Youth

Hey ya’ll! September is going to be an exciting month. We are kicking off a new Sunday school curriculum for all ages along with our new Wednesday Night FLY Schedule! Here are just a few points to keep in mind for September:

  • Our new FLY schedule begins on September 10th.

5:30-6:30 Catechism I (6th grade)/Church History (7th and 8th grade).

6:00- open gym for high school.

6:30-fellowship meal for all.

7:00- High School FLY Bible Study and open gym for junior high.

  • The following families have signed up for meals on the following days:
    • 9/10- Lee
    • 9/17- Wright/Vandenberg
    • 9/24- Carrasco
    • September 28th will be a rigged softball game on Faith Field. All of our youth and faith families are invited to this fun fundraising event where, depending on how much you pay, outcomes can change so bring your cash!
    • Be on the lookout for Glorybound information in the coming weeks! 

Lutheran’s Women Missionary League (LWML)


Our faithful LWML ladies met at Lynann’s home on August 13th to plan for the year.   Our goals for women are:

  • Meaningful and fun programs and fellowship
  • Bible devotions
  • Collecting Mites ($$$) for Mission projects
  • Serving meals to members as needed
  • Baby showers or gift baskets or cakes as needed
  • Fundraising for special church needs
  • Serving in our community as well as in our church

September 14th:   “Colors of God’s Creation” –program led by Diana Synatzske, our church member with a Master’s Degree in Art.  She will lead us all in creating our own water color painting while she shares her own story!

September 21st:  Serving cookies and punch for the Faith School Open House.

In August—FFC bathrooms:  LWML women “stippled” the bathrooms in the FFC.  We then purchased and hung inspirational pictures.  Check it out!

In past years, our LWML fundraising has helped in many areas:  Funds for our youth, purchasing tables, purchasing TV and DVD and installation for Room 6, purchasing storage cabinet for Room 6, helping with costs for retreats, purchasing Bibles for Sunday School, donating $$ to special church or community needs, and more.

Come join us!  Next gathering is September 14th.


Seniors Alive In The Lord (S.A.I.L.)

        Our Bible study with Pastor Tom on August 7th began at 10:00am in Room #6 with refreshments and birthday celebrations for Suzanne Stratmann, Nick Rittgers, and Sherre West (in absentia).  It was great to see Irene Spitz back at our meetings as well as those who have been on vacation.  We discussed cooking a spaghetti dinner for the Confirmation dinner on August 23 as well as signed up for hostess duty throughout the year.

Pastor Tom led us into an interesting discussion about Persecution.  We used Bible passages to answer four important questions: 1) Why is the Church persecuted? 2) How shall the church respond to persecution? 3) What promises does God give to those who are persecuted? 4) What promises does God give to those who persecute?

Each month we are able to receive $40 for church office supplies by simply recycling the computer printer cartridges church members turn into the recycle box in the narthex. Please join us in September for Bible study on the 4th and program on the 18th.


The final two highway signs have been installed! We are so appreciative of these people: Mr. & Mrs. Jack Berry, Hwy. 377 just before the split and 281 Truck Sales, right past the Cattle Auction.

Jim and Pastor are working on updating the Faith Lutheran Church brochure. It will be taken to the Chamber of Commerce for visitors to pick up.  Jim obtained permission from Certified Folder to place our brochures at Hampton Inn in addition to other places they have displays.

We are looking forward to hearing from those who participated in the Alaska mission trip during the 5th Sunday Brunch/Witness Word!

We would like to give each child that graduates or moves on from Faith School a children’s Bible. We have found Bibles that are $7 each ($111 for a case of 16). This cost will be split between Faith School and Evangelism. Thank you for the contributions for this!

Doug added “New Community” to the Blackboard online courses for LSF for Tarleton. This will make info sharing very, very easy with the LSF (and maybe help it grow).  May God bless you as we all share the good news of Christ!


I have great news to share. As most of you know, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2013 For the past 12 months I have been traveling to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston every 8 weeks for MRI’s and Doctor’s appointments.  I have been taking chemotherapy pills at home during that time. Yesterday, my Dr. said there is no sign of tumor growth, only a small cavity where the tumor had been. No more chemotherapy is scheduled but they will continue to track the area of the tumor with MRI’s every 8 weeks. It felt so good to return home yesterday with no prescription in hand!

I want to publicly express a special thanks to those who took time out of their schedules last summer to drive me to my radiation treatments. Lee Barlow, Ann Calahan, Javier Garza, Shane Hamaker, Cheryl Konz, Jim Myers, Bob Small, Ann Soltau, Vickie Sparkman, Bamma Strohmeyer, Donna Strohmeyer and Rueben Walter all set aside time to drive me to Fort Worth when I could not drive on the highway.  Also a special thanks to everyone who provided gift cards and meals, thank you, thank you, thank you! Most of all, I appreciate your prayers for healing.  This congregation continues to amaze me in the way we show God’s Love. It’s humbling to be on the receiving end of so much love and support.

God is Great and so are you!  Cary Strohmeyer

NEW MEMBERS  Add to your directory Arb and Marlene Prettyman and Zach and Sarah Robinson and son Wylie.   The Prettymans live at and help manage the Camel Stop RV Park on Hwy 377.   Zach manages the janitorial service contracted by SISD and Sarah works with Jeff Stroebel at TIAER. Wiley is a Faith School student.


Meals on Wheels

9/5 Walter, 9/12 West, 9/19 Simpson, 9/26 Sparkman


Emily Boening       9/3                            Brandon Lee                     9/12

Stephanie McNeal 9/5                    Sandy Linne                      9/15

Edna Tate            9/6                     Kodi Hatfield                    9/18

JoAnn Schulze     9/6                      Megan Franz                   9/20

Missy Weber         9/7                             Gracie Strohmeyer            9/21

Ryan Wright         9/7                     Lillian Gallagher               9/21

Denniss Keilers     9/9                             Bernice Reese                   9/24

Kim Mitchell        9/11                    Shirley Febinger               9/24

FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT at the end of July for 2014

Generous giving and careful management have enabled Faith/Faith School to realize a small net income of $228.76.  To have a positive balance at all in the middle of the summer is a real plus.  Thank you all.


1. The Board of Stewardship and the Church Council are looking into a new capital campaign with the purpose of retiring our current $450,000 mortgage. The ultimate purpose is not to save money, but rather to redirect our giving toward new ministry opportunities.  This may be in form of adding specialized staff or increasing our support for mission ministries both here and abroad.  Imagine what else we could be doing with the $2400 each month that we are paying on our loan.  Your church leaders will be presenting a proposal for the Voters meeting later this fall.

2. CONFLICT?  The Board of Elders will consider hosting a seminar called Blessed Are the Peacemakers, through Ambassadors of Reconciliation, an organization affiliated with the LCMS. The goal is to equip us all to manage conflicts and seek reconciliation in our personal and professional lives.  If that sounds interesting to you speak to Pastor or one of the elders.

3. STEPHEN MINISTRY   This well established ministry has in many churches of many denominations been a source of training lay members of the church to do one-on-one caring ministry to fellow members who are going through difficult challenges.  Again, let your elder or Pastor know if this would be of interest to you.

SECURITY CHANGES: To ensure better security during the week for Faith School children a key pad system will be installed on the doors of each building that face each other. Parents will use this for access. Church members will continue to have access using the keys that they already have. In conjunction with this project the double doors entering the gym from the church will be recessed to prevent problems associated with high winds. This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

Related to that, security cameras are in the process of being installed by the members of the Safety Committee. These will be aimed at the main access points to outside doors and the main office door. You will be notified when they are in operation.

Out of the Mouth

August 27th, 2014

No human being can tame the tongue.

It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  James 3:8


Those in the profession of oral care will tell you that the mouth gives clues and indications of illness within the body. Also, problems that start in the mouth can affect other parts of the body. Likewise, critical or untruthful words that come out of our mouth indicate what’s inside our heart. This is not just in the words we choose, but also in how we choose to say them. Jesus scolded the Pharisees, How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matt.12:34

What do people think about you by your words, spoken or written? Whether or not you realize it, they reflect what’s in your heart. Though you may try to conceal what’s inside, under stress the real you will come out in your words and the way in which you say them. If you are bitter, resentful, impatient, or hateful in the heart your words will convey that. While we can learn to be more tactful, choose our words better, or think more before we speak, the real solution is to speak from a better heart. Heal the heart and the mouth will take care of itself.

From where does that healing come?  The ancient practice of “oil-pulling”, swishing oil in the mouth for several minutes, is said to pull toxins out of the body through the mouth. In the Bible, oil was used for anointing prophets, kings, and priests.  Jesus, the Christ (Anointed One) is the ultimate fulfillment of all those roles. His prophetic Word cleanses us by working in our heart faith in the priestly offering of his own body as the sacrifice for our sins.  Through this faith he rules and protects our hearts as our king. He anoints us with His Spirit, who makes our bodies his temple. Through him we are cleansed.

If our words are not kind, uplifting  and truthful, then we need not examine our mouths, but our hearts.  For what is in there is what comes out of the mouth. Let Jesus cleanse the toxins in the heart with his forgiving grace, and the words of your mouth will be clean.

Pastor Tom Konz




The Heart of the Matter

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Matthew 23:23


“You go, Jesus! You tell them how it is, those hypocrites”… like me.

Jesus was telling the church leaders of his day that they were so preoccupied by the institutional requirements of church that they had lost their way. It wasn’t that what they were doing was wrong, or even unnecessary (“These you ought to have done”), but that they were neglecting the weightier matters of the law like justice and mercy and faithfulness.

In his song, Heart of Worship, Matt Redman confesses that he had lost his way in praising God, believing that his song was what God required instead of the heart that offered it. He confesses, “I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it when it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.”  The style in which we worship is not a weighty matter to God. What He is looking for are those who “worship Him in “spirit and truth” John 4:23

What moves me to address this, however, is not worship, but how we relate to people. I confess to letting the “business of the church” distract me from the love of people.  When I could slow down and take time to listen and care about the needs and hurts of others, I have let something less important take my time. Sometimes I feel like the clergy that avoided the robbery victim whom the Good Samaritan eventually helped. I have talked about love more than I have actually loved.

I don’t know if you ever experience that, but my hunch is that we all sometimes lose our way, and don’t see the needs of people God places in our way. To help us focus on the heart of the matter, Jesus reduced the law to two requirements: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart,… and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27. In case we think we can do the former without the latter John writes, “This commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” 1 John  4:21

John prefaced this by saying, “We love because He first loved us” .v.19  So let us confess our sin of neglect, receive His undeserved forgiveness won on His cross, and remembering how He first loved us, love one another.  Of course, the necessary matters of the institutional Church, and of your workplace, are important, but the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart, from which sincerely love one another.

In Christ’s love,  Pastor Tom

In the End, It’s a Gift

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans3:22-24

It was quite a full day of reflection. The morning included speaking and hearing words about preparing for the end of this life at the funeral of a young mother. In the evening a 14 inning baseball game ended in a “walk-off” walk. What’s the connection? During that baseball game, the winning team got 14 hits for only 2 runs. You could say futility was at a high level. All that work and for what. Runners would get into scoring position but would get stranded on base. The pitching and defense were pretty good overall, though a few errors were committed, to be expected in a long game. Then with bases loaded in the bottom of the 14th inning, the opposing pitcher delivers four straight balls. The runner on third walks home. Victory comes as a gift, not by an earned run. We sing of “amazing grace” that in the end “will lead me home.” We try to live the Christian life, but commit errors along the way. We try to be good, serve, love, but sometimes to no avail. Life kicks us hard and pushes down in spite of our service and hard work. We wonder if God is on our side or not. Then, when we are close to home, in the scoring position that pending death presents, we remember that we all “fall short of the glory of God…. but are justified by His grace as a gift.” We don’t climb into heaven by sheer effort. We walk home with Christ, who has redeemed us by living an error-free life, and giving us the gift of innocence. A friend put it this way, “God never calls “strike three!” on the believer. The victory is not a result of how well we performed at all. In the end, it’s a gift. Peace to you, Pastor Tom Konz

God’s School of Nature, Part 2

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1


On another train of thought from the same backyard coffee break that inspired last week’s message….  In addition to contemplating the vastness and complexity of God’s creation, I mulled over the seasons of the year as well.  It’s common to compare them to the phases of our life.  The hymn, “O Blessed Spring” (LSB 595) does that well. Beyond just seeing that obvious connection, it occurs to me that we could do better at understanding the unique purposes of our seasons and graciously accepting them.

Spring is our child time, starting out, learning growing, being innocent, not rushed or stressed.  It is a fixed time of the year and will end in due time. I grieve for the children whose spring time is rushed, who are not allowed to blossom on their own schedule. In troubled families spring is way too short. It is also true when children are rushed to achieve and compete at the expense of heathy play, and when they are exposed to media their innocence is not ready to receive. We do well not to rush spring, but also not to let children be stuck in it by doing for them what they can do for themselves.

Summer is young adulthood, entering work, raising families, bustling here and there like so many squirrels and birds finding food and repairing nests. What a blessed vocation at the height of one’s energy and strength! But in this heated time of life, what responsibilities! Understand that work and family are obligation enough without burdening this generation with too many extras or laying guilt on them. Support them in their Godly vocations of labor and parenting.

In Autumn, middle-agers apply their life experiences to mentoring. Their reduced energy is made up in the ripeness of the fruit they bear. Unfettered by daily duties of parenting, equipped with accumulated wisdom, their vocation is to lead and to teach from experience with gentle counsel; to equip others to replace them, just as fallen leaves enrich the ground for future growth. Autumn, a time of rich colors, can become drab if the focus is only on declining vitality. If autumn spends its time grieving the summer, it misses its own unique beauty and purpose.

Winter is a mirror of our common destiny.  Those with snow-colored hair remind us of life’s ultimate accountability. Their leaves are long past fallen, the limbs are bare, and growth is in retreat. Those aging well have embraced each season of life with proper respect.  They are ready to yield with dignity and so teach all generations how to meet the new life ahead. There is discovered, as in no previous season, the urgency of faith. They hold the cross with faith and firmness. Silently slipping from this life, they see Christ, who has given and taken back His life again to give them a new life superior to the old.  They go in peace, forgiven, redeemed and reconciled.  Let them go, bless them on their way, and learn their final lesson: Winter will come to us all, and it can come at any time of the year. And then the endless spring begins anew in heaven.

Live in grace, all year long.    Pastor Tom

August 2014 Newsletter


Faith Lutheran Newsletter                   August 2014

3000 NW Loop, Stephenville, Texas 76401


Drawing everyday people to faithfully follow God’s Word

Pastor’s Page

Pathway to Peace

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

    During Vacation Bible School I witnessed young and old helpers and teachers, working together, united in love for the children and for the Lord. What a blessing this congregation is! God has blessed us with something special here at faith: Peace.

Not that I am blind and deaf to occasional flare-ups between those who rigorously disagree about how something ought to be done in the church. Yet I am grateful that the conflict is between two individuals who care passionately about the church. Nor am I unaware that a few may have a long standing misunderstanding or mistrust toward other individuals.  That is unnecessary. Talking through concerns with a humble and open heart could erase the conflicts.

But overwhelmingly, this congregation is a place of peace. Things get talked out in such a way that hurt feelings can be healed or prevented in the first place.  The pathway to this peace is that which leads us all to the cross of Christ. When we walk humbly before God and confess our sins to Him, His peace rules our hearts. It makes for a forgiving spirit, even when the forgiveness is tested again and again.

I pray that we will continue to walk this pathway together.  For if we have not peace between us, how can we share it with the seeker who longs to find it?

Peace, Pastor Tom

Sunday August Themes

August 3                          “Hunger Only God Can Fill”                  Isaiah 55:1-5

August 10                                  “Who Are We?”                                   Job 38:4-18

August 17                                 “For All People”                           Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

August 24                    “Confirmed, not Conformed”          Romans 12:1-2

(Confirmation Sunday)

August 31                              “Labors of Love”                            Romans 12:9-21

(Labor Day Weekend)


August 24, 2014. This year’s youth giving public testimony of faith include: Kylie Curtoys, Karlie Easterling, Jamie Nelson, and Cooper VandenbergJamie and Cooper will be confirmed in the 8:15 service and Kylie and Karlie in the 10:45 service.  Please encourage and pray for them as they confess the Faith and make their vows of faithfulness before their Lord.


Starting in September, Mr. Arnold Ramming will begin serving Faith as regular worship leader for both services. His wife Cindy also will add to his organ/piano talent her gifts on flute and guitar. Arnold has served many years as a civil engineer for the city of Bakersfield, CA, and they are glad to return to Texas, their home state.  Their expected arrival will be August 30.    Please keep them in prayer for this transition.


8:15 a.m. Service:

Usher:       Larry Angerhofer & Troy Kimbrough

Greeter:     Bob & Sheila Small          Altar: Marilyn Pack

Acolyte:    3: Kason Seider, 10: Aidan Espinoza, 17: Jamee Nelson,

24: Cooper Vandenberg, 31: Alex Cameron

10:45 a.m. Service:

Usher:       Franklin Wood & Lyder Quade

Greeter:     Mark Gallagher               Altar: Marilyn Pack

Acolyte:    3: Landry Stroebel, 10: Eric Carrasco, 17: Kylie Curtoys,

24: Rett Douglas, 31: Ethan Nehring

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

3                 Simpson              Small                    Nelson                        Lovin

10                Strohmeyer          Sparkman            Nehring                      Tate

17                VanWright           Weber                  Fredrickson                 Hanna

24               Bills                      Angerhofer            Carlson                   Cameron

31                                                      5th Sunday Brunch

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.


July—Great lessons and fun and thanks to all volunteers for July!

August—we will wrap up out H2Oh! Summer Sunday School Lessons having to do with water on August 31st!

Sunday School

  • Nick and I are planning for the NEW Sunday school year that begins September 7th!
  • Plan to come in August!
  • “Splashville” Event for Faith Lutheran Church and Faith School families on August 22nd –the pool is ALL ours for the evening!
  • Sunday School Teacher volunteers needed to teach starting September 7th.  Please see Nick or Cheryl.
  • God’s Word—His Word—His way of revealing Himself to us, giving us purpose in this life, and providing us with guidance and strength.  BUT…mostly…to let us know how much HE LOVES US, and gave His Son Jesus to die for our sins, and through faith in Jesus, we receive the gift of eternal life!

See You Sunday Mornings—All ages, learning God’s Word together!

Faith Lutheran Youth: from Nick Rittgers

Twitter: Follow @StephenvilleFLY on twitter for updates on FLY! Updated very frequently

High school Bible Study: We’ve had an amazing month in July. Gray Vandenberg, Hannah Bruce and Megan Franz have each given a mid-week bible study for FLY. We’re meeting on Wednesday nights at a different family’s house at 630 where we spend time eating and in fellowship before diving into God’s word. If you haven’t been involved in our Bible study but would like to be whether that’s attending or hosting, contact Nick.

New Beginnings Lock-in: You’ve asked for it, and it’s happening. On Friday, August 1st at 8:00 pm, we are having a lock-in open for youth going into 8th grade-going into College. Our theme for this lock-in is New Beginnings, and a focus on what that means for us as we go into this next year. Our verse for the night will be Ephesians 2:10. We will play games (feel free to bring multi-player video games and TV’s or board games to share), have a bible study, eat some food (so bring $5 to cover food costs) and hope to end with a bonfire. For anyone picking students up, we will be done at 6:00 am on August 2.

Apartment Transfer: I will be moving apartments on Saturday August 9 and could use some help in moving. I’m only moving one floor down to the room directly under me, but I could always use a hand. My mom will be in town to provide hot dogs and cokes for lunch and grilling for anyone who wants to help. We can also have a short devotion that afternoon, and we could play some volleyball or basketball on the courts at the Grove. We plan to start around 11am that day, so it shouldn’t take too long with the more people we have.

GloryBound: Glorybound registration opens on August 1st! Make plans to join us from July 16-19 in San Marcos for “Marked”. Cost for Early Bird is $160; however that does not include the cost of our hotel rooms or food. Therefore, once board costs are determined, this number could very well increase. If you are interested in coming to Glorybound, please bring a $60 deposit to the church office so we can put you on the list and lock your spot in. This $60 deposit does go towards your $160 fee and is nonrefundable.

Fundraising opportunities: If any church members need a hand with anything and would like to support our youth in their upcoming trips and adventures, contact Nick with what your task is, and if you have a preferred youth you would like. Youth, we will have some larger fundraising events in the future. Keep in mind; the more work you put in now, the more money you will raise and the less money you will have to put out from your pocket (or your parents pockets).

Golden Anniversary: Lynann and Charles Simpson have asked for our help in setting up and tearing down for their 50th wedding anniversary reception and celebration here at the Family Center. We are the grunt team ya’ll. I will have more details to come, but be prepared for some physical labor in setting up and tearing down tables and chairs for our celebration. (Remember the fundraising section *hint hint, wink wink kids*)

School Schedules: Something that I would like to do once school starts is be able to come up to the elementary, middle, jr high, and high school and be able to have lunch with ya’ll if you would like. We can make it as large or as small as you want, but I’m not catering for the whole football team or marching band so you’ll still need to bring your own lunch. I’d also like to see sporting events and other extracurricular activities that ya’ll are involved in. So once everyone gets their school schedules and sports schedules, bring a copy to me so I can make plans to see you guys more than just once a week!

Mini Vacation:I will be leaving town for Austin for a mini vacation/informal internship meeting on August 31 and won’t be back until Tuesday night September 2.

Lutheran’s Women Missionary League (LWML)

  • July:  All of our LWML women volunteered in a variety of ways to help with Vacation Bible School—“Serving the Lord with Gladness”.
  • August:   All are invited to come to share ideas for LWML programs and projects for the 2014-2015 year on Wednesday, August 13th @ 5:30 at the home of Lynann Simpson.  You will enjoy a light dinner and then we will share ideas and plan the year ahead!
  • Restroom Re-Decorating: In May, LWML ladies added new touches to the men’s and women’s church restrooms.  In August, we are working to spruce up the men’s and ladies restrooms in the Family Center, beginning with “stippling” on Sunday afternoon, August 3rd.

MITES:  As always, share your Mites by adding to the large Mite Box.  All goes directly to our mission projects for Texas and the USA.

STAMPS:  Save stamps with at least a ½ inch margin around them.  Put them in the basket in the narthex.  The stamps are sold to collectors and the $$ go to our mission projects!

So, join us on Wednesday, August 13th @ 5:30pm at the home of Lynann Simpson if you would like to share ideas and help plan for the year ahead.

“Serving the Lord with Gladness…”

Seniors Alive In The Lord (S.A.I.L)

   Seven S.A.I.L. members met in Rm 6 on July 3 for Bible Study.  Pastor Tom led a discussion on references to God in the Declaration of Independence.  Snacks were enjoyed by all. The next study will be August 7 @ 10. We will also discuss possible programs and sign up for hostess duty for the year. Please join us!

Several of our members provided cookies and fruit for the VBS and the 140-150 hungry kids and staff.  Some were also worked daily in the kitchen, cleaning, directing, arts/crafts, etc. It was a wonderful week of following Jesus’ ministry at the Sea of Galilee.

On July 23, nine members, along with  Tyler Lee and Noah Ashley, took  the church van to St. Paul in Ft. Worth to work at the Lutheran Braille Center. We formed an assembly line to prepare 4 volumes of braille pages that were printed on FRONT AND BACK. It was so inspiring to hear some of the stories of how these braille Bibles changed lives–pages made of braille print for blind who were anxious to get more chapters and books of the Bible. Finishing the day trip with lunch at Papacitas and the ride home made an enjoyable time.  Hopefully, others will want to join us for trips to the Braille Center.


Thank you, Brent Stroebel, for sharing some of your “everyday” moments of witnessing on June 29, 2014! Many of us enjoyed your thoughts and hearing about a few of your opportunities to witness in China and Stephenville!

We have added new signs: some which hang from the ceiling; one on the wall as we come in from the “playground area” parking lot and we will be adding a “YOU ARE HERE” map right next to that one. A Welcome/Resource Centerarea in the Narthex is in place and a hanging Information sign will be added. Doug and Jim have two new Highway 281 locations to check on for the highway signs.

FIT (Faith in Touch) birthday cards began to be sent out to Faith students in July with a favorable response from the first “sendee” (Kim Mitchell). Thank you to the other eleven who eagerly volunteered to participate! Sarah and Nichole are researching sources for Bibles to give away to enrolling students. We also would like to give each parent a card “Lifting My Children through Prayer” or something similar. Another case of pew Bibles have been ordered.

Mercy in Action – Disaster Response – Doug Hanna will probably be trained in August or September. The Lutheran Student Fellowship will be moving to Tarleton’s academic information system, Blackboard, for the fall semester. This should make info sharing much easier for the students.


End of Summer Party: Friday, August 22nd is the End of Summer Party at Splashville for Faith School and Church Families. We would love for everyone to come out to this event and fellowship with everyone. Watch for further information for this event in the Weekly Need to Know.

Recycling: In June we received $10 for the youth from aluminum can recycling.  I haven’t sold any in July.  Thank you for bringing your aluminum cans to the church.  You are helping the youth and the environment at the same time.

Discounted Bibles: There is an order form on the Narthex board for Discounted Bibles. The discount is 33% on the Bibles through September 30, 2014. If there are 10 or more orders on the Bibles we will receive free shipping. If you would like to order a Bible please let Nichole know that way she can give you more information on how to order these Bibles.

Life Line Screening: Life Line Screening, a provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their health screenings on Friday, August 22nd in the Narthex!  Five offered screenings will scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease, atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk, and a bone density screening for men and women to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit

Change for Life Baby Bottle Update: Over 2,700 bottles went out to 40 churches and organizations. This year has been a hugely successful year! We raised over $27,413 overall and there are still 731 bottles that have not been returned. The bottles continue to come in throughout the year. Faith Lutheran blessed the ministry with over $1,101.14 to be used in supporting and embracing new mothers. In addition to the funds raised, we celebrate the new volunteers that have teamed up with us!


Meals on Wheels: 8/1: Sparkman, 8/8: Simpson, 8/15: Pack, 

8/22: West, 8/29: Walter


Alexandra Cameron     8/1                                          Trudy Carlson               8/15

Sherre West                  8/2                                          Larry Angerhofer          8/16

Lee Barlow                    8/5                                          Charles Simpson           8/19

Bamma Strohmeyer      8/6                                          Charlie Carrasco           8/20

Brett Tarpley                 8/6                                          Bradley Cogburn          8/20

Magan Carrasco            8/7                                          Ronnie Tate                  8/21

Zoey Tarpley                8/8                                          Amy Curtoys                 8/23

Gary Crew                     8/9                                          Keith Fredrickson        8/25

David Douglas              8/12                                        Martha Fredrickson     8/26

Irene Kelly                    8/14                                        Melissa Weber              8/29

Larry Lovin                   8/31



1964        August 29        2014

In honor of the

Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of

Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Simpson

                                                                their children and grandchildren

request the pleasure of your company at a reception on

Sunday, the thirty-first of August two thousand fourteen

from two until four in the afternoon

 The Faith Family Center Faith Lutheran Church

Please, no gifts


Joining fellow missionaries from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hamilton are Marlene White, Whitney Lee, and Chris Nehring.  Shirley Febinger’s graddaughter Hannah Bessent met them at the airport.