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 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
SERVING FAITH IN SEPTMEMBER
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.
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.
WELCOME TO OUR ARNOLD & CINDY RAMMING
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.
SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES—EVERY SUNDAY
“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.
SEE YOU ON SUNDAYS—BRUNCH @ 9:20-9:50.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES ALL AGES 9:50-10:30.
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)
SERVING THE LORD WITH GLADNESS—TOGETHER!
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.
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD:
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.