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Faith Lutheran Church is a community of believers in Christ seeking to

live out God's love and grace through worship,education, support and service.


No matter where you are in your faith journey,

no matter which season of your life,

you're invited to join us as we seek to

deepen our experiences with God and others.


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                                                  Faith Lutheran Church                                          

18th Sunday after Pentecost ~ Sunday, September 27, 2015


Someone is casting out demons in Jesus’ name who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.

Faith’s Fall Harvest Festival 2015




Plate Lunches, Desserts and More! Carry-Outs Available


lower level Fellowship Hall




FREE Youth and Family Activities, including:


Grilling Cook-off judging at 11:30


  • Bike Rodeo 12:00-1:00pm outdoors lower level
  • Bounce House 11am-2pm outdoors lower level
  • Dunk Tank 1:00pm-2:15pm outdoors lower level
  • Cake and Bakery Walk 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm Fellowship Hall
  • Crafts 1:00pm-3:00pm lower level Community Room
  • Games 1:00pm-3:00pm outdoors lower level
  • Bingo with Prizes 1:00pm-2:00pm upper level Gathering Space
  • Name That Tune 2:15pm-3:00pm upper level Gathering Space
  • Scavenger Hunt begins at 3:00 upper level Gathering Space
  • Raffle Ticket Sales for all Ages lower level Fellowship Hall
  • Silent Auction lower level Fellowship Hall
  • Live Auction 3pm-4:30pm lower level Fellowship Hall


(Join Faith’s own “Auctioneer Frank” Griffin as he leads a fun-filled auction)



Proceeds of this event will go to Local Outreach, Mission Trips and

National and International Disaster Response.


Sunday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 30 is designated as Soap Sunday.  All members of Faith are encouraged to participate by bringing one or more new bars of a Gentle Soap (such as Dove, Ivory, etc.) on these days. New bars can be placed in baskets in the Gathering Center. Otherwise, new bars of soap can be brought at any time during the year and placed inside the Stewardship Cabinet at the top of the stairs near the church office.

Nine & Dine will play its annual Scramble at The Golf Club at Branch River on Sunday, October 4th.  We will tee off at 12:00 noon for 9 holes of golf and dine at Branch afterwards.  Anyone interested in joining us for a fun afternoon is welcomed to attend.  This is open to both youth and adults.  Scrip cards for this event are available at the information desk.  Come join us for this annual event.

Bell Choir will be practicing on Thursday nights. Please contact Derek Luckow if you are interested in joining the group and for a schedule.  

Volunteers needed! The Board of Lay Ministry is looking for members who are willing to serve in one or more of these ministry areas: lectors, ushers, communion servers, projection, video and sound. While we have many faithful people already serving, we can certainly use more. For more information, please contact Carol Ulness @ 775-4878 or e-mail at



We have planned an evening of dinner and fellowship for you on the following dates from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM:

October 16, December 18, January 15,

February 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15.

Please plan to attend, and consider inviting friends to join you.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance and can be purchased after church or in the church office. Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event until sold out at $12.00 each. 

Proceeds will go to the 2nd Phase of our Capital Appeal. 


Volunteers are needed to help with the varied tasks of running the congregational dinners. We need people willing to sell tickets after the church services, collect tickets the day of the dinner, set-up and take down the fellowship hall, work in the kitchen as needed, and serve the meal. Sign-up sheets are located on the Information Desk in the Gathering Space. We will call you when we start planning the dinner you sign-up for. Please consider volunteering to help out with this exciting new ministry here at Faith.




Our Sunday services are broadcast on Comcast Channel 20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. and Mondays on Time Warner

Cable Ch. 4 at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.



Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

   When I started to think about what to write for Faith Matters this month I thought about many of the typical fall topics, but then something from scripture spoke to me. I would like to share a section of scripture with you. The passage comes from Isaiah 43. This is one of my favorites, but I often stop before verses 18 -19. It was recently during a hospital visit when I was sharing                         communion with a member that I read this passage and was reminded of how amazing Isaiah 43:18-19 is.

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and

rivers in the desert. ---Isaiah 43:18-19

   There are so many things going on in these two verses and so much for us to listen to here at Faith as we continue to move forward in our vision. It is here that the LORD says to not dwell on the things of the past because God is about to do something new. These are powerful words for us to hear. We sit at this point where we need to stop dwelling in some of the past and trying to make or keep the past as our current reality. If we continue to focus on the things of old, we might miss the new and amazing things God is going to do and is doing.

   I know that we need the past to see some of the new, but so often I think we get stuck with our blinders up on “what has always been done,” and in doing so do not perceive what God is doing right in front of our very eyes. I do not want to discredit the past, but I want to push us to think about a God who was present in the past and is still present now working in our midst. The past has shaped who we are, but God is continuing to shape us today.

   The new thing that God is going to do that Isaiah talks about is not just a little shift, but rather as Walter Brueggemann says, “The new thing is a massive       miracle that transforms all of life.” (Isaiah 40-66, 59). I strongly believe that God is about to do a new thing here at Faith as well, but the question is, are we ready to perceive it. Are we ready to experience God working in a way that transforms all of life, as we know it. It was not easy for the people during the time of Isaiah to perceive God doing this either, but the LORD says, “I will make a way in the   wilderness and rivers in the desert.” We may not fully know what this transformed life is going to look like, but I am ready to let go of my fears, put down my blinders, and be ready to perceive the new things that God is doing here. Will you join me?

We have seen some of these new things already with our expanded ministries and boards exploring new ways to connect people with God, God’s Word, and God’s people. What other ways is God doing a new thing that we have yet to perceive? May we all be open to the ways that God is about to do a new thing.


Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Nicole



Faith's Pantry is open the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:00-10:00 a.m. serving people within a 10 mile radius of Valders. If you are in need, please stop in and we can help you.




At Faith, we seek to live as a generous people who show God's love, and reach out to each other, our community and the world.  EXPERIENCE FAITH.... is not about only the excitement of a building that supports our's about moving forward as a blessed and vibrant people of God.  As a result of many generous contributors to the Experience Faith Capital Appeal, our vision is being realized and our mission and ministry expanded.

When making offerings to the Experience Faith...Capital Appeal it is important that you use the blue envelopes found in the pews.


SHARE THE EXPERIENCE:  over 101 families have shared a financial commitment to our congregation's future, investing in a vital vision of ministry.  We invite you to join us in the vision of Faith's future! 

CLICK HERE and scroll down on the "Capital Appeal" page for more information and a copy of the RESPONSE BROCHURE.


 Are you Grieving?  Let us walk beside you....

Click here for info on the Lakeshore Grief Support Programs.


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