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August 2014 Valders Parade

Faith Lutheran Church is a community of believers in Christ, whose purpose is to share God's love and forgiveness through worship, education, support and service.





Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In Isaiah the people are bid to look to their spiritual ancestors as the rock from which they were hewn. Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter's bold confession of faith. God's word of reconciliation and mercy are keys to the church's mission. Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world, but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From the table we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.

 The Faithful Paddlers will be meeting every Saturday, weather permitting, at 7:30 am at Manitou Park on Michigan Avenue in Manitowoc. Everyone is welcome to bring their kayaks or canoes and join us as we paddle the Manitowoc River.  Breakfast following for those interested at the Covered Wagon Restaurant.


We will be holding a Prayer Vigil on August 30 from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am and August 31 from 5:00 am to 9:00 am. This vigil coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the very first Prayer Vigil at Faith Lutheran. Congregational members are encouraged to sign up for the various times to offer prayers for ill or hospitalized individuals, military personnel, Faith Lutheran Church, the ELCA, or anyone in need of prayer. Please join us in prayer by signing up on the sheets provided in the gathering area.


Faith’s Open Pantry served 18 families in August which included 35 adults, 24 children and one new family. As usual after a large amount of families, the pantry shelves are pretty bare! The list of items mentioned is needed desperately. They include: Mac and cheese, boxed meals (we would like to give each family at least 4 or 5 boxes per month), pancake mix/syrup, assorted frostings, pasta/rice sides, Minute rice, boxed mashed potatoes, green & brown beans, corn, peas, mixed veggies, canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, fruit pie crust kits (we have plenty of fillings, but no crust), pizza kits, taco kits, ketchup/mustard, shampoo, shave cream/razors for men & women, paper towel, toilet & facial tissue.  Any items you can help us with is very much appreciated!  Place your items in the drawers in the welcome center marked “Faith’s Pantry.” We have plenty of egg cartons at this time.



We are looking for pictures!!  Do you have any pictures of Faith Lutheran Church, the building, activities, Sunday School, Christmas programs, etc?  As we work on our celebration of 50 years of Faith, we are collecting pictures to display. All pictures will be scanned and returned to you. Please drop off pictures in the office or give to Pastor Erica. Digital pictures may be emailed to Pastor Erica pastorerica@tds.net.  Thank you for your help with this!

Save the Date for a Special Event!

“God’s work.  Our hands.” Sunday

September 7th, 2014

We are church together.  We are church for the sake of the world and with our hands we do God’s work.  “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America—one church freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

On September 7th, we will join together once again with other ELCA congregations for a day dedicated to serving the communities we live in.  The schedule for the day is as follows:

·        9:00 Worship Service

·        10:00-11:00 Traditional Pancake and Porkie Breakfast

·        11:00-1:00 Opportunities for service here at Faith and throughout the community.  Most service opportunities are expected to take less than 1 hour.  Off-site projects will go longer to allow for transportation time. 

·        More information, including service opportunities and order forms for event t-shirts will be available soon.


   Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and be the hands of feet of God?  Faith is again participating in “Gods Work. Our Hands” Sunday on September 7th.  On this day nearly 10,000 congregations nationwide, will gather to serve our communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people. 

   Sign-up opportunities for a wide variety of activities are located in the Gathering Space.  Our “God’s Work. Our Hands.” event will begin with 9:00am worship service and a pancake breakfast will follow at approximately 10:00.  At 11:00 service projects will begin and will last 1-2 hours, depending on the project.  You are welcome to take part in any or all of the events that day.

   Sunday School will be starting the following week, September 14th.  This year’s theme is “Donut” it Feel Good to Worship God?  Because we are not starting Sunday School until the 14th, we are encouraging ALL children to sign up for Gods Work Our Hands with their family members – many activities are available for even the youngest members of Faith. 

   Come ready to work on September 7th in your t-shirt and jeans.  You work every day to love your neighbors and make our community a better place to be – now let’s do it

together!  Stop by the display to sign-up for an activity that you can participate in on this day.  Are you already committed?  Invite a friend to serve alongside of you. 



Upcoming Events for Fall

Sunday Worship @ 9:00 am

Sunday School 10:15 – 11:00 am

Wednesday Worship @ 6:15 pm


The Wednesday Morning Men’s Bible Study will resume Wednesday, September 10 at 6:45 a.m. All men are welcome to join us. Interested?

Contact Bryce Larson at 693-8734 for more information.


The Thursday Night Men’s Bible Study will resume Thursday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. For more info, contact John Helgeson at 775-4774. 

There is always room for you…come and join us!


Confirmation Orientation

All students in grades 6-9 will meet Wednesday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Students and parents are required to attend.

Classes begin Sunday, September 14

10:15-11:15 am

or youth may attend

Wednesday, September 17 7:15-8:15 p.m.


 Attention all High School Youth

Please join us Sundays from 10:15-11:00 am in the library.  How do you cope in today’s world in a Godly manner?  How does God fit into your daily life—what problems are getting in your way?  Jim and Jeanette Schuessler will guide this open discussion group as youth explore problems they face in their everyday lives.



Honoring our Past...Envisioning our Future

 50 years ago, three congregations stepped out in faith. 

Join us as we “honor our past and envision our future.”

Fall Fest—October 4

Worship and Celebration—October 5



Fall Worship Schedule

Sunday Worship 9:00 am

Sunday School 10:15 – 11:00 am

Wednesday Worship 6:15 pm


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.



 Please join us at Seven Lakes at 5:30 pm on Fridays for 9 holes of golf, followed by dinner with the group.  All ages and skill levels are welcome. 



 First Communion Retreat

Saturday, Oct. 18th    8:30-11:30 AM Community Room


First Communion

Sunday, Nov. 9th   9:00 AM





For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35


   Every Tuesday and Thursday, the Fellowship Hall downstairs transforms into a place of mission. For almost 50 years, the women of Faith have been making quits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR).

   LWR has been helping people throughout the world for over 60 years. LWR began following WWII, when an estimated one-fifth of the world’s Lutherans were left homeless. Here in the United States, Lutheran churches in at least 20 states mobilized to help in Europe through a new agency called Lutheran World Relief.

   Initially prompted by sending aid to their German and Scandinavian kin, American Lutherans soon realized that aid could be shared fairly only on the basis of need. Hungry refugees all over Europe cried out for help. Service to all suffering people became a vital part of Christian witness. Local partners were responsible for using the shipments wisely.

A growing expertise, the will to help, and ties to overseas missions soon called LWR farther afield. In the late 1940s, 800,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes by the creation of the state of Israel. From the early 1950s in Hong Kong, Korea and Bangladesh, Asia was a continent of considerable strife. During the 1970s and ’80s, civil wars and drought made Africa the new concern.”

   Whether through quilts, school and health kits, Malaria relief, monetary donations, and prayers, millions of Lutherans around the world benefit from the work of LWR. On Sunday, September 21, a representative of LWR will be with us in worship and during fellowship to share the ministry and mission of LWR. Please join us on that day as we learn more about this amazing organization. You may also visit their website at www.lwr.org

Please prayerfully consider supporting LWR, the quilters, school kits and other ministries. Thanks to you last year, LWR was able to help 7, 759, 262 people in 35 countries, providing lasting solutions to poverty, injustice, and human suffering.



Pastor Erica       






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 vision....it'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:  101 families, as of the September 2013, 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.


August 22, 2014




9:00 am Worship


6:15 PM Contemporary Worship


Registration:  Sept. 14th
Age 3 to 5th grade:

10:15 to 11:00 am


6, 7 & 8 grade Confirmation:


10:15 to 11:15 am


Wednesdays: 7:15 to 8:15 pm


6th -9th grade orientation: 

Wed. Sept 10th


 Televised Worship:

Mondays: 6:00 & 7:30 PM

Time-Warner Channel 4
Tuesdays & Thursdays:
        1:00 PM
   Comcast Channel 20


This Week's Bulletin


Events Calendar


SCRIP Order Form 


Worship Assistants

July & August


Prayer Requests: 

Call 920-775-4141,

e-mail the church office   faith21@tds.net  or

e-mail Pastor Erica   pastorerica@tds.net




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