LIVING FAITH:  Welcome! 

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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These forty days called Lent are like no other. It is our opportune time to return to the God who rescues; to receive the gifts of God’s grace; to believe with the heart and confess with the mouth the wonder of God’s love in Jesus; and to resist temptation at every turn. This is no small pilgrimage on which we have just embarked. It is a struggle Jesus knew. It is a struggle Jesus shares. The nearness of the Lord, in bread and wine, water and word, will uphold and sustain us.




Soup and Sandwich Suppers begin Wednesday, February 17 from 5:00-6:45 P.M. Please join us in the fellowship hall. A free will offering will be taken with donations going to the Domestic Violence Center. If interested in hosting a meal, please sign up in the Gathering Space.

Come join us in Exploring God’s Word Together this Lent. On a table in the gathering space, there are 3 different reading plans you can pick from to follow through the 40 days of Lent and a sheet to sign up on that you can track your reading progress. If you are not sure about reading but want to support the readers there are sponsor sheets available to fill out. All proceeds raised through sponsorships will go towards the Capital Appeal, with matching funds up to $5,000. Please join in Exploring God’s Word Together through reading, sponsorship, or both this Lent. If you have questions the Board of Stewardship, Pastor Erica, or Pastor Nicole can assist you.


Also this Lent we will be doing Lenten Coin Envelopes. Each giving unit has a Lenten Coin Envelope out in the gathering space that they can pick up. You place two quarters in each spot for the 40 days of Lent and then they can be returned to the offering plate at Easter. During Sunday School the children will be making Lenten Coin Crosses to also engage in this practice throughout Lent.

Annual Report information from boards, committees and associations are due to the church office by Tuesday, March 1.


A Treasurer is needed for the Memorial, Capital Appeal, Scrip and Luther League accounts. Carolyn Hallberg is our current treasurer and she would like to take a break. She would be happy to work with you and explain the accounts. If interested, please contact Pastor Erica or Pastor Nicole.


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




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 Family and Friends of Faith,

   My guess is that many of you can get on board with this image. I have heard it from you the second the weather turned from cold to colder. Now many of you know that I love the winter but I also love the changing of the seasons. I believe there is something cool that we can learn from living in an area of the country where we get to experience that changing of the seasons. The seasons can provide great connections to our faith and our life as disciples of Jesus in the world today.

   So, I want to make sure I have this correct. Many of us are ready for the season to change, but yet change so often in other areas of our lives seems to cause us to put up a fight. When it comes to change in the church or in our lives we don’t raise our hands high saying bring on the change, but rather so often find ourselves sitting on our hands hoping that it will ensure that our hand stays down. Now I want to think about what makes change so hard in some situations, but others we end up chomping at the bit because change cannot happen fast enough?

   This is not about some large impending change that is about to happen, but yet at the same time I wonder if we can be authentic to the Vision 2016 without being willing to embrace some larger change? Whether we can be faithful to our call as disciples without being open to the change God is doing in our lives and world. I do not claim to have an answer to these questions all on my own, but as we enter the final year of Vision 2016 I think we sit at a place to do some re-evaluating of how we as God’s people here at Faith are going to move, change, and exist into the future. Just because this is the final year of Vision 2016 it does not mean we cease to exist at the end. There have been changes that occurred as part of this vision, so how do we finish off this segment and establish the goals and vision for where we will head into the future as Faith and as faithful disciples.

   Movement for us all into the future involves change to some degree, and this is where I want us to look at the seasons. The four seasons that we experience in Wisconsin are often an area where we embrace change with some joy and excitement. We will start with the season of winter where we currently find ourselves. Winter: We look forward to snow for that picturesque white Christmas (which we missed by a few days this year.) Spring: A time where warmer weather is welcomed with thanksgiving as trees and flowers begin to bloom. Summer: This great season where fun outside happens, fresh fruits and vegetables grow, and the sun shines for long days. Fall: Green leaves turn to bright colors and cooler temperatures are eagerly welcomed.

   Now, let us look at the seasons in relation to our life of faith and see how it might make change a little less intimidating and something that we might find delight. Winter: A time where snow can be that reminder of being washed clean in God’s sight. Spring: A reminder that even after long periods of darkness in our lives God can bring forth new life as we see creation spring forth with new birth. Summer: When we are having fun and being active God is with us and working in ways that we don’t always realize as seeds turn into produce in what seems to be right before our eyes. Fall: As leaves change and fall to the ground they are a reminder that we all have things that need purging from our lives and God is there to turn the muck of life into beauty.

   What would happen if we embraced change in our faith lives and in the life of the church like we do the changing of the seasons? Then could I ask the question, “Show of hands…Who’s tired of the status quo of their life in faith?” Then our response could be raising our hands high ready to embrace the change God is long to enact in, with, and through us in the world in the life of God’s people here at Faith. Change can be exhilarating if we are open to God transforming us. I pray we might all be open to how God will invoke change in our own lives but in the life of the church and world as well.

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Nicole Welke

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—                                                           what is good and acceptable and perfect.”



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 green 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.




February 11, 2016

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