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 We're glad you dropped by and hope you'll find enough information and inspiration here to want to join us in serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

 

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.

 

 

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 28, 2014

 

Jesus' parable about two sons who don't do what they say reveals surprises in the reign of God, such as prostitutes and tax collectors going before others into God's kingdom. In the reading from Ezekiel the people question whether the ways of the Lord are unfair; instead they are to repent and turn to the Lord. Paul urges us to look to Christ as a model of humility, looking to the interests of others above our own. Nourished by the broken bread and shared cup,

we offer our lives for the sake of our needy world

 


SEPTEMBER STEWARDSHIP SOAP SUNDAY

September 28th is designated as Soap Sunday.  All members of Faith are encouraged to participate by bringing one or more new bars of a gentle soap on this day.  

 

 

 

ATTENTION HUNTERS AND TRAPPERS

We have scrip gift cards on hand, or place your order at the information desk.

        FLEET FARM  2 @ $100  10 @ $50  7 @$25

CABELA'S 3 @$25

GANDER MOUNTAIN  2@ $25

We will be featuring these businesses and scrip cards for the next two weeks.  In addition to these we have many cards that can assist you in purchasing groceries, gas, building supplies, restaurants, clothing, golf etc.  Stop by the information desk and pick up your cards by only writing one check to FAITH LUTHERAN SCRIP.  When you make a purchase during Sept. 21- Oct. 26 your name will be placed in a hat for a drawing of a $10 gift card of your choice.  So stop in and begin purchasing scrip,

you might just be the winner in our drawing!!

 

The Food Pantry needs some help before October!  We could use the following items before the BoyScout Food Drive on October 18: Green beans, corn, peas, mixed vegetables, brown beans, fruit, canned meats, tuna/salmon, shampoo, bar soap, boxed meals.  If you also have fresh fruits (apples, pears, etc.) or vegetables, feel free to bring those as well.  Let’s fill the bags for October!  Any questions, please give Sandy Halverson a call at 775-4658.  Faith’s Open Pantry helped 15 families this past Saturday -29 adults and 16 children included. Please bring in your food items before next month’s open pantry as the need is great at this time!

 

 

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

Luther League - A reminder that Luther League will now meet every Sunday morning from 10:15 to 11:00 am in the Library. Refreshments will be provided. Come to this great open discussion lead by Jim and Jeanette Schuessler. Besides offering this to you the Board of Youth and Family will also be offering monthly events which we hope you will continue to participate in.

 

Faith’s Fall Harvest Festival is coming—October 4, 2014. The festival will run from 11:00-4:15 pm on Saturday, October 4. Mark your calendar and come eat lunch, play games, enjoy fellowship with one another and, of course, stay for the raffle and live auction. Bring your family, friends and neighbors.

 

 

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

 

 

Donated Bugs in a Jar Quilt to be raffled off Sunday, Oct. 5

Hands on Mission Committee is truly blessed to receive a donated gift of a king size quilt made by former Manitowoc County Extension Home Economist Kathryn Smith.  The hand sewn quilt is a true nature lover's creation made up of a variety of insect patterns placed inside fruit jars.  The price of raffle tickets will be $5.00 per ticket or 3 for $10.00.  Ticket sales have started and will continue each Sunday up to and including Oct. 5th. The raffle will conclude after the Congregational 50th anniversary celebration dinner on Sunday, Oct. 5th.  You do not have to be present to win.

 

Friday, October 17 at 4:00 pm is the packing of the LWR quilts.  Help is needed with the packing...Students this is a good way to earn your service hours!  Come to the fellowship hall if interested.

 

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.


 

 First Communion Retreat

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

 

First Communion

Sunday, Nov. 9th   9:00 AM

 

 

 

  

Ten Stewardship Principles*

 

As baptized members of the body of Christ, we gratefully confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  We boldly proclaim the gospel as the Word of God.  We clearly recognize the gifts that God has first given us through grace, and we joyfully accept our role and responsibility as stewards.  The following principles provide a foundation for the life of a faithful and generous steward.

Respond gratefully to what God has first given us.  All that we do is a response to God’s grace.  Everything we are, have, and use comes from God.  Best of all, God gives the gift of Jesus Christ and the community of believers.  It all begins with God.  Our confession of faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is not of our doing.  Grateful stewards put God first.  “…but they gave themselves first to the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 8:5)

Obey responsibility to glorify God as a faithful proclamation of God’s word.  We acknowledge our faith and show our faith in the gospel for the glory of God and for the building up of the body of Christ.  This takes courage.  It involves our life-long obedience, including the ways we treat our families, others, and ourselves.  “…you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 9:13)

Sacrifice proportionately as Christ sacrificed for us.  For our sake Jesus gave up everything to make us rich through the cross and the resurrection.  We are called to sacrifice so others may share in God’s word and blessings.  “..gave according to their means, and even beyond their means.” (2 Corinthians 8:3)

Give willingly as moved by the Holy Spirit.  We have been prepared to give of ourselves.  We give our time, talents, and resources freely.  “For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave…” 

       (2 Corinthians 8:3)

Share abundantly as we have received.  The purpose of these gifts is for the good of the community of God.  We give to build up the body of Christ.  We use and share our gifts for the benefit of all.  “…and God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Give proportionately is our way of giving in relation to our abundance.  We are to give according to our “means,” not according to an income or a budget.  “If the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has – no according to what one does not have.”  

       (2 Corinthians 8:12)

Commit intentionally means making a statement about your intent and following through.  As members in the body of Christ, we are asked to make a commitment of our time, talents, and resources as a faithful response to God and as a statement of support for God’s work.  “…arrange in advance for this bountiful gift that you have promised.” (2 Corinthians 9:5)

Contribute regularly means practicing our stewardship on a daily basis.  By doing so this becomes a lifestyle.  Paul instructs us: “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put aside and save whatever extra you earn.”  (2 Corinthians 16:2)

Live genuinely means putting your faith into action.  This is the tangible demonstration of what is sincerely on our hearts and where our treasure is, not simply a verbal expression.  The Macedonians set and example that Paul called to the attention of the Corinthians.  “I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others.”  (2 Corinthians 8:8)

Accept a challenge means recognizing the dynamic nature of our faith.  As our faith grows so will our blessings, and our responsibilities.  Paul writes, “…the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows beautifully will also reap beautifully.”

       (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Our role as God’s stewards is one of many dimensions – grateful, responsible, self-sacrificing, willing, sharing, proportionate, committed, regular, genuine, and challenged.   By generously giving of ourselves, we discover joy in Christ.  “…you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  (2 Corinthians 9:7)

 

*From the ELCA Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission

 

Peace, Pastor Erica

 

 

   

 

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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.

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GENEROSITY AT WORK!
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.

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

Click here for info on the Lakeshore Grief Support Programs.

               

 
September 30, 2014

 

WORSHIP TIMES

Sundays:

9:00 am Worship

Wednesdays:

6:15 PM Contemporary Worship

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Age 3 to 5th grade:

10:15 to 11:00 am

 

6th-9th grade Confirmation

Community Room

Sundays:

10:15 to 11:15 am   OR

Wednesdays:

7:15 to 8:15 pm

 

High School Bible Talk:

Discussions in the Library

Sundays:

10:15 to 11:00 am

 

Men' Bible Study

Wednesdays @ 6:45 am

Thursdays @ 6:30 pm

 

 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

Sept to November

 

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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