Faith Works & News 2021-10-29

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Faith Works & News

October 29, 2021
 

Faith Lutheran Church  

Know Christ!  Live Christ!  Make Christ Known!

REFORMATION DAY – OCTOBER 31ST

 

In celebration of Reformation Day,
October 31, 1517,
take a look at Luther’s Cross,
which he designed
to summarize his Christian faith. 

 

The black cross in the center reminds us that Jesus died to take the punishment for our sins.

The red heart reminds us of the love God has for us in sending Jesus to be our Savior.

The red of the heart is the color of the blood of Christ, shed for us and for our salvation.

The white rose helps us remember the work of the Holy Spirit who makes us pure and holy in God’s sight by bringing us to faith in Jesus and by helping us to live our lives for Him. The sky-blue background pictures the joy of the new life God gives to all who believe and trust in Him. Finally the golden ring outlining the seal reminds us of our eternal inheritance –a home in heaven where we will enjoy complete joy and happiness in our Savior’s presence.**

 

*Stained Glass from Pastor Bill’s office.
**Explanation from Luther’s Small Catechism and explanation

ALL SAINTS’ DAY WILL BE OBSERVED SUNDAY, NOV. 7
NOTE: All Saints’ Day is Monday, Nov. 1, however, we will observe it next Sunday, Nov. 7

Photo taken recently by Misty Fisher near Florence, Texas

TRUNKS of TREATS

THIS SATURDAY 1-4

(SET-UP TRUNKS 11-12)

CANDY DONATIONS CAN BE LEFT
ON THE WELCOME CENTER
 

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF (LWR)

QUILT & HEALTH KIT “BLESSING”

 

The LWR Quilts and Kits Blessing
will be on Sunday, October 31st. 

Come see all the beautiful quilts
on display in the sanctuary

Quilters & Helping Hands Members
wish to thank the Congregation for your support.
They were able to send 81 personal care kits to LWR,
thanks to your generous donations.

The Lutheran World Relief quilt is special!  It brings warmth on a cold night, shelter from the sun on a hot day. It becomes a bed, a room divider, a backpack to carry belongs, and sometimes even a home. The quilts are distributed by Lutheran World Relief to Refugees and other people around the world, including the US.  Each quilt is one of a kind with a beauty all its own, made as a gift of hope by caring women.  We know that some of our quilts have gone to Georgia (Russia), Honduras, Guatemala, Serbia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, and Angola, among others.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

STARTS OCTOBER 31, 2021

A Grief Support Group will be offered on Sundays,
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in the Library.

This will be an open group.  You can start any week, attend as frequently as you want and discontinue when you want.  This will be a safe place to share the story of your loved one and how their loss has impacted your life.   We will practice confidentiality. 

We will gain strength as we share our experiences, consider Scripture and pray.  We will gain hope as we know that God is close to the brokenhearted.  You are invited to attend whether your grief is fresh, or if your longer-term grief still needs additional processing. 

Contact the church office if you would like more information or would like to talk with the Facilitator, Dolores K.  For planning purposes, it will be helpful if you can let her know that you plan to attend.  

USHERS URGENTLY NEEDED

 

Ushers are urgently needed for the 11:00 service

What does an Usher do?

Pass out Faith Alive

Count the number attending

Direct communion – let rows know when to go forward

Present the offering

Check pews after the service 

Sign-up at the Visitor Center or BY CLICKING HERE.  

Need more information? Contact, Gil Bowers or the church office.

FAITH SENIOR MINISTRIES PROGRAM
THIS TUESDAY, NOV. 2

 

       For more information, contact Vicar John Cotner, 512-863-7332.

GREETERS for 2022

Sharing God’s Love – One SMILE at a time!

 

Do you like to SMILE?  Meet new people? 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO BE A GREETER
(Deadline to sign up is Nov. 8)

The Holy Spirit has led ALL that come through our doors. It’s our responsibility for ALL to feel God’s love and show our eagerness for ALL to hear the good news of HIS sacrifice for ALL. Our Greeters are like a lens on a camera that brings into focus the true picture of our church and God’s love for ALL.   Be that reason someone feels His love and wants to return again and again! Greeters are assigned to greet once every 6-7 weeks.  You would be given a schedule before the end of the year. There are always options to trade dates with other greeters when you will be out of town.

We encourage ALL members (including children) to consider greeting! 
“Welcome him in the Lord with great joy!”  -Philippians 2:29.

Any questions, please text or call me.
God’s Blessings,
Kathy Craig, Greeter Chair (church box 38)

BAGS TO MATS

MEETING AND DEDICATION

  • The next Bags to Mats meeting will be on Friday, Nov. 5 at 10:00 a.m. in Room B116. 
  • Anyone who is interested is invited to join us.
  • Please bring all finished mats and partial mats so we can do an inventory.
  • We are presenting the mats for dedication on Sunday, Nov. 7 at both services.  If you can, please plan to be part of the dedication.
  • See you on the 5th.

AV ASSISTANT NEEDED
(part-time)
 

Faith is looking for an

AV (Audio Visual) Assisant

who can run the slides during worship services. 

Pay: $15/hour

For more information or to schedule an interview
contact Steve Sommo or the church office, 512-863-7332.

4TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW – NOV 13

-always free for spectators-

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE

FALL VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY

NOVEMBER 14, 2021

 
Our Fall Voters’ Assembly will meet on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service.  All Communicant Members of Faith Lutheran Church over the age of 18 are eligible to vote. 

Agenda for November 14, 2021, Voters’ Assembly

Opening Prayer
Roll Call and Introduction of New Members
Act on Approval of Minute from May 16, 2021, Voters’ Assembly
Receive and Review 2021 Financial Performance Reports
Receive Oral Report on Capital Campaign V, “Giving Abundantly, Growing Abundantly”
Receive Oral Report on Capital Campaign VI
Review and Discuss Staff, Council, and Committee Reports
New Business
     Discuss and Act on Call Description – Director of Music and Parish Administration
     Discuss and Act on Call Description – Director of Christian Outreach and Youth Ministry
     Discuss and Act on Approval of Proposed 2022 Operating Budget
     Conduct Election of Congregational Officers for 2022
Act to Adjourn following Closing Prayer
Closing Prayer
A link to the Council Reports and 2022 Proposed Budget is provided below. If you are unable to view/print the linked documents, you may obtain a copy at the church office.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2021 FALL VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY PACKET.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS SERVICE

“ONE NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM”

We invite you and your children
to take part in this year’s
Children’s Christmas Service at Faith:
“One Night in Bethlehem.”

Sunday, Dec. 12, at the 11:00 AM service.

For questions or more information, please contact Jonathan Loesch at 512-863-7332. Thank you!

Please click here
to sign up
!

One night.  It all comes down to one joyous, miraculous, wonderful night—one special night in Bethlehem—when God sent Jesus to be our Savior!

Encourage your child to help share the Good News of Christmas and experience it for themselves! 

Parts are available now.

 

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

ANGEL TREE GIFTS

DUE BEFORE THANKSGIVING

 

WHAT IS  IT LIKE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS IN AN INSTITUTION?

If you come from a place where no one cares for you, this might be your first glimpse of Christmas joy.

Would you help us provide Angel Tree gifts for 80+ girls at the Upbring New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake?

The TREE and Wish Lists are available at the Ministry Center.  Contact: Danny Swafford.

3 WAYS TO HELP: 

Shop for an Angel’s Gifts


Make a Monetary Donation


Purchase Gift Card(s).


This special outreach ministry is a way of sharing some Christian love with formerly abused and troubled teenage girls.

 

Christmas gifts, clothing, and contributions are due before THANKSGIVING!! Blessings on your considerate donations. Thank you.


 

“Jesus loves you, and so do I.”  What if you started your Operation Christmas Child shoe box by writing a note to the person who will receive it?  The Love of God is a great place to start…then you will know what to put in the box for the person you love.  CLICK HERE to hear the testimony of Yuri (pictured left) who lived in 14 different orphanages and how the note from another little girl changed her life.

To build your own, amazing shoe box for a child in need,  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF ITEMS RECOMMENDED FOR EACH AGE GROUP. If you don’t have a shoe box, put everything in a plastic bag, and we will provide boxes. All filled shoeboxes (or bags) need to be turned in by Nov. 14.  

No time to make a shoe box?   It takes $9 to process and ship each shoe box.  You can drop some cash in the Sunday School Mission offering basket or write a check to Faith with “Operation Christmas Child” in the memo. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE

2022 LCMS YOUTH GATHERING

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER
at the
2022 LCMS YOUTH GATHERING

July 9-13, 2022. 

Young adult volunteer application deadline is Dec. 31.

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS

 

“Surviving the Holidays”

Presented by Grief Share

November 6, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

at First Baptist Church, 1333 West University Ave., Georgetown, Texas
For information and other locations and dates, go to griefshare.org.
To connect with someone from Faith on this topic,
call the church office, 512-863-7332.

LWML ADVENT SALAD LUNCHEON

and DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM

 

You are cordially invited
to the annual

LWML Advent Salad Luncheon
and Devotional Program

Sunday November 28, 2021
after the late service.

sponsored by

Faith’s Joy Mission Circle
and Helping Hands

Devotional Program:
“On Our Way to Bethlehem”

RSVP to Patricia Willoughby, Susan Schmidt, or the church office.  More details to follow.

THANK YOU!

 

Thank you!  The Chrismon Committee would like to thank everyone for our very successful fundraiser. We greatly appreciate the generous donations toward our mission of providing 20 wreaths to shut-ins at nursing homes this Christmas. We reached our goal and extra funds will be set aside for Christmas 2022, as well as to purchase additional Chrismon kits to prepare for the sanctuary. We could not have done it without your help!
Blessings to all!
Chrismon Committee

TWO STEPHEN MINISTRY

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

We are pleased to announce that Stephen Ministry Training Classes will again be offered in Georgetown starting in January 2022.

If you have thought about taking the Stephen Ministry Training, you now have two different options to fit your schedule: 

First Baptist Church
( DB Woods & 29)
will have training classes on MONDAYS, starting Jan. 10th
6:30-9:00pm

OR

The Worship Place
(in Sun City)
will be on TUESDAYS,
6:00-8:30pm, starting in January also.

Faith Lutheran

Stephen Ministry

needs you!

Please contact Peggy Hill or Kathy Nelson to register or for more information. 

 

“THE DWELLING PLACE OF GOD:

LESSONS FROM EZRA AND HAGGAI”

  • A new Compass Group is starting at Faith Lutheran Church for Professional Women interested in digging into God’s Word while we share the joys and challenges of balancing our personal and professional lives.
  • Meets 2nd Sunday of month in Room B116.  The next meeting is Sunday, November 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • 6-session study:  “The Dwelling Place of God: Lessons from Ezra and Haggai,” which highlights God’s longing to dwell among us.
  • Contact Jill Meyer or CLICK HERE.

THANK YOU FROM

HELPING HANDS SOCIETY OF LWML

On behalf of Helping Hands Society of LWML, we want to extend to the members of Faith, our sincerest gratitude for your generous donations to the Upbring New Life Children’s Center at Canyon Lake.  Through your generosity, we raised $860 with which we were able to purchase items for their Pointe Store as well as items each girl receives when she enters the program.  What a Blessing it is to be able to help these children who have been treated so badly in their lives and who can now see that we care about them and for them.  Thank you again for joining us in this endeavor to bring joy to others!

AUTUMN

by Tess Todd

 

“Autumn in Vermont,” “Autumn Leaves” and other songs remind me of the glorious days of Fall. Now, for me, Fall has become more meaningful than ever. I’m in the autumn of my life. I am grateful for each new day, but I can’t help wondering how many more times I’ll turn the pages of the calendar from September to October. But don’t Fall into that trap! I don’t need to spend too much time there. While I’m still standing and can turn the pages, I need to cherish the gift of the present and not be overly concerned with what the future holds. However, with this gift comes responsibility. To a large extent, I am the caregiver of my health. I need to respect that assignment. Proper rest, hydration and exercise are mine to manage. When to seek help with problems is usually mine to decide. As is following directions for treatment. I’m not the best at that.

Fall has many definitions. One I’m most concerned with is, Don’t! The place where I live does all they can to assure that I don’t. Grab bars and handrails help keep me on my feet. They reassure me in my shower and in hallways and on stairs. I can use the pendant I wear around my neck to notify the front desk if I need help. Classes, online and in-house, make me aware of the dangers of falling. Seeing neighbors with bruises, stitches and braces reminds me to be careful. My daughter constantly advises me to always take Bruno when I walk. Bruno is my guard dog. He is black with bright green eyes. His head is the grip on my cane. He guards me against falling. I even lean on him when I go up for communion.

I know this is stupid and silly, but if I should Fall in the shower, I’d want to get dressed before EMS came! Sometimes I have trouble with my balance on the putting green. If I should Fall out of and off the green, it would take my entire team to get me on my feet again. Don’t want to go there! Mustn’t Fall!

It is wonderful to remember ‘Falling in love’. What sweet, happy days those were. Love’s Old Sweet Song plays on. But there were times in our 63-year marriage when I would ‘Fall in love’ with Frank all over again. Special days in a long and happy marriage. Even now, there are times when I Fall in love with his memory. It blends with missing him and lessens the pain of grief.

From Sunday School days we’ve studied the ‘Fall into sin and Fall from God’s grace’. Falls that have consequential results. Falls that seem to come so easily and naturally. We studied the Fall of the Roman Empire, and sometimes hear that the Fall of Democracy and our Country may be at hand.

One of my most pleasant memories from school days is shopping with Mother for new, Fall clothes. We lived in climates where that meant pleated wool skirts, sweater sets, gloves, scarves and other cool and cold weather wear. The colors were so bright and beautiful and the textures so soft to the touch. And it was such good mother/daughter time. I enjoyed that climate in my younger years, but now the warm, sunny days of Fall in Texas feel good.

Judy knows how I love and miss Fall colors. We’ve enjoyed them together over the years. When she was up yesterday, she asked if I’d like to go to Utopia for a couple of days? She didn’t need to ask. Of course, I would! She made reservations, and Jana will go along. We’ll stay in a beautiful log cabin on the Frio. It will be a wonderful time of great Fall scenery, good food that Judy will prepare and take along, games, and a fire in the fireplace.  A real celebration of Fall. The Fall that is beautiful. Leaves that leave you celebrating God’s beautiful creation.

There are many hymns, folk songs and stories about what Heaven will look like. Pearly Gates, Streets of Gold, Long White Robes and Golden Slippers. With all respect, Father, I know you’ve planned a New Earth. Could it just be the best of this one? With seasons and glorious Fall colors?  Your child, Tess Todd.

 

LIFE THOUGHTS FOR LUTHERANS


October 31 – Pentecost XXIII (Proper 26B)
– The grace of God doesn’t prevail only in private. His life-giving words belong in bedrooms and on bodies (Deuteronomy 6:6-8), brought before congregations and into conversations for the sanctity of every human life. So, we do not keep these life-affirming convictions to ourselves because His blessings become even better when celebrating them with others (Deuteronomy 6:3).

WEEKLY FINANCIAL STATUS UPDATE

October 24 Sunday Summary

 
Income Sunday Giving1: $23,112.00  General Fund
Year to Date:  $1,027,480.50   
Budget YTD Budget:  $1,048,621.15   
Income vs Budget:  $(21,140.65)  Over (Short)
Attendance Online2/8:15/11: 102/178/171=451   
2021 Avg: 483   
Pre-COVID vs COVID:  (73)  Over (Short)3

 

 

1 $24,386.54 needed weekly to meet 2021 adjusted budget. 
2 This number reflects completed online attendance cards, not views.
3 Pre-COVID, 3/8/2020, average worship attendance was 556.

SUNDAY WORSHIP LINKS

for REFORMATION DAY

 

CLICK HERE to Join us for Online Worship

Join us for our live stream
on Sunday mornings at 8:15 am,
or on-demand anytime after 9:30 am.

Readings for Reformation Day: 
Revelation 14:6-7; (Psalm 46);
Romans 3:19-28; Matthew 11:12-19

CLICK HERE for Adult Bible Study with Pastor Pohland

(Bible Study will be “live” after 7 a.m. Sunday morning.)

HAPPENING THIS WEEK

Sun.

10-31

8:15 AM
9:45 AM
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Worship Service (LIVE STREAM)
Sunday School
Worship Service
Sunshine Group

Mon. 11-1

9:00 AM

Prayer Warriors (Zoom)

Tues. 11-2

9:30 AM
1:00 PM
6:00 PM

Quilters
Senior Ministry: Medicare 2022
Handbells Rehearsal

Wed. 11-3 10:30 AM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
Midweek Bible Class
Wesleyan Memorial Service
High School ECHO
Thur. 11-4

6:30 AM
9:30 AM
6:00 PM

Men of Faith Bible Study
Heartfelt Stitchers
Choir Rehearsal

Fri. 11-5

10:00 AM

Bags to Mats

Sun. 11-7

8:00 AM
8:15 AM
9:45 AM
1:00 PM

Worship Service (LIVE STREAM)
Sunday School
Worship Service
Confirmation

* Worship Services are in BOLD print

MINUTE PRAYERS

 

CLICK HERE for October 24-30 Minute Prayers

CLICK HERE for October 31-November 6 Minute Prayers

These links take you to the Minute Prayers
on our website; once there,

find the day you seek then click the “+”
to open the prayer for that day.

If you would like to receive a Minute Prayer email every day
(and are not already subscribed), click here.

“Faith Works & News”

“Faith Works & News,”
our weekly, paperless newsletter,
is emailed every Friday morning.

Deadline to submit announcements
and articles for “Faith Works News” is
Wednesday by 10 am.
Send submissions to:  news@flcms.org

 

Worship Services: Sunday’s at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
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