Faith Works & News 2021-11-26

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Faith Works & News

November 26, 2021
 

Faith Lutheran Church  

Know Christ!  Live Christ!  Make Christ Known!

POINSETTIAS

Beautiful poinsettias will be displayed in the Sanctuary to the Glory of God starting mid-December. Will you help us fill the sanctuary?  We will be taking orders for poinsettias on November 28, December 5, and December 12 for $12.00 each.  

Make your checks out to Faith Lutheran Altar Guild when you place your order.  No online payments.  Poinsettias may be picked up after church services on January 2.  

Faith’s Mission Offering for November:

BREAD OF LIFE FUND

“ONE NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM”

ALL ARE INVITED!

 

 

 

LWML ADVENT SALAD LUNCHEON

and DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM

“On Our Way To Bethlehem”

ADVENT DEVOTIONS

Please join us for a fellowship meal followed by an Advent Devotion in the Activity Center!  A light supper is at 5:30, and the devotion follows at 6:30.

Thursday, Dec. 2nd
Hamburgers

Thursday, Dec. 9th
Pulled Pork,
Pasta Salad, Potato Salad

Thursday, Dec. 16th
Various Soups/Chili

The Heartfelt Stitchers will be providing the Pulled Pork Meal for our 2nd Advent Meal.  Some of their handcrafted items will be on to display to purchase, just in time for Christmas!

NEW CALLED STAFF NAME SUBMISSION

Did you hear that we have created two new called positions for
(1) music and administration and
(2) youth and outreach? 

To read more and to submit names of candidates, CLICK HERE.

JOB OPENING

Faith Lutheran Church
is looking for an
AV (Audio Visual) Assistant

Pay: $15/hour

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

HUNGER FREE HOLIDAYS

  CLICK HERE for more information.
 

WILL YOU SERVE AS AN USHER

AT THE 11:00 SERVICE?

We still need more volunteers.
This is a wonderful way to serve. 
Contact Gil Bowers or the church office.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE

DECEMBER 5

Helping Hands will once again have our Christmas Cookie Sale on Sunday, December 5th in the Narthex! We are all excited to be able to bring back this tradition and hope everyone will stop by our table and indulge in some delicious cookies. Proceeds from the sale (free-will donations) will go toward our mission projects for 2022. So, come to church with your sweet tooth and we will satisfy that craving!  We have made some changes in our process this year and hope it will make it easier for you to find your favorite bag of cookies. Each baker will place a dozen cookies in a Zip-loc bag and label the bag to indicate the type of cookie and whether it has nuts.  The bags will be delivered to the church on the Saturday before the sale so you can be sure they are fresh baked. 

FRUITCAKE AND CINNAMON PECAN SALE
DECEMBER 5

DID YOU KNOW?

Volunteers from Faith Lutheran Church
have given 111 hours of time,
produced 252 copies of 1st & 2nd Corinthians
in Swahili 

and 20 copies of a Devotional Book for the blind
in English Braille this year.

Why?  SO THE BLIND CAN SEE JESUS!

YOU can also volunteer for this great Missionary Ministry.
Our group goes to Zion monthly.


Buying fruitcakes or pecans will help, too!  See below:

 

 

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE CLASS

IN DECEMBER

 

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE CLASSES

WINTER QUARTER:

JANUARY 9 – MARCH 27

 

MIDWEEK MORNING

ADULT BIBLE CLASSES

PRESCHOOL NEWS

LIGHT – FIRE

BY TESS TODD

My pew-mate and I stood waiting while the acolyte extinguished the candles on the altar. When he had finished, she said, ‘Old School’. That’s the way it was.

…there’s something about a campfire…

When I got home I started thinking about candles, light, flame and fire. For safety reasons, smoking, and open flames are not permitted where I live. Concern for one-another and in compliance with rules, our air is fresh. Most of the time that is. On occasion I have smelled something burning in an oven, and I once forgot the eggs I was boiling!

My children and grandchildren have fire-pits. Friends gather around for fellowship, memory sharing, and, at Valle, for poetry reading and sing-alongs. There’s something about a campfire!

When I was a child in Arkansas, our heat came from wood. Mother’s big white Home Comfort cook stove burned wood, kindling, chips and corn cobs. Most homes were well prepared for cooking and heating water in summer and heating the house in winter. Neat stacks of wood and little piles of kindling were handy to the kitchen and fireplace.

I don’t know why, but Daddy didn’t subscribe to that plan. He may have thought the Rapture was at hand, or that God would provide, or who knows what? He was not lazy. He was a hard worker, he just did not believe in woodpiles.  

Mother may have wondered where the next fire was coming from. God must have provided. We never missed a meal or took a cold bath. 

When we lived in Illinois, we burned coal. Delivered by a truck, dumped down a chute into the basement, later put in the furnace down there or carried upstairs to the kitchen in a scuttle. Heat was labor intensive in the good old days! But flames were so beautiful!

In San Diego, during WW2, we enjoyed dependable, no effort gas heat. But after the war, it was back to farm and Daddy’s old method of providing fuel for Mother to run the kitchen and laundry. She never complained. Mother and Daddy are where the tempurature is just right. And Mother doesn’t have to wonder or worry about anything.

During my pregnancy, I suffered morning sickness and Frank would let me sleep. One morning, I got up to find the lid half closed over the spilled skillet of scrambled eggs. He must have been making toast in the oven and when he closed the oven door….Over the years, I’ve smiled at that memory.When Frank and I were first married, we rented a nice little apartment from the widow of the fire chief. It was on a corner lot and we had our own private entrance off the side street. We shared the bath. Our kitchen had a little four burner gas range on legs. It had a cover that closed down over the burners. The only problem was that when you closed the oven door the cover fell down.

Later years brought homes of our own. None had a lid over the burners. Heat came from gas and electricity. Flames in fireplaces warmed us, our family and friends. We shared travel, meals, games, much laughter a few tears and many campfires.

The campfires were usually in hunting and fishing camps. Dinners were cooked over coals in the company of dearest and best friends. Eyes looked at flames and coals and treasured years together. Flames burned down as we watched years of failing health, caregiving and separation by death. But heart and memory are warmed by the memory of flames that burned for so many years.

In a few weeks I’ll enjoy flames, and see sparks fly in my fireplace. For the Christmas season. I’ll sit in my recliner, relax and watch and listen to the fire that fills the big screen of my TV. If I half close my eyes, I can see a young Frank and Mike and Judy as children. I’ll think of Mother and Daddy, well and strong. (Daddy just got up to see if he can find wood for Mother to make Christmas dinner.) The flame flickers, but does not go out. Thanks be to God, from Whom all blessings flow. The Lamb is the Light!   -Tess Todd

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH:
4TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW PHOTOS
What a great day for a car show!  Thank you to everyone who brought their show cars, to our military personnel, and to spectators alike.  The sun was shining, and around 60 cars were on display.  We have lots of community events for kids so it was refreshing to have this community event for BIG KIDS and their snazzy cars.  We were proud also to celebrate and bless our Active Duty Military and Veterans.  CLICK HERE to see more photos from this All American event.

LIFE THOUGHTS FOR LUTHERANS


November 28 – Advent I
– A human being’s dignity doesn’t come from her age, her appearance, or her abilities. Rather, “the Lord is our righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16), as He creates, redeems, and calls worth and purpose into every life from fertilization to forever. Even those who have undergone abortions may know His salvation because He remembers not the sins of our youth (Psalm 25:3) for Jesus’ sake. Trusting Him, nobody has to feel ashamed about surprise pregnancy or terminal diagnosis (Psalm 25:3).

WEEKLY FINANCIAL STATUS UPDATE

November 21 Sunday Summary

 
Income Sunday Giving1: $19,274.25  General Fund
Year to Date:  $1,123,688.12   
Budget YTD Budget:  $1,146,167.31   
Income vs Budget:  $(22,499.19)  Over (Short)
Attendance Online2/8:15/11: 80/185/197=462   
2021 Avg: 449   
Pre-COVID vs COVID:  (77)  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

 

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: 
Jeremiah 33:14-16; (Psalm 25:1-5);
I Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 18:28-40

CLICK HERE for Adult Bible Study with Pastor Pohland

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

HAPPENING THIS WEEK

Sun.

11-28

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

Worship Service (LIVE STREAM)
Sunday School & Bible Class
Worship Service
LWML Advent Luncheon

Mon. 11-29

9:00 AM

Prayer Warriors

Tues. 11-30

9:30 AM
6:00 PM
7:00 PM

Quilters
Handbells Rehearsal
Council

Wed. 12-1

10:30 AM
7:00 PM

Midweek Bible Class
High School ECHO

Thur. 12-2 6:30 AM
9:30 AM
12:15 PM

4:30 PM
5:30 PM
6:30 PM

Men of Faith Bible Study
Heartfelt Stitchers
Advent Devotion (Sanctuary)
Sanctuary Decorating
Choir Rehearsal
Advent Supper (Activity Center)
Advent Devotion (Activity Center)
Fri. 12-3

10:00 AM
10:00 AM

Chrismon Wreaths
Bags to Bats

Sat. 12-4

8:30 AM
1:00 PM

Altar Guild Christmas Decorating
Cookie Drop Off

Sun. 12-5

8:15 AM
9:45 AM
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
4:00 PM

Worship Service (LIVE STREAM)
Sunday School & Bible Class
Worship Service
Confirmation
Concordia High School Concert

* Worship Services are in BOLD print

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