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Faith Works & News

October 22, 2021

Faith Lutheran Church  

Know Christ!  Live Christ!  Make Christ Known!




This Christmas season, the Chrismon Committee needs your help spreading Christmas cheer to residents at local nursing homes. The committee is planning on giving out wreaths to 20 residents who have family far away or who do not have any family. We need your help to raise funds for this mission project. Each wreath costs approximately $20 to make, and we will be taking donations before and after church services October 24 . The goal is to raise at least $400 for this project as well as take any additional money collected to make more ornaments for the sanctuary.

 The committee will have 20 angel pins for purchase for $10 each. Any amount donated will be greatly appreciated for our mission project as well as providing more Chrismons for the sanctuary. If you write a check, please add “Chrismons” in the memo line of your check. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Kim Herndon or the church office.

Chrismons are Christmas tree ornaments that use Christian symbols. The word, Chrismon, is a combination of Christ and monogram (meaning symbol). These symbols of Christ on a Christmas tree help Christians to remember that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’s birth and a look into His life, and the ultimate gift – His death and resurrection. The story of Jesus is explained through the ornaments in traditional colors of white and gold. White is the liturgical (or Church) color for Christmas and symbolizes that Jesus was pure and perfect. Gold symbolizes His Majesty and Glory.





We will be blessed to have Dr. Barb Geistfeld, Lutherans for Life (LFL) Regional Director of Texas, visiting us this Sunday, October 24th.  She is retired from owning a small-animal veterinary hospital.  She has taught teen and adult Bible studies for many years and has given LFL presentations to Lutheran churches, schools and conferences all over Texas.  She will have a table with Lutherans for Life publications in the church narthex and will be available to answer questions after both services.

She will also be speaking to Pastor Crowe’s Parenting Class on life issues facing young people today.  Anyone is welcome to attend the class at 9:45 in Room B.-116


What a treat to meet people from the community!





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

Come see all the beautiful quilts
on display in the sanctuary

Quilters & Helping Hands Members wish to thank the Congregation for their support.

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.




What Is A Lay Reader?  A lay reader is a person who reads the scripture lessons during our worship services.  Public scripture reading is an important ministry as the reader becomes a vehicle for sharing God’s word with the congregation.

Who Can Be A Lay Reader?  Members of Faith who have the gift and commitment to read.  This is a very practical way to invite people to become more involved with our church. 

A schedule for the 2022 lay readers will be published before the end of this year.  You will receive a copy of the worship guide from the church office a few days before your scheduled date, so you can prepare and review the scripture reading.   

Yes, I want to sign up to be a lay reader!

Deadline to get your information back to us is SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24.



If you have questions, please contact Janine A or call the church office, 512-863-7332.



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.

GREETERS for 2022

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


Do you like to SMILE?  Meet new people? 

Would you like to be on a Greeter team at our church?


(Deadline to sign up is Nov 8th.)

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)



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


A Grief Support Group will be offered on Sundays from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., beginning on October 31, 2021.

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.  


-always free to spectators-


for 80+ GIRLS


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

Contact Danny Swafford if you would like to shop with a wish list.


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.

The TREE and Wish Lists will be available soon at the Ministry Center.   



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



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 need to be turned in by Nov. 14.  We are also collecting empty shoe boxes in the Narthex. The lid has to be detachable.  Let us know if you need a shoe box.

No time to make a shoe box?   Money to ship each shoe box is needed.  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. 

The Sunday School Mission of the Month is Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization.  Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies, as a means of reaching out to children with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We ship these gifts outside the US to children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, etc, and to children living on Native American reservations in the US.  The SS Mission Offering will help pay for shipping of the boxes.



“In All Things,” the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering will bring over 1000 loving, energetic, flexible, and faithful volunteers to Houston, TX. The Volunteer team is composed of folks from all over the USA, of all ages, gifts and abilities.

We would love for YOU to serve a few hours or the entirety of the Gathering as a Young Adult Volunteer (ages 19-25) or an Adult Volunteer  (25 and older). 


Young adult volunteer application deadline is Dec. 31.



You are cordially invited to the annual
LWML Advent Salad Luncheon
and Devotional Program

sponsored by

Faith’s Joy Mission Circle
and Helping Hands
Sunday November 28, 2021
after late service.



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

More details to follow.



Would you like to join a small group

for fellowship and Bible study? 

Our small groups are called “Compass Groups.” 

If you are interested in joining a Compass Group,

please fill out the form HERE.




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.

The next meeting is Sunday, November 14.  Going forward from then, the group will meet on the Second Sunday of month in Room B116, 5:30-7:30 p.m.. We will use a six-session study titled “The Dwelling Place of God: Lessons from Ezra and Haggai,” which highlights God’s longing to dwell among us. To let us know you are interested or for more information, contact Jill Meyer or CLICK HERE.






October 6, 2021

Faith Lutheran Church, Coordinator
Heartfelt Stitchers of Faith

Dear Faith Lutheran Church,

On behalf of the Austin Outpatient Clinic patients and staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donation of hand knitted scarves, hats, and blankets to the Christmas Gift Program for Veterans.  It is through the efforts of community partners like you that allow us to continue the quality care and services that we seek to provide our deserving Veterans.  We look forward to the opportunity to work with you again for future events.

Thank you for your continued support.


Quentin Kimble
Austin Outpatient Clinic
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs




October 24 – Pentecost XXII (Proper 25B)
– Disabilities do not deserve death, either at life’s beginning or near its end. The Lord our God loves to save us in all our brokennesses (Jeremiah 31:8-9). May we learn something even greater than comfort from our limitations—may we learn in our disabilities to cry out to Jesus and follow Him (Mark 10:48, 52), through affliction to life everlasting.


October 17 Sunday Summary

Income Sunday Giving1: $19,477.00  General Fund
Year to Date:  $1,004,368.50   
Budget YTD Budget:  $1,024,234.62   
Income vs Budget:  $(19,866.12)  Over (Short)
Attendance Online2/8:15/11: 75/170/260*=505  *55 from offsite service
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.



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 this Sunday: 
Jeremiah 32:7-9; (Psalm 126);
Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

CLICK HERE for Adult Bible Study with Pastor Pohland

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




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

Chrismon Fundraiser
Worship Service (LIVE STREAM)
Sunday School
Worship Service

Mon. 10-25

9:00 AM

Prayer Warriors (Zoom)

Tues. 10-26

9:00 AM
9:00 AM
9:30 AM
12:00 PM
6:00 PM

Board of Helping Hands
Senior Ministry Planning Team
Handbells Rehearsal

Wed. 10-27 10:30 AM
1:30 PM
6:45 PM
7:00 PM
Midweek Bible Class
Preschool Board
Barnes Compass Group
High School ECHO
Thur. 10-28

6:30 AM
9:30 AM
11:00 AM
6:00 PM

Men of Faith Bible Study
Heartfelt Stitchers
Preschool Fall Fest
Choir Rehearsal

Sat. 10-30

11:00 AM
1:00 PM

Set up Trunks
Trunks of Treats

Sun. 10-31

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

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

* Worship Services are in BOLD print



CLICK HERE for October 17-23 Minute Prayers

CLICK HERE for October 24-30 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.
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Worship Services: Sunday’s at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
 Faith Lutheran Church   |   4010 Williams Dr., Georgetown, TX 78628   |

Minute Prayers October 24-30-2021

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I wait for your salvation,
(Genesis 49:18)

In this world that demands instant access, fast food, and quick fixes, teach me, O Lord, the blessings of patience. By the presence of Your Son, Jesus, fill my waiting with worship and servanthood. Knowing that my salvation is secure in Christ, transform my hurrying into helpfulness as Your Spirit leads me heavenward. Amen.

Nothing can hinder the LORD
from saving by many
or by few.
(1 Samuel 14:6b)

Wow! This is great news! Help me believe it, Spirit of Truth; help me believe that NOTHING can hinder the Lord from saving, not even my own sinfulness. Daily build up my confidence in Jesus, the Son of God, so that I follow and bear witness to Him with increasing delight and courage. Amen.

For the present form of this world
is passing away.
(1 Corinthians 7:31b)

According to a calendar known only to You, holy Father, history is racing to its end. While time remains help me lead a life of faithful and loving discipleship that peaceably yet urgently points the world to Jesus, the Savior of all, Who reigns in might and grace over time and eternity. Amen.

Every tree therefore
that does not bear good fruit
is cut down and
thrown into the fire.
(Luke 3:9b)

Lord Jesus, by Your death on a tree cut down You rescued me from the fires of hell. Bring to ripeness in me the holy fruit of good works that by faith imitate Your love and make it real in service to the neighbors into Whose company You place me each day. I pray this in Your name. Amen.

But when [Uzziah] was strong,
he grew proud,
to his destruction.
(2 Chronicles 26:16)

Spirit of life, through the holy word of God teach me to be cautious against pride and its destructiveness. Balance my joy in any achievement or accomplishment with the humility that bows in faith before the Father of the heavenly lights Who is the real Giver of every good and perfect gift. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

“I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down His life
for the sheep.
(John 10:11)

Your goodness, Lord Jesus, is defined and revealed in self-sacrifice. Make the same true of me, I beg You. Forgive the selfishness in me that refuses to relinquish any blessing, and create in me the generosity that always seeks the physical and spiritual well-being of others, even enemies. Amen.

May the LORD give strength to His people!
May the LORD bless His people with peace!
(Psalm 29:11)

The strength and peace I need are not my own, Lord Jesus; they are Yours, and they flow from the wounds of Calvary. Lead me daily to Your cross and tomb, knowing that by death You conquered death and that by rising You secured for me a place in Paradise. Here are strength and peace, indeed. Amen.