Minute Prayers June 13-19

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[Jesus said,] “For this purpose I was born
and for this purpose I have come into the world
—to bear witness to the truth.
Everyone who is of the truth
listens to My voice.”
(John 18:37) 

Holy Jesus, purposeful Speaker of truth, bless my ears with determination to listen devoutly to Your voice. When other voices, claiming to be truth-tellers, deny or alter Your words, grant me faith’s discernment to reject their lies and cling wholly to Your word of life. Amen.

You shall bless the LORD your God
for the good land He has given you.
(Deuteronomy 8:10b)

Commander-in-Chief of the armies of angels, as our nation’s flag waves in today’s breezes, I thank You for blessings poured out onto the United States of America, and I beg You to keep every citizen of this republic firmly committed to the principled pursuit of “liberty and justice for all.” Amen.

To [Jesus] all the prophets bear witness
that everyone who believes in Him
receives forgiveness of sins
through His name.
(Acts 10:43)

Spirit of life, point me to Jesus. By the inspired writings of the prophets, psalmists, evangelists, and apostles, and by the encouragement of fellow believers, direct me always to Him, for in Christ alone is the forgiveness I need. Hear and answer me for His sake. Amen.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro
throughout the whole earth,
to those whose heart is blameless toward Him.
(2 Chronicles 16:9)

You have covered me, O Lord, with the blamelessness of Christ. My guilt You have wholly concealed within His innocence. Look on me with favor and support me this day as I strive to lead a life that honors You and serves the neighbors You have given me. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Do all things without grumbling or questioning,
that you may be blameless and innocent,
children of God without blemish
in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation,
among whom you shine as lights in the world.
(Philippians 2:14-15)

Loving Father, forgive my grumblings. Your blessings to me are so many and undeserved that I should never complain. By the blood of Jesus, Your Son, wash all discontentedness from me and replace it with gratitude that overflows in thanksgiving as a witness to Christ, the Light of the World. Amen.

For all the people walk
each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
(Micah 4:5)

God of all grace, keep me faithful to You. With alluring cleverness and malicious intent Satan sets other “gods” before me, striving to win my heart away from You. Protect me! Preserve and daily intensify within me the devotion that strides toward heaven, steadfastly following Christ Jesus, Your Son. Amen.

But [Jesus] said,
“What is impossible with men
is possible with God.”
(Luke 18:27)

Since You are fully able to do things beyond all human capacity, almighty God, fill me with the faith that dares to make audacious requests. Pardon the smallness of my prayers, disprove my skepticism, and build my confidence in Your power to move mountain and save sinners. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Tell Me Not… by Tess Todd

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June reminds me of Father’s Day and of Frank and my dad. I’ve told you many stories about Frank and what a good and faithful husband and father he was. But this is about my dad.

Who knows why our first thoughts on waking are what they are? A few days ago, I woke up thinking, ‘Tell me not in mournful numbers…’  Longfellow’s Psalm of Life ran through my mind all day. I should have it committed to memory. It was Daddy’s favorite…that, and the 8th chapter of Romans. I read them to him over and over in his final years. 

Daddy was devoted to Mother and when her crippling arthritis and dementia made it impossible for him to care for her at home, even with help, he went to the nursing home with her. He had been strong, healthy and active, but for his last eight years he stayed by her side, seeing that she was well cared for. I spent time with them, talking with Daddy, sharing the news, reading his favorite scriptures and the poetry he loved.

I listened to him share memories of when he and mother were young. He would tell me that Mother was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen with her long red hair blowing in the wind when she rode Old Shorty. He shared that she was much more intelligent than he because her scores on teacher’s exams were higher than his.

In the early years, I would drive him out to his farm or on little trips to familiar places. He would say, ‘That’s where your mother was teaching when we married’. When we crossed the Arkansas River, he would tell me about the great flood of ‘27 when the Mississippi backed-up causing the Arkansas to flow upstream to where it was two miles wide between Van Buren and Fort Smith.

A drive up into the Boston Mountains reminded him of his trip to Fayetteville to visit the University of Arkansas. He rode up with a friend, but walked home, down the railroad tracks, some 39 miles. But he had walked seven miles each way to high school and ran training miles with the football team.  He didn’t complain once (about being in the nursing home) but told me he’d like to get up and just run and run. My heart ached for him even while I admired the husband and father he was.

Daddy loved the poetry he had studied and taught; Longfellow, Wordsworth, Kipling and others brought back memories of earlier happier days. He would often join as I read, repeating words he had learned long ago. I’m glad I could take him down memory lane. But when the poetry reading was over. he’d always say, ‘How about that 8th Chapter of Romans?’ Yes, How about that that 8th Chapter of Romans? “We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.’  So: Tell me not in mournful numbers…

Faith Works 2021-6-4

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Faith Works News

June 4,2021

Faith Lutheran Church
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Welcome to “Faith Works News”

Welcome to “Faith Works News,” our weekly, paperless newsletter, which will be emailed every Friday morning.  We have moved all announcements from the daily eblast to the weekly newsletter.

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

No RSVP Needed This Week

You will NOT need to RSVP for the 8, 9:30 or 11 worship services this weekend, June 6.  For the last month, worshipers have been spread out across the three services, and we haven’t had to move anyone.  Furthermore, there will be no need for an RSVP the following week, June 13, because we will have enough capacity for everyone in the new configuration. Which brings us to…

Service Time Change on June 13

The Elders recently announced that starting on June 13, we will have TWO services on Sunday morning at 8:15 and 11:00 a.m.  Both services will be mask-optional in the center sections and mask-required in the wing sections. No RSVP Needed going forward. Sunday School for children and adults will be 9:45-10:45 a.m. (mask-optional).

VBS 2021 will be June 7th—11th
6:30 pm — 8:30 pm

VBS Registration
for Volunteers and Participants

Click here to register your child or to sign-up as a volunteer!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact aangerman@flcms.org, or jloesch@flcms.org

VBS Decorating SATURDAY

Saturday, June 5th , 9 a.m. to Noon

Many hands are needed for decorating for VBS!

Come for a little while or the whole time

to set the stage for a Rainforest adventure with Jesus.

Sun City #7 Compass Group

meets June 6 at 6:00 p.m.

in the home of one of its group members.

“The Lutheran Difference: Predestination.”

Lesson #2 “For Jesus’ Sake  – I Peter 1

For more information, contact the church office.

Summer Sunday Morning Classes*

Begin Sunday, June 13

9:45-10:45

 

Sign Up NOW for a Summer Sunday Class – CLICK HERE

*Masks are optional at all three classes.

1

Review of the Christian Faith/New Member Class

taught by Pastors Pohland & Crowe  (Room B-120)

Are you interested in the basics of the Christian faith?
Are you curious about the actual tenets of Lutheran Christianity?
Are you wanting to become a member of Faith Lutheran Church?
Then this class is for you!
Non-members welcome!    Members…great refresher course!

 2

A Survey of the Old Testament

taught by Dr. Ron Swanson  (Activity Center)

 Whether you have been reading the Bible for years or are barely familiar with its contents, this overview will help you see the development of God’s story of salvation.  It will help knit together the two testaments and demonstrate that the Bible is a single book with a single theme.  Many Christians shy away from a close reading of the Old Testament and think it is too complicated and too difficult to understand.  This course will provide a structure on which to build your knowledge and understanding of the Old Testament.  It will focus on selected central characters, themes and events that will make your reading of the entire Bible come alive.

3

Parenting Class – Nurturing our Children’s Faith

taught by Dedie Wright  (B-116)

As parents, we take care of our children’s basic physical needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, medical care, etc.

As parents, we take care of our children’s basic emotional needs, such as giving them love, attention, understanding, acceptance, time, and support.

And as Christian parents we are called to take care of our children’s basic spiritual needs. This class will help equip parents to better:

  • Build a solid foundation of faith with the instructive writings found in Luther’s Small Catechism
  • Communicate the important teachings of the Christian faith, from a Lutheran perspective
  • Share their faith in Jesus, and love for Him, in ways that children can understand and apply to their lives.

The class is not only instructional, but interactive, fun, and engaging! JOIN US!!

Faith Lutheran Preschool
Seeking Board Members

Faith Lutheran Preschool Board is reaching out for additional Board members who will support, contribute input, and be actively involved as we continue to provide an outstanding preschool at Faith Lutheran Church.  If you are interested in serving or would like additional information, please contact the church office.

 

Weekly Financial Status Update

May 30 Sunday Summary

Income Sunday Giving1: $16,287.00 General Fund
Year to Date: $532,640.13  
Budget YTD Budget: $524,576.04  
Income vs Budget: $8,064.09 Over (Short)
Attendance Online2/8/9:30/11: 100/79/131/189=499  
2021 Avg: 483  
Pre-COVID vs COVID: (73) Over (Short)3

 

1 $23,844.37 needed weekly to meet 2021 budget. This was increased by
$323.22 from approved budget to accommodate an IT oversight.
2 This number reflects completed online attendance cards, not views.
3 Pre-COVID, 3/8/2020, average worship attendance was 556.

Sunday Morning Worship Links
June 5

(These links will not be “live” until 7 a.m. Sunday morning.)

CLICK HERE to Join us for Worship online
“From Pandemic to Paradise” (2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1)

CLICK HERE for the Children’s Message
“Hope in the Lord”

CLICK HERE for Adult Bible Study with Pastor Pohland

Minute Prayers
for June 4-12

CLICK HERE for the June 4-5 Minute Prayers

CLICK HERE for June 6-12 Minute Prayers.

Pastor Pohland has been writing Minute Prayers since we shut down for covid.  What a lifeline and blessing they have been to help us stay connected and to keep our eyes looking to the LORD.  If you would like to receive a Minute Prayer email every day, click here.

Abundant Blessings on those with June Birthdays and Anniversaries!

If you would like to receive the list
of June birthdays and anniversaries,
please contact the church office.

Work from Home

Did you know that the Faith Paracorders do most of their work at home?  They meet once a month to get supplies, turn in cords, and for fellowship.  Would you like to learn how to make these valuable cords?  Contact the church office.

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