This Week's Ministry Blog
Christians are Losers

Matthew 26:47-28:10

You read that right.
Christians are losers.
 
Just look at who we worship-
A God who willingly loses immortality to become mortal.
A God who freely loses power to become weak.
A God who voluntarily loses glory to take on the embarrassment of the cross.
 
Christians are losers.
 
Just look at who we follow-
A Jesus who shows us how to lose every earthly possession and comfort.
A Jesus who loses his family, his friends, his followers.
A Jesus who loses his life.
 
Christians are losers, and how could we be anything else?
 
For we are called to lose ourselves, our lives, each and every thing that might hold us back from following Jesus.
 
We see in the scriptures the challenge of losing, the struggle of it, the myriad of ways we can fall short of it, and ultimately the inevitability of it. But we are also shown the great gift in it.
 
This Resurrection Sunday, we hear again the promise that when everything appears to be lost, that is the moment when new life will emerge.
 
Christians are losers.
And we need to embrace that, if we are to be faithful and not afraid.

Pastor Sarah


Worship and Church Office Reminders      

This is a reminder that there will not be worship on Saturday, April 15. Please join us for Easter Worship at 6:30, 8:15, or 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The church office will be closed on Monday, April 17, in observance of Easter. 
 

Join Us for the Annual Easter Breakfast Mission Trip Fundraiser    

Our youth, parents, and volunteers are working hard to prepare for Faith's Annual (and delicious!) Easter Breakfast. On Sunday, April 16, we invite you, your family, and friends to dine like kings and queens in St. Michael's Hall anytime between 7:30 and 10:30am. We are serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, muffins, and cereal. All proceeds from the free-will offering breakfast will support our youth and adult summer mission trip participants traveling to the Grand Canyon Synod in June. Please come join us Sunday!
 
 
 
Annual Congregational Meeting
 
Our congregational annual meeting will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 11:30 a.m., in the St. Michael's Hall. Join us for a BBQ pork lunch as you hear from the church council  We will take time for the election of new council members, endowment committee, synod assembly voting members, nominating committee, and audit committee. Make sure to pick up an annual report at the Welcome Center in the Commons or download a copy here.
  

Soli Deo Musica Series: Two Great Weekends of Concerts You Don't Want to Miss
   
On Sunday, April 30, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary we present The Ames Chamber Artists
The Ames Chamber Artists is an auditioned choral ensemble now in their 29th season. They have been privileged to be invited to sing for the Iowa Choral Directors Association and the American Choral Directors Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Chamber Artists have collaborated with ensembles from Iowa State University, Central Iowa Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. The Ames Chamber Artists have commissioned 16 pieces by 15 different composers. The Ames Chamber Artists are conducted by our own Dr. David Johnson, Director of Music at Faith Lutheran Church

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary we present Mostly Mozart! This concert will feature the Festival Choir of Faith Lutheran Church, professional musicians from the metro, and 5 outstanding vocal soloists. This concert includes the Mozart, Exsultate jubilate for Soprano and Orchestra featuring Renee Wood, Two Sonatas for Organ and Orchestra featuring Bev Duffy, The Celtic Harp Concerto featuring Mary Foss and Orchestra, and the Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore featuring Orchestra, Festival Choir, and Soloists, Andrea Westmeyer, Fran Paterik, Edwin Griffith, and Edward Corpus.


Simply Giving Has a New Name: Vanco Give+    

We are very grateful to our faithful Vanco Give+ (formerly Simply Giving) participants. Approximately 40% of our monthly giving is received through these ACH transactions. This method of donating to the church conveniently transfers the donation from the member's bank account directly into the church bank account. This is the most cost effective and convenient method of giving reoccurring donations. For more information, click "Quick Links" and then "Vanco Give+" at the top of Faith's website, faithlc.org, or call the church office at 225-8334.
 

New in the Pew

Forgot your checkbook, don't have cash in your wallet; you can now make a contribution to Faith Lutheran Church with a text message! Simply send a text to 515-519-3754 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount. Example: $25. Within a few minutes, you'll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically!
   

Religious Communities of Des Moines

This spring Drake University in conjunction with DMARC published a book on the religious communities of Des Moines A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in America's Heartland features beautiful color photos and gives a glimpse into 15 houses of worship. Copies can be purchased through the website at: https://www.dmarcunited.org/book/. In the coming months, each of the places profiled in the book will be hosting open houses--and we're going!
  • The first open house will be held Saturday, May 6, at Masjid An-Noor mosque. Our group will depart Faith at 10:45 a.m, returning at about noon.
  • The next open house will be on Saturday, June 3, at Ezan Educational & Islamic Center. It will be held in the evening in coordination with breaking the Ramadan fast.
Please contact Peter Bissinger at petebissinger@yahoo.com or 515-783-5920 for more information.
 
 
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Do you have questions or comments regarding this publication?  Please contact Miranda at mirandakurtt@faithlc.org or 225-8334.  We welcome your feedback.