Faith E-news    August 12, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

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Food Pantry Item for August is Whole Wheat Crackers
This Week's Ministry Blog
 So Great a Cloud of Witnesses 

How do we best take in the landscapes we pass through? Too often we miss things that are right before us because we have grown accustom to looking at them in the usual way or we simply rush by. Past adventures tend to shape the expectations of the next journey. "Having been there" can too easily diminish the light of dawn - the uniqueness of any particular day in any particular place.
The nudge of a friend's, "did you see that" can make us a little more attentive to the beauty that surrounds us, refreshing our tired eyes. Every journey, near or far, holds the promise of allowing us to see all that freely comes our way.
I grew up near the shores of Lake Superior. I experienced the bone chilling winds and came to appreciate the warmth of wool and a good pair of boots. My dad delighted in his July vacations especially after working outside on the railroad through the long winter months. I have learned by my return trips that the landscape of my childhood is about many things. I am always learning more from it. Like a moonlit harbor that makes for solitude and reflection. Like the waves of the lake that bring to mind the passage of time - the built in rhythms of rest and work - the cadence of faith and service.
Those who walk alongside of us often help us with such perspective, a way of seeing with appreciation, an encouragement toward taking on the challenges.
The community of faith and the witness of the church surely go with us in our travels - we are companions on the journey. We move along in paths of mission, we take notice of a sustaining grace and the presence of God's steadfast love all around. Together we share in such gladness and find a way forward with hope, a vision toward the goodness of our shared labors.
Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith... Hebrews 12:1-2       
Pastor Randy

Cancer Support Group Meeting

Group will meet at the church Sunday, August 14, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Jan Stegeman, R.N. and Barbara Cavallin, Ph.D. are the facilitators. Anyone who is dealing with cancer, has a friend or relative who is, or is dealing with the loss of a loved one from cancer, is encouraged to come for this inspirational, compassionate, uplifting time of devotion, information, sharing, caring and prayer. If you have any materials that you would like to share with the group, please bring them.

School Supply Drive for Crestview Kindergartners      
Help kids in Clive have a great first year by purchasing the items below or give $40 to sponsor a kindergartener. Erika and Andrea will be in the Commons every Sunday to collect items and donations. All items must be collected by Sunday, August 21 and cash donations by Sunday, August 14. Each of the 78 kindergarteners need: 2 boxes of Kleenex, 1 wide ruled spiral notebook, 24 count Crayola crayons, 12 - #2 pencils, 6 glue sticks, 8 count washable markers and sturdy backpack.

2016 Golf Outing Registration 

The 3rd annual Faith Golf Outing will be held on Sunday, September 18, at Hillcrest Country Club in Adel. Registration has begun. Signup in the Commons. Get your playing partner lined up and bring your checkbooks! Cost this year is $45 per player and includes green fees, cart and meal. You may also purchase additional meals for $10. 

"God's Work. Our Hands" Sunday  
The deadline to order a  "God's Work. Our Hands" t-shirt is Friday, August 19. You may signup to participate after this date but will not have a shirt. More information on what we will be doing is coming soon.   

Learn, Laugh and Lunch   
The August Learn, Laugh and Lunch event will be on Wednesday, August 24, at 11:30 a.m. We will have a pot luck lunch at the shelter in Clive Greenbelt Park. Grilled brats, buns, and beverages will be provided. Please bring your table service and a side dish, salad or desert to share. Clive Greenbelt Park is located to the west of 100th Street just north of Walnut Creek. Go west on Swanson from 100th Street. At the T-intersection turn left on Maddox Parkway and follow it to the shelter at the end of the road.

Please let Miranda know at 225-8334 or by Monday, August 22, if you plan to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Busy Place at Faith     

There has been numerous sounds around Faith this week. We have a new patio (and the hurricane of leaves are back)! Windows are going in. The new garbage enclosure is up and looks great! And a lot of back filling has been done. What a week!

Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans    

There is a lot happening at the Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans. Attending the assembly are Heather Miller, Jose Rodriquez, and Eric Carlson!  Go to to get more information or watch the video livestream.

Children and Family Ministry     


Fall Programing Meeting

A parent meeting to discuss upcoming fall programming will be held on Sunday, August 21, at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. There will be activities for children in St. Michael's Hall. Registration for classes will be posted on the Faith website after the meeting.

Youth and Family Ministry     


Confirmation Orientation

Confirmation Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 31, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Faith. Attendance is required for all 7-9 grade confirmation participants and their parents! Remember to bring cash or check for fees. You can pre-register online at .

Confirmation classes begin Wednesday, September 14.

  • 2016-2017 Confirmation
    Save the dates! Confirmation Orientation, which is required for all incoming 7-9 grade students and families, is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31 from 6:00-7:30 at Faith. Confirmation retreats are scheduled as follows:
    • 7th grade retreat is September 9-10
    • 8th grade retreat is October 14-15
    • 9th grade retreat is December 2-3.
  • 2016-2017 Confirmation
    We're in the process of recruiting parents of incoming 7th grade confirmands to serve as small group guides! Information about serving in this role, as well as a registration form for those interested, is available online at