Faith E-news    August 18, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

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Food Pantry Item for August is Whole Wheat Crackers
 
This Week's Ministry Blog
What do we want? FREEDOM. When do we want it? NOW. 
 
Why do you have to keep making trouble, Jesus?

The leader of the synagogue was irate, outraged, indignant:

A rabbi should know better! There is a proper way of doing things! There is a place and a time! The law allows for emergency healings on the Sabbath-BUT NOT THIS! NOT NOW! NOT HERE! That woman had been living like that for 18 years! She could wait another day! And this certainly did not need to happen here, in the synagogue, right in front of all these people! He's way out of line! He's disrupting good order! He's going out of his way to make trouble!

And the leader of the synagogue was right about Jesus.
Well, sort of.

Change makers are inherently trouble makers. By trying to change things they are going to disrupt the status quo. And that looks like trouble to those who benefit from the "way things are." They will resist change. To the shouts of "Now!" they will answer, "Not yet." To those pointing out trouble in the world, they point back and say, "YOU are the trouble."  

During the civil rights era, several white clergymen wrote a letter to Martin Luther King, Jr. urging him to withdraw support from boycotts, protests, marches, and sit-ins---which they felt caused "racial friction and unrest." Their 1963 letter complained that "a cause should be pressed in the courts and in negotiations among local leaders, and not in the streets." In 1964 according to the American National Election Studies, 63 percent of Americans believed the civil rights movement was moving "too fast." Meanwhile, 57 percent of Americans in this year called the protestor's actions "violent." Another 58 percent believed the protests were "hurting their own cause."

It had already been 344 years of bearing these burdens. Couldn't they wait one more day to be set free?

Much like the leader of the synagogue, we hear these questions asked in the face of every change movement. Why can't they protest without bothering us? Why can't they wait for change to come about gradually? Why can't they be more patient?

Why not? 
Because as another famous protestor* said nearly 500 years ago, "How soon 'not now' becomes 'never.'"

This wasn't the first time Jesus very publicly disobeyed the law, thumbing his nose at "business as usual," publicly embarrassing the authority figures of his day. This would not be the last time, either, because for Jesus the time for setting free was always now. Restoration will not wait. Freedom for the oppressed will not be delayed until those in power are ready for it. Anyone bothered by the disruption will just have to learn how to deal--or maybe even, come to see things in the new light of God's freedom.

Like it or not,
Jesus is bringing the Kingdom, now. 

*That's Martin Luther. And if you didn't already know...following a trip to Germany, Rev. Michael King, Sr. was so inspired by the reformer he changed his name and young son's name.
 
Pastor Sarah 
 

Meals from the Heartland's Annual Hunger Fight  
 
Join thousands of volunteers from August 31- September 3 at Hy-Vee Hall for Meals from the Heartland's biggest Annual Hunger Fight yet. We plan to package 5 million meals in just 4 days, and we need your help! Invite your friends, family and coworkers, come listen to music and package lifesaving meals for those who desperately need them. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Together, we'll change the world from right here in the Heartland. Sign up online at www.MealsFromTheHeartland.org/AHFsignup
 

Guys' Night Out

The Guys' Night Out group is going to Hy-Vee Market Grille on 1725 Jordan Creek Parkway. They are meeting on Monday, August 29, at 7:00 p.m. Please let Dave Eppert (710-8558) or Tim Tessier (707-0880) know if you will be attending by sending a text. Hope to see you there!
 

Faith Hosting Family Promise Families
August 28 - September 4
 
Our congregation will be hosting Family Promise - homeless families with children - at the Gathering House from Sunday, August 28 to Sunday, September 4. There will again be opportunities to prepare and/or serve meals, to host during the evening or overnight, and help set up and take down needed supplies. Sign-up sheets and additional information will be available in the Commons between services during the next two weeks. Please help us in providing for our guest families.

 

Painting Party 
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We are looking for teens and adults to help us paint the downstairs hallway and classrooms. We will gather groups to paint on Sunday, August 28, and Sunday, September 4, at 1:00 p.m. Please email Erika and Andrea at cfm@faithlc.org to signup. This is a great Silver Cord opportunity!
 

Gulf Coast Flooding  

At least eleven people have been killed, tens of thousands have been rescued and even more have been evacuated as floodwaters sweep across southern Louisiana. Massive search and rescue operations are taking place as flooding continues to affect communication, overwhelm streets and highways, and damage or destroy homes. Through congregations, synods and our disaster-affiliate organizations, Lutheran Disaster Response is assisting those who have been affected by the floodwaters. Lutheran Disaster Response's coordinators are actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to plan the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. The road to recovery will be long, and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster. Gifts designated for "Gulf Coast Flooding" will be used (100 percent) until the response is complete to help disaster survivors recover and rebuild their lives. Your generous offerings of prayer and financial support will help address the many needs, especially the long-term recovery efforts of those affected.

You have two options for giving. Make your check payable to Faith Lutheran Church and include
Gulf Coast Flooding on the memo line and will send one check to the ELCA at the end of August. Or if you prefer, you can go to www.elca.org and follow the links to give directly to the ELCA Disaster Response online.
  

Join the First Tuesday Women's Fellowship      

The first meeting of the year will begin with a salad supper at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, at the home of Joan Strentz, 9306 Greenbelt Drive, Urbandale. Please bring a salad to share. Or, if instead you would like to bring a dessert (only two desserts are needed), indicate that choice when you RSVP. Rolls, beverages and table service will be provided. Please let Joan know if you plan on attending at
JMPStrentz@yahoo.com or at 278-5607 by Sunday, September 4. There will be a brief overview of the year's studies from Gather . For more information, call Susan Petersen at 223-0646 or Stephanie Hoff at 278-4003.
 

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Children and Family Ministry     

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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     

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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 http://bit.ly/FLCconfirmation16 .

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 http://bit.ly/SGGoverview.