Faith E-news    August 26, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

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Food Pantry Item for August is Whole Wheat Crackers
This Week's Ministry Blog
What's In It for Me?  
  Maybe just a whole lot of extra work.

Jesus has this instruction for those who welcome him to their table:
When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
Jesus makes it clear that these people are not in a position to repay the invitation. These people will not be able to offer favors or connections that the host can cash in on later. These people will not add to the glamour of the gathering. No one will be impressed that these people came to dinner. In fact, anyone who is anyone will be repulsed that you ate with these people.
But what's even worse, is that it takes a lot of extra effort to invite these people.
For of course, you can't just put out a sign for the blind. So instead, you will have to go out and find them to tell them.
You can't just say "Come!" to the poor. They may not have any transportation to get there.
You can't just say "You are welcome" to the lame...especially if it means climbing stairs to get to the table.
You can't just wait for the crippled to come to you. You may have to bring the feast to them, wherever they are at.
And because these people aren't used to being invited, it may take some extra convincing to top it off.
Oh, these people are going to be a lot of work.
And for all your effort, there may be very little benefit in it for you.
But this is what Jesus calls us to do.
And each and every time we stand around the table and say, "Come Lord Jesus," let us remember that.

Pastor Sarah 

Grief Support Group
Grief Support Group will meet Sunday, August 28, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., in the Faith Light Room. Barbara Cavallin, Ph.D. is the facilitators. Anyone who has lost a loved one, a family member, a friend or someone important to them is encouraged to come for this time of caring, sharing and prayer. It will be an informational as well as a support group. Please join us. Please email her at to let her know if you will or will not be able to come.

Fellowship Golf Outing 

The Golf Outing taking place on Sunday, September 18, is now full however, if you are still interested you can be added to the wait list. You may also join us for fellowship and come out for the meal for only $10. This is the last weekend we will be in the Commons so stop by and get on the wait list or purchase a meal. If you have registered and haven't paid yet you may drop off your payment on Sunday or leave it in the church office.

Youth Choir 
Attention all youth entering seventh grade through high school. You are invited to share your musical talent with Faith Lutheran Church by joining the Youth Choir. We will begin rehearsals on Sunday, September 18, at 11:30 a.m., in the Kifula Music Center. We will sing on a monthly basis in church, and will be involved in Lessons and Carols. We are so blest to have so many talented singers in this church - so let's take all that talent and form a choir. It's fun. It's challenging. And worth your time! Ask anyone who has been involved over the last few years and they will tell you that. Young men and women are both encouraged to join. Let Dave Johnson know if you would like to join. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me at Give it a shot, you never know what you are capable of achieving. 

School Supply Drive a Huge Success
Thank you for your donations to the Crestview School Supply drive! We raised $2,587! We were able to sponsor school supplies for all 78 kindergarten students and give the teachers a large donation for additional classroom supplies. Last Sunday, children at Faith helped to sort and load supplies, and made blessing cards that were enclosed with the backpacks. You may have seen the mountain of supplies that were blessed at the 10:30 worship service. All of the supplies were delivered to Crestview in time for their back-to-school night on August 22nd.

When Bad Things Happen:
How Do We Struggle Together as People of Faith?

This fall Adult Sunday School will feature "Journeys in Faith" a weekly group for spiritual transformation in the lives of adults. The journey will begin Sunday, September 18, and every Sunday following at 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. in Messiah Hall, room 203-204. The group will be facilitated by Dee Paddock. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Dee holds a Masters in Theological Studies from the Iliff School of Theology. Please join us!

Children and Family Ministry     


Painting Party 

purple_blues_brush.jpg 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 to signup. This is a great Silver Cord opportunity!

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