Faith E-news    December 29, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.


Faith Feast:
The menu for January 4 will be pasta bar, bread sticks, and dessert.
 
F
ood Pantry Item The item for January is peanut butter

 

This Week's Blog
Are You Threatening Me?  
  
I see this billboard every day on my way home from the church. Perhaps you've seen it too?
 
If you haven't, I am sure that you have seen ones like it--those "evangelism" efforts that deploy Jesus' words in a 14 foot tall threat.
 
This isn't a difference of interpretation.
This is an out and out manipulation.
 
For this sloppy paraphrase of something Jesus did in fact say was wrenched from its context (as part of a specific conversation with a particular audience) and writ large to do something Jesus never intended.
 
It sounds very different to hear "no one comes to the Father except through me," as one of the remaining 11 disciples sitting at the table of the last supper than as a non-believer on their way to the grocery store. It is a very different experience to catch this line out of the corner of your eye rather than to hear these words spoken as part of a long declaration of love and sacrifice that begins with Jesus washing feet and ends with him being arrested and abandoned. The difference between Jesus' teaching and these kinds of threats is shocking and when you know something about the life Jesus lived.
 
Jesus didn't come to threaten. He came to be with the threatened. We see this from his very first days in the gospel of Matthew.
 
He is among the refugees fleeing a brutal regime. He is the baby wailing in the arms of his frightened and exhausted mother. He is the civilian that tyrants threaten and slaughter as they cling to and grasp for power. He is the "illegal," unwelcome and unwanted. He is the needy one, utterly unable to help himself, completely dependent on the compassion of others.
 
He is among the threatened. He is one of them.
 
So why is a King, a commander of armies, a man with everything he could ever want so afraid of this little baby?
 
By crouching among the powerless, Jesus is a threat to those who stand with the powerful.
 
By letting himself be rejected, the Son of God is a threat to those who refuse to welcome the stranger.
 
By giving away and giving up all he has, even his life, Christ is a threat to those who despise the poor and take advantage of vulnerable.
 
By speaking of God's mercy and grace with his whole life, the Word made flesh is a threat to those who would try to use his words like a weapon.
 
Perhaps I should take back what I said earlier. Maybe Jesus is threat, after all.
 
Pastor Sarah
 

Church Building Schedule 
  
 
The church will be closed on the following dates:  
            • Friday, December 30
            • Monday, January 2
Have a safe and Happy New Year! 
 

Wednesday Night Education Resumes 
   
The book of Acts! Wednesday night Adult Education will resume on January 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the Faith Lights Room. If all goes to plan we will begin with a brief project to help DMARC and Drake University and then we will dive in to studying the books of Acts. The book of Acts should come with a warning label reading, "If you are open to God, this book will call you to new life." How can you resist a challenge like that? Come and join this awesome community that meets every Wednesday night.
 

Donut Sponsors   
  
Would you like to honor a life event such as a special birthday, anniversary, baptism, or just because? Celebrate it with your Faith family by sponsoring a Sunday of donut holes. Please go to SignUp Genius on our website or contact the church office to sponsor a Sunday of donut holes. Cost is $25 per Sunday.

Thank You! 
   
The Ellison family has greatly appreciated the prayers, kind words of sympathy and memorials, on behalf of Mary's mother, Helen Irrer. Mary, Greg, Ryan and Renee
 

Faith Night Resumes 

Faith Night resumes on Wednesday, January 4. If your child is in the musical, they will be in the sanctuary. If your child is not part of the musical, they will not meet until February 15. The Chancel Choir will meet in the Kifula Music Room. All other groups will meet as normally scheduled.
 

Children and Family Ministry     

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MLK Day Camp

CFM is hosting a day camp on Monday, January 16th.  The camp is open to all kids age 4 (PreK) through 6th grade.  Counselors from Lutheran Lakeside Camp in Okoboji will be here to lead us in songs, crafts, games, and more!  This will be a sneak peek for those interested in attending Lutheran Lakeside during the summer.  The day camp at Faith is a fundraiser for CFM, the cost is $35 per camper and runs from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Each camper should bring their own sack lunch.  We need at least 4 adults to volunteer for a portion of the day - if you volunteer for a shift, your child can attend camp for free!  Contact Andrea for more information. Register here: http://bit.ly/MLKdaycamp   


Save the Date!

Children and Family Ministry will host it's 4th Annual Mother Son Dance on Friday, February 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please contact Andrea or Erika at cfm@faithlc.org if you can help with the event. For details and ticket sales will be coming soon.
 

Youth and Family Ministry     

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2017 Mission Trip Meeting

There is a required informational meeting for all registered mission trip participants and parents scheduled for Sunday, January 8, at 11:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Hall at Faith. Please do everything you can to be there; they will be talking a lot about this year's auction as well as other fundraisers and logistics regarding the mission trip itself.