Faith E-news    October 14, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Faith Feast Menu:
October 19th will be walking taco and dessert.

Food Pantry Items for October are: nacho cheese soup, cans of black beans, canned chicken, and taco seasoning packets

This Week's Blog
Persistence Comes in Many Forms  
It's race weekend in Des Moines. Thousands of runners are coming to our city this weekend to participate in the Des Moines Marathon. Marathon. That's a scary word. For me, and many like me, running a portion of the race is just enough to soak up the cool, crisp, and athletic atmosphere.

I do not consider myself a "runner." I don't really enjoy the act of running, yet I have finished many 5k races, triathlons, mud runs, and even a half-marathon. I enjoy the people I run with. I treasure the end result of feeling strong and participating with my community. I am in awe of those who commit to running a full marathon. The persistence, discipline, and time it takes to train for a full marathon is immense.

That's the thing about persistence; it's supposed to be overwhelming. Persistence in itself is the annoying bug that keeps you going. This week's Gospel lesson is the parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18: 1-8). Through this lesson, Jesus teaches his disciples to "pray and not lose heart." The encouragement to continue to pray, to keep strong in their beliefs is exactly what the disciples needed to hear. Whether it's endurance of your spirit through prayer, or endurance of your body, let your strength come from Jesus.

Best of luck to all the runners this weekend, we have many participating from Faith! Let us all remember that Jesus gives us perseverance in our faith, against all odds - even through all 26.2 miles.
Andrea Stone
Co-Director Children & Family Ministry

Guest Preacher This Weekend  
We would like to welcome the Reverend Sarai Rice. She has served as the DMARC executive director since 2008. Sarai has led program, organization, and budget development that have positioned DMARC to respond to the 130% growth in the number of families accessing DMARC's human services programs in the past six years.

Adult Sunday School 
This week's discussion topic for Faith Journeys, our Adult Sunday School class will be: "Faith and Uncertainty: More About Heaven, Hell and Salvation." Faith Journeys meets from 9:30-10:15 a.m. in Messiah Hall, rooms 203 and 204, and is facilitated by Dee Paddock. Please join us.

New Member Class    

A new member class will be held on Sundays, October 23, 30, and November 6, at 9:30 a.m. The class will be held in Faith Lights Room and serves as preparation for those who are interested in membership at Faith. There will be an opportunity to review the basics of the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective, to meet ministry team leaders and staff, and to develop new friendships. New members will be officially received at the worship service at 10:30 a.m. on November 6. If you would like to register for the class, please email Miranda Kurtt at or call 225-8334.

Learn, Laugh and Lunch     
The October Learn, Laugh, and Lunch program is The FreeStore presented by Dave Abram on Wednesday, October 26, at 11:00 a.m. The FreeStore supports children and families who have escaped abusive situations. It provides donated furniture and household goods to clients of domestic violence services and other agencies to help these families begin new independent, productive lives in safe environments. The FreeStore regularly serves over 200 families a year and is staffed by more than 90 volunteers. After the presentation, enjoy a baked potato bar. green salad, and apple crisp.

Please contact Miranda at by Monday, October 24, if you plan to attend.  

Come for Lunch    
The Out-to-Lunch Bunch is meeting at the Red Robin in West Des Moines this coming Thursday, October 20, at 11:30 a.m. Please join us for fellowship. All are welcome. Please let Miranda know if you can come by contacting her at 225-8334 or

Life-long Learning 
Members of the Emmaus Adult Education Team share why life-long learning is important to them. Check out our Adult Education opportunities on the website or call the office for more information 515-225-8334.
John's Why
John's Why

Meals from the Heartland 
Please consider helping fund the Meals from the Heartland packaging event on October 29th. Each meal costs just $.20 for the purchase of rice, soy, vegetables, vitamins and other materials. Just a $10 contribution will fund 50 meals for the less fortunate. A completed carton is 216 meals, which costs $43.20, Together, we can make a difference!
Checks can be written to Faith Lutheran Church, with "Meals from the Heartland" in the memo line.

October Food Drive 
Faith will host a food drive for the month of October to support DMARC. In addition to asking for any non-perishable food donation, this year we are partnering with Meals from the Heartland to combine their food with DMARC pantry items. A very popular item on the shelves at local DMARC food pantries is the "taco rice combo pack". This combines the Meals from the Heartland rice packet with a few canned goods to make a filling family meal. We are asking for the following food items for October:
  •  nacho cheese soup
  •  cans of black beans
  •  canned chicken
  •  taco seasoning packets

Centering Prayer   
Please come and join us for a time of rest as we sit in silent prayer. Silence, as it grows within us, has a way of finding our center and then in turn centers us. The gifts we receive in contemplative practice enable us to bring an attitude of humility, listening and willingness in all our relationships with ourselves, God and others. We meet every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the church office. You may contact Jan Stegeman at 556-5587 for more information.

Children and Family Ministry     


Halloween Party

trick_or_treat.jpg We will host a Halloween party during the Sunday School hour on October 30.  This will be a fun, casual, party for kids to wear their costumers and trick or treat inside the church.  If you're interested in helping to plan the party please contact Sara Richards:

Youth and Family Ministry     


7th-9th Grade Notes:
Friday and Saturday, October 14-15:  8th Grade Confirmation Retreat - parents please check the volunteer sheet for ways to help!
Wednesday, October 19:  Confirmation students and leaders will meet at 6:00 pm at Meals From the Heartland in West Des Moines to package meals
Sunday, October 30:  In-service opportunity to help with CFM Halloween Party from 9:30-10:15 am
AND Out-service opportunity to help with a meal at Catholic Worker House
10th-12th Grade Notes:
*SHYG meets every Wednesday evening from 7:45-9 pm - join us!