Faith E-news    October 28, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Faith Feast Menu:
November 2nd will be fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, 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
Be still, then, and know  

Psalm 46 and  Roman 3:19-28
I have to admit that my thoughts can drift some when I'm in worship.   On a recent Sunday morning I got thinking about when I was going to get firewood split for the winter.  It's not always an easy transition to move from sheer busyness to a time and place set aside for stillness.       


Now it's been my vocational routine to participate in weekly worship for some thirty years.   But no matter how familiar the flow of worship is for me, the words in worship can still feel a little strange.   It's not that I don't know what they mean or don't realize their importance.   Maybe what makes them strange is that they are mostly not about me or my "to do list."   Maybe it's the kind of strangeness that comes from a particular promise of newness, something we are not always looking for.     

Worship is a different kind of communication, a different kind of experience.  So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. (Romans 10: 17). This word of Christ is at the heart of our actions whenever we gather for worship.  The strangeness of the experience is that it draws us to a most needed place where mercy, forgiveness and peace reach the depths of all human need.  It gets offered to us freely regardless if we are mindful of it or not.  It draws us into the gift of something greater than ourselves.   


As the world reasons things worship seems to be a waste of time.  After all we are not producing or accomplishing anything.  That can feel rather strange to us.  Our need to do more and more works against the act of being still for the sake of faith. 


Our Lutheran witness says a lot about the nature of God's promise.  A promise that speaks to newness: of being justified by grace as a gift through Christ.  Such an understanding brings clarity to what happens when we gather weekly around word and sacrament - the means of God's grace.   We may worship for any number of reasons but at the center is Jesus who promises to be present, to be among us offering forgiveness and hope - a thankful way forward.    


No wonder the regular rhythm of weekly worship shapes the very character of the community of faith as it raises us up again and again to bear witness to God's love for the world. 


Pastor Randy


Adult Sunday School 
This week's discussion topic for Faith Journeys, our Adult Sunday School class will be: "The Lord's Prayer: A Revolutionary Manifesto and a Hymn of Radical Hope." 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.

Come for Lunch!
The Office Volunteers' group is meeting at Waterfront in West Des Moines this coming Wednesday, November 2, at 11:30 a.m. Please join them for an hour of fellowship. All are welcome. Please let Miranda know if you can come by contacting her at 225-8334 or

Baptism Orientation  

Parents who are expecting a new baby or who have new babies are invited to attend a baptism orientation. The next quarterly session will be held on Thursday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m. here at church. Please sign up for the class by emailing Miranda at or calling her at 225-8334.

Soli Deo Musica Concert  

Enjoy an evening of music from the Luther College Faculty Piano String Quartet on Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. They will be performing piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms.

First Tuesday Women's Fellowship 
The First Tuesday Women's Fellowship will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, at the home of Marilyn Gibbs, 3900 98th Street, Urbandale. The study will be Session Three, "When God Chooses the Unlikely," in the November 2016 issue of Gather . For more information, call Susan Petersen at 223-0646 or Stephanie Hoff at 278-4003.

Fall Clean-up Day 
leaves.jpg Saturday, November 12, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. will be our annual fall clean-up day. We will be doing outside cleaning work around the church property as well as touch up painting in the Commons and cleaning of the pews.  If you have a free Saturday morning, please plan to join us. Confirmation students can count this as an in-service activity. Please email Mike Gaul at or text at  971-1504 if you plan to help.

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.
Pastor Sarah
Pastor Sarah

Children and Family Ministry     


Halloween Party

trick_or_treat.jpg We are so excited to see you all for our Halloween party this Sunday (10/30) at 9:30 am. Children are welcome to wear friendly costumes all morning.  The kids will meet in our normal room (Advent 106) for a short lesson and then will be excused by class to trick or treat around the church.  They will end up in St. Michael's Hall for fun games and snacks.  Parents are welcome to stay for the festivities!  We look forward to seeing  you all there.  

Youth and Family Ministry     


7th-9th Grade Notes:
  • Sunday, October 30 - Catholic Worker House
  • Election Day Bake Sale
  • Friday, November 11 - Friday Night at Faith
  • Friday, November 11 - Children and Family Parents' Night Out Helper
  • Saturday, November 12 - Fall Clean-up Day
  • Friday, December 9 - Children and Family Parents' Night Out Helper
10th-12th Grade Notes:
*SHYG meets every Wednesday evening from 7:45-9 pm - join us!