Faith E-news    October 7, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Faith Feast Menu:
October 12th will be pasta bar, bread sticks, salad, 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
Right Praise 

Sometimes it's so right, it's wrong.

So when you hear the word "Orthodox," what comes to mind?
Preserving ancient traditions?
Following the letter of the law?
Taking the scriptures literally?
Doing the things the same way, without change, generation after generation?
Long beards, long dresses, long lists of do's and don'ts?
Being right?
Orthodox literally means right glory.
That is, correct praise.
And in this week's passage from the gospel of Luke, 10 persons were healed from leprosy. However, Jesus lifts up only one as an example of right glory, correct praise, orthodoxy.
The other 9 were doing exactly what the law, the scriptures required of them.
They were following the tradition of generations.
Without question, they were doing what they heard Jesus command.
And yet, doing the "right" thing sent the 9 running in the opposite direction-away from Jesus.
Only one comes running back.
The foreigner.
The Samaritan.
The one who did not even bother going to the priests, because he would never be judged clean.
The outcast who would never be welcomed back, no matter what he did.
The man who realized there was nothing else he could do, but turn to Jesus.
So, the next time you are certain that you know the orthodox thing to do, the correct way to praise, the right way to give glory to God...maybe instead, you should turn back to Jesus.

Pastor Sarah 

Funeral Assistance Needed 
We need your help! As you may be aware, there have a been a number of funerals at Faith recently.  Next week there are two more. Our wonderful funeral luncheon volunteers are have been very busy. Can you bring a salad or dessert? If you are able to be a salad or dessert for a funeral, please let Miranda know at

We have a service on Monday, October 10, and Tuesday, October 11, both at 10:00 a.m. For future funerals, if you would like to be added to the list to either help the volunteers in the kitchen or bring food, please let Miranda know and she will add you to the mailing list.

Adult Sunday School 
This week's discussion topic for Faith Journeys, our Adult Sunday School class will be: "Faith and Uncertainty: What About Heaven and Hell?" 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.

Join Us for Coffee    

Join us for coffee in the Gathering House on Sunday, October 9, from 9:15-10:30 a.m. The Gathering House (1st Duplex right behind the church) is where we host a number of important ministries, including Family Promise Homeless Ministry, Senior High Youth Group, and Surge Junior High Service Event. Come check it out!

Cancer Support Group     
Cancer Support Group will meet at the church Sunday, October 9, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Jan Stegeman, R.N. and Barbara Cavallin, Ph.D. are the facilitators. Anyone who is dealing with cancer, has a friend or relative who is, or is dealing with the loss of a loved one from cancer, is encouraged to come for this inspirational, compassionate, uplifting time of devotion, information, sharing, caring and prayer. If you have any materials that you would like to share with the group, please bring them and join us.

Salvation Army Casseroles and Knitting  
Due to a funeral scheduled for Monday, October 10, the Faith Stitchers will meet on Monday, October 17, at noon to make the casseroles for the Salvation Army.

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.
Pete's why
Pete's why

Faith Book Club   
Faith Book Club will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 at the home of Seana Jefferson. This month's book is Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. All are welcome. Next month we will discuss The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Faith Book Club meets the third Tuesday of the month. Please contact Sara Broadrick or 515-528-6881 for more information or to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Meals from the Heartland 
Volunteer to help package meals on Saturday, October 29, between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. at the Meals form the Heartland packaging center at 357 Lincoln Street, West Des Moines. "Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon." Isaiah 58:10

You can sign up at, or contact Ruth Meyer at either 250-3969 or or 250-3969. Together, we can make a difference!

Craft Night 
Join fellow Faith members and friends for Faith's annual Craft Night from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Check out the awesome display of crafts in the Commons that includes wreaths, terrariums, pumpkins, wine bottle snowmen, pie and more.  There are crafts available for all ages.  Instructors will be at each craft for assistance.  This is a great time to think of Christmas gifts as well as confirmation and more!
Please sign up on the provided craft sheets and pay at that time. Come for the fellowship and fun.  Please bring a snack to share, drinks will be provided. Questions? Email Becky Mayer, Missy Reents, Sandy Niland or Missy Reents


Biblical Storytelling  
Do you enjoy hearing the scripture proclaimed by heart? This fall you have the opportunity to learn how to do it! The stories of faith belong to all of us, and we are all called to share them. Youth and adults are invited to join Pastor Sarah for several sessions in which you'll learn the art of biblical storytelling. Please let Pastor Sarah know if you are interested

God's Work. Our Hands.   
Faith Lutheran Church, along with numerous other congregations, made a great impact on God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday. Check out the link from the synod to see what other congregations did along with Faith. 

Children and Family Ministry     


Parents' Night Out

Our first Parents' Night Out of the season will be held on Friday, October 7, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. It will be a Halloween theme with snacks, games, and a movie. All children age Pre-K (age 4) and up are welcome. A free-will donation will be collected to support our camp scholarship fund.

Youth and Family Ministry     


7th-9th Grade Notes:
Wednesday, October 12:  1st Mentor Night for 9th grade Confirmation students and their mentors
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!