Faith E-news    September 2, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Food Pantry Item for September  is Cereal.
This Week's Ministry Blog
By Streams of Water 
We are back to our fall routines. In the life of the church we come back to programs, activities and connections to community. We do these things because we believe that what we do together matters to our lives of faith.
Rooted into the gift of the gospel - we are renewed both in the receiving and the giving.
Just coming off my wilderness canoe trip, I am reminded that the best way to experience the lakes we paddle is to stay close to shore. It is in the shallows where a different kind of perspective is found. Where land and water meet you see the undergrowth of the forest and all that belongs to it such as lichens, wildlife trails, blueberry patches and so forth. We have learned that the land immediately up from the shoreline is an important environmental niche - a buffer zone that contributes to the health of many things.
Navigating wilderness lakes is greatly helped by the occasional pine that leans out over the water. Often it guides you to a small opening in the woods - the portage entrance, a pathway forward on the journey. For a distance we are on foot under the cover of old growth forest feeling grounded, helped by the weight of packs that only carry the necessities.
Portaging changes up the pace of steady paddling. It reminds us of our limitations and the importance of all that accompanies and surrounds us on our way.
Psalm 1 captures this kind of earthy wisdom as it encourages a rootedness in the ways of God: They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season. Maybe it's from being a grandpa that I more appreciate an image of growth and flourishing. Maybe its years of ordained ministry that helps me notice and celebrate all the planting, the watering and the growth that brings about faith and makes it a most real thing.
Pastor Randy
Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I'll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
-Evangelical Lutheran Worship #798

"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday
Sunday, September 11, kicks off the program year by getting out of here-and into the community to show love to our neighbors. We'll be doing service projects around the community. Sign up for an early shift (following 8:15 worship) or a late shift (following 10:30 worship) in the Commons. Help DMARC raise funds. Give Crestview School a little love. Dig in at a community garden. Assemble First Aid Kits for LSI's Child Care program. There is something for everyone of every age and every ability.

The assignments have been made and will be available in the Commons on next Sunday. Pastor Sarah will be contacting everyone by email to let them know their assignments. 

Wednesday Faith Feast Volunteers

Wednesday Faith Feast dinners begin September 14, and will run most Wednesdays during the school year.  Volunteers will help setup, serve and clean up and volunteer only 5-6 times a year. This year Hy-Vee is catering so the prep and clean will be minimal. Dinner is served from 5:15-6:00 p.m. How the scheduling works:
  • Email a one to two hour time slot between 4:30 and 6:30 that generally works for you on most Wednesdays.
  • If you want to work with a particular
    person(s), state that in the email.
It's simple to volunteer and the fun and fellowship are fabulous! And while you are there, get in on a great meal. Email or call Regina Nestingen for more information at or 988-7575.

Cooking Club  

Cooking Club will be held Thursday, September 8, at 6:30 p.m. in St. Michael's Hall. They will be tasting Favorite Pizzas. Please bring your favorite purchased or homemade pizza. Drinks will be provided. Everyone is welcome.

Join Us at Friends of Ruth 
What is Friends of Ruth? Friends of Ruth is a women's Bible study that examines Christian issues in contemporary literature. This group meets on Fridays from September through May from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Faith. Join us for a morning of discussions, laughs and treats. Free childcare is provided. The first meeting is Friday, September 9. We will discussing Pastors' Blog, Women of the ELCA Bible Studies, and Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst during the year. Everyone is welcome! If you would like more information, please contact Michelle Zimmerman at

Donut Holes and First Sunday Breakfast
Sponsored donut holes will resume on Sunday, September 11. Cost is $25 per Sunday. Would you like to honor a life event such as a special birthday, anniversary, or baptism? Celebrate it with your Faith family by sponsoring a Sunday of donut holes. Please go to  SignUp Genius on the church website or contact the church office to sponsor a Sunday of donut holes.

Please join us each First Sunday beginning October 2, for breakfast in St. Michael's from 9:00-10:15 a.m. The remaining Sundays of the month come enjoy coffee, hot tea, water and donut holes from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Hall.

Join the First Tuesday Women's Fellowship   

The first meeting of the year will begin with a salad supper at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, at the home of Joan Strentz, 9306 Greenbelt Drive, Urbandale. Please bring a salad to share. Or, if instead you would like to bring a dessert (only two desserts are needed), indicate that choice when you RSVP. Rolls, beverages and table service will be provided. Please let Joan know if you plan on attending at or at 278-5607 by Sunday, September 4. There will be a brief overview of the year's studies from Gather . For more information, call Susan Petersen at 223-0646 or Stephanie Hoff at 278-4003.

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, 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     


  • 2016-2017 Confirmation
    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.