Faith E-news    September 30, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.


Faith Feast Menu:
October 5th 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
It's the Little Things  

Watch your step
 
Little things can have a powerful impact.
If you have ever stepped on a Lego, you know this.
 
As Jesus speaks of faith in the gospel lesson this week, he focuses in on the little things:
faith the size of a tiny worthless weed seed,
mundane daily tasks,
the nobodies (slaves) who toil without even a word of thanks.
 
Taken on their own the little things seem insignificant. Like nothing.
 
But the walk of faith is not a solitary one.
The ways of faith cannot be private.
The life of faith could never be lived alone.
 
And when it comes to faith, the little things show their power in relationship: the seed and the soil, the rebuke and the offender, the forgiveness and the repentant sinner.
 
But also, the Lego and the foot...
 
So take this lesson as both a word of encouragement and a word of warning. For just like those tiny little Legos, words and actions can build up, creating new, wonderful things. Or, they may cause incredible pain and lead to stumbling. As Jesus says, "Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come!"
 
And what could Jesus possibly mean by occasions for stumbling?
 
Looking back at Luke here are a few possibilities:
Ignoring the poor.
Refusing to forgive.
Exalting one's self.
Treating certain people (the disabled, the sick, the sinners, the tax collectors, the foreigners) as if they are worthless.
Using the law to justify one's self and demonize others.
Blaming people for their misfortune.
Greed.
Hypocrisy.
 
How many of those have you stumbled over, just today?
 
But wait, there's more.
Jesus makes it very clear that it's not just ourselves we have to worry about. We also have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters-that is, anyone claiming to be a follower of Christ.
We are to rebuke them when they have strayed, but also, we are to forgive them when they turn back.
 
Just think on that for a moment.
 
No wonder the disciples cry out, "Increase our faith!"

Pastor Sarah 
 

Adult Sunday School 
 
This week's discussion topic for Faith Journeys, our Adult Sunday School class will be: "When Bad Things Happen: Does Prayer Make a Difference?" Faith Journeys meets from 9:30-10:15 a.m. in Messiah Hall, rooms 203 and 204, and is facilitated by Dee Paddock. We will begin a new topic on Sunday, October 2. Please join us.
 
 

First Sunday Breakfast   
 


The Adult Ministry Team will be hosting breakfast from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., in St. Michael's Hall on October 2. Come enjoy breakfast and fellowship.
 

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 mirandakurtt@faithlc.org or call 225-8334.
 

Hunger Hike 
 
Want to go a little further in helping the hungry? Take part in the Hunger Hike on Sunday, October 9, from 1:30-3:00 p.m., beginning and ending at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. For more information check out: www.desmoineshungerhike.org/2016.
 

Meals from the Heartland 
 
Please consider helping fund the Meals from the Heartland packaging event on Saturday, October 29. 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, with "Meals from the Heartland" in the memo line.
 

Agape Ringers 
   
Calling anyone in seventh grade to adults. Are you interested in learning how to play the hand bells? There are spots that the Agape Ringers group would love to fill. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Lori Theilen at TLUVS2SNG@yahoo.com.
 

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
 

Mark Your Calendar for Craft Night  
    
Mark your calendars! Faith's Annual Craft Night is set for Thursday, October 20, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We are looking for craft ideas for all ages for this event. Please contact us if you:
  •  have a craft idea,
  •  have a craft idea you would like to teach,
  •  are willing to teach a craft that we already have in mind.
Look for the Craft Night items to be on display early October with signup sheets for the event. Please contact Becky Mayer at kbasmayer@msn.com, Sandy Niland at Nilandfamily@msn.com, or Melissa Reents at reentssm@msn.com with ideas and questions .
 

Children and Family Ministry     

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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     

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