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Please note the office will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“Gathered faithfully to love and serve God and all others.”
Faith's Friday Update
January 14, 2022
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Second Sunday after Epiphany
8AM & 10:15AM, In Person & Live-Streamed
Readings:
Isaiah 62:1-5 - As bridegroom and bride rejoice, so shall God rejoice over you

Psalm 36:5-10 - We feast upon the abundance of your house, O Lord. (Ps. 36:8)

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 - There are a variety of gifts but the same Spirit

John 2:1-11 - The wedding at Cana
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED!
If you are interested in teaching Sunday School, we would love to have you as part of our team!
 
Please call the church office or speak to Pastor Olsen as we are planning an upcoming meeting to discuss our Sunday School Launch.
COMING SOON AT FAITH - MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Sunday, Jan. 23 at 9AM
Potential New Members Q&A with Coffee
If you’ve been thinking of becoming a member of Faith Lutheran Church, we’d love to have you! Please call the office or speak to Pastor Olsen and join us on January 23 at 9AM to learn more.
 
Sunday, Jan. 30 at 9AM
Budget Forum (with coffee!)
The forum is an opportunity for members of Faith Lutheran to ask questions about the budget and understand the budget process. It will take place in Fellowship Hall and will be offered via Zoom for those who cannot attend in person.
 
Sunday, Feb. 6 at 9AM
2022 Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 9AM (between worship services). It will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. All voting members are encouraged to attend, if possible.
 
We will receive new members at the 8AM and 10:15AM services.
 
Sunday, Feb. 13 at 9AM
Weekly Confirmation Class, led by Pastor Olsen
If you are interested in Confirmation Classes, please join us for the first class on Sunday, February 13 at 9AM in the old pastor’s office off Fellowship Hall. For our first week, we invite a parent to accompany each student.
 
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Pastor Olsen.
Please note giving statements are delayed due to illnesses in the office and will be available this week.

If you have questions or need your statement sooner, please contact Patty McKee.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Beginning this week, please meet together in the Conference Room at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. It is from there, wearing masks, that we will be escorted to the elevator or to the stairs, should you prefer to walk. From there we shall proceed to our place of meeting, the newly designated Youth Room. Following our session together, we will be escorted back to the Conference Room.
 
Latecomers! No problem! Please do not try to access the Youth Room on your own. Waiting in the Conference Room, an escort will be provided for you. Thanks so much for your cooperation.   - Pastor Larry
BUILDING WISH LIST
The Property Committee has identified needs that are not currently in the regular budget but are needed to maintain and improve our church.
 
Current needs:
1.  Upgrade Narthex Restrooms to ADA (cost TBD)
2.  Electronic Sign Upgrade on Beneva (cost TBD)
3. Touch-Up/Repaint the Gym (cost TBD)
4.  Reseal the Parking Lot
 
Please consider supporting the church building by making a special offering. Any amount, small or large, is appreciated! To contribute by check, please indicate “Improvement Fund” in the memo. To contribute electronically, please visit our website at www.faithlutheransrq.com/online-giving or using via the Vanco Mobile app (be sure to select “Improvement Fund”).
ALTAR FLOWERS
ALTAR FLOWERS are a beautiful and meaningful way to honor/remember someone or a special occasion, while decorating our altar for worship. The 2022 Altar Flowers signup poster is available in Fellowship Hall. Next available date, February 6! 

When you purchase altar flowers, your name and dedication will be published in the bulletin on your selected Sunday and the flowers are yours to keep after the service!

To make a dedication: At church, complete an 'Altar Flowers' envelope with your payment, and place it in the offering plate; By mail, send payment with a note indicating your desired date and dedication; or CLICK HERE to order online. The cost is $60, which is for 2 vases. Please make checks payable to Faith Lutheran Church and indicate ‘altar flowers’ in the memo.
 
Thank you for making Faith Lutheran’s altar beautiful!
EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES COLLECTION
Please consider donating your empty ink cartridges to help the church and environment! When we bring the cartridges to Staples, we receive store credit from Staples to help offset office supply costs.
 
The ink collection bin is on the counter in Fellowship Hall.
DAILY PRAYER
VENTURES
January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month - Throughout this month, pray for those victimized by human trafficking, which disproportionately affects women and girls. Pray for an end to this global tragedy, and pray that all who suffer its abuse, injustice and oppression will find freedom, healing, support and safety, especially in our communities of faith.
The ELCA offers daily Prayer Ventures, which may be found on their website, https://www.elca.org/en/Resources/Prayer-Ventures. The prayers for this weekend are below. Visit the website if you would like to follow the daily prayers!

7 Thank and praise God for restoring our relationships as children of God, so that we can live with faith, hope and freedom as new creations and siblings in Christ.

8 After a two-year pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program is getting ready to send volunteers out into the world again. Pray that the Spirit will guide the prayerful reflection of young adults as they discern how to respond to God’s call to service and ministry with our global companions and churches.

9 Pray that everything we do during our baptismal journey in this world will point to God, who has redeemed us and redirected our lives through the birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus — our Savior, teacher, guide and friend.
HELPFUL LINKS
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Pastor: Rev. Eric Olaf Olsen

Church Office: Tami Page, Operations Manager
Tel: 941-924-4664 | Email: officeadmin@faithlutheransrq.com
Weekly office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Values – Mutual Respect, Honesty, Kindness, Service, Forgiveness, Commitment,
Perseverance, Faithfulness, Compassion, Flexibility
CLICK HERE to view the current Constitution of Faith Lutheran Church.