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“Gathered faithfully to love and serve God and all others.”
Faith's Friday Update
June 5, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Second Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Readings:

Genesis 3:8-15
God confronts Adam and Eve in the garden

Psalm 130
Wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love. (Ps. 130:7)

2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1
Renewed in the inner nature

Mark 3:20-35
Doing the work of God as brothers and sisters of Christ
UPDATED COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS: Faith Lutheran Church no longer requires attendance registration, social distancing, and temperature checks for worship services.
Masks are optional, based on one’s individual medical needs or personal comfort level.
 
Please be respectful of one another as we modify and adjust to these updated recommendations.

NOTE: the preschool follows the CDC guidelines for schools, which still requires masks in the building during the week.
SPECIAL OFFERING THIS SUNDAY
SURE (Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity) is a faith-based organization that seeks justice for the poor, working class and mixed income individuals/families living in Sarasota County.
 
Please consider investing to ensure that our member congregations can continue joining together to do justice.
A LETTER FROM PASTOR BOB
Please CLICK HERE to read the letter of update from Pastor Bob!
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
TO JAMES TAYLOR!
Baritone James Taylor has been a member of the musical team at Faith Lutheran for the better part of the past 7 years. We at Faith have appreciated his musical contributions to our spiritual life and we wish him well as he embarks on a new journey at Church of the Palms on Bee Ridge. 

Thank you, James, for your service to Faith Lutheran Church!!
MARY CIRCLE IS BACK!
All women of Faith are invited to join together on Tuesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the memorial garden. We will be enjoying some much needed fellowship and perhaps share a few “survival" stories of COVID times.

Please bring your own snack or breakfast and a comfortable chair. There are benches available if you would rather sit on them.

Devotions will be included. We will also discuss plans for future months. Hope to see you then!
ALTAR FLOWERS
ALTAR FLOWERS are a beautiful and meaningful way to honor/remember someone or a special occasion, while decorating our altar for worship. Now is a great time to sign up, with the relaxed COVID-19 recommendations and people returning to church.
 
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!

Available upcoming dates are; July 11 and 18, the months of August, September, October, November 7, 14, and 21, and the month of December.
 
To make a dedication: At church, complete an 'Altar Flowers' envelope, include 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. Be sure to indicate the desired dedication date on the envelope or check memo line.
 
Thank you for making Faith Lutheran’s altar beautiful!
FELC NEWS
On Friday, May 28, we celebrated our 39 VPK graduates with a drive-thru graduation event. Our families knocked it out of the park this year with their cars decorated, horns honking, balloons flying, yelling and cheering to make each child feel so special!!! This is such a FUN event where each child has their special moment to hear their name over the loud speaker, have everyone cheering for them and to receive their diploma and VPK memory box. It is surely an experience the children will remember for years to come.
Congratulations to our 39 graduates! We are so proud of you! We wish you all the best in kindergarten next year.
Keep playing, growing and learning.

Below are some photos; visit FELC's Facebook page to view the rest!
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS
Be sure to COMPLETE or UPDATE YOUR WRITTEN PLAN! Find more info online at ready.gov/kit.
 
Taken from the National Weather Service website; https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan.
DAILY PRAYER
VENTURES
The ELCA offers daily Prayer Ventures, which may be found on their website, https://www.elca.org/en/Resources/Prayer-Ventures. The prayer for today is below. Visit the website if you would like to follow the daily prayers!

4 Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathering online for the assemblies of the Western North Dakota, Southwest California, Central/Southern Illinois, Montana, Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C., South Dakota, Central States, Southern Ohio, Allegheny and Lower Susquehanna synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in choosing leaders, proclaiming the gospel, growing the church, serving our neighbor and doing God’s work in an ever-changing world.
HELPFUL LINKS
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Interim Pastors: Rev. Dr. Robert Mursch and Rev. Larry Wright
Operations Manager: Tami Page
Office Tel: 941-924-4664
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