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The office will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of the holiday.
“Gathered faithfully to love and serve God and all others.”
Faith's Friday Update
July 2, 2021
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Readings:

Ezekiel 2:1-5
The call of Ezekiel

Psalm 123
Our eyes look to you, O God, until you show us your mercy. (Ps. 123:2)

2 Corinthians 12:2-10
God’s power made perfect in weakness

Mark 6:1-13
Sending of the Twelve to preach and heal
COFFEE HOUR IS BACK!
Join us in Fellowship Hall after the service this Sunday for “4th of July” Coffee Hour!
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY
Almighty and most merciful God,

We thank you for the founders of the United States of America, and for those who have sacrificed to secure our liberty. Grant that we, the people, may have grateful hearts and the fortitude to maintain peace and freedom for future generations. This we ask in the name of the One who gave His life that we might have freedom now and, in the life to come, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
HURRICANE ELSA - BUILDING UPDATE
While our area is not currently under a hurricane watch or warming, the following are reminders for church and building operations:

Hurricane Watch/ Warning:
When Sarasota County is under a Tropical Storm Watch or Warning, the office will remain open. Please be cautious when traveling during this time. If you are scheduled for a meeting or an event at Faith Lutheran Church, please call ahead to be sure that the event has not been canceled or rescheduled.
 
Hurricane Watch of Named Storm:
When Sarasota County is under a Hurricane Watch of a named storm, the office will remain open while we begin preparing to secure our facility. Please be cautious if you must travel during this time. If you are scheduled for a meeting or an event at Faith Lutheran Church, please call ahead to be sure that the event has not been canceled or rescheduled.
 
Hurricane Warning of Named Storm:
When Sarasota County is under a Hurricane Warning of a named storm, the office will be closed, and all church activities will be canceled (including Worship Services). No person(s) will be permitted inside the facility once the offices officially closes for a Hurricane Warning. All door codes will be deactivated during this closing period. The Church office will reopen 24-48 hours after the Warning is lifted and dependent on damages that have occurred.

*The above guidelines are subject to change based on current conditions.

Now is the time to update your hurricane kit if you haven't already. CLICK HERE for kit recommendations.

For live "Key Messages for Hurricane Elsa" from the National Hurricane Center, click on the link below: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?start#contents

You can find additional information at:
BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE FOR LOCAL CHILDREN IN NEED
We are on our way to helping 100 local children in need. So far, 37 backpack kits have been sponsored! The deadline is Sunday, July 18. A sample kit is on display in the narthex.

1 BACKPACK KIT= $16
3 BACKPACK KITS = $48
5 BACKPACK KITS = 80
7 BACKPACK KITS = $112
10 BACKPACK KITS = $160
AN ENTIRE CASE OF 12 BACKPACK KITS = $192

We will include a custom bookmark in each backpack with an invitation to Faith Lutheran and a prayer for the new school year. See the sample below.

You may sponsor one or more backpack kits by placing your donation in the offering plate at church, by mail, through the Give+ mobile app or online. If you pay by check, please indicate backpack in the memo line.
NOTE: If you are in need of a backpack kit for your child, please contact the church office.

ALTAR GUILD
Thank you to the current Altar Guild for their diligent service to setting up and cleaning the altar, including communion, every Sunday.

We are looking for 6 additional people who would like to join so we can set up a rotation of once per month.

If you would like to serve on Altar Guild, please contact Joan Searles or call the church office. Thank you for considering this essential role!
VISITATION & HOSPITALITY TEAM
Faith Lutheran has reactivated this team! Please contact the church office if:
 
  • You would like a communion visit, hospital or home visit, or to be contacted.
  • You know of someone who would appreciate receiving a card in the mail.
  • You would like to serve as a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the church office.
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 or, you may drop off your cartridges in the office during the week.
ALTAR FLOWERS
ALTAR FLOWERS are a beautiful and meaningful way to honor/remember someone or a special occasion, while decorating our altar for worship.
 
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; August 1 and 29, the months of September, October, November 7, 14, and 21, and December 12, 19, and 26.
 
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!
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!

2 Pray for the adults and young adults applying to volunteer for the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering; give thanks for their eagerness to serve in this ministry, sharing their faith, gifts and time with youth and the adults who work with youth.
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