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“Gathered faithfully to love and serve God and all others.”
Faith's Friday Update
April 29, 2022
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Third Sunday of Easter
Worship Services at 8AM & 10:15AM
Acts 9:1-6 [7-20] - Paul’s conversion, baptism, and preaching

Psalm 30 - You have turned my wailing into dancing. (Ps. 30:11)

Revelation 5:11-14 - The song of the living creatures to the Lamb

John 21:1-19 - Jesus appears to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias
Help those in need by donating blood this Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church! The Blood Bank Bus will be in our parking lot at 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (walk-ins welcome!). SunCoast Blood Centers will donate $10 per blood donation to the Ukraine Relief Fund to purchase lifesaving blood supplies!

If you cannot donate on Sunday, and are able to later in the month, please use any SunCoast Community Blood Bank Center donation site. When you arrive, please tell the staff, "I'm here to donate for Ukraine under the Faith Lutheran Church account: CODE #178". The church will then receive credit for your donation.
Tell (and invite) your friends and neighbors to help us have a successful drive for our communities and for those supporting the Ukraine people!

There will be Coffee Hour refreshments!

Any questions or to schedule a donation, please contact Patty McKee at 941-921-3709.
Please join Pastor Eric and the rest of Sarasota on Thursday, May 5 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237.
Pastor Eric will offer a prayer at the start of the event and serve as a small group prayer leader. We hope you can come and pray with us!
Many thanks to Sue Rice for organizing! Here are the details: April’s meeting was so good and meaningful, we decided to try to make it a regular thing!!
This time it will be a breakfast and song theme (no singing, I promise - or hope not! - you don’t want to listen to my attempt to sing!) It will again be the 3rd Thursday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m. in the Pioneer Room at Skillets at 8635 So. Tamiami Trail.
Reservations are necessary, so please contact the church office to sign up. Sorry—gals only!
Back in 2015 we did a study of the book of Revelation. This Apocalypse is one of the most engaging and disputed books in the Bible. It has inspired great works of art and music, and it has also fed social upheaval and speculation about the coming end of the world. Is it true that all faithful Christians can expect to be whisked up from the earth into heaven in an event known as the Rapture? Who are the 144,000 envisioned to play a key role in the apocalyptic drama? What is the final battle of Armageddon about?
In this post-Easter series, we will briefly explore the message of this Book and continue on to discover why it has played such a volatile role in Western culture and how it continues to be meaningful to contemporary readers.
We are meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 9:30-10:30 a.m. and will conclude on May 25. We will gather in the upstairs Youth Room of the Community Center. Unless plans change, meet in the Conference Room, masked, to be escorted to the room.
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.

The next available date is Sunday, May 8!

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!
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 or using via the Vanco Mobile app (be sure to select “Improvement Fund”).
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.
The ELCA offers daily Prayer Ventures, which may be found on their website, The prayers for this weekend are below. Visit the website if you would like to follow the daily prayers!

30 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assemblies of the Minneapolis Area Synod, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.

May 1 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Praise God for Asian and Pacific Islander members, congregations and ministries of the ELCA that use God’s gifts of culture, language and heritage to share the good news of Jesus Christ, loving and serving our neighbor in a multicultural world. 
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Pastor: Rev. Eric Olaf Olsen

Church Office: Tami Page, Operations Manager
Tel: 941-924-4664 | Email:
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.