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“Gathered faithfully to love and serve God and all others.”
Faith's Friday Update
June 25, 2021
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Readings:

Lamentations 3:22-33
Great is the Lord’s faithfulness

Psalm 30
I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up. (Ps. 30:1)

2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Excel in generosity, following the Lord Jesus

Mark 5:21-43
Christ healing a woman and Jairus’s daughter
SPECIAL OFFERING THIS SUNDAY
WELCA (Women of the ELCA) is the arm of the church that supports women’s ministries. Your donation will aid in their ability to provide ongoing program ideas and support to congregations.
BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE FOR LOCAL CHILDREN IN NEED
In Sarasota, school starts on August 11. Please consider sponsoring one or more backpack kits to help students get off to a great start this upcoming school year.

1 BACKPACK = $16
2 BACKPACKS = $32
5 BACKPACKS = 80
7 BACKPACKS = $112
10 BACKPACKS = $160
AN ENTIRE CASE OF 12 BACKPACKS = $192

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.
CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE
Fantastic news!! The Synod accepted our Ministry Profile. We can now move forward to look for a pastor! In the meantime, please continue to pray for God’s guidance and discernment. 
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 Eucharist Minister, please contact the church office.
NEW! TEXT TO GIVE
At Faith Lutheran Church there are many ways to give your offering. In addition to giving your offering at church, online, or through the Give+ mobile app, you may now “Text to Give”!
 
1.  Text your desired amount to 941-417-8710 (like this, $50)
2.  Hit ‘Send’.
 
The first time you Text to Give, you will receive a response prompt to complete the donation. The next time, just enter the amount and hit Send. It’s that easy!
 
For more details on all giving options, visit our website at www.faithlutheransrq.com/online-giving.
CHORAL ARTISTS OF SARASOTA
FAITH LUTHERAN & AMAZON SMILE
DID YOU KNOW? You can now support Faith Lutheran Church when you shop on Amazon! CLICK HERE to learn how!
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, 15, and 29, the months of 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!
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!

25 Pause today and take in the wonders of God’s creation. Give thanks for the joy, wonder and awesome complexity of nature and the universe, and ask God to help us be mindful, responsible and respectful stewards of creation.
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