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Bag of Thanks Service Project

Please join the Health and Human Care Ministry team to collect needed food items for Pantry 279’s Thanksgiving baskets. The concept is to thoughtfully give thanks to God for his many blessings by placing an item in the bag each day. This is a great service project for children or families to do together.

Pick up a reusable bag at church, or shop with the list below. Between Nov 3-Nov 17, put one of the requested items in your bag each day. Say a short prayer or devotion with a grateful heart. Return your bag with at least 14 items from the provided checklist to the church by Sunday, Nov 17. Include a colored Thanksgiving card (provided with your bag). Say a prayer for the families receiving the donations.

Alternatively donate any single item or those items as you are able.  Any donation is appreciated. Items will be delivered to Pantry 279 for their Thanksgiving baskets.

Requested Items:

___ Box of stuffing mix                                     ___ Box of macaroni and cheese

___ Can of yams                                                 ___ Can of cranberry sauce

___ Filled shakers of salt and pepper             ___ Can of fruit pie filling

___ Box of cornbread mix                                 ___ Canned ham or grocery gift card that can be used for a turkey or ham

___ Canned spaghetti                                        ___ Any spice to use in baking or cooking

___ Pie crust mix or graham cracker crust       ___ Soup (can or box)

___ Box of mashed potatoes                            ___ Enclosed Thanksgiving card to color

I give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 170:1

Please contact Samantha Schaefer with questions.sschaefer4@yahoo.com.

Time, Talents, and Treasure

During October, members of Faith are asked to carefully and prayerfully consider our Stewardship as we all re-commit ourselves to the mission of Jesus Christ here at Faith Lutheran Church.

CONSIDER prayerfully how to fill out your forms (additional packets are available as needed).

  1. Time & Talents — Mark those areas in which you have interest for 2020 (even if you are currently involved). Consider trying something new this year! We encourage you to do this part ONLINE.
  2. Financial Stewardship— indicate your monthly/weekly pledge.

Stewardship packets may still be submitted. Please return them to the church office as soon as possible.

LWML

LWML stands for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Since 1942 the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions.

Our Lutheran Women in Mission from Faith and University Lutheran connect in fellowship and service several times a year. Sign up HERE to help with an aspect of planning over the next year. Past events have included:

  • Making soup for the Interfaith Winter Shelter
  • Collecting hygiene items and assembling them into Ziploc bags to be distributed through the Salvation Army
  • Cleaning and restocking the shelves and refrigerators at Pantry 279
  • Giving our Mites to fund district and national mission grants

Women at Faith also serve by providing occasional meals for University Lutheran, making quilts, blankets, warm hats, mittens, and other hand-sewn items for Lutheran World Relief and other missions.

Children and Youth Ministry

Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me and do not hinder them.” (Matthew 19:14)

Faith’s Ministry for Children and Youth is always focused on Connecting Kids and Christ. In addition to providing Christian education on Sunday mornings, we:

  • Provide worship help for families with a cry room, mother’s room, children’s worship totes, and worship activity pages
  • Coordinate a “Children’s Message” during the non-communion service most Sunday mornings, and during Advent and Lent evening services
  • Meet with expectant parents in our “Beginnings Program”
  • Organize the annual Halloween “Trunk or Treat”
  • Recognize faith milestones (markers along life’s journey that say, “This is important and God is here, too”) with a blessing and gift in worship. Examples include a baptismal remembrance box, devotional for beginning readers, Bibles for third graders, and catechism for confirmands.
  • Offer a Christian babysitter course every other year
  • Collaborate with additional ministry groups and volunteers in offering Spirit Camp, a four-day summer Bible school program

If you would like to teach or help with any activity, please contact the office. All adults who work with children and youth go through a screening process and adhere to specific procedures. We do this not because we suspect misconduct by our church members, but because we recognize that churches have become the last open door through which even child predators may enter without question. You may download the application form and other materials for child protection certification here.

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