“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Do you remember what happened on March 17, 2020? Almost 18 months ago, the “shelter-in-place” order was given, and everything stopped. We hit the brakes, so to speak. We stopped leaving our homes, many stopped going to work, schools stop meeting on campuses and attempted online education, restaurants closed, and only the essential businesses were expected and allowed to keep going as normal. It feels like a long time ago and many still haven’t returned to “normal”, but rather a “new normal.”
In our board of elders meeting this past Monday night, we continued our discussion about returning to “normal” in worship and other matters at Faith. We talked again about bringing back ushering, acolyting, and collecting offerings IN THE SERVICE like we have done forever. This past Sunday the common cup returned, the 8 am service has 4 usher teams. We are exciting and looking forward and looking for more and new faces to build all our worship teams in both of our services for ushering, collecting the offerings, children’s messages, reading the Scriptures, supporting our altar guild, passing out bulletins, teaching in our Sunday School, supporting our youth and gathering in connection groups.
So here is the opportunity. We’ve put together an “I want to serve” form, where you can use your gifts again, or for the very first time in our ministry at Faith Lutheran. Some of the places will be “specific” and timely, others will be generic and whenever you are able. I am hoping and praying that this ongoing effort will restart and make our ministry together stronger than ever.
Rather than attempt to list here all the different places where you can offer your gifts to God through our Faith Family, let me bring a few of the Sunday morning opportunities that we think are most urgent right now.
Ushering 11 am
Lectors (reading the Scriptures) all services
Children’s Messages (all services)
Altar Guild – setting up for Communion
AV Techs – all services
Teaching Sunday School (all ages) 4yrs – 8th grade
Communicating with members through text and email
Choir (8 am)
Handbells (8 am)
God has truly blessed our Faith Family with many gifted people. I know you are gifted, Paul says so.
Romans 12:3-8 (NIV) 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us…let (us) use (them) in proportion to (our) faith.
I told you. You are gifted. The Lord of the church gave YOU gifts to serve Him by serving others in His church family and beyond.
Here is the link with the list of places your hands to serve are needed right now. In a couple of weeks, we’ll bring out another list, generic and specific, to include many more ways and places opportunities for you to use your gifts to the glory of God. It’s time for us to be the church again for Christ’s sake, the sake of Christ’s Church, in Jesus’ name.
There will be a Zone Meeting at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2110 Brockett Rd., Tucker, GA on October 23, 2021. Registration begins at 9:30am. If you are interested in going, we have to know by the 10th of October.
There will be Gifts of the Heart, which means we will bring any bag of rice, pasta, beans, other dried goods, also gift cards to Publix or Kroger.
There will be a guest speaker Tgaii Abeka from Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Those interested in going sign up please. We will meet at Faith at 8:30 am to carpool. The registration fee will be $10.00 for a lite breakfast and lunch.
All the ladies of the church are welcome to attend for a Christian experience.
Doing God's work ...
Hope is excited to announce that she has three new members! Elizabeth Cummings, Danielle Nichols, and Sandy Klingler are thrilled to begin the journey of Hope’s Ministry. Their membership serves as an answer to prayers. A prayer circle was started on September 24 – God answered that prayer.
Hope will begin a new service beginning Monday. She has been invited to support beginning readers at Chalker Elementary School. The young readers will spend time with Hope to practice their reading skills. It is a wonderful way to allow children to practice reading aloud and reduce the stress of peer criticism. The program can also be used as a positive reward for good behavior, a great support to classroom teachers!
Thanks for your continued prayers and support.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
It’s time for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD! I am challenging the church and school to collect 150 boxes this year! I will have all the supplies that you will need beginning the week of October 3rd. There will be boxes and pamphlets in the Narthex or you can recycle shoe boxes from home by simply wrapping the top and bottom separately. Start shopping for those items that will fit in a shoebox! Below is a list of items you can fill the boxes with and also the items they do not want in the boxes! We will also be accepting donations for the shipping cost of $9.00 per box. All boxes should be returned to the church and school no later than October 31st so they can be shipped! Please contact Debbie Schellman or Colleen Umphrey with any questions you may have!
SUGGESTED ITEMS APPROVED - all toys (if batteries are needed, please include), tooth brushes, wash cloths, combs, hairbrushes, school supplies, solar calculators, socks, sunglasses, jewelry, and flash lights with batteries.
DO NOT INCLUDE – candy, toothpaste, gum, used or damaged items, scary or war related items, seeds, food, liquids or lotions, medications, vitamins, breakable items or aerosol cans.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I would like to give a giant thank you to Bob Angrisani for delivering the Flood Buckets that we have had stored in our basement! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this Bob!
We are also excited to share the return of “Tina’s Soup Blessings”! Yes, we have restocked the soup freezer, so if you or someone you know would be blessed to have some yummy, homemade soup, stop by and pick up some!
Exciting things to come!!!!
Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner?! I love this time of the year and am always so excited when I see how much our church enjoys sharing with less fortunate families. This year there will be multiple ways to share beginning October10th!
We will be putting shoe boxes together for OPERATIONCHRISTMAS CHILD! I should have all the supplies to begin handing out the week of October 10th. There will be boxes in the Narthex or you can recycle shoe boxes from home by simply wrapping the top and bottom separately. Start shopping for those items that will fit in a shoe box!In November we will be putting together Thanksgiving Food Baskets which has always been such a huge success!
In December we will have a Christmas food drive as well as a toy collection! We are also always thankful for socks, gloves, and hat donations. Be on the lookout for the dates when items will be accepted!
JUST ONE THING
I am so happy to announce that Faith delivered another 100 bags to the pantry this past week! AMAZING! So when you are out shopping this weekend we need everything!! If you are really feeling adventurous start thinking about items you can put aside for the Thanksgiving Food Baskets!
A giant shout out to Mitzi Lewis and Sybil Eidson for their amazing passion for this well needed mission! You ladies rock!
The below advertised grocery prices for all stores are from Wednesday, September 29th through Tuesday, October 5th:
General Mills Cereal - Check signage which size - BOGO
Kellogg's Cereal - Check signage which size - BOGO
Barilla Pasta Sauce 20 to 24 oz jar - BOGO
Hormel Premium Chicken Breast 10 oz can - BOGO
Del Monte Fruit 14.5 to 15.25 oz can - BOGO
Idahoan Mashed Potatoes or Homestyle Casserole 1.5 to 4.1 oz package - BOGO
Jiffy Cornbread - not listed in ad but has been running 55¢ a box
Suave Body Wash 15 oz bottle - BOGO
Suave Antiperspirant/Deodorant 2.6 - 2.7 oz pkg - BOGO
KROGER - Must have Kroger Card - specials vary using digital coupons which you add to your card, or buying 5 or more specials, (this can be a combination of buy 5 or more items as marked in the store) etc. Please see flyer at store.
Kelloggs Cereal - 1.79 ea. when you buy 6 or more (can be combined with other items) - check signage for which size
Cap'n Crunch Giant Size Cereal - 2.99 ea. when you buy 6 or more (can be combined with other items)
Campbell's Chunky Soup - 4 for $5.00
Muellers Pasta - 49¢ when you buy 6 or more (can be combined with other items) - check signage for which size
White rice - 1 lb bag - 72¢
Small 4 roll pack of Toilet Paper - 60¢ a pack
Hunts Pasta Sauce - under a dollar a can Grape Jelly - 94¢
Sweets/Treats and canned fruit is always appreciated if you run into any deals on these items.
Jelly is always appreciated to go with the peanut butter.
Have a great day and thanks for your support!
Oct 8 - Edgar Paul
Oct 8 - Joseph Doyle
Oct 9 - Stephen Wareham
Oct 9 - Hudson Knapp (G2)
Oct 10 - Waverly Andrews (E1)
Oct 10 - Matthews Rizza (G5)
Oct 11 - Elsie Guenther
Oct 12 - Judith Goyer
Oct 14 - Savannah Hacker (G1)
Oct 14 - Donnie Raulerson (E1)
Oct 17 - Julie Buchtrup
Oct 17 - Jessica Shea