"Growing Through Living God's Word"
Family Life
Before School
"Growing Through Living God's Word"
"Where the peace which surpasses all understanding is received"
Rev. Jared Raebel, Pastor
Mrs. Karen Eck, Deaconess
Mrs. Kimberly Sutton, Administrative Secretary
Mrs. Patty Sojka, Preschool Administrator
Mrs. Jennifer Wilshire, Before School Director
August 13, 2017

NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH: Keir Albert is celebrating his baptism today.  Jeannette Nichols is at Oak Grove for rehab.

TODAY'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Sarosys Late: The Witts. Elder & Head Usher: Don Walther and Phil Klemp & Rob Arnold and Ernie Manns. Ushers: Colin Wheeler, Dan and Andrew Brei & Jeff Spurgeon, Joe Hubbard, and Mike Gray.  Asst. & Reader: Bill Walther and Sue Rosenwinkel & Tom Steiner. Acolyte: Bella Dockemeyer and Santino Arambula. Altar Guild for August: Sally Lilley and Elaine Featherston & Vic and Kathy Musenbrock and Uta Swafford.

CHECK YOUR BOXES!: There is a letter in your mailbox about the recommendation the task force committee is presenting to the voters in regard to the calling of extra staff.  Please pick your letter up and attend the voters meeting at 12:00 p.m. on August 20th to vote on their recommendation. Those not picked up will be mailed out tomorrow.

CD'S FOR THE TAKING: The church library has had a number of Christian CD for years which are not being used.  Rather than see them collect dust, please browse the available CD's in the library and take any of them home with you.

FAITH IS HIRING!!!!!!: If you love your Lord and your church, are gifted in these areas, and would like to make some "pocket change" while utilizing them, see Pastor Raebel if you are interested in any of the positions below:

SOUND TECHNICIAN: Faith is looking for a person who is very "tech" savvy and knows how to run an I-Pad inside and out while has a great ability to pay attention to detail during a worship service.  The job pays $25.00 per service and requires the worker to be at both services.  See Pastor Raebel for details.

INTERIM YOUTH MINISTER DIRECTOR: Faith is looking for a confirmed voting member over the age of 21 to direct its youth ministries.  The job pays $200 month, plus offers a $1,000 business expense account.  A detailed job description is available in the narthex.

INTERIM EDUCATION DIRECTOR: Faith is looking for a confirmed voting member over the age of 21 to direct and administrate its education programs of Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.  The job pays $50 every Sunday the director is present.  A detailed job description is available in the narthex.

ENDOWMENT FUND COMMITTEE SEEKS INPUT: At the last council meeting, a representative from LCMS Foundation shared how we can get better returns on our endowment fund by investing it in equities through them.  If you have a strong opinion on the matter on whether we should or should not invest with them, please talk to one of the Endowment Committee members.  They are Fred Ahrens, Wanda Medina, Sandy Sieker, and Bob Ebert.

VOTERS FORM ANOTHER COMMITTEE:  At the June voters meeting, a resolution was passed authorizing the church to form a committee to investigate the costs and possibility of replacing our church sign with an LED sign.  If you are willing to serve in this capacity, please submit your name to the congregational president, Steve Tobias.

CALL OUT FOR TWO SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS: We thank Vohney Witt and Carli Schultz for their faithful service in being last year's High School Bible Class and Early Childhood teacher. They are opting not to return this fall which means we need volunteers to step up to fill these vacancies. If interested, please submit your name to Pastor Raebel.

BEFORE SCHOOL CARE NEEDED?  Do you know anyone who needs a safe place for their kids to be before school?  Look no further than here!  Our before school program has spots available.  Drop off starts at 6 a.m.  Breakfast is provided, along with various activities to entertain the kids.  Contact Jenn at <>.  Pass this information along!  Let's help get the word out there about this awesome opportunity.

ONE SERVICE REMINDER: There will be one service on Labor Day weekend, September 3.  We will have coffee and fellowship at 8:30 a.m., Bible Class at 9:00 a.m., and Worship at 10:00 a.m.


  8:00/10:30 a.m.  Worship
  9:15 a.m.        Adult Bible class

  6:00 p.m.        Board of Education

  5:00 p.m.        TOPS
  6:00 p.m.        Board of Youth
  7:00 p.m.        S. S. Teacher's meeting

12:00 p.m.        Faithful Crafters
 7:00 p.m.        Confirmation Orientation

  8:00 a.m.        Elders
  9:00 a.m.        Prayer service

  8:00/10:30 a.m.  Worship
  9:15 a.m.        Adult Bible class
12:00 p.m.        Voter's meeting

August 6, 2017: 163   8:00: 80   10:30: 83
August 7, 2016: 122

Plate:        $201.75
General Offerings:          $5,301.00
TOTAL August 6, 2017        $5,502.75
TOTAL August 7, 2016        $6,347.00

Debt reduction        $430.00
Building fund (entered as debt reduction)        $40.00
Missions        $10.00
Adopt a Student        $50.00
Budgetary Dollars Needed Weekly (For '15-16)        $6,070.59
Budgetary Dollars Rec'd. August 6, 2017        $5,502.75
Deficit        $567.84

As of August 10, 2017        $10,520.80

MORTGAGE BALANCES as of August 1, 2017
Family Life Center        $289,511.91
South Property        $509.68
FINANCIAL NOTES: As we stay current on our mortgage, the interest amount on our payment continues to drop.  Next month we will pay $878.00 in interest and $1,105.00 toward principle.  Our Lord has blessed giving to our south property mortgage. The way giving is going, our ten year mortgage will be paid off in two years!

A CHANCE TO MINISTER: The Faithful Crafters are involved with Phil's Friends which sends care packages to cancer patients.  Please place donations in the box on the table in the fellowship hall.  See the poster in the narthex to see what needs donated. For information, check out the website at

THANKS FOR DONATING: The Women's Center of DeMotte would like to thank Faith Lutheran Church for the generous donation of $354.24!  Your financial support will help meet the needs within our community here in DeMotte. 

UPDATE OF ADOPT A STUDENT: Daniel Fickenscher sent us a postcard letting us know how things are going.  It is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.  Check it out!

STEERING COMMITTEE FOR PRESCHOOL ACCREDITATION: We will have our first meeting on September 19th at 7 p.m. here at the church.

PLAN AHEAD: The LWML Fall Rally will be held Tuesday, October 17th at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Valparaiso.  More information will be coming!

KVMA OUTDOOR SERVICE: Help us end the Touch of Dutch festival with a community worship service.  This year's theme: "O God Our Help in Ages Past; Our Hope for Years to Come."  There will be no offering, but an opportunity is available to help fund the new Spencer Park playground equipment.  It is tonight @ 6pm in Spencer Park.

BIBLE READINGS: Readings this week are:  Monday (2 Samuel 1:1-27 and (1 Corinthians 7:25-40), Tuesday (2 Sam. 5:1-25 and 1 Cor. 8:1-13), Wednesday (2 Samuel 6:1-19 and 1 Cor. 9:1-23), Thursday (2 Samuel 7:1-17 and 1 Cor. 9:24-10:22) Friday (2 Sam. 7:18-29 and 1 Cor. 10:23-11:16), Saturday (2 Sam. 11:1-27 and 1 Cor. 11:17-34), Sunday (2 Sam. 12:1-25 and 1 Cor. 12:1-13).  You can find these selected readings in the LSB hymnal on pages 299-304.

NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Halaburts Late: The Manns. Elder & Head Usher: Don Walther and Phil Klemp & Rob Arnold and Ernie Manns. Ushers: Ben Hickel, John Mathey, and Bob Ebert & Tom Steiner, Greg Wilson, and Jason Celorio.  Asst. & Reader: Jill Leath & Maddy Witt. Acolyte: Sophia Sullivan and Logan Manns. Altar Guild for August: Sally Lilley and Elaine Featherston & Vic and Kathy Musenbrock and Uta Swafford.

TELECARE CALLER: Telecare Caller this week is Crystal Arambula.

THOSE TO REMEMBER: Please keep in your thoughts and prayers: Dorothy Christopher, Ray Hoover, Miriam Kenealy, Delores Leisge, Sharon Nelson, Ruth Pedersen, and Nan Tavarczky.

MILITARY TO REMEMBER: Please pray for Jeff Lessentine, Thomas Barnes, Joel Ison, and Jason Szerlak.  We ask that family members/friends keep the church office up to date with addresses so they can be passed along to church members.

Contact Information

Pastor Raebel                987-3730 (Office)
                                987-2190 (Home)

Mrs. Kimberly Sutton        987-3730 (Office)
Administrative Sec.

Mrs. Patty Sojka                219-987-3430
Preschool Administrator

Deaconess Karen Eck        987-2358 (Home)
Mrs. Jennifer Wilshire        
Before School Director