"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
September 17, 2017

NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH: Today we celebrate the baptism of Spencer Childers and the birthday of Susie Pflughoeft.

TODAY'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Halaburts Late: The Wangens. Elder & Head Usher: Josh Weaver and Bob Schultz & Ernie Arambula and Greg Wilson. Ushers: Don Walther, Keith and Jake Weaver & Jim Hines, Fred Blake, and Eric Kidwell. Asst. & Reader: Don Walther and Pastor Raebel & Grant Manns. Acolyte: Taylor Schultz and Logan Manns. Altar Guild for September: Susie Arnold and Wanda Medina & Peggy Arnold and Pam Westerlund.

YOUTH UPDATE: Last Wednesday's combined youth meeting went very well!  It was decided we continue to sponsor two youth groups, a junior (6th-8th grade) and a Senior Youth (9th-12th grade). Gatherings will focus social, service, and study.  Pastor Raebel will do his best in overseeing these groups along with volunteer coordinators for each group. The coordinator for the Junior Youth is Alisa Hines and for the Senior Youth, Janet Perez.  The coordinator's task is to help organize and plan the activities, along with Pastor Raebel, which have been suggested by families and are sponsored by the families. It is hope, with this system, the responsibilities of running an effective youth program will fall on many and not just one. It is also hoped it will increase a sense of ownership.  If you were not able to attend the youth meeting, yet still have a heart for youth ministry, and would be willing to sponsor an activity for either junior, senior youth, or both, or would like more information on what this entails, please call a coordinator.  The phone number of Alisa is 815-592-8831 and the phone number for Janet is 219-316-2782.  You can also call the church office at 987-3730.  Continue to pray for this new design of youth ministry and ask the Lord in your prayers how He thinks you can contribute.

OUR THANKS: We would like to thank Greg Wilson for the hours of labor and equipment he donated in helping dress up our detention pond area by laying down weed mat and 3/4" inch river rock about 3" deep. When we approached a professional landscaper about this task, the bid was about $4,600.00.  With shortening the river rock run, and with the donated labor, and with left over weed mat from our 2014 building project, we were able to do this for under $1,000.00.   Greg is planning to plant grass seed in the remaining area of the detention pond not covered by river rock with the hope that it will grow. As of the printing of this newsletter, the river rock run was still not complete.  If you would like to help Greg finish it out, call him at 219-863-4073.

PRAYING FOR THE FAMILIES: The staff at Faith meets Monday through Thursday for devotions and offers prayers for families and friends of Faith.  This week we remembered in prayer the Abernathys, Ahrens, Alberts, Anderson (Eric), Anderson (Charles), Arambula, Arnold (Brenda), Arnold (Rob), Arnold (Susie), and Arnold (Bill) families.  The staff kindly ask that members of Faith keep them in their daily prayers.

EARLY COMMUNION CLASSES: If you have a child enrolled in confirmation and are interested in having them receive the grace of God through the Sacrament of the Altar this year, please make pastor aware.  Early communion classes will be scheduled soon for those interested.  Confirmands from 6-8th grade are eligible for these classes.

REFORMATION HISTORY BOOK AVAILABLE: In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Dr. MacKenzie, professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, has published a new book on the Reformation.  The cost is $22.49.  A sampler of the book is available on the table in the fellowship hall.  If you would like to order one, please let the church office know.

ENDOWMENT GRANTS AVAILABLE: This year our endowment fund raised $1,100.00 from its investments. $704.00 from our stock of $18,000 with Pfizer, $300.00 from the interest of our $53,000.00 investment with LCEF, and about $90.00 from the interest we receive on the mortgage balance of $500.00 left on our South Property loan.  These grant monies are available for any project in the church.  The requirement to receive the grant is to simply write a letter to the Endowment Committee informing it of the amount requested and the project you have in mind stating also how you believe the project will help carry out the mission of God's kingdom. Letters must be submitted before September 18th to the president of the endowment committee which is Fred Ahrens.

UPDATE FROM ERICA: We received a card in the mail from Erica updating us on how she is doing.  She thanks everyone for their prayers and misses the Church.  It is hanging on the board in the fellowship hall for all to see.

LOVED OUTPOURED: Faith received nearly $1,800.00 in hurricane relief for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston.  Blessed be the name of the Lord for making the hearts of Faith so generous!


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

  6:00 p.m.        Stewardship Board
  7:00 p.m.        Council
  7:30 p.m.        Voters Meeting

  5:00 p.m.        TOPS
  7:00 p.m.        Steering Committee for Accredidation

12:00 p.m.        Faithful Crafters
  6:00 p.m.        Confirmation

  6:00 p.m.        Dartball practice

  7:00 a.m.        Men's breakfast
  9:00 a.m.        Prayer service

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

September 10, 2017: 166   8:00: 98    10:30: 68
September 11, 2016: 104

Plate:        $108.00
General Offerings:          $5,423.00
Sunday School        $21.80
TOTAL September 10, 2017        $5,552.80
TOTAL September 11, 2016        $5,155.00

Altar flowers        $30.00
Debt reduction        $58.00
Budgetary Dollars Needed Weekly (For '15-16)        $6,070.59
Budgetary Dollars Rec'd. September 10, 2017        $5,552.80
Deficit        $517.79

As of September 14, 2017        $8,767.04

MORTGAGE BALANCE as of September 1, 2017
Family Life Center        $288,400.30

BIBLE READINGS: Readings this week are:  Monday (Nehemiah 1:1-2:10  and 1 Timothy 1:1-20), Tuesday ( Neh. 2:11-20; 4:1-6 and 1 Timothy 2:1-15), Wednesday ( Nehemiah 4:7-23 and 1 Tim. 3:1-16), Thursday (Neh. 5:1-16, 6:1-9,15-16 and 1 Tim. 4:1-16) Friday (Neh. 7:1-4, 8:1-8 and 1 Tim. 5:1-16), Saturday (Neh.. 9:1-21 and 1 Tim. 5:17-6:2), Sunday (Neh. 9:22-38, and 1 Tim. 6:3-21).  You can find these selected readings in the LSB hymnal on pages 299-304.

DARTBALL BEGINS: There will be a practice on Thursday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m.  Teams can be mixed between men and women.  Players must be at least 15 years old.  League games are on Monday evenings.  If you have any questions, call Harvey Fraley at 987-2905.

NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Andersons Late: The Leaths. Elder & Head Usher: Josh Weaver and Bob Schultz & Ernie Arambula and Greg Wilson. Ushers: Lucas Perez, Jon Meyer, and Jerry Price & Tom Steiner, Steve and Reece Wangen. Asst. & Reader: Taylor Schultz & Connor Biernat. Acolyte: Colin Wheeler and Kyle Layton. Altar Guild for September: Susie Arnold and Wanda Medina & Peggy Arnold and Pam Westerlund.

OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE CHRIST'S LOVE: Occasions arise where one of the body of Christ needs someone to stay for a short time with a loved one who cannot be alone.  If you would be willing to serve Christ and His Body, the Church, in this capacity, please sign the sheet in the narthex.

NEW MEMBER RECEPTION COMING: We will be officially welcoming new members into our fellowship on October 1st. A welcome breakfast will be held that day in the fellowship hall, in place of Adult Bible Class.  As always, we would appreciate donations of food and drink from the members of Faith to make it a success.  If you are willing to bring something for the breakfast, contact Cecilia Raebel at to let her know what you are bringing.

WEAR PURPLE FOR LWML: Next Sunday is LWML Sunday.  We encourage the ladies (and gentlemen) to wear purple to church in recognition of the mission outreach of this organization.

LWML FALL RALLY: The fall rally for the Lutheran Women's Missionary League will be hosted by the ladies of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Valparaiso on Tuesday, October 17th.  More details will be coming.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!

STEERING COMMITTEE FOR PRESCHOOL ACCREDITATION: We will meet on September 19th at 7 p.m. at church

TELECARE CALLER: Telecare Caller this week is Jill Wilson.

MILITARY TO REMEMBER: Please pray for Jeff Lessentine, Thomas Barnes, Joel Ison, Jason DeFranco, Kyle Chadwick, 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.

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.

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