"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
October 22, 2017

NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH: Jenna Pearson and Jacob Weaver both celebrate their baptisms today.  Jeannie Schuette will celebrate her 84th birthday later this week. Uta Swafford was treated and released from St. Franciscan in Crown Point.

TODAY'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Axtells  Late: The Bill Arnolds. Elder & Head Usher: Dale Hetherington and Bill Dase & Tom Witt and Dale Lessentine. Ushers: Jon Meyer, Lee Van Vuren, and Brad Leath & Dan, Ryan, and Andrew Crim. Asst. & Reader: Steve Tobias & Stephany Wangen. Acolyte: Brittney Drangmeister and Autumn Celorio. Altar Guild for October: Nancy Dase and Debbie Schultz & Charlene Lewandowski and Crystal Arambula.

LADIES RE-ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: We at Faith are interested in giving new birth to a ladies group in our church that will be interested in study, service, mission, and fellowship.  This meeting will take place on November 15th at 7:00 p.m.   All women of Faith, who are interested in this group and who would like to have a say in how this group should be formed are welcomed to attend.

STEWARDSHIP 2018 LETTERS: The stewardship campaign letters for 2018 are in your mailboxes.  Please pick them up and save us a stamp!  This year we will emphasis more on the stewardship of church attendance rather than giving.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: This year, the Children's Christmas program will be in place of the sermon on December 17th.   The program is Charlie Brown's Christmas.  Practices will be Saturdays December 2, 9, and 16th from 2:00-3:30 p.m., and Sunday mornings during Sunday school hour December 3rd and 10th.  We will have only one service on the Sundays of December 17, 24, and 31st all beginning at 10:00 a.m.

HEARING A CALL TO BE CHARITABLE???: At the last Gary circuit meeting, mission needs were shared with the pastors.  Monetary donations are appreciated for Ascension Lutheran School in Gary, and for the support of our Gary Lutheran missionary, Rev. Campbell, and for our Gary homeless ministry.  Ascension Lutheran School also needs volunteers for their hot lunch program.  They are wondering if a church group, or individuals from a church, would sponsor and serve a hot meal to their 11 students.  If you are interested in helping in any of these ways, please see Pastor Raebel.

CHILDREN'S CHURCH POLL: At the last elders' meeting, it was discussed about congregational interest in maintaining Children's Church.  The alternative thought was to go back to weekly children's messages which would be led by current children church leaders (if they are interested), other members, and pastor.  Please let an elder know which, if any, you prefer.  Elders are Vic Musenbrock, Tom Witt, Rob Arnold, Ernie Arambula, Dale Hetherington, and Josh Weaver.

CHURCH OFFICERS NEEDED: This year the following offices are up for election at our November 20th  voters meeting: Elders (three positions), Treasurer, Council-At-Large, Trustee (one position), Recording Secretary, Education (two positions), Stewardship (two positions), and Board of Youth (one position).  If you are interested in serving for any of these offices, please contact our congregational president, Steve Tobias.  We thank Cindy Meyer, Bob Ebert, and Ernie Arambula who have served to their term limits and are not eligible to run for their office.

ONE MORE LAWN MOW NEEDED: We will need the lawn mowed one last time the weekend of October 29th. Please sign up for that last weekend on the narthex bulletin board.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  We thank all who helped to keep our yard looking nice this summer!

REFORMATION HISTORY BOOK AVAILABLE: In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Dr. MacKenzie, professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, published a new book on the Reformation.  The cost is $22.49; a sampler of the book is on the table in the fellowship hall.  If you would like to order one, let Pastor know. Last day to order is October 31st.

BIBLE STUDY: We will meet tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. for Ladies Bible study.  We will be going through a study "Set Your Mind on Things Above" from the Lutheran Women's Quarterly.  All women are welcome.

DAILY DEVOTIONS TOOL: A short daily family devotional flip chart has been assembled for your family to use during November (Thanksgiving) and December (Advent and Christmas).  They are available in the narthex.  Prayerfully consider this wonderful opportunity for your family to share a Bible verse and prayer time together.


  8:00/10:30 a.m.        Worship
  9:15 a.m.        Sunday School/Adult Bible class
12:00 p.m.        Essential Oils of the Bible luncheon

12:00 p.m         Birthday Club Lunch at Jim's Caf‚
  6:30 p.m.        Dartball
  7:00 p.m.        Ladies Bible study

  5:00 p.m.        TOPS

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

  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
October 15, 2017: 165   8:00: 72    10:30: 93
October 16, 2016: 149

Plate:        $74.75
General Offerings:          $4,153.00
Sunday School        $31.00
TOTAL October 15, 2017        $4,258.75
TOTAL October 16, 2016        $4,412.00

Hall Rental (TOPS)        $40.00
Debt Reduction        $55.00
Budgetary Dollars Needed Weekly (For '15-16)        $6,070.59
Budgetary Dollars Rec'd. October 15, 2017        $4,258.75
Deficit        $1,811.84

As of October 19, 2017        $12,132.54

MORTGAGE BALANCE as of October 1, 2017
Family Life Center        $286,785.33

BIBLE READINGS: Readings this week are:  Monday (Deuteronomy 24:10-25:10  and Matthew 16:13-28), Tuesday ( Dt. 25:17-26:19 and Matt. 17:1-13), Wednesday (Dt. 27:1-26 and Matt. 17:14-27), Thursday (Deuteronomy 28:1-22 and Matt. 18:1-20) Friday (Dt. 29:1-29 and Matt. 18:21-35), Saturday (Dt. 30:1-20 and Matt. 19:1-15), Sunday (Dt. 31:1-29, and Matt. 19:16-30).  You can find these selected readings in the LSB hymnal on pages 299-304.

BIRTHDAY LUNCH CELEBRATION: We will meet tomorrow at noon at Jim's Caf‚.  Please bring a non perishable item to donate to the food pantry in place of gifts.  Everyone is welcome to join us!  We hope to see you there!

FOOD PANTRY IS GRATEFUL: We received a card thanking us for all of the donations we give to them each month.  The card is hanging in the fellowship hall if you would like to view it.

ANOTHER CHANCE TO SHARE CHRIST'S LOVE: There are times when a member needs a ride to the doctor.  If you are willing to help in this way, please sign the sheet in the narthex.  If you need a ride, call Karen Eck at 987-2358.

REFORMATION CELEBRATIONS: Next Sunday at 2:00 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Crown Point is hosting the Gary circuit Reformation celebration.  They invite Faith to come and bring a church banner for the processional. On November 5th at 3 pm, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Knox will host a celebration to honor the Reformation.  There will be a light meal provided.  Free tickets are available on the shelf by the secretary's desk, and in the fellowship hall. See flyer in the fellowship hall for more information.

STAFF DEVOTIONS: During the week, the staff of Faith Lutheran Church and Preschool meet every day for devotions and offer prayers for families of Faith.  This week, they remembered in the prayers the following families: the Drangmeister, Dybcio, Ebert, Eck (Karen), Eck (Linda), and Elsner  families  The staff asks you to remember them in your prayers also.

NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Isons  Late: The Celorios. Elder & Head Usher: Dale Hetherington and Bill Dase & Tom Witt and Dale Lessentine. Ushers: Don Popp, Steve Tobias, and John Mathey & Gene Koroncz, Jason Celorio Jr, and Logan Manns. Asst. & Reader: Jon Meyer & Vic Musenbrock and Pastor Raebel. Acolyte: Ava Pearson and Juliana Layton. Altar Guild for October: Nancy Dase and Debbie Schultz & Charlene Lewandowski and Crystal Arambula.

TELECARE CALLER: Telecare Caller this week is Amy Pearson.

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, 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.

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