As February comes, the time for calling Faith's next Pastor is arriving. The Call Committee will be updating you, but I want to stress the need for continued prayer in this matter; it's of utmost importance. I don't know what your prayer habits are, but this need and what is soon to unfold is very, very critical. We've been praying regularly during our worship services for a long time and I trust you have been too. In our prayers, the most important things we can pray for right now are:
• Continued guidance for our Call Committee
• Continued patience as the Call process continues to unfold.
• God's Holy Spirit to lead us to carefully consider the candidates for this position and lead us to whom He has chosen to be Faith's next Pastor. - "Thy will be done."
• A spirit of unity in this whole process. It's very important for everyone to have input in this matter, as God leads, but it may well be that not everyone agrees. It's as important to listen carefully as it is to speak carefully from the heart, as God leads, and ultimately to support the assembly's decision.
The time will come then to pray for the Pastor who receives Faith's Call; to pray for God's guidance into His will. And after that, good habits re: praying will continue, I trust.
Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Abraham is our model of faith for this. - Read Genesis 12.1 and Hebrews 11.8.)
EPIPHANYThe season of Epiphany - "the shining," - refers to the Star for the Wise Men, and Jesus being revealed as the Savior of all. The season continues during the Sundays of February, ending with our celebration of the Transfiguration of our Lord. This was the occasion where the glory of Jesus' God-head was clearly revealed to his inner circle of disciples on the mountain. We know Jesus as the Son of God, as well as a fully human being.
During the next number of weeks, both in the sermons and Adult Bible Study classes, we will be considering what Gospel DNA is all about. It's important to understand because the Good News of God in Jesus Christ is what we are all about, and it's what is to drive every Christian and every congregation. This is an important consideration any time, but especially at this time in Faith's history!
The season of Lent is coming! Ash Wednesday is the 26th this month and we will begin the 40 days of preparation for Easter. It's an important time, a time for renewal (Of course, renewal is a constant, daily process!), especially Holy Week.
As it's Faith's custom, there will be special mid-week worship services at 9.30a and 7p each Wednesday. Please set aside time for this special time of worship.
SPECIAL VOTERS MEETING- The Call Committee announced last Sunday (1/26) that they are requesting a Voter's Assembly be held on Tuesday February 4th at 7 p.m. for the purpose of calling a Pastor. The three candidates to be considered are in alphabetical order: Travis Berg from Lattimer, Iowa: Adam Clark from Mishawaka, IN: Brett Satkowiak from Merrillville, IN. The Call Committee will provide summaries of each candidate as soon as they are available.
Don't Forget Thrivent Choice Dollars -If you have a policy with Thrivent you can, from time to time, designate dollars to our congregation or another Lutheran church or organization. Don't let this opportunity go by!
Daytime Ladies Bible Study - We are considering starting a daytime ladies Bible study, using a book called "Pew Sisters". There will also be a coffee hour. A sheet is in the narthex if you would be interested. Thanks, Karen Eck.
HOSPITALIZED? - Please let us know when this happens: Pr. Karl, Deaconess Karen Eck or the church office. If you can't, have a friend or relative let us know.
Sunday School Teachers - We are in need of two Sunday School Teachers -(Preschool to 3rd grade) and (4th, 5th and 6th grade).We invite you to come to the upper room in the Preschool Wing this Sunday to sit in and observe our Sunday School hour. You can also get any questions answered if you are interested.
Children's Hand Bells - Children's Hand Bells practice will be on Wednesday nights, February 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 5:25 p.m.
Children's' Choir- Children's choir will practice on Wednesday nights, February 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 5:40 p.m.
Financial Peace University - Join Megan Spurgeon as she hosts "Financial Peace University" starting on Tuesday January 28th at 6:00 p.m. For more information go to www.fpu.com/1107957http://www.fpu.com/1107957 or contact Megan at 574-360-1506.
Birthday Lunch - Birthday Lunch will be on Monday, February 24th at noon - (Heather's Restaurant).
Offering Envelopes - If you have not already done so, please pickup your 2020 Offering Envelopes in your mailbox.If you have any questions, please see Sandy Sieker.
Call Committee: Stay tuned for more information.
Wanda L. Medina
Administrative Secretary, Faith Lutheran Church