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"Growing Through Living God's Word"
"Where the peace which surpasses all understanding is received"
        
Rev. Jared Raebel, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Dale Hetherington, Assistant Pastor
Mrs. Karen Eck, Deaconess
Mrs. Kimberly Sutton, Administrative Secretary
Mrs. Patty Sojka, Preschool Administrator

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FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
June 17, 2018

NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH:   Happy Father's Day to all of the dad's here today!  Congratulations to Drew Crim for his pep band award at KVHS.  Dave Axtell celebrates his baptism today, and Brian Skrabal celebrates his birthday. Our assistant pastor, Pastor Hetherington, has officially received a call to Grace Lutheran Church in Dyer.  We wish him and Carol, God's blessings as they make their prayerful deliberations in regard to this call.

TODAY'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Halaburts Late: The Wangens.  Elder & Head Usher: Josh Weaver and Bob Schultz & Rob Arnold and Ernie Arambula. Ushers: Don Walther, Keith and Jake Weaver & Jim Hines, Fred Blake, and Eric Kidwell. Asst. & Reader: Phil Klemp and Marianne Klemp & Vic Musenbrock and Ann Klootwyk. Acolyte: Jimmy Perez and Juliana Layton. Children's Church: Deaconess Eck. Organist: Sylvia Luekens Altar Guild for June: Susie Arnold and Wanda Medina & Peggy Arnold and Pam Westerlund.

NO "ONE SERVICE" IN JULY: Since the 4th of July falls on Wednesday this year, the Board of Elders decided to maintain the two service schedule throughout the month of July.  Our next one service will be Labor Day, September 2nd.

OUR THANKS: Cecilia and I would like to thank all those who for the well wishes we received for our anniversary.  It is great to be thought of and loved by many here at Faith!

SHEPHERD MINISTRY ROLLS OUT TODAY: All members of Faith have been assigned to a shepherd in the church.  Each shepherd will have between 5-7 families to shepherd.  This means they will seek to help their sheep become one flock in the big flock of sheep at Faith.  Their duties will be to celebrate with you, support you, and encourage you!  Thus, if you get a call from your shepherd this week or in the near future, please kindly welcome his or her outreach, keeping in mind that this program is to help all.

SOCIAL MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY:  Tony Van Gorp is seeking to start a local chapter of a Boys to Men and Girls to Women mentoring club in this area.  If you are interested in making this a reality, talk to him about what you can do.  Information sheets about becoming a mentor in an established chapter located in Valparaiso are on the ushers' table.

BE READY TO SERVE: The new server schedule for July - September is in your mailboxes.  Please check your box to see if you have been scheduled.  If you would like to be added, please let Pastor Raebel or Kimberly know.

EXPLAINING THE LITURGY: Each week, we feature one aspect of our liturgy and explain its meaning. Today we feature The General Prayer and Offertory.

In 1 Timothy 2 we are told that "supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks: should "be made for all men."  And this we do in the General Prayer.  In regards to The Offertory:

In the apostolic days, when the faithful gathered together every evening for a common meal and the celebration of the Lord's Supper, the well-to-do members would bring the foodstuff, mainly bread and wine, and they shared these with the poor.  Some of this bread and wine was set aside or, "consecrated" for holy use in the Sacrament.  Today, this bread and wine is set aside and placed in the back of the sanctuary and are brought up with the offerings. In the first half of the second century the Communion Service was transferred to the morning; yet this old custom of bringing bread and wine was retained.  These gifts were called "offering."  In the Middle Ages the gifts were brought in the form of money.  Today, both our monetary offerings and our food offerings are brought to the altar to be consecrated by God for holy use by our scheduled offertory family servers. While the offerings are brought forward we sing words either from Psalm 51 or 116. In the Offertory, we give the sacrifice of a broken spirit and we offer praise and thanks unto Him with our lips, heart and hands, asking God to bless this offering and use it for His divine purpose.


FEELING LOVED: Many thanks to all for your birthday cards and wishes.  I am truly blessed!  In Christian love, Jeanette Nichols.                                

JR YOUTH RALLY: The Indiana District is sponsoring a Jr. Youth rally at Camp Lutherhaven on September 15-16 of this year.  The event is planned to be filled with opportunities for spiritual growth, for meeting other Lutheran youth in the state of Indiana, and filled with fun. If you are interested the cost is $45.00 per person.  Of that the church will pay $25.00 if you wish to go!  So submit your name now to the pastor!  Invite a friend to go! 

THIS WEEK AT FAITH

TODAY
  8:00/10:30 a.m.        Worship
  9:15 a.m.        Adult Bible Class
                        
MONDAY
  7:00 p.m.        Council
  7:30 p.m.        Voter's meeting

TUESDAY                
  5:00 p.m.        TOPS

WEDNESDAY                                 
12:00 p.m.        Faithful Crafters        

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

SUNDAY
  8:00/10:30 a.m.        Worship
  9:15 a.m.        Adult Bible Class
                        
OUR STEWARDSHIP
ATTENDANCE
June 10, 2018: 139  8:00: 69   10:30: 70 
June 11, 2017: 163

OFFERINGS                
Plate:         $81.00
General Offerings:          $3,394.00
TOTAL June 10, 2018        $3,475.00
TOTAL June 11, 2017        $5,381.00

SPECIAL OFFERINGS
VBS        $150.00
Hall rental        $100.00
Budgetary Dollars Needed Weekly (For '15-16)        $6,070.59
Budgetary Dollars Rec'd. June 10, 2018         $3,475.00
Deficit        $(2,595.59)

CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE
As of June 13, 2018        $19,533.39
        
MORTGAGE BALANCE as of June 1, 2018
Family Life Center        $273,319.76

FUND BALANCES FOR OTHERS
Membership Hardship Fund        $2,650.00
Adopt-A-Student        $285.17
Cancer Care        $1,549.02

MEET THE NEWLYWEDS: Come one, come all to the Fellowship Hall between services today.  Enjoy food (cake, fruit, and beverages), fellowship, and a visit with the newly-married Micah and Karissa Raebel.
        
NEW PLACE TO SIGN UP: There is a new shelf in the Narthex where all of our sign up sheets are!  It is next to the water cooler.  Thank you to Pastor Pflughoeft for making it!
        
SOFTBALL CALL-OUT: Patrick and Detra Fraley are looking for members 18 yrs and older to represent our church in the DeMotte Church Softball League.  We are gauging interest to see if we can field a team all season long.  If you want to join us, please sign up in the Narthex or contact Patrick or Detra.  We have a few weeks before season planning will start and we need to get our name in there as soon as possible.  More information is on the sign up sheet.  You can invite non-members to join us (especially if they are "ringers").

BIBLE READINGS: Readings this week are: Monday (Prov. 20:5-25 and John 17:1-26), Tuesday (Prov. 22:1-21 and John 18:1-14), Wednesday (Prov. 22:22-23:12 and John 18:15-40) Thursday (Prov. 24:1-22 and John 19:1-22), Friday (Prov. 15:1-22 and John 19:23-42), Saturday (Prov. 127:1-24 and John 20:1-18), Sunday (Prov. 30:1-9, 18-33 and John 19:19-31).  You can find these in the LSB hymnal on pages 299-303.

NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Andersons Late: The Van Gorps.  Elder & Head Usher: Josh Weaver and Bob Schultz & Rob Arnold and Ernie Arambula. Ushers: Lucas Perez, Jon Meyer, and Jerry Price & Tony Van Gorp, Steve and Reece Wangen. Asst. & Reader: Don Walther and Pastor Raebel & Greg Wilson and Mildred Chadwick. Acolyte: Brittney Drangmeister and Carson Hines. Children's Church: Sophia Sullivan and Becky Schultz. Organist: Sylvia Luekens. Altar Guild for June: Susie Arnold and Wanda Medina & Peggy Arnold and Pam Westerlund.

TELECARE CALLER: The caller this week is Marcella Hoogeveen.
        
THOSE TO REMEMBER: Please keep in your thoughts and prayers: Dorothy Christopher, Ray Hoover, Miriam Kenealy,  Ray Layton, Ruth Pedersen, and Nan Tavarczky.

MILITARY TO REMEMBER: Please pray for Kyle Chadwick, Jason DeFranco, Bryce Gawnronski, Joel Ison, Jeff Lessentine, Joe Meyer, Stuart Price, and Jason Szerlak.  We ask family members/friends keep the church office current with addresses so they can be passed along to church members.

Contact Information

Pastor Raebel                987-3730 (Church Office)
                                987-2190 (Home)
                                
lutheran987@comcast.net mailto:lutheran987@comcast.net

Pastor Hetherington        317-605-5536
                                
dalehetherington25@yahoo.com mailto:dalehetherington25@yahoo.com

Mrs. Kimberly Sutton        987-3730 (Church Office)
Administrative Sec.        
faith987kimberly@gmail.com mailto:faith987kimberly@gmail.com

Mrs. Patty Sojka                219-987-3430 (Preschool Office)
Preschool Administrator

Deaconess Karen Eck        987-2358 (Home)
                                
ksue46@gmail.com mailto:ksue46@gmail.com