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FAITH LUTHERAN NEWSLETTERSEPTEMBER 2019From the Pastor …TransitionWe've hit an important milestone in our Interim process. The Elders formed the Call Committee: the group that will begin, on your behalf, to seek candidates to call as Faith's next Pastor. Those people are: Ernie Arambula, Josh Weaver, Rob Arnold, Evelyn Steiner, Greg Wilson, Karen Eck, and Megan Spurgeon. Be sure to keep in touch with these folks and pray regularly and often for them and their work.

This group will meet under the direction of our Circuit Visitor, Pastor Rick Boshoven of Trinity, Merrillville. These people represent you and will meet regularly and give updates as to what they're doing and what progress is being made. They may also be talking with you to gather important information or your opinions. Please pray for them every day and for Faith congregation, that God leads us all to find his will in this important matter.

Reminder - As agreed at the outset, Pr Karl will continue to be Faith's Pastor for the time being. Our agreement is for one year, starting last December. This period of service may be shortened or extended by mutual agreement, much of which depends on when Faith's next Pastor accepts the Call and comes.

Until then our life and work together continue. The Transition Team will no longer be meeting, but Pr Karl will keep working especially with the Church Council and Board of Elders regarding present issues and things that need to be planned and done in anticipation of our Call being accepted.

Please share your thanks and appreciation for those who served on the Transition Team the last number of months. They did a great job of processing the changes that have occurred, studying the past and getting a hold on where Faith is going. Those people are: Steve Tobias, Dale Halaburt, Ernie Arambula, Josh Weaver, Rob Arnold, Evelyn Steiner, Greg Wilson, Karen Eck, Elaine Walther, Megan Spurgeon and Gail Elsner.

Finally, thanks for your openness, patience and cooperation in this special transitional time. It takes time and necessitates some adjustments, especially since I (Pr Karl) am working only part-time. It also is important to take the time to consider important issues and topics. Please pray or keep praying for God's guidance in all this.

VOTERS' MEETINGThe Nominating Committee will be formed to look for people to fill elected positions in the congregation. Those elections will take place in November.

WORSHIPRemember that all through this month there will be one worship service at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday School and Adult Bible Class. The Elders will soon announce what the schedule will be beginning in October.

CHURCH PICNICNext Sunday we'll have our worship service at 10.30 a.m. at Spencer Park, followed by having lunch together. Faith will provide chicken for all, and everybody is encouraged to bring a dish to share (salad, dessert, etc.). This will be a great time to worship in a different setting and visit with each other, and even play some games afterwards. Pray for good weather. If the weather's not good for this, we'll email everybody (and call those without email) on Saturday. No matter what the weather is, our worship service will be at 10.30 a.m. either at the Park or in the sanctuary, if bad weather leads us to cancel the picnic. If you can help in any way with the picnic, let Deaconess Karen know ASAP. - Come and bring a lawn chair, if you wish.

CONFIRMATIONClasses have begun for this year. There's one person in the 6th grade class - Audrey Layton - taught by Lee Van Vuren. Deaconess Karen Eck has Cade Wangen, Cloe Hines and McKailey Sullivan in her 7th grade class. Pr Karl has 5 young people in the grade 8 class: Nolan Schultz, Ava Pearson, Jacob Wheeler, Juliana Layton and Brandon Hockemeyer. - Please pray for all these people, learners and teachers alike, as these young people continue in their faith formation process, getting ready to affirm the faith of their Baptism once our instructions have been completed.

BANNERSThe two banners in the sanctuary are in memory of Nathan Schultz, Kaitlyn Rose and Michael Sparks.  On each banner there is a butterfly (symbol of new life/of resurrection) in blue and pink to represent each of these young ones who passed away during the last five years of Pastor Raebel's term at Faith.

The banners were carefully designed to fit throughout the entire "Ordinary" (Pentecost) season of the church which runs from the Sunday after Pentecost until the first Sunday of Advent.  In order to make sure the leaves represented all seasons, extra green material to match the altar covers was purchased from Minnesota and mailed to Washington State where the banners were made.  In addition, the dark red/burgundy leaves were added to match the church's carpeting and tie the banners and sanctuary together with an uplifting splash of color throughout the season. 

The banner on the South wall displays the mission statement for our church: "Growing Through Living God's Word."  The north wall banner displays the verse from 2 Peter 3:18: "Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Christ."  Both verses direct us to grow within God's love.  (Peter also confirms that we need to grow in our knowledge of Jesus and to have that intimate relationship with Him because the more we know of Him, the more of Him will be seen in our lives.)

When you look at the banners throughout the church season of green, please take a minute to thank God that we are so blessed to be able to be here each Sunday and pray that we do Grow in His love and are willing to spread that joy to others.

DARTBALL - A signup sheet is in the fellowship hall for the 2019-2020 Dartball Season.  Games are played on Monday nights.  Teams consist of men and women.  Players must be at least 15 years old.  If you have any questions please contact Harvey Fraley.

FINANCE:
 

Sunday OfferingSundayPlate EnvelopesDir DepositMissionsDebt ReductionFlowersBldg FundOtherTotal Giving07/28/19 $    58.00 $   4,134.00 $         60.00 $           4,252.00 08/04/19 $  175.00 $   7,017.00 $         60.00 $           5.00 $               430.00 $    60.00 $           7,747.00 08/11/19 $    84.00 $   3,918.00 $         60.00 $                 25.00 $           4,087.00 08/18/19 $    93.00 $   2,751.00 $         60.00 $  240.00 $           3,144.00 08/25/19 $  390.00 $   3,065.00 $         60.00 $           5.00 $                   5.00 $    30.00 $           3,555.00
Sunday Worship AttendanceAccount Balances - Sept 4, 2019 Fund Balances- Sept 4, 2019Sunday9:00 a.m. Church CheckingChurch SavingsMembership Hardship Fund $        2,650.00 07/28/19102 $                21,919.95 $          60,832.42 Adopt-a-Student $        1,335.17 08/04/1980 Mortgage Balance -Sept 4, 2019Cancer Care $        1,574.02 08/11/19100 $                                                 231,495.70 08/18/19102 08/25/19105

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Wanda L. Medina
Administrative Secretary, Faith Lutheran Church
(219) 987-3730
FAITH  LUTHERAN  NEWSLETTER       OCTOBER 2019

From the Pastor …
Transition
The Call Committee is now at work, but various aspects of the Transition process continue. One of the key items is what we study Sunday mornings in the Bible Study hour. We're examining our understanding of Holy Communion, something very important to review and talk about. It is a most important topic as we talk with men who may be our next Pastor. We in the Missouri Synod agree on the doctrine (teaching), but there are some differences among Pastors as to who can commune at our altar. Faith congregation needs to understand the issues involved and know its position on this. A Communion policy is a mutual policy between Pastor and people. Faith's policy is up for review in the Board of Elders, as are a number of other things. It's important for as many of you as possible to study this, and it certainly is important for the Elders.

Sunday sermons address familiar issues that the Bible communicates, but there are special applications to our circumstances as we look for the next Pastor. Next month we'll be addressing the topic of Stewardship from a Biblical point of view, another key item for this time in Faith's history.

I continue to work with the Church Council regarding such issues as "Protecting Your Ministry" - a hard look at what Faith needs to do to protect our doctrinal positions in light of current changes in the law. Studying such issues and doing what's necessary will help us focus on our congregation's work and mission, which ultimately is a most important thing, as we follow God's leading.

We've also been working on church office responsibilities, looking at how we do things and who does what. This is also important, as we get ready for a new Pastor.

It's always important, but prayer at this time is very important. Together let's continue to pray for Faith congregation and ask God to supply our needs. And let's pray especially for His direction and wisdom as we seek and follow His will.

As always, I covet your prayers for my work and the work of Faith congregation!

- Pr Karl A. Frincke


- ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH - Please join us as we celebrate 125 years of God's Blessings on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Richard Stuckwisch of Emmaus Ev. Lutheran Church in South Bend IN (1st Vice President LCMS Indiana District).  St. John's Lutheran Church is located at 2723 N. 700 W. Rensselaer IN 47978.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE! - Our present Sunday morning schedule will remain the same: Worship at 9.00 a.m., followed by Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 10.30 a.m. Everyone being together in worship has been a real blessing!

CHILDREN'S CHOIR PRACTICE-  Children's Choir Practice will be on Wednesday nights from 5:40
p.m. until 5:55 p.m. on October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 13, and 20.   

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT-  Advent by Candlelight is scheduled for December 8th at 5:00 p.m. Ladies, please mark your calendar and keep this date open!  There will be a catered dinner by Jan's Cakes & Catering followed by fellowship, hymn sing and a short program arranged by Evelyn Steiner.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the Narthex so we have an idea of a head count for the catering.  Please feel free to bring a guest(s).  If you have any questions about this annual event, please contact the church office.

CALL COMMITTEE- The Call Committee would like to extend an invitation to the members of Faith Lutheran Church to submit names of candidates for our next Pastor.  If you have a name in mind feel free to submit it using the forms provided on the ushers table. There will be a box on the ushers table to drop off all submittals.   We will be accepting names from now until Sunday October 13th.  The Call Committee will meet weekly until they have all the documents ready to send to the District Office requesting names of Pastors for our call list.  Elder Rob Arnold has been elected committee chairman.

ENDOWMENT FUND GRANTS - it is that time of the year again where we will be taking Grant applications from the various groups within the church to supply funds for upcoming projects.  Grant application copies can be found on the bulletin table starting this Sunday.  We would like the grant applications turned in for consideration on or before November 15th.  If you have further questions, please see one of the Stewardship committee members.  The committee members are:  Wanda Medina, Sandy Sieker, Fred Ahrens, Lee Van Vuren and Crystal Arambula.

OFFICER NOMINATIONS- NOVEMBER VOTER'S MEETING -

We are in need of candidates for the positions that will be vacant for the upcoming church year.  The terms that are expiring are as follows:
Treasurer - Wanda Medina - (Wanda Medina volunteered to run again for 2020)Recording Secretary - Gail Elsner (Gail Elsner volunteered to run again for 2020)

Council At- Large - Jon Meyer (need 1 candidate)Trustees- Don Walther & Dan Crim (need 1 Chairperson and 2 additional members)Board of Education - Megan Spurgeon (need 1 Chairperson and 2 additional board members)Board of Youth - Leah Crim (need 1 board member)
Please prayerfully consider volunteering to run for one of these vacant positions.  If you have any questions, please see Steve Tobias or Fred Ahrens.

DARTBALL- The Church Dartball League will begin its regular season on Monday, October 14, 2019.  Schedules are being prepared and should be available within the next couple of days.  If you have any questions, please contact Harvey Fraley.

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.

PORTALS OF PRAYER - The October-December edition of our daily devotional booklet, Portals of Prayer, is now available and ready for your pick-up today.

BIRTHDAY LUNCH - The October Birthday lunch will be on October 21st at 12:00 p.m. at Heather's Restaurant.

LWML FALL RALLY - The LWML Fall Rally will be on October 15, 2019 at Heritage Lutheran Church, Valparaiso IN.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

FINANCE: