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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. Wanda Medina , Interim Administrative Secretary
Mrs. Patty Sojka, Preschool Administrator

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NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
July 22, 2018

NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH: Celebrating their anniversary today is Keith and Liz Weaver.

TODAY'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Axtells Late: The Bill Arnold's. Elder & Head Usher: Dale Halaburt and Bill Dase & Tom Witt and Dale Lessentine. Ushers: Jon Meyer, Lee Van Vuren and Brad Leath & Mike Gray, Steve Wangen and Reece Wangen. Asst. & Reader: Steve Tobias and & Stephany Wangen. Acolyte: Brittney Drangmeister and Autumn Celorio. Children's Church: Sophia Sullivan and Becky Schultz. Organist: Evelyn Steiner. Altar Guild for July:  Nancy Dase and Debbie Schultz & Charlene Lewandowski and Crystal Arambula.

ADOPT-A-STUDENT ASSIGNED: Great news for those who attended the confirmation banquet this past year!  Our guest speaker fo that event, Ethan Stoppenhagen, has been assigned as our Adopt-A-Student!  We look forward to supporting Ethan and getting to better know him the next two years.  Those who met him at the confirmation banquet were quite impressed with this young man!  The elders will be working on scheduling a fall visitation with him.

PASTOR HETHERINGTON INSTALLATION: The members of Faith Lutheran are invited to the installation service of Pastor Hetherington at Grace Lutheran, 8303 Sheffield Ave, Dyer, Indiana.  The installation service is on July 29th at 2:00 p.m.  The guest preacher is Pastor Jared Raebel.

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR: The Back to School Fair is scheduled for August 4th.  Our church has been assigned washable markers.  If you would be so kind, to donate a couple packets or more to this cause, it would be greatly appreciated.  These markers are given out to students who struggle to purchase school supplies because of their economic situation. Please bring your donation to the church.  We will see that they are properly dispensed. If you have questions, please see Bernice Anderson. If anyone in the church has a canopy tent for them to use, please let her know.

ONE SERVICE UPDATES: The Board of Elders has scheduled one service for August 26th and September 2nd.  The one on August 26th is being scheduled due to it being Pastor Raebel's last service as Faith's called pastor.  The one on September 2nd is due to Labor Day holiday.  The service time for both services will be at 10:00 a.m. with Adult Bible Class being held at 9:00 a.m. and coffee and fellowship at 8:30 a.m.

YOUTH CANOE TRIP: It's b-a-a-a-a-ck! The Turkey Run canoe trip is back! Youth, plan now to attend the Canoe safari on August 4th.  We will be leaving from the church at 7:00 a.m.  The cost is $5.00 per person.  You will need to bring a boxed lunch (preferably in a floatable cooler to eat on the river).  The church will be providing pizza and beverages on the way back home.  Friends are invited to come.  We should be back around 6:00 p.m. Children under fourteen are welcomed to come as long as they are accompanied by a parent.  Please sign up on the sign up sheet in the narthex. We could you use some volunteer adult drivers for this event also.

NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING: This time the gathering is in our backyard (Minneapolis), so transportation costs could be a lot less this year. The dates of the event are July 11-15, 2019.  We are hoping to keep total family contribution costs this year to about $400 per attender.  Pre-registration fees are due by September 15th.  The pre-registration fee is $150.00.  So if you are looking to attend an event where other thousands of fellow young Lutherans are, please sign up now by submitting $150.00 to the church.  Checks are to be made payable to Faith Lutheran.

EXPLAINING THE LITURGY: Each week, we feature one aspect of our liturgy and explain its meaning. Today we feature
The Pax:
The congregation takes a moment to share the peace of the Lord.  The pastor lifts up the host as he declares, "The peace of the Lord be with you always."  Indicating that true peace comes from Christ.  Was not this the greeting of the risen Lord to His believers (John 20:19)?Here in this Sacrament, we experience the peace that surpasses all understanding, peace with God, peace of mind, peace of soul, peace of conscience, peace from the terrors of sin, death and judgement. We personally extend this peace with others at this time.  We also exhibit with this gesture that we are at peace with those who commune with us, and if not totally at peace, we pray that the peace which comes from Christ will work out peace for us.  Thus, a person who has anger or resentment with another, and wishes to be free from it, may still commune with that person, having the hope that by such communion, peace will be initiated and/or fostered by Christ in that relationship.

THIS WEEK AT FAITH

TODAY
  8:00/10:30 a.m.        Worship
  9:15 a.m.        Adult Bible Class

MONDAY
 12:00 p.m.          Birthday Lunch - Jim's Caf‚

TUESDAY                
  5:00 p.m.        TOPS

WEDNESDAY                                
 12:00 p.m.        Crafters

SATURDAY
 9:00 a.m.        Prayer service

SUNDAY
  8:00/10:30 a.m.        Worship
  9:15 a.m.        Adult Bible Class

OUR STEWARDSHIP
ATTENDANCE                                        
July 15, 2018: 136  8:00: 68   10:30: 68 
July 9, 2017: 168

OFFERINGS                
Plate:         $380
General Offerings:          $4,604.00
TOTAL July 15, 2018        $4,984.00
TOTAL July 16, 2017        $5,101.00
SPECIAL OFFERINGS
Altar flowers        $.00
Debt reduction        $400.00
Missions         $20.00
Budgetary Dollars Needed Weekly (For '18-19)        $6,070.59
Budgetary Dollars Rec'd. July 15, 2018         $5,405.00
Deficit        $(665.59)

CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE
As of July 17, 2018        $19,670.73

MORTGAGE BALANCE as of August 1, 2018
Family Life Center        $270,515.06

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

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

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD FOR JULY: We are asking for small toys, balls, or games. Thank you!

FINANCIAL NOTES: We are current on our mortgage!  Next month, out of the $1,986.19 mortgage payment, $817.18 will go to interest.  Due to advance payments, we are now scheduled to have the loan paid off in March 2033.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Rally day and Sunday School resume on Sept 9th - we still need teachers for 5th and 6th grade -are you willing to serve?  If so please contact Pastor or Karen Eck, Thank you.

BIBLE READINGS: Readings this week are: Monday (1 Samuel 6:19-7:17 and Acts 19:1-22), Tuesday (1 Sam. 8:1-22 and Acts 21:15-36), Wednesday (1 Sam. 9:1-27 and Acts 21:37-22:16) Thursday (1 Sam. 10:1-27 and Acts 22:17-29), Friday (1 Sam. 12:1-25 and Acts 22:30-23:11), Saturday (1 Sam. 13:1-18 and Acts 23:12-35), Sunday (1 Sam. 14:47-15:9 and Acts 24:1-23).  You can find these in the LSB hymnal on pages 299-303.

NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Isons  Late:The Ryan Schultz's.  The . Elder & Head Usher: Dale Halaburt and Bill Dase & Tom Witt and Dale Lessentine. Ushers: Don and Bill Walther and Jake Weaver & Ernie Arambula, Vic Musenbrock and Rob Arnold. Asst. & Reader: Pastor Raebel & Mildred Chadwick. Acolyte: Bell Dockemeyer and C. Children's Church: Pastor Raebel. Organist: Diana Kooy. Altar Guild for July:  Nancy Dase and Debbie Schultz & Charlene Lewandowski and Crystal Arambula.

TELECARE CALLER: The caller this week is Bernice Anderson.

ADULT CHOIR: We will practice Monday's at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall on July 30th, August 13th, and August 20th so that we can sing at Pastor's last service on August 26th.  Evelyn Steiner

LWML HAPPENINGS:  Our next quarterly meeting will be Sunday, September 16th at 3pm. We will be enjoying fellowship and doing a card ministry. In addition we will have a short meeting.  We will discuss the LWML Fall Valpo Zone Rally which we will be hosting here at Faith on Tuesday October 16th beginning at 8:30am with coffee and donuts and includes lunch which we will be providing. Also remember those mite boxes, and our ongoing mission project collection of items for Operation Christmas Child boxes. Blessings on your day!   Vohney Witt

THOSE TO REMEMBER: Please keep in your thoughts and prayers: Dorothy Christopher, Ray Hoover, Miriam Kenealy,  Ray Layton, Ruth Pedersen, Amanda Luebcke, 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 on to church members.

COUNTERS NEEDED: We are in need of two more volunteers to be on a rotation for Sunday offering counters.  If you are willing to serve in this capacity please contact Fred Ahrens.

BIRTHDAY LUNCH: This month's birthday lunch will be on July 23rd at Jim's Caf‚ in DeMotte starting at noon.

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

Mrs. Wanda Medina        987-3730 (Church Office)
Inter. Administrative Sec.        
Faithsecretary987@gmail.com mailto:Faithsecretary987@gmail.com

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

Preschool Administrator
Deaconess Karen Eck        987-2358 (Home)
                                
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