NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH: Mike Gray was treated and released from St. Anthony's last weekend. Congratulations to Ava Pearson and Sophie Sullivan for making high honor roll in their respective grades for the third quarter. Sophie also received STAR status at DeMotte Christian. Meghan Krsak celebrates her birthday today, and Nathan Leath celebrates his baptism. Later this week, Doris Axtell will celebrate her 94th birthday, and Ray Hoover will celebrate his 88th birthday. God's blessings to everyone!
TODAY'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Isons Late: The Ryan Schultzs. Elder & Head Usher: Dale Halaburt and Bill Dase & Ernie Arambula and Dale Lessentine. Ushers: Don Walther, and Bill Walther & Tom Steiner, Tom Witt, and Rob Arnold. Asst. & Reader: Josh Weaver and Pastor Raebel & Greg Wilson and Mildred Chadwick. Acolyte: Isabella Dockemeyer and Carson Hines. Children's Church: Pastor Raebel. Organist: Ryan Crim. Altar Guild for April: Nancy Dase and Debbie Schultz & Charlene Lewandowski and Crystal Arambula.
ADULT SERVANT EVENTS: Pastor has heard from some adults in the church that they would like to do an adult servant event. Wishing to accommodate that request, below is a link which lists various servant opportunities around the world. For those interested, please clink on the link and share with the pastor an event you and others would like to attend. If there is enough interest in that event, we will then promote it to the church for others to attend. Here is the link https://servenow.lcms.org/short-term If none of these interest you, please suggest to Pastor ones which would.
HELP NEEDED: If you have a love for your church, a passion to see your church grow and have internet access, please talk to Pastor Raebel about an evangelism task needing to be done.
SHEPHERD PROGRAM BACK: The Board of Elders has approved the reinstatement of the shepherd program. This involves having one caring person serve as an undershepherd of five families. The responsibilities of this shepherd would be to encourage the "sheep" under their care to stay faithful in Word and Sacrament ministry, be a liaison between the families under their care and the pastor, and make sure not only of their spiritual, but social and physical welfare. If you are willing to serve as this type of shepherd, please submit your name either to the pastor or to an elder.
VICAR ASSIGNED: Last Tuesday evening, Brett Wittmer was assigned as our vicar. He is single, comes from Pennsylvania, and will be a second career pastor. He starts his vicarage with us on July 1, 2018. If you have ideas on how to welcome him to our church, please let the pastor know. His title, while serving here, is Vicar Wittmer.
ADOPT-A-STUDENT UPDATE: The Board of Elders, while recognizing we will have a vicar this July, has also endorsed the support of another first year seminarian Adopt-A-Student beginning this September. This will mean we will see and support a vicar and an Adopt-A-Student for the year 2018-2019. May our Lord bless our mission endeavors!
EXPLAINING THE LITURGY: Each week, we feature one aspect of our liturgy and explain its meaning. Today, we feature The Hymn of Praise:
The congregation, at this point of the service, can either sing the Gloria in Excelsis or the Feast of Victory. This hymn is a response to God for having mercy upon us. In the Gloria Excelsis, we sing the voices of angels and echo their song that they sang on the night of our Savior's birth, "Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:14) This angelic hymn is one of the oldest parts of the Christian liturgy. It was introduced into the order of service in 126 A.D. The "Laudamus Te" (We praise You) part, was added in the fourth century. The Feast of Victory announces the victory our Lord has won through His death and resurrection. It contains words from Revelation 5:11-14. These words the hosts of heaven sing as they worship Christ in His presence. We join with these hosts when we sing this song.
MENS RETREAT SAVE THE DATE: Men, mark your calendar now for our men's retreat at Potato State Creek Park August 24-26th. Cost is $65.00; this will include lodging and food while there. The study topic is yet to be determined. You are welcome to invite friends if you like. Checks paying for registration fees should be made out to the church.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: The Ladies of Faith are collecting items to include in the boxes for needy children around the world. This month we need toothbrushes or any type of hygiene item (bar soap, wash cloth, comb, dental floss, etc). Watch the newsletter or look for posters around the narthex to tell you the ITEM OF THE MONTH. You may place your donation in the tote by the mailboxes.
THIS WEEK AT FAITH
8:00/10:30 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. Adult Bible Class
6:30 p.m. Final Choir practice
7:00 p.m. Ladies Bible study
5:00 p.m. TOPS
12:00 p.m. Crafters
9:00 a.m. Prayer service
8:00/10:30 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. Adult Bible Class
April 22, 2018: 150 8:00: 78 10:30: 72
April 23, 2017: 149
General Offerings: $4,183.00
Sunday School $17.00
TOTAL April 22, 2018 $4,360.00
TOTAL April 23, 2017 $3,665.00
CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE
As of April 25, 2018 $16,303.90
MORTGAGE BALANCE as of May 1, 2018
Family Life Center $275,133.81
FUND BALANCES FOR OTHERS
Membership Hardship Fund $2,650.00
Cancer Care $1,549.02
COMMUNITY NEWS: Progressive Community Church has an urban garden called Faith Gardens in Gary, IN. They have three greenhouses, a growing area, and plan to build a chicken coup to provide fresh eggs to their community. I am looking for anyone who would like to help build the coup with us! Please contact me at email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you would like to help. Tony Van Gorp
LADIES BIBLE STUDY: We will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. to study the topic "Struggling with the Influence of Technology". All ladies are welcome!
CHOIR PRACTICE: Our final choir practice is tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the balcony. We will sing for Confirmation on May 6th at the 10:30 a.m. service.
CEMETERY DECORATIONS: Please remove all winter decorations from our church cemetery no later than May 1st.
VBS CHANGE: Our VBS is June 25-29. Plan to join us and invite your friends and neighborhood children. Watch for announcements for upcoming planning meetings.
TIME FOR HATS: Ladies, get ready! Our annual HAT day is May 13th, which is Mother's Day. Let's continue the tradition.
FINANCIAL NOTES: We stay current and are actually ahead on our mortgage payments. We have reduced a 20 year loan to about an 18 year loan. Our debt per baptized member is at $781.63 and per household is $1,798.26. Our monthly loan payment is $1,986.18 of which $830.00 goes to interest.
BIBLE READINGS: Readings this week are: Monday (Leviticus 21:1-24 and Luke 12:1-12), Tuesday (Lev. 23:1-22 and Luke 12:13-34), Wednesday (Lev. 23:23-44 and Luke 12:35-53) Thursday (Lev. 24:1-23 and Luke 12:54-13:17), Friday (Lev. 26:1-20 and Luke 13:18-35), Saturday (Lev. 26:21-33, 39-44 and Luke 14:1-24), Sunday (Numbers 3:1-16, 39-48 and Luke 14:25-15:10.). You can find these in the LSB hymnal on pages 299-303.
NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Meyers Late: The Koronczs. Elder & Head Usher: Harlin Ison and Phil Klemp & Vic Musenbrock and Ernie Manns. Ushers: Nick Pearson, Jeff and Lucas Perez & Santino Arambula, Steve and Reece Wangen. Asst. & Reader: Bill Dase & Rob Arnold. Acolyte: Nolan Schultz and Juliana Layton. Children's Church: Pastor Raebel. Organist: Evelyn Steiner. Altar Guild for May: Marianne Klemp, Bernice Anderson, and Elaine Featherston & Kathy Musenbrock and Deb Musenbrock.
TELECARE CALLER: The caller this week is Jill Wilson.
THOSE TO REMEMBER: Please keep in your thoughts and prayers: Dorothy Christopher, Ray Hoover, Miriam Kenealy, Ray Layton, Sally Lilley, Ruth Pedersen, and Nan Tavarczky.
MILITARY TO REMEMBER: Please pray for Jeff Lessentine, Joel Ison, Jason DeFranco, Joe Meyer, Kyle Chadwick, Stuart Price, Bryce Gawnronski, and Jason Szerlak. We ask family members/friends keep the church office up to date with addresses so they can be passed along to church members.