NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH: Jim Hall is celebrating his 80th birthday today, and Alexis Arambula, Kate Hanger, and Brook Price all celebrate their baptisms. Later this week, Vic and Kathy Musenbrock will celebrate their 51st anniversary. Congratulations to everyone!
TODAY'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Halaburts Late: The Wangens. Elder & Head Usher: Josh Weaver and Bob Schultz & Tom Witt and Ernie Arambula. Ushers: Don Walther, Keith and Jake Weaver & Jim Hines, Fred Blake, and Eric Kidwell. Asst. & Reader: Phil Klemp and Marianne Klemp & Stephany Wangen. Acolyte: Jimmy Perez and Juliana Layton. Children's Church: Deaconness Eck. Organist: Josh Weaver. Altar Guild for March: Susie Arnold and Wanda Medina & Peggy Arnold and Pam Westerlund.
FOOTWASHING: This will be our third year of celebrating the rite of foot washing during Maundy Thursday services. We welcome all, including visitors, to participate in this most humbling activity which our Lord performed on His disciples.
VOTERS MEETING: Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. we have our regularly scheduled voters meeting. All confirmed members over the age of 18 are given right to vote. We welcome all, even non-voting members to come, to find out what goes on behind the scenes to make your church run.
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: If you have Thrivent Choice dollars available, please consider designating them to Faith. The deadline to do so is March 31st. After that, Thrivent will send undesignated choice dollars to the charities of their choice. So please, if you have some, designate them today. If you need help with this, please talk to Pastor Raebel.
LENTEN SUMMARIES: During the season of Lent we have been looking at phrases which can possibly summarize the Gospel in seven words or less. So far, we have looked at these Gospel summary phrases, "God gets the last Word," "God was in Christ reconciling the world," "Jesus frees us from all our prisons," "God give real life in Christ alone," and "God never abandons His forgiven people." Come to this Wednesday's Lenten service to hear the last one! We are also interested in publishing seven word summaries of the Gospel by the members of Faith. If you have one to share, email it to the church office at email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
PRAYER VIGIL: The traditional prayer vigil is scheduled from the end of Good Friday services to the beginning of the Easter Vigil. The volunteer sign up to fill 30 minute prayer vigil slots at our church is located on the table before the mailboxes. We now need 4 more "thirty minute slots" filled for the prayer vigil. You are welcome to sign up for more than one thirty minute slot. Slots available are 2:30, 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30 p.m on Saturday. This year we are asking for you to receive prayer requests from your friends, family, and neighbors. Prayer requests card are available on the usher's table. Thank you.
LENTEN AND HOLY WEEK SERVICES: We have weekly Wednesday Lenten services through Easter at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Midweek meals are Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Our holy week services begin March 29 with Maundy Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Good Friday at 7:00 p.m., Easter Vigil at 7:00 p.m. and Easter Services at regular times. Speaking of Easter Vigil services, we need some lay readers for the service. If you would be interested let pastor know.
SERVICE AND INTEREST SHEETS: There are more service sheets on the ushers table if you have lost or forgotten yours. Please take time to prayerfully fill it out and place it in the box by the mailboxes. Sign your name so we can get in touch with you. Thank you!
YOUTH UPDATES: The Senior Youth will be heading out to Crown Point to try their luck at getting out of an escape room on April 21st. If you are a working teenager, see if you can get that Saturday off! We will meet at the church parking lot at 3:30 p.m. We will have dinner afterwards and talk about finalizing our summer servant event. The cost for the escape room is $10.00 per person. The two rooms can only take 16 people, so the first 16 who sign up are in! Bring about $5.00 to cover the cost of pizza afterwards. Parents are invited to come and see if they can get out of the room with their kids.
JR HIGH YOUTH MEETS: The Jr High youth group will meet at the Hines house tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. at 532 Dogwood Street in DeMotte. It is on the corner of 6th and Dogwood, blue house 1st left after McDonald's. Pastor will do devotions and we will play Win, Lose, or Draw! Snacks will be provided.
THIS WEEK AT FAITH
8:00/10:30 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. Adult Bible Class
6:30 p.m. Choir practice
7:00 p.m. Council
7:30 p.m. Voters meeting
5:00 p.m. TOPS
9:30 a.m. Lent service
12:00 p.m. Crafters
5:30 p.m. Midweek meal
7:00 p.m. Lent service
7:00 a.m. Men's breakfast
9:00 a.m. Prayer service
8:00/10:30 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. Adult Bible Class
March 11, 2018: 173 8:00: 84 10:30: 89
March 12, 2017: 147
General Offerings: $5,316.00
Sunday School $20.00
TOTAL March 11, 2018 $5,589.00
TOTAL March 12, 2017 $4,602.00
Cemetery plots $400.00
Altar flowers $30.00
Debt reduction $29.00
Hall rental $100.00
Donation in memory of Norma Nagel $250.00
Budgetary Dollars Needed Weekly (For '15-16) $6,070.59
Budgetary Dollars Rec'd. March 11, 2018 $5,589.00
CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE
As of March 15, 2018 $19,839.44
MORTGAGE BALANCE as of March 1, 2018
Family Life Center $277,383.73
FUND BALANCES FOR OTHERS
Membership Hardship Fund $2,650.00
Cancer Care $1,499.02
CHOIR PRACTICES: Adult choir practice is March 19 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the balcony. We will sing for Maundy Thursday and Easter.
SIGN UP FOR YARD WORK!: The sign up sheet is up for spring and summer mowing. Please take a weekend to mow and pull weeds. Thank you to everyone who helps keeping our yard looking great.
BIBLE READINGS: Readings this week are: Monday (Exodus 2:1-22 and Mark 14:32-52), Tuesday (Ex.. 2:23-3:22 and Mark 14:53-72), Wednesday ( Ex. 4:1-18 and Mark 15:1-15) Thursday (Ex. 4:19-31 and Mark 15:16-32), Friday (Ex. 5:1-6:1 and Mark 15:33-47), Saturday (Ex. 7:1-25 and Mark 16:1-20), Sunday (Ex, 8:1-32 and Hebrews 1:1-14). You can find these in the LSB hymnal on pages 299-303.
STAFF DEVOTIONS: Monday through Thursday your church staff meets for devotions and prays for families at Faith. This week we prayed for the Searer, Sharp, Sieker, Skrabal, Sofianos and Spark families. The staff kindly ask you remember them in your prayers also.
NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Andersons Late: The Van Gorps. Elder & Head Usher: Josh Weaver and Bob Schultz & Tom Witt and Ernie Arambula. Ushers: Lucas Pierz, Jon Meyer, and Jerry Price & Tony Van Gorp, Steve and Reece Wangen. Asst. & Reader: Don Walther and Pastor Raebel & Vic Musenbrock and Ann Klootwyk. Acolyte: Brittney Drangmeister and Carson Hines. Children's Church: Sophia Sullivan and Becky Schultz. Organist: Syliva Luekens. Altar Guild for March: Susie Arnold and Wanda Medina & Peggy Arnold and Pam Westerlund.
TELECARE CALLER: Telecare caller this week is Bonnie Sparks.
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, 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.