NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH: Sally Lilley is at Oak Grove Retirement Village. Barb Pranger was admitted to Community Hospital in Munster last weekend. George and Roseanna Corrie celebrate their 52nd anniversary today, and later this week Dorothy Christopher will celebrate her 87th birthday.
TODAY'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: Jen Golenia and Linda Eck Late: The Bob Lewandowskis. Elder & Head Usher: Don Walther and Phil Klemp & Vic Musenbrock and Ernie Manns. Ushers: Dave Axtell, Fred Blake, and Harlin Ison & Dan, Ryan, and Andrew Crim. Asst. & Reader: Dale Hetherington & Ernie Arambula. Acolyte: Sophia Sullivan and Autumn Celorio. Altar Guild for November: Sally Lilley and Elaine Featherston & Vic and Kathy Musenbrock.
VOTERS MEETING NOTES: At last Monday's voters meeting, a non-compensated call was issued and accepted by Pastor Dale Hetherington to be an assistant pastor at Faith. The day of his installation will be announced in the near future. A report from the sanctuary monitor committee was given. They were given the blessings of the voters to continue with getting more detailed costs and designs. In new business, a new fund, called, "Membership Hardship Fund" was established. These will be funds available to members only who have fallen upon hard times in paying their rent or utilities. It was announced that the church received a $4,000 donation from a previous member of Faith. Of that $2,000 was given as seed money to the Membership Hardship Fund. If other members of Faith wish to give to this fund, they may do so by marking an envelope with the words, "Membership Hardship Fund" making checks payable to Faith Lutheran Church. The other $2,000 of the gift was placed in the rainy day fund account. Officers elected that evening are as follows: Treasurer (Wanda Medina), Cecilia Raebel and Jen Golenia (Board of Education), Tom Steiner, Greg Wilson, and Harlin Ison (Board of Elders), Ernie Manns (Board of Trustee), Jon Meyer (Council-At-Large), Gail Elsner (Recording Secretary), and Crystal Arambula (Board of Stewardship). Offices still vacant after last night's election is one office on the Board of Stewardship, and one office on the Board of Youth, If you would be willing to serve in these vacant offices, please let congregational president, Steve Tobias know.
ELDERS VERDICT ON CHILDREN'S CHURCH: At the last meeting, the Elders decided that beginning January 1, 2018, we will reintroduce Children's Messages on Sunday mornings. After January 1, Children's Church will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, with Children's Message on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th. The elders invite people who are interested in leading a Children's Message, to submit their names to them.
LADIES BEGIN A FRESH START: At the ladies' organizational meeting last Wednesday, the thought was to develop a ladies group around mission, service, fellowship, and spiritual growth. Three ladies came forward to spearhead the organization, Vohney Witt as chair, Wanda Medina as treasurer, and Lily Layton as recording secretary. The thought was to have quarterly fellowship/meetings on late Sunday afternoons. The first one is scheduled to take place January 21st at 3:00 p.m. All ladies are welcomed to attend that event and give their input on the formation of this new ladies' group.
WISH LIST REQUESTED: It has been requested from a parishioner that Faith generates a wish list and publicize it for its members. The requesting individual thought it would be helpful for members to guide them in determining the recipient of honorariums or memorials. If you think of some items the church is in need of in any department (education, altar, music, preschool, or other specialized ministries), please submit that item to the church office and we will see that the list is published and made available for members.
ADVENT SERVICES: Our Advent services will be December 6th, 13th, and the 20th at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: The children's Christmas program, Charlie Brown's Christmas, will be in place of the sermon December 17th. Practices will be December 2, 9, and 16th from 2:00-3:30 p.m., and Sunday mornings during Sunday school hour December 3rd and 10th. We will have only one service the Sundays of December 17, 24, and 31st at 10:00 a.m. Our Christmas Eve service will be at 7:30 p.m. and Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m.
TIS THE SEASON TO FILL CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS: We need Christmas candy, small toys, and gloves for boys and girls 0-12 for the kids of the food pantry. There are totes in the narthex for your items: one for food for the food pantry, and one for Christmas stockings for the kids.
ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT: Dear Ladies, reflecting on "More than just an Advent Candle", let's get together and enjoy an evening of devotions and singing of Advent/Christmas carols. Afterwards, we will visit over a dessert buffet in the fellowship hall. Please set aside next Sunday at 6:30 p.m. to attend. If you want to help, see Cecilia or Vohney Witt.
THIS WEEK AT FAITH
8:00/10:30 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Bible class
12:00 p.m. Birthday Celebration at Jim's Caf‚
6:30 p.m. Choir practice
7:00 p.m. Ladies Bible study
5:00 p.m. TOPS
12:00 p.m. Crafters
7:00 p.m. S. S. Teacher's meeting
9:00 a.m. Prayer service
11:00 a.m. Hall rental
2:00 p.m. Christmas program practice
8:00/10:30 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Bible class
6:30 p.m. Advent by Candlelight
November 19, 2017: 158 8:00: 87 10:30: 71
November 20, 2016: 165
General Offerings: $4,173.00
Sunday School $17.00
TOTAL November 19, 2017 $4,532.00
TOTAL November 20, 2016 $4,652.00
CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE
As of November 21, 2017 $18,773.20
MORTGAGE BALANCE as of November 1, 2017
Family Life Center $285,665.48
FUND BALANCES FOR OTHERS
Membership Hardship Fund $2,000.00
Cancer Care $1,474.02
BIBLE READINGS: Readings this week are: Monday (Isaiah 1:1-28 and 1 Peter 1:1-12), Tuesday ( Is. 2:1-22 and 1 Pet. 1:13-25), Wednesday (Is. 5:1-25 and 1 Pet. 2:1-12), Thursday (Is. 6:1-7:9 and 1 Pet. 2:13-25) Friday ( Is. 7:10-8:8 and 1 Pet. 3:1-22), Saturday (Is. 8:9-9:7 and 1 Pet. 4:1-19), Sunday (Is. 9:8-10:11 and 1 Pet. 5:1-14). You can find these readings in the LSB hymnal on pages 299-303.
MITE BOXES: After you empty your coins into the large box, take your small box home to fill it again.
COLLEGE CARE PACKAGES: Faith will be sending care packages to our military and college. They will be mailed the first week of December to remind them their church family is thinking of them during finals week, and prior to them coming home for Christmas break. A tote will be in the narthex for donations of food, snacks, cards, or small tokens. There are 18 students/servicemen on our church mailing list. If you are a parent or family member of a college student or servicemen, please update the church with a current address to ensure they receive one! Any questions, call Marianne Klemp at 219-863-4763 or 987-5262.
HONORARIUM RECEIVED: The Witts gave an honorarium to the Ladies of Faith in honor of Don and Elaine Walther's 50th wedding anniversary.
THANKFUL FOR HELP: Thank you to all the volunteers and youth who made our community Thanksgiving meal a success! Your help was greatly appreciated. The youth and their parents did an outstanding job. It was estimated we fed about 140 people that night.
CHOIR PRACTICE: Adult choir practices are November 27th, December 4th, 11th, and 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the balcony. We will sing on Christmas Eve. Please join us!
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Tomorrow we will meet at Jim's Caf‚ at noon to celebrate the birthdays of Dorothy Christopher, Jerry Price, and Pastor Raebel. Everyone is welcome to come!
CHRISTMAS CARD PROJECT: There is one more week to provide cards for the residents of the Indiana Veteran's Home in West Lafayette; there are 331 beds total. You can add a personal note, or write Merry Christmas, and sign your name. A box for the cards is in the narthex; leave the front blank. Cards are due next Sunday, December 3rd.
NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS: Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Leaths Late: The Hubbards. Elder & Head Usher: Josh Weaver and Bob Schultz & Rob Arnold and Greg Wilson. Ushers: Brad Leath, Lee Van Vuren, and Mike Medina & Tim Schultz, Grant Manns, and Jim Hall. Asst. & Reader: Taylor Schultz & Grant Manns. Acolyte: Jake Wheeler and Juliana Layton. Altar Guild for December: Susie Arnold and Wanda Medina & Peggy Arnold and Pam Westerlund.
TELECARE CALLER: Telecare caller this week is Sue Christopher.
TELECARE CALLERS NEEDED: We have lost quite a number of telecare callers from people moving out of the area and could use additional welcoming people in this ministry. If you are willing to make an outreach to our members on their birthdays and anniversaries and help make Faith better in its inreach to its members, please talk to Pastor Raebel. He will share what is involved in this ministry and the time it takes. STAFF DEVOTIONS: Monday through Thursday your church staff meets for devotions and prays for families at Faith. This week we prayed for the Hanger and Harlan families. The staff asks you pray for them.
THOSE TO REMEMBER: Please keep in your thoughts and prayers: Dorothy Christopher, Ray Hoover, Miriam Kenealy, Sharon Nelson, Ruth Pedersen, and Nan Tavarczky.
MILITARY TO REMEMBER: Please pray for Jeff Lessentine, Joel Ison, Jason DeFranco, Kyle Chadwick, and Jason Szerlak. We ask that family members/friends keep the church office up to date with addresses so they can be passed along to church members.
POINSETTIAS: Sign up in the narthex to order your poinsettia