Faith E-news        August 14, 2015 

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Food Pantry Item for August is 100% Juice in cans or plastic bottles.
                               June Donated Totals were 81 items and $515.00

Out-to-Lunch Bunch Join us for lunch at Great China in Urbandale at 11:30 a.m. this Thursday, August 20. We're meeting for lunch, and all are welcome! Please contact Kala at 225-8334 or if you can come.

This Week's Ministry Blog
Chew on This 
Partaking in the life of faith? Better have a strong stomach. Click here to read Pastor Sarah's blog post.

  Seeds of Faith in the Clive Living 
Check us out! Seeds of Faith is featured in the latest issue of Clive Living Magazine!

 Altar Guild Needs Your Help   
Would you be willing to mend linens when needed? Would you like to help prepare the altar for communion on Sunday mornings at the 10:30 service? If you would like to help with any of these or have questions, please contact Cheryl at 224-4847 or

Artist Meet and Greets 

Come visit with Marian on Sunday, August 16, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and enjoy her exquisite work in her first exhibition in the Messiah Hall Art Gallery. 14. When Marian Sprecher was a young mother, she decided to take a needlework class with a friend. It was the beginning of a lifelong passion for needlecraft. Her work will be on display through November. During this time we will also be featuring art from some of our younger members. Please stop by on Sunday, August 23, for a meet and greet with the youth from Faith (from Kindergarten to College) who are sharing their drawings, paintings, and photos.

Why Did We Move the Coffee?
Coffee was moved to St. Michael's Hall to provide a location for our congregation to have more fellowship opportunities, including intergenerational opportunities, in a space that could also be used for educational offerings. Many changes have already taken place and more are in the planning to make St. Michael's a warm and welcoming gathering space for coffee and fellowship. Please join your friends and invite new ones into St. Michael's for coffee and fellowship weekly.

Watch for more information regarding new and exciting changes to Sunday morning coffee and fellowship. If you have any questions regarding coffee please feel free to contact Pastor Randy, Pastor Sarah, Sharon Opland - Council President or any Council Member or Laura Blum - Fellowship Ministry Team Chair.


Preschool Openings Available for the
2015-2016 Preschool Year
Seeds of Faith Logo Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center has a few openings in the following classes for the 2015-2016 preschool year:
* Two-year-old Classes: Fridays from 9:15-11:15 a.m.
* Three-year-old Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15-11:45 a.m. OR 1:00-3:30 p.m.
* Four-year-old Classes: Monday through Thursday from 12:45-3:15 p.m.
To be eligible for programming, children must be the age for the class by September 15, 2015. Seeds of Faith offers quality faith-based half-day preschool programming for children ages two through five. A ministry of Faith Lutheran Church, Seeds of Faith utilizes the Creative Curriculum and the Project Approach to provide a developmentally appropriate preschool experience in a loving and nurturing environment. Our classrooms are center-based with an emphasis on learning through play. Seeds of Faith is rated five stars on Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS).

learn more information or to set up a time to visit, please contact Heidi LaBounty, Director, at 515-689-8334 or

Fellowship Golf Outing  

The Golf Outing taking place on Sunday, September 13, is now full however if you are still interested you can be added to the waiting list. The cost is $40.00 per golfer, which includes greens fees, cart and meal. Or you can do a meal only for $10.00. Please contact Mary Ellison at or 515-321-8616, if you have questions. At this time you do not pay unless you are actually playing. The committee with be in the Commons every Sunday through August.

Faith High School Youth Group Works with 
Matthew 25 Serving Meals to the Hungry   

As part of its commitment to fight hunger in the Des Moines area, the Matthew 25 group has pledged to prepare and serve meals for the Children & Family Urban Movement (CFUM) Supper Club hosted by Trinity Methodist Church in Des Moines. On Tuesday, August 4, a group of Faith high school students prepared and served a meal of meatball sub sandwiches to 125 Supper Club adults and children. It was a powerful opportunity for the students to see firsthand how they can do God's work with their own hands. The next Matthew 25 CFUM meals will be in March and May.

Youth and Family Ministry     


  • Confirmation: Confirmation Orientation will take place on Wednesday, September 2, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Faith. Attendance is required for all 7-9 grade confirmation participants and their parents! Remember to bring cash or check for fees. Confirmation classes begin the following Wednesday, September 9.
  • 7th, 8th, and 9th Grades: Save the date! Our yearly confirmation retreats will take place the following dates: 7th grade: September 18-19; 8th grade: October 16-17; 9th grade: December 4-5. Retreats run Friday evening until Saturday late afternoon. Be on the lookout for more information via email and snail mail.
  • 7th Grade: We're still looking for volunteers to serve as confirmation small group guides! Contact Jake Bouma with any questions, then sign up here → Training for new small group guides will take place on Wednesday, August, 26 from 6:00-7:30 at Faith. 
  • 9th Grade: Don't forget to be on the lookout for an adult to serve as your confirmation mentor for the coming year! Once your mentor is on board, please instruct him or her to fill out the information form here →
  • Senior High: Save the date! Faith is hosting a Lutheran College Fair on Sunday, October 11, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. During the event, you'll talk with representatives from the 41 Lutheran colleges and universities, and learn why the Lutheran college experience is unlike any other! The event is free to attend and there is no need to pre-register.
  • Confirmation Parents: Join our confirmation parent text message list! Joining is easy: Just text message FLCCP to the number 68398!