Faith E-news        September 25, 2015 

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Faith Feast Menu September 30 is Mac-n-cheese
Come enjoy fellowship and a filling, healthy meal, all for only $5.00 per person ($4.00 for kids nine and under).
Food Pantry Item for September is canned fruits and vegetables.
                               July Donated Totals were 179 items and $560.00

This Week's Ministry Blog
On the Way  

Mark 9:38-50

Maybe the wrong ones are just right for God's purposes. Click here to read Pastor Sarah's post. 

Sundays in September
In September we'll be RenewingFaith in worship and during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:15 a.m.). The following Sundays will feature continental breakfast and opportunities for all members to engage their faith in an active, fun way.

September 27:
RenewingFaith Through Service - Adults will gather in St. Michael's Hall as the participants of the ELCA Youth Gathering share about their experiences. Learn about how you can serve others in the coming year. Join in and help out with a hands-on service activity.

Thank You!

Property and fellowship committees combined forces last week to transform St. Michael's Hall. Volunteers painted the walls and bulkhead with fresh new colors, scrubbed tables and chairs, and rearranged furnishings for a more welcoming, comfortable space. Thanks go to Laura and Don Blum, Mike Gaul and Ann Taylor, Tom Quick, Dave Eppert, Jordan Eppert, Craig and Shaunda Murphy, Dean LaBounty, Samuel Larson, Greg and Mary Ellison, Nate Stone, and especially Norene Hays who selected the colors. A few minor changes are planned for the next several weeks, so keep watching for these improvements.

Wanted: Ideas and Instructors for
Faith's Craft Night
Are you willing to share your talents for fun craft ideas? In preparation for Faith's Craft Night on Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m., please consider making a craft to teach. Both adult and children's crafts are wanted. Call Jerry Grabau with questions at 224-0138.

Kairos is a newly formed Bible study and fellowship group for young women. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. The group goes out to eat on the 2nd Tuesday and has Bible study on the 4th Tuesday in someone's home. Please join us for fellowship, Bible study, or both. For more information or to let them know you are coming, contact Justine Stemper at or Megan Thorsen at For locations, please check the website calendar.

Bereavement Services Presents UP

UnityPoint Hospice has an event next week and you're invited. Bereavement Services is presenting a free showing of the Disney Pixar film UP at Fleur Cinema at 4545 Fleur Dive, in Des Moines, on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. This is a great film about adventures after change and loss loved by adults and kids alike. Afterwards, they'll have a brief discussion about grief. To reserve your seat, contact Anne Alesch at or 515-557-3169. Reservations are required.

First Tuesday Women's Fellowship

The First Tuesday Women's Fellowship will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, at the home of Louann Gooding, 8824 Denton Place, Johnston. The study, Slow Faith, from Gather will continue with Session 2, "Make Haste, O Lord" in the October issue. For more information, call Susan Petersen at 223-0646 or Stephanie Hoff at 278-4003.

Children and Family Ministry     



Youth and Family Ministry     


  • 8th, and 9th Grades: Save the date! Our yearly confirmation retreats will take place the following dates: 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.
  • 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 to 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!