Faith E-news     October 9, 2015 

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Faith Feast Menu October 14 is baked chicken
Come enjoy fellowship and a filling, healthy meal, all for only $5.00 per person ($4.00 for kids nine and under).
Food Pantry Items for October are
1. Peanut Butter
2. Canned Tuna or Chicken
3. Cereal
4. 100% Juice in cans or bottles
5. Baby items
                 July Donated Totals were 240 items and $1,002.00

This Week's Ministry Blog
Mark 10:17-31

In Colin Durant's book Choral Conducting Philosophy and Practice there is a chapter that asks the question- Why do people sing with other people, the answer might seem obvious as this is a book on choral conducting - to sing in a choir. However, Durant goes on to list varying motivations that bring people together to sing in a choir. While I don't have the space to list all of the motivations, there are two main themes that come to the forefront. First: To be in a community working together to create a beautiful product and Two: To belong to a community.
In this Sunday's gospel reading Jesus promises his disciples a new community of brothers and sisters, mothers and children in exchange for the sacrifices they had made to follow him. It seems to me that we here at Faith are in the process of creating a new community. We have just completed a successful capital campaign. We are making new decisions in the many and varying ministries to ensure a sense of community and belonging. So, as we move forward together in community let us keep our eye on the prize- a beautiful product called the community of Faith Lutheran Church. Or put another way, an active, diverse and Christ centered congregation of faith in community with each other. What is your motivation? Are you going to act on that motivation? I hope you do!

God Bless You All,

Welcome Guests 

 Ron Glusenkamp
Please welcome our guest speakers this weekend.
 Ryan Cumming
on Glusenkamp from the ELCA Capital Campaign will be preaching and Ryan Cumming from ELCA World Hunger will be providing the children's sermon.

Adult Sunday School 
Join us on Sunday, October 18, in Messiah Hall, room 203, view the Animate Bible Study, "Faith is a Quest," led by Pete Bissinger. Whether you drop in for one session or show up for all, this study is sure to bring about some animated conversations about faith.

Lutheran College Faith

The search for the right college is an intensive process, and Lutheran Colleges are ready to help by introducing you to the 41 Lutheran colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Attend the 2015 Iowa College Fair at Faith on Sunday, October 11. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. and the fair continues until 8:30 p.m. The Lutheran College Fairs are free to the public, and there is no need to pre-register. All are welcome.

Marathon Hydration Station - Sunday, October 18
For the 6th year in a row, Faith is hosting a hydration station for the Des Moines Marathon at mile 6 in the south of Grand Avenue area of Des Moines. More than 2,000 runners receive our aid in reaching their ultimate marathon goal, and we have a great time representing Faith. The time commitment is 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October18. You will receive a free long sleeve t-shirt, record 2 hours of out-service if you are a student, and have a great time with fellow Faith members. If interested, email Ryan York at or call 515-289-6464.

Seeds of Faith Fundraiser with Granite City
All Day-Thursday, October 15

Enjoy a day off from cooking and support Seeds of Faith. All day Thursday, October 15, Granite City Food and Brewery will donate 15% of your total bill to the preschool when you present the fundraising flyer. Flyers can be found on the Seeds of Faith Facebook page or in the church office. Please invite family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers so we can get the word out on this great opportunity to raise money for the preschool! Don't forget to bring your flyer and wear your Seeds of Faith or Faith t-shirt if you have one. Thanks for your support! Hope to see you there!

Cancer Support Group 

Cancer Support Group will meet at the church this afternoon, Sunday, October 11, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Jan Stegeman, R.N. and Barbara Cavallin, Ph.D. are the facilitators. Anyone who is dealing with cancer, has a friend or relative who is, or is dealing with the loss of a loved one from cancer, is encouraged to come for this inspirational, compassionate, uplifting time of devotion, information, sharing, caring and prayer. If you have any materials that you would like to share with the group, please bring them.

Thank You  

A huge thank you goes out to the following members of Faith's Golf Outing Committee. Jim Ridge, Marty Dunn, Casey Miller, Mary Ellison, Craig Murphy and Phil Hintz. The outing was a great success! We would also like to thank the following for providing prizes: Wells Fargo (Terry Johnson), Freedom Financial Bank (Heather Miller), Longview Golf Center (David Gantt, Teaching Professional), Methodist Plaza Pharmacy (Marty Dunn), iWork&Play (John Bartlett), Toyota of Des Moines (TJ Ridge), CAbi (Judy Quick), Clifton, Larson & Allen (Ron Nielsen), and the following local businesses for their donations: Table 128, Scheels, Jason's Deli, Golf Galaxy and Hillcrest Country Club. 

Children and Family Ministry     


Parents' Night Out     

This Friday, October 9, is our first Parents Night Out, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. in St. Michael's Hall! Infants through 6th grade are welcome to attend and the cost if a free will donation. We will be making a Halloween craft, enjoying funfetti dip with graham crackers, playing some Halloween-themed games, and finishing our night with two kid-friendly movies: "Room on the Broom" (26 mins.) and some episodes of the animated series "Sabrina". Both of these are on Netflix if you would like to watch them in advance. If you would like the funfetti ingredients in advance, please let me know. I will purchase all Hy-Vee brand ingredients, including the Graham crackers.

If you have an older child who would like to volunteer, please let Rachel know. Silver cord and in-service hours are available.

Candy, Candy, Candy   

trick_or_treat.jpg Could you bring a bag of candy for our Halloween Party? Due to allergy concerns, we are asking for these kinds: Tootsie Pops, Hershey's PLAIN Chocolate Kisses, Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers, Pop Rocks, Smarties, Laffy Taffy, and Now and Laters. Please drop your donation off in the bin in the office.   

Upcoming Events  

For more information, go News and Events under the Family Ministry tab on the website.
  • Sunday, October 25: Halloween Party from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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.
  • Confirmation Parents: Join our confirmation parent text message list! Joining is easy: Just text message FLCCP to the number 68398!