Faith E-news     October 30, 2015 

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Faith Feast Menu November 4 is taco/Mexican bar.
Come enjoy fellowship and a filling, healthy meal, all for only $5.00 per person ($4.00 for kids nine and under).
Office Volunteers' Lunch  Meet us at Urban Grill in Urbandale this Wednesday, November 4, at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. All are welcome. Please make a reservation by calling Kala at 225-8334 or emailing
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 
The Alpha & The Omega
It has been a long time since I fished and swam the waters of Upper St. Croix Lake. From there the Brule River flows to the north and the St. Croix to the south. All the gifts the place held, including the people I shared them with powerfully shaped my childhood. Now when I visit and stand on the shoreline letting my thoughts wonder across the waters I am moved by the memories. Sometimes they are accompanied by tears with the realization of the passage of time and the acknowledgement of loss. The countless faces of that community that shared that time and place with me never seem far away in my remembering.
All Saints Day is a time of remembrance. Within the experience of worship we look to the past and remember the saints who have gone before us and are now at rest in God. In our walk of faith, remembrance is central to naming our identity as children of God. In the life of the church we take the memories and bring them alongside our hope in the risen Lord who makes all things new. It is within a redeeming grace that the past is gathered up and brought into a new day. We come to trust that God, the Alpha & Omega, holds all time in God's gentle embrace.
All Saints Day teaches us how to live into the present moment, grateful for the witness of the saints who have gone before us and enlivened by the Spirit who goes ahead of us. It is a day when we may feel the emotion of loss and yet know that our tears are met by the God of all consolation.
Pastor Randy
O Christ the same, through all our story's pages,
our loves and hopes, our failures and our fears;
eternal Lord, the king of all the ages,
unchanging still amid the passing years. - ELW 760


Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday  
The clocks fall back by an hour this weekend as we return to Standard Time. If you forget and come to church early, enjoy some breakfast in St. Michael's Hall that will be served from 9:00 to
10:30 a.m.


Adult Sunday School 
Sunday, November 1, join us on for us for breakfast in St. Michael's Hall. The breakfast will hosted by the Cancer Support Group, Centering Prayer, and Stephen Ministers.

Next Sunday, November 8, Barbara Cavillin, PhD, with present Grief and Grieving in Messiah Hall 203. She will discuss how to support a person who is grieving and get through it yourself.

Marriage Monday in November

Please join us in the Gathering House for a discussion starter series called Your Time-Starved Marriage from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on November 16. Note that the date is the 16th, not the 21st as it might have been printed elsewhere. Each of the evening sessions is unique, so you don't need to have attended previous ones. For more details, contact Kent and Jeannette Babcock at or 278-8458.

Children's Musical Auditions

The 4th through 6tj Graders' auditions for character roles in our annual Children's Musical will be held on Wednesday, November 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. during regular Faith Night programming in Advent Hall 104. Character roles will be posted by early December. All 1st through 6th Graders are encouraged to participate in our musical chorus and supporting cast, even those who are not in our Alleluia and Messiah Choirs. Musical performances will be held on Saturday, February 6, and Sunday, February 7. A parent information and volunteer meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Fran Paterik at or Holly Meagher at

Baptism Orientation 

Parents who are expecting a new baby or who have new babies are invited to attend a baptism orientation class. The next quarterly session will be held on Thursday, November 5, at 6:30 p.m. here at church. Please sign up for the class by emailing Kala at or calling her at 225-8334.

New Member Classes 

This November we'll be having a new members class series on Sundays, November 1, 8 and 15, between worship services from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in Faith Lights Room. Over the three short sessions you'll learn about the Lutheran way of being Christian, get to know this congregation better, and get to know one another. Even if you are not considering becoming a member at this time, it would be a great opportunity to get better connected! Childcare will be provided in the nursery for all sessions. Please respond to Kala Zanoni at or 225-8334 if you plan to attend. 

Craft Night  

Thank you to all the crafters and teachers who shared their talents on Craft Night, October 29. From making Faith's Grape Jelly to Crafty Initials and from Magic Memory Bracelets to Mesh Ribbon Wreaths and other crafts, we all had a creatively fun time.



Children and Family Ministry     


Parents' Night Out       

Our next Parents' Night Out is Friday, November 13, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Infants through 6th Graders are invited.  I encourage you to drop off your kids and then have some time to yourselves. Rest and time away from our kids can really help us be better parents. Plus, this event allows our kids to have time in fellowship. There is no cost, but a freewill offering is accepted. All proceeds fund our mission projects.  We will have a snack midway through, so be sure to have dinner before you drop off your kids.  Kids 7th Grade and older are welcome to come and help (and receive in-service or silver cord hours)!  Please respond to Kala in the office or directly to Rachel. All are invited, so spread the word to your neighbors and friends!

Youth and Family Ministry     


  • 9th Grades: Save the date! Our yearly confirmation retreat for 9th Graders  will take place on December 4 and 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!