Faith E-news     November 6, 2015 

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Faith Feast Menu November 11 is tomato soup and grilled 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 Items for November are Whole Grain Pasta and/or Spaghetti Sauce in plastic jars

This Week's Ministry Blog 
Did You See That? 

Mark 12:38-44

God notices the ones that we don't often see.
To read Pastor Sarah's blog, click here.

Central College Choir 

We are pleased to host the Central College Choir this Saturday, November 7, 2015. The choir will be doing a short concert at 4:30 p.m. and then will be leading worship at the 5:00 p.m. worship service. Please come and hear this wonderful choir and stay for worship. It is an opportunity for you to share in the joy of beautiful music with your church family and members of the community.

Adult Sunday School 

Sunday, November 8, Barbara Cavallin, 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.
Next Sunday, November 15, attend to view the Animate Bible Study "religion: spirituality is not enough" featuring Lillian Daniel led by Beth Carlson in Messiah Hall 203.

Cancer Support Group

Cancer Support Group will meet at the church Sunday, November 8, 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.

Responding to God's Grace

Next weekend in worship, we will celebrate God's wonderful grace by offering our commitments of regular giving financial support for 2016.
Please pray about making a financial commitment and bring to worship the lower portion of the letter you recently received. Not in worship next weekend? A specially marked basket will be available in the Commons or simply go the Faith webpage and make your commitment online.

We are joyous as we embrace what God has in store for Faith! Thank you!

Annual Family Promise Charity Cook-off 

On Sunday, November 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., come sample some wonderful comfort foods, vote for your favorites, and help Family Promise, too! The Annual Family Promise Charity Cook-off will be held at West Des Moines Christian Church on Mills Civic Parkway. The cost is $15/person and you can register at If you'd like to make a crockpot of Faith's entry, please contact Jan Burch at 457-7691 or Jeans and flannel shirts welcome!

Hunger Awareness Month Was a Success! 

Matthew 25 Outreach Ministry Team had a busy month! In October we partnered with Children and Family Ministry, Youth and Family Ministry, and Seeds of Faith Preschool to make a big impact on Hunger Awareness Month. We collected an abundance of food for the DMARC Food Pantry, hich was delivered last week. Over 200 people attended the Rise Up Tour concert at Faith which raised $2,329.17 benefiting both ELCA World Hunger and DMARC and the noisy offerings raised $454.72! We packaged and delivered 600 snack bags to Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM). We could not accomplish this without your support - thank you!

In November, we will donate funds to CFUM for their Thanksgiving meal and collect food for Crestview Elementary Holiday Food Baskets. Matthew 25 will host a breakfast burrito fundraiser on Sunday, December 6. Monetary contributions to Matthew 25 can be made in the church office.

Meals for Crestview Families  
Faith Lutheran Church and Clive Lions Club are partnering this holiday season to deliver meals to Clive Crestview Elementary School families the second week of December. The Clive Lions Club will be donating the perishable items and need our help with the non-perishable food items, which include: dry beans, white rice, tuna, salmon, sardines, canned chicken, flour (5 lbs.), and sugar (4 lbs.). The hope is to collect 60 of each item to make holiday gift baskets. Donations will be taken now until Sunday, December 6. Donation boxes are located in the Commons. Please contact Paul Bissinger at 987-5514 or or Andrea Stone at if you have questions.

Fall Clean-Up Day  

Saturday, November 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. will be our annual fall clean-up day. We will be raking leaves and doing general cleaning work around the church and duplex property. If you have a free Saturday morning, please plan to join us. Confirmation students and parents can count this as an in-service activity. Please email Mike Gaul at or text at (515) 971-1504 if you plan to help.

Cooking Club   

Chilly weather is approaching so what better time for a chili tasting/contest? Join us on Thursday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m. in St. Michael's Hall for Cooking Club. Bring your favorite chili recipe to share and enjoy fellowship with others.

 Tasty Tidings 

On Sunday, November 29, from 9:30 tp 10:15 a.m. join us for Tasty Tidings in St. Michael's Hall. Whether it is sweets, food, games, crafts, stories, we'd like you to share your family traditions during Sunday School hour. Please contact Pastor Sarah if you've got a family tradition to share with your Faith family.

Local Conference of the Southeastern Iowa Synod Meeting  

Conferences 10 and 11 of the Southeastern Iowa Synod are meeting Tuesday, November 10, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Johnston. All people are invited to take part in the meeting, which includes a meal, presentation, and business meeting to elect leadership. Please contact Pastor Sarah if you are interested in taking part.

Children and Family Ministry     


Cookie Exchange        

Come to the Cookie Exchange on Friday, December 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in St. Michael's Hall. Bring two dozen cookies to share plus 8 to 12 for tasting. We will have dinner together first, then walk around the cookie table to fill our containers with delicious cookies! Don't forget to bring your Tupperware! Bring your daughters, aunts, grandmas, godmothers, and anyone you think would enjoy this event! Please let Kala know if you plan to attend.

Youth and Family Ministry     


2016 Youth Mission Trip Registration       

Registration is now open for the 2016 mission trip to Minnesota's Leech Lake Indian Reservation! Any Faith student (and their friends) currently in 9th through 12th Grades are eligible to participate in the Leech Lake mission trip, which is scheduled for July 9 through 15, 2016. As in the past, we're partnering with the mission organization YouthWorks! to offer an eye-opening experience in the Leech Lake Reservation, which is surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest. Students and adults alike will have unique opportunities to witness to God's love in Christ through hands-on service projects like assisting with home improvement projects, providing children's programs, and maintaining community gardens. To register, you must go to to fill out the appropriate forms.