Faith E-news     November 25, 2015 

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Office Closed The church will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observation of Thanksgiving.

Faith Feast Menu 
The menu for Wednesday, December 2, will feature macaroni and cheese.

Office Volunteers' Lunch
Join us at Viva La Bamba in Urbandale (86th and Meredith) for lunch with friends! All are welcome. We'll meet at 11:30 a.m. at the restaurant. Please make a reservation with Kala at 225-8334 or
Food Pantry Items for November are Whole Grain Pasta and/or Spaghetti Sauce in plastic jars

This Week's Ministry Blog 
Fear and Foreboding

John 21:25-36

Many kick off the holiday season by polishing off the turkey and heading to the mall.
Some are still chewing as they pull into the Wal-Mart parking lot, Bing Crosby on the radio.
Retailers have already been nudging Christmas into our view for weeks.
But from the minute we leave the dinner table, the flood gates have officially opened.
There is no stopping it now.
Until the sun sets on the 25th, it will be all lights, candy, and credit card fueled Christmas cheer.
In the church, we get, eh, something a little different to start things off.
And this Sunday, it is really, really different.
...and on the earth distress among nations...
People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming up the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken...
Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with over consumption and drunkenness and the worries of this life...
Not exactly Christmas card material.
And yet, it is exactly what Christians need to hear as we prepare for the coming of Christ into our lives.
Just like in the days of Luke's gospel, the world is once again being consumed by fear. The names and the places have changed, but the story is always the same.
Fear causes the people to become confused, to lose their way, to abandon their values, to forget the true source of their hope. The worries of the world send the people seeking for their solution in all the wrong places-the accumulation of things and the many and varied forms of self-medication. Fear and foreboding causes even the faithful to faint and fall away from the purpose to which they have been called by their God. Some use their fear as justification to lash out with violence.
Perhaps you've noticed some of these things taking place.
Over the din Jesus calls to us:
Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
In the face of fear, Christian, you are to respond with faith.
You are to act out of trust.
You are to live in hope.
You are called to live now in God's kingdom, in anticipation of that day when it comes into its fullness.
And Christian, don't be confused by all the noise you are hearing all around you. Turn again to the Word, and Jesus in the gospel of Luke will show you exactly what life in his kingdom looks like.

Pastor Sarah 

Tasty Tidings      

On Sunday, November 29, from 9:30 to 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 the Sunday School hour. Please contact Pastor Sarah if you've got a family tradition to share with your Faith family.

Adult Sunday School 

Sunday, November 29, will feature Christmas Traditions. Fun for all ages. You are invited to bring your favorite Christmas treat, craft, or game to share during the Sunday School Hour in St. Michael's Hall.

On Sunday, December 6, Matthew 25 will host breakfast at Faith. Come for the breakfast burritos, stay for the fellowship and learn about Family Promise of Des Moines.

Responding to God's Grace     

Recently in worship, we celebrated God's wonderful grace by offering our regular giving commitments of financial support for 2016. If you brought your card today (extras are in the pew racks), we invite you to place it in the offering plate or in the specially marked basket located in the Commons. You may also go the Faith webpage and indicate your support online.
We are joyous as we embrace that God has in store for Faith!

Children & Family Ministry and Seeds of Faith Partner for Family Promise Giving Tree

Family Promise assists homeless families with children through a network of local faith-based host congregations that provide clean, safe overnight shelter, and nutritious meals. Faith is hosting a family the week of Christmas. In partnership with Seeds of Faith, CFM will host a giving tree for this family. Please consider taking a gift tag ornament off the tree by the downstairs entrance and returning a gift under the tree for a family in need. Please return your wrapped gift (with the gift tag attached) under the tree gift no later than Sunday, December 20. Much like the food collection, the physical act of donating a gift under the tree is a simple act of love that our children can recognize and participate in over the holiday season. Thank you for your generous support. If you would like to learn more about Family Promise, I encourage you to watch this video:

Julefest 2015     

Grand View University's Julefest 2015 is O Beauteous, Heavenly Light. This annual Advent and Christmas music concert celebration will be held on Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. here at Faith. A reception will follow in the Commons. Julefest is Grand View's Advent and Christmas gift to the community. Julefest features the Grand View Choir and Wind Ensemble with readings and hymns incorporated.

Children and Family Ministry     



  • No Sunday School on November 29 
  • No Faith Night on Wednesday, November 25 
  • No Nursery this Sunday, November 29
  • No Sunday School on December 6
  • No Sunday School on December 13 
  • Wednesday Faith Night classes will release at 7:05 p.m. during Advent so that families can attend services together.
  • Don't miss the cookie exchange on Friday, December 4

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.