Faith E-news     December 23, 2015 

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Office Volunteers Lunch

Join us at Granite City in Clive for lunch this Wednesday, January 6, at 11:30 a.m. all are welcome! Please make a reservation by calling Kala at 225-8334 or emailing
Food Pantry Items
for December are diapers, pull-ups, and formula

Merry Christmas


Christmas Eve Services with Holy Communion
3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Christmas Day
Festival Worship: 10:00 a.m

This Week's Ministry Blog
Consider the Shepherds 

A couple weeks back, my five year old donned a shepherd's costume for the church Christmas pageant.
I tied the brightly colored band of fabric around his head to secure his head covering and straightened his little robe.
He was adorable.
And so were all the other little shepherds cavorting with the angels at the front of the church.
But the actual shepherds, not so much.
According to historians, most people would have regarded real shepherds with disgust. Not only were they smelly and absolutely filthy from living in the wilderness in close proximity to livestock, but they were also ritually unclean. Their work prevented them from observing the Sabbath, but regardless, they would not have been welcome anywhere near the Temple to worship. The Pharisees, those religious know-it-alls, considered shepherds to be in the same class as tax collectors and prostitutes-sinners due to the nature of their work. Shepherds were stereotyped as liars and thieves and all-around terrible people. In fact, many towns had laws on the books preventing them from crossing into city limits. Their testimony was not admissible in court.*
No one wanted them around.
No one wanted to hear what they had to say.
No one expected anything good to come from them.
And yet, these are the people that the angels deputize to proclaim the good news. The angels weren't too tired to go all the way to Galilee and deliver the message themselves. It was part of the plan to have these degenerates, these low-lifes, these sinners proclaim God's "good news of great joy to all people."
From these unexpected lips comes the surprising news of God's presence on earth.
This is just one of the many, many ways that God will continue to confound us and challenge our expectations. This is just one more way God uses the unexpected ones to tell the people something they need to hear.
Who might be the shepherds today?
Who do we find repulsive?
Who have we stereotyped?
Who do we push away or ignore?
Maybe it is the homeless man standing on the freeway on-ramp with a spray bottle and squeegee...
The undocumented workers bent over in the fields picking strawberries...
The child slaves (yes there are still slaves) in some far away nation picking the cocoa beans that will become the chocolate sold in our nation's stores...
The Wal-mart employee who can only feed her family with government benefits and trips to the local food pantry...
The resettled refugee who, no matter what they did in their past life in another place, is now washing dishes in a Cheesecake Factory...
Consider the shepherds.
Then ask yourself, "what Good News might God be delivering to me, through this messenger?"
Pastor Sarah

Adult Sunday School 
There will be no Adult Sunday School on Sunday, December 27. Please enjoy coffee and donuts in St. Michael's Hall during this time.

On January 3, the Worship , Music, and Arts Ministry Team will be hosting breakfast from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Year-End Contributions

If you would like your year-end contributions to appear on your 2015 statement, please put your check dated 2015 in the offering plate by December 27; mail your check, making sure the envelope is postmarked on or before December 31; or bring your check to the church office by December 30. If you are planning to bring your check to the office, please note that the office will be closed on Thursday, December 31. If you have questions, please call the church office.

Guys' Night Out

Give yourself a break from the holiday chaos and join Guys' Night Out for their last event of the year. They are meeting at The Other Place on Monday, December 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Clive. Please let Dave Eppert (710-8558) or Tim Tessier (707-0880) know if you will be attending by sending a text. Hope to see you there!

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Seeds of Faith Cookbook  

If you didn't have the opportunity to order a cookbook, you are in luck. We ordered extra and are selling them for $10.00 each on a first-come, first-served basis. The cookbooks feature over 250 wonderful recipes from preschool families and members of the congregation. Contact Heidi LaBounty at today to reserve cookbooks. The cookbooks make great gifts for family, friends, and neighbors.

Children and Family Ministry     


Nursery is Closed   

The nursery will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Sunday, December 27, to give the nursery staff time with their families. 

Youth and Family Ministry     


Ski Trip Registration 

Ski Trip Registration is open for the 9-12 Grade Ski Trip to Welch Village on January 17-18! Trip details-including schedule, cost, and how to register-are available online at Contact Jake Bouma at if you have any questions.

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 is eligible to participate in the Leech Lake mission trip, which is scheduled for July 9 to 15, 2016. To register, you must go to to fill out the appropriate forms.