Faith E-news    April 8, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Food Pantry Item for April is Cereal

Faith Feast 
The menu for Wednesday, April 13, will feature BBQ chicken, lemon chicken and scalloped potatoes. Faith Feast is served on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy fellowship and a filling, healthy meal, all for only $5.00 per person ($4.00 for kids nine and under). 
This Week's Ministry Blog 
Do You Think This Is Funny?  
We find the whole range of human expression in the scriptures-even comedy.

There's something funny about this week's gospel.
Not just funny weird, but funny ha-ha.
The resurrected Jesus has shown up to his followers three times, so of course that means it is time to
A mysterious figure appears on the beach, pointing out (maybe taunting) their lack of success, "Children, you have no fish, have you?" And despite the events of the past weeks, no one imagines that it could possibly be Jesus...again.
Their efforts have failed miserably, with nothing to show from an entire night of fishing. And yet, when they cast their nets according to Jesus's direction, in an instant there are so many fish they almost capsize.
Peter realizes it is Jesus and that he happens to be naked in the same awkward moment.
Then in a scene worthy of Laurel and Hardy, Peter throws on his clothes and throws himself into the water. Soaked and panting he arrives, thrashing his way toward the shore. Meanwhile everyone else glides up effortlessly in the boat. You can imagine the looks on their faces, "Silly Peter, we were only a hundred yards from shore."
And then we hear, "Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, 'Who are you?' because they knew it was the Lord."
Yeah, right.
Comedy is not just entertainment, but a clever way to get at the truth. Comedy shows us something about ourselves, the world, that we might not otherwise be able to receive.
It's funny, because it's true. And that's the case with this scene.
We've witnessed the resurrected Christ...yet how many of us just go right back to our everyday lives and mundane tasks?
Jesus appears to us, again and again...and how do we fail to notice, again and again?
We futilely toil and struggle, doing it alone, doing it our way. But what abundance would be possible if we would just listen and follow Jesus' direction?
More often than not, when we recognize Jesus is present, it makes us painfully self-aware, even embarrassed. How do we handle those feelings?
Even in Jesus' present, we still have doubt. Are we honest about that?
So, can we see something of ourselves in these ridiculous, bumbling disciples? Can we laugh at ourselves and learn from it?

Pastor Sarah 

Annual Congregational Meeting     
Our congregational annual meeting will be held on Sunday, April 10, at 11:30 a.m., in the sanctuary. We will take time for the election of new Council members, Endowment Committee, Synod Assembly Voting Members, Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee. You can download the annual report here.

Adult Sunday School 
On Sunday, April 10, the topic will be Prison Ministry. The SEIA Synod is starting a prison congregation at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. Join us to hear about this exciting new ministry.

On Sunday, April 17, Heidi Larson, a chaplain and rostered leader in the ELCA, and a member of Faith will present on Diaconal Ministry.
Search Committee Has Been Formed    
The church council recently appointed a search committee for the position of Director of Children and Family Ministry. We are grateful for those serving in this way: Brad Clark - chair, Michelle Zimmerman, Judy Quick, Tania Schramm, Jenna Eppert and Laurie Politzer. The committee is presently meeting on a regular basis and will be keeping the congregation informed of their progress.

Guys' Night Out    

The weather is finally starting to come around and warm up, so, you know what that means? Time for GNO to hit the best patios in town, or at least one that has heaters just in case it gets a little chilly.
They are meeting at 1908 Draught House, 1320 E. Hickman Road, Waukee,on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. Please note that this is the Draught House in Waukee, not the one in Johnston, or the one out by Jordan Creek, or any other one. 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!

Cooking Club      

The next Cooking Club meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in St. Michael's Hall. Favorite foods from your childhood will be featured. Please bring a prepared dish to share along with your recipe.

Baccalaureate Sunday     

Sunday, April 17, at the 10:30 service, we will be recognizing our graduating seniors. Two of the seniors will be delivering the baccalaureate sermon reflecting on how their church has made an impact on their life. As a church, we too can reflect on how these youth have made an impression on us.

Did You Know?      

Did you know Matthew 25 has compiled a list of organizations in central Iowa where you can donate your household goods and food? Donations to these organizations support our community. Check out the compiled list on our website at Options.

New Member Class       

A new member class will be held on Sundays, April 17 and 24 and May 1, at 9:30 a.m. The class will be held in Faith Lights Room at the north end of Messiah Hall and serves as preparation for those who are interested in membership at Faith. There will be an opportunity to review the basics of the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective, to meet ministry team leaders and staff, and to develop new friendships. New members will be officially received at the worship service at 10:00 a.m. on May 8. If you would like to register for the class, please email Kala Zanoni at or call 225-8334.

Children and Family Ministry     


Save the Date
VBS at Faith 2016

Vacation Bible School at Faith will be Sunday, June 12 - Thursday, June 16, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. for campers ages Prekindergarten thru Junior High. Registration for campers and volunteers will be released soon.

Youth and Family Ministry     


SURGE is a local, two-night service-learning event (think "mini mission trip") with home base at the Gathering House. Students and adults alike will have opportunities to witness God's love in Christ through hands-on service projects throughout Des Moines, while also enjoying fellowship with their peers. All Faith students currently in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate in SURGE, which is scheduled for June 13-15 (Yes, that's during VBS. SURGE will be the only 6-8 grade programming during VBS, but they can still volunteer as helpers). The event will begin the evening of the 13th and end on the morning of the 15th. Please check the website for complete details and registration.

  • High School Seniors: Save the date! This year's Baccalaureate worship service and lunch is scheduled for Sunday, April 17! Fill out the online R.S.V.P. form at and be on the lookout for a letter in the mail with more instructions!
  • College Retreat: Registration is live for the College Retreat in Steamboat Springs, CO from July 28-August 1. It's open to all current college students and costs $200/person. Much more information is available online at, including an itinerary and registration information.