Faith E-news    May 6, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

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Food Pantry Item for May is diapers, pull-ups, and formula
This Week's Ministry Blog
Jesus Prays for Us  

He's said all he can. Now it's in God's hands.

John 17:20-26
Jesus isn't speaking to us in this week's gospel.
He's talking to God.
But we get to listen in, along with the disciples who happen to still be sitting at the table of that last supper. Over the course of this dinner party, Jesus commanded his disciples to love one another, showed them what this love looks like, taught them why this love was important. His words try to capture everything he feels, everything he hopes, everything that will come, everything that is beyond comprehension.
It is just too much for words and Jesus knows it.
And whether they actually get it or not, the disciples finally declare:
Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that we came from God. (16:29-30)
One can imagine Jesus just shaking his head, as he says, "Do you now believe?" And one more time reminds them how their belief will soon fail.
But now enough of this-there's nothing more that can be said. It is time to put it in God's hands. And so, Jesus begins to pray.
For all the followers who say they get it, then set off in the wrong direction-Jesus prays.
For all these disciples who reject and refuse those others, or even each other-Jesus
For all the believers who forget that their unity is for the sake of the world, not for their own sake-Jesus prays.
For the witnesses who testify to something other than God's profound love for the world-Jesus prays.
For them in which God's love does not abide-Jesus prays.
For us-Jesus prays.

Pastor Sarah 
CAT Deadline is May 8
Just a reminder that the CAT deadline is Sunday, May 8. If you have already taken it, Thank Meow!  If you haven't, don't delay. The window on this opportunity closes at midnight on Sunday, May 8! Here is the link:
Everyone in your household 16 and older may use that same link to take the survey and is strongly encouraged to
If you have questions, please contact Hope Johnson, Renee Wood, Tom Penningroth or Sharon Opland.
Cooking Club 
The next Cooking Club meeting will be held on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. in St. Michael's Hall. Salads will be featured. Please bring a prepared salad to share along with your recipe.
Faith Book Club 
The Faith Book Club (aka Books and Bites) meets in homes on the third Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting will be May 17, at 7:00 p.m. at Andrea Stone's house. The book is Wonder by R. J. Palacio. For June we will read Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and my Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray. Please contact Sara Broadrick at or 515-528-6881 for more information or to be added to the group's email distribution list.
Ladies' Night Out 
Meet us at Mi Mexico in Clive on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. for a night to celebrate our friendships and meet new people! Come on, we know what you're thinking..."will I know anyone...will it be awkward...will I have a good's 6:30 and I am already wearing comfy pants". Join us, you'll be glad you did! Please contact Andrea or Erika at if you plan to attend.

Children and Family Ministry     


Gear up for an over-the-top underground adventure. Follow Jesus, the light of the world, at this year's Vacation Bible School: Cave Quest. Open to Pre-Kindergarten - 5th grade (with volunteer opportunities for 6th graders and older). VBS is free of cost this year. So invite a friend and sign up today at

Dinner Before VBS!     
Meals before VBS will be catered by Hy-vee and will be served at Faith from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.  We need to get a count of how many kids and adults plan to eat at church so we may order properly. The cost is $5 per meal for ages 4 and up, and $3 for children under three years old. Please fill out this form  and return it with your payment to the church office by Friday, June 10.
Monday: Pasta Bar
Tuesday:  Taco Bar
Wednesday:  Deli Bar
Thursday:  Pizza 

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.

  • 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.