Faith E-news    May 20, 2016  

Quick Notes and Reminders    

Please check the calendar for more information.

Food Pantry Item for May is diapers, pull-ups, and formula
Grief Support Group 
The Grief Support Group will meet at the church this Sunday, May 22, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Pastor Randy Olson and Barbara Cavallin, Ph.D. are the facilitators. Anyone who has lost a loved one, a family member, a friend or someone important to them is encouraged to come for this time of caring, sharing and prayer. It will be an informational as well as a support group. Please join us. Please email us to let us know if you will or will not be able to come at or
Project Management Team Update
Due to the generosity of Faith's members and its successful Renewing Faith Campaign, the following building projects have been completed to date:
  • build out of the choir room with acoustical enhancements on the upper level 
  • build out of the multipurpose room on the lower level
  • completed family and handicap accessible restrooms on the upper level
  • completed restrooms on the east side of the lower level
  • new front door
Special thanks to Don Beck and his tireless effort in managing these projects and all of the project management team for sharing their expertise. (Ryan Larson, Corey Mineck, and Amy Fetters)

The team is now working on the implementation of the facility maintenance phase of the building projects. These projects include:
  •  new windows in the old music room space and west side of St Michael's Hall
  •  courtyard drainage and column base repairs
  •  south parking lot and duplex driveways
In regards to the parking lot, concrete work will begin on Monday, June 20, and will take approximately one month to complete. It will be done in two stages. The south portion will be done the first two weeks and the north portion will be done the following two weeks. Please be flexible knowing that weather may impact the timing of this project. Also, four of the island Ash trees in front of the south entry will be removed prior to the parking lot work. The three alternately remaining Ash trees will be treated with a growth regulator to help mitigate construction related stress and will also be treated to prevent Emerald Ash borer.

Be advised: parking lot entry off of University Avenue will be closed effective Monday, June 20. Please use the parking lot entrance off of 104th street and use the north entrance. Thank you!
Learn, Laugh, and Lunch 

On Wednesday, May 25, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., two representatives from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs will present a program about Iowa history including a fun trivia game of lesser known Iowa historical sites. The menu is a choice of barbecued pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwich with baked beans, green salad, and cookies. Reservations required by Monday, May 23. Please contact the church office at 225-8334 or if you plan to attend. All are welcome!
VBS Dinner Help June 13-16
Children and Family Ministry is going to offer dinner before VBS on June 13-16. All food will be catered from Hy-Vee so no food prep will be necessary. We are looking for volunteers who can help with serving, collecting money and clean up on those days from 4:15-6:00 p.m. (this time can be flexible to fit your availability). Dinner will be served from 4:30-5:15 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering to help during VBS please use go to and click on Faith Lutheran VBS 2016. You can also contact Erika Weber or Andrea Stone at
Preschool Openings Available for the
2016-2017 Preschool Year
Seeds of Faith Logo Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center has a few openings in the following classes for the 2016-2017 preschool year:
  • Three-year-old Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45-3:15 p.m.
  • Four-year-old Classes: Monday through Thursday from 12:45-3:15 p.m.
To be eligible for programming, children must be the age for the class by September 15, 2016. Seeds of Faith offers quality faith-based half-day preschool programming for children ages two through five. A ministry of Faith Lutheran Church, Seeds of Faith utilizes the Creative Curriculum and the Project Approach to provide a developmentally appropriate preschool experience in a loving and nurturing environment. Our classrooms are center-based with an emphasis on learning through play. Seeds of Faith is rated five stars on Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS).

To learn more information or to set up a time to visit, please contact Heidi LaBounty, Director, at 515-689-8334 or
Guys' Night Out
The Guys' Night Out group is heading back to another favorite patio spot for this month's event.They are meeting at Wellman's Pub and Rooftopon Monday at 7:00 p.m. in West Des Moines. Please notes: this is a week earlier than normal due to Memorial Day. 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!

Children and Family Ministry     


VBS - June 12-16      
Summer is fast approaching and so is Vacation Bible School! Are you ready to follow Jesus, the light of the world, in an underground adventure? Not only is registration free this year, but you are encouraged to reuse your t-shirt from past years. If those shirts are too small, feel free to swap them out for a bigger size or order a brand new orange shirt when you register ( The deadline for a new t-shirt is Friday, May 27. Contact Andrea and Erika for more information at
Parents, don't forget to sign up to help! There are many different volunteer opportunities available. Contact Michelle Zimmerman at if you have any questions.
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     


Youth Mission Trip

On July 9-12, 2016, 38 youth and 8 adults will be spending a week at the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota.


* Save the Date: Next Meeting is Tuesday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m. for all participants and parents.

Cup Fundraiser for Mission Trip

The youth will be selling these beautiful 16 ounce insulated cups (with straw) bearing the Faith logo! Get one for only $10.00 each and fill it with your favorite cold beverage all summer long!

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.