www.faithfremont.org SEPTEMBER 2016
Our congregational meeting will be held after both worship services on Sunday, October 9, 2016. We will vote on three items. We will vote on the 2017 budget. We will vote on nominations for vacant seats on Council. We will finally vote on whether to join LIFT or not join LIFT.
Allow me to make a few comments on LIFT:
LIFT now stands for “Living in Faith Together.”
Overall approach of LIFT:
1. Member congregations will retain their own identity and autonomy.
*LIFT is not “taking over” any of our churches. Faith will still be Faith with its own Pastor. Pastor Scott Mauch was called to be the pastor of St. Mark’s and now to help out St. John’s as their Pastor Joe Lees has moved to Minnesota.
2. Contribute according to our means.
*LIFT does not ask the churches what they can give but asks them to give what they can.
*Pastor Scott has a salary. If we would like to use his service from time to time then we would kick in to sending some money to LIFT for its budget. But if we feel that we don’t need his service then it won’t cost us a thing.
3. As a LIFT member we would begin to see ourselves and act as real partners in the ministry of Christ’s church as one Body in Mission.
*”Partnering in Mission” is LIFT’S ultimate goal. Some of us are already doing that as we have taken part in LIFT’s mission to date: VBS, LOMO Outdoor Ministry, Back to School Supplies, Annual Outdoor Worship, Reformation Choir Festival, and Love Your Neighbor Day.
*As a partner church, those of us who enjoy working with LIFT will now have a voice to vote.
4. Finally, it seems that as a LIFT member, we would find ourselves working as fellow Lutherans (Hayes UMC and the Episcopal Church are associate members), to renew mission and ministry in the greater Fremont area.
As Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church I vote in favor of joining LIFT and working together in the Body of Christ.
“HYMNS OF FAITH”
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2016
ST. JOE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH
6:30P.M. Sunday, October 30, 2016 will be Reformation Day. A choir festival is scheduled for that day at St. Joe’s Catholic Church at 6:30p.m. We are calling this festival “Hymns of Faith.” A mass choir of about 100 voices will sing four anthems. They will be directed by Dr. Michael Shirtz of Terra. Members of Faith’s choir and Darla will participate. If you like good church music and singing, then please plan on attending this festival. There will be a time of food and fellowship following the festival of singing.
OUR EASTERN CONFERENCE meeting with our new Bishop, Daniel Beaudoin, will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Norwalk, Ohio. The meeting begins with dinner at 6:00 p.m. Worship is at 6:45 p.m. The talk with the Bishop will begin 7:30 p.m. We leave by 8:30 p.m. This is a call for the leaders of Faith. Please sign the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board if you wish to attend. We could car pool if needed.
Interested in Attending Wittenberg University? Wittenberg University is continuing its Martin Luther Scholarship award that started in 2008. The scholarship aims to recognize outstanding Lutheran students with an $80,000 academic award and gives them the opportunity to continue their education at Wittenberg. The scholarship is $20,000 per year (renewable for 4 years). To qualify, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, be a member of a Lutheran congregation and be nominated by their pastor or other congregational leader by November 1st. If there is any interest, please see Council President Larry Leow for more information.
• Voted to not have any Church Services at Faith on 9/25 so we can all go and support our Bishop and LIFT churches. It is a fun service and we hope to see many faces at the fairgrounds.
• We have a full slate of officers for our October Congregational Meeting. Thank you to everyone who has accepted their nominations.
• Eastern Fall Conference is Tuesday, Oct 18th at St Peters in Norwalk. Dinner starts at 6pm and it will end at 8:30pm after talking with the Bishop. Pastor Bob would like to see many of our Church leaders attend. Sadly, not many go. Please put your name on the sign-up sheet if you can go.
• For Love Your Neighbor Day, there are 51 projects so far for people requesting help. So far there are 81 volunteers that have signed up.
Niki Wasserman, Secretary
For the month of September the altar work schedule was handled by Nancy & Ron Root and Mary Lou Cooper. Thank you ladies and gentleman.
In October it will be Sue Boyer and Donna Fought who will be on the altar work schedule.
Special “thanks” to Nancy Krumnow for making this months communion bread.
Once again we will be doing the red carnations for Reformation Sunday. Watch your bulletin for more information. Mary Lou Cooper, Chair
Noisy Offering Update - “Change for Change”
A total of $150.67 was collected in the month of September. Thank You! The next Noisy Offering will be October 16, 2016, at both worship services. The Noisy Offering is given so Children from our Companion Parish of Bumila Lutheran Church have the opportunity to attend school in the Mpwapwa Region. Thank you for your support of the children of our sister congregation in Bumila, Tanzania.
Fellowship & Service Sew Day
Come out and join the fun. We meet the first and third Thursdays of the month and begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm, but come and leave whenever you wish. We work on quilts, health kits and sewing kits. Greeting cards are made and are available for purchase in the Lounge for a donation. Come join the fun! CARD MINISTRY Come, join us the second Tuesday of October (11th) at 6 p.m. In order to expand this ministry we need your help. We also work on cards the first and third Thursdays from 9 -3 p.m. No experience required, just a desire to reach out to others with God’s love.
Kids B.L.A.S.T. (Bible Learning and Sharing Together)
All children ages 3 through 11 are invited to attend Kids B.L.A.S.T. on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The Ten Commandments will be discussed. A light snack will be provided. Any questions may be directed to Jackie Seibert at 419-665-4124.
Sandusky County Food Pantry
We continue to support this local cause. The cart has not disappeared. It just changed its location. You’ll find it in the coat area near the kitchen. There is always a need for food, so let’s get that cart filled up so some of our neediest people can have some good meals.
THANK YOU for your prayers and cards during my recent surgery. A special thank you to Cinda Jones and Noelle Leutenegger for their visit and prayers at the hospital. Larry Ackerman
October Birthdays 2016
Franz Gerner, Margie Roach
Caitlin Fox, Donna Leow, Hailey McDonald, David Ring
Sharon Shaull, Thomas Willey
Ruth Gerwin, Bryan Wagner
Jessica Mylander, Steve Mylander, Carol Wattley
Kevin Gerwin, Chloe Ruttschaw, Sammantha Schneider
Amy Avers, Joan Bolen, Trent Fahle, Noelle Leutenegger,
Krista Gerner, Phyllis Pollock
31 Douglas Dunfee
Revised Office Hours: Please note that on Tuesday, October 18th and 25th, I will not be in the office. I will be taking a class at Terra Community College. During these weeks, I will work on the Monday, October 17th and 24th, instead. I will also be training Kelly Masella these two weeks to do the secretary’s job for vacation relief and in case of my illness. Please make a note. Thank you, Barb Kocsis.
October 2, 2004 Benjamin & Christine Krugh 12 years
October 15, 1977 David & Marilyn Ring 39 years
October 15, 2005 Christian & Heidi Tooman 11 years
October 18, 1975 Michael & Margie Roach, Sr. 41 years
October 19, 2013 Christopher & Lilly Riehl 3 years
October 23, 2010 Adam & Jessica Mikolajczyk 6 years
October 25, 2008 Michael & Candice Fought 8 years
October 27, 1978 Randy & Betsy Copley 38 years
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin.
God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off you.
He opens you up, touches you inside, and scoops up all the yucky stuff –
including the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed.
Then He carves you a new smiling face, and
puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.
L.I.F.T. PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST
Get a free pumpkin on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 705 West State Street. Take it home and decorate it. To enter the contest, bring your pumpkin back to Grace Lutheran Church Sunday, October 30th by 10:00 a.m. Prizes of a $100 gift card for first, $75 for second, $50 for third, and $25 for fourth, and trophies will be passed out after the church service. For more information, call 419-332-1558 or visit www.liftchurches.org Sponsored by L.I.F.T. – Living in Faith Together.
TRUNK – OR – TREAT Sunday, October 23rd
Grace Lutheran Church
705 W. State St., Fremont
It’s the ultimate treat. . .
Come together as a family and construct a Halloween-inspired theme in the trunk of your car. Then gather with other families in the parking lot and let the kids trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk in a protected and entertaining environment! Please bring along your own candy to pass out to the kids!There will also be games for the kids to play, a free hot dog supper, costume judging contest and most creative trunk contest! Prizes will be awarded!
Faith Lutheran Church Women NEWS
December General Meeting and Christmas Potluck will be December 6th at 6:30 p.m. Will McDaniel, comedian & illusionist will present a program with a Christmas Theme.
Please check the FLCW bulletin board for more details and contact information. FLCW (Faith Lutheran Church Women) meets the first Monday of each month at the home of Cinda Jones beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Join the Conversation
As the new Sunday School year begins for our children and youth we also find opportunities here at Faith where adults can continue to have the opportunity to study God’s Word. Please join us as we grow more in a more intimate relationship with this God who loves us so much that “He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Sunday morning Small Groups
Boundaries (Bill Fox) In this book we discover when to say “Yes” - When to say “No’ all in order to take control of our lives.
The Book of Acts (Ron Root in the lounge) Here we discover how the Holy spirit filled first century Christians and how these believers made a commitment to spreading the Good News. We can do the same.
The Book of Genesis (Scott Miarer) In the beginning God created the world. Take a look at God’s creation, His plan for that creation, how sin entered the world and how His grace and mercy showed His great love.
Table Topics (in the fellowship hall) Various topics and questions, which relate to what the children are learning in their Sunday School classes, will be posed for discussion.
Christ Care Small Groups
Share Jesus Without Fear (Thursdays at 3:00 – Anida Miarer)
The Gospel of Luke (Sat.’s at 9:00 am – Noelle Leutenegger)
Women’s Circles Small Groups
Deborah (3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.) Deborah was a wise leader (the only female judge of Israel) in the old testament who had a remarkable relationship with God. Her story tells how she eagerly served God, accepting no praise but always giving God the credit. Her story also tells that God can accomplish great things through people who are willing to be led by Him.
Really Bad Girls of the Bible (3rd Tues. of the month - 7:00pm) Present day fiction along with Biblical commentary on these not so perfect women of the Bible, along with thought-provoking questions lead us to take a look at our own lives to see how we can better serve God today.
Community Outreach: Operation Shoebox
During the week of Thanksgiving we’ll be delivering shoeboxes (filled with “goodies”) to some of the residents and patients at Elmwood at the Springs, those who have no family and few visitors. Thanks to all who donated those boxes. Now it’s time to get them filled up. Here’s what you can do to participate in bringing a little joy to those who are lonely and feel forgotten.
Pick up a shoebox from the display in the narthex along with a patient’s name. Write patient’s name along with your name on the sign-up sheet. Also indicate if you’d like to help deliver the packages.
Take them home and decorate the box.
Fill the box using suggestions in the box, or get creative and think of other items, spending between $20 - $25.
Write a note on the inside of the card to the patient.
Return the box, no later than SUNDAY, NOV. 13. We’ll get them wrapped and attach the patient’s name and room number.
If you’d like to help deliver the boxes and visit with your recipient or others you can sign up on the display in the narthex or see Randy Brown, Noelle Leutenegger, or someone on the evangelism committee.
We’re excited to again reach out to others less fortunate than us.
Many thanks to all who participate. May God continue to richly bless you.