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Rev. Jared Raebel, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Dale Hetherington, Assistant Pastor
Mrs. Karen Eck, Deaconess
Mrs. Kimberly Sutton, Administrative Secretary
Mrs. Patty Sojka, Preschool Administrator
Mrs. Karen Schoonveld, Before School Director

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THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
JANUARY 21, 2018

NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH: John Leisge celebrates his 86th birthday today. Elaine Walther underwent outpaiten surgery last Wednesday.  Fred Ahrens will be undergoing outpatien surgery next week.

TODAY'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Medinas Late: The Klootwyks. Elder & Head Usher: Harlin Ison and Bill Dase & Tom Steiner and Dale Lessentine. Ushers: Dave Axtell, Jeff Schultz, and Steve Tobias & Mike Gray, Steve Wangen, and Jake Jones.  Asst. & Reader: Josh Weaver and Pastor Raebel & Reece Wangen. Acolyte: Jimmy Perez and Carson Hines.  Children's Church: Deaconess Eck. Altar Guild for January: Nancy Dase and Debbie Schultz & Charlene Lewandowski and Crystal Arambula Organist: Karen Kent Children's Message: Deaconess Eck

PARSONAGE PHONE: If you tried calling the parsonage last week and got no answer, or severe static, it was because of weather damage to the phone line.  Thanks to Jon Meyer, the phone is now operational.  We are sorry for the inconvenience the last ten days.

GIDEON REPORT: Last Sunday, the Gideons received from Faith Lutheran for their ministry, $486.00.  Gideon representative Esther Saylor, here with us last week, shares this will buy 97 Bibles or 408 testaments. Esther, in a recent email, expresses gratitude for this donation and closes his letter of thanks with the following words, "May the Lord continue to bless you, your family and ministry at the Faith Lutheran Church. I will continue to uplift you up to God in my prayers."

LADIES MEETING: The Ladies of Faith meet today at 3 p.m. We will have fellowship and work on a blanket project.  We will tie fleece blankets which will be given to police and firefighters for them to hand out in emergencies when a warm blanket is needed.  The funds for the fleece was given by a Thrivent grant.  We will also review all the services in which the ladies in our congregation participate.  Deaconess Karen Eck will lead the meeting.

SUPER BOWL SUB-SANDWICHES FOR SALE: A sign up sheet to order your super bowl sub sandwiches is on the bulletin board in the narthex.  Costs per sandwich is $5.00.  The sandwiches are fresh and tasty! Profits from the purchase of your sandwich will go to Faith's youth ministry.  They will be available for pick up on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th.

SENIOR YOUTH MEETING PLANNED: The Senior Youth (9th-12th grade) will meet in the upper room of the expansion today at 3:30 p.m.  After Bible study, we will discuss an adventurous service project for this summer and plan an activity of going to an Escape Room in the near future! Pizza will be served at 5:00 p.m.  Come and invite friends!

INSTALLATION OF NEW OFFICERS: We will be installing the newly 2018 elected officers today.  We welcome into service on the Board of Education Cecilia Raebel and Jen Golenia; on the Board of Elders Harlin Ison, Tom Steiner, Greg Wilson and Ernie Arambula (appointed); on the Board of Trustees Ernie Manns; on Board of Stewardship Crystal Armabula; Board of Youth Cindy Meyer (appointed); Church Treasurer Wanda Medina; Council-At-Large Jon Meyer; Recording Secretary Gail Elsner.  We thank the following outgoing officers who have served faithfully over the years: Trustee Dale Lessentine, and Elders Larry Postma and Dale Hetherington (who now is a called assistant pastor of Faith).

OFFICERS NEEDED: We still need one officer for the Board of Stewardship and one for the Board of Youth.  If you are willing to serve on one of them, please let congregational president Steve Tobias know.

ICE SKATING: The Jr High Youth will sponsor an ice skating activity today  for anyone in the congregation who would like to attend.  We will go to the Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso.  We will leave from church at 2:30 p.m.  We will skate for about 2 hours, and return to church about 5:30 p.m.  The cost is $5 for admission, and $4 for skate rental.  Please bring a friend!  We also need drivers for this event. 

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: The Preschool will host their open house January 29th from 5-7 p.m.  All parents will now have the opportunity to register that night!  Registration fees for the 3/4 class are $145, and for the 4/5 class are $160.  The only way to secure a spot is by paying for registration.  Returning students have the opportunity to register beginning tomorrow.  Families can also see the classroom, and meet the teachers at the open house.  Help us get the word out!

DONATIONS APPRECIATED: Thank you for your recent donations of Christmas stockings, and we also thank the Birthday Club for all of their donations also.    Good Neighbor Food Pantry  

THIS WEEK AT FAITH

TODAY
Installation of Officers
  8:00/10:30 a.m.        Worship
  9:15 a.m.        Adult Bible Class
  2:30 p.m.        Jr. Youth Ice Skating
  3:00 p.m.        Ladies meeting
  3:30 p.m.        Sr Youth meet in upper room         
                
MONDAY
12:00 p.m.        Birthday celebration at Jim's Caf‚
  6:30 p.m.        Dartball
  7:00 p.m.        Ladies Bible study

TUESDAY                
  5:00 p.m.        TOPS

WEDNESDAY
12:00 p.m.        Crafters

SATURDAY
  7:00 a.m.        Men's breakfast
  9:00 a.m.        Prayer service
10:00 a.m.        Adult Instruction

SUNDAY
  8:00/10:30 a.m.        Worship
  9:15 a.m.        Adult Bible Class 
 
OUR STEWARDSHIP
ATTENDANCE
January 14, 2018: 173   8:00: 92  10:30: 81
January 15, 2017: 150

OFFERINGS                
Plate:        $175.35
General Offerings:          $7,115.00
Sunday School        $30.50
TOTAL January 14, 2017        $7,320.85
TOTAL January 15, 2017        $4,414.00

SPECIAL OFFERINGS
Debt reduction        $405.00
Poinsettias        $24.00
Budgetary Dollars Needed Weekly (For '15-16)        $6,070.59
Budgetary Dollars Rec'd. January 14, 2018        $7,320.85
Surplus        $1,250.26

CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE
As of January 18, 2018        $14,163.70

MORTGAGE BALANCE as of January 1, 2018
Family Life Center        $280,807.77

FUND BALANCES FOR OTHERS
Membership Hardship Fund        $2,650.00
Adopt-A-Student        $955.17
Cancer Care        $1,499.02


MAILBOX SHIFT: In February, I plan to get the mailboxes shifted to accommodate new additions.  Please clean out your mailbox in order to make this task a little easier for me to accomplish.  Thank you!    Kimberly  

LADIES BIBLE STUDY: All ladies are welcome to join us tomorrow to study the topic "Knowing Jesus Gives My Life Balance".  We will start at 7 p.m.   

BIBLE READINGS: Readings this week are: Monday (Joel 2:1-17 and Romans 11:1-24), Tuesday ( Joel 2:18-32 and Rom. 7:1-20), Wednesday (Joel 3:1-21 and Rom. 12:14-13:14), Thursday ( Zechariah 1:1-21 and Rom. 14:1-23) Friday (Zechariah 2:1-3:10 and Rom. 15:1-13), Saturday (Zech. 4:1-5:11 and 15:14-33), Sunday (Zech. 6:1-7:14  and Romans 16:17-27).  You can find these in the LSB hymnal on pages 299-303.

STAFF DEVOTIONS: Monday through Thursday your church staff meets for devotions and prays for families at Faith.  This week we prayed for the Meadows, Medina, Meyer, Mezzacapo, Miller (Debra), Miller (Deborah) and Walther (Don)  families.  The staff kindly ask you remember them in your prayers also.

NEXT WEEK'S SERVERS:  Greeters & Offertory: Early: The Axtells Late: The Bill Arnolds. Elder & Head Usher: Harlin Ison and Bill Dase & Tom Steiner and Dale Lessentine. Ushers: Jon Meyer, Lee Van Vuren, and Brad Leath & Dan, Ryan, and Andrew Crim.  Asst. & Reader: Steve Tobias & Stephany Wangen. Acolyte: Brittney Drangmeister and Autumn Celorio.  Children's Church: Sophia Sullivan & Becky Schultz. Altar Guild for January: Nancy Dase and Debbie Schultz & Charlene Lewandowski and Crystal Arambula Organist: Sylvia Luekens Children's Message: Sophia Sullivan & Becky Schultz

TELECARE CALLER: Telecare caller this week is Jill Wilson.

THOSE TO REMEMBER: Please keep in your thoughts and prayers: Dorothy Christopher, Ray Hoover, Ray Layton, Miriam Kenealy, Sally Lilley, Sharon Nelson, Ruth Pedersen, and Nan Tavarczky.

MILITARY TO REMEMBER: Please pray for Jeff Lessentine, Joel Ison, Jason DeFranco, Joe Meyer, Kyle Chadwick, and Jason Szerlak.  We ask family members/friends keep the church office up to date with addresses so they can be passed along to church members.

Contact Information

Pastor Raebel                987-3730 (Office)
                                987-2190 (Home)
                                
lutheran987@comcast.net mailto:lutheran987@comcast.net

Pastor Hetherington        317-605-5536
                                
dalehetherington25@yahoo.com mailto:dalehetherington25@yahoo.com

Mrs. Kimberly Sutton        987-3730 (Office)
Administrative Sec.        
kimberly987@comcast.net mailto:kimberly987@comcast.net

Mrs. Patty Sojka                219-987-3430
Preschool Administrator

Deaconess Karen Eck        987-2358 (Home)
                                
ksue46@gmail.com mailto:ksue46@gmail.com
Mrs. Karen Schoonveld        
Before School Director        
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