Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Announcements from February 19th

Congregational Meeting - February 26th, next Sunday following the service, we will be holding a Congregation Meeting to discuss calling a Vicar. The Board for Lay Ministry (BLM) has been discussing this for the past several months and feels strongly that this is a step needed to help with Pastor Ewings’ workload and support the ministry work here at Faith. The deadline for the application is fast approaching and we need to make a decision quickly or we will have to wait for another year. The BLM unanimously voted to call a Vicar and we are requesting approval by the Congregation. Please make every effort to attend and voice your opinion.

To my family in the faith at Faith Lutheran Church-
On Sunday, February 5, I received a divine Call to serve as the youth and family pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Peter, Minnesota. A Call is a job opportunity, but more than that; it is the Lord of the Church speaking through His people to proclaim the Good News of Jesus’ Gospel. I now have the opportunity to accept the Call to Minnesota or to decline the Call and stay in Alaska.  Either way, the Gospel will be proclaimed for God’s greatest glory.
As I deliberate the two Calls which I hold—the Call you have extended to me to serve as the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church and Iglesia Luterana de Fe en Cristo in Anchorage and now another to serve as a youth and family pastor in St. Peter—I ask for your prayers.  I welcome your wisdom and insight as well, and I look forward to speaking with you about the ministry the Lord has entrusted to our care. As you pray for me, I want you to know that I will likewise bring my prayers before the throne of our God in Heaven, asking Christ Jesus to bless His Church.  I know that the Lord will provide for His people as He has promised.  May the Lord richly bless all we do for Him and for His glory!
Pastor Christopher R. Ewings

Women's Retreat - Plans for the women’s retreat this fall are well underway.  Faith is hosting the retreat this year and we will need volunteers to help with the organizing and planning.  The next meeting is February 23rd at 6:00pm.

Teen Neon Bowling February 24thAll teens are welcome and invited to participate in neon bowling at Diamond Center bowling from 6:30-8:45. Wear your best neon attire.  Please be sure you bring at least $15. For two hours of neon bowling and shoe rental it costs $10. Bowlers may purchase soda and snacks if they want to; it will not be provided.  Please RSVP to Miss Melissa Mittelstadt at (262) 623-4908.

Midweek Lenten services begin March 1st. During our midweek services, we will focus on the Sacrifice that our Savior made for us as we examine the Old Testament sacrifices and how they point ahead to Jesus.  A soup supper will precede each midweek service at 6:00 and worship will begin at 7:00. 

The Women of Faith Lutheran Church have taken on the task of organizing a list of volunteers to help provide some much needed aid to members of our congregation.  We are in the process of compiling a list of people who can provide meals, transportation, yard care,  housework, make errands, visit or read for those who are sick, had recent surgeries or any other life altering circumstance.  To get this list going we need the names of volunteers willing to help.  If you are willing to have your name added to this list of volunteers please contact the office at office@faithalaska.com or 563-3499. 
We also need to know when someone is in need.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this, please contact Pastor Ewings, Kathy Hester, or Linda Stiffler.




Monday, February 6, 2017

Announcement February 5th



The women of the Faith are organizing a way to coordinate help for those in our church family who are in need.  If you would like to help with meals, transportation or any other item please attend a start up meeting on Thursday, February 9th at 6:00pm.   
Faith is hosting the WELS Women's Retreat this year.  At the meeting on February 9th, we will begin the planning process.
Central Africa Medical Mission (CAMM), a ministry that our congregation supports, has touched the lives of thousands of patients in Zambia and Malawi with medical care.  The people of our church and community will support CAMM on Sunday, February 12th with a “Make and Bake” sale.  Contact Joy Bromaghin at 336-6186 for more information or to help with the event. 
One way you can support Faith Lutheran School is by collecting BoxTops.  Simply clip the BoxTop and leave in either the Office box or Mrs. Z’s box in the entryway.  Faith Lutheran School is also enrolled in the Kroger Rewards program.  To register for this program log on to your Fred Meyer Rewards account. Find our school and link your rewards account.
  
Christian Family Solutions is a family counseling resource for members of Faith Lutheran Church. The Member Assistance Program (MAP) provides numerous different counseling opportunities from Christian professionals. These counselors assist in meeting the emotional or psychological needs of their members by providing them with convenient, affordable services. For more information, speak with Pastor Chris or visit the website at christianfamilysolutions.org.

Conquerors through Christ is a WELS ministry for people who are struggling with addiction to pornography.  Serving those who are caught in porn addiction. CtC helps them out of that addiction and into healthy sexual practices. Serving those who are trying to resist being caught in porn addiction. CtC helps them build boundaries around their hearts and eyes that keep them from lust. Serving those whose lives have been affected by someone who is addicted to porn. CtC helps family and friends of addicts to recover from the pain that has been caused and assists them as they rebuild those relationships. For more information, visit the website at www.conquerorsthroughchrist.net.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Announcements January 30th

Central Africa Medical Mission (CAMM), a ministry that our congregation supports,  has touched thousands of patients in Zambia and Malawi with medical care. This year Faith Lutheran will support CAMM on Sunday, February 12th.  Contact the office for more information.  Office@faithalaska.com


Synod Capital Debt Retired: Late last month the final payment was made on the synod’s capital debt—nearly a year and a half ahead of schedule. Efforts to repay the synod’s debt of $22.4 million began in 2009 with a synod-wide special offering called the “Year of Jubilee.”
Last year, with the desire to retire the debt ahead of schedule, a second special offering called the “One in Christ” offering was collected. Those additional gifts and regular payments since that time made it possible to make the final payment on the debt late last month. The synod is now completely debt-free. To God be the glory!

The women of the Faith are organizing a way to coordinate help for those in our church family who are in need.  If you would like to help with meals, transportation or any other item please attend a start up meeting on Thursday, February 9th at 6:00pm.   
Faith is hosting the WELS Women's Retreat this year.  At the meeting on February 9th, we will begin the planning process.

For the Sundays you are unable to attend church you may watch the service online.  The service can be viewed live or you may view any time after the service is finished.  To view follow the links for Livestream on our website at FaithAlaska.com.  You may also view archived services there as well.  

Have you ever been asked a tough question about your faith? Did you have the answer? In Bible Study we are studying apologetics.  We aren’t studying how to apologize for what we believe.  We are studying how to defend and understand what we believe.  Join us next Sunday as we continue the study.  All are welcome and invited!


Monday, December 19, 2016

Announcements from December 18th

Midweek Advent services continue on Wednesday, December 21st at 7:00pm.  Join us for supper at 6:00pm before the service.  Come as you are from work, school, or wherever to enjoy a delicious meal and then stay for Advent worship!  The idea behind this is to make attending Advent worship easier for all and to provide another opportunity for Christian fellowship.


The children of Faith Lutheran Church will be leading the congregation in singing Away in a Manger during the 6:00pm service on Christmas Eve. We invite any child in grades PK-8 to come up to the front to sing with us if they are in attendance and would like to do so. We will have a brief practice of the song before the service; please have your child at the church on Christmas Eve by 5:30pm to warm-up.
Toddler Time will be taking a break for the holidays.  Join us for a special Christmas Toddler Time on Wednesday, December 21st.  This will be our last Toddler Time this year.  We will resume on Wednesday, January 11th.  All parents with toddlers are welcome and invited!

We thank all who have helped out with Sunday School so far this year.  We still need more teachers for the coming months.  If you are willing and available, please speak with Pastor Chris. 

Christmas Worship Schedule

Wednesday -         6:00pm Soup Supper Potluck
                                7:00pm Midweek Advent Service
Christmas Eve -   6:00pm Christmas Eve Service
                                10:00pm Candlelight Service
Christmas Day -  10:30am Christmas Service
New Year’s Eve - 7:00pm New Year’s Service

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Announcements from December 11th

Midweek Advent services continue on Wednesday, December 14th  and 21st at 7:00pm.  Join us for supper at 6:00pm before the service.   Come as you are from work, school, or wherever to enjoy a delicious meal and then stay for Advent worship!  The idea behind this is to make attending Advent worship easier for all and to provide another opportunity for Christian fellowship.


Faith Lutheran School’s Christmas Service will be held on Friday, December 16th at 6:30pm.  The program is “The People of Christmas.”  Come enjoy a service of songs and narration about all the characters involved in Christmas, from the ancient people to Jesus to us.  The service will be held here at Faith in the fellowship hall.

The Christmas season is one of joy - and Christ is the center of that joy!  Join us in the fellowship hall on Saturday, December 17th from 10 am to 12 pm to decorate Christmas cookies and make stained glass candle holders. Then go share your creations with your friends and neighbors! For more information, please contact Cara Ewings.
Toddler Time will be taking a break for the holidays.  Join us for a special Christmas Toddler Time on Wednesday, December 21st.  This will be our last Toddler Time this year.  We will resume on Wednesday, January 11th.  All parents with toddlers are welcome and invited!

The latest edition of the Faith Lutheran Church directory has been printed.  If you have any corrections or suggestions, please contact Sheila Lillo, our church secretary at office@faithalaska.com.

Christmas

Worship Schedule
Sundays -                 9:00am Sunday School/Bible Study
                                 10:30am Worship Service
Wednesdays -         6:00pm Soup Supper Potluck
                                 7:00pm Midweek Advent Service
Christmas Eve -     6:00pm Christmas Eve Service
                                10:00pm Candlelight Service
Christmas Day -  10:30am Christmas Service
New Year’s Eve - 7:00pm New Year’s Service

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Announcements from December 5th

Midweek Advent services begin this Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00pm.  Join us for soup supper at 6:00pm before the service.  We will have three midweek services this Advent on the 7th, 14th and 21st. 


Teen Night - Friday, December 10th the teens will be meeting at Get Air Trampoline Park at 3:45pm.  They will enjoy all the park has to offer then have some pizza and a devotion.  The cost will be about $15.  If your teen is interested in attending please contact Melissa Mittelstadt at faithlutheranpreschoolak@gmail.com.

Faith Lutheran School’s Christmas Service will be held on Friday, December 16th at 6:30pm.  The program is “The People of Christmas.”  Come enjoy a service of songs and narration about all the characters involved in Christmas, from the ancient people to Jesus to us. 

The Christmas season is one of joy - and Christ is the center of that joy! Join us in the fellowship hall on Saturday, December 17th from 10 am to 12 pm to decorate Christmas cookies and make stained glass candle holders. Then go share your creations with your friends and neighbors! For more information, please contact Cara Ewings.
 Faith will offer the popular Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class early in the new year, Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm from January 10th through March 7th.  The class covers biblically-based principles of money management, beneficial to all from young people starting out on their own to older couples.  A preview will be held on December 13th at 6:30pm if you are interested.  If you can provide some light snacks for the classes please contact Jeff Bromaghin. For more information on the class, please visit the Stewards of Faith blog at http://stewardsoffaith.blogspot.com.

Christmas
Worship Schedule


Sundays -                9:00am Sunday School/Bible Study
                                 10:30am Worship Service
Wednesdays -         6:00pm Soup Supper Potluck
                                 7:00pm Midweek Advent Service
Christmas Eve -     6:00pm Christmas Eve Service
                                 10:00pm Candlelight Service
Christmas Day -   10:30am Christmas Service
New Year’s Eve -   7:00pm New Year’s Service

Monday, November 21, 2016

Announcements from November 20th

Next Sunday, November 27th, we have a very special day of worship and fellowship planned  as we celebrate Thanksgiving together. We will have an All-Church Worship Service at 10:30am for the English, Spanish and Hmong speaking people of Faith. During the service we will also rededicate our school building, thanking our God for the blessing of this ministry among us. After the worship service, all are welcome and invited to tour the school to see the renovation project that took place this past summer. The open house will be followed by a potluck lunch and a brief congregational meeting. There are a few items requiring action by the congregation, but mostly this will be an informative meeting to keep everyone abreast of the ministry work going on here at Faith. We pray that you are able to join us!

10:30-11:30 – All Church Worship
11:30-1:00 – Potluck Lunch and Open House
1:00-2:00 – Congregational Meeting


Faith will offer the popular Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class early in the new year, Tuesday evenings at 6:30 from January 10th through March 7th.  The class covers biblically-based principles of money management, beneficial to all from young people starting out on their own to older couples.  For more information about the class, please visit the Stewards of Faith blog at http://stewardsoffaith.blogspot.com/.

In our Sunday morning Bible study we are training our sights on the devil in a series called “Know Your Enemy.”  Today we put a laser focus on the tactics the tempter uses to try and pry us from the hand of our God.  We will note that his perverted plans are mighty, but our God gives us the strength to overcome and win the victory.  Next week we will take a look at the Arenas of the Adversary and learn where he goes about waging war with us.  Come join us at 9:00 as we grow in God's Word!