Monday, October 27, 2014

Christmas for Kids

Christmas for Kids is coming up on Saturday, December 6th from 9am-12pm. It will be like a 1 day VBS where children can come and enjoy Christmas crafts, snacks, games, decorating cookies and learning about the Christmas story while parents get Christmas shopping done.
We're looking for help to acculumate the supplies we'll need, as well as volunteers to help that day.

Items to donate:
  • Ziploc bags                                                                  
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Cardstock                                                           
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbons
  • Salt dough ingredients (flour, salt, oil)          
  • Snow dough ingredients (toilet paper and Ivory soap)
  • Christmas cookies (ready to decorate)
  • Frosting                                                    
  • Other cookie decorations (sprinkles, candies, etc.)
  • Cheap prizes for Christmas Bingo
  • Trail mix supplies (Bugles, pretzels, goldfish, raisins, M&Ms, sunflower seeds, Hershey’s Kisses)

*A more definitive estimation of amounts needed, as well as a sign-up sheet, will be available closer to December 6th.

How you can help:
  • Lesson leader (tell the Christmas story)
  • Craft leaders (salt dough handprints, tissue paper silhouettes, popsicle stick crafts)
  • Snack supervisor (set out placemats and trail mix ingredients, supervise making of trail mix)
  • Christmas cookie decorators (set out cookies, frosting, decorations; help decorate/crowd control)
  • Greeters (greet parents & children, hand out name tags)
  • Sensory/outdoor supervisors (watch younger kids playing with playdough, older kids playing outside in snow)
  • Song leader
  • Clean-up crew

If you are interested in helping in any of these ways, please talk to Cara Ewings or Rachel Wendland for more information!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reformation Sunday

Question for the Day:
What's the connection between

The Lutheran Reformation,
Flying Gospel Angels, and
Nigerians on motorcycles?

The answer will be revealed this Sunday!

Our annual WELS Alaska Reformation Festival Service will begin at 4:30 pm.   Pastor Chris Ewings will serve as the liturgist, leading us in worship with fellow Lutherans from the area WELS congregations.

Pastor Douglas Weiser will preach a message based on Revelation 14:6-7.  His theme will be “Give Thanks for All Angels of the Gospel!”  His message will tie the Lord’s prophecy in Revelation to the Lutheran Reformation -- to our WELS mission work -- and to our own lives as people of God.  

A potluck meal will follow the service.  Local folks are invited to bring a hot dish to share.  More distant folks can more easily bring salad, rolls or dessert.

Pastor Weiser
After serving as WELS liaison to the Lutheran congregations in Nigeria for many years, Pastor Douglas Weiser was called this year to serve as a “non-resident” missionary.  He will reside in the United States but maintain regular communication with and make regular visits to Nigeria.  He will counsel and assist pastors, congregations, and efforts at the seminary training of our Nigerian brothers.

WELS in Nigeria 
WELS relationships with Lutherans in Nigeria go back almost 80 years, to 1936.  With no resident missionary on this field today, Pastor Weiser now serves our Lord and the church by working with self-standing church bodies and steering them along the path of confessional Lutheran faith and practice. Please remember our brother and sister believers in Nigeria in your prayers!

The Offering

In our school chapel services this month, our mission offerings are designated for a special project for Nigeria.  These offerings will be combined with mission offerings from Grace Lutheran School in Kenai and the offerings received in our Reformation Service.  The resulting amount will be used for the purchase of a motorcycle for the Nigerian pastors to use when visiting mission stations.   In the bush, roads are often difficult or impassable at certain times of the year, and a motorcycle would be a great help to them.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Join us for roadside cleanup this Saturday!

Faith Lutheran Church and School have adopted a stretch of road on West Northern Lights starting at the Earthquake Park parking lot due west.  Come help clean up Anchorage and support your church and community by joining us!  We’ll meet at the Earthquake Park parking lot at 11am on Saturday.  Bags will be provided.  I hear that there may even be some hot chocolate for warming up after!