Faith Lutheran Church News
Worship & Education
Our Renovated Sanctuary
Blood pressure screening is held following the 10:15 service the first Sunday of the month.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:00 - 10:00
Youth classes will meet in the lower level and adult classes are held in the blue room on the main level.
Sunday, November 27-- Advent One--The first Sunday of the Church Year
We begin our preparation for the celebration of the Incarnation (God be with us in the birth, life,death and resurrection of Jesus.)
See Advent and Christmas Worship Opportunities in the next article.
Advent and Christmas Worship Opportunities
The season of Advent begins the weekend of November 27. The color for the season is blue. As part of the celebration we will use an Advent Wreath. Our Christmas tree will be put up on Friday, November 25. However it will not be lit until the Sunday before Christmas, December 18. During the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, in order to put special emphasis on the teaching that Jesus is the Savior of the whole world, we will be learning and re-learning music from various cultures, especially focusing on Hispanic music. Early in December the Glass Corridor will again be decorated with small Christmas trees including a mitten tree, and, of course, beginning November 20 we will be gathering the gifts for the twelve children from the Whitehall area whom we have "adopted" for Christmas. In addition, we will prepare and serve breakfast at First English on Sunday, November 27, offer "Time Out Tuesday" on Tuesday, November 29, and will again take participate in cleaning Collingwood and adjacent streets on Saturday, December 3 at 10:00am.
We will offer a variety of ways for us to share and celebrate "God with us" in the person of Jesus Christ during the season of Christmas. The color for the season is white. On Christmas Eve we will have a special candle lighting at both services. The Sanctuary will be decorated with poinsettias and other special decorations.
+ Congregation Christmas Pot-luck: Saturday, December 17:6pm, followed by a short carol-sing.
+ Parish Christmas Program—presentations by youth, and various musical groups: Sunday, December 18: 10:15am
+ Caroling to shut-ins: Sunday, December 18: 11:30am
+ Luminaries will be set out on Saturday, December 24 at 3:00pm and brought back in at 9:30pm.
+ Christmas Eve worship will be offered at 4:00pm (finishing before it is dark) and at 8:00pm. Special instrumental and vocal music will be offered at the 8:00 service.
+ Sunday, December 25 we will share and celebrate the good news with the members of First English Lutheran Church and at Faith Lutheran.
++We will prepare and serve breakfast at First English at 7:45am.
++ Food and fellowship will be offered at Faith Lutheran at 9:00am. (There will be no Christian Education classes that day.)
++A service of Word and Sacrament, making use of many of our favorite carols, will be offered at 10:15am.
+ Time out Tuesday—scheduled for December 27, is still being considered.
+ LSS Food Pantry—members of Faith will serve at the pantry on Thursday, December 29
+ New Year’s Eve Worship will be offered on Saturday, December 31 at 4:00pm (finishing before it is dark)
+ Sunday, January 1, we will again offer food and fellowship at 9:00 am and then there will be a service of Word and Sacrament celebrating the First Sunday of Christmas at 10:15am.
+ The weekend of January 8 we will conclude the season of Christmas and begin the season of Epiphany by celebrating the Baptism of our Lord and by renewing our baptismal vows.
++Saturday services during the Epiphany season will use an Evening Prayer and Holy Communion format.
++Sunday liturgies will use music from many different cultures.
Betty Brewer's Angels
Last November I was honored to be part of the radio program "Journey Through Aging" where I give you some ideas on exactly how to give the best gift of all, the gift of you. Just click here http://journeythroughaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JTA-12-13-seg-4.mp3 to listen. "Journey Through Aging" is a wonderful radio show in which the host, Joel Wrobbel covers a wide range of topics regarding aging. The show airs every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on WRFD 880AM. I encourage you to go to their web site www.journeythroughaging.com to scroll through the list of topics they cover. All the shows are online so if you miss a show when it airs, it is easy to just click on the one that most interests you. You will be amazed at the variety of topics Joel covers. Last Saturday one of the topics Joel presented was "10 Signs of Caregiver Stress". I know many of you are caregivers so this might be helpful for you.
And oh yes, Betty Brewer's Angels newest blog posting is ready for you to read by clicking here Betty Brewer's Angels
We have some exciting news on two new ways you can donate to Betty Brewer's Angels without opening your pocket books and a heartwarming story about how one of our volunteers changed the life of a resident she visits. Hope you enjoy! Peace, Cheryl
Cheryl L. NewmanPresident, Betty Brewer's Angels--
A Message from Bishop Eaton
November 28, 2016
A Note from Bishop Dillahunt
A Pastoral Message from Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt
On a day full of fear, uncertainty, and pain at Ohio State, we are reminded that life is fragile. Our prayers are rising to God for the healing and recovery of the victims of this tragic and senseless attack, and for their families. Our prayers of thanksgiving are being offered for the women and men of law enforcement, who helped to prevent an even greater tragedy than the one we face. Our prayers for wisdom and care rise for the medical professionals treating those who are receiving their care. As our Lord taught us, we also pray for mercy for the assailant, and for the comfort of his family.
The Southern Ohio Synod is thankful for the presence of Jacob’s Porch, the Lutheran Campus ministry at The Ohio State University, and is comforted by the presence of the leaders and students here who will be providing prayer and emotional support for this community in the coming days and weeks. We are also thankful for the presence and ministry of our local pastors who are here to show that we, as the Body of Christ, rely on God and one another to bear such heavy burdens.
As we lift up the community at Ohio State in prayer during this season of Advent, we remember the promise of our Lord that we are not alone on our journey – Jesus, our Emmanuel - God with us - is present with and among us. We find our strength and comfort in his loving and gracious presence.
Rev. Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt
Southern Ohio Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America