OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT

Reminder that the quarterly voters is scheduled for October 21st. There is also a potluck that day after the 10:30 service, the voters meeting should be starting around 12:15 pm. There are many things on the agenda, including 2019 church calendar, 2019 annual budget, and election of board and council members. The official agenda will be posted at the usher stand before the 14th of October.

I would like to give everybody an update on the discussions with Emmanuel. At the council meeting on September 11th the council decided to discontinue talks with Emmanuel at this time. I feel that we the current vision of a joint ministry that Faith could support are not the same vision of a joint ministry that Emmanuel is looking for at this time. I ask that you keep both Faith and Emmanuel in your prayers as both congregations continue move forward in spreading Gods in his kingdom.


Lords’ Blessing’s

Lee Sarnstrom

EVANGELISM NEWS

Our Fall Festival is Saturday, October 27 from 2-4 pm. There will be an inflatable bouncing house outside. Everything else is planned to be inside this year. Instead of decorating car trunks and lining up outside in what could be cold weather, you are invited to claim a room or space in our fellowship hall and decorate it anytime from Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning, October 21-27. Decorations will need to be taken down afterwards for Sunday School/Bible Study the next morning. There is a sign up sheet in the church entrance. You may hand out the candy you bring to trick-or-treaters who come into your room. This year, instead of having pumpkin carving on Friday night we will have it as part of our Fall Festival. There will be treats and refreshments. Our Evangelism Committee helps with our Fall Festival, and please invite friends to come with your families. God's word will be heard in a devotion, and friendship will be enjoyed.


SEPTEMBER COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

Membership Changes: Released - Steve & Kathy Metcalf, Tommy, Suzy, Molly, Ellie

Education: Preschool, Sunday School and Confirmation Classes have begun.

Elders: Mission festival is Oct 14th. Pastor Mark Cordes will be the guest preacher.

Evangelism: Annual Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Carving will be Oct 27th from 2:00-4:00.

- this year the events will be combined and held indoors in the Banquet Hall.

Trustees: The rear property line was surveyed in September.

Pastor: Thank you for your support this summer. Please keep all our ministries in your prayers.

President: 100 copies of the new WELS movie "To the Ends of the Earth" have been ordered.

Old Business: We have withdrawn from joint ministry discussions with Emmanuel at this time due to differing visions.

New Business: None.

 

BULLETIN BOARD

  • You are cordially invited to the Dedication Service of the new Worship Center at Living Hope Lutheran Church.
    Sunday, October 7th at 2:30 PM
    8600 Horizon Drive Shakopee, MN 55379
    952-445-1785Guest Preacher: Rev. Mark Liesener

    There will be light refreshments immediately following.

  • Register Today! Celebration of Life event Saturday, October 20 Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, WI: Christian Life Resources has hosted the Celebration of Life Event for 35 years, training thousands of Christians to apply God's Word to the most challenging life and family issues of our time. Join us as we celebrate God's grace on this life-affirming ministry. Overview of Tracks: Living Transformed: Workshops provide practical tools for Christians to navigate ethical challenges in life. Leading Transformed: Workshops to guide pastors, teachers, staff ministers and youth leaders as they encounter specific ministry challenges. Serving Transformed: Workshops for those on the front lines of life ministries. Keynote Focus: "Transformed!" Rev. Paul Prange, WELS Administrator of Ministerial Education. Using the theme for this year's event, Rev. Prange will provide insight on our transformation in Christ. He will also share a dramatic update on his personal adoption story. Transformed Basics: Date: Saturday, October 20; Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm; Venue: Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, WI; Ticket: $45; Who is invited to attend? Everyone! Register Today! Christian Life Resources Box 56 Richfield, WI 53076 1-800-729-9535, christianliferesources.com.

  • Travel with fellow Christians on a study tour to Italy during May 12-23, 2019. For a brochure with all the information, go to www.blcstudytour.com. For immediate questions about the tour, email Prof. Adie Harstad at aharstad@blc.edu.

 

DEVOTION

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness

James 3:13-18

Wisdom

"Who is wise and understanding among you?" Well, that depends on your definition or standard of wisdom.

Are you wise?

There is a kind of wisdom that is fueled by selfish ambition and bitter envy. Such wisdom wants to get ahead in life; it wants to fulfill its desires at whatever cost. It is willing to deny the truth to do so, even to the point of resorting to evil practices. Though it leaves a trail of disorder in its wake, it boasts of the great things it has accomplished. The Bible calls this earthly wisdom. It also calls it unspiritual, even of the devil. It is wisdom which is characterized chiefly by a selfish focus on me.

There is, however, another kind of wisdom. It is never willing to sacrifice the truth; it is pure. Rather than seeking to get ahead of others, it is peace-loving and considerate. Rather than striving for personal gain, it is submissive and full of mercy. Instead of resorting to evil, it bears good fruit; it is impartial and sincere. Such wisdom has no room for boasting; it is full of humility. The Bible calls this heavenly wisdom. It points out that it produces a harvest of righteousness. It is wisdom that is characterized chiefly by a loving focus on others.

Are you wise?

As you fight the temptation to be me-focused and strive to lovingly focus on others, remember where true wisdom comes from. It comes not from within or below. It comes from above, from God. It comes from the One who was and is wisdom personified. It comes from the Savior who never sinfully focused on himself and always lovingly focused on the spiritual and eternal welfare of others. Remember that this wisdom is revealed in and fueled by the gospel.

"Who is wise and understanding among you?" The one who knows and trusts and walks with Jesus.

Prayer: Lord God, forgive me for the times I have embraced earthly wisdom and left behind me a trail littered with hurt and hardship. With eyes focused on you and others, may my faith shine as I pursue and practice heavenly wisdom. Amen.

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