Devotion

“This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.” Acts 2:23

An Important Job to Do

The world is full of different jobs. Each comes with different requirements and descriptions. When looking for a job, people will want to find one they are suited for and that they will enjoy doing. Some jobs require special skills or abilities to perform them properly.

Jesus’ Father gave him a unique job. He was sent to serve as the Savior of the world. Though innocent, he was condemned to death and crucified. But all this happened according to God’s purpose and foreknowledge. God used the horrible determination of wicked people for his own wonderful purpose—to save us from our sins.

This is good news for us because, as God’s creatures, we have a job of our own to do. We were created by our Father to glorify and honor him with godly living. However, we fail miserably at this job. Having failed, we deserve to suffer what God’s justice says our sins deserve. But, instead of giving us what our sins deserve, our merciful God saves us through the sufferings and death of his own Son on the cross.

We now have a new purpose in our lives. Our number-one job is to glorify and honor Jesus, who willingly died on the cross for us. We live to thank God, who gave us forgiveness and eternal hope.

God bless you in doing your job for him today!

Prayer:
Lord, help me today to do the job you have given me—to glorify and honor you. Amen.

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You're Invited

All are invited to the wedding ceremony of Katie Johnston and Pastor Spaude October 8, 2021, at Salem Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN at 1:30 pm.

Please also mark your calendars for a congregation wedding reception October 29 in the Banquet Hall. Social Hour at 5 pm. Dinner at 6 pm. Entertainment and fellowship to follow.

Please sign up by the ushers’ stand for the congregational reception by October 3 and bring a dessert or side dish. All else will be provided.

Bridal Shower

The Women of Faith hosted a bridal shower for Katie on Sunday, August 22. There were 26 women who joined in the meal, games, and fellowship to celebrate Katie & Pastor's future.

Women of Faith News

Our world is in desperate need to hear the truth of God’s love. As Women of Faith, we strive to reflect God’s love to others. Our objectives include serving the congregation, spiritual growth, evangelism within our congregation and missions, and furthering Christian fellowship among us. If you are a woman member of Faith Lutheran, then you are a member of WoF. Please join us!

As summer winds down, we look forward to getting back to our regular meetings. Please join us for our kick-off meeting on Tuesday, September 21 at 7 pm. Plan on a bible devotion, short business meeting, and a bonfire and fellowship. We’d love to see you there. 

Reminder: A women’s retreat is planned for October 22-24, 2021, for the women of Faith Lutheran. It will be held at Camp Croix in Danbury, Wisconsin.

Brochures are available under church mailboxes. Please let me know if you plan to attend.

Our next Women’s Bible study is Saturday, September 11 at 9:30 am. Please join us!

Have a lovely end of Summer!

Children of Faith Preschool

We begin another school year remembering that God is with us, as he was there at the beginning. Each month this school year we will be focusing on a specific Bible passage as the theme for our weekly Bible lessons. This month we find awe at God’s power & wisdom in creating this breathtakingly complex and beautiful world. We find comfort in God’s precise design, including creating each of us uniquely as we are in this specific place & time. We find hope that God our Creator has control over all and is more than capable of keeping his promise to bring his children home to heaven. With all this knowledge, confidence, excitement and more; we begin a new school year. To God be the glory!

 

WELS National Hymnal Week is coming soon (See welshymnal.com).  Here at Faith, we'll be kicking things off at our regular service times of 8 am and 10:30 am on the weekend of Sunday, September 19. Our Worship Hour will be an opportunity to experience some of the new resources in our upcoming new hymnal. 

Our Spiritual Growth Hour (Bible Study & Sunday School) that Sunday (9/19) at 9:15 am will be a Hymn Sing, where we'll hear and sing along with a video recording of choirs of students from Martin Luther College and Luther Preparatory School, and a children’s choir from Brookfield, Wisconsin.

On the afternoon of Sunday, September 26 at 2 pm, we'll gather in the banquet hall to watch a Concert Video featuring LPS and MLC choirs, the WELS Chamber group Canticum, and a liturgical ensemble, Trinitas, with refreshments to follow. 

Between September 19-26, WELS worship presentation videos on a range of hymnal and worship-related topics will be made available online. Stay tuned for more details on those.

Let the message about Christ dwell among you richly (Colossians 3:16).

October Bulletin Announcements

If you have announcements to be included in any of the October bulletins, please have them submitted to the church secretary no later than Wednesday, October 6. This will give Pastor time to review them before he goes on vacation. Please email your announcements to faith@justifiedbyfaith.net.

August Council Highlights

Education: 

~ New Bibles for incoming catechism students will be ordered soon.

~ Still looking for a Sunday School music director and piano player.

Elders: 

~ Will continue distributing communion as we have been until the prepackaged elements are gone.

Special Service changes for 2021 are listed below:

~ Thanksgiving Eve – change to one service at 7 pm (currently 4 pm & 7 pm services)

~ Christmas Eve – No Change – 4 pm & 7 pm services

~ Christmas Day – change to one service at 9:30 am (currently 9 am & 11 am services)

~ New Year's Eve – change to one service at 4 pm (currently one service at 7 pm)

Evangelism: 

~ Work will begin on a website upgrade including a secure online membership directory.

~ Working with Pastor on an Evangelism Bible study for this fall.

~ Fall Festival is set for October 30th.

Trustees: 

~ A new 50th Anniversary Banner will be installed in the yard in front of the church.

Pastor: 

~ Campus Ministry will be receiving a $500 gift.

Upcoming Dates:

~ Sep. 14 - St. Croix Conference at Faith in Prior Lake.

~ Sep. 14 - New Hymnal sing in Banquet Hall in place of Spiritual Growth Hour.

~ Oct. 4 - Pastors Circuit Meeting.

~ Oct. 9-24 - Pastor on vacation with Katie.

~ October Council Meeting will be moved to Oct 26th.

~ October Voters Meeting will be moved to Nov 7th.

President: 

~ Building Committee meeting August 26th.

Business: 

~ WELS Synod Convention - Theme was “Here We Stand”.