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Come and worship with us at 505 East Bonita Avenue (one-half block east of the Post Office) in San Dimas, Sundays at 8:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7:00.

Click here for this month's calendar and here for our annual planning calendar (check periodically for updates).

ACCESS TO FLC APRIL 22ND DURING CICLAVIA

CICLAVIA, an event promoting the use of mass transit, cycling and walking, will close streets from Claremont to San Dimas next Sunday, April 22nd.

Parking and walking, or riding a bicycle to worship are options.

Because we and the convalescent hospital and the two apartment buildings on our side of the block only have Bonita to get in and out, traffic will flow from east to west on Bonita Avenue, in the north lane only, from San Dimas Canyon Road to Walnut Ave.

This will allow us access to the church for worship.

“BASICS OF FAITH” THEME FOR WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

Join us in worship on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. with a new theme, Basics of Faith, starting April 4th.

Our services will feature Evening Prayer, Holy Communion, and Bible Study related to our theme:

Knowing Jesus (Genesis 3:1-21) will be our focus on April 4th.

Come and learn about living with confidence, growing spiritually, getting up after you’ve fallen down, and more!

RETIREMENT DINNER FAST APPROACHING

A committee has formed to plan a dinner to honor Pastor Berkedal and his family and plans are underway.

The dinner will be held on June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Holy Name of Mary Parish Hall up the street.

Invitations have been sent and more are on their way. Use the contact info below if you haven’t received your invitation yet, and one will be sent to you.

We have made every effort to keep the cost of this event as low as possible.We do not, however, want anyone to miss the dinner for financial reasons. If you are unable to afford the full $30 per person needed to cover our costs, just contribute as much as you are able – but please send in your response card and please come.

We encourage those who are able, to donate more than $30 to help cover the cost of those who cannot afford the full price.

Additional important information is included in the invitation regarding children, child care, pictures, and other details.

QUESTIONS? Contact Doug Halvorsen 626-532-0576 dhalhusky@aol.com or Paula Ambrosini 909-994-9817 paula.ambrosini@gmail.com.

FAITH MEALS ORDERS

Our Confirmation Class youth quickly sold all of the 148 Faith Meals for the homeless they made as their Lenten ministry. They will be making one more batch this spring. Sign up on the announcement wall to place your order at $2.00 each. Faith Meals are gallon zip-lock bags filled with useful items., such as food and water, a gospel tract and a flier with information about where to get help all over LA County. They maybe carried with you in your car, backpack, or a (very large) purse or bag. Bring help and hope to the homeless.

TRANSITION MEETING WITH SYNOD STAFF

Our congregational leaders met with Pastor Reg Schultz Akerson, Assistant to the Bishop for Rostered Leadership, last week to discuss plans for the transition to a new pastor after Pastor Berkedal’s retirement.

Pastor Reg stated that an Interim pastor would be assigned to serve at FLC while a long-term pastor is identified and called by the congregation. That process will likely take 12-18 months, thought it could be done faster if the congregation moves through the steps quickly. Reg gave the church council homework to do in preparation for his next visit in April. Speak with any of our church council members or Pastor Berkedal for further details.

WALKING TEAM FOR BE THE MATCH EVENT JUNE 3RD

FLC will be the site of an event encouraging people to join the national bone marrow registry and remember two fallen police officers on Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. See the flier on the announcement table today for info. The website is www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/RoyalHomes.

We are forming a team to take part in the companion memorial walk for police officers Michael Miyamoto and Jordan Corder.

Contact Irene Snavely at peacefulfairy@yahoo.com or to take part 626 915-8031.

CARRIE REID AND GRACE CROWTHER FEATURED IN THE NEWS

Carrie Reid was featured in a news story that was broadcast on channels 9 and 2 as a cheerleader for the San Dimas High School Football game.

Our congratulations to Grace Crowther (who also speaks in the video) and to the San Dimas High School Cheerleaders for setting this up.

Oh, the "church" mentioned in the piece is us, Faith Lutheran Church in San Dimas.

Click here for the video from Channel 9 (the Channel 2 version was edited and bit shorter).

CHURCH CONSTRUCTION IN TAZANIA UPDATE

We are receiving a special offering to help our brothers and sisters in Christ of Dakawa, Tanzania in East Africa build a structure for worship, learning and missions.

When completed, it will be the only church serving the students at the only post-high school schools training all the teachers and skilled craftsman in the country, plus the surrounding area!

It is now nearly complete, but worship services for students and locals are being held, and the church is growing. Three weddings have already taken place!

We will soon be moving on to the construction of our seventh church.

Thank you for your generous support.

Please mark a white pew envelope “Tanzania” for this purpose, or mail your gift to the church.

"LIKE" US ON FACEBOOK

We are on Facebook as Faith Lutheran Church San Dimas and recently went over the 1,000 likes mark. Click here to check us out and "like" us.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE MUSIC FOR THE LORD?

Contact Dan Ambrosini at aambrosini.daniel @gmail.com or at (909) 392-8400 about singing or playing in our vocal and instrumental groups!

FOOD PANTRY SUPPORT

We set a goal of giving 4,000 lbs. of food, including some of the produce from our Seeds of Faith garden, and personal hygiene items, to our local emergency food pantry in 2018! Please give food to help the people who need our help in the name of Jesus Christ. Food that does not need cooking, small water bottles, canned food, staple food, easy-to-prepare food, diapers and personal hygiene items are much needed.

If you prefer, you can contribute funds and volunteers will shop for you.

SEEDS OF FAITH GARDEN

Our Seeds of Faith Organic Garden group gathers at the garden at FLC on the third Saturday of every month. Come and learn how to grow your own food and care for Creation. Contact Lisa Blair at 626 422-9097 or at lisamblair127@ yahoo.com for more information

SHARE YOUR FAITH STORY

How did you first come to a life of faith in Jesus Christ? What keeps you close to God? Have you every wavered? What brought you back? Everyone has a faith story. We are looking for a few people to share theirs.

Would you be willing to share your story of faith with the congregation, either in person at worship or on video? Contact Pastor Berkedal to find out how you can share your story at dberkedal@faithsd.net or at 909 599-3978.

HOW TO DO FAMILY DEVOTIONS ON THE FLY

Click here for a 90-second video.

FORWARD IN FAITH 2018 APPEAL PLEDGES

We’ve had a great beginning to our Forward in Faith 2018 Stewardship Appeal. Ministry Moment talks have been given by Carol Beyer, with Candace Martinez, Chuck Parrish, and Hal Fredericksen coming.

Materials are available on the announcement tables and can be accessed below.

A pledge is not a contract. It is a statement of intent that can be revised up or down. What it does is help us be intentional about our giving.

Pray about it, and then return your completed pledge this coming Sunday. We will bring our pledges to the altar and tie them to a Christmas tree as a response to the great gift of God in Jesus Christ.

Click here for a copy of an explanatory letter, a Pledge Sheet, and an explanation of what it means.

Click here for our bulletin inserts for November 19, November 26, December 3, December 10, and December 17.

Fill out your pledge sheet and mail it to FLC at 505 East Bonita Avenue, San Dimas, California 91773 or bring it with you to worship.

Thank you for your continued partnership in our common ministry, your generous response to God’s grace, and your shining example of what a Christian community looks like among the people it serves and to whom it witnesses.

CELEBRATING REFORMATION 500

What is a Lutheran? We now have an opportunity to tell our story.

The world took note of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, last October 29th and we are now celebrating.

Watch for a year of personal devotions, a Lenten season of reflection, creative use of social media, film festival, a book and media festival, synod events, and much more.

We will celebrate together the story of why the Lutheran church becoming necessary and share the grace of God in Jesus Christ that made it happen.

TAKE YOUR PICTURE WITH MARTIN LUTHER

We have placed full-size cutout of Martin Luther in our entryway (Narthex). Come and take your picture with him, pick up a copy of some suggested text to go with it, and post it to your social media!

TIME AND TALENT SURVEYS

Your are gifted. Tell us how. Fill out the Time and Talent survey at www.faithsd.net>Faith That Works and send or bring it in. Take some time today.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Our children in Pre-school through 6th grade follow their teachers out of the worship space into the Parish Hall at after the Children's Sermon at our 10:00 a.m. worship service during the school year.

Please be praying about whether God might be calling you to teach.

STEWARDSHIP IN 2018

Are you rich towards God? Could you live on ten times your current giving?

First fruits (the first check you write after income), proportional (based on a percentage of that income) growth giving (leading to 10% (a tithe) and beyond) is the Biblical standard.

With the stocks at or near all-time highs, gifts of appreciated stock directly to FLC may have tax advantages. Consult with your financial advisor to see if this may be effective stewardship for you.

Live by faith each day for Jesus.

FLC STUDY GROUP

The FLC Study Group gathers at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays in the Conference Room. Once a month fellowship takes place with a byo lunch at 12 noon. Participants are welcome to drop in at any time. Contact Sam Kamler at shkamler@earthlink.net for info.

MAJOR MAINTENCE PROGRESS

Our project to replace the light fixtures in the Parish Hall has been completed! This is a Major Maintenance project, after re-roofing the Parish Hall, re-painting the wood trim and metal fences and trimming the trees this year.

Next up is resurfacing our south parking lot on Bonita Ave.

Our thanks to all who have contributed to our Major Maintenance Fund!

SING IN OUR ADULT LITURGICAL CHOIR

"One who sings prays twice" - Augustine

Come and sing in our Adult Liturgical Choir and support the worship of our congregation. Rehearsals are held in FLC Thursdays in 7:00 p.m. in our main worship building. Click here for an informative flier including the many benefits of singing in a church choir.

Contact Director Dan Ambrosini at ambrosini.daniel@gmail.com or (909) 392-8400 with questions or for more info. Or, just come to a practice and see for yourself!

WORSHIP SERVICES

Come and worship with us Sundays at 8:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m., or Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Click here for directions. We encourage the presence of children at worship, and we provide free professional child care, a cry room, as well as children's activity sheets. All are welcome.

ANNUAL REPORT

Click here for Pastor Berkedal's 2017 report to our Annual FLC Meeting last January. Contact the church for a complete annual meeting report. Watch for our 2018 report coming in early !

Here are some quick one-click links:

Worship Times Directions

Contact Us How to Contribute

Questions about FLC? Contact Pastor David Berkedal here.

Check the links to the left below the line to meet the pastor, tour the church and tour our campus! Welcome!

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