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Sundays at 8:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
NEW PROGRAM YEAR BEGINS AT FLC
Today during our 8:30/10:00 A.M. worship service will be a blessing and prayer for All Students and Teachers.
Confirmation classes will begin soon for our first and second year 2018/19 confirmation class. If you missed the orientation meeting and have a son or daughter in 7th grade or above wanting to join this year’s confirmation class please call/text Pastor Dave at 925 216-6560 or email @ email@example.com
Sunday School Education Meeting on Thursday, September 13th at 7:00PM
Sunday School classes begin September 30th.
Our congratulations to those who have been appointed to serve on the MET team. They are Cathy Maddaford (Chair), Daniel Ambrosini, Sarah Ambrosini, Hal Fredericksen, Annette Hetherington, Irene Snavely, and Sue Stanaway. Thank you for your willingness to serve and for your positive response to this call.
The FLC MET team had their first meetings Friday, Sept. 7th. and Sept. 14th at 6:00 p.m. Two MET team members came to our FLC council meeting on Tuesday.
The purpose of this transition time is to mobilize, discover and generate the capacity to thrive anew. The two major goals are 1.) to discover a new and deepened sense of identity and purpose for the congregation and 2.) to establish a healthy relationship with the next pastoral leader who will walk with the congregation toward the renewed sense of purpose.
We will begin our new program year at FLC on Sunday, Sept. 9th!
Our celebrations will include a picnic with games, pinatas, and a bounce house for chil
dren, at about 11:15 a.m.
The Men of Faith will cook hamburgers, hot dogs and brats, the Women of Faith will organize, and the LIFT and CIA groups will lead the games.
The Gem City Jazz Cats big band will play at the picnic.
Our annual FLC Ministry Faire will take place as the picnic begins.
Our Ministry Fair will offer new opportunities to be a part of what God is doing at FLC! Come and help us make a great start to a new program year!
All FLC groups are asked to have a small display and sign-up sheets for their organization. Help your group grow!
September 2018: Letter From Our Interim Pastor Dave Beard
This is Holy Ground. We’re standing on Holy Ground;
For the Lord is present and where God is, is Holy.
This is Holy Ground. We’re standing on Holy Ground;
For the Lord is present and where God is, is Holy.
Song text: Christopher Beatty
To the people of Faith Lutheran Church,
Grace, mercy, and peace be with you!
Finding yourself in the In-Between places is not always comfortable. Those times can be a bit challenging, disconcerting. That is where we are at in the life of our parish at this moment…that In-Between Time.
While there is a certain amount of anxiety, this is also the time to lean into the challenge and to reimagine the future of our congregation, our mission and ministry.
A Holy Conversation
In-Between times can become sacred space. I would like to invite you to consider this sacred space as a time for “Holy Conversation”. Holy Conversation is compassionate and prayerful conversation, that acknowledges the voice of every person. It is respectful conversation that “listens” to the thoughts and ideas of others. It is “Holy” because it is God led and Spirit fed conversation, that prayerfully considers God’s grace filled call.
When Moses encountered God at the burning bush, God said, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5) And then God spoke to Moses and confirmed his covenant with the people of Israel. In that “Holy Conversation” Moses was empowered to lead the people out of their bondage into the freedom of a new land. It was a new beginning, of a long journey of faith. It started with the “Holy Conversation”.
Grace for the Journey
Our Holy Conversation for this journey will ask:
•Who are we?
•What has God called us to do or be?
•Who are our neighbors?
We will also center our journey and conversation around the “Five Developmental Tasks” that I introduced in last month’s newsletter. Our newly appointed Ministry Exploration Team, (MET) will key off these five focus points as they create experiences, events, and times for “Holy Conversation”. We will acknowledge the importance of our congregational history through appreciative and attentive inquiry, listening to the stories of our experience at Faith Lutheran. We will consider our identity, creating a sacred space to imagine what the Spirit is calling forth. Deepening our conversations, lifting our current practices, values and core convictions. We will look at our connections to our community, our neighbors and friends, the people in our back yard as well as our relationship with other faith groups and our relationship with local Lutheran congregations, the ELCA and the Southwest Synod. We will review the membership needs and our organization while committing to new leadership and a new future. All of this is to be done in prayerful, “Holy Conversation” with our God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and guided by the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I hope that you are beginning to sense the season of excitement, that feeling of joy, the transformation of our imaginations…and our movement into our “Holy Conversation”.
In the joy of Jesus,
Pastor Dave Beard
Welcome Pastor Beard
Last Sunday we had a wonderful morning of worship with our new Interim Pastor, Pastor David Beard and an informal continental breakfast between services to welcome pastor. Thanks to all those who came and everyone that organized the morning gathering. Pastor Beard’s week started with two Sunday worship services, Wednesday Evening Bible study and Chapel time (Pictured) with our FLC preschool Wednesday and Thursday morning. If you missed last Sunday, don’t worry Pastor Beard will be “tenting amongst us for awhile…” and yes, that is a tent set up on our altar! Pastor Beard just finished serving as Interim Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Menifee. He will serve as Interim Pastor for around one year until the congregation calls a permanent Pastor.
PASTORAL TRANSITION AND CALL PROCESS
Two committees will form over the coming months that, with the assistance of the Synod, will lead the congregation through an established call process. A Mission Exploration Team will firststudy and reflect on the congregation, our surrounding communities, and mission opportunities.The MET team's findings will be used to help identify our Pastoral needs. A Call Committee will then evaluate potential candidates and ultimately present its recommendation to the Congregation for approval at a congregational meeting. Please pray for God's guidance through the formation and work of these committees. Contact congregation President, Paula Ambrosini, at 909-994-9817 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
Women of Faith Collected School Backpacks and Supplies
Special thanks to all who contributed backpacks and school supplies. The Women of Faith donated to Love INC (In the Name of Christ)..
Contact Nancy Brewster at 626 484-5894 for more info about the work of the Women of Faith.
BE THE MATCH THANKS
FLC will be the site of an event last Sunday afternoon encouraging people to join the national bone marrow registry and remember two police officers during their time of service.
Our thanks to Irene Snavely for being our liason and an event organizer, The Men of Faith for barbequing and providing the food, the three persons who signed up for the national bone marrow registry, and all who contributed to the $725 that was raised for the organization at the event with 75 people in attendance!
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or (909) 392-8400 with questions or for more info. Or, just come to a practice and see for yourself!
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.
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 !
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Questions about FLC? Contact Pastor here.
Check the links to the left below the line to meet the pastor, tour the church and tour our campus! Welcome!