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WELCOME

Thank you for visiting our web page!

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. (including December 24th), Wednesdays at 7:00.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services are on December 24th at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Christmas Day Holy Communion Worship Service on December 25th at 10:00 a.m.

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

HOUSE OF RUTH GIFTS THANKS

Our thanks to all who contributed 340 items (!) to our 4th annual collection of gifts for the House of Ruth Christmas Store for survivors of domestic violence, sponsored by the Women of Faith. Together we represent the love of Jesus and help provide a memorable Christmas. Our special thanks to organizer Janet Spencer and Pat Drechsler. Thank you!

LEROY HAYNES CHRISTMAS GIFTS AND COOKIES GIVING THANKS

Our thanks to those who provided 4 gifts for each of the 11 boys in Swain Cottage at the at the Leroy Haynes Center in La Verne, for Christmas.

Our thanks also to those who provided a dozen cookies for all the boys at all 6 cottages at this center for at-risk youth.

Our thanks also to the 11 FLC members who took part in the wrapping party. We had the largest group at the event!

Special thanks to Doug Halvorsen for organizing this Christmas ministry.

Thank you!

HANGING OF THE GREENS THANKS

Our thanks to the Altar Guild, Men of Faith and Women of Faith and all who came to help move us through Advent as we prepared the church for Christmas. The tree is decorated, the garlands hung, the worship space is accented with bows, the outdoor Nativity scene is set up and the outdoor banner is is in place.

Contact the church at 909 599-3978 or at flc@faithsd.net to see how you can help put out the poinsettias next Monday, December 18th.

CAROLING THANKS

Our thanks to the FLC youth and adults who went Christmas Caroling to local shut-ins, retirement homes and convalescent hospitals last Sunday night. We returned to the Parish Hall for snacks and Mexican hot chocolate! Thanks to all who contributed to reflecting the Light of Christmas.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR VETS

A table is set-up, filled with Christmas cards to sign for our homeless, hospice and other groups at the Pettis VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, which serves veterans of the wars of the past 60 years.

Sign them at church, take some home and bring them back, or buy your own (no glitter, please) and bring them in. Bring them back in time to be hand delivered for distribution by our Walk, Move, Pray group, and anyone who would like to come along, on December 20th. Take a few minutes to bring a personalized message of Christmas to our veterans who have given so much.

GIVING AT THE END OF 2017

Click here for a letter from Pastor Berkedal on the financial status of our congregation at the end of 2017.

WARM WINTER CLOTHES NEEDED FOR THE HOMELESS

Our Women of Faith group is also leading a congregational collection of warm winter clothing, such as coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, socks, etc. They will be distributed by Love I.N.C. (In the Name of Christ). Please place your gifts in the box provided at FLC by December 20th.

FORWARD IN FAITH 2018

We’ve had a great beginning to our Forward in Faith 2018 Stewardship Appeal.

Materials have been distributed. Additional forms are available at the announcement tables at FLC.

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.

Forms are also availble by scrolling down on this page to FORWARD IN FAITH 2018 APPEAL PLEDGES.

Pray about it, and then return your completed pledge on Sunday, December 17th.

We will all bring our pledges to the altar and tie them to a Christmas tree.

MAKE MUSIC THIS CHRISTMAS

Come and enrich our Christmas worship experiences by singing with our Adult Liturgical Choir or by playing with our Brass Choir. The Christmas choir is rehearsing Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Contact director Daniel Ambrosini at 909 392-8400 for more information.

PROVIDE POINSETTIAS

Click here for a form to help make our Christmas Services a feast for all the senses by donating Christmas Poinsettias.

GIFTS FOR CASA BONITA

Help bring a little extra Christmas spirit to the residents of the Casa Bonita Convalescent Hospital next door. Bring unwrapped gifts and place them in the box outside by December 15th. A list of what is needed is printed on the side of the box. Come and help wrap the gifts on Saturday, Dec. 16th from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Call Cheri Tyler at 909 592-6807 for more info.

THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS

Come and know the Light that has broken in to this world’s darkness in the joyful worship of the living God who became flesh in Jesus Christ!

CHRISTMAS-EVE CANDLELIGHT AND CAROLS

SERVICES

5:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.

We will celebrate the birth of Christ at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Christmas-eve, Sunday, December 24th. These services feature singing, The Bells of Faith, and a message of hope for this world.

NOTE: Members please park in the Casa Bonita parking lot next door to make room for our guests.

CHRISTMAS DAY HOLY COMMUNION

SERVICE 10:00 A.M.

The Birth is celebrated on Monday morning, Christmas Day 10:00 a.m., December 25th. Joyous singing and Holy Communion will be featured. Poinsettias will be delivered to Casa Bonita Convalescent Hospital residents after worship.

HELP AT CHRISTMAS WORSHIP

Check the announcement wall to see how you can help with ushering, child care, reading, and so on at our Christmas worship services.

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 last night (Friday) 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. 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 5,750 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 2017! 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

MILLIE STANFORD FUNERAL SERVICE

A link to a recording of the funeral of Millie Stanford may be found by copying and pasting this address into your web browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W39FViLd6g&feature=youtu.be

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, and December 10,

Fill out your pledge sheet and bring it with you to Faith Lutheran Church on December 17th. We will tie our pledges to a Christmas Tree, as a reminder that we give in response to the great gift God has given in Jesus Christ.

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.

FORWARD IN FAITH IN 2018 GIVING

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.

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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