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August 2018: Letter From Our Interim Pastor
Lord Jesus you call us into new ventures of which
we cannot see the ending, paths yet untrodden.
Give us faith to go forward with good courage,
trusting in your leading and love. Amen
To the people of Faith Lutheran Church,
Grace, mercy, and peace be with you!
The journey has begun!
It has been a good couple of weeks of ministry at Faith Lutheran. Thank you for your warm welcome, or should I say “hot” welcome considering the 100+ degree temperature. I have already met with the Council, shared time with the Book Club group, led the Pre-School children in Chapel, presided in worship, both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, officiated at Clare Peterson’s Memorial service, provided pastoral counseling, and am now settling into the office and normal routines of the parish.
I am looking forward to our ministry together.
The human person is a wonderful creation. God has endowed us with amazing coping abilities. Our ability to think and react, to respond to a need, to comprehend and move, to care deeply. In a word, to have compassion.
Compassion. The Greek word for compassion has its root in the word “guts”. Feeling it in your gut, where your reaction to something that is visceral.
Jesus had compassion. He saw deeply in to the souls of each person who brushed against him, trying to get the healing, that sense of wellbeing, the hope, the return of delight, the healing of the heart and soul, and yes, the physical healing of the body and mind. Jesus’ compassion was a feeling, and so much, much more. It was about doing. Compassion in Action
I know that it has been a busy and intense year, for you, the good people of Faith Lutheran. Your worlds have been shaken up a bit, with your beloved Pastor retiring, joy mixed with sadness over the changes, all normal in so many ways, yet nevertheless a bit unsettling.
We now begin a time of discernment in the life of our parish. Such a time as this, is for sure, a time of compassion and care for each other as we journey through this time of transition together.
It is my prayer that as we move though this time we will look for ways to discover a new and preferred future for the ministry here at Faith Lutheran, that with compassion we would ponder these questions.
What do we see when we look at ourselves, at our community of faith?
What needs attention? What issues need tending? What needs nurture?
And what about our extended community, our neighbors, and friends, what do we see?
What vision will guide us?
And where do we all fit in?
People of Faith Lutheran, together as a community in Christ, we can answer those questions, and you can play a vital role in the re-imaging of your ministry. Vibrant congregations…are bold to be honest in their assessments of their ministry!
The feeling of compassion, “a love that’s never-failing”, an opportunity to re-orient our ministry, to re-vision our purpose, to re-prioritize our lives, to consider what it is that calls our passions, our guts, into service and witness.
Faithful and energetic communities are filled with people willing to take the steps into the future, to walk the paths as yet untraveled, to experience the compassion, love and mercy of our Savior Jesus.
That is the work I think we need to do, as individuals, households, and congregation, that we might flourish in the abundant life that God has given.
And all of this to the glory of God.
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 COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES
School Supplies Due August 1st. The Women of Faith will be collecting School supplies and backpacks for June and July for Love INC (In the Name of Christ). Check the display at FLC for more info.
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!