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505 East Bonita Avenue in San Dimas,

First Service 8:30 a.m., Traditional Blend Worship

Second Service 10:00 a.m., Ancient-Future Worship

WEDNESDAY (W.O.W.) WORSHIP

7:00 p.m. En*Theos Worship Service & Contemplative Prayer

(optional potluck supper at 6:15 pm)

Sunday, January 19, 2020: Second Sunday After Epiphany

Today's gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus' baptism. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and the one anointed by the Spirit. In the liturgy we come and see Christ revealed among us in word and meal. We go forth to invite others to come and worship the Holy One and to receive the gifts of grace and peace made known among us.

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FELLOWSHIP NIGHT

Pizza and Fellowship Night hosted by the Christian Book Club. Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. in our FLC Parish Hall. Come and meet new friends at FAITH, bring a friend and learn more about the FLC Christian Book Club.

CHRISTIAN BOOK CLUB

Come and take part in growing your faith with our FLC Christian Book Club.

The group has a new meeting day and time. Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m.— 10:00 a.m. in the FLC Conference Room. Beginning Wednesday, January 15th. No preparation is necessary, just show up with a loving heart. Gatherings include prayer and support for one another and our church.

FLC ANNUAL MEETING

Members of Faith Lutheran will gather for our Annual Potluck (sign-up at FLC) Luncheon and Business Meeting following our worship service. On Sunday, January 26th. We will install new church council members, adopt a budget for 2020, elect voting members of our synod and conference assemblies, and elect a nominating committee for the coming year.

All committee and ministry leaders are asked to have their reports submitted to the church office no later Tuesday, January 21st in order to have them included in our Annual Report, distributed at our FLC Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, January 26th.

WELCA RETREAT

You are invited to join a group of ladies from our Women of Faith and Altar Guild to attend a WELCA Sponsored three day Retreat on February 21st, 22nd, & 23rd. A flyer with more information is on the announcement table. Registration and payment is due Jan. 28th.

Food for the Poor

Today, Pastor Darrell D. Golnitz, Lutheran (ELCA) Pastor, will deliver the Message:“Rachel Still Weeps For Her Children...”. You will be invited to participate in this ministry through a special offering. Food For The Poor does much more than feed the millions ofindividuals. We drill life-giving water for those who otherwise wouldn’t have clean drinking water; we provide life saving medical care; we build homes for families without adequate shelter; we provide skills training and micro-enterprise opportunities that enable the poor to work; and we give children an education that will enable them to break free from the cycle of poverty that has ensnared generations.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Sunday, January 5th we celebrate the Epiphany of Lord
  • Sunday, January 5th and 19th at 6:00 pm L.I.F.T. youth group have their first meetings in 2020
  • Monday, January 6th Book Study will resume at 12:30 pm in the FLC conference room
  • Monday, January 6th Evening Bible Study will resume at 7:00 pm in the FLC conference room
  • Wednesday, January 8th Wednesday Worship (W.O.W) will resume at 7:00 pm. At 6:00 pm optional Potluck meal in the FLC Parish Hall
  • Tuesday, January 7th is the next Call Committee Meeting
  • Sunday, January 26th is the FLC Annual Business Meeting
  • CHRISTMAS THANKS

    Christmas was wonderful this year. We focused on giving to others in our community and in the world and on celebrating the greatest gift of all time. Christmas is a season of welcoming—a time to welcome the stranger, welcome the newborn, welcome the lost and lonely, welcome the near and dear. On Christmas Eve we had two Communion Candlelight worship services led by Pastor Dave Beard and sang carols. Jackie Titus sang, “He Shall Feed His Flock” at both services and during our 8:00 pm service our Faith Lutheran Choir sang, “Mary Did You Know” led by Dan Ambrosini. We thank God, and we thank all who made these celebrations so meaningful.

    Christmas Eve Family Worship

    Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Worship

    Christmas is a season of welcoming – a time to welcome the stranger, welcome the newborn, welcome the lost and lonely, welcome the near and dear. Yearly, we invite Christ to come fresh into our hearts, to lighten our darkness, heal our wounds, and restore our souls. Our worship at Faith will reflect this welcoming attitude because this is the attitude of grace – God’s grace as given in Jesus our Savior who is to be born anew into our hearts and lives.

    Welcome your friends and family to join you in proclaiming the wonder of the birth of Jesus in our Christmas Worship Services

    Tuesday, December 24th – 5:30pm and 8:00pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Worship

    A traditional Christmas Worship, complete with candle lighting, carols and Holy Communion

    FAMILY MANGER SCENE

    We would like to invite you to share your family Manger Scene. The traditional crèche has a rich history. Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in the year of 1223 (a "living" one) intending thereby to cultivate the worship of Christ. The scene's popularity inspired communities throughout Christendom to stage similar pantomimes and eventually to create elaborate and ever more elaborate static exhibitions with wax and ivory figurines garbed in rich fabrics set against intricate landscapes.

    Distinctive nativity scenes and traditions have been created around the world and even in our families. Please bring your nativity scenes to church to share on any of our Sundays in Advent. We have tables in the Narthex for your crèche; you may include your family name and even a brief history or the significance behind your manger scene.

    ADVENT — WEDNESDAYS

    6pm Dinner in the Parish Hall

    7pm Worship in the Sanctuary

    Our themes for this year’s gatherings will center on

    The Life of Prayer.

    Week 2: Wednesday, December 11th

    Embodied Prayer

    Week 3: Wednesday, December 18th

    Neighborhood Prayer

    HAYNES CHRISTMAS

    We are adopting the Dow Cottage which houses boys from 14-17 at the Haynes Center for Christmas. Each boy makes 4 gift wishes You may sign-up to be responsible for one or as many as you like. All gifts are due Sunday, December 15th. Wrapping Party is Tuesday, December 17th 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information contact Doug Halvorsen at 626 532-0576. dhalhusky@aol.com

    CONGREGATIONAL MEETING & THANKSGIVING MEAL

    There is a lot that is happening with our mission and ministry at FAITH Lutheran, and on Sunday, November 24th it all comes together.

    We will meet for a Service of Unity, one worship service, at 9:15am (similar to our Summer Worship services) and Welcome our Newest Members.

    We will meet to share in our Congregational Thanksgiving Meal, following our worship at 10:30am.

    We will meet to thank our Council members, and to elect new Council members who will help to guide and direct our ministry in this most exciting season as we enter the Call process for our next full-time pastor.

    We will ratify our new Constitution with our second vote of acceptance. Already our Constitution has been approved by the Southwest Synod. This will conclude this ten-year process.

    We will take our first look at the proposed Budget for 2020 and consider our stewardship options as we raise up our hopes and dreams for the ministry of our future.

    We will hear an update from our Call Committee and their progress around the Call process.

    Here is what you can do, volunteer to help with our meal through our Women of Faith, help the Men of Faith set up for our Congregational meeting. Involve yourself in the future of our congregation by being engaged in this meeting and reach out to invite members whom you have not seen to reengage with this vibrant ministry.

    HAYNES CHRISTMAS

    We are adopting the Dow Cottage which houses boys from 14-17 at the Haynes Center for Christmas. Each boy makes 4 gift wishes You may sign-up to be responsible for one or as many as you like. All gifts are due Sunday, December 15th. Wrapping Party is Tuesday, December 17th 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information contact Doug Halvorsen at 626 532-0576. dhalhusky@aol.com

    HOUSE OF RUTH

    Our 6th collection of gifts for the House of Ruth Christmas Store for survivors of domestic violence will take place from Sunday, November 3rd– December 1st, sponsored by the WOMEN OF FAITH. A large “present box” will be outside for all donations along with a list of needed items.

    NEW MEMBER

    We will officially welcome new members into the life of our fellowship on Sunday, November 24th with a simple introduction during the Sunday worship service. If you would like to join in membership, please let Pastor Dave know your desire. pastordavidbeard@aol.com 925 216 6560

    FAMILY HARVEST FESTIVAL - Thank you!

    The day was perfect in so many ways. Following our services of worship on Sunday, October 20th, we set out to welcome the community to our Annual Fall Harvest Festival. This is the ninth year that we have turned our center park into a place of play, wonder and joy. This year we welcomed are largest “Fall Festival” yet, topping last years growth in both numbers and spirit. We increased the number of “volunteers” who planned, set up, cooked, prepared, played games and welcomed our members, preschool families and neighbors to the “Fall Festival”. Maybe the timing was just right, or the spirit of the welcome, the excitement of playing and eating together, but we saw more and more people at this gathering sharing in the joy of fellowship. Young children filled the venues, wearing their costumes of pumpkins, superheroes, cowboys, princess, pirates and wide smiles of delight. With face paintings, and balloon hats mixed with popcorn and snow cone juice from ear to ear, the families bounced around our center park, laughing and celebrating together. New friends were made, and old friends were reacquainted, as we took in our hotdogs, corn on the cob and candy…lots of candy. Our thanks to the host of volunteers, too many to name, for fear of leaving someone out, but special thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Doug Halverson, who with clipboard in hand, arranged the setting and directed all in his enduring manner. A special thank you also for our Thrivent members who supported our festival with a financial gift of $250.00 from their Thrivent membership funds. In appreciation for our long-time members, our newest arrivals, for our youth, preschool teachers, families and the young people…we give our thanks and ultimately our praise to God for bringing everyone together for this year’s FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL.

    FAITH CALL COMMITTEE

    Our Call Committee reports a very good meeting with Pastor Reg on Tuesday, October 8th. The committee will meet again next Monday, October 14th, to finalize a few more things for the MSP, and to begin our candidate ground rules. Hal will present a Temple Talk on their progress and upcoming expectations October 20th in our 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services including anticipated schedule from Pastor Reg as follows:

  • Complete and Submit Final MSP 10/18
  • Receive first candidate name 1st week in November
  • Interviews Nov-Feb
  • Goal- Candidate for Council review March
  • Congregation Meet & Greet (final candidate only)
  • Select final candidate- May/June
  • New Pastor in place- July 2020
  • Sunday, October 20th between worship services there will be a “Round Table” introduction to the MSP in our FLC Parish Hall with Pastor Beard. Copies of the MSP are available on the ushers counter.

    Please continue your prayers for our transition process and for the members of our Call Committee.

    Hal Fredericksen, Doug Halvorsen, Dan Ambrosini, Lisa Cahill, Patrice Heuring, Marge Hribar, Brian Powers, Bob Velker

    FAITH LUTHERAN - NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTION : Sunday 6th and 13th

    Introduction to the ministry of Faith Lutheran Church for those considering possible membership with Faith.

    Pastor Beard will be sponsoring a gathering to share the mission and ministry of Faith Lutheran to those who are interested in learning more about Faith, and who may be interested in formalizing a relationship through membership. Two gatherings have been scheduled between the two services, Sunday Oct 6th and Sunday Oct. 13th, in the Conference Room, (down the hallway off of the Narthex entrance) These will be brief introductory gatherings that will last no longer then 30 mins. A follow up meeting can be arranged for those interested in formalizing their membership with Faith.

    We will meet each other, share a little of our personal history and hear about the ministry of Faith Lutheran and share in the joy of what it means to involved in our Christ centered mission.

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