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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.
A NEW ERA BEGINS
Sunday, June 10th, is Pastor Berkedal, Rev. Sally, and James’ last Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church as a clergy family after almost 32 years.
The bishop of our Southwest California synod, the Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, will lead worship and preach the following Sunday, June 17th at both services.
He will come and bring encouragement to the congregation as we begin the second transition between pastors in our 54-year history! Invite a friend!
Pastor Kurt Christenson will be leading worship Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. (NOTE: there will be no Wednesday evening service on July 4th)
He may be contacted for pastoral care needs at 818 808-2592 or at firstname.lastname@example.org until the arrival of our Interim Pastor, Pastor Dave Beard, on July 15th.
An Interim Pastor serves between an established pastor like Pastor Berkedal, and the congregation’s next established pastor. Their role is to help the congregation through the processes of discernment or a new established pastor and change.
Please be praying for Bishop Erwin, Pastor Christenson, Pastor Beard, and Pastor Berkedal, Rev. Sally and James, as well as all members of FLC as we seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit though this transition process.
Pastor Dave Beard will begin serving at Faith Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 15th.
Pastor Beard is currently serving as Interim Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Menifee.
He will serve for around one year as a committee is formed to interview and select a candidate to serve as our next established pastor. That person will be voted-on by the congregation.
Pastor Beard met with Pastor Berkedal this past week. He observed how Pastor Berkedal did a FLC Pre-school chapel service, took a tour around the campus with Pastor Berkedal and Rev. Sally Welch, and spoke with Pastor Berkedal about some of the details regarding the transition. He was introduced to FLC Administrative Assistant Lori Neu and Faith Pre-school Director Gail Balandran.
Contact the president of our congregation, Paula Ambrosini, at 909-994-9817 email@example.com with any questions about this process.
WOMEN OF FAITH COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES
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!
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE FLOAT
Sign-up on the announcement wall at outside to ride on FLC’s entry in the La Verne Independence Day Parade float on Wednesday, July 4th.
The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Contact Doug Halvorsen at ((626) 532-0576) for float location or more information.
We also need cases of water and Capri Sun drinks and candy to distribute along the way.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 !
Here are some quick one-click links:
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!