Love, Care & Serve
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH

1620 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, FL 34698

(727) 733-2657 office@faithdunedin.org

www. faithdunedin.org

Office: (727) 733-2657;  Cell: (727) 729-2576

 

Rev. Andy Sorenson

Sunday Divine Worship                   10:15AM

Sunday School / Bible Study             9:15 AM

Wednesday Bible Study                     9:15 AM

Wednesday Choir Practice            10:45AM / 7PM

“Faithful to God’s Word through Christ, we aspire to love, care, and serve all people.”

Faith Weekly for the week of February 1st, 2018

Activities This Week

  • Super Bowl Lunch Feb 4, Join us after church for our annual tailgate party – an HEP fundraiser. Please bring a food donation or personal hygiene item.  ~Evangelism Committee.
  • 5 yr. Bldg. Upkeep Planning Mtg. Feb 10, Anyone interested in forming a 5 year plan for building upkeep is welcome to attend.
  • New Member Luncheon Feb 11, Join us to celebrate the members that joined our Faith Family in 2017.

Dates to Remember

04 Feb         Super Bowl Lunch                             11:30 a.m.

10 Feb         Sewing Club: Mission Quilts             9:30 a.m.

10 Feb         5 yr. Building Planning Mtg.            12:00 p.m.

11 Feb         New Member Luncheon                  11:30 a.m.

13 Feb         Elders’ Meeting                                  7:00 p.m.

14 Feb         Ash Wednesday Service                    7:00 p.m.

17 Feb         Sale Planning Mtg.                           10:00 a.m.

18 Feb         Board Meeting                                  11:30 a.m.

21 Feb         Lenten Meal                                       6:00 p.m.

25 Feb         Voters’ Meeting Potluck                  11:30 a.m.

10 Mar        Altar Guild Training                          10:00 a.m.

Serving the Lord – 2018

DATE 4-Feb 11-Feb
GREETERS Bob & Shirley Scott Bob & Shirley Scott
USHERS Bob Ossian Bob Ossian
HOST – HOSTESS Noreen/Trish Super Bowl New Member Dinner
ALTAR CARE Sue Laeder/Linda Goheen Sue Laeder/Linda Goheen
COMMUNION / ELDER Adam Kiehn Adam Kiehn
READER Doris Watters Noreen Whelehan

 

Happy February Birthday

6th                 Cindy Crutchfield

8th                 Christine Bacon

15th              Ed Crutchfield

15th              Noelle Matthias

16th              Emma Belknap

16th              Jordan Belknap

17th              Glenda Shinabarger

19th              Paul Bellhorn

20th              Maury Scherf

21st               Caleb Davis

22nd              Russ Goheen

23rd              Paul Martin

26th              Shirley Scott

 

Happy February Anniversary

19th    Ellis & Jennifer Prewitt

Servant Notes

Thank you for participating in the January 28, mission dinner sponsored by Faith’s LWML.  The African dishes prepared from eight different countries were different, tasty, and delicious.  Your generosity surpassed the goal for purchasing one Donkey and Cart from the Lutheran World Relief gift catalog.  $429 was collected, enough to purchase two donkeys and carts to benefit women in Burkina Faso.

Our next project is to collect “Gifts from the Heart” to benefit the Bay Area Pregnancy Center at the St. Petersburg LWML Zone Rally, April 7, 2018.  Ladies mark your calendars.  We are hosting for the day and will need some help; we will have more detailed information for you next week.

Reminder the mailbox names are above your box.  If you have not received your 2018 envelopes or need a new name tag, please contact the office.  Thank you!

Prayer List

*Names will be kept on the printed prayer list for 30 days unless otherwise requested

  • The hospitalized
  • Those in care facilities – Letty Spoolstra, Ruth Rauch
  • Those recovering – Steve Pano, Shari Martin, Anne Siatkowski, Ruth Rauch, Maggie McLaughlin, Chuck Jaki, Andy Sorenson, Kyle MacLean, Steve Pano, Dorothy Laabs, Ruth Rauch, Cindy Crutchfield, Eric Rauch
  • Those Undergoing Treatment: Svana Jonsson, Tony Ellis, Lou Fairchild, Jeff Beck, Jeff Bellhorn, Bob Weinkauf, Cindy Crutchfield
  • Those Awaiting Surgery: Anne Siatkowski
  • Grieving families
  • Special requests – Ed & Cindy Crutchfield, Anne Koster, Whitney Kiehn, Charles Wright, Juanita Fox, Mike Shinabarger, Jason Emburg, James Watters, Bellhorn Family, Dorothy Laabs, Jennifer Prewitt, Prayers for the effects of Hurricane Harvey / Irma / Maria.  Pray for Christians in the Middle East and African conflicts and those refugees fleeing Syria
  • Celebrations –Anne Koster’s test results were benign, Lou Fairchild’s brain tumor has decreased in size a huge amount!

Readings

FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (4 February 2018)

Isaiah 40:21–31, 1 Corinthians 9:16–27, Mark 1:29–39

The Son of God, Christ Jesus, Makes Us a New Creation

The Lord alone “is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Is. 40:28). He “sits above the circle of the earth” and “stretches out the heavens like a curtain” (Is. 40:22). Yet, His almighty power is demonstrated chiefly by His mercy and compassion. “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Is. 40:29). The only begotten Son of the Father, the very Word by whom all things were made, becomes flesh and takes all the poverty and weakness of our sin and death upon Himself, bearing it in His body to the cross. As He dies for us there, He also raises us up, a new creation, in His resurrection from the dead. Thus, by the preaching of this Word, He heals “many who were sick with various diseases,” and He casts out “many demons” (Mark 1:34, 39). And His preaching continues through those whom He has sent, who are “entrusted with a stewardship” to “preach the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:16–17). Thus, we are set free by the Word of Christ, and we exercise our freedom in loving service to others.

Pastor’s Corner

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:24-25)

Dear friends, as I pondered what to write about this week, I came across the words of Martin Luther regarding St. Thomas. Just hours before reading the article I had been discussing St. Thomas with the Wednesday morning Bible Study group. St. Thomas is really a wonderful example of a disciple as he represents so many of us at time. Allow me to explain with Luther’s words:

The other disciples and Thomas did not only hear during the time they were with the Lord that he taught the people with great authority, and later also saw how he confirmed his doctrine by the great miracles performed on the blind, the lame, the lepers, the dumb etc., whom he cured; but also that he raised three persons from the dead. And, as it appears, St. Thomas was the most fearless and courageous of all the disciples, in that he said when Christ wished to go again into Judea to Lazarus who was dead: “Let us also go, that we may die with him,” (John 11:16.) Such fine characters were the disciples of Christ and especially St. Thomas, yet he could not believe that the Lord himself arose from the dead and was alive.

Moreover, we see in the apostles that we are truly nothing when Christ withdraws his hand and we are left to ourselves. The women, Mary Magdalene, and the others, announced it, and now the disciples themselves proclaim that they had seen the risen Lord. Yet St. Thomas is stubborn and will not believe it and he will not be satisfied even if he see him, unless it be that he sees the print of the nails in his hands and puts his fingers into the print of the nails and his hand into his side.

Thomas is an illustration of the power of Christ’s resurrection. We hear how firm and even stiff-necked he was in unbelief, that although the other disciples unitedly testified that they had seen the risen Lord, yet he simply will not believe it. He appears to have been a fine and brave character who had thoroughly concluded that he would not so soon believe the others. For he had seen that the Lord only three days before was put to death on the cross and the nails driven through his hands and feet and the spear pierced his side. This picture was so indelibly and deeply impressed upon him that he simply could not in the least believe what the others told him, that Christ was risen. He thus utters a hyperbole, an exaggerated statement, that he will not believe his eyes alone, but will feel and grope about Christ’s body with his hands…

That is to be steeped very firmly and deeply in unbelief. And it is wonderful what he means by it that he at once proposes a thing absurd, to put his hand and finger into the openings of his wounds. For he had always been so smart as to think: Since Christ was again alive, had conquered death and was rid of all the bruises from the scourging and the crown of thorns, he would surely have healed and removed also the five wounds.

Now, this has happened for our example and consolation, that the great apostle also had to fail and stumble, in which we see how Christ shows and conducts himself toward his weak disciples, that he can tolerate also such who are still as hard and stubborn as St. Thomas is here, and that he will not on that account condemn and disown them and by this he teaches us that we should become neither offended nor despondent because of that; but in harmony with this his example gently go on with them, serve their weakness, with our strength until they become established and grow strong.

Today, we would label St. Thomas a “realist”. He had to have objective proof—to see with his own eyes—to believe. Faith is oftentimes a hard thing. Christian doctrine can be challenging at times. Better to have someone poking and prodding for the truth in Scripture than not being present at all. St. Thomas, despite his doubts, was present within the congregation. He was there to hear the truth of God’s Word and to have his own preconceived ideas challenged.

Each of us, like Thomas, have our moments of doubt and weakness. And so we are called not only to God’s Word, but to His congregation. It’s here that we lift up and support one another even as we wrestle with our own doubts and weaknesses. It’s here that we sacrifice self-interest for the sake of the Gospel, that the weakest among us might become strong.    In Jesus’ name. Amen.

~ Pastor Sorenson

~~~~~~~~~~~Recipe – Halleluiah Potato Salad ~~~~~~~~~~~

….What You’ll Need:

6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

1 (10-ounce) package refrigerated cooked, sliced chicken breast (see Notes)

6 fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 radishes, thinly sliced

1 cup ranch dressing

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    What To Do:

In a large soup pot, cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender; drain well.

Place the potatoes in a large bowl and add the chicken, asparagus, radishes, dressing, salt, and pepper; toss well. Serve warm, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

 

A Little Humor

There was a speaker from out-of-town visiting a congregation and he started by saying:

–  I won’t make you tired by a long speech – you have to wait for your congregational president when it´s his turn.

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,

to the throne thy tribute bring;

ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

evermore God’s praises sing.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise the everlasting King.

Praise the Lord for grace and favor

to all people in distress;

praise God, still the same as ever,

slow to chide, and swift to bless.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Glorious now God’s faithfulness.

 

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