News | 11.30.18

Current Announcements and Events

Sunday School Christmas Program Rehearsals for the Christmas program will be held Sunday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 9th at 8:15AM. Please note this is different than in previous years! All older Sunday school students with speaking roles as well as all children grades preschool-3rd grade are expected to attend.

The Annual Sunday School Christmas Program will be held Sunday, December 16th during the worship service. Please invite family and friends to attend! All student performers will rehearse that morning during the regular Sunday School hour.

THIS YEAR OUR “ANGEL TREE” will be for families served by the Foster Success Foundation. There are some tags on a tree in the narthex with requested items. Items must be returned to the church by December 15th and placed in the bin by the tree. They should not be wrapped but placed in a bag with the tag listing the items. The Foster Success Foundation will distribute them for us! Take a tag and help a local family this year!

COUNCIL MEETING December 12, 2018.

WE NEED your old Christmas cards! As part of the congregation’s annual holiday caroling to local nursing/assisted living facilities, handmade cards are given to the residents. We can re-purpose your old cards-extras not sent or ones you received. We cut up the cards and reuse the images. There will be a collection box in the narthex. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Thank you!

Offering Envelopes for 2019 are available in the narthex. Please take a moment to pick up your envelopes. The envelope number should be the same as last years. If they are not, please do not use and contact the church office at 412-835-4590.

Upcoming Items

CHRISTMAS CAROLING Sunday, December 16. See Dave Cavenaugh for more information.

VOYAGERS will gather on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 11:45am at Panera, South Park Shoppes. Join this great group of retirees for lunch and a lot of laughter!

CONGREGATIONAL REPORTS are due into the office by January 6, 2019.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES – Monday, December 24, 2018
6:30pm Early Service
9:00pm Late Service

COMMUNION CARDS If you have received Holy Communion during 2018 and have not yet filled out a Communion Card, please be sure to do so. This information is used for the Church records. Cards are located on the back of the pews in the church.

Ongoing Items

SHIM Food pantry SHIM food items for December are shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

CROCHET/KNITTING CLASS will continue the first and third Wednesdays of each month from noon to 1:30pm. For more information, contact Beth Hollingsworth or Judy Stevenson.

HELP South Hills Pet Rescue by donating your discarded newspapers. These newspapers will be used at the facility. There is a collection bin available in the counting room. Questions, contact Cheryl Redilla.

LINE DANCING CLASSES are held in the Fellowship Hall every Monday from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and the cost remains $5 per session. Our no-pressure group offers fun and friendship, a gentle workout, and a chance to learn a few dance steps. Come and join us. For more info, contact Faith Potts.

News | 11.16.18

Current Announcements and Events

WE NEED your old Christmas cards! As part of the congregation’s annual holiday caroling to local nursing/assisted living facilities, handmade cards are given to the residents. We can repurpose your old cards-extras not sent or ones you received. We cut up the cards and reuse the images. There will be a collection box in the narthex. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Thank you!

BULLETIN FOLDERS The schedule for those who volunteer to fold bulletins is being prepared for 2019. If there are any changes, please let Lynn in the office know. If you are interested in joining the bulletin folders, you can also call Lynn for further information. It involves about a half hour of time every 6-8 weeks. You can work with a partner or by yourself. The volunteers are greatly appreciated! Thanks to those who already help out, and to anyone who might be interested, please check into it.

THE WORSHIP TEAM needs a few new ushers and liturgical assistants to help share their time and talents. Ed Ferriss is recruiting some new faces for the ushering and LA duties. Please contact Ed if you have questions or want to help. Cell 412 953-5350.

COUNTERS NEEDED: Please consider giving a small amount of time each quarter to count the Sunday morning offerings. Training will be provided. Counting is done in groups of 3. Contact Ross Momyer in person or by email at rmomyer@live.com if interested.

ATTENTION ALL WHO SING The Faith Chancel Choir is looking for a few good men and women to help us out for Advent and Christmas. Specifically, we are planning a women only song (Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord, Are We) on Sunday, December 2nd and men only (Sing We Now of Christmas) on Sunday, December 23rd. In order for this to happen, we could really use some people to join us! The time commitment is minimal – ONE Thursday evening rehearsal (11/29 for women, 12/20 for men) and then 9:45am the day we are singing. Please see Jay or email him at musicdirector@uscfaith.org if you are able to help us out – he has sheet music you may borrow and also has recordings online for you to use to help learn the music prior to the rehearsal. Anyone who is willing to participate, we would also love to have you join us for the early service on Christmas Eve! It’s a great way to get yourself to the church early (5:35pm) and have a reserved seat!


Each month at the Church Council meeting Pastor Ron gives each person a copy of Living Lutheran our ELCA magazine. In the October issue there is an article “The lifeblood of the ELCA” describing the funding of ministry by congregations and synods. The average giving from congregations to the Synod and ELCA is 5.6 % of budget. Looking at our annual report it looks like in the last two years our congregation has been close to or slightly below average.

The good news is that overall giving to ministries outside of Faith Lutheran in the last two years has approached 10%. That means we have given close to 10% of our offerings to Mission Support (SW PA Synod/ELCA) and ministries like ELCA World Hunger, Meals on Wheels, SHIM, Glade Run, our camps etc.

The Bible encourages all believers to tithe- to give 10% to help others. I have never met a person who became a tither, voluntarily giving 10% of his/her income to the church and charity who did not feel they were happy living on the other 90% of income. However, giving to support ministry is not a legal obligation but a heartfelt response to the blessings one receives from God.

As offerings at Faith Lutheran continue to be close to budget I rejoice and give thanks to God. I also want to thank you for supporting the ministry and mission of your Church with your offerings. As 2018 comes to an end, I encourage you to help Faith Lutheran meet its budget and be able to give at least 10% of our income to support ministry and mission. You might even consider giving a little extra.

Just before writing this article I wrote an extra check to Lutheran Disaster Response. I did so knowing that this ministry is actively helping our fellow citizens hit hard by recent hurricanes.

May we all at Faith Lutheran continue to give not because we have to but because we feel called to respond to God’s blessings and the needs of our neighbors. Gene Hollingsworth, Stewardship Chair @ Faith Lutheran


Upcoming Events

VOYAGERS to gather on Tuesday, November 20 at 11:45am at Panera, South Park Shoppes. Join this great group of retirees for lunch and a lot of laughter!

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE At Faith November 21, 2018 at 7:30pm.

FAMILY ADVENT PROJECT on Sunday, November 25 and plan on attending the Family Advent Project which takes place during the Sunday School hour.

SHIM There have been some changes at the SHIM food pantry as they are trying to move in a healthier direction for the clients they serve. The following are items that are always needed at the food pantry:

  • Dried beans and lentils
  • Canned protein (tuna, chicken)
  • Pasta
  • Rice and rice mixes
  • Pasta sauce in jars
  • Cereal and oatmeal
  • Soup
  • Canned fruits (low sugar)
  • Canned vegetables (low sodium)
  • Diapers sizes 3-6
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

We will be having our big food drive in November but these items, as well as many others, are always needed and appreciated. Consider picking up an extra item or two when you’re shopping. Items should be placed in the baskets in the entry foyer under the Outreach table. Your donations are delivered to the food pantry monthly. Last year SHIM served over 4,000 people in need

Ongoing Items

LINE DANCING CLASSES are held in the Fellowship Hall every Monday from 6:30 – 8:00p.m. and the cost remains $5 per session. Come and join us. For more info, contact Faith Potts. Please note room change.

HELP South Hills Pet Rescue by donating your discarded newspapers. These newspapers will be used at the facility. There is a collection bin available in the counting room. Questions, contact Cheryl Redilla.

CROCHET/KNITTING CLASS will continue the first and third Wednesdays of each month from noon to 1:30pm. For more information, contact Beth Hollingsworth or Judy Stevenson for more information.

SHIM FOOD PANTRY The SHIM food items for November is Ramen Noodles, boxed potatoes, bagged rice (not instant).

From the Pastor | 11.16.18

And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him….whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. —Colossians 3:17, 23

I was asked to give the invocation and benediction at the Veterans Memorial Park here in the township (it’s worth a visit) this past Monday for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The USC high school marching band played and there were two vocal groups performing and a keynote speaker. It was all very good! One of the prevailing sentiments voiced clearly regarding our service men and woman is that, “All gave some, and some gave all.” To be in the Military, no matter the branch, is a demonstration and embodiment of, “All gave some, and some gave all.” I like to think that in the same way, all believers who identify as “Christian” — are therefore counted as The Church — and that no matter the particular denomination, to be in the church (the body of Christ in the world) is for you and me a demonstration and embodiment of, “All gave some, and some gave all.” This is our stewardship. How nice to see this in each of you as it is lived out and demonstrated here at Faith! —pastor

News | 8.25.18

Current Announcements and Events

SEPTEMBER 9th Sunday School Open House – all Sunday school families please plan to attend our Open House from 9:15-10:15. You will have a chance to meet the teachers, enjoy some donuts and drinks, discuss curriculum and goals, create a craft, and spend time with your Sunday School friends!

SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION Sunday School registration forms are available in the narthex. All families are asked to complete new forms for the 2018-2019 school year. Completed forms can be turned into the office or placed in the Sunday School mailbox in the counting room.

Replacement typewriter The Church office is in need of a working replacement electric typewriter. If you have one to donate, please contact the church office at 412-835-4590.

The Faith Lutheran Handbell and Chancel Choirs are looking for some new members to join the ranks! We are a fun-loving group of people that enjoy making music together for an hour (or two, if you join both choirs!) most Thursdays from September through mid-May. The handbells try to ring once every month or two, when possible, while the Chancel Choir sings nearly each week. If you feel that you would be a good addition, please contact Jay. Rehearsals are slated to resume on Thursday, September 13th with Handbell Choir at 6:30pm in the balcony and Chancel Choir at 7:30pm in the Chancel.

Line Dancing Classes will resume on Monday, September 17. The classes are held in the Adult Sunday School Class room every Monday from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and the cost remains $5 per session. Our no-pressure group offers fun and friendship, a gentle workout, and a chance to learn a few dance steps. Come and join us. For more info, contact Faith Potts.

Faith Bowlers is looking for a few more folks to join our monthly bowling fellowship. Not competitive, anyone is welcome, only once a month (October through April). Please contact Ed Ferriss for more information.

The Worship Team needs a few new ushers to help share their time and talents. Ed Ferriss is recruiting some new faces for the ushering duties. Please contact Ed if you have questions or want to help.

Upcoming Events

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Rally Day is September 9th. Worship begins at 10:30am.

COUNCIL MEETING September 12, 2018.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will begin after Labor Day with a study of Psalms 120 – 134. These are the Ascent Psalms and were sung on the way to festive worships. Bible Study is on Fridays, 10:30am – 12:00; September, October and November (subject to adjustments). Contact Beth Hollingsworth if you are interested or for a workbook.

“YES LORD!” Responding to God with My Life. A workshop regarding you and your spiritual gifts on Saturday, September 15, 9:00am – 3:00pm at Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church, 517 Sangree Road, Pittsburgh PA 15237. To register www.bhlc.org. Registration closes September 6th.

Ongoing Items

THE SERVICE PORTION OF THE BULLETIN is available in large print in the narthex.

HELP South Hills Pet Rescue by donating your discarded newspapers. These newspapers will be used at the facility. There is a collection bin available in the counting room. Questions, contact Cheryl Redilla.

CROCHET/KNITTING CLASS will continue the first and third Wednesdays of each month from noon to 1:30pm. For more information, contact Beth Hollingsworth or Judy Stevenson.

SHIM FOOD PANTRY September food item is Hamburger Helper Products – all types!

Special Announcements

Rally Day at Faith – September 9th

Sunday School Open House
All Sunday school families please plan to attend our Open House from 9:15-10:15. You will have a chance to meet the teachers, enjoy some donuts and drinks, discuss curriculum and goals, create a craft, and spend time with your Sunday School friends!

Book Club

Adult Sunday School

Refreshments

Worship begins at 10:30am

From the Pastor | 8.25.18

Greetings,

I’ve had a little bit of time since my anniversary of ordination to think about ministry in the church, specifically the call to pastoral ministry. First of all though, ALL Christians are called to follow Jesus by obeying his teachings, by offering service to others, and they are to witness to their faith by telling others about God and how Jesus has impacted their life. Obedience, service, and witness ought to be demonstrated and lived out by their words and their deeds, at home and at work. In fact, some would argue that the degree to which one is following and applying Jesus’ teachings, and is a witness or gives testimony about him to others — precisely is the measure of one’s Christianity. I’ll let you be the judge of that in your life.

Anyway, the “Call” to pastoral ministry is much like that of the story we read in 1 Samuel 3 of the tender episode between Samuel and Eli. Again, God wants ALL men, women and children to follow him yet some individuals God chooses vocationally, that is, to serve in ministry (full-time or part-time) through The Church as the director of the music and therefore responsible for the choirs, handbells, organist etc. Others are called to serve as the director of Christian education and oversee cradle to the grave Christian formation and learning about the faith. Others are called to be missionaries and some are called to ordination which is primarily the ministry of Word and Sacrament (preaching and teaching, administering the sacraments of baptism and holy communion, public worship including baptisms, weddings, funerals). Of course there is overlap in each of these “callings” but it holds true that there is a primacy to each.

Here at Faith Lutheran Church, we have many Christians living out the faith on a daily basis as I said above, and many are called to specific roles within the congregation serving in the areas of education, music, pastoral care, service to the community etc. Keep up the good work!

To those called vocationally, or professionally if you will, to the public ministry of Word and Sacrament, the “call” is both internal and external. Unlike young Samuel, I didn’t hear God speaking to me directly, but I was always interested in and curious about the religions of the world, philosophy and ethics for instance. I gravitated to those topics, books, and speakers more than anything else. The external affirmation (the Eli’s in my life) came as early as my catechism classes with pastor Sarver at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Oil City. We would have good discussions on theological topics and I liked it! Over time, he and others would ask me if I ever considered being a pastor or working in the church….the answer then was, no. But the interest was always there and years later in college and after speaking with other clergy and church workers, I took the step towards seminary and the doors kept opening and I walked through. Hard to believe it has been 30 years! And very good and fulfilling at that! I’ve really enjoyed it and I’m glad I answered the call to a vocation in the church.

The Church in America is going through changes and is declining in attendance and influence. Nevertheless, Jesus is the Lord of his church, builds it on the confession of faith in him (not of a particular denomination) and tells us that the gates of hell will not prevail against it. The church will never go away but for the church (and the Christian faith) to remain vital, it needs pastors, missionaries, musicians, teachers, care-givers in the name of Christ to serve, obey, and witness to Jesus and his love. Some may even have a career in the church as I did. I liked every congregation and have friends from each one whom I have loved and have kept in touch with from my internship at Miller’s Lutheran in North Carolina, to the little country church I served for half a year in Tionesta (where there were sightings of bear from the back door), to my first call at St. Mark’s in Butler (where I met Lori) to the inner city church of St. Paul’s in Hazelwood while I was getting my Master’s in Counseling Education at Pitt, to Emmanuel in Castle Shannon for eight years before coming here to Faith in 2000. I loved it!

And I would encourage you to let your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews know that a vocation in the church is pretty cool and worth doing! Pray about it and see. Take those steps in answering the call. You’ll be glad you did!  -pastor