Announcements | 3.20.19

Current Announcements and Events

PLEASE save your clean and empty egg cartons for our Sunday school! We will be using them for the Easter egg hunt this year. Please drop them off to the Sunday School office. Thank you!

MID-WEEK LENTEN SERVICES Service of Word and Devotions at noon on March 27th and April 10th.

SACK HUNGER. PACK HOPE. SHIM’s annual drive to reduce hunger here in the South Hills is going on throughout the month of March. In addition to donating food items, this drive focuses on financial contributions that will be matched, bringing more dollars to fight hunger. SHIM purchases food from the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, where their buying power is 500% greater than shopping retail. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made here or through your offering envelope designating funds to SHIM. Thank you for your generosity!

MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL Camp Agape, March 23rd 10 – 4:00 pm. Come join the fun!

Upcoming Events

SPIRIT NIGHT AT CHICK-fil-A March 25th from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Mention Faith Lutheran when you order and a portion of sales will go toward our Sunday School and VBS programming.

FAITH LUTHERAN FAMILY GAME NIGHT Friday, March 29th at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Bring Board Games, Card Games, etc. Snacks and Drinks. Sign up in the Narthex.

Ongoing Items

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.

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 Suggested food for March is pasta and pasta sauce in jars. Also ALL non-perishable food items are welcome, as well as household, baby products and disposable diapers, especially sizes 3-6.

Announcements | 2.22.19

Current Announcements and Events

BAGGIES FOR THE HOMELESS We are also collecting small bottles of water, granola bars and cheese crackers for the bags that will be made up to give out to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh. These “baggies” will be put together by our confirmation students with the warm socks that we are also collecting and will be available in the Narthex for any Faith members and visitors who want to keep them in their cars! There will be a collection box in the Narthex! Deadline: March 15th! Please contact Karen Reardon  with any questions.

FAITH FAMILY BINGO! All are invited to attend our fun family event, Sunday February 24 at 2pm in the Fellowship Hall. Just bring one king size candy (per player) to donate for the prizes! Please just sign up in the narthex so we have an idea of who is coming, all ages are welcome – hope to see you there!

PLEASE save your clean and empty egg cartons for our Sunday school! We will be using them for the Easter egg hunt this year. Please drop them off to the Sunday School office. Thank you!

SHARING OF THE PEACE With the Cough/Cold Season upon us, when sharing the Peace it is not necessary to shake hands. However, a gesture of acknowledge such as a nod of the head, fist pump, or touch of elbows etc. works.

GET THE FAT OUT! Join us for a pre-Fat Tuesday Coffee Fellowship on Sunday, March 3 following the service in the Fellowship Hall. Enjoy some sweets and socializing before the start of Lent. If you would like to contribute a sweet or finger food, please leave it in the church kitchen. Thanks in advance for your participation!

VOYAGERS will gather on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Panera, South Park Shoppes. Join this great group of retirees for lunch and a lot of laughter!

DURING THE WINTER MONTHS and in case of inclement weather please be sure to check KDKA listing of cancellations for information regarding our 9:15am Sunday School and 10:30am Worship Service.

Upcoming Events

ON MARCH 3, Transfiguration Sunday, we will welcome The Reverend Peter D. Asplin, Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Vitality, who will bring a word of greeting from the synod and preach. Please join us for this festival Sunday and coffee fellowship following service.

ASH WEDNESDAY March 6, 2019 Services and the Imposition of Ashes at Noon & 7:30pm

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our Faith Lutheran Church Spirit Night at Chick Fil A in Upper St. Clair! Monday, March 25 from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Mention Faith Lutheran when you order and a portion of sales will go toward our Sunday School and VBS programming. Come enjoy fun, fellowship, and food and support our church at the same time.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT AT FLC Friday, March 29th at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Bring Board Games, Card Games, etc. Snacks and Drinks. Sign up in the Narthex.

SING AND SCRIBBLE Sunday, March 17 at 2:30pm (Please arrive at 2:15) at Friendship Village in Upper St. Clair, 1290 Boyce Road, 15241. Our Children’s Choir will perform a few songs that they have been rehearsing and spend time coloring with some of the residents at Friendship Village. It is a great opportunity to spread God’s love and give back to the community. Siblings and parents are welcome!

Ongoing Items

SUNDAY SCHOOL Never miss an important announcement! Sign up for text message notifications with Remind. There are two ways to register: Text @flcsundays to 81010 or follow this link to register!

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.

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 The SHIM March food pantry items are Pasta and Pasta Sauce in jars. As always, ALL non-perishable food items are welcome, as well as household and baby products and disposable diapers, especially sizes 3-6.

Special Announcements

Thought we would share this poem with the congregation, somewhat late but still wonderful to read. It was written by our own Reene Hobbs. Enjoy!

Are you coming to church this Christmas Season?
This Tree may help you find a reason…

I’ll tell you with these ornaments, the thing that our church represents:
1. Come join believers, who agree that,
Where we gather, He will be.
We pray and think of those we love;
As we send our messages above.
2. Our Heavenly Father is forgiving; we thank him for the joys of living.
In silent confession, all can share, the gifts of the Spirit, waiting there.
3. We ask God’s help for all in need, and sometimes take a turn to read.
Some usher, greet, and even bake, the “Bread of Life” that we partake.
4. Celebrations fill the hall, with food and fellowship for all.
Children craft, adults crochet; some bring instruments to play.
5. We come to sing out, clear and loud; hiding our “talents” in the crowd.
With each contributing their part; we make a place that warms the heart.
6. Bell choir, church choir, lessons taught; but also time for quiet thought.
For here, we witness new life blessed,
And faithful servants laid to rest.
7. Is there a better place to see: A Crèche and decorated tree,
With candles lit and scented pine, than in a church at Christmas time?
Reene Hobbs

From the Pastor | 2.22.19

Greetings All,

We are coming to a close of the season of Epiphany, but that doesn’t mean we are to think that God comes to a close or an end of revealing himself to us. God comes to us in Word and Sacrament, fellowship with other Christians, and through the ministries of The Church. We “see” and experience God in these ways and are blessed to be a blessing through our service and witness in return. I spoke about Christian witness a few weeks ago and said that we ALL are in the business of passing on the faith and sharing our God-story with others. Some might say that they are embarrassed to talk about Jesus with others, or not knowledgeable enough to share their faith. Well guess what? That’s not an excuse. Anyone who claims to be a Christian, or to put it differently, has the Christian claim and mark of baptism upon them, MUST share their God-story and tell others of Jesus and his love. Jesus says in Matthew 10:27, “What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.” And Peter says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” So let’s all take the Epiphany challenge of sharing the Light of Christ with the people near us. In fact, instead of giving up chocolate chip-cookies and cheeseburgers for Lent, put a few sentences together in your head of what Jesus means to you and what the value of the church is, and be willing to share that with someone. If you do this, be ready, God will give you the opportunity. And more importantly, that person may need hope, encouragement and direction. And God is reaching them through you!
—pastor

Announcements | 2.8.19

Current Announcements and Events

SAFE CHURCH MEETING February 10, 2019, following worship in the adult SS room. All are invited to attend.

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.

SHARING OF THE PEACE with the approach of the Cough/Cold Season, when sharing the Peace it is not necessary to shake hands. However, a gesture of acknowledge such as a nod of the head, fist pump, or touch of elbows etc. works.

DURING THE WINTER MONTHS and in case of inclement weather please be sure to check
KDKA listing of cancellations for information regarding our 9:15am Sunday School and 10:30am Worship Service.

COUNCIL MEETING February 13, 2019.

GOOD NEWS for all of our families who have Verizon Wireless as their mobile carrier –
We were just informed that Verizon and Remind have reached an agreement and texts will continue to be delivered to all of our Sunday School families. If you downloaded the app we suggested in our previous e-blast, feel free to delete it! (Or keep it if you like the push notifications!) Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Upcoming Events

VOYAGERS will gather on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:45am at Panera, South Park Shoppes. Join this great group of retirees for lunch and a lot of laughter!

LIFE LINE SCREENING a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Faith Lutheran Church on 3/8/2019. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit Life Line Screening or text the word circle to 797979

Ongoing Items

SIGN UP TODAY! The 2019 Altar Flower chart is posted in the narthex. Please indicate the Sunday and the dedication you would like included in the bulletin. Altar flowers are $35.00, and they may be shared.

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.

SHIM FOOD PANTRY The SHIM food items for February is canned fruit, low in sugar.

CROCHET/KNITTING CLASS will continue the first and third Wednesdays of each month from noon to 1:30pm.

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.

From the Pastor | 2.8.19

Greetings All!

I want to thank Robin and her Fellowship Ministry Team for the wonderful crock-pot, pot-luck luncheon last Sunday! It was once again very delicious! How enjoyable it was to gather for worship with each other, conduct our annual meeting (look back and look ahead) and top it all off with a church family luncheon where we all enjoyed a feast and each others company! Indeed, we have been blessed! And of course in response to God’s grace and abundance in our lives, we get the chance to bless others! One of the ways we bless others is through the Ministry Teams we have at FLC. Each one is important and collectively they all give structure and fuel the work of the church. Here is a diagram I put together (using a template but filled it in the way I wanted) to show how our Ministry Teams are necessary and related and feed into each other. As someone mentioned at the annual meeting, the Ministry Teams are avenues for YOU with your interests and concerns, to make FLC what you want it to be. Indeed, the Holy Spirit gives the increase, but He needs you and me to plug in—short term or long term—with the Ministry Teams available. It is also a way that you can grow in your faith as you witness and serve our Lord through His Church!

—pastor