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

News | 6.4.18

Current Announcements and Events

GRADUATION CELEBRATION We would like to honor our high school and college grads on June 10th. Please let us know if someone is graduating and their future plans. Contact the church office (412-835-4590 or office @uscfaith.org) as soon as possible.

COUNCIL MEETING June 13, 2018.

JUST A REMINDER Summer Worship schedule began, May 27, 2018. Service begins at 10:00am during the summer months.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT FAITH LUTHERAN June 25 – 29 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm
‘Rolling River Rampage’
Cost: $10/child
Ages: 4 year old through those entering 5th grade
Join us on a white-water rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! With music, exciting science, crafts, lots of fun, and memorable Bible stories will help us know that God is always with us as we ride the rapids of amazing grace! You can register your child/children here!

A NEW SIGN-UP SHEET for the flower beds is now posted in the Narthex. Please consider signing up for an area and showing off your green thumb.

Upcoming Events

VOYAGERS will gather on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 11:45am at Panera, South Park Shoppes. Join this great group of retirees for lunch and a lot of laughter!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Lemonade on the Lawn at Faith on July 8, 2018.

SUMMER FUN SUNDAY Sunday, July 15, following worship.

Ongoing Items

SHIM FOOD PANTRY June’s food item for SHIM is cereal, dry or cooked (not to sweet).

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.

From the Pastor | 6.4.2018

Greetings All,

As we begin this summer, a time of vacations and fun, of bike riding and hiking, swimming and outside projects, I must admit that I do so with slightly less enthusiasm than summers past. It’s not just that I had another birthday recently or that I’m beginning my 30th year of ministry. No, not those. I have healed up and recovered well from my surgery to remove the benign tumor (known as an acoustic neuroma) in November but I’m not one hundred percent. I’m still a little wobbly and unsteady in certain walking situations, hesitant to go on any long bike rides (but thankful I can ride a bike!) and unable to hear in my right ear which sometimes makes it odd clarifying certain sounds and therefore discerning my being in a given space, for example, a noisy restaurant or crowded auditorium.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m doing well and very thankful! If I were a professional athlete I might say, “I’m still competitive, just a half-step behind.” But such is life and the second lesson for this week speaks to this. St. Paul writes, “We do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.” (2 Cor. 4:5-12) Do you ever feel like a clay jar? Useful and full of purpose for a time, but knowing that the jar won’t last forever? NEVERTHELESS, WE HAVE A TREASURE…THE LIGHT AND KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE OF GOD IN JESUS CHRIST WHO CONQUERED DEATH AND HAS GIVEN US ETERNAL LIFE! This is what lasts and this is why we gather to worship Almighty God on Sunday morning (the day of resurrection!). Jesus has the words of eternal life! Jesus’ body and blood are poured out and given as food and drink for the soul to those who are here to receive! Forgiveness and absolution are proclaimed, Good News is announced and God reconciles us to Godself! That’s good stuff! Yes, we are afflicted (by life) but not crushed, not driven to despair, not forsaken, not destroyed. God loves us and is with us always…what a TREASURE!
– pastor

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