Announcements | 4.25.19

Current Announcements and Events

Cinco de Mayo Potluck Luncheon – Sunday, May 5, 2019. To say Gracias to our wonderful Volunteers! Come and enjoy some Mexican Themed Food and Music! Sign-up in the Narthex! Please contact Karen Reardon if you have questions!

USC Community Day is Saturday May 18th. Events throughout the day, FLC will have a booth from 11am – 3:30pm. All revenues will be donated to SHIM. See the sign up board, soon to appear in the Narthex. Contact Dave Cavenaugh for questions or info.

Opportunities to get involved:

  • Help with set up 9-10am
  • Work a shift in the booth. (3 shifts: 11-12:30, 12:30-2:00, 2:00 – 3:00 w/ tear down)
  • Donate a 12 pack or case of any of these drinks(place under steps in Narthex:
    1. Bottled water – normal size, non-flavored
    2. Coke/Sprite/Diet/Root beer
    3. Capri Suns or juice boxes
    4. Small Gatorade bottles

Stop by on Community Day and say hello!

Council Meeting May 8, 2018.

Spring Bus Trip to Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, Pa. – ‘Jesus’ – June 11 and June 12
Cost $329.00 includes double room at the Cork Factory Hotel. All meals and fees included. Money due by May 7, 2019. Contact Gretchen Orendi with questions or to book the trip. Organized by the Women’s Bible Study Group of Hamilton Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park.

Upcoming Events

SUNDAY SCHOOL BANQUET May 19th.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Please mark your calendars! June 24 – June 28 for The Incredible Race! Our Sunday celebration will be June 30th.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY on the book of Daniel, (the same guy who went into a lion’s den), will be done in two parts. The first part, Lives of Integrity, will begin on Friday, May 3rd at 10:30 in Faith’s Adult Sunday School Room. The second part, Words of Prophecy, will begin on Friday, August 30th. Both series will be led by Beth Hollingsworth. Contact her if you have any questions. Some workbooks have been ordered and should arrive right after Easter. (These workbooks will cost $19.00 because of the number of lessons involved.) Additional workbooks can be ordered.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS is Saturday, May 11 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. One parent or guardian must also attend. Please contact the church office at 412-835-4590 or email at:  office (at) uscfaith(dot)org (replace the at with @ and dot with .) regarding a food item you would like to bring to share. Students will then make their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 19, 2019 during the 10:30am liturgy. As has been our tradition, this will be a family service and each student is encouraged to invite parents, family and friends to share in this significant part of their lives. Cake and coffee to follow.

Ongoing Items

SHIM FOOD PANTRY The suggested food for April is peanut butter and jelly.

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.

SHIM During the summer food donations are fewer at SHIM while the need for food is increased with children home for the summer and not eating breakfast and lunch at school. Here at Faith we usually do our large food drive, Manna Sunday, in November which is when donations to SHIM are high. So this year we will have a large food drive throughout the month of May so local children aren’t going hungry during the summer months. Any time throughout May please consider donating the following : Cereal & Oatmeal, PB & Jelly, Pasta & Sauce, Rice & Beans, and Healthy Snacks. With your help we can have a HUGE food drive Thank you !!!

From the Pastor | 4.25.19

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” —John 20:19-23

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday (thank you Jay and choir and all who assisted with preparations for the breakfast, egg hunt and services) and are having a blessed Easter season as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the empty tomb, and the appearances of Christ to hundreds of those first followers (see 1 Corinthians 15:6). And it is into this troubled world of ours that the risen Christ comes and speaks these words, “Peace be with you.” We sorely need this. The recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka killing 253 people is terrible and a blatant disregard for life. How sad and painful the world that God created can be towards one another. Forgive us, good Lord. Even though the message of Easter is the truth that good overcomes evil…it is still very much present. The peace that Jesus gives us is a peace that the world cannot give (John 14:27) and is therefore all the more important to abide and dwell in this peace as we gather for Word and Sacrament, prayer and fellowship on the Lord’s Day with each other. Pray for our brothers and sisters persecuted throughout the world. And may His peace be yours — and through you — extend to one another. -pastor

Announcements | 4.4.19

Current Announcements and Events

Parking at Norman Center is permitted Sunday mornings. Pastor spoke to representative from Norman Center to clarify.

There will be a Safe Church Meeting on Sunday, April 7th. We will meet in the sanctuary after worship. Please plan to attend.

Thank you for all the birthday cards and good wishes. You’ve touched my heart. I miss my Faith Family. Love, Darlene Lorenz

Worship and Music Volunteer Opportunities:
April 14th at 8:15 am – Need 3 people: Help with the palm delivery and decorating.
April 20 at 9:00 am – Need 5 people: Help move Easter flowers into the sanctuary and decorate. Please contact Karen Reardon or call the church office.

ANYONE interested in joining the Chancel Choir for the Offertory at the 10:30am service on Easter Sunday is encouraged to attend the following rehearsals. Thursday, 4/4 and Thursday, 4/11. Jay will be available beginning at approximately 7:00pm (both days) to look at individual parts with a full choir rehearsal beginning at 7:30pm. Please see Jay if you have any questions.

Council Meeting Wednesday April 10, 2019.

Upcoming Events

Mid-Week Lenten Services Continue – April 10 – Noon,
Service of Word and Devotions, “We’re Marching to Zion”.

Palm Sunday – April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday’s liturgy begins with a palm procession, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The tone of the service changes as we meditate upon Jesus’ passion and death. Because this story is so central to our faith, we hear Luke’s account of the passion on Palm Sunday and John’s version on Good Friday. Though Jesus is obedient even unto death on the cross, he is exalted by God. We gather to remember his offering for the life of the world, and to be fed by his life-giving mercy. Holy week will culminate in the celebration of the Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. We will gather outside, weather permitting, for the blessing of the Palms.

Holy Week at Faith Lutheran Church
Maundy Thursday Service – April 18, 2019 – 7:30pm
Good Friday Service – April 19, 2019 – 7:30pm

Easter Services – April 21, 2019
7:30am service begins outside with the lighting of the new fire and a procession into the Sanctuary and the 10:30am service is a festive Liturgy of the Resurrection with the Chancel Choir.
Easter Breakfast follows the early service. Breakfast reservation forms are included in the bulletins. Resurrection Egg Hunt too.

Ongoing Items

SHIM FOOD PANTRY The suggested food for April is peanut butter and jelly.

South Hills Pet Rescue donate 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.

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 | 4.4.19

Chorus: We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion, we’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God. Verse 4: Then let our songs abound, And every tear be dry; We’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground, We’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground, To fairer worlds on high, To fairer worlds on high.

—ISAAC WATTS (1674–1748)

I remember singing this hymn on one of our bus trips in the Holy Land when we went to the old city of Jerusalem. It is such a wonderful happy hymn set to an upbeat march-like melody of fellowship and joy! It’s #625 in our ELW hymnal. Anyway, there is however, a juxtaposition here…it is a happy, joyful song of death and dying! That’s odd, isn’t it? Joyful and happy marching through Emmanuel’s ground? Well, yes, because in Christ (who is “Emmanuel” God with us in the flesh) the promised Messiah has show up in Jesus and resided in the city of David and all those in Christ are passing through on our way to fairer worlds on high! In other words then, to know and trust this Jesus, is to be in his death and resurrection too! For Christians, death is not the last word! Resurrection to new and eternal life is ours as a gift from Christ. True, we all experience Good Friday in our lives, times of sadness, suffering and death. But the Good News is that there is Easter! There is an empty tomb and a resurrected Christ! Hallelujah! Therefore, we can live now, in the present, with renewed joy and purpose. We can face our struggles and even death in the news and light of the resurrection! Yes, there is a sting to death. Yes, we grieve at our losses. All that is real and I don’t diminish that. However, the mustard seed of faith that God gives us, allows us to continue to serve and witness, live, love and make plans as those who have an inheritance in the heavens (1 Peter 1:3-4). With this in view, we talked about death and dying at our mid-week Lent devotions. And here are some resources for you, dear Christian, if you choose:
Issues of Life and Death by Deac. Betsy Karkan
It’s all about death – and life! by Robert C. Blezard
Dead Right by Heidi Ernst
My Pre-Planned Funeral Celebration Form

– pastor

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.