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Announcements | 5.13.19

Current Announcements and Events

This Saturday – USC Community Day
Where: McLaughlin Run Road, next to the Municipal Building (parking there)
Time: Fairgrounds/booths open at 11:00am, Parade starts at 11:30
Our booth: Selling cold drinks; Doing bag toss game for kids to win a drink. Proceeds donated to SHIM. Stop by!!
Ways to connect and participate: We could use booth help 12:30 – 2:00 and 2:00 – 3:30.
Please contact Dave Cavenaugh if you can help.

Wedding Season in Full Bloom! Join the women and friends of Faith on Saturday, June 1, for a luncheon and wedding fashion show. This may be a trip down memory lane or a look at what you may/may not(!) want to see your wedding to look like:). Tickets are $20/adults, $10/children under 12. Enjoy a catered lunch, basket raffles, table & door prizes, wedding dress fashion show, wedding photo display and a Pittsburgh Cookie Table! Donations of empty baskets, basket raffle items and cookies for the cookie table would be greatly appreciated. Also, we are in need of a few more men to man the kitchen-plate the food, serve, run the dishwasher and clean up. Fun for all! Join the fun in displaying your wedding photo in our narthex! Photos will be grouped by era and can be given to Pam McCarthy any Sunday through May 26. We sell 100 tickets, so get yours now before they are sold out!

A big hug and thank you to all who have sent cards, visited, and just kept me in their prayers. I am so very grateful. My progress after the trauma surgery on my leg will be slow and PATIENCE is not one of my virtues. However I do know that God is with me every step of the way and I am never alone. Knowing that encourages me to have a patient attitude and produces a sense of joy. So thank you all again. To the wonderful ladies in the back pews, my thoughts are especially with you every Sunday morning. Elaine Dively

Upcoming Events

GRADUATION CELEBRATION May and June are graduation months. We would like to honor our high school and college grads. Please let us know if someone is graduating and their future plans. Contact the church office (412-835-4590 or office Graduate Recognition will take place on June 9 at Faith with cake and coffee following worship in the fellowship hall.

SUNDAY WORSHIP TIME CHANGE begins Sunday, May 26th. Worship begins at 10:00am.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Please mark your calendars! June 24 – June 28 for The Incredible Race! Our Sunday celebration will be June 30th and you can register your child/children here!

Ongoing Items

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 !!!

SHIM FOOD PANTRY The suggested food for May is canned vegetables, low in sodium.

KNITTING will continue the first and third Thursdays 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.

From the Pastor | 5.13.19

Greetings Brothers and Sister in Christ,

Someone asked me the other day why baptismal fonts are often octagonally shaped? If you take a look at our font, the bowl in the center is round, but the large white font-stand itself has eight sides. Why is that? Well, first of all, in Hebrew and in many cultures, numbers have meaning and “spiritual” significance, if you will. In Genesis, when God created the world, God did it in six days and rested on the seventh, hallowing that day and making it all complete on this day of rest. The seventh day was to be “set apart” for Israel; the Sabbath was a holy day of rest (Deuteronomy 5:12). The Sabbath day of rest also foreshadowed the need for an eternal and lasting rest not just for Israel but for Gentiles too. And by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on Easter morning, he inaugurated and made possible this new life for all who believe and trust in him. For Christians, Sunday, the day of resurrection, is therefore the “eighth day” and the going under and coming up in the waters of baptism is the sacrament of that new birth. God claims us and makes us his own, and marks us with the cross of Christ forever! That is why baptismal fonts often have eight sides and why the church gathers for worship on Sunday…it’s the day of resurrection! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

The balcony will remain closed for repairs. Materials have not yet arrived and we may do some additional rearranging in our storage spaces upstairs.

Bridal Room Update
There has been some discussion on updating the bridal room in the narthex. For the next few Sundays I’d like to meet with anyone in the sanctuary after church to kick the can down the street and discuss this hallowed, sacred and holy matter. Well, that might be a little strong, but you get the idea.


VBS 2019: The Incredible Race

Are you ready to start The Incredible Race? Join us as we head around the world to learn about One Family, One Race, One Savior!

On the way we will see new things, learn new things, and have fun going on The Incredible Race!

Are you READY?

Get SET!!


The Incredible Race
June 24-28

Faith Lutheran Church
80 Bartley Rd
Pittsburgh, PA  15241
(Behind Pier One in Norman Center)

Cost: $10/child
Ages: 4 yo through those entering 5th grade

Register online for VBS 2019: The Incredible Race

Announcements | 5.2.19

Current Announcements and Events



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. Email Dave Cavenaugh for questions or info.

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 to other events listed. See poster in narthex. Money due by May 7, 2019.

LINE DANCING There is no line dancing class on 5/6. We will meet 5/13 and 5/20, then break until September.

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 by emailing: office (at) uscfaith (dot) org regarding a food item you would like to bring to share. Students will then make their First Holy Communion on Sunday, Mary 19, 2019 during the 10:30 am 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.

GRADUATION CELEBRATION May and June are graduation months. We would like to honor our high school and college grads. Please let us know if someone is graduating and their future plans. Contact the church office (412-835-4590 or office

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

Special Announcements

There’s Still Time! This Sunday we are honoring our choir and all Worship and Music volunteers (ushers, bulletin folders, acolyte, altar guild, readers, liturgical assistants etc.) with a potluck luncheon. The theme is Cinco de Mayo, but ANY TYPE of food is welcome!

From the Bishop | 5.2.19

Dear Pastors and Deacons,

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

It grieves me deeply to share with you that this morning (May 1, 2019) on NPR our Lutheran name was publicly associated with anti-Islamic rhetoric. It was small comfort for me to realize in listening to the radio story that the Lutheran pastor whose Easter sermon included the hope for “a violent purge of Muslims from France” following the Notre Dame fire is not a member of the ELCA. The fact that the print story includes an apology does not do much to take away the great damage that the sound byte and print headline have already done.

In response I have worked with our synod staff to send letters to several Muslim leaders in the greater Pittsburgh area reaffirming our church’s commitment to interfaith cooperation. We have also sent a press release seeking to distance anti-Islamic rhetoric from the Lutheran name, and lifting up our church’s draft Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment.

I highly commend the Declaration to you for use in your local setting. Here are a few lines that speak specifically to today’s news:

We live in a context of ongoing anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism, … In some cases, the words and deeds of a few are used to discredit entire religious communities. … We ought not allow these voices to determine or influence our perception of our neighbors. The ELCA must play an active role in dispelling fear of our neighbors, opposing religious bigotry, and standing with those who are the targets of fear, discrimination, hatred, and violence. (pp. 4-5)

Thank you for your witness to peace and neighbor care in your ministry site. Our faith is meant for shining light into every darkness. Even at the grave, we sing our alleluias!

With you in Christ,

Bishop Kurt F. Kusserow