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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.

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