Faith Lutheran Church and School
"Raising Up Families and Followers of Jesus Christ"
7075 Pacific Avenue   ●   Lacey, Washington   ●   98503

Church: (360) 491-3552   ●   School: (360) 491-1733 ●   Child Care: (360) 491-1118   ●   fax: (360) 459-3784

Grace and Peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Faith Lutheran is committed to teaching the Word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Come and worship with us as we share the GOOD NEWS with all who would listen.  See what we believe and practice as an LCMS congregation.  

 

Sunday Worship Schedule

8:30 am - Traditional Worship Service

11:15 am - Contemporary Worship & Praise Service

Holy Communion is celebrated the 1st, 3rd, and 5th
Sunday of each month

Child care is available for both services and during Bible class.
 

Sunday School and Adult Bible Classes

The Education Hour starts at 10:00 am.  The children meet in the sanctuary for their opening and then go to classes.  Adults can attend classes in the Cedar room.

December - February Extended Calendar        December Newsletter
Please click on the button above for a detailed calendar of activities and events.

The Quick Calendar

Sun Dec 4 8:30 am Traditional worship with Holy Communion
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Contemporary worship with Holy Communion
Mon Dec 5   FLS Holiday House (Cedar room)
Tue Dec 6 6:00 pm School board
      FLS Holiday House (Cedar room)
Wed Dec 7 5:00 pm Adventures in Advent - "He was"
    6:45 pm Handbells
    7:30 pm Choir
      FLS Holiday House (Cedar room)
Thu Dec 8 10:00 am 3M's Bible study (Sanctuary)
    7:00 pm Ensemble
      FLS Holiday House (Cedar room)
Fri Dec 9   FLS Holiday House (Cedar room)
Sat Dec 10 7:30 am Men of Faith
    9:00 am Confirmation
    1:30 pm Jeanette Boegl funeral
Sun Dec 11 8:30 am Festival of Music
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Festival of Music
Tue Dec 13 7:00 pm Elders
Wed Dec 14 5:30 pm Adventures in Advent - "He is to come"
    7:00 pm Ensemble
Thu Dec 15 10:00 am 3M's Bible study
Sat Dec 17 10:00 am SS Christmas program dress rehersal
Sun Dec 18 8:30 am Traditional worship with Holy Communion
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Contemporary worship
Sunday school Christmas pageant
Tue Dec 20 6:00 pm Church council
Sat Dec 24 10:00 am Carol service
    5:00 pm Candlelight service
    7:00 pm Candlelight service
Sun Dec 25 10:00 am Service with Holy Communion
Tue Jan 3   School resumes
Sat Jan 14 7:30 am Men of Faith
       

Important Events Farther in the Future

       

Notes from Pastor Matt

December 2016

Dear Faith Family,

This is the season where the relationship between gifts and the Gift isn’t always clear.  It used to be more obvious, but many people don’t see the giving of gifts to one another as a way of celebrating God giving us His Son.  That connection isn’t always made.  So leave it to The Simpsons to mock the false piety of our consumer-oriented society with a marquis sign at the Springfield Mall which reads: “We will be open 24 hours on Christmas Eve in honor of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  Oh, that makes me laugh and cringe a little too.  Every year, society wants to make it about the gifts.  And we in the church want it to be about the Gift. 

I was perusing a book recently returned to me called God is the Gospel, written by John Piper.  I found his thoughts on the gospel and the gifts of God to be worth sharing with you as we begin the Advent season.  

His opening question is fairly provocative.  “If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?” 

I think most people would go for it, don’t you?  But we who cherish the gospel  would be disappointed.  We want to be with God—and anything that falls short of that desire cannot satisfy us because our hearts are set on Him!  And His heart is set on us! 

Piper goes on to say, “The gospel isn’t a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God.”  Well, it’s the only way.  But the point is God is the gospel.  He is the good news.  And if we stop short of arriving at Himself as the Gift, then the lesser gifts may seem to be the purpose of it all, when in fact, they only surround and supplement our life in Him.  “These gifts are precious.  But they are not God.  And they are not the gospel if God himself is not cherished as the supreme gift of the gospel.” 

The point is we have to take it all the way to Jesus and not stop short or get off track—which we know is challenging culturally and requires some discipline and devotion.  But God knows it’s the best gift to give to you and your family this year. 

In Christ,

Pastor Matt Henry

 

Faith Communications

Want to tell the rest of the congregation, and others, about what’s happening in your committee or group?  Try one of these:

Sunday Bulletin: Submit your announcement in writing to the church office secretary (Becky) by Wednesday noon for the following Sunday. Becky’s email address is churchoffice@faithcampus.org.

Monthly Newsletter: Submit your article to the church office secretary (Becky) by the 20th of the month of the month prior to publication. E.g. If you want it in the April newsletter, Becky needs to have it by March 20.

Church Council Agenda Item: Submit the agenda item by the Sunday before the church council meeting. Please include a brief description of the issue or item, how much time you want, and who will speak to council.

Web Site: Submit your item, photo, or article you want included in the web site to webmaster@faithlutheranlacey.org.  If you don’t want to write that down, go to the web site, click on the Contact Us button, and click on Webmaster.

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Join the Adventure

Adventures in Advent

December 7 and December 14
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Bring the whole family for a free dinner, a message, music,
and choose your own adventures!

December 7 - "He Was"
Dinner: Pasta Bar
Speaker: Pastor  Mat
Crafts: Wood plank snow men, Popsicle stick ornaments, baking cookies, and more, “My Hope” video (30 min)

December 14 - "He is to Come"
Dinner: Soup and sandwiches
Speaker: Mrs. White
Crafts: Wreaths, wire ornaments, wood cookie decor, and more, “My Hope” video (30 min)

Please check the board for donation needs. 

Rev. 1:8: “HE IS, HE WAS, HE IS TO COME”
Activities - Events - News
EDUCATION HOUR
1 Peter is just 105 verses long, but it’s packed!  We're spending eleven weeks asking God to speak to us in these apostolic words conveyed by a commercial fisherman of Galilee – who gave his life for Christ!  Join us in the Cedar room at 10 am; all are welcome!

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Sunday, December 18, 11:15 am.  Practices are held during Sunday school opening from 10-10:15 (PLEASE be on time!) Dress rehearsal will be held on December 17 from 10 am - 12 pm.  If your child would like to have a part in the program, it is important that they participate in all of the practices.  Contact Connie Dougherty or Kenzie Carpenter with questions.

SUNDAY SCHOOL OFFERING
This month Sunday School and Adventures in Advent offering will be donated to the Big City Mission project LC-MS where we can demonstrate the love of Christ to people in the inner-city. Together, our gifts can provide meals for a hungry child, a backpack and school supplies for an inner city child, playground equipment for an inner-city school, and help pay for a child to go to a Lutheran School.
 
YOUTH GROUP
6 pm - 8 pm - Sundays for 6th - 12th  graders

12/4 - Winter Wishes Craft Night

Coming up:
12/11 - Christmas party
12/18 - Movie night at Kenzie's
12/21 - Boomshaka - 6 pm - 8 pm
Wednesday, 12/28 - Service project - Tacoma Rescue Mission followed by Zoolights
 
HIGH SCHOOL LIFE GROUP

4 - 5:30 pm Sundays for 9th - 12th graders

12/4 - Life group at the Albaugh's

Coming up:
12/18 - Life Group at the Albaugh's
12/21 - Boomshaka 6 pm - 8 pm
12/28 - Service project - Service project - Tacoma Rescue Mission followed by Zoolights

WANT YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS?
All youth grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to sign up for the weekly e-newsletter.  This is where all information about upcoming events, what to bring, when to meet, and what to expect is broadcast as well as our closed Facebook page.  Please let Kenzie know if you are not on that mailing list, k.carpenter@faithcampus.org

SUPPORTING OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN
Our Savior Lutheran Church of Tacoma recently suffered fire loss due to arson.  Please visit: go.oslc.com/BeautyForAshes for a way to lend a helping hand.

FAMILY NIGHT OUT
Come to BOOMSHAKA, a giant trampoline warehouse for all ages, December 21 from 6-8 pm.  $13 for one hour or $20 for two, ages 2-6 $10 and children under 2 are free.  Reserve your place now and pay online.  BOOMSHAKA 7960 Center St. SW Olympia, WA.

FUNERAL NOTICES
Friday, December 9, 11:00 am, Funeral service for Erwin Hein (father of Marie Koehler) at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Washougal.

Saturday, December 10, 1:30 pm @ Faith, Memorial service for Jeanette Boegl (wife of Pastor Sig Boegl who served at Faith 1970-1985)..  We’ll have the service in the sanctuary and reception to follow in the FCC.

SOCKS AND COOKIES
From December 7-16, Faith and other area churches are collecting socks and cookies as part of Thurston County Jail’s 2016 Christmas Program on December 18.  We are going to provide homemade cookies and new plain white cotton socks to share with each inmate.  These gifts of socks and cookies will be accompanied with a card, Scripture verse and note of encouragement.  Look for a reception bin in the fellowship hall. Thanks for caring!

FAITH IS HIRING Faith Community Center is searching for a weekend event supervisor.  Overseeing events on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, this position serves as a strong representative of Faith Lutheran to the outside community.  The position entails setting up tables and chairs, janitorial work and providing excellent customer service.  Hours vary by week; $14/hour.  Please send resumes, cover letters (and any questions!) to Sarah Holdener, campus manager, at s.holdener@FaithCampus.org.
 
LOT FOR SALE
Why did the Lutheran cross the road?  Because the property across David Street is for sale.  It is 4.42 acres, zoned commercially, and wooded—one of the larger undeveloped lots in Lacey.  The remaining owner is eager to sell and is willing to give us first dibs on a steeply discounted price.  Faith is not in a financial position to take on this purchase, but perhaps someone in the congregation is willing to as an investment.  At a minimum, it would allow us some time and the opportunity to determine who we want our neighbor to be.  Please speak with Pastor Matt if interested in more specifics.  NEW UPDATE: the owner of the property informed us the property will go back on the market in January.  

ADVENT CALENDARS
Do you buy an Advent Calendar every year?  PIE is making it a little easier for you to keep the tradition alive!  We are selling Chocolate Advent Calendars for $5.00!  They may be purchased at the School Office.  All proceeds go to the school!  Thank you for your support!

Stewardship Logo

Giving is good and cheerful stewardship, but sometimes materialism takes it to a point of excess.  December is not meant to be the month of incurring debt or the season of overdoing it.  We are already blessed with most things we need in life.  Instead of going the world’s way, consider giving to mission projects or endeavors that truly will bless the lives of many in the world.  As for your own children, perhaps parents may appreciate this gift guide:  “Something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read.”  Consider the greater gifts to give too—that which money cannot buy—like time!   As we give and receive, let’s keep the focus of the season on God’s gift to us—His Son.

CHRISTIAN RADIO

Faith comes by hearing and you can hear the sung and spoken Word on many radio stations.  On the FM dial, check out 90.5 KACS, 88.1 Air One and Spirit 105.3.   Program in a Christian radio stations that suits you and your family.  You never know when God may use just the right message for just the right time.

JC PLAY ZONE
Parents, looking for a website for children that you can trust? Visit www.jcplayzone.com for games, puzzles, crafts, recipes, Bible stories and more. This is a great combination of faith and fun that your child (and you) will appreciate. Thanks to Lutheran Hour Ministries for helping to "raise up families and followers of Jesus Christ"!