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Volume 41, Issue 10
September 30, 2013
Growing in Faith Lutheran Style It seems like I cannot pick up a periodical, newspaper or book without seeing an article about how to grow in faith. These seem to attract people who truly desire to deepen their relationship with God. However, nearly all of these articles promise some system or approach that one could reasonably substitute growing in faith with the topics: How to lose weight, how to get rich, or how to run faster. In other words, they trivialize faith and make promises, which only God can make. The approach to faith we advocate at First Lutheran will not make the best seller list or world-wide news. Our approach is a simple approach more akin to growing in love during a long committed relationship or marriage. The key to this approach is staying connected to the promises God has made to us in our baptisms. In our baptism, God promised to connect us to his Body, the Body of Christ, in a way that has been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Growing in faith is the daily affirmation of what God has already done and continues to promise to do with us and in us. Thus, staying connected with this promising God is the only resource we have as Godâ€™s children here at First Lutheran. So, you ask, what can I do to grow in faith? It is hard for me to imagine how one could respond with anything more than the promises in the service of Affirmation of Baptism: to live among Godâ€™s faithful people, to hear his Word and share in his supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.
Six of our young people, Jonathan Denne, Brittney Geary, Scott Geary, Ross Johnson, Kwincie Maynard, and Jordan Munson will be making that affirmation on Reformation Sunday, October 27. It is also a time for all who are baptized to remember that with them we remember that those are the promises with which all baptized Christians define our spiritual growth as well. Pastor Wicks
Some items of interest
inside this issue: Confirmation CROP Walk Trunk or Treat Nightmare on
Fourth Street Jr. High Gathering All Saints Sunday
First Lutheran Church 3939 Cheyenne Blvd. Sioux City, IA 51104 Phone: 712-239-3942 E-Mail Addresses: Al email@example.com Cindy firstname.lastname@example.org Jayne email@example.com Larry firstname.lastname@example.org Linda email@example.com
The FLCW/WELCA Board wishes to invite you to help us with our newest project. The WELCA Social Concerns chairman, Liz Draisey, thought that our church should bring a meal or meals to our members in need; to those who are on Hospice, who had surgery, or had a baby. You may have other ideas. We need help to make our venture a success. If you are willing to add your name to our list, please contact Liz Draisey at 255-7316 or Linda Wayman at 239-3942. There will be two people who make and deliver each meal. If you know of someone who needs a meal/meals, please let Liz or Linda know. Carole Heider WELCA President
“Thanks goes out to Randy Burnight for helping “Thanks goes out to Randy Burnight for helping support “First Blooms”. Many of you have put in a freewill offering for the wonderful veggies he brought all summer long, and now he really outdid himself by bringing peaches off his trees. Everything was great! Thank you so much, Randy, for sharing your talent. We’ll keep you posted on what we spend the money on……...let me see? Frannie Krommenhoek First Blooms A special thank you to all the FLCW members that brought food to our house. Also thank you for the cards, well wishes, and prayers. A very special thank you to Pastor Wicks for his visits, prayers, and communion. It has helped a great deal and I appreciate it more than anyone realizes.
Congratulations to Emily (Taylor) and Graham McGaffin on the birth of Jack Taylor, who was born on August 10 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Grandparents are Chris and Bob Taylor, members of First Lutheran.
Congratulations to Kyle Cipperley and Anne Doshier who were married at the Chapel at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD on September 28. Pastor Wicks presided at their wedding. Chuck and Jackie Cipperley are Kyle’s parents.
God Bless You, Jean White (Please note that we have changed the orientation time.) New Members will be received on Sunday, November 3 and we will hold orientation that same day at 9:00 a.m. If you are interested in joining, please call the church office at 239-3942 or talk to Pastor Wicks to let us know of your interest. Page 2
Our Alternative Wednesday Worship begins at 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday evening. We want to provide an opportunity for worship for those who are unable to attend the Sunday Worship (the service is based on the previous Sunday’s worship). It is simple, sometimes without music, but always including the essentials of worship: Word and Sacrament. Moment of Contact
Holy Family Food Pantry I became coordinator of our food pantry on August 21 and it’s been an exciting six weeks! The food pantry outgrew the space we had in the downstairs youth room, plus it wasn’t an easy job filling the food bags and then bringing them upstairs to hand-out. We are now located upstairs in the church office, with room to organize. With Cindy’s help, we now have parents, who are serving the meal to our youth on Wednesday, helping to fill food bags, and restocking shelves. It gets crowded and loud, but our hope is that parents will share this experience with their children. In these six weeks we have served 155 households. Each household receives a bag of non-perishables and a bag of meat. We buy our food from the Food Bank of Siouxland, but also welcome your donations. The first Sunday of the month is designated as Food Pantry Sunday. We encourage all to bring a bag of food forward during the offering, or to donate money to purchase food. Every month I will be giving an update on how we (me!) are doing along with requests for what we are in need of. This month we are in need of peanut butter, mac & cheese, pasta, and rice. In addition, we can always use canned fruits and vegetables and plastic grocery bags. Thanks for your support of this ministry. Larayne Olson
Imagine………...starting with a few loaves of bread…...adding shelves to a youth room to be able to add more food to serve more people. That’s what you’ve done for First Lutheran! It’s through and because of you, Larry, that The Holy Family Food Pantry of First Lutheran exists today! So, thank you. Everyone at First appreciates all you’ve done and accomplished. Larayne Olson The Holy Family Food Pantry of First Lutheran Coordinator Stop in the church office and see where our food pantry is now located. If you happened to miss the article last month, we knew the spare office as the “Holy Family” named for the stained glass window designed and built by Gerhardt Paulsrud. So that is how we decided to name our Food Pantry “The Holy Family Food Pantry of First Lutheran.”
Have You Noticed The New Area? We need your cans and bottles! Please put them in our new enclosed area by the garage. The new area was constructed by Jason Denne who chose this project for his Eagle Scout work. Thank you, Jason. Thanks to everyone that already drops off cans. It’s amazing how much money is earned from the cans and bottles. Just think, you wouldn’t have to go through all your dirty old cans and go to the recycling place. This helps raise money for youth activities.
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NEWS FROM THE NURSERY! During the school year, we staff our nursery during the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Our nursery is located in the basement next to the Fellowship Hall. I am looking for additional people who can be added to our volunteer list. We would like to have some of our high school and middle school students help in the nursery if they are interested. Often, kids need volunteer hours for organizations at school, and this would be a perfect opportunity for them to pick up some hours. Please contact Cindy at 239-3942 if you are interested in helping.
LLC SALAD AND DESSERT SCHEDULE Please bring a salad or side, dessert (9x13 pan or 3 dozen cookies) and two liters of pop OR 1/2 gallon of milk on your assigned night. Thanks! Oct. 2:
Holly Hesse Christina Bliven Lori McClaren & Doug Webb Amy & Joe Lechtenberg
Stacy Hagan Kristin & Brian Hermelbracht Allison Poulson Megan and Josh Pennell
Kari & Jesse Wavrunek Elizabeth & Mark Walz Michelle & Marc Hein Michaele & Zach Lewis
Ben & Alison Hertenstein Connie & Troy Irwin Susan & Mark Carlson Dave & Lori Newbrough
OCTOBER VOLUNTEERS October 6:
LLC fees 0f $25.00 are due now! High School fees are $20.00
High School Youth! This year, our High School Youth will join with all of the LLC youth and eat at 5:30 p.m. in the gym on Wednesday evenings. Larry will have youth group from 6:00—7:30 p.m. All high school youth need to fill out registration forms and turn in their fees of $20.00 (per semester) as soon as possible.
Food Pantry Sunday The first Sunday of each month has been designated “Food Pantry” Sunday. All youth are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to worship, where they will be asked to bring their items forward during the offering. The need for food is greater than ever, as our food pantry is busier than it has been in the past.
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NOTES FROM CINDY, OUR PARISH EDUCATION DIRECTOR “Spark Our World” Our education programs are well underway here at First Lutheran, and we’re off to a great start! It’s always good to see everyone again and to have Sunday School and LLC classes back in session. We have beautiful, freshly painted classrooms this fall. The colors are “kid” friendly and conducive to learning. During LLC, the youth in Grades 1-5 study the parts of the Catechism and prepare to participate in worship. Our Middle School students study the Old and New Testaments, and take a more in-depth look at the parts of the Catechism and Lutheranism. In Sunday School, we are using a lectionary-based curriculum called “Spark.” This means that our Sunday School lessons are tied into the readings for the worship service. Our youth are excited to be here and we have great things going on here on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings! The focus this year is on serving others in keeping with our theme “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Please keep our Sunday School and LLC programs, teachers and students in your prayers.
IMPORTANT DATES! CHECK OUT OUR BULLETIN BOARDS!
Thanks to Holly Fraley for designing and creating our bulletin boards in the Fellowship Hall, the narthex, and by the Fireside Room. Thanks for an awesome job, Holly!
FIRST COMMUNION NEWS The third graders will be receiving their First Communion on Sunday, November 24 at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. In preparation for that special day, the children, along with their parents, will make their communion cups on Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 a.m. They will also bake the bread used for their First Communion on Sunday, November 17, at 9:00 a.m. Please watch for an email or note soon. E-MAIL ADDRESSES NEEDED Because most of my communication to parents and students is done via e-mail, it is very important that I have your e-mail addresses. If you have filled out a registration form for Sunday School or LLC, I probably have it. If you aren’t sure, please e-mail me at <firstname.lastname@example.org> so I can put you in my address book.
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We know how important it is to have important dates well in advance. Here is our fall schedule: OCTOBER 2013 Sunday, October 6: 9:00 a.m. 3rd Grade Carve Communion Cups Tuesday, October 22: 7:00 p.m. Confirmation Rehearsal/ Pictures Wednesday, October 23: Last Night LLC Sunday, October 27: 10:00 a.m. Confirmation and Reception 5:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat NOVEMBER 2013 Sunday, November 17: 9:00 a.m. Grade 3 Bake Communion Bread Sunday, November 24: 10:00 a.m. First Communion and Processional - Grade 3 9:00 a.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal DECEMBER 2013 Sunday, December 11: 9:00 a.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal only (no regular classes) Wednesday, December 11: 4:45 p.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal (pizza served first) Sunday, December 15: 8:30 a.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal 4:00 p.m. Christmas Program and Reception Sunday, December 22: No Sunday School Sunday, December 29: No Sunday School JANUARY 2014 Sunday, January 5: Sunday School Resumes Wednesday, January 15: LLC Resumes
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Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays…..Happy birthday to everyone who is celebrating a birthday in October. If I have missed anyone or have a wrong date down, please let me know at 239-3942. Thanks, Linda October 1 Leif Erickson Mia Jones Kelsey Troth October 2 Nissa Downing Kayse Fields October 3 Josh Hebert October 5 Billy Habermann October 6 Tyler Hagan John Reiff October 7 Isaiah Olson Joan Paulsrud Ron Riediger October 8 Seth Reinhardt October 9 Andrew Muilenburg Jordan Muilenburg October 10 Bill Horneber October 11 Tom Plaza October 14 Ian Hertenstein October 15 Jenna Jansen Sharon Nicholas October 16 Christina Bliven Lacey (Brehm) Jensen Tanner Knop
October 17 Dave Gross October 19 Gavin Albrecht Beryl Shultz October 20 Cindy Bennett Tyler Drey October 21 Rick Kava October 22 Mariah Grupp Elaine Sanders October 23 Jennifer Denne Kyle Koch Jackson Lewis Claire Miethke October 25 Ben Hertenstein Valerie Remien Marcia Rustwick October 28 Amanda (Dewey) Davidson Ross Johnson Leah (Noonan) Griem JoAnn Peters October 30 Miriam Enockson Happy Birthday to the following: October 31 Joan Paulsrud, who turns 81 Kim Erickson on October 7 Jessica Sims Beryl Shultz who turns 83 on
October 19 Claire Miethke who turns 80 on October 23 Marcia Rustwick, who turns 88 on October 25 Miriam Enockson, who turns 94 on October 30
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HELPING WITH OUR SERVICES IN OCTOBER
ACOLYTES October 6 October 13 October 20 October 27 COFFEE HOSTS October 6 October 13 October 20 October 27 COMMUNION ASSISTANTS October 6 October 13 October 20 October 27 GREETERS October 6 & 13 October 20 & 27 LAYREADERS October 6 October 13 October 20 October 27 OCTOBER USHERS
RADIO BROADCAST SPONSORS October 6 October 13 October 20 October 27 NURSERY SCHEDULE October 6 October 13 October 20 October 27
Ethan Newbrough, Cole Reinhardt Jonathan Denne, Matthew Hagan Brittney Geary, Scott Geary Kaley Hein, Rylee Irwin Jordyn Lechtenberg, Emma Webb Liz Draisey Jack & Janice Bristow John & Marilyn Hagberg, Kaylyn Winter Confirmation Reception Larry LeClair, Angie Reinhardt Wyatt & Stacy Hagan Tim & Sheila Geary Doug Webb & Lori McClaren Carolyn Cobb, Jim Hollander, Karen Hollstein Lee & Linda Bobier, Jack & Janice Bristow
Tammy Thomas-Mahaney Janice Bristow Chris Taylor Mike Mahaney Becky Carlson, Gary Hopp Gary Johnson, Jay Schenzel Mendenhalls Mike and Tammy Mahaney Gary and Candy Johnson Denise Larson Elyse Hawkinson Angie Reinhardt Kaia Downing Jessica Sims
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CROP Walk - We need walkers for the CROP Walk, which will be held on Sunday, October 20. Registration is from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. We will meet in the parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church, 1735 Morningside Ave. at 12:30 p.m. We will also need people to contribute financially. We are trying to raise $1,000 again this year. All money raised is used for the hungry in Siouxland and throughout the world. A sign-up sheet is in the narthex. Please plan to participate, either by walking or by contributing financially. After we have completed our walk, we will go out for ice cream, provided by the church.
Trunk or Treat—Everyone (young and old) is invited to the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a “spooky meal”, crafts and games, followed by Trunk or Treating in the south parking lot at 6:30 p.m. This is a family event, and parents need to attend with their kids. The Middle School and High School Youth are organizing this event, and everyone is invited to come in costume and join in on the fun. Parents need to bring candy to pass out for the “trunk or treating” and are encouraged to decorate their trunks. We will again give a prize for the “best-dressed” trunk! Come one, come all, we will have fun!! Friday, October 25 Fear Factory and Nightmare on Fourth Street - We will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot outside the entrance to Nightmare on Fourth Street. We will go for ice cream afterwards. The church will cover the cost of ice cream. You are responsible for the cost of the haunted house and you need to provide your own transportation both ways. Call Larry at 239-3942 if you have questions. Junior High Youth Gathering on November 8 & 9. This year’s youth gathering for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be held at Lutheran Lakeside Camp in Okoboji. The theme is “What’s Your Story.” The church will pay $35 for each student, plus transportation. Anyone attending will need to pay $45. If you would like to go, we MUST have payment, registration, and medical release by October 25. For more information, talk to Larry. Signup and medical release forms are in the narthex.
All Saints Sunday, November 3 On Sunday, November 3, we will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints. On this day, we remember especially those who are new to the church family in the past year (those who have been baptized), and all those who continue their sainthood in eternity (those who have died.) We will again have a display in the narthex which will include the names of all those from this congregation who have been baptized or who have died during the past year. In addition, if you have a relative or friend you would like to remember, you are invited to bring a picture or some other object which we could include in our display in the narthex. Please bring items to the church office by noon on Friday, November 1, to have them included in the display. They may be picked up again on Sunday after worship, or in the church office the following week.
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Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice, or Call 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and say, “Thrivent Choice.”
Thrivent Choice allows eligible members of Thrivent Financial to recommend where some of its charitable dollars are distributed. By participating in this special campaign, you can help First Lutheran in a big way! Volunteers with Thrivent Builds Homes lets you put your faith into action. Help one family’s dream of owning a home come true by framing a wall, shingling a roof or painting a room. No experience needed. Join us! We are building at 1912 Harvest Bend in North Sioux City, SD and are looking for volunteers to work on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.— 12 noon or 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you think it is time for a life-changing experience, talk with Pam Bales at 712-224-0505 to schedule a date.
We are in need of grocery bags!
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Hymns of the Day for October, 2013
October 6: “We Walk By Faith” #635 The text was written by Henry Alford, 1810-1871, born in London, England. This text was also found in With One Voice, #675, but here it is paired with a different tune. The tune used here was written by Marty Haugen, and published in 1984. Marty Haugen has written numerous other pieces of music which we sing on a regular basis, including many of the psalms we sing each weekend. Twenty of his compositions are included in our new worship book. October 13: “Baptized and Set Free” #453 Cathy Skogen-Soldner wrote the text and tune for this hymn for Holden Village, a year-round Lutheran renewal center near Chelan, Washington. Of the hymn, she says that “even though we may only use a few handfuls of water when we baptize, I included larger bodies of water (ocean, fountain, river) to invite the singing congregation to celebrate the generous heart of God.”
October 20: “If You But Trust in God to Guide You” #769 The text and tune of this hymn were written in 1641 by Georg Neumark during the Thirty Years’ War. He was born in 1621, three years after the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War. As a young adult, when he attempted to go to Konigsberg to attend the university, the group in which he traveled was plundered by highwaymen who stripped Neumark of everything but his prayer book and a small amount of cash. He returned to Magdeburg, but could find no employment. Several months later, he was hired as a tutor for the family of Judge Stephan Henning. It was at this time that he wrote this hymn. He wrote “This good fortune, which came so suddenly and, as if fallen from heaven, gladdened my heart so that on that very day I composed to the honor of my beloved Lord…” October 27: “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” #517 The text for this hymn was written by Martin Luther and was published in 1542. The tune, ERHALT UNS, HERR, may have been written by Luther, and was included first in Joseph Klug’s Geistiche Lieder, in 1543. It is patterned after a twelfth-century plainsong, “Vni Redemptor gentium”. J.S. Bach based his Cantata 126 on this tune.
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October 2013 Sun
1 7:00 House & Grounds
9:00 Christian Education 9:00 Choir 10:00 Worship 11:00 Coffee
9:00 C.E. 9:00 Choir 10:00 Worship 11:00 Coffee
9:00 C.E. 9:00 Choir 10:00 Worship 11:00 Coffee 12:30 CROP
9:00 C.E. 9:00 Choir 10:00 Confirmation 11:00 Confirmation Reception 5:30 Trunk or Treat
6:30 Scouts 7:00 Co-Dep.
21 7:00 Mary Circle 7:00 Co-Dep.
28 6::30 Scouts 7:00 Co-Dep.
1:00 FLCW Board Mtg. 5:00 LLC Bells 5:30 1-8 LLC 5:30 HS Youth 7:00 Handbells 7:00 Worship 7:00 Parish Ed.
9 5:00 LLC Bells 5:30 1-8 LLC 5:30 HS Youth 7:00 Handbells 7:00 Worship
15 6:00 Executive 6:30 Finance 7:00 COUNCIL
22 7:00 Confirmation Rehearsal & Pictures
16 5:00 LLC Bells 5:30 1-8 LLC 5:30 HS Youth 7:00 Handbells 7:00 Worship
23 1:00 Lydia Circle 5:00 LLC Bells 5:30 1-8 LLC 5:30 HS Youth 7:00 Handbells 7:00 Worship
30 5:00 LLC Bells 6:00 Handbells 7:00 Worship
10:30 Book Study
No Book Study
10:30 Book Study 12:30 Rachel Circle 7:00 Co-Dep
10:30 Book Study
7 00 AA
7:00 Fear Factory 7:00 AA
10:30 Book Study 7:00 Co-Dep
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First Lutheran Church 3939 Cheyenne Blvd. Sioux City, IA 51104 Return Service Requested
Non Profit Org U.S. Postage Paid Permit No. 9 Sioux City, IA 51104
Financial Summary We report our monthly offering, from members and visitors, and budget in the Contact every month. Here are the first nine months. We are also including what we need in the following months to complete the year. October $23,000; November $27,000; December $50,000, giving us our total budget of $296,000. The monthly differences are based on historical giving patterns.
January February March April May June July August September Total
Monthly Budget窶年eeded to meet budget
$17,391.90 $23,461.49 $36,312.78 $21,324.50 $23,655.00 $19,808.00 $16,398.80 $19,442.00 $25,380.81
$20,000.00 $23,000.00 $26,000.00 $23,000.00 $20,000.00 $21,000.00 $20,000.00 $20,000.00 $23,000.00
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