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October 2009

Published monthly by Faith ‘Viera’ Lutheran Church

Dear Members and Friends of Faith ‘Viera’;
Traveling back to Minnesota for my nephew’s baptism, I found myself in the Church where I grew up. I was familiar with all the nuances of the church, but many of the guests visiting for the baptism were not. Some of them had gone to church their whole lives -- but never at this particular type of worship service -and were cautious about practices. It got me thinking about new members and visitors at Faith ‘Viera’. I have been Lutheran my whole life and feel pretty comfortable with many of the practices and norms at most of the churches; however, there have been a couple of times where I felt completely lost. My freshman year of college I was confused the entire time at chapel -every day we used the hymnal. I had never used one. I grew up with everything printed in the bulletin or on a screen. Flipping between the Divine Service, hymns and then Psalms, I was lost. I stayed confused until finally I decided to let my future wife, Sonya, flip the pages for me. Every week there are visitors at Faith ‘Viera’. Let’s help make them feel as welcome as possible. Here are a few ideas:  Introduce yourself before the service starts  If you see them flipping through the hymnal struggling to find a page, offer them yours with the open page  Be sure to talk with them after worship and invite them back!

Sat., Oct. 3, 9-12 Church Work Day Sat., Oct. 3, 8 am Men’s Breakfast Fellowship Hall Tue., Oct. 6, 10 am Women’s Trip to Ruth Funk Center Fri., Oct. 9, 6 pm 5th/6th Graders Movie/Fun Night Fellowship Hall Tue., Oct. 13, 1 pm World Religions Class Music Room Sat., Oct. 17, 5 pm Healing Service Wed., Oct. 21, 5:30 pm Family Night Supper Fellowship Hall Fri/Sat, Oct. 23/24 Youth Lock-In Sat., Oct. 31 Harvest Festival

We all know what it’s like to be in an unfamiliar place, let’s make Faith ‘Viera’ a more comfortable place for our visitors. In His Grip Dave Timmerman

Women’s Fellowship
We had a wonderful kick-off luncheon on September 14th with the theme “Bloom Where You are Planted.” Pastor Meyr delivered a devotional amplifying the selected theme. Attendees responded generously with baby gifts for clients of Pregnancy Resources, Inc. in Melbourne. The organization’s Executive Director, Judy Miller, and Community Relations Manager, Shari Hoover, presented information on services they offer. Ginny Anderson, Phyllis Bielenberg, Carolyn Bouvier, Mary Cook, Donna Gides, Dartha Hilbert and Carol Tuttle provided a delicious buffet for the 42 attendees. Here are activities for the next few months. All women are invited to participate.
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Trip to Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, on the campus of FIT in Melbourne

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League
The wonderful ladies of the LWML will meet on October 10, at 10 am in the Music Room. Meetings are brief and we always have time for fellowship. Please join us as we make plans for the Zone Fall Rally on Nov. 7th. We could certainly use some help planning the food, arranging for set up and closing. It is a spirited activity and we hope you will join us. Ladies from Daytona to Palm Bay will be here for the Rally


“Thanksgiving All Year Long”
Look for the flyer on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Please join us!! Your sister in Christ, Jan Pettis

We will depart the church parking lot at 10 am. If you wish to go directly to the Center, be there by 10:30. Admission is free. Lunch will follow at Jason’s Deli, located across the street from Melbourne Square Mall. Sign up in the Narthex.
Monday, October 12 1:00 pm Regular Meeting & Fellowship

Operation Christmas Child
It’s time to start thinking and preparing for Operation Christmas Child. This is the annual opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for needy children around the world by filling shoe boxes. Here’s what to do: use an empty shoe box, standard size, or small plastic container. You can wrap the box in holiday paper, although it’s not required (wrap lids separately). Buy gifts for a boy or a girl in one of three age groups: 2-4; 5-9 or 10-14. A $7.00 donation is also suggested. Suggested items: school supplies, toys; dolls; hygiene items, hard candies; clothing; rubber shoes. Items to avoid: used or damaged items; toy guns, knives or milit;ary figures; chocolate or outof-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; glass or aerosol containers. I will be at the Oct. 12 Women’s Fellowship meeting with sample boxes and flyers. Similar materials will also be on display in the Church Narthex. Call me (638-1559) if you have any questions. Deadline for completed boxes is Sunday, November 15. There will be a receptacle in the Narthex. Please pray for this ministry that many people will be blessed through it. Judy Mennicke

We will spotlight the Women’s Center of Melbourne, an organization that provides counseling, transitional housing, victim services and career guidance to women in crisis.
Monday, November 9, 1:30 pm Holiday Cooking Demonstration by T.F. Onion Café

Join us in the Church Fellowship Hall. Thomas & Caroline Mannion, owners of T.F. Onion Café and Deli in Cocoa Beach will prepare and serve some of their specialties, suitable for holiday entertaining. Caroline is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and Thomas is a graduate of New York Restaurant School. Advance signup will be required. Watch for further details in the November newsletter and bulletins. Other events planned for the rest of the calendar year include: Birthday Breakfast for November/December birthdays on Monday, November 23, 8:30, place TBD; an Advent Tea with Cookie Exchange, in fellowship Hall, Saturday, December 5, 2 pm; and our traditional Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday, December 15, 12 noon at the Black Tulip, Cocoa Village. Sign-up sheets for all of these activities will be available in the Narthex as we get closer to the events.
Dartha Hilbert, President

The following are recent memorial gifts
In memory of Betty Seymour
Cheryl Cummings

(in honor of Reformation Day) Cost of the meal is $5 per person. Please sign up in the Narthex or call the office to make your reservation.

In memory of Ernst Lehmann
Edna Kaufmann

In memory of Harvey Cook
Rev. & Mrs. M. Suhr (CA)

In memory of Francis Christman
Jean, Candace & Jason Weidner Les & Lucy Manns; Geoff & Chris Harrison

In memory of Al Farrell
Kevin & Kristin Tougas; Frances Krueger, Frederic Hemmila; David & Joyce Anteau, Ingrid McDaniel; William, Joanne & Richard McDaniel Larry & Helen Datkuliak; Pastor & Pam Meyr Rockledge Kiwanis

Little Lambs
(Parent & Infant/Toddler Group)
Our Little Lambs Group are meeting weekly -Wednesdays at 9 am. All parents with infants and/or toddlers are invited to join us in Fellowship Hall for a fun time of fellowship for adults and activities for the kids. Twice a month we will have music lessons, plus planned activities and discussion time for the parents. Parents please join us and bring your friends!


(Honduras Orphanage mission project) You are invited to experience a new blessing by providing a pair of shoes for the less fortunate this Christmas. The orphanage needs new shoes and socks for children of all ages. OR you may donate $5 for a pair of shoes (Checks should be sent to Children of Love Foundation, 4921 Headlee Dr., Orlando, FL 32822). Shoe & sock donations can be dropped off at the church office anytime.

I am in need of a faithful, committed group of people willing to take on the task of maintaining a decent level of cleanliness and organization. I feel my situation is dire!! I stand ready and willing to serve but need your respect and some TLC. The current suggestion would be for several teams of 2 or 3 people each to rotate on a monthly basis. Please prayerfully consider this ministry and should you choose to serve in this way, please locate our sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Gratefully….Your Much-used Kitchen

HARVEST FESTIVAL Saturday, October 31, 6 pm
Join us for costume contest, crafts, games, food, prizes, and lots of fun!
If you would like to donate candy, craft supplies or time, please call the church office (636-5504)
(More details to follow in upcoming bulletins)

During the month of October, we will be meeting every Sunday night except the 25th because of a LOCK-IN that weekend. All high school youth are invited to join us at 6 pm in the Ministry Center. Some other activities coming soon will be:  Special showing at the Rave Theater  Harvest Festival (helping)  Sporting events

Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Oct. 28 6:30-8 6:30-8 6:30-8 (Friday pm) 6:30-8 Confirmation Class Confirmation Class Jr. High Youth group Lock-In Jr. High Youth group

Middle School Gathering Reminder….
Please don’t forget to turn in your registration forms for the November 6-8 Gathering!!

JR/SR YOUTH LOCK-IN Friday, Oct. 23
Join us at church Friday evening and we’ll be traveling to a few different locations throughout the evening to help shake things up a bid. A flyer will be mailed and handed out soon. A great time to bring friends too!

5th & 6th GRADERS
Join us Fri., Oct 9, at 6 pm (run until 9 pm) for

Movie Night Pizza & Games
Please bring $3 to cover pizza and snacks. Look for more information at Sunday School.

Church Work Day Saturday, Oct. 3 8 am to noon
It’s time to give our church and grounds an overall “Fall Cleaning”. Please join us for whatever time you can spare on Oct. 3rd and bring your work gloves, gardening tools (and wheelbarrow if you have one). SPECIAL THANKS We have a few dedicated volunteers who have adopted some of the flower beds around the property: Dave & Louise Hauge, Carol & Bill Tuttle and Stan & Libby Schmucker. Thank you so much for your ministry of love & toil! There are several more “orphan” flower beds looking for someone to love them. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please call Judy at the office (636-5504)

New Bible Study on World Religions
Pastor Moreno will be teaching a six-week class on World Religions starting Tuesday, October 13th, at 1:00 pm, in the Music Room. The class will give introductions to: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Atheism. Given the nature of the class, of course we will be involving Christianity in every session. Sign up in the Narthex.

Pregnancy Resources
For 25 years Pregnancy Resources has ministered to more than 50,000 women and families in Brevard County experiencing unplanned or crises pregnancies. They are gearing up for their 25th Anniversary Banquet being held Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. They are inviting you to partner with them. Funds raised at the banquet allow them to operate day-to-day activities provide free services. Would you consider being one of their underwriters? $250 allows five people to hear about their ministry for the first time; $500 will underwrite a table of 10 -- allowing potential donors to hear the testimonies of families changed by Pregnancy Resources; and a gift of $5,000 or more will change countless lives. If you are able to underwrite part of the banquet, attend the banquet or host a table, please contact them at 752-5540 or at

October issue of the Lutheran Beacon, our District paper is available in the Narthex or check it out on

Read all about it …. lots of news this month:

Meet the Walkers
A very talented family

Evolution vs. Christian Stewardship

SELC Convention Report
Elections - Resolutions - etc.

Letter from Dr. Kieschnick Happening Around our SELC District
See what family churches have been doing

Luther Leaguers Gather on the Space Coast
“Shine like Stars”

2009-11 Grants Selected

Saving for the future

Faith ‘Viera’ Preschool News
A special thank you to everyone for coming to our Preschool Open House. The children really enjoyed showing their families their classrooms and art work. Our gift baskets, bake sale and book fair fund raisers were a huge success! Thank you to all our Preschool families and Church Members for your continued support. We appreciate all that you do for the program. God Bless, Sheila Fournier, Director

A Dynamic Duo

Middle School High School College and Adults You are invited to a

Maryrose Beerman, Director of Music is the most recent addition to the staff at Faith Viera Lutheran Church. She also brings along her husband Ted who will be the choir director. Maryrose earned her B.S. in Music Performance from Illinois State University and has been leading congregations, accompanying choirs and planning special services for more than 25 years. Among her past experiences are Connersville Presbyterian Church (Indiana), Oxford United Methodist (Ohio), Bethel AME iana), (Ohio), Satellite Beach United Methodist Church (FL), and Pineda Presbyterian Church (FL). Additionally, Maryrose worked as a middle school choir director, manager of the Oxford (Ohio) Visitors and Conv Convention Bureau, and, for over 15 years, owned and operated a music store, video store, and computer store with her husband, Ted. She was recently elected to the Alumni Board for the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan where she and Ted met. T Ted has a B.S. in Music Education from Ball State University (Indiana) and recently completed his M.B.A. from Webster University. Ted is also a Microsoft Certified Engineer (MCSE). While sharing business management duties with Maryrose, Ted served on City Council, and as Vice Mayor in Oxford, Ohio. Currently he works as the Manager of Facilities and Technology for Space Florida. In addition to the daily operations of their retail businesses, Ted and Maryrose worked together to creat create the Oxford Community Band and the Oxford Music Festival, now in it’s 23rd year. Since moving to Florida in 2003, they have worked as a formidable music team leading and planning both contemporary and traditional worship at various churches on the space coast. They have two children, Harrison, 21 and Maizie, 18. It is with great joy that we welcome Maryrose and Ted Beerman to the music ministry of Faith Viera Viera!

Listening Party
Wednesday Evening October 14, 7-9PM
Do you like to sing but haven’t because of other commitments? How about singing in the cantata choir this year? It is a great way to experience the Christmas season. Come out and have some treats and listen to the cantata we have chosen this year. This is a short-term commitment and a great way to term get community service hours, meet new people and have fun praising the Lord. Practice will be every sing wi Wednesday from 7:15-8:00PM. A full schedule, 7:15 music, and practice CDs will be available at the listening party. Instrumentalists Needed Flute, Oboe, French Needed: Horn, 2 Trumpets, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Violin 1 & 2, Viola Cello and Bass. If Viola, interested, contact Maryrose Beerman. If you have any questions please call 779-3459, 321-323-6647 or email Maryrose Beerman at

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer 12 East Avenue A, Melbourne invites you to a

Sunday, October 25th, 3 pm
If you plan to attend, please let Faith ‘Viera’ Church office know (636 (636-5504) by Oct. 5th, so we may give a head count to Redeemer.

Joint Reformation Service


Synod Exceptionally United in What We Believe, Teach, Confess
The following thoughts were presented at this year’s district convention as an introduction to the video report of the Synod President…Gerald Kieschnick

Our Synod has seen challenges, struggles, and conflicts throughout its history. Congregations and individuals have disagreed, argued, and even fought over many issues, resulting in family dissension and ecclesiastical division. Much of that disharmony has resulted from serious doctrinal controversies. Other disagreements have been over matters that we today might consider relatively minor, including Boy Scouts, life insurance, dancing, women sitting in church with men and the use of the English language. Doctrinal unity in the LCMS remains very important for the future of our Synod. As repeatedly written, resolved, and affirmed in our constitution, bylaws, doctrinal resolutions and doctrinal statements, the LCMS is exceptionally united in what we believe, teach and confess: That there is only one true and triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who created the world in six days. That the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, fell into sin by disobeying the command of God. That since the fall into sin, all people are born with original sin and are incapable of pleasing God by their own merits, works or behavior. That God promised a Savior to Adam and Eve and, through them, to all people. That this Savior is Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, who died for the sins of the whole world. That only those who trust in His atoning work will be saved eternally. That those who do not have faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will not spend eternity in heaven, but eternal condemnation in hell. That we are saved by God’s grace alone, without any merit or worthiness of our own. That we are saved through faith in Christ alone, not by our own efforts, works or endeavors. That the doctrine of justification by grace through faith in Christ is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls.

That the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments are the inspired, inerrant infallible, written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and of practice. That the Lutheran Confessions are a true statement and exposition of the Word of God. That all the miraculous accounts recorded in Holy Scripture actually occurred. That Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus healed the lame, the deaf, and the blind, and raised the dead back to life. That Jesus was crucified, died and was buried. That Jesus rose from the grave and ascended into heaven. That in, with and under the bread and wine of Holy Communion, Christ is truly present; we receive His true body and blood for the forgiveness of sins and the assurance of eternal salvation. That the Bible teaches that abortion is not moral option except as a tragically unavoidable byproduct of medical procedures necessary to prevent the death of another human being. That homosexual behavior is contrary to the will of God. That marriage is a divine institution that binds one man and one woman together in a one-flesh union not to be broken until death parts them. That all baptized Christians are members of the priesthood of all believers. That fellowship with other church bodies has as its basis complete agreement in doctrine and practice. That Holy Communion, Holy Baptism, and the Word of God are the means through which God conveys to sinful human beings His grace; His undeserved love and forgiveness; and through which the Holy Spirit calls individuals to faith in Christ. That is what we believe, teach, and confess. While this list is not intended to be exhaustive, it illustrates that in the LCMS we simply are not arguing over or even debating the major doctrines of the Christian faith that are in contention in many parts of the Body of Christ. We are undeniably blessed with God-given unity and harmony and have so much more that unites us than those things that would divide us.

Faith ‘Viera’ Lutheran - October, 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Weekend Worship Schedule
Saturdays: Praise & Worship at 5 pm (with Children’s Church) Sundays: Blended Worship at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 9:30 Sunday School for all ages
4 18th Sunday after Pentecost 5 6 7
9 am Little Lambs


10 am Bible Study 7 pm Faithful Eight 7 pm Early Church Fathers Study


3 8-12 CHURCH
WORKDAY 8 am Men’s Breakfast 9:30/10 Quilting/Art 5 pm Praise Worship 6:15 Finance Class

7 pm Praise Band Practice

8 am AA Meeting 6 pm Heron’s Landing

10 am Women’s Trip to Textile Center 7 pm Today’s Light 7 pm Boy Scouts


10 am Bible Study 7 pm Faithful Eight 7 pm Early Church Fathers Study


6 pm Sr. Youth

8 pm Men’s Bible Study

1:15 Gospel Singers 6 pm Bell Practice 6:30 Confirmation 7:30 Choir Practice

2:30 Christ on Campus at Ralph Williams th th 6 pm 5 /6 Graders Movie/Game Night 7 pm Praise Band Practice


9:30/10 Quilting/Art 10 am LWML Meeting 5 pm Praise Worship 6:15 Finance Class

11 19th Sunday after Pentecost
4 pm Blankenship Wedding 6 pm Sr. Youth

12 8 am AA Meeting
1 pm Women’s Fellowship 6:30 Cub Scout Leaders 7 pm Church Council 8 pm Men’s Bible Study

13 9:30 Pastor Circuit
at Hope Lutheran 1 pm World Religions Class Begins 7 pm Today’s Light 7 pm Boy Scouts

14 9 am Little Lambs
1:15 Gospel Singers 2 pm Viera East CDD 6 pm Bell Practice 6:30 Confirmation 6:30 Cantata Listening Party 7:30 Choir Practice


10 am Bible Study 7 pm Faithful Eight

7 pm Praise Band Practice


9:30/10 Quilting/Art 5 pm Praise Worship 6:15 Finance Class

18 20th Sunday after Pentecost
3 pm Town Square Service 6 pm Sr. Youth

19 8 am AA Meeting
6:30 Cub Scout Pack 7 pm Outreach 7 pm Men’s Discussion 8 pm Men’s Bible Study

20 1 pm World
Religions Class 2:30 Christ on Campus at Suntree Elementary 7 pm Today’s Light 7 pm Boy Scouts

21 9 am Little Lambs
1:15 Gospel Singers

22 10 am Bible Study
2:30 Christ on Campus at Quest Elementary 7 pm Faithful Eight NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

7 pm Praise Band Practice YOUTH LOCK-IN


9:30/10 Quilting/Art 5 pm Praise Worship 6:15 Finance Class

5:30 Family Night
6 pm Bell Practice 6:30 Confirmation 7:30 Choir Practice


Reformation Sunday

26 8 am AA Meeting
6:30 Cross Creek HOA 7 pm Crane Creek HOA

27 1 pm World

28 9 am Little Lambs
1:15 Gospel Singers 2 pm Viera East CDD 6 pm Bell Practice 6:30 Jr. Youth 7:30 Choir Practice


Religions Class

10 am Bible Study 7 pm Faithful Eight

7 pm Praise Band Practice


9:30/10 Quilting/Art 5 pm Praise Worship

7 pm Today’s Light 7 pm Boy Scouts

Harvest Festival

NO Youth Night

Gail Peterson MaryAnn Cook Joseph Duda Ran Krueger Barbra Fischer Gene King Ed Anthony Marilyn Beckemeier Roberta Feuss Tara Carroll Gavin Forget Paul McBride Don Alford Steve Alm Dorothy Hutchens Bobbi Morrison Barbara Sifrit Cindy Pfeil Ed Osmundsen Steve Leavitt Scott Finke Jacob Aulicino Ed Beckemeier Douglas Hutchens

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Joanne Makofske Judy Ebert Robert Parker Sam Cook Barbara Waldron Harry Vickers Ken Anson Myra Fore Marika Koch Chris Burke Rose Gore Ron Seymour Joanne Clark Dragan Dobrota Dave Rueh Jessica Cowart (H) Russ Henning Sam Powel Eula Coleman Polly Cantrell Barbara Gray Bob Fairchild Pastor Meyr Sue Conant

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Janice Moore Tonya June Betty Leisenring Art Apgar Marilyn Costa Kyle McKenzie Gary Zimmermann Emily Schallhorn Andrew Alenski Dorothy Sullivan Sherry Berard Dot Lube Roger Hill Armand Ladouceur Steve Kraus LaRoy Leisenring Don Adams Ben Hanley Marv Ebert Judy Thompson Sandra Miller James Gilles Kim Hutchens Danielle Paquette

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Worship Schedule: Saturday 5:00 pm; Sunday 8:00 & 9:30 & 11:00 am with 9:30 am Sunday School
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00-4:00 Phone: 636-5504; FAX: 636-2030; E-MAIL:; Preschool: 636-9333

Sr. Pastor, Ron Meyr; Associate Pastor, Mark Moreno; Assisting Pastor, Al Bielenberg, David Timmerman, Director of Christian Ed

Faith “Viera” Lutheran Church 5550 Faith Drive Rockledge, FL 32955-6338

Non-Profit Organization US Postage Paid Cocoa, FL 32922 Permit Number 73

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