Year 27, Issue 3 February 4 - 17, 2007
A publication of Family of Christ Lutheran Church
Come in from the Cold
Senior Pastor Maybe you’ve seen this statistic before: 80% of people who visit
952/934-5659, ext. 13 a church do so because they were personally invited. It makes
sense. We are more likely to try a new restaurant or health club
Kristie Hennig or preschool if someone we know and respect has had a direct
Pastor of Outreach and Inreach positive experience of it. An ad in the newspaper or a website
952/934-5659, ext. 12 can be biased, of course, and even a review in the newspaper is
basically the opinion of a stranger. But the recommendation of a WELCOME
Steve Olson friend or neighbor or family member — now there’s a viewpoint
Resource Development Pastor that really means something! Especially when it comes to finding
952/556-5812 (office) a church home.
firstname.lastname@example.org February is Open House month at Family of Christ. We’re flinging the doors wide
open (figuratively anyway, in these days of below-zero temps), and we’re getting
Director of ready to welcome a rush of guests. But we need everyone – adults, teens, kids – to
Youth & Family Ministry fan out in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces to get the word out about
952/934-5659, ext. 20
Family of Christ and invite people IN.
Take a moment to think about your own circle of friends and acquaintances. Who
do you know who doesn’t have a church home? Has anyone moved to your neigh-
borhood in the past year? Do they know where you go to church, and why it is
Leann Thompson important to you? Could you use a special occasion or “gimmick” to help you invite
952/934-5659, ext. 24 them to join you for worship some weekend at FoC? Then try our special gift
email@example.com bags to introduce Family of Christ!
Preschool Director Pick up as many bags as you can use to help you invite neighbors, friends, and
Ann Warner relatives to church. You can’t miss ‘em; they’re on the Faith in the Fast Lane
952/380-9838 counter just inside the front doors. Tucked inside you’ll find printed information
about FoC along with a bunch of little gifts that we hope convey a bit of the warmth,
fun, and everyday faith that resonate in our church Family. Here are some ideas for
Director of Worship & Music
using them effectively:
952/934-5659, ext. 23 • As you hand out the gift bags, mention two or three things you value about
firstname.lastname@example.org your church home.
• Mention Open House month and invite your friends for worship on a particu-
Office lar weekend (not just in general).
952/934-5659 • Offer to carpool or caravan to church, and then go out to brunch afterwards.
Lois Groen, ext. 10 Whatever feels natural to do will be just right. You can reassure your friends that we
Jolene Satre, ext. 11
won’t embarrass them by introducing them in public, and there won’t be any
email@example.com pressure EVER to become members of Family of Christ. We just want them to
Teri Burns, ext. 21 know they are welcome to come in from the cold and warm up. Anytime, really…but
firstname.lastname@example.org especially in February. God bless your asking!
See you in church,
Worshiping Faithfully Praying Always
FAMILY PRAYERS Families with baptism:
FINAL ADVENT SERVICE
Maja Moberg; birth; Mason; illness: Eric;
Jim; Brian; Lois; Chad; Jeanie; Joanne; Fran;
TUESDAY EVENING, DEC. 19
Nancy; Dori; other: Cyle & family; Kelly;
AN UP-COMING BAPTISM of your child or yourself? Consider Easter Vigil (April Ken; guidance for leaders; early & safe return
7, 5 PM) as the time and place. It’s our “first Easter” service and unlike any other of troops; strength & patience for military
worship at FOC — families and the church Family gather ‘round for the baptism of families; peace in Iraq.
many (including adults), and then enjoy the fun of an Easter drama presented by
students/adults. Talk with any pastor for more info if this sounds interesting.
Serving Here and
Opening the Bible
LOOKING IN, CHURCH COUNCIL
LIVING OUT ONE NEW FEATURE of the Lenten season at FoC this year is a NOMINA
day-by-day devotional booklet written by FoC participants and avail- Play a role in shaping the vision
able in hard-copy, on-line, and daily by e-mail. If you’d like to receive and future direction of FoC--join
this devotional electronically each day (and you’re not currently on Church Council! Positions avail-
our Constant Contact notification list) be sure to send us your pre- able: 1-year terms--Vice Pres.,
ferred electronic address. E-mail Lois@familyofchristonline.com Treasurer, & Financial Resources
Lent 2007 with Constant Contact in Subject line. Commitee; 2-year term--Secretary.
If you (or someone you know) feel
2nd Annual called to serve in one of these
positions, or if you have questions,
Mardi Gras Party contact Dave Maenke at 952-470-
Saturday, Feb. 25
6:30-8:30 PM ELECTION OF A BISHOP is one element
of the Synod assembly May 31-June 2. FoC
Help make this our youth’s biggest and best fundraiser! We’re looking for may send up to four lay members of our con-
acts to showcase their talents and entertain another enthusiastic crowd! gregation to make decisions for our regional
Please sign up (in the church narthex) before Feb. 14 to reserve a spot for partnership of ministry in the Minneapolis
your act. Area Synod — AND may nominate a quali-
fied pastor for election as bishop. Speak with
If you don’t want to participate, come to be entertained! The evening will
a pastor if you’re interested; overnight ex-
include deletable desserts, great music and so much more.
penses at Gustavus College are paid by FoC.
Tickets go on sale soon.
ASSISTANT DRAMA COACH NEEDED for
the children’s musical Fish Tales. Rehears-
als are underway on Wednesdays from 5-
5:45 PM. Performance is May 20, 4:00 PM.
Director Laura Oman needs assistance
around the arrival of her twins. If interested,
contact Melanie Hanson (952.934.5659 or
NEEDED: SHARED MINISTRY VOLUN-
TEERS Can you help during worship? We
need ushers, communion helpers and read-
ers (especially on Sat. evenings). Contact
Lois at 952.934.5659.
COUPLES’ RETREAT FEBRUARY 9-11
Luther Crest Bible Camp, Alexandria, MN.
Sign up on the poster by the kitchen or on
the Welcome Slip. Program by Pr Nate and
“But other than that, the American cinema. Questions? Contact
the youth retreat was a success.” Bill or Susan Forsmark at 401-0306.
WEDNESDAY FAMILY DINNERS Served from 5:30-6:15 PM; pizza $2.00
Giving Generously per slice; Subway deli rounds $2.50. Sign up for meals (by Tuesday noon of
each week, up to 4 weeks in advance) on the kitchen bulletin board or by e-
mail at email@example.com.
BENEFIT FUNDRAISER for Chad/Jodi LIVING IN COMMUNION Parents of 4th & 5th graders: Check “What’s Hap-
Henriksen, former FoC members now living pening” on familyofchristonline.com for the link to Living in Communion and
in Waconia. Chad has many unreimbursed at-home material for each week — including Opening the Bible and “home-
healthcare expenses due to an inoperable work” for parents & students. This prep for the sacrament (or in-depth pastor-
brain tumor resistant to treatment. Spaghetti taught study for those who now commune) culminates in early April with a
dinner, silent auction, and entertainment: Seder Meal on Palm Sunday and First Communion on Maundy Thursday.
Saturday, March 3, 4:30-midnight. $25/per-
son. For more info, Kyle Heitkamp (952-474- NEWSBOYS, KUTLESS & SWITCHFOOT CONCERT
0027 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Sun. March 18, 6 PM, Target Center; $26.50/person
CELL PHONE RECYCLING Sr. (incl. transportation); grades 6-12. Newsboys are the
High Mission Trip youth are col- popular band featured at the ‘06 National Youth Gath-
lecting cell phones & ink jet car- ering--they’ve sold over 6 million records. ONLY 25
tridges to raise money for sum- TICKETS, which will go FAST. Reserve yours by turn-
mer mission trips. Box is in the ing in your money & medical release form to Tracie.
narthex. Questions? Contact
SPACE/FACILITIES STUDY Available on-
line and in the narthex on multiple counters 6th GRADE INTERACTIVE GAME NIGHT Sat. Feb. 10, 6:30-8 PM. Great
is a survey-form for your opinions, ideas, music, video games (DDR, Guitar Hero & many others), regular games & so
observations, and recommendations about much more! Sign up by Tracie’s office by Feb. 7.
our church space. This space needs analy-
sis as part of our Great-to-Wow! strategic MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH QUAKE March 9-11, Chula Vista Resort, Wisc.
planning--addressing one key element that Dells; $170. FIRST 10 TO REGISTER GET A $20 DISCOUNT. Must register
was identified last year as an area for re- by Feb. 15. Christian music, intense workshops, group building activities,
view. Bill Forsmark (email@example.com) awesome speakers and a water park. Questions? Contact Tracie or check
is team leader. Thanks to a Thrivent Finan- out the website at www.youthencounter.org/quakes.
cial grant, the cost is $0 for Family of Christ.
CHECK ONLINE for the most up-to-date FoC SENIOR HIGH
monthly calendar and volunteer schedule:
www.familyofchristonline.com SR HIGH SKI TRIP March 2-4, Giant’s Ridge Ski Resort; $150/
person. Sign up by Feb. 15. Join us for 2 days of skiing north
of Duluth. We’ll stay right at the base of the mountain. Break-
fast and lunch are included--bring money for dinner each night.
For more info, check out www.familyofchristonline.com. Our 25 spots are
REGISTER NOW FOR 2007-2008! FIRST MEETING FOR SR HIGH EL SALVADOR MISSION TRIP Sun. Feb.
Classes for ages 2-5; two, three, and four 4, 4:30-6 PM. Everyone is expected. We’ll discuss expectations & what
days per week. We have low ratios, an we’ll experience. DO NOT MISS THIS MEETING.
experienced staff, and are the only area
WAY TO LIVE: SR HIGH SUNDAY NIGHT YOUTH GROUP All youth grades
preschool that is NAEYC accredited.
9-12 are invited for an evening of friends, discussion and great games from
10% discount for sibling. Option of Lunch
6:30 – 8 PM. Look what’s coming up next:
Bunch & Stay & Play.* Contact Ann
Feb. 4 Super Bowl party at Eric’s home
Warner, Director, at 952.380.9838 or
Feb. 11 Game Night--DDR, Guitar Hero
651.442.5043. COME FOR AN INDIVIDU-
Feb. 18 NO Youth Group
ALIZED TOUR. Registration forms avail-
Feb. 25 Mini-golf
able in the Narthex.
*stay for lunch and/or play in the afternoon on 30 HOUR FAMINE Feb. 24-25; $60 suggested donation
designated days (prizes for those who raise more!); grades 9-12. Do you
know what it’s like to be hungry? What’s the longest you’ve
NICK & WILLY’S BUY-ONE-PIZZA-GET- gone without food? Here’s your chance to experience hun-
ONE-FREE CARDS! FoC Preschool is ger in a small way, while raising money to help those who
selling 10-punch cards for $10--what a truly are starving. Watch the website and mail for details.
deal! Contact Ann at 952.380.9838. Sign up by Feb. 14.
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FAMILY LIFE ACTIVITIES
WEEKEND WORSHIP WEDNESDAY EVENING ACTIVITIES
Feb. 7 & 14:
Feb. 3 & 10: 5:00 PM--Traditional Christos -- 5:00 & 6:00 PM
Feb. 4 & 11: 8:00 AM--Abbreviated Praise Unlimited (3-6 grade) -- 5:00 PM
9:00 AM--Traditional Thrive (3-5 yr. olds) -- 5:25 PM
10:45 AM--Contemporary K2 (K-2 grade) -- 5:25 PM
Sing & Serve Sunday — Feb. 4 FAMILY DINNER -- 5:30-6:15 PM
River of Joy Rehearsal — Feb. 4, 12:00 PM Lux Aeterna -- 5:45 PM
Way to Live--Sr High — Feb. 4 & 11, 6:30 PM Confirmation -- 6:30 PM
Men’s Bible Study — Feb. 5 & 12, 6:18 AM
Staff Meeting (offsite) — Feb. 6, 10:00 AM FoC School of Music Recital — Feb. 11, 2:30 PM
Women’s Bible Study — Feb. 6 & 13, 1:30 PM Financial Resources Meeting — Feb. 12, 7:00 PM
Preschool Music — Feb. 7, 11 AM; Feb. 8, 9:15 AM Staff Meeting — Feb. 13, 9:30 AM
& 12:45 PM Church Council — Feb. 13, 7:00 PM
Couples’ Retreat — Feb. 9-11 Chapel Chats — Feb. 14 & 15, 9:15 AM; Feb. 15, 12:45 PM
Women’s Bible Study — Feb. 9 & 16, 9:30 AM Praise for Him Rehearsal — Feb. 15, 7:30 PM
Preschool Staff Mtg — Feb. 9, 11:30 AM Quilting — Feb. 16, 1:00 PM
6th Grade Game Night — Feb. 10, 6:00 PM Feed My Starving Children — Feb. 17, 9:00 AM
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