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Year 27, Issue 3 February 4 - 17, 2007 TABLETALK A publication of Family of Christ Lutheran Church www.familyofchristonline.com Pastors Come in from the Cold Nate Castens 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 952/934-7870 (home) sense. We are more likely to try a new restaurant or health club email@example.com 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 651/699-4677 (home) basically the opinion of a stranger. But the recommendation of a WELCOME firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 952/556-5813 (home) email@example.com 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 Tracie Peterson 952/934-5659, ext. 20 Family of Christ and invite people IN. firstname.lastname@example.org 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- Faith Formation Coordinator 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Melanie Hanson using them effectively: 952/934-5659, ext. 23 • As you hand out the gift bags, mention two or three things you value about email@example.com 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. 952/934-4250 (fax) Lois Groen, ext. 10 Whatever feels natural to do will be just right. You can reassure your friends that we firstname.lastname@example.org 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; 6:30 PM 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 Beyond Opening the Bible LOOKING IN, CHURCH COUNCIL LIVING OUT ONE NEW FEATURE of the Lenten season at FoC this year is a NOMINA NOMIN ATIONS 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- 1583; email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 Tracie@familyofchristonline.com. CONFIRMATION 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 going fast! 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. FAMILY OF CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH Non-Profit Organization 2020 Coulter Boulevard U S Postage Paid Chanhassen, Minnesota 55317 Chanhassen MN 55317 Permit Number 36 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED POSTMASTER: TIME-SENSITIVE MATERIAL, PLEASE EXPEDITE Life in the Church Family 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 We are a family of Christ dedicated to nurturing, strengthening, and affirming one another in Christian faith. 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