ARTICLES OF FAITH Points to Ponder 2011 Council Inside this Issue: from Elaine Chapman The congregational Annual Meeting elected three Faithful Assistants Examples new people to the Faith Church Council: Barb Flowers 2 Fishback, Karen Sibert, and Rob Sweatman. They from Pastor John 3 This past year three dear members of our join returning members John Demien, David congregation of Faith left the confines of life among us Erickson, Lillian Korous, Larry Noble, Kim Streib, and Ministries of Faith 4 and joined that great cloud of witnesses in heaven. Pastor John. This council then elected Youth Events What examples these folks were to all of us, and how congregational officers for 2011: Larry Noble, & Youth Calendar 5 blessed we are to have had them in our midst. Think president; Pastor John, vice president; Lillian Thank You 6 of the ways in which Eileen Noble, Hal Scarbrough, Korous, secretary; Ken Finkle, treasurer; and Janet Calendar 7 and Jack Kilver used their many abilities to serve God Koepp, financial secretary. (The treasurer and and touch the lives of our congregation and Food Center 8 financial secretary do not have to be members of the community. Let’s see … Sunday School teacher, Church Council.) musician, lawn mower, food deliverer, groundskeeper, Toys for Tots director, Council member, meal server, greeter, usher, visitor to the End-of-Year Giving homebound, community volunteer, pray-er for others, ―To God alone be the glory.‖ Offerings to our and the list goes on. Many of you can, no doubt, congregation over the course of 2010 were so recall other examples of the servant leadership generous that we are able, again, to give more of it practiced by these three saints. Moved by their faith away to missions beyond our walls when the year in Jesus Christ, they inspired us with their dedication, has ended. At the Annual Meeting, the congregation kindness, and helpfulness. How can we honor the voted $4,500 to go to missions and ministries yet to memory of these folks? Let’s step up and follow their be determined. As in the past, the Parish Outreach examples of love and service to our Lord and our Committee will administer this giving. The world. Our Staff: committee would like to receive suggestions for S. John Roth, Pastor I Corinthians 12: 4-7. Now there are varieties of recipients from the congregation. Please submit gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties your suggestion to the church office. A recipient Ron Moorman, of service, but the same Lord; and there are organization or ministry must be a recognized Regular Guest Pastor varieties of working, but it is the same God who 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Larry Noble, President inspires them all in every one. To each is given Linda Strader, the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. Director of Youth & Family Ministries Violet Hutton, Director of A simple solution: Fair Trade Lay Ministries Coffee is big business — it’s one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world. But for the majority of small-scale coffee farmers, the benefits are few. One answer for small-scale farmers is Fair Bonnie Wallace, Trade. Fair Trade shares the bounty of the coffee trade with those who grow the crop, helping them build a Parish Nurse better future for themselves and their communities. Andrew Salyer, By working together and pooling their resources to form a cooperative, farmers can sell their coffee Music Associate directly to international buyers without relying on middlemen. Through Fair Trade, farmers receive a fair price Erin Heise that covers their cost of production and guarantees them a living wage for their labors. & Shelley Heitbrink, Fair Trade far surpasses the temporary assistance provided to farmers through charity. Instead, the Sunday School ongoing business of Fair Trade consistently contributes to the living conditions of farmers, their families, and Superintendents their communities. Cooperatives use profits from Fair Trade coffee sales in establishing community Kris Roth, improvement programs such as training in organic farming, leadership development, schools, and health clinics. Parish Secretary At Faith, we use fairly-traded coffee every Sunday during fellowship, and we provide members and friends of Faith with the opportunity to purchase fairly-traded coffee and tea for use in their own homes. Articles of Faith – February 2011 page 2 February Faithful Assistants READERS CHANCEL COMMITTEE – Helen Driver February 6 Vi Hutton HOMEBOUND VISITOR – Marilyn Smith February 13 David Fitz February 20 Bob Koepp February 27 Janet Koepp FAITH AMBASSADORS 8:15 am: Jill Waggener 10:30 am: Larry Kuster USHERS Feb. 6 8:15 am Jansen & Gilbert Joehl 10:30 am Robert Jokisch & Larry Sweatman Feb. 13 8:15 am Larry Noble & Steve Radliff COFFEE HOSTESS/HOST 10:30 am Bob Koepp & Larry Kuster February 6 Krystal & Ciara Sweatman Feb. 20 8:15 am 2 volunteers February 13 Janet Koepp 10:30 am Rand Burnette & Vi Hutton February 20 Tina Freeman Feb. 27 8:15 am Karen, Laura, & David Sibert February 27 Ken & Liddy Stark 10:30 am Robert Jokisch & Rob Sweatman COMMUNION ASSISTANTS NURSERY ATTENDANTS February 6 8:15 am Pam Devlin Feb. 6 8:15 am Jill Waggener 10:30 am Linda Strader 10:30 am Cindy Weger February 13 8:15 am Lynne Philpott Feb. 13 8:15 am Ann Erickson 10:30 am Vi Hutton 10:30 am Ciara Sweatman February 20 8:15 am Ken Devlin Feb. 20 8:15 am Stacy McQueen 10:30 am Ken Finkle 10:30 am Laura Sweatman February 27 8:15 am Bob Krueger Feb. 27 8:15 am Amanda Demien 10:30 am Tom Stevens 10:30 am Kris Roth FLOWERS ($12.50 per vase) FINANCIAL ASSISTANTS Feb. 6 By Carol Rollefson Rauen in loving memory of February 6 John Demien & Barb Fishback Gladys Cox February 13 Karen Sibert & Kim Streib & Open for donation February 20 Dave Erickson & Larry Noble Feb. 13 By Carol Rollefson Rauen in loving memory of February 27 Lillian Korous & Rob Sweatman Shirley Guse & Open for donation Feb. 20 By Kris, Pastor John, Maria, Laura, & Sam in memory ASL INTERPRETER (8:15 a.m.) of dad and grampa, Sam Roth (American Sign Language) & Open for donation February 6 Debbie Radliff Feb. 27 Open for donation February 13 Erin Heise & Open for donation February 20 Carole Hack February 27 Marilyn Smith A friendly request: PLEASE take a moment to sign up to be an usher, reader, coffee host/hostess, to donate flowers, and/or to be a Faith Ambassador for this year. Ladies Project Day The Sign-Up Sheets are located on the ―Sign Up‖ February 24 – 9:00 a.m. bulletin board in the gathering area. Thanks! Articles of Faith – February 2011 page 3 Planning Ahead Advent Allegro Recap – from Pastor John It was another terrific season of our mini-concerts and light lunches on Wednesdays in Advent. The performances were Just before Christmas, I went with paper in hand to visit Jack outstanding: Rudolf Zuiderveld, organist; Addie Gramelspacher, and Annette Kilver. Jack had asked that I bring over the funeral soprano, accompanied by Garrett Allman; Andrew Salyer, violinist, planning form that I had on file for him. Jack had a good memory; accompanied by Mathilda Edge; and the Jacksonville High School he had filled out that form on January 31st, 1991. Yes, it had been Madrigal Singers, directed by Christine Smith. in the file drawer for almost 20 years. Our thanks to the numerous people who helped set up the Jack looked over the preferences he had indicated. He and dining area, prepared food, and served the lunches. Annette made a couple of small additions to the service. But for the most part, the things Jack had planned back in 1991 were still The community response to Advent Allegro was very good. his wishes now. Attendance at each concert was between 25 and 40 people (not including the performers), and roughly half of those took advantage That funeral planning form he used was printed on one side of of the lunch before or after the concert. a newsletter article. On the other side of the page, I had invited members of our church to do this planning that Jack did. I renew that invitation now, with the planning form inserted into this newsletter: Inaugural Named Lecture at Illinois College Your funeral or memorial service can be a testimony to Bob Koepp, long a professor of English at Illinois College and your Christian faith and hope if you give a little thought to it recently named the Frances McReynolds Smith Professor of beforehand. Also, a little advance planning is immensely International Understanding, is giving a talk at IC on Thursday helpful to me and to friends and relatives who want to carry evening, February 17th, at 7:00 p.m. in the new media room of out your wishes after you are dead. I invite you to fill out Schewe Library, and invites members of Faith to attend. The the form and return it to me, or, if you would like, we can occasion is the inaugural Frances McReynolds Smith Lecture on go over the form together. I have extra forms so that each International Understanding, an event to honor this alumna, person in your household can fill one out. trustee, and long-time benefactor of the College. Bob’s address is entitled “Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold”: Reflections ―If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the on Exploring the World and Seeking International Understanding. Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are There will be a public reception following the talk. the Lord’s‖ (Romans 14:8). Jack’s funeral was a glowing testimony to his Christian faith. Certainly, when he thought about his funeral back in 1991, Jack was not expecting to die in the near future – and he didn’t. Adult Sunday School Planning for one’s funeral does not hasten its arrival. In fact, Please join us for Adult Sunday School – 9:15 a.m. on Sunday Jack’s was not the last funeral planning form from 1991 still in the mornings. David Fitz is currently leading a study of The Minor file. Prophets. If you want to suggest a topic to discuss or if you are interested in leading a class, please contact Vi Hutton (472-5201). As you do your planning, considering things such as Scripture The class meets in the room off the narthex, just south of the readings, hymns and other music, whether or not to include Holy sanctuary by the ushers’ table. Communion in the service, and the like, please envision the cosmic scope of your funeral. In the words of Thomas Long (Accompany Them With Singing -- The Christian Funeral, pp. 145, 190) ―Part of the power of a Christian funeral is that we do not do this alone; the funeral is not just a ceremony for a single family, to which guests are invited. It is a service of worship involving the whole church— indeed involving the entire communion of saints….A Christian funeral is a visible enactment of the gospel claim that death cannot finally sever the ties that bind, that the feeling of isolation and abandonment that death brings is, in the deepest sense, an illusion.‖ Thank You Kris, Maria, Laura, Sam, and I would like to thank you for your generous congregational Christmas gift. We are wonderfully graced by the support and affection we receive at Faith. THANK YOU!! -- Pastor John Articles of Faith – February 2011 Page 4 FROSTBITE Ministries of Faith From Bonnie Wallace, Parish Nurse HEART OF JACKSONVILLE UPDATE Frostbite occurs when the skin tissue freezes. Most often From Vi Hutton, Director of Lay Ministries damage occurs to the nose, fingers, ears, toes, etc. People at most risk include: Please sign up to help serve meals from 12:30 – 1:30 pm 1. People who spend a long time outdoors such as hunters, on February 20th at the Heart of Jacksonville Event. We hope homeless persons, hikers. to get enough volunteers from Faith to cover this time slot at 2. People intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol. one location. I am uncertain of the location at this time -- it will 3. The elderly who do not have good beds, food, or shelter. be either the K of C, Am Vets, or the building that used to be 4. People who are exhausted and or dehydrated. City’s. Volunteer check will begin for the 12:30 shift at noon. I 5. The mentally ill. will let you know the time and the place as soon as I find out. 6. People who take medication which decreases the flow of The sign-up sheet will be on the table at Faith by the Food blood to the skin (Beta Blockers). donation box for the Heart of Jacksonville event. Please check the list on the Heart of Jacksonville Food The first symptoms are a ―pins and needles‖ sensation donation box if you are interested in donating food items for followed by numbness. There may be an early throbbing or the food baskets to be given away on the day of the event. aching, but later on the affected part becomes insensate (feels like a block of wood). Frostbitten skin is hard, pale, cold, and If you have any questions or would like to volunteer more has no feeling. When skin has thawed out, it becomes red and time, please contact Vi Hutton (472-5201). There are many painful. With more severe frostbite, the skin may appear white volunteer opportunities available. and numb. Very severe frostbite may cause blisters, Thank you for your consideration and time. This is a gangrene, and damage to deep structures such as tendons, wonderful opportunity to help our community. muscles, nerves, and bone. FIRST AID Get to a warm place and remove all jewelry and wet MTO Schedule clothing. Wrap areas in sterile dressings and go to emergency (Moms’/Women’s Time Out Group) room. If you are unable to go to an emergency room, soak the MTO usually meets on the 2nd Monday evening of each month areas in warm (not hot) water for 20-30 minutes. Move thawed – but, in February, please join us on Monday evening, areas very little, and never rub or massage. If the frostbite is February 7 at Leo’s Pizza (6:00 p.m.). Women of all ages extensive, give warm drinks to replace lost fluids. Always get are welcome – being a mom is not a requirement! Bring your help if there is severe frostbite or if tissue color does not return friends!! promptly after home treatment or if you notice any new symptoms such as fever, malaise, discoloration, or drainage. PREVENTION Be aware of factors that can contribute to frostbite, such Contribution Statements as extreme cold, wet clothes, high winds, and poor circulation. Contribution Statements for 2010 are available on a table in Wear suitable clothing, and wear mittens (not gloves), wind- the gathering area at Faith. proof, water-resistant, layered clothing, two pairs of socks, and hats and scarves that cover the ears. Do not drink alcohol or smoke. Get plenty of rest and food. We still have a lot of winter left, so be careful and seek Inquirers Class medical attention any time you are uncertain if your symptoms Interested in Faith Lutheran? Twice a year we offer an might be from frostbite. Inquirers Class. In the Inquirers Class, we survey the basics of Christian faith and life, as well as introduce Lutheranism in general and our church in particular. Participating in the Inquirers Class is the route everyone takes to join our congregation. However, attending the Inquirers Class does not commit you to joining, so please feel welcome even if you Blood Pressure Screening are only curious. Sunday, February 20 after both services The class will meet for six (6) Sundays, beginning March 6, during the 9:15 a.m. education hour. For more information, please talk with Pastor John. Articles of Faith – February 2011 page 5 Youth & Family Ministries Youth Mission Trip Sunday, February 6 – 11:30 a.m. Once again, Faith Lutheran will partner with First Lutheran Church Youth Prayer Ministry Team Meeting (Plano, IL) volunteering with the Franciscans for the Poor in Any interested adult is welcome to join us in the Faith library (at Cincinnati, Ohio. The group will spend the week of July 17-22 the top of the ramp) as we pray for our young people and their leading a simple lifestyle in Christian community. Volunteer families. Members of the team also commit themselves to daily opportunities will include soup kitchens, food pantries, day care prayer throughout the month. centers, and housing rehabilitation. Soup-er Bowl of Caring: 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (Grades 7 & up) There is room for up to 10 young people and three or four adult We’ll meet at Faith and then split into two teams to go to the chaperones. In the event that more than ten young people wish homes of members and friends of Faith to collect soup and other to make the trip, preference will be given to members of Faith non-perishables to donate to the Jacksonville Food Center. entering grades 9-12 who have not made the trip before. Members of the team that collects the most food items (to be To secure a spot on the trip, please submit a covenant form and a measured in yards) will be awarded ―Soup-er Bowl’ rings. $50.00 deposit by March 15. Checks should be made out to Faith Come join in the fun, and be home in time to catch Lutheran Church with ―youth mission trip‖ written on the memo the kick-off of the big game!! line. Please give the deposit to Linda Strader. Questions? See Linda or give her a call (245-0718). Monday, February 7: 6:00 p.m. **ONE WEEK EARLY IN FEBRUARY** MTO (Moms’/Women's Time Out) Meet at Leo’s Pizza to enjoy delicious food and lively conversation. ALL women of Faith and their friends are invited to attend – being a mom is not a requirement! Thursday, February 10: 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. “Visions” Ministry (Grades 7 & Up) This is a chance for our youth to interact with teenagers with visual impairments, some of whom have additional disabilities. We will meet at Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (658 E. State) where we will visit the Teen Center to play games (air hockey, arcade games, Bingo, etc.) or just hang out with the students. Refreshments will be available for sale, as well. Need a ride? Call or text Linda Strader (217-883-1096). IN FEBRUARY we will be hearing stories about Jacob. Come join us and learn about Jacob and Esau and Jacob’s dream. We will Friday, February 25: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. also have snacks, make a craft, and maybe even play a game! Chili Supper at ISVI (all ages) The students we work with at the Illinois School for the Visually DURING MARCH we will talk a little about Joseph and a lot about Impaired have had their athletic travel funding eliminated. The Moses. Moses was a busy man. Come hear about all of his school and its students are raising funds in order to attend athletic adventures! Do you remember what God turned Moses’ staff and speech competitions at other state schools for the visually into? Why did Moses have to take his shoes off when he came impaired. We can show our support for these students by close to a burning bush? What is a plague? Frogs, lice, and flies selling/purchasing tickets and attending this event. – oh my! Find out the answers to these questions and more this Please let Linda Strader know if you would like to sell tickets, month at Sunday School! purchase tickets, and/or attend this event. If you would like to attend with a group from Faith, we will meet in the Faith parking lot at 5:30 pm and carpool from there. Let Linda know if you need a ride. Articles of Faith – February 2011 page 6 In Sympathy from the Underground Railroad‖ in the Marian Chase Our sympathy goes out to Annette Kilver and family at the death Schaeffer Studio Theatre. of Jack on December 25. A memorial service was held on December 29 at Faith, and Jack was buried at Union Cemetery near Pisgah. We Need Your Soles! In cooperation with Salem Connects, a service/outreach ministry of Salem Lutheran Church, we at Faith are again asking the congregation to collect used shoes during January and February. To fund his Kenya clean water initiative, George "The Shoeman" Hutchings collects used shoes and sells them to a local recycler who ships the shoes to South America's used shoe market. With the shoe sales proceeds, he purchases water drilling equipment used to provide clean water for Kenyans. Check out this amazing project at shoeman.org <http://shoeman.org/>. So, do some sole searching, and tell your friends to do the same, as we continue to collect shoes in February. Look for the red container in the gathering area to put your soles in! -- Pat Glyshaw Donate Blood Please bring a photo ID with date of birth. Tues., Feb. 1 Passavant Hospital 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Tues., Feb. 8 Passavant Hospital 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Tues., Feb. 8 Illinois College 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Mon., Feb. 21 Jacksonville Walgreens 3:00 – 6:00 pm Wed., Feb. 23 MacMurray College 12:00 – 6:00 pm Schedule a time to give by calling Mindy (1-866-GIVE-BLD, x 136) to sign up or online at www.CICBC.org. Walk-ins welcome! MacMurray College Fine Arts Series Take a look at the line up of events in the MacMurray Fine Arts Series – ―Celebrating the Arts‖; a list is posted on a bulletin board in the gathering area. Coming up in February: Thursday, February 3: 6:00 p.m. – Bryce Speed, Painter: ―Peaceable Kingdom,‖ in the Applebee Gallery, Putnam Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m. – Kathryn M. Harris, award-winning historian, actress, and re-enactor: ―Being Harriet Tubman: Stories Thank You My sincere thanks for all your prayers, calls, cards, food, and especially for the carolers who were enjoyed, not only by me, but by the other patients and personnel in the hospital. I continue to improve, but it is slow. – Elizabeth Beranek Dear Faith Family, Thank you for the Christmas gift card – I really appreciate it and the support of the congregation. – Bonnie Wallace Dear Members of Faith, Thank you so much for the gift card you gave me for Christmas. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and wish you all a Blessed New Year! – Connie Braner Dear Faith Friends, Thank you very much for the Christmas gift card. You are all a great blessing to my family and me. – Elaine Chapman Dear Faith Family, Mary and I want to thank you for your prayers, calls, cards, and concern for us. We feel very blessed to experience Christ’s love through our Faith family. We especially appreciate Pastor John’s help and support. – Larry & Mary Kuster Dear Faith Members, Thank you for all the prayers, cards, food, flowers, memorials, and support during Jack Kilver’s memorial service. We are grateful for all our church friends. God bless, – Annette Kilver & Family Thank you everyone who assisted in any way with the meal following the service for Jack Kilver. – Bonnie Wallace, Parish Nurse Dear Faith Family, Thank you to everyone for the cards and visits after my move to Knollwood, and especially to Pastor John for his visits. I am enjoying my new home. – Betty Mosley Dear Mr. Radliff and Congregation, I would like to share our sincere gratitude for your generosity and support this Christmas season. During these tough economic times, it is great to know that people think about other children in need. It is a blessing to see the happy faces of the children as they open their gifts, a blessing that would not have been possible without your thoughtfulness. Your efforts and dedication to our agency and the community is a testament of your good will. Again, thank you so much for caring about these children. Sincerely, Neil McCutchan & the Entire Lutheran Child & Family Services Child Welfare Staff Worship Schedule Our Jacksonville Journal-Courier newspaper prints many articles about the poor and the increase in numbers of those needing help. This month, article 8:15 a.m. Contemporary Service descriptions included ―YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED WHO IS POOR‖, and ―FOOD with ASL Interpretation STAMP, FOOD PANTRY USE INCREASES IN ILLINOIS‖. 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages The Jacksonville Area Community Food Center is serving 25 new families this 10:30 a.m. Traditional month. Evangelical Lutheran Worship-based Faith Lutheran Church supports the Jacksonville Area Community Food Center Service by collecting on the first Sunday of each month. You can place your food items in Holy Communion in both services the grocery cart or plastic box in the gathering area at any time. Cash donations can be placed in the trucker’s wallet attached to the grocery cart. If you donate by check, please make the check payable to Faith Lutheran church with a notation that the donation is for the Food Center. Faith Lutheran donated $67.50 in food and $255.10 in money in December. Thank you for all your help. The Food Center is very appreciative of our kindness and support! Suggested Menu for February: canned meat, dry milk, canned potatoes, shampoo, powdered laundry soap FOOD CENTER By Lillian Korous Faith Lutheran Church Nonprofit Organization 1385 W. Walnut U.S. POSTAGE Jacksonville, IL 62650 PAID (217) 245-8919 voice and fax Jacksonville, IL 62650 www.faith-lutheran.com Permit No. 300 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED For Your Information: This edition of the Articles of Faith was brought to the Post Office on January 27, 2011 FLIP THE RETURN ADDRESS Easter Breakfast The congregation is invited to attend the Easter Breakfast to be held in the Sunday School area from 9:15-10:30 a.m. on April 4. The youth will be coordinating this event. There is no cost to attend the breakfast, but a free-will offering will be collected to help offset the cost of the youth mission trip to Cincinnati. Anyone willing to donate a coffee cake, breakfast bread, muffins, milk, juice, or cut-up fruit is asked to use the sign-up sheet in the gathering area on the Youth Table. Youth and their parents are asked to sign up to help with set up Sunday evening, March 28 and/or to help serve and clean up on Easter Sunday morning, April 4. THANK YOU! A simple solution: Fair Trade Coffee is big business — it’s one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world. But for the majority of small-scale coffee farmers, the benefits are few. One answer for small-scale farmers is Fair Trade. Fair Trade shares the bounty of the coffee trade with those who grow the crop, helping them build a better future for themselves and their communities. By working together and pooling their resources to form a cooperative, farmers can sell their coffee directly to international buyers without relying on middlemen. Through Fair Trade, farmers receive a fair price that covers their cost of production and guarantees them a living wage for their labors. Fair Trade far surpasses the temporary assistance provided to farmers through charity. Instead, the ongoing business of Fair Trade consistently contributes to the living conditions of farmers, their families, and their communities. Cooperatives use profits from Fair Trade coffee sales in establishing community improvement programs such as training in organic farming, leadership development, schools, and health clinics. At Faith, we use fairly-traded coffee every Sunday during fellowship, and we provide members and friends of Faith with the opportunity to purchase fairly-traded coffee and tea for use in their own homes. As the holiday season approaches, please consider picking up some extra coffee to give as Christmas gifts, to use as hostess gifts, and to serve with your holiday meals.
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