Announcements – May 15, 2016
Welcome, Bishop Graham!
The Rev. Richard Graham has served as the bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod since 2007. Bishop Graham is inspired to help church leaders and congregations “share the love of Jesus Christ with the world around us.”
Bishop Graham is also a board member of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. He serves on the ELCA Conference of Bishops Immigration Ready Bench and as the Region 8 Bishop Liaison to the ELCA Church Council. He is also interested in ecumenical work; in October 2014, Bishop Graham received the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Award for his contributions, time commitment and support toward understanding and solidarity between Holy Land Christians and Christians elsewhere.
Bishop Graham and his wife, Nancy, have two adult daughters and two granddaughters.
Celebrating 50 Years with Bruce & Iris Nelson
Bruce & Iris Nelson invite you to join them in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the 11 a.m. service to help them celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Please join us in rejoicing over this milestone in their wonderful marriage.
New Co-Pastor for Faith! Learn More Today
A special meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 12:15 p.m. to consider the Church Council’s recommendation to call The Rev. Katherine (Kate) A. Davidson to be co-pastor of Faith Lutheran Church. Additional information, including the proposed compensation package, will be shared during information sessions today and next week between services (at 9 and 10:30 a.m.). A more detailed letter will go out to all member households early next week.
Mission of the Month: Good News Jail & Prison Ministry
The Good News Jail & Prison Ministry provides for inmates a variety of religious programs, including one-on-one mentoring, Bible studies, religious services, and prayer ministry. Faith supports this ministry through financial gifts, with donations of inspirational and Christian texts, with volunteer time, and through attendance at their annual fundraising banquet. This year’s banquet will be held Thursday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. at Cherrydale Baptist Church (3910 Lorcom Lane). Faith will once again sponsor a table. If you would like one of the 10 tickets available, please contact Jim Talley.
Orientation to Faith Lutheran: Sunday, May 22, 12:30 p.m.
Come join us for an in-depth look at Faith Lutheran Church and the Lutheran understanding of the Christian faith. This session is a great overview for people who plan to join Faith Lutheran, as well as for current members who would like a refresher! New members will be received on Sunday, June 5. Click here to sign up.
Faith Mission Quilters: Sunday, May 22, 1:00 p.m.
Learn to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief! Bring a bagged lunch to stay after church, or just come by at 1:00 p.m. for some crafty action.
In Memoriam: Shirley Haugrose
Faith was saddened by the news that Shirley Haugrose, an active member of XYZ and the Fabric Crafters, passed away on May 6. Shirley will be buried in her family plot in Wisconsin. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley’s many friends.
Funeral: Norma Musselman
Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m.
You may remember Norma as the mother of Betsy Herbst, whose family has been an active at Faith for many years. Please join us in celebrating Norma’s life this coming Saturday.
Young Adult Ministry
Saturday, May 21st, 8:15 a.m. – Three Waterfalls Hike
We’ll hike a 9.3-mile trail, which passes three waterfalls in the southern Shenandoah National Park. (There’s also a shorter option of 6.1 miles and two waterfalls.) After the hike, we plan to stop for dinner in the foothills. Please email Greg Mantell to sign up or for more information.
First Communion: Schedule Change
Is your child asking questions about communion? It might be time for First Communion class! The class will be held in two sessions: Saturday, June 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. First Communion will then take place on Sunday, June 12. For more information, or to sign up, please contact Pastor Yvette.
Our work day on May 7 was very fruitful! Arun, Jian and Carrie harvested 6 pounds of lettuce and arugula that were donated to AFAC, and they also planted tomatoes, beans and cucumbers. We’re off to a great start!
More work days are planned for Saturdays, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3 and October 1. This year, we’ll be setting up a “farm market” one Sunday per month, May – August, to sell extra produce at church. For details, and to sign up to help out with the garden, visit www.flcva.org/garden.
Vacation Bible School – July 11 – 15
The VBS Staff is busy getting ready to catch the wave of God’s amazing love. Please help us “build” our surf shack! If you have any of the following items to donate or loan, we will happily accept:
• Tiki torches
• Hawaiian / beachy décor
• Surf or boogie boards
• Aquatic stuffed animals (fish, crabs, dolphins, etc)
We are still looking for at least one more adult who can be available to teach all of the days. If you’re able, please contact Mary Q.