Faith Lutheran Church and School
"Raising Up Families and Followers of Jesus Christ"
7075 Pacific Avenue   ●   Lacey, Washington   ●   98503

Church: (360) 491-3552   ●   School: (360) 491-1733 ●   Child Care: (360) 491-1118   ●   fax: (360) 459-3784

Grace and Peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Faith Lutheran is committed to teaching the Word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Come and worship with us as we share the GOOD NEWS with all who would listen.  See what we believe and practice as an LCMS congregation.  

 

Sunday Worship Schedule

8:30 a.m. - Traditional Worship Service

11:15 a.m. - Contemporary Worship & Praise Service

Holy Communion is celebrated the 1st, 3rd, and 5th
Sunday of each month

Child care is available for both services and during Bible class.
 

Sunday School and Adult Bible Classes

The Education Hour starts at 10:00 am.  The children meet in the sanctuary for their opening and then go to classes.  Adults can attend classes in the Cedar room.

June - August Extended Calendar        April Newsletter
Please click on the button above for a detailed calendar of activities and events.

The Quick Calendar

Sat Apr 30 8:30 am Dragon boat festival
Sun May 1 8:30 am Traditional worship with Holy Communion
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Contemporary worship with Holy Communion
    6:00 pm Youth - Ice Blocking
Mon May 2 8:00 am Rainier Court closed for floor waxing
Tue May 3 12:00 am Rainier Court closed for flo0r waxing
Thu May 5   National Day of Prayer
    10:00 am Ascension service
      3M's Bible study
Sat May 7 9:00 am CareNet Walk for Life
      Confirmation
Sun May 8 8:30 am Traditional worship
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Contemporary worship
    6:00 pm Youth - No youth meeting - Happy Mother's Day
Tue May 10 6:45 pm All boards meeting
Thu May 12 10:00 am 3M's Bible study
Sat May 14 7:30 am Men of Faith
    9:00 am Confirmation
5:00 pm Auction
Sun May 15 8:30 am Traditional worship with Holy Communion
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Contemporary worship with Holy Communion
    6:00 pm Youth - Photo scavenger hunt
Thu May 19 10:00 am 3M's Bible study
Sat May 21 9:00 am Threads of Faith
Sun May 22 8:30 am Traditional worship
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Contemporary worship
    6:00 pm Youth - End of year party
       

Important Events Farther in the Future

Sun Jun 5 11:15 am Confirmation Sunday - Contemporary worship
Sat Jun 11 5:05 pm Family night out
Mon - Fri Jun 20 - 24   Vacation Bible School
Thu - Sun Aug 4 - 7   Church campout
       

      

Notes from Pastor Matt

May, 2016

Dear Faith Family,

                A young man whom I had never met before recently visited my office.  Since he was a firmly committed skeptic, I will call him Thomas, in honor of the prove-it-to-me disciple.  Thomas was conducting a personal study of pastors in the area.  He asked me why I believed in Jesus. 

                What would you say?  I started off with this world as evidence of a Creator.  Its beauty, design and complexity all point to an Author of life.  But Thomas was very much a proponent of evolution.  I told him I believed because of personal experiences in my life, having a relationship with God who saves, as well as seeing transformation in the lives of people.  But these reasons were too subjective for an objective person.  I talked about accounts of the resurrection and how Jesus appeared to the original Thomas and the disciples, as well as 500 other people.  But that idea was dismissed by my skeptic interviewer because I was just trusting in what the Bible said.  I told him I believed the Bible was true because it was so profound, so counter-intuitive and yet enduring and I appreciated how archaeology, astronomy, history, literature all support the Bible’s timeline and account.  I mentioned much more, including the heaven and hell implications of what we believe.  Yet Thomas was less than impressed.  Eventually we arrived at the resurrection as the linchpin of the faith.  And it didn’t really hit me of how hard a skeptic he was until he told me plainly, “Jesus is dead.” 

                I learned Thomas was once a believer, but not anymore.  Yet here he was asking me questions we are told to be prepared to answer.  “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).  Thomas was looking for objective, empirical evidence.  And you know what?  I couldn’t give it to him because it doesn’t currently exist.  Don’t get me wrong—there are many convincing signs pointing in the same direction.  The same Jesus who once walked the earth is very much alive.  Our God reigns.  But Thomas wanted actual proof. 

                So when will the skeptics of this world find the proof they seek?  Only when Jesus returns, riding on the clouds, will there be indisputable and universal proof.  Science won’t have an explanation about the resurrection of all humanity on that day.  But at last, the demands of the empirical and skeptical mind will be satisfied.  The hope of faithful believers will be vindicated.  The proof comes at the end.  Everyone will come to the same realization on that Last Day.  It’s just that, by God’s grace, we have arrived at that final and saving truth now.  The opportunity we have as Christians then is to relate everything to that moment and order our lives accordingly.  We are not called to give proof because that’s Jesus’ job.  But we are called to give a compelling and thoughtful reason for the hope that is in us.  Thomas helped me understand the difference. 

In Christ,

Pastor Matt Henry

 

Faith Communications

Want to tell the rest of the congregation, and others, about what’s happening in your committee or group?  Try one of these:

Sunday Bulletin: Submit your announcement in writing to the church office secretary (Becky) by Wednesday noon for the following Sunday. Becky’s email address is churchoffice@faithcampus.org.

Monthly Newsletter: Submit your article to the church office secretary (Becky) by the 20th of the month of the month prior to publication. E.g. If you want it in the April newsletter, Becky needs to have it by March 20.

Church Council Agenda Item: Submit the agenda item by the Sunday before the church council meeting. Please include a brief description of the issue or item, how much time you want, and who will speak to council.

Web Site: Submit your item, photo, or article you want included in the web site to webmaster@faithlutheranlacey.org.  If you don’t want to write that down, go to the web site, click on the Contact Us button, and click on Webmaster.

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CareNet 5k Walk for Life

Care Net Pregnancy Center invites you to step up for life!

Join us for CareNet 5K Walk/Run for Life on May 7

Northwest Christian High School
4710 Park Center Ave NE Lacey.
Check-in is at 9 am and the event begins at 9:30 am.

This is Care Net’s annual fundraiser with games, raffles, food and fun for the whole family. What a great way to take positive steps in our community for moms, dads and babies! 

For more information or to register, please contact Care Net at 753-0061 or Erin Holmquist, erinhq@comcast.net.


Activities - Events - News

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Your children are invited to join us in Sunday school every Sunday morning at 10 am.  Meet in the sanctuary for opening.  All ages 3 and older are welcome!

EDUCATION HOUR
A new class begins today called “The Life of David.”  There’s a twist, but for the most part, we’ll learn about David who was the shepherd king and giant killer, adulterer and warrior, musician and psalmist.  Join Pastor and crew in the Cedar room at 10 am. 
 
BUSY BAGS

Faith Lutheran Youth Group has provided busy bags along with coloring folders for your youngsters to enjoy during Sunday morning services.  These bags are located under the table to the left of the main sanctuary doors.  Please feel free to grab as many as you need.  Please return after service is concluded.

SPECIAL SERVICE
Heads up!  On Thursday, May 5, at 10 am, there will be a special worship service in remembrance of Christ’s ascension into heaven—and His promised return.

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
We need a lot of help with summer Sunday school.  Beginning June 19, we need volunteers to lead summer Sunday school. Please consider signing up for the following areas: Lower grades - group leader, upper grades - group leader, story teller, game leader, or middle school/high school group leader.  There are plenty of spots available to be filled.  Please check out the Info Center or talk to Kenzie at k.carpenter@faithcampus.org

YOUTH NIGHTS

Youth nights are open to all youth grades 6-12!  Meet in the Youth Room from 6-8 pm every Sunday evening.  For questions, contact Kenzie any time at 360-491-3552, or   k.carpenter@faithcampus.org

May 1 - Ice blocking
May 8 - No Youth Night – Happy Mother’s Day
May 15 - Photo Scavenger Hunt
May 22 - Game Night May 29th – End of year party @ Albaugh’s

* Stay tuned for the summer series of youth events.

NYG UPDATE
The big question: How are the fundraising efforts for the trip to New Orleans going?  We have raised over 80% of our goal! As of today we still need $3,600 to fully fund all adults, all bills and provide each youth participant with $1000 towards their trip cost of $1425 for the National Youth Gathering. Thank you for your amazing support!
 
FAMILY NIGHT OUT
Saturday, June 11, we are having a family night out at the Rainier's game.  Sign your name on the sign- up sheet in the info center or e-mail Kenzie to reserve a spot for the game.  Please sign up by May 15.  If we don't have enough people interested, we won't get the group rate.  Group rate tickets are only $12.50 a person.  The game is at 5:05 pm in Tacoma.  Kenzie will coordinate tickets and money as it gets closer but we need a commitment of interested people before we get the group rate on tickets.

YOUTH BAKE SALE
Next Sunday, May 8, between services and after late service we will be having a bake sale in the fellowship hall!  Stop by and purchase something yummy!  All proceeds will benefit the youth going to New Orleans in July.  Baked donations welcome.

OLD HOLLYWOOD AUCTION
Do you have your tickets?  Have you invited a friend?  Tickets now on sale in the school office.

Ticket prices:
$50—Now until May 13
$65—Day of auction and at the door. 

This evening includes silent auction, live auction, a catered dinner by Rambling Jacks and great entertainment  Volunteers and donations are welcome!  The last day donations can be accepted is May 8. For more information, please contact auction coordinator Karisa Pershall at auction@faithcampus.org.

Thanks and we’ll see you on the red carpet!
 
“HERO TRAINING CAMP”
Registration is now open and space is limited so please pick up a registration sheet today!  Children ages 3 through 6th grade are invited to join us at Faith Lutheran Church June 20-24, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am for ‘Hero Training Camp’ Vacation Bible School.  Check out the VBS volunteer board in the fellowship hall.  Grab a registration sheet or sign up to help.  There is something for the whole family!  Please e-mail Kenzie for online options at k.carpenter@faithcampus.org.

FOSTER PARENT APPRECIATION NIGHT
It’s back!  We need babysitters and kid entertainers for Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner on Friday, May 6, 5:30-8:30 pm.  This is our way of saying thanks to foster parents as they enjoy an event in the FCC that evening.  Can you hold babies?  Play games with kids?  Contact Sally Henry if you can help out, shenry125@hotmail.com.

CAMPUS MANAGER JOB POSTING
The job description of the Campus Manager is now available on the Info Center.  The 30 hours/week position begins June 1.  If interested in applying, please submit a resume with cover letter to Pastor at m.henry@faithcampus.org.  Paperwork must be received by May 1.  Thanks for helping us spread the word!  View job description

INTERIM CAMPUS MANAGER
Sarah Holdener is serving as our Interim Campus Manager through May 31.  If you need to contact her for facility, schedule or event questions, her e-mail is s.holdener@faithcampus.org.  Welcome Sarah!

TRINITY LUTHERAN BIBLE CAMP
Overnight camp is open to all children who have completed grades 3-7.  Day-camper options are available for those who have completed 2nd grade, or those staying away from home for the first time.

Date: July 18-22, 2016
Location: Millersylvania State Park
Cost: $190

Camper applications can be found at the Info Center.
 
CHRISTIAN RADIO
Faith comes by hearing and you can hear the sung and spoken Word on many radio stations.  On the FM dial, check out 90.5 KACS, 88.1 Air One and Spirit 105.3.   Program in a Christian radio stations that suits you and your family.  You never know when God may use just the right message for just the right time.

AUTO-GIVE
If you would like your giving contributions automatically withdrawn from your bank account, contact Jenn Bache at 491-3552 or faithbookkeeper@comcast.net.

JC PLAY ZONE
Parents, looking for a website for children that you can trust? Visit www.jcplayzone.com for games, puzzles, crafts, recipes, Bible stories and more. This is a great combination of faith and fun that your child (and you) will appreciate. Thanks to Lutheran Hour Ministries for helping to "raise up families and followers of Jesus Christ"!