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 and Cyprus rooms.

December - February Extended Calendar    December Newsletter

Please click on the button above for a detailed calendar of activities and events.

The Quick Calendar

Fri Dec 12   Holiday House
Sat Dec 13 7:30 am Men of Faith
    9:00 am Confirmation
    10:00 am Parent's day out
    11:00 am Vern Johnson Memorial
Sun Dec 14 8:30 am Worship - Festival of Music
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Contemporary Worship - Festival of Music
    6:00 pm Youth Night: Tacky Christmas party
Mon Dec 15 10:30 am Pre-K Christmas program
    2:30 pm Pre-K Christmas program
Tue Dec 16 2:15 pm Kindergarten Christmas program
    6:00 pm Church council
Wed Dec 17 10:45 am Missional Community at Starbuck's
    5:30 pm Adventures in Advent
    7:00 pm Missional Community at Hansen's
Thu Dec 18 10:00 am 3M's Bible study
    6:30 pm 1st-8th grade Christmas program
Fri Dec 19   Lacey Thunder Athletics holiday dinner
Sat Dec 20 10:00 am Children Sunday School program dress rehearsal
Sun Dec 21 8:30 am Worship with Holy Communion
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Sunday school Christmas program
Wed Dec 24 5:00 pm Christmas Eve service
    7:00 pm Christmas Eve service
Thu Dec 25 10:00 am Christmas Day service
Sun Dec 28 8:30 am Traditional Worship
    10:00 am Education hour
    11:15 am Contemporary Worship
      No youth night

Important Events Farther in the Future


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Notes from Pastor Matt

Dear Faith Family,

Do you know what a CEO is?  In church circles, it stands for Christmas and Easter Only!  I was wondering aloud what I should say to the CEOs in order to make the most of this month’s opportunity.  My friend joked, “Tell them to take home their umbrellas from Easter.”  Zing!

There are other connections between Christmas and Easter besides worship habits.  I recently came across one insight that I had to share with you.  It deepened my understanding but also affirmed the validity of what we believe and the Christmas story itself.

According to the Mishnah (a collection of authoritative rabbinical teachings), the flocks of sheep between Jerusalem and Bethlehem were temple flocks.  The sheep were raised specifically for the purpose of sacrifice in the temple.  This designation means those that tended to the sheep weren’t just shepherds, but more along the lines of shepherd-priests.  Part of their job was to assure the lambs were ritually clean and without spot or blemish in order to be an acceptable sacrifice.  These lambs were often born in a ritually cleaned cave.  The Mishnah also directed the sheep to be wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in feed troughs to protect them from injury.  Any bruise or blemish would disqualify the lamb as an offering for sin.

So when the angels tell the shepherds they will “find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger,” their description has full-on significance for them.  The angels had already said he would be a Savior.  Jesus was already dressed for the occasion and perfectly positioned to one day save the world!  No wonder the shepherd-priests “made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child” (Luke 2:17).  Jesus was destined for sacrifice—perfect, without sin or blemish, the firstborn, from a ritually clean (virgin) womb.

We already know Jesus is the Passover Lamb of God, but I never saw those details so embedded and connected to the Christmas story.  There is always more to Jesus.  That’s something to cause CEO’s and Sunday regulars alike to be in reverent awe.

In Christ,

Pastor Matt Henry


Faith Communications

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

Monthly Newsletter: Submit your article to the church office secretary (Rebekka) by the 20th of the month of the month prior to publication. E.g. If you want it in the April newsletter, Rebekka 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  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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You Can’t Spell December without DCE

As of December 10, we have raised $17,689 for the DCE intern, which means we are about 63% of our way to the goal of $28,000.  We have also received a pledge of $2,300 which is not included in that total.  Our self-imposed goal was to raise funds for this position by year’s end and we may just well accomplish it!  For those who have already given a special above and beyond gift, thank you so very much!  And if you would like to get in on the action and help cover the remaining amount (about $8,000), December is a great month to do so.  Simply place your gift in the offering and designate “DCE intern” on the memo line.
Thank you all!

Activities - Events - News

Pastor is teaching a class on the parables called “That Reminds Me of a Story Jesus Told.”  Did you know there are about 45 parables that are recorded in the Gospels?  Each parable encapsulates a timeless truth in a way that both hides and reveals.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear and let all the people come to the Cedar room at 10 am on Sundays.

Here is a list of special services for Christmas:
    Festival of Music: December 14 (both services)
    Sunday School Christmas Program: December 21 @ 11:15 am
    Christmas Eve Service: December 24 @ 5 & 7 pm (services are identical – candle light services)
    Christmas Day Service: December 25 @ 10 am (with Holy Communion)

The Sunday School Christmas program will be Sunday, December 21 at 11:15 am.  Please let your Sunday School teacher know if your child will be participating.  A dress rehearsal will be held December  20 at 10 am. Additional practice for the program takes place 10-10:15 am every Sunday.

Last Sunday, December 7, our pianist had important health issues to address which kept her from joining us in worship.  Thank you to the congregation for giving it your best as we sang acapella and also tried out the digital hymnal.  Thanks to Robert Buchanan for his quick thinking and to Rachel Wilson for being the liturgical DJ for the day.

The school children have been hard at work memorizing lines and places for the 1st-8th grade Christmas program.  You are invited to join them in the sanctuary for “The Secret of Snowflake County” on Thursday, December 18.  There are two performances this year, a matinee at 9 am and the evening program at 6:30 pm.  Let’s come together as children know best how to celebrate the birth of the Child!

Join us Wednesday, December 17, for the last Adventures in Advent of the season!  The evening begins promptly at 5:30 pm with a meal (served family style), followed by a short devotion in the sanctuary.  The evening is capped off "with choose your own adventures!"  The entire event is free, although an offering for City Gate Ministries will be received.
On the Schedule for December 17th:
Menu: Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread, Ice Cream
Adventure: Marshmallow Snowmen, Picture Globe, Milk Bone Reindeer, Assorted Crafts.

Join us for night of fun!  Unless noted, Youth Nights are on Sunday evenings at Faith Community Center from 6-8 pm.  Youth Nights are open to youth, 6-12th grade.  Contact Sally Henry, or 360-489-2516.

Schedule of Events:

December 14:  Tacky Christmas Party, bring a snack and a wrapped gift (value of $10 or less)

*No youth nights Dec. 21 or 28

Do you know that end of the aisle in the grocery store, filled with gift cards for various merchants?  That’s what scrip is—except we offer more selection and a percentage of each card (2-18%) goes directly to Faith!  Especially if you are giving a gift card for Christmas, use scrip!  It costs you nothing extra.  Simply stop by the school office after service to see what’s on-hand in Faith’s inventory or place an order.  Scrip is good stewardship and is one stream of income to the church.  You may have noticed scrip is listed in the weekly giving report and it appears to be in a deficit.  But it’s not!  For bookkeeping purposes, we transfer the profits from the scrip account to the general fund twice a year, in May and December.  This is also the time enrolled school parents will notice a tuition credit on their student’s account.  So, look for a December update in a couple weeks and thanks to all for being good and thoughtful stewards!

the Social Ministry/Evangelism Committee is dedicated to sharing the Gospel through action.  Some of the activities we are involved in are: discipling groups, visiting the sick, lonely, or shut-in, and servant projects. We are looking for those of you willing to serve as committee members in order to help the Pastor and Elders in organizing these activities.  We meet once a month on a Tuesday evening.  If you are willing to serve, kindly place your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet in the Info Center.

Two or three people are needed to help with costumes for the Sunday School Christmas program.  The costumes are already made, so this is a short-term commitment!  Help is needed on Saturday December 20, 10-11:30 am (ironing and fitting costumes on children), and Sun.  December 21, 10-11 am (helping children dress for the program).  Contact Connie Dougherty, 360-943-5958, if you can help.

We are looking for one or two people who would be willing to take over Faith’s garden and/or the Adopt-A-Highway.  This is a great opportunity to engage in stewardship towards Faith and the community.  If you are interested, contact Laurie Noble, 254-449-3641 or Thank you!

With the Holidays here, Lacey Thunder Athletics thought it would be a great time to give back to those who are less fortunate.  With so many people out of work and some even homeless, we thought it would be a wonderful time to partner with Faith Lutheran Church to prepare a hot holiday meal for those in our Community on Friday, December 19.  We will also be putting together small, personal supply packs for those in need.  For more information or if you would like to volunteer or donate items please contact us at or 360-890-6389 for a list of items needed.  Thank you in advance for making this evening a success.

Faith had two college graduates December 13!  Congratulations to Emma Dougherty who graduated with a BA in Fashion Merchandising from George Fox University and to Kenzie Carpenter, Faith’s soon to be DCE Intern, who graduated from Concordia Portland with a BA in Christian Education and a minor in Professional Church Work.  Congratulations to you both, Emma and Kenzie!

Exciting news!  Tomorrow, December 15, Kenzie Carpenter will be moving in Lacey.  We will formally install her as Director of Christian Education Intern on Sunday, January 4 and welcome her with a potluck that day.  If you have signed up to help furnish or provide an item to welcome Kenzie, please bring it to Faith, if possible, by December 15 so she can pick it up and get moved in.  Thanks for being so welcoming, Faith!  If you have any questions, our welcome wagon coordinator is Sarah Elliott, 509-264-4437.

Faith Lutheran School's Holiday House is coming!  Please stop in from December 9 - 12 in the Cedar Room and see what wonderful stocking stuffers and gifts are available.  Almost all items are under $5 and any proceeds from the sale go back to the school.  Hours are 8:00-9:30 am, 11-1 pm, and 2:30-4:00 pm. Hope to see you there!


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.

If you would like your giving contributions automatically withdrawn from your bank account, contact Jenn Bache at 491-3552 or

Parents, looking for a website for children that you can trust? Visit 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"!

Listen to a narration of the Bible by clicking here to go to the player.  Select the New Testament book and starting verse.  Then click the play button.  Thanks to Cody Shuffield for finding this wonderful resource.