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Faith Lutheran News and Updates

Covid-19 Worship Service Update
Faith’s church council held a special meeting Wednesday June 3 to address reopening the church. Council takes the well being of Faith congregants very seriously. Out of an abundance of caution and considering the needs of all it was decided to tentatively begin conducting services at 25% capacity inside the building Sunday July 26. Overflow attendees will sit outside or listen to the service in their cars.
Until that time, Pastor Cheryl will conduct services in the Parking Lot LIVE. A mix of Sunday morning and Wednesday night services will be offered throughout the summer.

Mark your calendars to join us in the Parking Lot on these dates for Pastor Cheryl speaking LIVE outside:

  • SUNDAY JUNE 7 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday June 17th 7 p.m.
  • Sunday June 21st – No Parking Lot service as was previously announced.
  • Sunday June 28th 9 a.m.

Initially, congregants are not encouraged to leave their car. Masks are required for anyone outside their car. Love your neighbor, wear a mask!

At this time, to hear the LIVE Parking Lot services, radio or Facebook is required.

In the case of rain, Parking Lot LIVE services will still be broadcast on the radio to the parking lot and be available on Facebook but Pastor Cheryl will be inside the church.

Worship services are released every Sunday on Facebook at 9 a.m (either streamed live or recorded). You can view by going to Faith’s website, scrolling down on the Facebook box and clicking on the service you want to watch even if you do not have a Facebook.

Worship services are broadcast on HBC Channel 20
Every Sunday 12 p.m. and Wednesday 4 p.m.

All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein will be discussed by Faith’s Book Club on Thursday June 25 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Contact this month’s leader, Sharon Karlman, for the Zoom sign-in information. 608.769.2846 [email protected]

Bible Study: Growing In Christ Lesson 1: Assurance of Salvation Sunday June 7 at 7 p.m. Zoom or Call In
Eventually, we’ll socially distance in the parking lot but it looks like rain this Sunday so we will Zoom or you can call in. No previous biblical knowledge necessary! For more information contact Pastor Cheryl at 651.587.3100 [email protected]

Faith Lutheran is forming a Pastoral Call Committee to secure permanent pastor for our congregation. This group will have the incredibly important task of compiling a community profile and communicating Faith’s vision and mission as well as the thoughts, hopes, and dreams of the congregants. The Call Committee will also convey the “wow” factor that brings people to Faith and will ultimately interview pastoral candidates. Future worship services, ministry, and the direction of the church will be influenced by this committee’s work. A six to nine month commitment with individual assignments and Zoom meetings is a reasonable expectation.

A limited number of voting members of all ages and from all walks of life will be chosen for this transformative experience. To learn more, complete and submit this Eform.

Children and youth are an integral focus of Faith’s ministry. Despite Covid-19 there is much that can be done to support the faith formation of this age group. We also want to be ready to offer events and activities when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Please consider volunteering for one of the following roles:

  • Faith Formation Chairperson: Council position
  • Committee Leaders for Children’s Faith Formation (Sunday School), Youth (grades 7-12), Adult, and Family Faith Formation (newly baptized and inter-generational) report to the Faith Formation Chairperson
  • Youth Leader and volunteers for grades 7-12. This group organizes and implements activities for the youth.
  • Children’s Faith Formation (Sunday School) Leader
  • Adult and Family Faith Formation leaders and volunteers

Ways to support the church:

  • Online giving
  • Mobile App – Give Plus (instructions are available on Faith’s website)
  • Mail in your offering envelope to Faith
  • Donate your time and talents. To learn more about opportunities contact Cindy Thorland [email protected] 507-259-8720 or email [email protected]
  • Youth Leader and volunteers for grades 7-12. This group organizes and implements activities for our youth.
  • Adult and Family Faith Formation leaders and volunteers.
  • Leader and volunteers for the newly formed Service Team. This group will organize community service and mission projects.
  • Instagram coordinator to assist the Outreach team with posts.
  • The Worship Committee would like to add a youth and another adult to their committee. Contact Nathan Lien to learn more. 608-769-6028 [email protected]

Reference Faith’s website to source information regarding upcoming events.

Elastic has arrived. Karen Dunlay, Nancy Steward, Olinda Seitz, & Trudy Ode are sewing masks. If you have cotton material you would like to donate, drop it between the doors of the church entry Monday-Wednesday. Contact Sharon Karlman if you are in need of a mask or would like to assist by sewing and she will provide the elastic. 608.769.2846 [email protected]

Faith’s Listening Ear Team provides phone support to individuals who want or need someone to talk to during this challenging time. Reach out to Pastor if you would like to talk with someone. 651.587.3100 [email protected]

If you have not already returned your family information document, please click on the following link to enter your information; then scroll to the bottom of the form and submit online. We want to make sure we have contact information for all family members and accurate names and ages of children for Faith Formation.

Arline Thompson continues to rehab at Madonna Towers. Drop her a card or give her a call.
Madonna Tower
4001 19th Avenue NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Phone: 507.206.2266

Children learn by doing and conversations about your faith while cooking will remain with your children for a lifetime. As you are making this favorite snack with your family, talk about the “three persons of the Trinity”. There are three parts to a pretzel and yet it is still one pretzel. Likewise, the three persons of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are all one God. If you don’t have time to prepare pretzels use premade bagged pretzels; no guilt allowed for not baking them yourself.

Easy Make Trinity Pretzels

  • One loaf frozen bread dough
  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten
  • Topping of your choice:
    salt (kosher or other course salt is more like mall pretzels), sugar, sprinkles, dillweed, or other sweet or savory spice
  • Thaw dough according to package directions.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut loaf into 8 pieces.

Roll each piece into a relatively thin rope about 24″ long. If you don’t coat your surface with flour it will be easier to roll.  Shape into a pretzel form by folding each rope in half, cross ends and twist once; lift ends to top and tuck ends; press to seal. Be sure to leave large areas open to maintain the pretzel shape; as the dough rises, the centers will close in.  Explain the three holes can remind us of the three persons of God.Place pretzels on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet or greased sheet.  Brush tops of pretzels with egg white. Sprinkle with your choice of topping(s).   Older children can top each third of a pretzel with a different topping.  Talk about how each person of the Trinity has different characteristics.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool as desired.  Serve with your favorite dip. E.g. honey mustard, ranch dressing, flavored yogurt, pizza sauce, melted cheese.

Settle your thoughts and soothe your heart in the midst of Covid-19 and civil unrest. Listen to “It Is Well With My Soul” also known as “When Peace like a River” using your favorite source for music or pray the words of Hymn 785.  Click here for a copy of the Hymn.

On May 29, 2020, Our Southeastern Minnesota Synod Bishop Regina Hassanally wrote a letter to all members of the Synod regarding the killing of George Floyd.  You can read the letter from Bishop Hassanally by clicking here.