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Faithfully Yours

Faith Lutheran Church

180 County Road PPO, Ishpeming, Michigan 49849 / Rev. David Johnson, Pastor

Monthly Membership Newsletter

October 2013
However, theres a point in the movie when Sam develops an inkling that something is seriously wrong with his dad and confronts him. George tells Sam that hes dying of cancer, and theres this beautiful couple of lines in the movie that I have used over and over again. Sam: You knew you were dying from the start? George: Were all dying from the start. I just got moved to the head of the line. And thats where I want to go with this newsletter article. Were all dying from the start. Death looms over our shoulders every minute of every day. Its the boogey man that hides in our closet; its the monster that lives under our bed. One day, each and every one of us will face it. No matter what we do or how we change our diet, 10 out of 10 people who diet and exercise die; 10 out of 10 people who are born die. Even though its the October newsletter, November 1 is All Saints Day, and its a day that we remember the reality of death in our world. We take a day to remember those people in our lives that loved and cared for us in ways that no one else has; those people that we can no longer see or talk with. We take a day to remember what sin and death has done to us and this world. We need to be reminded that we will not live forever. We need to be reminded that life is short, and that we need to live our days as if they

Luke 12:20: But God said to him, You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? Riddle: I am always around, but never seen. I am often ignored, but you can't avoid me. You know me well, but rarely speak of me. What am I? Answer: One of my favorite movies is Life as a House. Ive referenced it in sermons before, and Im sure Ill reference over and over again. Its a movie about a man George who is diagnosed with cancer and only given a few months to live. At the time hes at the hospital he has realized just how much he has distanced himself from those that he loves the most, including his son Sam. Faced with death knocking at his door, George forces his son Sam to spend the summer with him. Things start off rocky right from the get go. Sam is troubled, into drugs, and wants nothing to do with anyone. However, as the movie progresses, you see Sams attitude change, and a relationship form between father and son.

From the Pastors Desk cont...

were our last. We need to be reminded that whatever we save up, whatever we build up, and whatever things we collect cannot come with us when we die. We need to be reminded that there are more important things in this life and world that need to be done, and tomorrow may not come for us to do them. We need to be reminded that we cannot put things off until later because later isnt guaranteed. Death is always at our door knocking, and one day it will enter in. Now heres the thing about death, I believe that our faith and what Jesus has done for us gives us an advantage over death itself. We are given this promise by God that death is not the end for us or our loved ones. So not only on All Saints Sunday do we remember that death is always peering over our shoulder, we should also be reminded that it doesnt need to bother us. Jesus bore all the things that seek to destroy you on the cross: yourself, your sin, and even your death. If Jesus rose from the grave, we will too! Nothing can destroy us nor separate us from the love of God; NOTHING! So let us be reminded that death is always near; that everything in this world will pass away. Let death be a reminder for us as to what is really important in life. But even more so, let us be reminded that death, for you and for me, is nothing to be afraid of. We can take a bold stand for what is right, we can boldly reach into the lives of others to share this hope we have, and we can boldly bear the burdens and struggles of others knowing that there is nothing to fear, not even death itself!

Pastor Dave
shine like the light, and the justice of your cause l like the noonday. Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret it leads only to evil. For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
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Psalm 37:19

Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will make your vindication
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This Newsletter is a monthly publication brought to you by Faith Lutheran Church in Ishpeming. If you would like to publish an article, or have ideas and/or suggestions, please contact Pastor Dave Johnson or secretary Barbara Grisham. Newsletter deadline is the 24th of each month.

Church telephone (906) 486-9083 Parsonage telephone (906) 204-2401 Church email:

Strengthening Families: The Power of Financial Wellbeing

A message from Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan As we as a country mark the five-year anniversary of the Great Recession, thoughts turn to the health and well-being of our financial industry and the economy. Aspects of our financial system are on the upswing, but many families across the country continue to struggle with financial stressors. Even with as critical as financial stability is to our daily lives and our futures its hard to know where to turn for trusted advice and counsel. Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, in partnership with LSS of Minnesota, continues to offer free, confidential financial counseling services throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. LSS offers appointments by phone 888-577-2227 or online at (and in person services are available in far northern Wisconsin; call the above number for details). This counseling is especially helpful to those seeing some distress due to credit debt and who want to get debt free using a trusted, certified counseling service. LSS financial counselors are all certified by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). LSSs counselors stand ready to assist individuals and families meet their financial needs head on and plan for a financially healthy future. For more information about LSS financial counseling program, please visit: http:// LSS-Financial-Counseling.htm

Readings for October

Read Genesis 12:1-9

God is our refuge and strength Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake Psalm 46:1-2 Our plan was simple: On Monday we would hike Mount St. Helens for its spectacular views. On Tuesday, wed hike Mount Rainier to just below the snow level. But at St. Helens, the summit and our view were shrouded by clouds. On Rainier, the trail we has planned to hike was covered with 12 feet of snow. We had to adapt. In many areas of life we have to adapt, sometimes to unwelcome realities. Moving beyond asking Why? to discerning What now? requires letting God lead us into a new way of life. God never leaves us in a place where grace cannot sustain us. We live in a world that wont always go the way we expect it to go; sometimes adapting ourselves is the best, most faithful response we can make. If we trust in Gods enduring love on Jesus Christ as our faithful companion, teacher, and guide, and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, we will have what we need to face any change.

Prayer: O Christ, faithful guide, teach us to look for you and trust your guidance when life forces us onto unexpected paths as we pray, Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. (Luke 11:2-4) Amen

Let no debt remain outstanding, " except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8

Thought for the Day Adapting to change can be a faithful response.

F. Richard Garland (Rhode Island) The Upper Room , Oct 26 2013 pg. 63

Faith Lutheran Church Council ~ 2013

Committee Liaisons
Carole WatsonPresident Norma DenneyVice President Harmony MichaudSecretary Nancy Harmala Judy Helsten Dave Magnuson Ross Carlson Victor Cox Matt Zamora
Christian Education Harmony Michaud 250-9675 Worship & Music/Altar Guild Carole Watson 485-6156 Evangelism / Fellowship Judy Helsten Long Range Planning Norma Denney Finance Committee Nancy Harmala Thrivent Judy Helsten 486-8603 485-1941 486-9200 486-8603

Mutual Ministry Dave Magnuson 485-1642 Property Ross Carlson Vic Cox 486-9040 485-1922

During the summer months we experienced a drastic reduction in giving with the result we are now in a financial bind. We would appreciate any extra help you can give. If you are able to make an extra donation we are asking that you put the money into Unpaid Bills. Thank you, From the Church Council

Share & Care Endowment None at this time Stewardship None at this time

Mission Statement
It shall be the mission of Faith Lutheran Church of Ishpeming to develop, strengthen, and share witness to the message of the Gospel; through an increased understanding of our ministry, and our daily living, both individually and as a congregation.

Readings for October continued.

In God We Trust Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 (NIV) The world economy is unstable. Too many of the worlds people are in great need. But how can I be expected to help with so much uncertainty about the Thought for the Day future? My family Gods truth will drown might have needs of out the sound of fear. our own; we dont know whats ahead. Fear-filled words fly at me from every direction. They nearly down the one voice that speaks something radically different: Do not fear. As I listen to those words coming from the voice of God, I turn up the volume by opening my Bible. The words of scripture tell us we should not be hardhearted or tightfisted with the poor (Deut. 15:7); the one who gives to the poor will lack nothing (Prov. 28:27); and Jesus says that as we give, it will be given back, overflowing (Luke 6:38). In 1 Kings, Elijah asks a widow for a bit of bread. She has only a handful of flour and a little oil, but she gives it to the prophet. From then until Elijah leaves, her jars of oil and flour never run out. Whom will I believe? Instead of the TV or newspaper, I choose to believe in Gods promises. Prayer: Dear Lord, we want to be generous in giving even if things around us seem uncertain. Help us believe your voice of truth and not be afraid. Amen Robin J. Steinweg (Wisconsin), The Upper Room, Oct 8 2013 pg. 45.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9 As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.

The Poor and Neglected Almighty and merciful God, we call to mind before You all those whom it would be easy to forget: the homeless, the destitute, the sick, the aged, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body and spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of Your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
From the Lutheran Book of Worship Reprinted from The Lutheran Prayerbook pg. 58.

Keep in our Prayers

Our home-bound and nursing home residents: Signe Carter, Robbie Hansen, Red Hytinen, and Bernice Korpi.

Those We Prayed For in September

Clay Jennifer Donna Lorraine Elmer & Shirley Robbie Marv & Geri Emma Marcia Dennis Eloise Pat & Pete George Arvid Pam Mikey B. Jackie Arlene Maryann Margaret Bernice Philip Ralph Patsy McKenzie Aaron Carol Lynn Ted Roger Sue Mary Our Veterans Our Military

Family of Sulo Junita Family of Lloyd Frederickson Family of Stuart Abbott Psalm 84:14
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. 4 Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills from where will my help come? 2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Marcia . Ilves 10/2 Barbara Tyynismaa 10/3 Aiden Martin 10/4 Helen Frederickson 10/5 Pamela Waters 10/5 Paul LaCombe 10/6 Kathy Richards 10/8 Emma Currie 10/9 Ann Poirier 10/12 Sara Poirier 10/12 Terri Richards 10/12 Megan Racine 10/13 Gregory Holmes 10/15 Tony Slawinski 10/15 Jeanne Racine 10/16

Jacob Smith 10/17 Danelle Juntila 10/17 Daryl Niemi 10/18 Karen Marshall 10/19 Sheri Sirtola 10/19 Susan K. Hamel 10/20 Thomas Heikkila 10/20 Scott Kautz Jr. 10/20 Robert Racine 10/20 Jared Guizzetti 10/21 Molly Engman 10/22 Jeri Ahola 10/23 Nancy Anderson 10/23 Bradley Helsten 10/24 Rodney Perreault 10/24 Robert Remington 10/24 Frank Thompson 10/25 Carol Hill 10/26 Scott Irish 10/28 Bernice Korpi 10/29 Harmony Michaud 10/30 Tyler Moses 10/30 Haylee Gardener 10/31 Jessica Keto 10/31

For October
Psalm 37:1-9 Psalm 111

Roxanne and Mark Willey Robert and Rita Miller Karen and Jack Harvala Michael and Chelsea Anderson Pamela and Wayne Rankinen Anthony and Angela Vidlund Shawn and Tina Helsten Victor and Barbara Tyynismaa Jennifer and Christopher Skridulis James and Nancy Harmala Peggy and Joseph LaForge Roy and Marcia Anderson

Oct 1 Oct 3 Oct 6 Oct 9 Oct 9 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 22 Oct 26 Oct 27

Psalm 121 Psalm 46 or 84:1-7

With Thanks to those who serve in

10/06 Elaine Maki and Lee Irish 10/13 Beverly and Jerry Kippola 10/20 Kelly and Kurt Penrose 10/27 Norma Denney and Lois Ombrello 11/03 Nancy Harmala and Kids

10/06 Helen Frederickson and Rita Miller 10/13 Carole Watson and Lorraine Wheeler 10/20 Judy Swanson and Cheryl Salmer 10/27 Jerry Kippola and Elaine Maki 11/03 Lois Ombrello and Norma Denney

10/06 Alice Johnson 10/13 Holly Letson 10/20 Kelly Penrose 10/27 Shannon Miller 11/03 Irene Kindstrand

Coffee Servers
10/06 Jessica and Brenda K. 10/13 Alice and Bucky 10/20 Linda M. and Sheila W. 10/27 Confirmation Sunday If you are unable to serve on your scheduled day, please switch with someone or contact the following: Irene KindstrandLectors and Ushers Kathy MagnusonCommunion Servers Cheryl SalmerCounters Marlene AndersonCoffee Servers

Communion Servers
for the remainder of 2013 October November December Pat Kroon Dave Magnuson Ken Blau

We have an abundant supply of kitchen and janitorial items at this time. We ask that you use the supplies available when serving coffee after church. If you are celebrating a special occasion (i.e. anniversary / birthday) and wish to provide plates and napkins for the occasion, we ask that you take any remaining items home with you. Thank you for your generosity.

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Church Committee Meetings and . 10/03Thursday, Alter Guild meets at 10:30am 10/06Sunday, Finance Committee meets after Service 10/13Sunday, Share & Care Endowment Fund Committee meets at 11:30am 10/08Tuesday, Council Meeting meets at 7:00pm 10/21Monday, Mutual Ministry meets at 6:30pm OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (Shoe Boxes) - Since 1993, more than 100 million
boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced Gods love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritans Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

At Faith, we will begin our annual collection of Shoe Boxes beginning October 6 through November 18. More information to follow. Questions, please see Marilee Koval or Marie Keto.

Fortune Lake Fall FestSaturday, October 5, Fortune Lake Camp invites you to celebrate the season at Fall Fest. Festivities begin at 9:30a.m. CT with a hearty buffet brunch served in the camp dining hall, a country market of home-baked breads and pies, and quilt viewing in the chapel/ auditorium. The festivals main event, the Quilt and Fine Art Auction, begins at 11:00. Juried quilts, wall hangings, woodcraft, artwork, jewelry, and baskets are among the auction items. ** A bus to attend the Fall Festival and Quilt Auction will leave Messiah Lutheran Church at 8:30am with additional pick-ups at Immanuel Lutheran in Negaunee and Bethany Lutheran in Republic. The cost will be $25 per person. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, October 2. Please call Betsy Jessup, 906/225-1119 to reserve your seat on the bus. CROP WALKSunday, October 6 at 1:15pm; along the Heritage Trail in Ishpeming. If you are interested in participating by walking and/or donatingplease see Pastor Dave or meet us at Bethel Lutheran, 333 E Ridge, Ishpeming. On that day, the Detroit Lions are at Green Bay, you are encouraged to wear your favorite Football Team color while walking. There will be a silent auction during this eventone of the items up for auction is a 2012 Autographed Green Bay Packer Football! Come join in the fun and give to a great cause. Fortune LakeSecond Sunday Folk Concert / DanceOctober 13 Fortune Lake Jr. High GatheringOctober 18-19What does it mean to believe? Who is God? Come ask your tough questions. Open to youth in Grades 6-9, $45, register by 10/12. Church Musician WorkshopSaturday, October 19, 9am3pm at Bethany Lutheran Church, 110 Poplar St., Republic, featuring the leadership of Jay Beech.; $15 a person, if registered by Oct 14. (after Oct 14$30/pp) Go to to register. W.I.N. (Westwood-Ishpeming-Negaunee) for ChristChristian family concert at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 30 at Ishpeming High Schools Peterson Auditorium. Jerry Jacoby: Unique Christian entertainment for the whole family! Laughs, music, life stories. FREE! One Year to LiveMens Retreat by Lutheran Men in Mission, MacKenzie Center, Poynette, Wisconsin, November 8-10. Visit for more information. Breaking the MoldSaturday, November 23, Messiah Lutheran Church, Marquette. A series of adult training events to share the Gospel with young adults, youth, and the un-churched. QUILT AND CRAFT SALE - Sunday, December 1, by the Faith Lutheran Church Quilters .

October 2013
Sun Mon
Begins October 6 through November 18



Altar Guild 10:30am


FLLC Fall Fest

6 Pentecost 20 Finance Committee CROP Walk



Council Meeting 7:00pm

15 Columbus Day (observed) 22 23 24 25 16 17 18

No School
N.I.C.E. / Ishpeming.


(Prof. Dev. Day)

13 Pentecost 21 14 Share & Care Committee 20 Pentecost 22 21


Church Musicians Workshop

FLLCJr. High Gathering


Mutual Ministry 6:30pm

27 Reformation 28 29 30 W.I.N. for Christ 31

Confirmation Sunday

~ KIDS (and Adults) CORNER~

MEMORY VERSE Luke 18:14b ~ All who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted. Exalt1 : to raise in rank, power, or character
2 : to praise highly : GLORIFY Humble1 : modest or meek in spirit or manner : not proud or bold 2 : low in rank or status

Jesus says that with faith even as small as a tiny seed, big things can happen. FAITH IS TRUSTING GOD. GOD MAKES THINGS HAPPEN!