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Romans 6:15-18

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What then? Shall we sin because we are
not under the law but under grace? By no
means!
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Dont you know that when you offer
yourselves to someone as obedient slaves,
you are slaves of the one you obeywhether
you are slaves to sin, which leads to death,
or to obedience, which leads to
righteousness?
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But thanks be to God that,
though you used to be slaves to sin, you
have come to obey from your heart the
pattern of teaching that has now claimed
your allegiance.
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You have been set free
from sin and have become slaves to
righteousness.
Me mbers hi p News l et t er Jul y 2014
Faith Lutheran Church Faith Lutheran Church
180 County Road PPO, Ishpeming, Michigan 49849 / Rev. David Johnson, Pastor
Church (906) 486-9083, Parsonage (906) 204-2401, faithlutheran@faithinishpeming.com
quickly after my mom or dad got home. Freedom
was a privilege; freedom had responsibility;
freedom was not given but earned through blood,
sweat, and tears. There was a great responsibility
that came with having freedom. Freedom meant
that it was up to me to do what was right. It
wasnt that I had to or that I was forced to;
freedom gave me the choice to do what was right
and what needed to be done. Everything that I
did out of freedom I did of my own free will, and
whether or not I abused that freedom, was up to
me. Would I show my gratitude for the men and
women who served and gave their lives for that
freedom by using my freedom responsibly or
would I abuse the power that I was given?
Because with the freedom that Ive been given I
could with one word build up or tear down; I
could with one action rebuild or destroy peoples
lives; I could with one choice enable or oppress
others. And that freedom was fought for trusting
that I would use it responsibly.
This Fourth of July, the word freedom is
going to be thrown around more and more; this is
why I think its just as important that we also
focus on our freedom as Christians. We are
given this amazing freedom where the baggage,
destruction, and death that sin creates in our lives
no longer remains a part of us. Every time we go
before God, He is there ready and willing to
forgive us, pick us up, and put us back on the
right path. Does this mean that we get a free pass
though to do whatever we want? Do we get to
live not caring about how our actions affect
others? No! Just as Paul says, the freedom
weve been given is a great responsibility. We
are given the freedom to choose to do what is
right on behalf of others, we are given the
freedom to love our neighbors as ourselves, and
















When I was growing up I had a skewed
sense of what freedom meant. For me, freedom
was the do whatever I want and its okay
mentality. Freedom was about me saying
whatever I wanted to say and doing whatever I
wanted to do. Even if this meant insulting my
brother and sisters and/or hitting them out of
anger. I remember being told by my oldest sister,
Davey you cant do that. My response would
be, Yes I can its a free country! Freedom was
all about doing what I wanted to do no matter
what. If it felt good, do it. If it didnt feel good,
get someone else to do it for you. It didnt matter
because with freedom there are no consequences
whatsoever for my actions; because if I live in a
free country, then I am free from consequences
too, right?
What I soon discovered was that even
though I lived in a free country, freedom didnt
mean that I could do whatever I wanted. There
were consequences to my actions, which I learned
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we are given the freedom to live without fear
because nothing will ever separate us from Gods
love.
With that freedom comes great
responsibility. Through the blood, sweat, and
tear of Jesus; through the sacrifice he made for
you and me on the cross, we are free to finally
live as the people that God created us to be. Sin,
the devil, and death no longer have any hold in
our lives, and all the things that have kept us
from doing what is good and right in the world
cant hold us back any longer. We have the
power to stand up for what is truly good and right
in this world and in peoples lives no matter the
cost because of the freedom that weve been
given.
Jesus has given us all who believe this
freedom. The sacrifice he made for you on the
cross wasnt because of anything that you have
done or will do; he did it out of his love for you.
There is nothing you can or have done to earn the
freedom that youve been given, and that love and
forgiveness that God has for you will always be
there. However, we have been given a great
responsibility with the freedom we have. Will
you use it to build up or tear down? Will you use
it set others free or keep them in chains? Will you
use that freedom out of thankfulness for what has
been done for you or will you abuse it? As we
celebrate our nations Independence Day, how
will you use the freedom youve been given as a
Christian?
In Gods Peace, Pastor Dave Johnson
Fr om t he Pas t or s Des k c ont . . .
Psalm 86:11-12
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Teach me your way, LORD,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
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I will praise you, Lord my God,
with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
Psalm
145;8-14
Psalm
65:[1-8] 9-13
Psalm
86:11-17
Psalm
119:129-136
Psalm
87:1-3,5-7
Psalm
89:1-4,15-18
Psalm Readings for July

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aturday, July 26 from
9am-4pm there is a
Habitat for Humanity
shed build that will be taking
place for all Middle School and High School
students at Westwood High School.

Also, there is a Country Lanes Lock-In for
students going into 9th grade through those who
just graduated on Friday, August 8 at 11 pm
through Saturday, August 9 at 6 am. Cost is $20
per student and I need permission slips in by
Friday, July 25th.
For more information about these events, please
see Pastor Dave, or call him at (906) 486-9083.
Upcoming WIN for Christ Events
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2014 Council

Norma Denney
Carole Watson
Harmony Michaud
Judy Helsten
Dave Magnuson
Ross Carlson
Victor Cox
Judy Swanson
Jeff Swanson
Fai t h Lut her an Chur c h Counc i l
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain
of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Our home-bound and nursing home residents:
Signe Carter and Red Hytinen.
In Our Prayers in June
Keep in our Prayers
Bill
Pearl
Judy
Rita
Arlene
Norman
Steve
Sara
Connie
Mary
Jennifer
Janice
Ted
Donna
Lorraine
Jackie
Marilee
Mark
Danielle
Karen
Lynn
Bob
Bev
Mike
Sara
Ray
Violet
Carol
Besty
Marion
Chris
Lloyd
Eloise
Luella
Our Veterans
Our Military
Family of Terry Annala
Family of Arlene Honkala
Family of Margaret Ritola
Family of Earl Oja
Family of Andy Rossland
Committee Liaisons

Christian Education Harmony Michaud 250-9675

Worship & Music/Altar Guild Carole Watson 485-6156

Evangelism / Fellowship Judy Helsten 486-8603

Long Range Planning Norma Denney 485-1941

Finance Committee Ross Carlson 486-9040

Thrivent Helen Frederickson 486-9666

Mutual Ministry Dave Magnuson 485-1642

Property Vic Cox 485-1922
Faith Lutheran Church 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.
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And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Missed on June Listing
Frank and Deanna Caplett 8-June

David W. and Deborah Keto 1-Jul
Robert and Karen Katajamaki 2-Jul
Norma and Gary Denney 7-Jul
Michael and Erin Cox 7-Jul
William and Lori Brewer 8-Jul
Brian and Kim Raisanen 8-Jul
Pamela and Mike Boone 10-Jul
Jane and Robert Hebert 11-Jul
Paul and Lois Ombrello 12-Jul
Steven and Vicky Racine 13-Jul
David and Katie Johnson 14-Jul
Diana and Jesse Baldini 17-Jul
Ted and Diane Houseman 17-Jul
Allen and Kathyrn Solka 20-Jul
Kathy and David Richards 21-Jul
Julie McCoy 7/1
Lucas Saron 7/1
Jennifer Irish 7/2
Scott Syrjala 7/2
Lindsey Maddock 7/3
Mary Anderson 7/4
Leigh Gervae 7/5
Robert Racine 7/5
Jeremy Harvala 7/8
Jennifer Skridulis 7/8
Lassandra Martin 7/11
Hunter Nault 7/11
David Koval 7/14
Sidney Richards 7/15
Shane Nardi 7/16
Terry Jr Alderton 7/17
Elmer Juntila 7/17
Roxanne Willey 7/19
Emily Kaare 7/20
Carole Watson 7/21
Chris Honkala 7/22
Danielle Perreault 7/23
Austin Brewer 7/24
Anthony Darga 7/24
Saddiqah Gardner 7/24
Eva LaFave 7/25
Ashley Saari 7/25
Travis Swanson 7/25
April Wickstorm 7/26
Cheryl Niemi 7/27
Michael Kindstrand 7/28
Daniel Poirier 7/29
Victor Cox 7/30
Madison Maclachlan 7/30
Melissa Kroon Harris 7/31
Riley Nault 7/31
Dale Poirier 7/31
Luke J. Vidlund 7/31
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Completed Grades 2 & 3
Mini Camp July 20-23
Onsite Day Camp-See Flyer
Completed Grades 3 & 4
Villagers July 6-11, July 13-18, July 20-25
Art Camp July 27 Aug 1
Rocket Camp July 27 Aug 1
Onsite Day Camp-See Flyer
Completed Grades 5 & 6
Vagabons July 6 11, July 13-18, July 20-25
Rocket Camp July 27 Aug 1
Night Owl August 3-8
Art Camp July 27 Aug 1
Completed Grades 7 & 8
Venturers July 6 11, July 13-18, July 20-25
Confirmation Camp July 27 Aug 1
Rocket Camp July 27 Aug 1
Night Owl Aug 3-8
Art Camp July 27 Aug 1
Completed Grades 9-12
Night Owl Aug 3-8
Adults / All Ages
Family Camp Aug 3-8
Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp

2014
Musician Needed!
Do you know of anyone
who plays piano and would
like to play in church? The person should be
competent on a piano keyboard and have a
desire to play for worship services on Sunday
mornings. The new person would play once a
month and more during various times of the
year. Carol, Laura, and Nancy arent going
anywhere but would like more flexibility in
their schedules. Training will be provided.
If interested, contact Pastor Dave at 906/486-
9083 or Laura Korte at 906/486-8758.
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HAVE A SAFE HAVE A SAFE
AND HAPPY AND HAPPY
FOURTH OF FOURTH OF
JULY JULY
Special THOUGHTS AND
PRAYERS go out to those that are
away from home defending our
freedom and our way of life!
And a THANK YOU to
those that have served!
GANGWAY TO GALILEE
AMAZING GRACE ADVENTURES
Quad Parish Vacation Bible School
Monday, July 28thThursday, July 31st, 5:308:00 pm
at Bethany Lutheran Church, Ishpeming. Supper provided
each night. Suggested donation $5/child or $10/family.
Ages 3 through 6th grade.
LET FREEDOM LET FREEDOM
RING! RING!
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Wi t h Thanks t o Those Who Ser ve i n J ul y
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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4th of July
10:30Parade
NoonAl Quaal
DuskFireworks
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July 2014
If you are unable to serve on your scheduled day, please
switch with someone or contact the following:
Irene Kindstrand, Lectors and Ushers
Cheryl Salmer, Counters
Marlene Anderson, Coffee Servers
Kathy Magnuson, Communion Servers
Cof f ee Ser ver s
07/06 Carol, Norma, Lois
07/13 Judy & Dave Garceau, Carole Watson
07/20 tba
07/27 Kathy & Dave Magnuson
Usher s
07/06 Marilee & Dave Koval
07/13 Nancy & Jerry Anderson
07/20 Rita & Bob Miller
07/27 Swanson Family
08/03 Kathy & Dave Magnuson

Lect or s
07/06 Marilee Koval
07/13 Laura Korte
07/20 Alice Johnson
07/27 Irene Kindstrand
08/03 Donna Kroon-Harris

Count er s
07/06 Elaine Maki and Jerry Kippola
07/13 Rita Miller and Elizabeth Lawer
07/20 Lee Irish and Irene Kindstrand
07/27 Helen Fredrickson and Robyn Stille
08/03 Lois Ombrello and Norma Denney

Thank You!
JulyMari Harmala
AugustCyndi Armitage
SeptemberPat Kroon
OctoberNancy Harmala
NovemberDave Magnuson
December Ken Blau
Communi on Ser ver s
Habitat for
Humanity Build
9:00 - 4:30
Mutual
Ministry
6:30pm
Share & Care
Committee
Blue Notes
ConcertOld Ish
Park 7:30pm
Council
Meeting
7pm
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Join us for service beginning at
9:30am each Sunday morning.
Vacation Bible School