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Faithfully Yours

Membership Newsletter April 2015


Faith Lutheran Church ~ Rev. David Johnson, Pastor
Matthew 7:24-25: 24 Therefore
everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise
man who built his house on the rock.
25
The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that
house; yet it did not fall, because it had
its foundation on the rock.
Well I just got back from a great trip
to Youth Encounter in Bloomington, MN
with the confirmation students. We had six
students attend this yearall boys. There is
only so much I can say about the event, and
that doesnt even break through the surface of
the experiences we had. One of the passages
that the main speaker Tiger McLuen shared
with us is this one about building your house
upon a rock. In this story that Jesus tells, the
only difference between the two builders is
that one is wise and one is foolish. The wise
one builds his house upon the rock and the
foolish one builds it in the sand.
On our trip, I had a van full of teenage
boys, and most people would look at them
and call them foolish. I mean these are the
types of guys that still laugh at farts, are
anticipating the trip to Mall of America over
anything else, would rather talk about girls
than talk about God (or anything else for that
matter), and really wanted to see how many
people could fit in the revolving door. I mean
at first glance, wise is not the first word that
would come to mind. Some would attribute it
to needing to be more mature, others would

say they need to learn more, and still others


might say that they need more life experience
before they could be considered wise.
I will tell you though, that when push
comes to shove, these young men are wise;
especially in the way Jesus describes people
who are wise. Out of all the things we did on
the trip, there were a couple of things that
were most memorable. When I asked the
guys what the most memorable part of the trip
was; the first thing that was brought up was
when we packed enough food to feed 61
children for an entire year. Let that sink in for
a moment; it wasnt the Mall of America, it
wasnt which girl was cutest, and it wasnt
about any of the other places we went toit
was packing enough food to feed 61 children
for the year.
Even in the midst of all the
excitement, there were moments throughout
the event where these young men were able to
sit and experience who God was. They
experienced God through the food packing,
the speaker, and even through my own story
that I shared with them. These young men
were able to see what its like to build their
house on the rockand hopefully they will
remain standing when the storms come.
You see, thats the other part of this
passage that Tiger McLuen shared with us.
That for both the wise and the foolish builders
the storms came, the rain fell, and the winds
blew hard. And at the end of the day, the only

From the Pastors Desk cont...


amazing in even something so ordinary? Where
have you seen God do the extraordinary? These
are the things that strengthen our faith; these are
the things that help us to build our lives on the
rock. Share these experiences, talk about them,
and hold onto them. Pray for our confirmation
students that they do the same. So that when the
storms of life come and rage (we all know they
will), that we will all be able like the wise man
and cling to the rock and remain standing when
the storm is over.

house that remained standing was the one that was


built on the rock.
All of what we experienced at Youth
Encounter, and any way in which God entered into
the lives of these young men will not keep any of
us out of the storms that this life throws at us. It
will only help us all to endure and to remain
standing even as everything else is crumbling
down around us; only as long as our foundation is
built upon the rock.

In Gods Peace, Pastor Dave

Where have you encountered God in your


life? Where have you seen God doing something

YOUTH LOCK-IN
WWW.FORTUNELAKE.ORG / 906. 875.3697

APRIL
Church Staff RetreatApril 17-18
Upper Elementary Retreat April 24-25
Grades 3-6
MAY
Adoptive Family Retreat - May 1-3
JUNE
85th Anniversary Celebration June 7

Who?
Grades 6-12 (yes, friends welcome)
When?
Friday/Saturday, April 17-18, from 7:00 pm to Noon
Where?
Wesley United Methodist Church, Ishpeming

Dear Members of Faith Lutheran Church,


Thank you for the beautiful
carnation flower and bud vase you sent
out to me on Valentines Day. You really
brightened my day. Thank you for
your thoughtfulness and many
prayers. And to Pastor Dave a big
thank you for taking time out of your
busy schedule to come out to my house
for a very nice visit.
Sincerely, Jackie Pauls

What?
Music, Food, Fun, Service, including a Harvest Pack
food packing project for children worldwide and our
local Project Feed a Neighbor food collection across
Negaunee and Ishpeming
Guest Leaders?
Youth Encounters
Captive Free East Lakes outreach team
Cost?
FREE

Sign up by April 2 with Pastor Dave


to reserve your (and friends) spot!
This is a WIN for Christ area youth event

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.

Faith Lutheran Church


Council 2015
Jeff SwansonPresident
Victor Cox Vice President
Judy SwansonSecretary

Online Devotional Resource


Our Northern Great Lakes Synod offers a
wonderful online prayer resource,
including a daily devotional thought.
Check it out at www.nglsynod.org/
prayfaithfully/daily-devotions.html

Norma Denney
Nancy Harmala
Dave Magnuson
Ross Carlson

From the Council


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George Corkin
James Harmala
Ralph Keto
Justin Saari
Marlene Harmala
Brian Honkala
Rita Miller
Jeffrey Pietro
Lisa Lampi
Tucker Hemmila
Kally Manty
Justine Henry
Heather M. Nelson
James Dobson
Theodore Smith
Darren Irish
NicholasBertucci
Elizabeth Lawer
Jonathan Saari

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4/7
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4/11
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4/12
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Tiffany Katajamaki
Ethan Salo
Barbara Carlson
KristIn Anderson
Hunter Peterson
Lois Toy
Melissa Argilan
Lorraine Wheeler
David Garceau
Beverly Korpi
Deborah Pellow
Sue Stowe
Karen Katajamaki
Marlene Anderson
Taylor Watters
Lois Ombrello
Stephanie Lake
Kathleen Waters

Douglas and Debra Kroon


David A. and Brenda Keto
Leonard and Joan Magnuson
John and Danelle Juntila

4/15
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4/19
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4/22
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4/24
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4/29
4/30

04/01
04/06
04/10
04/18

PSALM READINGS FOR APRIL


Psalm 116:1-2,12-19
Psalm 22
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Psalm 133

Psalm 4
Psalm 23

Keep in our
Prayers

Our home-bound and


nursing home
residents:
specifically
Signe Carter
Doreen LaComb

Those We Prayed
For in March
Jackie
Susie
Mark
Sandy
Kim
Danielle
Kayla
Jan
Ted
Douglas
Judy
Mike M.
Alice
Betsy
Beverly
Paige
Jeremy

Mitchell
Mike
Jackie
Bill
Pearl
Judy
Jennifer
Donna
Lorraine
Karen
Susie
Mark
Bev
Elmer
Simon

Family of Carmen Campbell


Family of Paul Coron
Family of Carl Hytinen

Faith is being
sure of what we
hope for and
certain of what
we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1

~ Faith Lutheran Church & Community ~


~ NEWS ~

Join us Easter Sunday


April 5, 2015
9:30am Continental Breakfast
10:30am Worship Service
Please note: On Easter Sunday we will not hold Sunday School, children or adults. No Confirmation that
evening nor the 12th due to Spring Break.
EVERY MONDAY, PASTOR DAVE WILL BE HAVING A CUP OF COFFEE at one of the
local places in Ishpeming form 9:30am1:00pm. Feel free to join him during this time,
weekly locations will be announced in the Sunday bulletin.
We are having a ENVELOPE DRIVE. There are 144 envelopes plus a few blank ones, in the narthex,
take one (or two) if you can and fill it with the amount on the envelope. For the blank envelopes, the
choice if yours as to how much to place in each envelope. 144 filled envelopes equals $10,000!
Proceeds of this important envelope drive will be used to offset the deficit in the church accounts.
A SUNDAE SUNDAY in planned for April 19th following worship. There will also be
sandwiches and chips served. The money raised is for the Fortune Lake Scholarship Fund.
Thank you for your continued support.
No Mutual Ministry meeting in the month of April, the next meeting will be May 4, 6:30pm.
On April 12 the CONFERENCE 8 MEETING will be held here at Faith. There will be a workshop on
Evangelism. Anyone interested my attend. The meeting begins at 3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday Worship Schedule

Contact Information

Adult Sunday School


9:15am
Childrens Sunday School 10:15am
Worship Service 10:30am - 11:30am
Communion 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays

Address: 180 County Road PPO, off County Rd 581


Ishpeming, MI 49849
Telephone: Pastor Daves Cell (651) 769-3365
Church (906) 486-9083 / Parsonage (906) 204-2401

Coffee Fellowship follows Service, each Sunday

Email: faithlutheran@faithinishpeming.com

Church Office Hours


Pastor Rev. Dave Johnson
From 10am6pm, MondayThursday; if Pastor Dave is out of the office, he is still on the
clock. Please call him on his cell phone during this time. And if you have an
EMERGENCYCALL ANYTIME: 651-769-3365.
Church Secretary, Barb Grisham
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:008:00 pm, Saturday: 8:00noon.

With Thanks to Those Who Serve


Counters

Ushers
04/05
04/12
04/19
04/26
05/03

04/05 Lois Ombrello and Norma Denney


04/12 Irene Kindstrand and Lee Irish
04/19 Debbie Kroon and Kathy Richards
04/26 Rita Miller and Helen Frederickson
05/03 Nancy Harmala and Robyn Stille

Linda Michalski and Sheila Wilson


John and Sue Hamel
Kurt, Kelly and Noah Penrose
Judy Helsten and Ann Poirier
Mike and Pam Boone

Coffee Servers

Lectors

04/05
04/12
04/19
04/26

04/05 Ilene Mattson


04/12 Irene Kindstrand
04/19 Kelly Penrose
04/26 Marilee Koval
05/03 Irene Kindstrand

If you are unable to serve on your scheduled day,


please switch with someone or contact:
Irene KindstrandLectors and Ushers
Cheryl SalmerCounters
Kathy MagnusonCommunion Servers.

Communion Servers
April
May
June

Easter Continental Breakfast


tbd
Sundae SundayFL Scholarships
tbd

Jeff Swanson
Ilene Mattson
Kathy Magnuson

April 2015
Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed
1

Thu
2
Maundy Thursday
Service 7pm

Book Study
3pm

EASTER SERVICE
Continental Breakfast,
Worship/Communion

12

Share & Care


11:30am
Conference 8 at 3pm

Sat
4

Good Friday
Service 8pm

10

11

15

16

17

18

Mens Bible
Study 10am

Finance Committee
6:30pm

13

14 Book Study

3pm
Council Meeting
6:30pm

Youth LockIn

19

20

21

Book Study
3pm

22

23

26

27

28 Book Study

29

30

Children Sing
/ Communion

SUNDAE SUNDAY

Fri

3pm

Sunday School Teacher Schedule ~ April 2015


Pre K-Kindergarten
APR 5 EASTER
APR 12 No class-spring break
APR 19 Church
APR 26 Emily Kaare
MAY 3 Kathy Richards

1st-2nd Grade
EASTER

Church
Kathy Swanson
Kay Maddock

3rd-6th Grade
EASTER

Church
Irene Kindstrand
Kelly Penrose
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