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Here is a reprint of the bulletin that was handed out at this week's worship service:

Church Come And: See Me; Feel Me; Touch Me; Heal Me
This is the third season of the church year - the one we call the Time after Epiphany. It is more commonly referred to as the season of Epiphany. It is the time of manifestation. It is the time of insight. It is the time of revelation. Epiphany is the making known of Jesus as the Savior - God incarnate - God with us - God for us - who will bring us back into relationship with God forever.

Throughout our lives as we grow we have sudden insights or sudden revelations or what we may call epiphany moments. It is the moment that the “light bulb” goes off in our heads/brains and we gleefully shout “ now I understand” or even “ now I see” or more commonly “WOW - I get it” And when that epiphany happens we look back on events in our lives with a new insight. We see things differently. We may even understand outcomes differently. And we move forward in our interactions and experiences differently.

Our Epiphany focus this year will be about experiencing Jesus’ call to us in a new way. This season we will explore what it means to be called by Jesus to “Come and…” Through the gospel of Mark, over the next 4 weeks together we will hear Jesus saying to the disciples and to us today “Come And… See Me; Come and Feel Me; Come and Touch Me; Come and Heal Me.”

So the invitation has been set for you to you - “Come And”…. let the Holy Spirit open your mind and your heart so that you too may have that epiphany moment where you gleefully shout “WOW - I get it."

January is Lutheran World Relief Service Month!
Would you like to do something hands-on for displaced people? Living Faith will be participating in two Lutheran World Relief (LWR) projects all of which can be done at home and brought to worship on Sunday, February 4th for blessing and dedication.

Project Promise Personal Care Kits: Prepare a Personal Care Kit that will be shared with someone who has lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence.

What is needed for a Project Promise Personal Care Kit?
1 bath towel (light to medium weight)
2 bars or three 8 or 9 ounce bars of soap
One toothbrush in the packaging
One sturdy comb
One metal nail clippers, out of the package

Fold the towel in half, place the items in the towel, fold and roll and secure with ribbon, string or rubber bands

Project Promise Bars of Soap: No one likes to be dirty. A brand new bar of soap lets someone present him- or herself with dignity, keep hands clean and stay healthy.

What is needed for Project Promise Bars of Soap?
Individual new wrapped bars of soap (any brand)
Bath Size Bars are preferred (4-5 oz)

Living Faith Church Giving Envelopes Available
The 2018 Living Faith Church Giving Envelopes have arrived. For those who like to give their monetary offering via cash or check, numbered and pre-printed dated envelopes are now available for you to use. Each “set” contains envelopes that contain a number as well as a giving date. The number on each envelope is static while the date will reflect the Sunday giving date. Since this is the first time we are using a numerical envelope system, there is no need for you to tell us which set of envelopes you are taking. When you use them the first time, your name and number will be recorded in the Living Faith management system. Thank you for your continued financial stewardship of the work God is doing through Living Faith!

Kids4Christ Sunday School
Our Kids4Christ Sunday School is currently on a break with our teachers planning for the new curriculum which begins next Sunday, January 21st. We are in need of Sunday School teachers. Please see Sharon Corcoran if you are interested in assisting in this critical ministry for our children.

Save the Date

Monday, January 15th 11AM-1PM Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service
The Caribbean American Cultural Group presents the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service on Monday, January 15th from 11AM - 1PM -at Sunlight Community Church. The guest speaker this year is the Reverend Doctor Ray Hammond who is the founder and senior pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston, MA. Sunlight Community Church is located at 477 Cashmere Blvd, PSL 34986.

Sunday, January 28th - Living Faith Annual Congregation Meeting
The Living Faith Annual Congregation Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th at 11:30 AM. Please mark your calendars for this very important meeting where you will hear about the ministry work that has been done since our Organization Meeting on April 30, 2017; review the 2017 Financials; vote on the 2018 Spending Plan and elect new council members.

Happening This Week

Monday, January 15th 8:30 AM - Faith and Fitness Walk
If you have made a commitment to spend intentional time on your physical and spiritual health, then the weekly Faith and Fitness Walk is a wonderful way to turn that intention into reality. It is a wonderful way to start your day and your week - gathered together outdoors for a devotion (Faith) and a walk (Fitness). We meet at the Living Faith Church property (just open land) which is located at the corner of SW Community Blvd. and SW Rowley Way. Parking on the land is available or you can park in the lot just across from the gated entrance to Victoria Parc on SW Community Blvd. Don’t forget to bring water with you. See you there!!

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Wednesday, January 17th 9AM-3PM, Living Faith Congregation Council Off-Site
The Living Faith Congregation Council Off-Site is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th from 9AM-3PM at the Brennity in Tradition. If you have any questions regarding then location please speak with George Scheuerlein at (772) 345-4943.

Wednesday, January 17th 7PM-8PM, Small Group Bible Study
Our Small Group Bible Study on Wednesday, January 17th will be at the Bedford Park Clubhouse. Bring your Bible and a thirst for learning and delving deeply into the story of the Apostles in the Book of Acts. The Bedford Park Clubhouse is located at the corner of Waterway Lane and Joseph Lane in the un-gated community of Bedford Park in Tradition.

Friday, January 19th 8:30 AM - NO Bridge Outreach Food Distribution this week
There is no Bridge Outreach Food Distribution this week. Next Distribution is Friday, January 26th.

Servers for today, Sunday, January 14th

Greeters: Chris Zichella
Ushers: David Pierz, Tina Corrado
Communion Assistants: TBA

Refreshments lovingly provided by: Lucille Blaesi
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This week's prayers - 01-14-18
In case you were not able to worship with us this Sunday, we invite you to pray the prayers that were read during worship service.
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This week's bulletin. A copy of the bulletin that was handed out at our 01-07-18 worship service...

Baptized Stewards of God’s Grace: 2018 Stewardship Affirmation Practices
Many were away during our time of reflection, conversation and affirmation of what it means to be a child of God, entrusted with gifts from God that have been graciously given. This morning as we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord, we remember our own baptism and how the gift of the Holy Spirit has changed our lives here on earth. This morning we call to mind again the promises given and how we are called to live anew.

As God’s grace was poured out upon us at our baptism in the water with God’s promise of grace, mercy and forgiveness given through Jesus Christ, we became a member of God’s family. And as children of God, disciples of Christ, we affirm a new way of being. Living in this world with its many demands can cause us to forget about these affirmations. For 2018, this Living Faith community - all of us together - are called to engage in 3 specific practices that will strengthen our trust in the Lord: Give Generously, Worship Regularly and Serve Joyfully.

If you have not done so, please take time this week to review the Living Faith 2018 Stewardship Affirmation Card. Set aside intentional time to pray, reflect and affirm the ways in which you will strengthen your walk with Christ and your stewardship of the gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure over the coming twelve months. Then complete the Living Faith 2018 Stewardship Affirmation Card and return it in the offering plate next Sunday. For those who have completed their 2018 Affirmations, now is the time to put those affirmations into practice. Through these practices, we will all be brought to a new and deeper life in which we Live into our Faith (trust) in our Faithful (gracious and loving) God.

Living Faith Church Giving Envelopes Available
The 2018 Living Faith Church Giving Envelopes have arrived. For those who like to give their monetary offering via cash or check, numbered and pre-printed dated envelopes are now available for you to use. Each “set” contains envelopes that contain a number as well as a giving date. The number on each envelope is static while the date will reflect the Sunday giving date. Since this is the first time we are using a numerical envelope system, there is no need for you to tell us which set of envelopes you are taking. When you use them the first time, your name and number will be recorded in the Living Faith management system. Thank you for your continued financial stewardship to support the work God is doing through Living Faith!

Kids4Christ Sunday School
Our Kids4Christ Sunday School is currently on a break with our teachers planning for the new curriculum which begins on Sunday, January 21st. We are in need of Sunday School teachers. Please see Sharon Corcoran if you are interested in assisting in this critical ministry for our children.

Save the Dates

Saturday - January 13th - It’s Time to Celebrate!!
On Saturday, January 13th Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palm City will celebrate their 30th anniversary as an organized congregation in the ELCA. January, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Immanuel Lutheran was the first congregation to organize under the newly formed ELCA on January 1, 1988. Immanuel has been instrumental in the launch of Living Faith Church.

On January 13, 2013, when Immanuel celebrated their 25th anniversary, an announcement was made that a new Mission Developer - Pastor Maryanne Kehlenbach - would begin ministry work in the Tradition community on July 1, 2013. Immanuel has been a prayer partner as well as a strong financial supporter of Living Faith Church to help “get us off the ground”. With their support and through the work of the Holy Spirit Living Faith Church organized as a congregation in the ELCA on April 20, 2017.

It is fitting that we should celebrate our organization as a congregation with Immanuel on January 13, 2018. We will gather at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palm City at 4:30 PM for a celebratory worship service followed by a pot-luck hosted by both congregations. Mark this date on your calendar as together our congregations celebrate the ministry work in Palm City and Tradition. The newly elected Bishop Pedro Suarez will be joining all of us in this wonderful celebration! Immanuel Lutheran Church is located at 2655 SW Immanuel Dr, Palm City, FL 34990

January 28th - Living Faith Annual Congregation Meeting
The Living Faith Annual Congregation Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th at 11:30 AM. Please mark your calendars for this very important meeting where you will hear about the ministry work that has been done since our Organization Meeting on April 30, 2017; review the 2017 Financials; vote on the 2018 Spending Plan and elect new council members.

Happening This Week

Monday, January 8th 8:30 AM - Faith and Fitness Walk

If you have made a commitment to spend intentional time on your physical and spiritual health, then the weekly Faith and Fitness Walk is a wonderful way to turn that intention into reality. It is a wonderful way to start your day and your week - gathered together outdoors for a devotion (Faith) and a walk (Fitness). We meet at the Living Faith Church property (just open land) which is located at the corner of SW Community Blvd. and SW Rowley Way. Parking on the land is available or you can park in the lot just across from the gated entrance to Victoria Parc on SW Community Blvd. Don’t forget to bring water with you. See you there!!

Wednesday, January 10th 7PM-8PM, Small Group Bible Study
We begin our Small Group Bible Study on Wednesday, January 10th at the Bedford Park Clubhouse. Our next study is scheduled for Wednesday, January 10th at the Bedford Park Clubhouse. Bring your Bible and a thirst for learning and delving deeply into the story of the Apostles in the Book of Acts. The Bedford Park Clubhouse is located at the corner of Waterway Lane and Joseph Lane in the un-gated community of Bedford Park in Tradition.

Thursday, January 11th 7PM - Living Faith Congregation Council Meeting
The January, 2018 Living Faith Congregation Council will be held at 7PM on Thursday, January 11th at the Bedford Park Clubhouse. The meeting materials are available for pickup today. Please see Jeannie Boyle for your monthly packet.

Friday, January 12th 8:30 AM - Bridge Outreach Food Distribution.
We will gather at 8:30 am in front of Pastor Maryanne's house (10426 SW Waterway Ln in the ungated Bedford Park section of Tradition) and head over to Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3) to assist with the Bridge Outreach outdoor food distribution. All are invited to participate in this rewarding ministry. If you would like to go directly to the site, TC3 is located at 20 NE Dixie Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.

Saturday, January 13th 4:30 PM - Living Faith and Immanuel Joint Celebration
Living Faith Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church will be celebrating together the work that God has done through these 2 faith communities. Immanuel will be celebrating their 30th anniversary as an organized congregation and Living Faith will be celebrating their organizing as a congregation! This celebration is about you and how God is using you as the church today! Come and be a part of this exciting commemoration.

Servers for today, Sunday, January 7th

Greeters: Sue Long
Ushers: Larry Walker, Phil Long
Communion Assistants: Jeannie Boyle, Sharon Plant, Pat Walker 2

Refreshments lovingly provided by: Ed and Emilie Luddy
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This week's prayers - 01-07-18
In case you were not able to worship with us this Sunday, we invite you to pray the prayers that were read during worship service.
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The first step is to invite and then let the Holy Spirit take over. Invite someone to worship with us - Sundays at 10:00 AM

 

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I love to watch pastor Crank on Faith church on Sundays. Asap I want to find a congregation near me. Lets go Shirley Freitas together!

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A New Year's Prayer

Lord, You make all things new
You bring hope alive in our hearts
And cause our Spirits to be born again.

Thank you for this new year
For all the potential it holds.
Come and kindle in us
A mighty flame
So that in our time, many will see the wonders of God
And live forever to praise Your glorious name.

Amen

(A modern prayer for the New Year from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
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A New Years Prayer

Lord, You make all things new
You bring hope alive in our hearts 
And cause our Spirits to be born again.

Thank you for this new year
For all the potential it holds.
Come and kindle in us 
A mighty flame
So that in our time, many will see the wonders of God
And live forever to praise Your glorious name.

Amen

(A modern prayer for the New Year from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

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New Years Eve Worship Service today at 10:00 AM. Come, all are welcome.

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This is Us

It has been an exciting year for Living Faith Church. It is the year that we organized as a congregation in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). It is the year that you said yes to moving from a new mission start to an organized legal entity whose vision is to make known to all the forgiveness, love, and mercy of God’s grace given through Jesus Christ. It is the year that Living Faith Church elected its first congregation council. It is the year that Living Faith Church called its first pastor - Reverend Maryanne Kehlenbach. It is the year that Living Faith Church adopted its code of practice for governance and structure beginning with the statement of purpose that the Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world. So Living Faith Church is you. Living Faith Church is me. Living Faith Church is us. Us - created by God in Christ - a people connected with a purpose.

There is a television show on NBC that is in its third season and became a hit series in its first season. Everyone has been talking about that show which is called “This is Us”. It is the story of a family that is not perfect - a family that has triumphs and tragedies. It is a series that depicts the complications of real and honest relationships. It is a show that depicts the brokenness and difficulties of life. It is honest and raw - a story that connects us together in our humanity. It is the story of a family with members that are growing and maturing together.

That is exactly who we are as God’s children - a family who is working through the ups and downs of life. We are a family that celebrates together and grieves together. We are a family that doesn’t always get it right, but engages in conversation together with Christ as our center. We are a family that has been given a specific purpose of living out our trust in God by pointing to, participating in, and at times co-creating God’s work in the world. We are a family that is growing and maturing together. We are a family welcoming all of God’s children without judgement and condemnation and so we are a growing, expanding and inclusive family.

On this last day of the calendar year of 2017, we gather together once again with Christ as the center of our lives. We gather around Word and Sacrament and remember that we are beloved, forgiven, reconciled children of a a gracious God who loves unconditionally. What a wonderful way to celebrate the end of this year 2107 - hearing the story of us in the story of God. God’s story is THE Story of Us!

Blessings,
Pastor Maryanne
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This is Us

It has been an exciting year for Living Faith Church. It is the year that we organized as a congregation in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). It is the year that you said yes to moving from a new mission start to an organized legal entity whose vision is to make known to all the forgiveness, love, and mercy of God’s grace given through Jesus Christ. It is the year that Living Faith Church elected its first congregation council. It is the year that Living Faith Church called its first pastor - Reverend Maryanne Kehlenbach. It is the year that Living Faith Church adopted its code of practice for governance and structure beginning with the statement of purpose that the Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world.  So Living Faith Church is you. Living Faith Church is me. Living Faith Church is us. Us - created by God in Christ - a people connected with a purpose. 

There is a television show on NBC that is in its third season and became a hit series in its first season. Everyone has been talking about that show which is called “This is Us”. It is the story of a family that is not perfect - a family that has triumphs and tragedies. It is a series that depicts the complications of real and honest relationships. It is a show that depicts the brokenness and difficulties of life. It is honest and raw - a story that connects us together in our humanity. It is the story of a family with members that are growing and maturing together.

That is exactly who we are as God’s children - a family who is working through the ups and downs of life. We are a family that celebrates together and grieves together. We are a family that doesn’t always get it right, but engages in conversation together with Christ as our center. We are a family that has been given a specific purpose of living out our trust in God by pointing to, participating in, and at times co-creating God’s work in the world.  We are a family that is growing and maturing together. We are a family welcoming all of God’s children without judgement and condemnation and so we are a growing, expanding and inclusive family. 

On this last day of the calendar year of 2017, we gather together once again with Christ as the center of our lives. We gather around Word and Sacrament and remember that we are beloved, forgiven, reconciled children of a a gracious God who loves unconditionally. What a wonderful way to celebrate the end of this year 2107 - hearing the story of us in the story of God. God’s story is THE Story of Us!

Blessings,
Pastor Maryanne

 

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The Perfect Description of our Church! Thank you for being there for us and guiding us each Sunday, giving us the Word and direction for our lives, as Directed by God. We all Love you!

All I feel like saying, first thank you Pastor Maryanne. Then "Onward Christian Soldiers" 💒✝

May God continue to bless your congregation and guide your leadership

AMEN

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Santa Cruz del Islote is a tiny island with less than a hectare (about 2.5 acres or 2 soccer fields) of land. On the island, there is limited access to water, food, and electricity, but 45 families still eke out a living in 97 houses on 12,000 square yards of land. That’s around four times as dense as the population of Manhattan. Santa Cruz del Islote does not have enough space for a church. That doesn't stop this island resident from taking time out of his day to give thanks and praise to our Lord. ... See MoreSee Less

Santa Cruz del Islote is a tiny island with less than a hectare (about 2.5 acres or 2 soccer fields) of land. On the island, there is limited access to water, food, and electricity, but 45 families still eke out a living in 97 houses on 12,000 square yards of land. That’s around four times as dense as the population of Manhattan. Santa Cruz del Islote does not have enough space for a church. That doesnt stop this island resident from taking time out of his day to give thanks and praise to our Lord.Image attachment

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As we get ready to start the new year let us pray:

"Almighty God, your mission is to redeem the world. Inspire us by your Holy Spirit with passion and courage so we can join you in that work. Open our eyes to see you moving in our community. Open our ears to hear your call. Open our hearts to love our neighbors. Open our minds to imagine new ways of sharing the good news about Jesus in the world. AMEN".
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As we get ready to start the new year let us pray: 

Almighty God, your mission is to redeem the world. Inspire us by your Holy Spirit with passion and courage so we can join you in that work. Open our eyes to see you moving in our community. Open our ears to hear your call. Open our hearts to love our neighbors. Open our minds to imagine new ways of sharing the good news about Jesus in the world. AMEN.

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In the Venn diagram below, we see two critical factors symbolized by the two circles. On the left, the mission of the church – on the right, the passion of a volunteer.

Ministry happens in the overlap where mission and passion meet.

What is your passion? How can you help the mission of Living Faith Church? As we begin a new year please take some time to think and pray about how you can help Living Faith Church with it's mission. Have questions? Please see Pastor Maryanne or any member of an existing ministry. There are plenty of opportunities. Make 2018 your "year of ministry".
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In the Venn diagram below, we see two critical factors symbolized by the two circles. On the left, the mission of the church – on the right, the passion of a volunteer.

Ministry happens in the overlap where mission and passion meet. 

What is your passion? How can you help the mission of Living Faith Church? As we begin a new year please take some time to think and pray about how you can help Living Faith Church with its mission. Have questions? Please see Pastor Maryanne or any member of an existing ministry. There are plenty of opportunities. Make 2018 your year of ministry.
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