SUNDAY DRIVE Faith Formation and Service Projects

drive logoALL GENERATION FAITH FORMATION – Join us Sunday mornings following worship for Sunday Drive, a learning & fellowship time for all ages.  There’s coffee and refreshments served from 11:30 to 11:50 am with FAITH5 time where we Share highs and lows.  Read a Bible verse or story.  Talk about how the Bible reading speaks to you.  Pray for one another’s highs and lows.  Bless one another.  Then 11:50 to 1:00 will be children’s Sunday School & Confirmation lessons and high school & adult study/activity time.  Special Activities and Service Projects during Lent will be:

2/11  Make Lenten Devotion Bags and MARDI GRAS POTLUCK LUNCH!

2/18  FAITH5 only (during Mid Winter Break)

2/25  Easter Bags for Independence Village

3/4  NOAH lunch packing

3/11  Humane Society donations and lunch outing

Wed. 3/14 Worship & Irish party at Independence Village

3/18  Walk through Holy Week

3/25  FAITH5 only, Palm/Passion Sunday

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FAITH5 Musings: Have you not known? Have you not heard?

What is your mood? Is it one of weariness? That’s how the Jewish people felt in their exile. They were ready to give up; they felt as though God had forgotten them. But, the prophet Isaiah had a message for them – God had not forgotten. In fact, God’s power and strength were available to them. All they had to do was wait on the Lord. Wait? Hadn’t they already waited long enough? We often have these same feelings but God’s power is available to us also and this is what will help us win the race of life.

Brainstorm: “What is wrong in my world?” Life can be difficult. Maybe you or a family member has received a diagnosis of cancer. Maybe there is tension between you and another family member or you and a friend. Maybe you have lost a loved one. Maybe you or a loved one face depression or other mental illness. Maybe you or a loved one face financial difficulties. The list goes on and on. Life demands courage from each of us at different points. Now, think about the woes of the Jews in exile. They faced difficult times also – and God saw them through!

Study the Word of God: “Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”?  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:27-31

Questions to ponder: How do these words make you feel? Do they give you hope? Courage? What will you do to put these words into action this week?

 What does this mean for your life? What can you do to get through the challenges of life? First, you can exchange your weakness for God’s strength. We cannot make it on our own strength but God is big and strong enough to handle anything. Second, you need to wait hopefully on God who will lead you through – one step at a time. Open your heart to receive God’s gift of wings to soar and legs to run with endurance to finish the race!

Pray: Heavenly God, you are awesome. Thank you that you do not faint or grow weary and you understand the challenges that we face. Please help us to turn to you for strength and courage to conquer our daily trials. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Come and sing!

Come sing with us! We’re going to start working on a cantata for Palm/Passion Sunday on Thursday, February 15, 7:15-8:00. This beautiful musical work, “Canticle of the Cross” will be sure to inspire and prepare your hearts for Holy Week. It would be very cool if we have a large choir to go along with the chamber orchestra 💜 It is just a 6 week commitment … No experience necessary.

Dale Diane Love, Interim Director of Music Ministries.

34727E69-7603-4886-A137-735F7C59F5ABHere are some music samples.

FAITH5 Musings for January 28

What is a prophet?  Deuteronomy 18:15-20

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A prophet is someone who speaks for God, someone who tells others God’s message.  A prophet does not predict the future as much as tell the truth about the present from God’s point of view.  The person who stands up to friends saying “that is not right,”  “someone is going to get hurt,” or “we’ll get in trouble” is a prophet.  We should both listen for prophets and be prophets for God.

“Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God!”

Why do we say these words? These words remind us that what was just read was not just something any person thought, but that it came from God.  Our response is just as important – “THANKS BE TO GOD!”  We could just yawn or say “if you say so” or ignore it.  Or, we can respond in such a way that says  – I heard what you read and know it comes from God and am paying attention.

Fun bible activity:

Look at the books of the Old Testament. Which are the prophetic books? Each has the name of the prophet who wrote it. There are three major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. After the three major prophets is the book of Daniel. Then there are twelve minor prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habukkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. These are not the only books in the Bible about people who speak for God.  Prophet’s stories are everywhere.  The four gospels at the beginning of the New Testament are about Jesus, who spoke and lived God’s message.

Study the Word of God:

“Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command.”  Deuteronomy 18:18

Questions to ponder: Is God raising up prophets today? If so, who are they?

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40  New International Version (NIV)

Thanks to your generous support of the 2017 Families in Need Christmas Project, we provided gifts of clothing, toys, personal hygiene products and Meijer food cards to 19 families for a combined total of 63 people – nine adults and 54 children!!!  Nine families were from Randolph Elementary School and ten families were from Salem Lutheran Church in Flint.

The project begins in November with Share the Bounty.  We are very grateful for all the beautiful items that were donated for our auction and for the amazing support we get from members of our congregation, their families and friends, our Tiny Tots Preschool and the staff at Randolph Elementary School.   Lisa Hissong coordinated the menu for our refreshments and put her special touch on it to make everything look amazing.   Thank you to Lisa and her team – Marty Schmidt, Joan Gaul, Teresa Newman, Karen Hissong, and Peggy Nelson.   Thank you to Marty and Dick Schmidt for selling the tickets at the door.  Yvonne Harris and her daughter Rhonda Cinnamon wrapped the bread for our table centerpieces again this year.  Thanks ladies for another job well done!!  The Dearborn Saxophone Quartet entertained us with music before, during and after the event.  Thanks guys!!

Our corporate sponsors play a huge role in the success of this event.  Our sincere appreciation is extended to:

A project of this magnitude requires a lot of coordination.   Mrs. Jennifer Wilson from Randolph Elementary School and Pastor Monica Villarreal from Salem Lutheran Church did an amazing job of identifying the families needing assistance and providing us with detailed information so we could make Christmas a little bit brighter for them.   They also made sure the gifts were safely delivered to each of the families.

We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who donated an auction item for Share the Bounty, attended the event, purchased raffle tickets, shopped for clothing for our families, shopped for gifts from the Angel Tree, wrapped the gifts on December 10th and helped with the delivery of the gifts to Salem Lutheran Church and Randolph Elementary School.   Special thanks to Jim Ash and Dick Casper for braving the winter snowstorm to Flint and getting us safely back to Livonia!!   They are our special reindeers!!

WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!!

The Families In Need Christmas Project Leadership Team

Margaret Ash, Joan Gaul, Lisa Hissong, Debbie Lafontaine, Peggy Nelson, Kathy Weinberg