Faith News - 6/25
Jesus states that those who welcome us welcome him and also welcome God.
Jesus lifts up showing hospitality to prophets and little ones, promising reward to those who welcome the outcasts of the community. These are the righteous ones who come to God and the powerless children that God beckons to come to him. The smallest act of welcome includes a cup of water, reminding us to share him as living water to those who thirst to feel welcome and included in the world.
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We will offer our joint services with Salem Lutheran Church and you can find us at the following link through our Facebook page:
TAKE PART IN BUILDING COMMUNITY.
This Sunday the Gospel scripture looks at how hospitality is a crucial part of the church. What is interesting is that Jesus talks about the blessedness of those who are welcoming. He gives us the image of welcoming him and welcoming God through welcoming his messengers. We are called to be grateful for those who welcome us and then welcome others as Jesus does.
Faith Lutheran provides online worship services in partnership with Salem Church each Sunday. Please stay tuned for any announcements of our re-opening plans as we continue to meet through our Facebook page.
VIRTUAL CHOIR: YOUR VOICE NEEDS HEARD
We are blessed to keep offering our gifts to online worship such as participation in the virtual choirs, reading scriptures, and sharing our prayers together. Thank you for everyone who has taken part to date! If you would like to try this,
please contact Sid Meier.
A Message from the Council President:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Faith News & More
BOOK TALK: ALMOST TWO HUNDRED REGISTERED SO FAR
Last Chance to sign up for tickets is this Sunday! Author Lenny Duncan of "Dear Church" will be speaking on July 1st from 7 - 9 PM EST. This webinar originally sold out but has been expanded so that more can attend. It has become a national event and you will not want to miss it. All tickets sales and donations will go to help support racial equality locally in the Cockeysville and Baltimore county area. Lenny has asked in particular for some funding to go to help black mothers to purchase internet access to have during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Here is the link you will need to get tickets:
We are blessed to have Lenny speak to us to help us address racism and violence in our communities.
WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP CANCELLED FOR JULY 1
Because of the Lenny Duncan event next week, the Wednesday night fellowship will take a break and resume again on July 8th. Check-in with our online Zoom gathering this summer. If you haven't received the link, please contact email@example.com.
RE-OPENING TEAM UPDATE
A re-opening team is working on a return to in-person worship at Faith. They have had two meetings so far to determine the safe capacity for social distance worship in the sanctuary and the internet requirements for live streaming the worship service. The next steps include boosting the internet signal in the building and planning the safest way to offer vocal music. The team members are John Hummel, Dale Rohn, Maryellen Reek, Ken Krach, and Pastor Micah. We will continue to have online worship even as we get to reopening stages so that those who are most vulnerable still have access to worship.
MEN OF FAITH JULY MEETING IN-PERSON
The men's group is going back to Ashland Cafe to meet Saturday, July 11th at 7:45 am. Please note the new time! Contact John Shober if you cannot attend in-person and want to discuss a possible online option for joining in. After this, the Men of Faith group plans to resume meeting at Ashland Cafe on the first Saturdays of the month at 7:45 am.
PASTORAL OFFICE HOURS
Pastor Micah is available for calls and video chats from 9:30 am -12:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please check-in if you need to talk and have someone listen to your concerns.