Church Service Schedule

Church services begin each Sunday at 10:00 AM to thank God for His helping us move creatively through the week just ended and to ask His continued guidance in the upcoming week.  Coffee hour follows the service in the room to the rear of the Church sanctuary.

Sunday School 

Sunday School classes for Nursery through 5th grade take place on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM. Child care for infants and toddlers is also available.

2018 April
Worship Schedule

April 8
Second Sunday of Easter
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Tigers in the Dark”
John 21:1-19

April 15
Third Sunday of Easter
Rev. Shawn Fisher preaching

April 22
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Bluegrass Sunday
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Scattered”
John 10:11-18

April 29
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Baptism
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Sucker Shoots”
John 15:1-8

 

 

 

 

Second Blessings Thrift Shop
Open every Sunday after worship for collection.
Grand Opening:  May 5, 2018
Many opportunities are available to help in this endeavor. 

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Pastor's Message...

April 2018

This Easter was the first time in my 16 years here that we were chased to the Pavilion for the Dawn Service due to rain. It was like holding worship in a wind tunnel; a very cold wind tunnel. Special thanks to Bernie Trafford for doing all the setting up and closing down, SOOP for playing the anthem, Dave Arnold and Bob Ulrich for their hot cocoa station, and Bruce Phelps for assembling the brass band. But my favorite part of the event is seeing our furry-members in attendance. As I petted each one of them [to keep my hands warm] I offered a silent blessing for each.

Speaking of Easter Sunday, we had well over 300 worshipers in attendance between the 3 services; not counting the aforementioned dogs. Gwen Lawson did a remarkable job explaining the Easter story to our kids [caterpillars to butterflies], Pastor Shawn blessed us with one of his original songs as part of his sermon at 9am, Sheryl Scheidel ROCKED a table full of bells for the Hallelujah Chorus, and the Choir was at the top of its game. Special thanks to our deacons [under the leadership of John Henrikson and Terri Reid] for doing triple duty on an already busy day for families.

The Sunday after Easter is playfully called “Cannonball Sunday”, because our spiritual fore-fathers and mothers used to believe that attendance was so low the week after Easter, that you could fire a cannonball down the center row of pews and not hit anyone. Let’s prove them wrong. Besides, our media guru BT Odoy will be covering for vacationing Dave Mulligan… and he’ll be playing the organ! We should show him a little love and support for his courage, and his musical talents. He’s now learning the accordion. I’m wondering…are there any Christian Polkas?

Some of our deacons recently shared with me that a few of our worshipers have asked them why I don’t wear my robe more often. Apparently, I look remarkably handsome in it [smiles]. It’s a fair question…so here’s an honest answer; robes are trending down. Just like many pastors no longer wear a clerical collar [I have one by the way], many of them believe that a more “formal” appearance works against the church appearing more inviting and casual. It also makes the pastor seem more accessible. I take it as a compliment when people are surprised to hear I’m a pastor. It means I’m not wearing my faith on my puffy sleeves, but instead letting others know I’m a Christian by my love. That said, you can expect to see me “robed up” most Communion Sundays, for weddings and funerals, at Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter and Baptism Sundays. I even pull out my formal black robe on Maundy Thurs. And I actually wear my clerical collar on All Saints Sunday. I look like Father Flannigan though.

Our puppets are about to become orphans soon. Maybe you can help. Once this Sunday School season is completed in June, we’ll hang the puppets up in the balcony closet without a plan to bring them out again anytime soon. We have kids who love performing with them, but no adult leaders to work with them. Miss Gwen will be taking over the Freshman Confirmation Class in the fall, which will leave her unavailable to lead our puppet troupe. Maybe you haven’t found your place to serve here at the church yet. Maybe you like to express your faith creatively and playfully. Maybe you’re the perfect person to shepherd a bunch of puppets to share the “good news”. Come see me or Gwen.

Finally….I’d love to hold another Flying Pig Sunday here at the Church sometime in May or June. However, you’d have to promise me you’ll bring a friend or two. We even have an offer from one of our members to have a pig roast that day. We’ll need help to make it happen. Who’s in?!!

In the Spirit,

Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr Senior Pastor
Associate Pastor
David Mulligan Music Director
Gwen Lawson

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and Junior Youth Group

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