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This is the January 2011 newsletter for Farmington Lutheran Church located in Farmington, MN.

Transcript of Farmington Lutheran Church January 2011 Newsletter

F a r mi n g t o n L u t h e r a n Ch u rch

T H E LI G H TJanuary 2011

Have a Safe and Blessed NewY ear!

Mark Your Calendar! FLCs Annual Meeting and Lunch Sunday, January 30th 11:30 am

Inside This Issue2 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 FLC Family News FLC in Action From the Pastor Council & Ministry Teams Adult Spiritual Growth Music News Youth News Childrens Ministry News January Service Groups January Calendar The Back Page

January Annual MeetingThe Annual Meeting of the congregation is scheduled for Sunday, January 30, immediately following the second worship service. A light lunch will be served, and child care will be available for children. We will begin the meeting even as people are eating in order to honor peoples time commitment and keep the event to a reasonable time. Could we do it in an hour? Last year we were just over 90 minutes. Among the important considerations will be (of course!) the 2011 budget and spending plan which will be included in the Annual Report that you will be able to read well in advance of the meeting. An important piece of that spending plan will hopefully include monies to fund a part-time pastor to work with Pastor Phil over the coming months. In addition, the plans for a three-year Capital Appeal / Mortgage Reduction effort will be presented, and the Transition Task Force will give an update on their first steps in their ninemonth project. We have also updated the FLC Constitution and Bylaws for congregational action. (Two informational forums have already been held for questions and comments, and copies of the updated version are available in the church office.) Most of all, though, we will be setting the stage for this important year ahead, and each member of FLC thats YOU is a critical piece in our future! So would you mark the date on your calendar and make plans to attend? Thanks for your participation in this ministry we share as Gods people.

FLC Family NewsFarmington Lutheran Church20600 Akin Road Farmington MN 55024

OWLs New Years BrunchFarmington Lutherans OWLs (Older Wiser Lutherans) are sponsoring a New Years Brunch on Wednesday, January 5th at 10:30 am. Bring a dish to pass. All seniors are welcome!

Office Hours 8:00 am4:30 pm, MondayFriday Telephone Numbers Office . 651-463-4100 Fax .. 651-463-4101 Web Address

Farmington Lutheran Staff Interim Senior Pastor Phil Walen

Ext 203

Administrative Assistant Susan Swenson Ext 200 Director of Childrens Ministries Maria Tarpinian Ext 205 Director of Youth Ministries Arlan Olson

Ext 207

Thank You!!Despite the blizzard, the childrens Christmas programs were great! A huge thank you to all the participants, their parents, and our Sunday/Wednesday school teachers for their dedication! Thanks especially to Annie Hodges and Lisa Mayleben, this years Christmas program directors. Everyone did a great job and the program was wonderful!

Director of Music Ministries Karissa Dennis Ext. 206 Communications Coordinator Diane Schmidtke Ext 201 Business Manager Shelly Lassahn Ext 217 Treasurer, Greg Lambert Custodian, Don Curwick Spiritual Care Ministers Iris Briesacher Paul Houck Diane Randall Marie Sachs

SCRIP at FLCThanks to all who purchased SCRIP cards for your holiday gift-giving! Remember, SCRIP cards are for more than just gifts! Consider purchasing SCRIP cards for your everyday shopping needs. Shopping cards are available for the places you shop every day: grocery stores, gas stations, department and discount stores, and restaurants! We have a wide variety of popular cards on-hand every week, and if you dont see what you want, we can probably order it for you! A portion of each shopping card sold will come back to the church to help support the ministry of FLC. Find more information and purchase SCRIP cards at the SCRIP table, which will be set upon Sundays between services. An all-inclusive list of participating stores is available. Cards ordered Sunday are available for pick-up the following week. You can help sell cards, too! We are looking for volunteers to help sell SCRIP gift cards on Sunday mornings. Please contact Mara Ceason 651-463-8660 or if youd be willing to volunteer. 2

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Please contact Marie Sachs at 651-399-4244 or Sue Swenson at 651-463-4100 to schedule a visit from a Spiritual Care Minister.

FLC In ActionHelpful InformationSometimes in our day-to-day life we could use a little help. This column and the items in it could be just what your looking for.

Do You Make New Year Resolutio ns?If you do, make one to join the Youth Ministry Team at Farmington Lutheran in 2011. We meet the third Tuesday of every month with the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm. See page 10 in the newsletter for an idea of what the FLC youth are involved in. If you have questions, please contact Arlan Olson, Director of Youth Ministries at 651-463-4100 ext 207 /

Prayer Chain RequestsIf you have a prayer request for the Prayer Chain, simply fill in your request on the yellow card available at weekly services, send a request via the link on the FLC website, or contact: Iris Briesacher at 651-463-7043 or viae-mail at

Prayer RequestsPrayer request cards can be found on the Information Booth in the Gathering Area as well as in the Friendship Register Books located at the end of each row in the Sanctuary. Prayer requests can always be submitted to the church office via e-mail at or by calling 651-463-4100. Written requests can be left in the Prayer Requests box at church or the offering basket during worship. Prayer requests are kept confidential unless otherwise directed.

Address Change?Please notify the church office if your snail mail or e-mail address changes 651-463-4100 or

Community OutreachIf you need assistance for daily needs of living, please check out the links provided on the FLC website: Click on Ministry Teams, Outreach and Growth, and Community Outreach.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support GroupIf you have fibromyalgia or chronic pain and would like some support or can give support within your church family please join us monthly at FLC. Our next gathering will be Friday, January 7th at 2:00 pm in the Fireside Library. Questions? Contact: June Benson 651-460-6747 (home) 651-491-2333 (cell)

Hospitalized?Please call the church office for a pastoral visit 651-463-4100.

Personal Information PolicyIt is the policy of Farmington Lutheran Church (FLC) that all personal information, including but not limited to home address, e-mail addresses and phone numbers (home, work or cell) be treated with care. All personal information received by FLC and entered into our database (Servant Keeper) or contained in our Member Directory, will not be shared or sold to any outside vendors or solicitors. Personal information will not be used to distribute information not affiliated with church business. Any personal information obtained will be for FLC use only and all who are employed or volunteer at FLC will adhere to this policy.

Craft Nite OutBring friends and chat while you do your craft on Friday, January 7th from 6:00 Midnight. Baked potato bar provided by Womens Ministry!! Hope to see you there! Any questions you can email Alison at

The deadline for the February 2011 issue of Farmington Lutheran Churchs The Light is January 15. Email comments and/or submissions to the editor, Diane Schmidtke, at: or drop off your information in the church office.

The FLC Ministry Teams will be now be meeting on the 3rd Monday or Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30 pm with devotions. If you are interested in joining any of the teams, please see page 5 or check the calendar for the teams scheduled meeting day.


From the PastorITS NOT CHRISTMAS ANYMORE IS IT?This is so weird! I am sitting here at my computer just a couple of days BEFORE Christmas with the plans for all the worship services and sermons and special visits and family stuff spinning in my head and here I am, trying to write an article that you will be reading AFTER all of that has passed, after the hubbub has come and gone, even after many of the presents are put away and the decorations are taken down. Its weird because now I have to somehow compartmentalize my pre-Christmas frenzy and put myself in a post-Christmas mindset: focusing on the New Year ahead, not candlelight worship; drawing attention to the January Annual Meeting, not the story of the manger; engaging you in ideas about our ministry staff and budget issues, not the wonder of excited children and gathered families. You know, I dont think I can do it. In fact, I dont know if I want to do it! It seems like once Christmas Eve is past, we move on from the essence of Christmas so quickly, and before we know it, Christmas has been put away for another year. So how about if I keep Christmas going right on into January with this article! Of course, I am not talking about keeping the decorations up or singing Christmas carols all month long or (heaven-forbid) going to the mall for more gifts. Instead, Im talking about seeking to retain the essence of what Christmas proclaims: the truth that Immanuel has come into the world, that God is with us. So how about if we approach every Sunday in January with the excitement of Christmas Eve, not only wanting to