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

Transcript of Farmington Lutheran Church May 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 TMay 2011

Plant Pick-upDont forget that if you ordered plants from the youth you may pick them up on Saturday, May 7th from 10:30am11:30am. Please make arrangements to have them picked up or call Arlan so he can set your order aside for later pick up.

PLANNING AHEAD: WORSHIP SCHEDULESSummer Worship Begins Later this MonthIts May already, and that means that beginning on Memorial Day weekend (May 28/29), we will embark on our Summer Worship Schedule: Saturday night worship at 5pm Sunday morning worship at 8:30 and 9:45amNOTE TIMES

Check out Page 6 to see whos joining us at FLC and whos retiring! AGAPE* at FLC See the Back Page for Details

This year, on the first Sunday of each month (June 5, July 3, Aug 7, Sept 4), the 9:45am service will be held outdoors on our grounds in the beauty of Gods creation.

Looking ahead: Worship Next FallBeginning the weekend after Labor Day (Sept 10/11), you will notice a slight change in our September-May Worship Schedule: Saturday night worship at 5pm Sunday morning worship at 8:30 and 10:45am Learning and Fellowship time at 9:45amNOTE CHANGE

History and Rationale: This schedule was approved by the Church Council after significant deliberation and input from a number of ministry teams (including Worship & Music, Adult Spiritual Growth, Childrens Ministry). The schedule is designed to include an expanded time between services to better accommodate fellowship and learning opportunities for people of all ages. In September of 2008, the Sunday morning schedule was changed to our current schedule of 9:00 and 10:30am. Prior to that, Sunday services were held at 8:00 and 10:30. This new 8:30/10:45 model will be more consistent with the historical Sunday morning pattern which provides earlier worship for those who so desire, offers an important fellowship and learning time between services, and still concludes worship before noon. The time between services will provide opportunities for (a) extended fellowship, (b) regular adult opportunities for education or informational forums on important issues, (c) additional Sunday School classes, and (d) Sunday morning Youth gatherings. The schedule will reduce some of the rush between services for pastors, musicians, ushers, and worship leaders, will potentially ease some parking congestion, and will allow a designated time for a third middle service when necessary on festival Sundays (i.e., Easter). NOTE: Sunday School will continue to be offered concurrent with service times (as it is now) with classes offered between services as well.

Inside This Issue2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 FLC Family News FLC In Action From the Pastor Council & Ministry Teams FLC News FLC In Action Music News Childrens Ministry News Youth Ministry May Service Groups May Calendar The Back Page

FLC Family NewsBaptized in AprilChase Thomas Annis, son of Jeffrey and Leslie Annis Kayla Jane Annis, daughter of Jeffrey and Leslie Annis Emily Jean Atwood, daughter of Anthony and Erika Atwood Caleb John Jennison, son of Andrew and Carrie Jennison Evelyn Mary Jennison, daughter of Anthony and Anna Jennison Izabelle Lea Donnellan Siebenaler, daughter of Richard and Jane Siebenaler Andrew Richard Tahtinen, son of James and Sammi Tahtinen

Farmington Lutheran Church20600 Akin Road Farmington MN 55024 Office Hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, Friday Telephone Numbers Office . 651-463-4100 Fax .. 651-463-4101 Web Address

We Mourned the Loss and Celebrated the Life ofMargaret Gjerning

Thank You!As this academic year comes to a close, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who have graciously and generously dedicated their time and musical gifts. I appreciate each of you, whether you sing in a choir, ring bells, participate in a Praise Band, are a piano accompanist, or have provided special music. It is so rewarding to share fellowship together and praise God with our voices and instruments! Each of you is a blessing to our music program and congregation Karissa Dennis, Director of Music Ministries Thank you to Tom Ryan for purchasing new signs posted near the sanctuary entrance, defibrillator, outside doors, and one pointing out the restrooms and changing stations. Thanks also for the new usher name tags!

Farmington Lutheran Staff Interim Senior Pastor Phil Walen

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

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Director of Music Ministries Karissa Dennis Ext. 206 Communications Coordinator Diane Schmidtke Ext 201 Business Manager Shelly Lassahn Ext 208 Treasurer, Greg Lambert Spiritual Care Ministers Iris Briesacher Paul Houck Diane Randall Marie Sachs

Thank You Volunteers! A special thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who have helped make our Childrens Ministries programs run so smoothly this past school year! Dont forget to thank a volunteer today!!

From 360 Communities Thank you for your investment in our community. Your gift to 360 Communities is more than a donation to our organization. It is a personal statement of your desire to positively shape the future of our community. On March 22, 2011 we received your gift of $500.00 and 77 pounds of food to support 360 Communities Farmington Food Shelf. Thank you for being an ambassador of 360 Communities by telling others about our work in the community and your personal partnership with us. Regards, Laurie Rieb, Director of Development

Marilyn Emond June Benson

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.

Welcome New Members!On Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, Farmington Lutheran Church will be blessed with new members! Please stop and introduce yourself and welcome them into our church family.

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

Address Change?Please notify the church office if your snail mail or e-mail address changes 651-463-4100 or Dan, Colleen, Aliyah & Blake Emerson Curt Hjort & Heidi Thompsen Jon Fellows & Amber Janaszak

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.

Hospitalized?Please call the church office for a pastoral visit 651-463-4100. Kevin, Anitra, Clara & Drew Kurtzweil Marvin & Maxine Priebe Brian, Stacie, Kelin & Brody Rasmussen

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.

Clint, Jackie, Paige & Landon Williams

OWLs - Older Wiser LutheransJoin the OWLs on Wednesday mornings at FLC beginning at 9:30 a.m. for Bible study, devotions, coffee and fellowship.

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

Baptism ClassIf you would like to be baptized or if you have a child or children to be baptized, please plan on attending the next baptism class at FLC on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 7-8 pm. Register at the Welcome Center in the |Gathering Area or call the church office at 651-463-4100. Child care available.


From the PastorTHIS EASTER!!! NEXT EASTER?? ?Wow! What a great Easter Sunday celebration we experienced at FLC this year! On that Easter morning, the shout went up from nearly 1500 people that Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! The Youth led off the morning at our early (6:30) Sonrise service. What a marvelous sight to see all those young people up so early! Oh, but more than that, what joy filled my heart to see so many of them laughing, loving, and leading us in worship and then working so hard to serve pancakes to so many hungry people. And speaking of kids, before the morning was over, there were hundreds (I mean that literally!) of young children who came forward, stood on the chancel steps, and with their voices, their smiles, and their actions, they helped to tell the story of Jesus all the way through to resurrection. Thanks be to God for a congregation that is so full of young life! But Easter at FLC was for all the generations, from youngest to oldest, and the sanctuary was filled to capacity with Gods people