765 E. Chinden Blvd. Meridian, ID 83646 (208) 288-2404 [email protected]
Inside this Issue Pastoral Ponderings by Pastor Matt
From Pastor Tom’s Pen
January Preschool News
Treasure Valley Children’s Home, Caring Ministry
January Youth Calendar, LWML, Christmas Boxes Update
Hearts and Hands Working Together
Life & Nurture Groups, Weekday Bible Studies
January Ministry Updates
Sundays at FCLC, New Sunday Adult Bible Class Listing
January F Y I Resources
January 2019 Church Calendar
Miss the training in August? Here’s another opportunity on Saturday, January 12, 9:00AM to 3:00PM. This training is an opportunity for all who are interested in learning more about making disciples. People who would like to become Life Group Leaders should attend. Register now by contacting Pastor Matt (208-957-9364), Bob Kalthoff (call or text 818-314-7481), or Judy Kalthoff (call or text 818-314-7480). We need people who have previously completed this training to help with this one. Contact Pastor Matt, Bob, or Judy if you can help!
Dear Friends in Christ, Isn’t it fascinating when new things are discovered? Sometimes new things are discovered because people go to great lengths. For example, a few months ago scientists discovered a whole new planet and gave it the catchy name of 2015 TG387. It’s 80 astronomical units away (1 AU is the distance from the earth to the sun) so it’s two and half times further away than Pluto. But now, it’s on the map! Sometimes new things are discovered simply by accident. That’s how a chemistry professor discovered the newest color. A student in his class put a mixture of Yttrium, Indium and Manganese oxides into the furnace and presto! We have a new color of blue called YInMn Blue. It’s the first new hue of blue in 200 years. Take that, cobalt! And you? What’s new with you? What if there was something in you just waiting to be discovered? I think there is and it has something to do with your spiritual DNA, that is, who you are in Christ! So here is the big discovery...by virtue of your baptism, you are not only called to be a disciple of Jesus, you are called to be a disciple maker for Jesus. I know, you’ve heard the words before. It’s easy to talk about discipleship, but we have to actually do it if we want the joy of discovery. If you were present in worship on December 9, you noticed a group of people who were commissioned in the discipleship process. They attended a one-day training in August and also took part in a model life group in October. From this group of people, new life groups are now starting which provide a place for people to connect with one another and grow in Christ. I encourage you to join us for a discipleship training on Saturday, January 12, 9 am- 3 pm. Lunch is served. You may want to become a life group leader or co-leader, or perhaps you just want to learn more about the process of how God grows people. The methodology is entirely biblical--discipleship happens by baptizing (one-time moment) and teaching obedience (ongoing process) to all of Jesus’ commands. We need authentic relationships, an intentional leader and a reproducible process just as Jesus demonstrated. Some things are discovered on purpose; other thing are discovered unexpectedly. I think discipling could fit in both categories. As God reveals and leads us to a greater understanding of His claim on our lives as disciple makers, doesn’t something within us stir? There is so much out there just waiting to be discovered--new challenges, new stories, new relationships. Yes, even a new you! In Christ,
Pastor Matt Henry
From Pastor Tom’s Pen
A River of FORGIVENESS
I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. We had relatives in Buffalo, New York and almost every year during the summer we went to see them. More often than not we made the trip to Niagara Falls. I didn’t realize how lucky I was. So many people in the West have never seen the Falls. It was a thrilling experience for me and my brothers. The Falls plunges 160 feet into a thundering, surging river. At the brink, 397,000 tons of water rush over the edge. Just imagine being caught in the currents above Niagara. There would be a point of no return, a moment of going over the edge and a need for God’s grace and mercy. My message on Christmas Eve was entitled “A Light has Dawned.” In our text the prophet Isaiah pointed out the story of our personal moral failure. It is similar to the helpless, hopeless feeling we would have if we went over Niagara Falls. Some of us might feel we do okay in treading the spiritual waters of life. James writes in 2:10: “For whoever shall keep the law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of ALL.” Once we go over the edge, all that remains is the need for mercy. All we can hope for from a just God is forgiveness. The Bible teaches over and over a timeless reminder that a repentant person can find inexhaustible waters of undeserved love and forgiveness through Jesus who came into our sin-darkened world. Without the assurance of forgiveness, life can end in despair. Is there hope for those who have felt that they have been so bad that they can’t be forgiven? If we believe our emotions, we may feel we have gone too far or we have just repeated the same sin too many times. It may be that our self-contempt seems deserved, but there is hope. God wants us to believe in His ability to forgive the sins that we cannot forget. The Bible teaches us there are fresh-falling waters of forgiveness equal to the falls of our personal failures. God has found a way to satisfy the demands of the law while still offering forgiveness to the worst of sinners. God is just and angry about our sin, but it is not a denial of His love. He cares too much to ignore that harm we are doing to ourselves. God has revealed Himself to us in the infinite God-Man, Jesus Christ. In Jesus we find an accurate picture of the balance between God’s love and anger. Jesus did not come to condemn us. He came to save us from our sin and God’s wrath. The moment we receive Jesus as Savior, we are given immunity from eternal punishment. Does that mean that we are no longer accountable for our wrongs? No! We are still subject to natural and legal consequences. We still can risk our reputation, health and our relationships by unprincipled living. We especially remember this in the Christmas season. God came into the world as the Christ-Child to appease God’s wrath, demonstrate His love, forgive our sin, and promise eternal life with Him heaven. He did this by dying on the cross and suffering the pain of hell in our place. The question that remains as we begin this New Year, 2019 in the year of our Lord: HOW THEN SHALL WE LIVE? We should live lives that reflect our gratitude for what He has done for us. We should live lives that reflect the model of our Master Teacher: we should be INTENTIONAL RELATIONAL DISCIPLES, living and sharing the message of God’s love and forgiveness to everyone that the Holy Spirit puts IN OUR WAY! God Bless and guide you as we begin a New Year with His grace, strength, and zeal.
Happy Winter from Preschool!
FRIENDSHIP CELEBRATION PRESCHOOL Registration for Fall Preschool Classes 2018-19 765 East Chinden Blvd., Meridian, ID 83646 [email protected]
/208-288-2404 Preschool Director—Lori Jensen
We hope you had a lovely Christmas and are ready for a fantastic 2019! Our classrooms are decorated with stars and colors of blue and white. Our activities are centered on snow and counting books and polar bears and penguins. In chapel, we’re learning about what Jesus’ life was like as a child. We’re looking forward to a visit from Idaho Botanical Garden. They’re bringing a program titled “Life on the Mountain,” featuring plants and animals who live high up in the rocks and snow. IBG offers many educational resources for children of all ages. We always look forward to their visit. Think snow! In His precious Love, Preschool Staff
Open Enrollment for the 2019-2010 School Year begins on Tuesday, January 29th! (Tuesday, January 22nd for continuing students & FCLC families.) Enrollment Information & Forms coming soon! 4
A Children’s Home in the Treasure Valley In 2018, the Department of Health & Welfare estimates that there are about 1300 Idaho children in foster care, from very young children to teenagers. Some need temporary homes and are eventually able to return to their birth families. Some find a permanent home in foster care. These children are victims of various forms of abuse or neglect in Idaho. There is a desperate need for foster homes to care for these children. “The LORD Bless You!” Money raised from the 2018 Christmas Shoppe will be used to help build a new Children’s Home in the Treasure Valley. This future home for children here in the Valley will be a faithbased home “modeled” after the Shepherd’s Home in McCall, Idaho. Money raised through the Bill Basye Memorial Fund will also be used for this future children’s home. The Mission of the New Home is to: Nurture children in need who are victims of abuse, neglect or crisis by providing a safe, loving, caring family home where at-risk children of all ages are served and cared for as long as need. Bill Basye Memorial Fund A memorial fund has been established in honor of Bill Basye for a new Children’s Home in the Treasure Valley. The funds are intended to start a children’s home based on the model of the current Shepherd's Home mission at McCall into the Treasure Valley with guidance by Friendship Celebration. Make checks payable to FRIENDSHIP CELEBRATION and be sure to clearly mark any donations to this fund “Bill Basye-Children’s Home Fund.”
Caring Ministry reaches out in love to offer support, caring, comfort, and fellowship to those experiencing loneliness, illness, loss, or other life changes.. This is our mission. Our next meeting is on Monday, January 14th at 10:00 a.m. at FCLC. This is an open invitation to the ladies of FCLC. We would welcome your visit to the Caring Ministry meetings to see if this ministry might be where you feel you could best serve the Lord. We meet on the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at church, in the south Sunday School room, Room 132. Contact Carol Lipschultz (208-884-4597) or Patsy Kern (888-2979) if you are interested in join this awesome ministry.
Stay Connected! FCLC’s Friendly 411 Weekly is an e-newsletter that comes directly to your email inbox on Thursday afternoons. If you are interested in signing up to receive the Friendly 411 Weekly, please email the church office at [email protected]
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Christmas Boxes Update THANK YOU to everyone involved in the Christmas boxes this year. Your generous monetary donations, 16 hams, and various other items along with the Thrivent Action seed money made this year our biggest as we were able to help 17 families with food boxes. We had 12 volunteers packing and delivering boxes. Some of the families we helped were from One Church One Child and Family Advocates. Thanks to the quilters for giving us quilts to add to each box. Nancy Cheney.
ALL WOMEN are invited to participate in the Lutheran's Women's Missionary League (LWML) by signing up to receive monthly newsletters and event information. The LWML has been serving missionaries all over the world for over 75 years. The league is a great way for being the hands and feet of Christ. Please sign up by emailing Nicole at [email protected]
If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Morgan (208-830-4571).
Camp Perkins Junior High Retreat
January 6: 6:00 pm The Youth Group will be sorting and delivering any donated blankets, sleeping bags, or clothes to CityLight Women’s Shelter and the Men’s Shelter.
January 13: 4:30 pm Confirmation 6:00 pm Youth Group
12:00 pm 5/6th Youth Group 6:00 pm Youth Group
January 27 4:30 pm Youth Confirmation 6:00 pm Youth Group
Gleanings! We are collecting blankets, sleeping bags, coats, hats, and clothes to take down to the CityLight Women’s Shelter and the Boise Rescue Mission on Sunday January 6th. If you got some new clothes or items for Christmas and you are looking to donate them, they will immediately go to the people who need them for these cold winter nights. Please put your items on the tables in the back of the sanctuary before 5pm January 6th. 6
Opportunities to Serve! At the beginning of this new year, let us take time to rededicate our time, talents, and gifts to God’s purpose. Here are ways you can serve His Kingdom at Friendship Celebration: Fellowship Ministry: Coffee Bar (Contact Marla Olsen 208-631-3325) Fellowship Time Snack Coordinator (Contact David Reinke 208-863-8535) Hospitality Committee (Contact Susan Banker 661-619-3006) 1st Impressions Committee (Contact Ruth Kanemasu 208-830-0706) Worship: Scripture readers (Contact David Reinke 208-863-8535) Ushers (Contact David Reinke 208-863-8535) 5th Sunday Offering Counters (Contact Kayla Liehe 208-871-2003) Audio/Visual/IT: (Contact David Reinke 208-863-8535-Training available!) Projection slide making Sound Lighting Grunt Crew Nearly every Saturday morning and as needed, the Grunt Crew works on projects and facilities maintenance around the church grounds. Contact Pastor Tom (208-860-1274) if you are interested in joining them.
Caring Ministry (Contact Carol Lipschultz 208-884-4597) Helping Hands Ministry (Contact Darlene Biar 208-866-5201) 2nd Saturday Church Work Day Every 2nd Saturday of the month is a Church Work Day. Cleaning and other projects are done. Interested in helping out? Just show up on the 2nd Saturday each month around 9:00am. Lunch is served!
So….what is a Life Group? Love, Friendship and Fellowship are essential needs for a fulfilling and satisfied life. God made us to need the relationship of other people. Meeting in small groups where people are free to share life experiences is one way to effectively meet those needs. Life Groups are small groups of no more than 12 people that meet periodically, usually in a home. Each group will also have outings and service events. The purpose of a Life group is simple: to bring people together in a comfortable, informal, and safe environment where people can connect with others that have similar interests, who are hungry for more spiritual wisdom and revelation in their life, and who see each other as “family”. Through these Life Groups we can become better disciples of Jesus. In response, we will bring the saving Gospel and the love of Jesus to others in our community, just as Jesus intended for every believer to do. “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28: 18 - 20)
New Life Groups Forming We are excited that on Sunday, December 9th, twelve people were commissioned as Life Group Leaders and are ready to form new Life Groups. If you are interested in joining one of the new Life Groups, please contact Bob Kalthoff ([email protected]
; Phone or text, 818-314-7481), or Judy Kalthoff ([email protected]
; Phone or text, 818-314-7480). We will put you in touch with one of the Leaders. Leadership Training Our second Discipleship Training Workshop will be on Saturday, January 12, 9:00AM to 3:00PM. This training is an opportunity for all who are interested in learning more about making disciples. People who would like to become Life Group Leaders should attend. Register now by contacting Pastor Matt (208957-9364), Bob Kalthoff (call or text 818-314-7481), or Judy Kalthoff (call or text 818-314-7480). HELP! We need people who have previously completed this training to help with this session!! Please consider volunteering for this important event!! Contact Pastor Matt, Bob, or Judy if you can help!
Nurture Groups Weekday Bible Studies
Eagle Nurture Group 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7:00 at Dick & Ruth Kanemasu’s home at 990 W. Oakhampton Dr. Eagle (208-830-0706) Star-Eagle Nurture Group Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm at David & Susan Banker’s home at 300 W. Sutter Dr. Eagle Contact Mike Sivey (208-859-0079) Star Nurture Group Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm at Rick & Emelie Woodall’s home. Contact them at 208-286-7508 for more information. Safety & Preparedness Group Meets 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 at FCLC. Contact Lynn House for more information (208-830-0078)
Women’s Friday Breakfast (Star) Contact Dottie Basye 208-949-5020 Men’s Friday Morning Breakfast (50’s Café - Meridian) Contact Merlyn Schmeckpeper 208-888-9494 Men’s Friday Morning Breakfast (Star) Contact the church office Men’s Friday Morning Breakfast (Moxi Java - Meridian-Locust Grove at E. Fairview) Contacts Dale Bentley (208-859-4001) & Chuck DeVito (208-505-7579)
Workday Fellowship Work Day at the church is on Saturday, January 12th from 9:00am - Noon. Indoor and outdoor projects to help with. Lunch is served. As always, you can find out what’s needed and work on your own time schedule. Regular Work Days are every Saturday at 9:00am AND lunch is provided! Mike Sivey Director of Properties (208-859-0079)
The Quilters Group The Quilters group is looking for donations of solid colored, new or gently used flat sheets. They also have an ongoing need of funds to cover the cost of quilt batting & shipping for quilts shipped to Lutheran World Relief. Any monetary donations are very much appreciated.
January Birthdays Jan 1:
Jan 2: Jan 3: Jan 6: Jan 9: Jan 10: Jan 12: Jan 14: Jan 16: Jan 17:
Alyssa Epperson Anita Gonzales Luis Gonzales Jason Ohlaug Tom Svanoe Lori Jensen Kaden Biar Jeff Platts Rob Lawrence George Noble Baylee Herridge Timothy Holmquist Nora Macrae-Smith Rich Girard Bob Liehe Tage Okeson
Jan 19: Jan 21: Jan 22: Jan 23: Jan 24: Jan 25: Jan 27:
Jan 28: Jan 30: Jan 31:
Betty Manske Tyler Oliver Todd Lindemood Brian Cofer Ken Boyd LeRoy Friedrichsmeyer Joel Mikasa Kaitlyn Biar Elizabeth Liehe Bonny Macrae-Smith Leisha Rehwalt Joe Ransom Juli Bokenkamp Jack Garner Paxton Goodman Daffny Lindemood Ethan Schutte
January Anniversaries Jan 2:
Ralph & Annette Cavalieri (48 years) Bob & Marcy Rue (54 years) Jan 26: Bob & Jenny Kandler (50 years)
SUNDAYS AT FRIENDSHIP CELEBRATION Worship Services: 8:15 am & 11:00 am Fellowship Time: 9:15-9:45 am Children Sunday School: 9:45-10:45 am Adult Bible Classes: 9:45-10:45am (Nursery available both Services & Sunday School Hour)
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES Class: Wholly Citizen
Teacher: Pastor Matt Henry Description: If you don’t know your left-hand kingdom from your right, this class is for you! Drawing from Lutheran theology, doctrine and history, we will make application on how to live faithful and engaged lives as American Christians. How can we be faithful and effective followers of Jesus in an increasingly secular society? The church can’t isolate or withdraw from society but it also can’t expect to hold a position in society that it no longer has. Resources: . Our resource is a substantive but still conversational book called “Wholly Citizens” by Dr. Joel Biermann.
Class: The Book of Judges (Continued): Ordinary People, Extraordinary God! Teacher: Pastor Tom Hausch
Description: The Book of Judges is a highly relevant for Christians today. No other book shows so clearly how God uses ordinary people (in spite of their faults) to do mighty deeds for His glory. The study will guide you in discovering specific ways God desires to use you for His extraordinary purpose. Resources: The book of Judges, The Peoples Bible Commentary (CPH)
Class: Financial Peace University
Teachers: Tracey Pingel & Scott Graham Description: Does money stress you out? Are you overwhelmed with debt? Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Are you worried about your financial future? You are not alone. 78% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. But, you don’t have to be a math wiz or make 6-figures to win with money. You just need a plan. Financial Peace University (FPU) is Dave Ramsey’s #1 proven program that will show you how to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously. Start now with this 9-week class. Please register for the class ASAP and sign up [email protected]
Resources: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.
Class: Holy Land Study
Teachers: Lynn House & Linda Varnes Description: An introduction to the land and language of Jesus through travel pics from the House’s recent trip to Israel and the study of the Hebrew alphabet as evident in the Life of Jesus. Resources: Lynn and Donnette House’s pictures from Israel, “Finding Yeshua in the Hebrew Alphabet” by Linda Varnes, “I Know a Little Hebrew (and his name is David)” by Linda Varnes
Class: Adult Special Needs
Teachers: Jack Hansen & Neal Lindemood Description: Miracles in the Bible Resources: The Bible 10
Worship Service available on DVD for those homebound, or anyone who would like to hear and see last Sunday's message. Call church office.
To put a prayer on the Prayer Chain contact: Jenny Kandler 362-5410 or email her at [email protected]
(Note: Also call to let her know you sent a prayer request) In the event that, Jenny Kandler. In the event that, Jenny Kandler can't be reached for prayer chain, please call/ notify, Donnette House (208-297-0775) at [email protected]
Fellowship Time with coffee/juice and treats from 9:15-9:45am on Sundays. Thanks to various people/groups for providing each month. You may provide treats for a special occasion (Baptism, Birthday, Confirmation, etc.) if you wish for our Fellowship Time. Contact the church office at (208) 288-2404.
Stay up to date on congregation happenings by receiving the Friendly 411 Weekly via email every Thursday afternoon. To subscribe email Joan Hammerson at [email protected]
Lay Leadership Council President: Karl Bokenkamp Vice-President: Wayne Wierson Secretary: Kathy Hieb Chief Financial Officer: Peggy Runcorn Director Discipleship: David Reinke Director Evangelism: Dale Bentley Director Education: Nicole Sarty Director Property Mgmt.: Mike Sivey
Church Staff: Senior Pastor: Matt Henry
Your “Friendly Findings” Newsletter is available in the foyer at church or on our church website: www.friendshipcelebration.org. Newsletter article deadline is 20th of each month and may be submitted by email to: [email protected]
Or contact the church office at (208) 2882404.
Founding Pastor: Tom Hausch [email protected]
Director of Christian Education: Brett Lindemood [email protected]
Preschool Director: Lori Jensen [email protected]
Office Manager: Kayla Liehe
Church Office Hours: Kayla Liehe (Office Mgr.) Monday through Friday 8:30am—4:00pm. Joan Hammerson (Secretary) Tuesday-Thursday-Friday 8:30am-2:00pm.
Church Secretary: Joan Hammerson [email protected]
Church Office Closed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Caring Ministry Meeting 10am
Every Sunday: 8:15 am & 11:00 am Worship Services 9:15 am Fellowship Time 9:45 am Sunday School for All Off-site Bible studies & Life/Nurture Groups: See Newsletter or online
6 Winter Quarter Sunday Bible classes begin
6pm Jr/Sr High Youth Group-Sort & Deliver Gleanings
13 Youth Confirmation 4:30pm Jr/Sr High Youth Group 6pm
20 Sanctity of Life Sunday Newsletter Article Deadline
5th/6th Grade Youth Group 12pm Jr/Sr High Youth Group 6pm
27 Elder Meeting 12:15pm Youth Confirmation 4:30pm Jr/Sr High Youth Group 6pm
January 2019 Tue
10 Preschool Chapel— PT 10am & 1:30pm
Worship Team #2 7pm
Women’s Bible Study 10am
Women’s Bible Study 10am
Worship Team #3 7pm
25 Preschool Chapel— BL 10am & 1:30pm Worship Team #4 7pm
31 Preschool Chapel— PT 10am & 1:30pm Worship Team #1 7pm
Women’s Bible Study 10am
Preschool Chapel— PM 10am & 1:30pm
Discipleship Training 9am-3pm
Church W0rk Day 9am
Jr. High Confirmation Retreat at Camp Perkins 1/4-1/6
Worship Team #1 7pm
Quilter Group 10am
Happy New Year! Church Office Closed
Christmas Break -No Preschool Dec. 24-Jan 5
Preschool Chapel— PT 10am Quilter Group 10am
16 Preschool Chapel— PM 10am Quilter Group 10am
23 Preschool Chapel— BL 10am Quilter Group 10am By-Laws Meeting 10:30am Preschool Staff meeting 11:45am
30 Preschool Chapel— PT 10am
8 FCLC Staff Meeting 1pm
Prep & Safety meeting 7pm
Lay Leadership Council Meeting 7pm
22 Preschool Enrollment for 2019-2020 School Yr. begins for continuing students
29 Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 Preschool Yr.
Quilter Group 10am