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Uganda Water Project

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Uganda Water Project Update:  THANK YOU to everyone who donated items for the rummage sale last weekend, and to those who came and shopped!  The proceeds from the sale totaled $1301.07 as of Sunday afternoon, which brings the total amount raised for the well at UG-253 to $19,949.  Praise God that this well (cost of $20,000) is almost fully funded!  The next goal is the $10,000 for the rainwater collection system at UG-261; visit to donate or talk to Nick or Annette Hill.  "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'" (Matthew 25:40)


Harrison defends freedoms before House committee

Monday, August 3, 2015
Harrison defends freedoms before House committee

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison was one of several witnesses to provide testimony during the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's hearing, "Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?"

Watch a video and read a full transcript of President Harrison's testimony on the LCMS website here. You also can read the written testimony, submitted before the hearing, which will become a part of the Congressional Record.

The LCMS views the recent birth control mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as one that infringes on our religious rights. Harrison told the committee members: "While we are opposed in principle, not to all forms of birth control, but only abortion-causing drugs, we stand with our friends in the Catholic Church and all others, Christians and non-Christians, under the free exercise and conscience provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Religious people determine what violates their consciences, not the federal government."

"To paraphrase Martin Luther, the heart and conscience has room only for God, not for God and the federal government," Harrison said. "The bed is too narrow, the blanket is too short. We must obey God rather than men, and we will."


Harrison releases letter on landmark Supreme Court ruling

Monday, August 3, 2015

Harrison releases letter on landmark Supreme Court ruling

By Adriane Heins

In a landmark 5-4 ruling June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry in any state in America, even in states where same-sex marriage currently is not recognized.

“Today was a tragedy in the history of Western and world civilization,” LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison said soon after the ruling. “Five justices cannot rewrite all of history, much less can they redefine what God has defined.”


LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison

Speaking to the future, he said, “We will continue to be faithful to the institution of marriage as conceived by our founders. If those who wrote the Fourteenth Amendment could have known that it would be misused for this purpose, they would be absolutely shocked and horrified. Truth does not change. God’s Word does not change.”

As for the LCMS, Harrison noted, “We will continue to be faithful to God’s institution of marriage and natural law, and we will also be compassionate to people who are damaged by this misdirection.”

Harrison also released a letter to the church today, noting that “We respect the divinely given dignity of all people, no matter their sexual preference. We recognize that, under the exacting and demanding laws of God, we are indeed sinners in thought, word and deed, just as are all (Rom. 3:9ff.). We confess that the ‘blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all our sins’ (1 John 1:7).”

In his letter, Harrison also encouraged LCMS Lutherans to “continue to reach out to those who continue to be harmed by the ethic of radical sexual freedom, detached from God’s blessing of marriage.”


Pizza Hut Fundraiser

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Jeremiah 15:15 "When Your Words came I ate them; they were my joy and my hearts delight, for I bear Your Name O LORD God Almighty."

Go to Pizza Hut every 1st Wednesday of each month now until July of 2016 when we leave for the National Youth Gathering.  Pizza Hut has provided us with VOUCHERS to be presented and handed in upon paying for the total bill of sale.  Faith Lutheran Youth will receive 20% of the total bill from each ticket with verification of the VOUCHER coupon.  So, the 1st Wednesday of each month, eat at Pizza Hut with the family or order takeout or delivery and present them with the voucher so we can receive an easy couple of bucks from every sale.  


Responses from LCMS Synod and SD District President regarding Supreme Court ruling on Marriage

Friday, June 28, 2013
Upholding Marriage: God’s Plan and Gift
A statement by the Rev. Bart Day,
executive director,
Office of National Mission

 Updated: Wed. 12:08 PM

Today the Supreme Court issued its ruling, striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), allowing for federal benefits for legally married gay couples and potentially allowing for gay marriage in all of California with regard to Proposition 8. Though the ruling is not a surprise, we are saddened for our nation, even as we call our fellow Christians to faithfulness and prayer.

As Christians, we believe and confess that God Himself instituted marriage as the life-long union of one man and one woman. Same-sex unions are contrary to God’s will, and gay marriage is, in the eyes of God, no marriage at all. As Christians, we proclaim this truth, no matter what the courts or legislatures may say. We are called not to popularity but to truth. Therefore, we call on our fellow Christians to be faithful first to God’s Word, knowing that another court is ultimately supreme.

Marriage is a fundamental building block of society, binding parents to their offspring. Every child benefits from the nurture of a mother and the leadership of a father. While having one mother is a blessing, having two mothers or two fathers is confusing for the child and detrimental to her well-being. The divorce culture has done great harm to the institution of marriage as well, and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has and will continue to respond to that heartache with Christ’s comfort while simultaneously working to restore a culture where marriage is upheld.

While this occasion reminds us that Scripture calls homosexuality sinful (see Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:24–27), the Bible also says plainly that those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness,” that is to say, those who repent and show genuine sorrow over their sin, are forgiven and loved by Christ.

And so as Christ’s Church, we forgive and love too, following His lead with compassion and humility. We forgive and love because we are all sinners in need of His grace and mercy; because no matter the sin, we have all rebelled against our Creator and fallen prey to unbelief; because He has justified us by grace through faith, freely given and joyfully received (Rom. 3:23–24); because Christ has reconciled us to the Father; because He has declared us righteous and we are.

Please consider sharing this email with your congregation, family and friends, reminding them that the LCMS will continue to teach marriage according to God’s plan and gift. We will continue to proclaim marriage as a picture of Christ’s love for His bride, the church. And we will continue to be a place of forgiveness, mercy and healing for all people, even as we will continue to proclaim God’s truth in love. As we move forward, we offer up our prayers for the nation and particularly for marriage, family and children.

Rev. Bart Day, executive director
LCMS Office of National Mission
Dear Co-workers in the Gospel,
Greetings to each of you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church and Savior for the world.
Yesterday you received, either from Rev. Bart Day, the Director of Synod's Office of National Missions or from SD Executive Secretary Olson Rev. Day's statement, "Upholding Marriage:  God's Plan and Gift."  That was in response to the United States Supreme Court decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and allowing gay marriage to stand in California in response to the actions concerning California's Proposition 8,.
In light of other recent directions the Supreme Court's rulings have taken, I am not surprised by the Supreme Court's decisions.  However, I am extremely saddened.  These particular decisions reflect a trend that we all have observed over the last many years which is showing our nation's increasing disregard for the influence of religion in general and of the Christian Church in particular.  With each Supreme Court (or Circuit Court) ruling or piece of national or state legislation that continues that trend, the work of the Church becomes more challenging as we take seriously our calling to "preach the Word; [and] be ready in season and out of season..." (2 Tim. 4:2).  We and the people of our congregations live in this culture and are all influenced by this culture.  While prior generations of the Church could understand it as strongly as we understand it today, the need for a faithful proclamation of the truth of God's Word and the corresponding living out of our faith has never been more needed.
To be honest, my initial resposes were deep disappointment and a bit of discouragement.  I expect that some, or all, of you experienced the same.  Nonetheless, throughout the last twenty-four hours (including time that sound sleep would have been welcome), my thoughts have gone to the one certain source of encouragement.  Allow me simply to cite a few references and make a few observations.
Esther 4:14b - "And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"  These words were spoken by Mordecai to Esther at a time when the very life of the People of Israel was at stake.  But God used Esther mightily for His saving purposes.  Add this verse to the theme of our upcoming National Convention, "Baptized for This Moment."  We dare not forget who we are as Baptized people whom God has created, redeemed, and called by name (cf. Is. 43:1).  As such, we are in "this moment" of time "to declare the wonderful deeds of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pet. 2:9b).  God desires to use us mightily in "this moment."  The need for us to bring the Gospel (including  "teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" - cf. Matthew 28:20, and the message of repentance and forgiveness of sins - cf. Luke 24:47) is now even more important.  And for our important task, have this encouragment that the One who has called us to Himself and into His service is also mightily with us to equip and strengthen us (cf. Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 41:10; 43:2; Matthew 28:20b).
John 17:11,14-18 - "...they are in the world...I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.  As You sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world."  These are some of Jesus' words from His High Priestly Prayer for His disciples of all time, including us.  As I look at these verses and as I know the omniscience of Christ, these words spoken on the eve before His crucifixion have us and our exact moment of time in mind.  We have God's Word.  We may be hated by many because of that.  We are in the world -- sent by Christ (cf. Esther 4:14b above), but not of the world (nor in love with the world - cf. 1 John 2:15-17).  Jesus prays that God will spare us from the evil one (and all his works and ways - cf. the Baptismal liturgy) who constantly tempts us and the world to deny the truthfulness of God's Word (cf. Gen. 3:1f; John 8:44).  In spite of the devil's and the world's attempts to ridicule and totally disregard God's Word, it still is the single greatest truth of all time and for all of life.  It is the source of our sanctification in these increasingly unsanctified times.  And knowing that Jesus prayed for us right before going to the cross for us and that He is still doing so (Rom. 8:34b) is a source of great encouragement.
Galatians 1:10 - "For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?  Or am I trying to please man?  If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ."  Each of us is called to be faithful to God's Word both in our proclamation and in our practice.  I expect that subsequent to the Supreme Court's rulings, parts of our society will find greater reason for the Church either to cease its proclamation of God's truths or to change or compromise those truths (as some have already done).  We must remember that sin still remains sin and needs to be identified as such, regardless of what the culture says (cf. 2 Tim. 4:1-5).  We must remember that regardless of what the culture says, those who sin against God's Word (cf. Romans 3:23) are in desparate need of a Savior (Romans 6:23) and His forgivness and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.   We have the single message that is most needed for our world, our culture, and our time (1 Cor. 1:23-25; 2:2).  Now is not a time for us to be intimidated by the action of our Supreme Court nor the response of so many people.  Nor is it a time for us to be timid (cf. 2 Tim. 1:8; Rom. 1:16).  More and more, whether they realize it or not, people need to hear the message that we as faithful servants of Christ are privileged to share.  And so, with the blessing of God's grace and the encouragement of His Word, we continue to proclaim God's truth!
Romans 15:13 -  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believeing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope."  Blessings as you continue in the calling to which you have been called -- not always easy, but more important now than ever.

In Christ,
Rev. Dr. Dale L. Sattgast
1 Cor 2:2; 2 Cor 3:4-6; 2 Tim 1:8-14
President - South Dakota District, LCMS
P.O. Box 89110
Sioux Falls, SD 57109-9110
Ph: 605-361-1514 / Fax: 605-361-7959

Find us on Facebook

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Find Us On Facebook!

Faith Ev Lutheran is now on Facebook!

Become friends with Faith Ev Lutheran Churchß(that’s our username you will want to search for), to stay connected with upcoming events, past history, discover what’s happening right now, see photos of past events, read sermons when available, ask questions, get linked to our website, be fed by the Word, to see what’s new, to ask a pastor, or to ponder questions which the pastors pose, and much more!To use our profile: one must have a Facebook account.Find Faith Ev Lutheran Church using the friends search toolbar on the top of the screen.Settings will be as such so that only friends of Faith Ev Lutheran’s profile will be able to view pictures and see posts.This is another way to stay connected and to share the love of God in an ever-changing world.


Urbach Family Memorial Garden

Saturday, August 20, 2011
The Urbach Family Memorial Garden is a beautiful little garden which welcomes visitors on the Grand Avenue side of Faith Lutheran Church.  See pictures in the gallery.

The garden was established in 2009 as a gift from the congregation to Pastor Brad Urbach during a celebration held in recognition of his 35 years of service to Faith Lutheran, and in honor of his 65th birthday.

It contains a short stone path which curves from the sidewalk to an inviting sitting area where you may sit and read a devotional, chat with a friend, or simply sit in contemplation.

The garden was designed and installed by Faith member Steve Bontje, of East Pierre Garden Center.
While it is named in honor of the Urbach family, the Memorial Garden provides an opportunity for all members of Faith to honor their loved ones.  It has been designed to allow for the placement of engraved flat stones in a rocked area below the short retaining wall.  

How to honor a loved one on a stone in the Urbach Family Memorial Garden

    * Placing a name on a stone: To have a name included on one of the stones in the Memorial Garden, simply pick up a form at the church office, fill it out and return it to the office. There is a small fee, which covers the cost of the stone and the engraving, and also assists with ongoing maintenance of the stones and garden.

    * Cost: There are two options:

       1. Name of deceased person - The cost is $35 per name to have the name of a deceased loved one added to a stone in the garden.
       2. Reserving space for a name to be added in the future - For people who would like to reserve space  on a stone for another name to be added in the future, the cost is $50 per name. This is a convenient way for family members to make sure their names are on the same stone.   

    * Filling out the form: It is vital to make sure you print legibly, and that you have spelled the name correctly, as the form will be the basis for the spelling of the name on the stone. Additional written information or memories provided will be maintained at the church with the form.

    * Who may be included: As space in the garden is limited, people listed on the memorial stones must either have been a member of Faith Lutheran, or be a family member of a Faith Lutheran member.

    * Names per stone: Each stone will contain 8 to 10 names, with one name per line. You may order as many or as few names as you choose.

    * Engraving: A committee handles purchasing and engraving of the stones.

    * Acknowledgment: Names engraved on stones in the Memorial Garden will be acknowledged on All Saints Sunday. In 2011, that is November 6.

Answers to questions:
Q. When I request a name on a memorial stone, how long will it take for the stone to actually be placed in the Memorial Garden?
A: The amount of time it takes for a stone to be engraved after you make your request will vary, as each stone will contain 8 to 10 names, and all names will be engraved on a stone at one time.

Q. Does the garden need additional plants, benches, or statuary?
A: Not at this time.  An angel fountain which was placed in the garden in memory of Andrea Urbach - who collected angels - completed the garden.

Q.  Do I need to provide a rock if I would like a name listed in the Memorial Garden?
A: No, the Urbach Family Memorial Garden Committee will handle the purchasing and engraving of stones.


2010 Annual Report

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The 2010 Annual Report can be opened at this link:

2010 Annual Report.


Building News

Monday, October 18, 2010
We continue to ask for extended giving as we finish up odds and ends, reduce the short term loan, and meet our extension fund obligation.
Estate Gift - we recently received a gift of $11,000 from the Mueller Estate. What a wonderful gift to the Lord's work.


Open House

Monday, September 13, 2010
We had a really nice turnout for the Open House on Aug29. We thank the Fulfillment committee and our Building Committee for all the goodies, setup, flowers, and for serving. These two hard working committees have formally been dismissed. We thank them for a remarkable gift of service they have shared in the last 3.5 years. It was a very nice Sunday afternoon.


Dedication Sunday

Sunday, June 6, 2010
Thank you! And you, and you, and you, and you.. Sunday, June 6 was a remarkable day of dedicating the new Christian Family Life Center.

The Preachers - we heard three fine sermons from Pastors David Schmidt, Jonathan Offt, and Reed Lessing.

The Music - wonderful anthems.

The Food - from the morning reception to the German meal at noon with sausage to the afternoon kuchen. Ymm!

Buggy rides, clowns, music and more.

The afternoon dedication reflections and prayers were heart warming and moving. We thank those who were a part of this dedication and all those who made this day possible.

Thus far has the Lord helped us.



Friday, November 6, 2009
Indeed we are grateful for arriving at another milestone of $1,900,000 in gifts, and receiving gifts over and above for floor tile, volleyball system, basketball hoops, and the exterior wall cross. The brick work is now completed, the roof is being completed, and more windows are being installed.


Building Progress

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
We are making progress ahead of schedule. Walls continue to take shape and concrete floors are being poured. We continue to ask for your help to accelerate your giving to keep pace with the project expenses.

A couple special needs have been met including the cross on the Euclid side of the building and the portable basketball hoops. Additional special needs for you to consider are the volleyball system and tiling of the gym floor.

Our continued hope is that every family, according to its ability, will provide generous and sacrificial gifts to the Building Together in Faith project.


Month on a Mission

Sunday, May 31, 2009
May was a busy month in the life of our congregation and the Building News.

May 3rd was the Groundbreaking Event for our new Christian Family Life Center. Huge thanks go out to the many volunteers and committees for a hoedown of a day. You can view the event pictures on our photo gallery.

With dirt work and construction beginning the following day, we needed to focus on additional parking space. We were able to address this need with the purchase of the Ledbetter property on May 11. Due to lots of hard working hands, the back of the Ledbetter property has been cleared. It has been graveled and you may now park there.

We finished the month on May 31, the Day of Pentecost, with a busy day of activities. We installed new officers for the coming year. We had an open house at the Ledbetter property between services. Our JYM kids had a fun afternoon of games with the Captive Free band. Captive Free will be here this week to help lead our Vacation Bible School.


Dedication of new Carillon System

Sunday, November 2, 2008
Our new carillon bell system is in loving memory of Victor and Dorothy Young and was made possible for our congregation through the generosity of an estate gift left to Faith Lutheran by Vic Young. Our new system allows us to play the Westminster Chimes on the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. followed by a bell chime for each hour. The digitally automated Carillon has general hymns that play as well as seasonal hymns that will be played during Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Independence Day.


Building News

Sunday, September 28, 2008
As you heard last week and have now seen in your campaign newsletter that you received this week with your October calendar, we have arrived at $900,000 in the Building Fund account. Also, a topographical survey has been done by Brosz Engineering and contractor interviews will be conducted in October. Lord willing, we will be breaking ground Sunday, May 3, 2009.


Building Together In Faith

Monday, June 16, 2008
We are now in the fourteenth month of our giving to “Building Together in Faith”. We have 300 families that have made a resolve to support this project by commitments and by giving.
Our $800,000 grape cluster has now been hung. As of June 16, our Building Fund balance is now $838,569.27.



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