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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.”


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.



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