Dickens in Dundee

Beautiful weather for December brought a crowd of onlookers out to the Dickens in Dundee Parade today. We had two entries from Faith and passed out a lot of candy canes and fliers.  May Jesus bless the children with hungry hearts for the gifts He gives to all who believe. “Create in me a pure heart, O God” Psalm 51:10 NIV.

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Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus

Advent 2017: Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Advent midweek Services begin Wed. November 29.

Potluck dinner at 6:00 pm, Informal service follows 6:45 pm

When feelings of Christmas are not what we envisioned. When Santa becomes surreal, whenChristmas becomes a crisis, when heaven is no longer our haven, when the babe adored is no longer our Lord. The distractions of Advent can cause disenchantment and lead us to disengage with family and friends. But our Heavenly Father sent His only Son for us! It’s time to refocus. Its time to Fix Your Eyes on Jesus the incarnate One.  Being in very nature God, he made himself nothing; being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and was obedient.  For the joy set before him he endured the cross. Take time this year to really think about, to worship and to pray to God in the name of Jesus.  And may the Greatest Gift of all be yours, both to have and to give away.

May He bless and fill you this Advent with true faith, peace, hope and love.  Pastor and Mrs Frusti

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Creator in Me – Tutoring and Mentoring, Jan 10, 2018

Help and hope for kids this Winter

Cheer-up.  Your’e not the only one who  could use a boost!

Faith Lutheran Church, Carpentersville will offer afterschool mentoring/coaching for youth. Our target is to help children with reading, and school assignments, supporting creativity and consistence. The program will be faith based and include a variety of activities. An open meeting to learn more about it and to sign-up will be held Tuesday Dec 12 at 5pm.  After school sessions Starting on Wednesday, January 10 2018 at 2:30 pm and going until 5;00 pm or until a pick up time is determined. For more information and registration call 847-428-2079 or e-mail faithlc61@att.net.

Pastor Mark Frusti

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Fall Picnic and Car Show Saturday Sept 23

Join us this Saturday for our first annual Fall Picnic and Car Show. The fundraiser will go towards outreach to families and helping children at risk in our community. We will begin with our national anthem and introductions at 12 noon and will remain open till 5pm. Raffle tickets and food to purchase, music and games. All are welcome.

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Jesus Lives, the Victory Won. Let’s dance!

“You cannot hold a good man down.” The best man who ever lived was made out to be the worst. But in the end he bore the brunt of every wicked plot. He fought the devil down to the last drop. Even saved a crooked thief before it was too late. He was a good man, the greatest who ever lived. Now He lives AGAIN.  The Victory won— was won for all!

Celebrate the Son’s life and death. Jesus lives again. Hallelujah! Sing praise to the LORD!

Sonrise Praise begins at 6:30 am Easter Sunday. Easter breakfast at 7:30. Slides of Susanna Frusti working with Kids Alive International in the Dominican Republic will be shown.

Celebration Service starts at 9:30am. Easter egg hunt will take place during the service. The dance of the merrymakers returns. “Let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 31:6 ESV).

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“The LORD is God”

We had a nice turnout for “Christ in the Passover” by Jews for Jesus missionaries Arielle and David Randle. The presentation covered all the mysterious clues hidden in the traditional Jewish Seder which come out so clearly in the passion narrative. Thank you Arielle and David for stopping at Faith and sharing this wonderful mystery unfolded in the Afikomen!

St Paul writes, “But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, the same veil remains un-lifted, because only through Christ is it taken away” (2 Cor. 3:14). Then he says in verse 16, “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit….” O the joy and freedom we have in knowing Christ by His Spirit. The message of the Bible is revealed by The Holy Spirit in the all atoning blood of Jesus, holy Lamb of God.

Our response of thanks and praise for lifting this veil is Hallelujah! The Lord Jesus is God!

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Jesus the Passover Lamb

Jesus came from His blessed throne, salvation to bring to the castaways of this earth.  He Himself became a castaway as he surrendered himself to the will of the people, was crucified and quickly buried in a grave own by another. As Jonah was three days in the belly of a great fish after being cast into the sea, Jesus was three days in the heart of the earth, till the grave opened up and He arose from the dead.

Moses led the people through the sea on dry land. But Jesus leads all who believe through the ocean of this forsaken world to our Father in Heaven. Join us this Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 as we explore how Jesus Christ is the Passover Lamb slain for the sin of the world.

 

 

 

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Easter Sunrise

Celebrating Easter Sunrise at Faith 6:30am. Easter Breakfast will follow. Celebration Service of Christ’s victory over sin, death and the devil will be held at 9:30am.

Dave and Laura Knoerr will be back for Easter Sunrise Service here at Faith Sunday April 16th at 6:30am with the men making breakfast at 8:00. Celebration Service at 9:30.

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Cast Me Not Away 

By: Pastor Mark Frusti
3-10-17

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Thoughts of Lent this year revolve around the presence of Christ found through-out the Bible and in Church History. The presence of Christ was experienced in the Garden of Eden, in the Flood and in the lives of the Patriarchs.

It was also typified in the Exodos Passover, in the giving of the Ten Commandments, in the Divinely commanded ceremonies Israel was told by God to practice and in the writings of the Prophets. But, as we know, the Presence of Christ impacted our world most when Jesus walked this earth. He lived and died here on earth for us all that we might be drawn into the Presence of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, today and forever.

At Pentecost and through the ages of Church history Christ has continued to manifest His presence in our hearts to a world cast away from God. David’s words in Psalm 51 will lead the exploration and rediscovery of Christ in everything.

For whenever we sin by turning away from the LORD who is Spirit, we also experience these agonizing feelings that David felt when he said “Cast me not away from Thy Presence and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.” May God renew your hearts this Lent and encourage you to enter into the joy of Christ’s salvation with a conviction to do His will every step of the way.

 

A personal word of thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers during this time of recovery after recent surgery. God be with you all as we journey ultimately through an empty tomb of our own. Pastor Mark

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Is It God’s Plan?

Is It God’s Plan?

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In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

After being anointed king of Israel, instead of immediately going to Jerusalem and claiming his throne, David was forced to spend years living like a fugitive and hiding in caves because Saul was out to take his life.

More than once he must have asked himself, ‘What about the promise God gave me?’

Then an interesting thing happened. One of David’s soldiers found Saul asleep; he came to David, saying, ‘God has delivered your enemy into your hand … let me strike him’ (1 Samuel 26:8). What an opportunity! Get rid of the man who wants to kill you, come out of hiding, and claim your throne. After all, you’re already anointed to be king!

It all made sense, except for one thing – it wasn’t God’s plan. As much as David wanted to rule Israel, he knew that in order to succeed he must do it God’s way. This story should make you think twice, and pray before acting. When Abishai offered to kill Saul, he had David’s welfare at heart.

So be careful; your friends can give you advice contrary to God’s will. That’s when it’s hard not to go along with it, or defend your decision by rationalizing that the end justifies the means.

Never let anyone, however well intentioned, persuade you to do what you know is wrong. ‘Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice … he’s the one who will keep you on track’ (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me to always do what I know to be right in Your eyes and not be persuaded to do differently by those close to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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