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“Gathered faithfully to love and serve God and all others.”
Faith's Friday Update
April 1, 2022
Sunday, April 3, 2022
Fifth Sunday in Lent
8AM & 10:15AM, In Person & Live-Streamed
Isaiah 43:16-21 - The Lord gives water in the wilderness to the chosen people

Psalm 126 - Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy. (Ps. 126:5)

Philippians 3:4b-14 - To know Christ and his resurrection, to share in his sufferings

John 12:1-8 - Mary anoints Jesus for his burial
A "BIG" thank you to all the ladies that attended the ladies retreat last Saturday. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as the team did putting it together. We were blessed to receive over 60 pillowcases to turn into dresses for little girls in third world countries. Thanks to all that took them home to complete by sewing and adding decorative ribbon and rickrack.

If you are interested, there are still around 20 that need some tender care by seamstresses. They can be picked up in the narthex. A gentle reminder that the completed dresses need to be returned to Faith by April 23. From Florida they will travel to Nebraska and be given to the Orphan Grain Train for distribution to warm climates in need of little sundresses. Again, thank you for your involvement in this project. 
MANY THANKS to the MEN OF FAITH & OTHER VOLUNTEERS who recently spread new mulch throughout the garden in preparation of Easter Sunday!
Also, thanks to the Garden Team who works in the garden every week to beautify and maintain it!
A message from Lutheran World Relief, Our neighbors in Ukraine are suffering and they need your love now.

Families are leaving behind everything they own and fleeing for their safety. They need immediate aid including food, water, shelter, clothing and medical care.

Your emergency gift will deliver urgent support and care, like critically needed items for families who fled their homes, and medicine and supplies for clinics.

To give, please place your gift in the offering plate at church, mail your gift to the church, or give online at (select the Lutheran World Relief fund).

If giving by check, please make it payable to Faith Lutheran Church and indicate “Lutheran World Relief” in the memo.
Blood Drive Returns to Faith!

There is ALWAYS a need for blood, plasma, and platelets! You can provide ALL THREE by donating just ONE UNIT of blood!

The Suncoast Blood Center would love to return to Faith!

Any Sunday in May is available to schedule a drive with a minimum of 8 to 10 potential donors.

Can YOU give on any of the Sundays between 8:30 am and 12:00 pm? Please let us know by CLICKING HERE to select all days you can so we can schedule for the best turnout. (Or, if you prefer, there will be a schedule sheet in the church narthex on Sunday.)
CALLING ALL SOUP MAKERS & SANDWICH BUILDERS! There are openings for the final Lent Midweek Soup and Sandwiches on Wednesday, April 6!

If you would like to participate, please sign up today by CLICKING HERE or on the signup sheet in the church narthex!
LENT SERVICES will be offered Wednesday, April 6:
12PM - Prayers at Midday
6PM - Soup & Sandwich Supper
7PM Evening Holden Prayer Service
The psalmist declares to God, “You have turned my mourning into dancing” (Psalm 30:11).

If you are experiencing a period of mourning in your life, please know you are not alone. Consider joining Pastor Eric and Pastor Bob for a new Bereavement Group.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. The group meets in the old Pastor’s office off Fellowship Hall.
MARY CIRCLE - Please join Mary Circle on Tuesday, April 12 as we welcome Faith’s Bold Woman of 2022, Candi Messerschmidt. Candi will be talking to the group about her faith journey.

The group meets at 12 pm in Fellowship Hall. Please bring your own lunch; dessert will be provided.
Please consider hosting a future coffee hour. You can team up with friends and meet new ones too. The signup sheet is located on the coffee counter in Fellowship Hall.
Let’s all support this special time of fellowship! 
Thank you to all who have pledged for the 2022/2023 financial year!

If you haven't had a chance to submit your Pledge Card, please know there is still time! Pick up a pledge card in the narthex, fill it out, and place it in the offering plate. OR, you may submit your pledge online at

Our Stewardship Team thanks you!
Postcard invitations are available in the church narthex.
Pick up a few and pass them along!
April 10 – Palm Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
April 14 – Maundy Thursday:
12:00 p.m. Spoken Service
7:00 p.m. Eucharist Service
April 15 – Good Friday:
2:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
7:00 p.m. Tenebrae Service
April 16 – Easter Vigil Part One:
7:30 p.m. Meet at the Fire in the Parking Lot
April 17 – Easter:
7 a.m. Easter Vigil Part Two in Memorial Garden
8:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:15 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary
Help decorate our Sanctuary for Easter while honoring a loved one or special occasion by dedicating one or more Easter Lilies!

The lilies will decorate the church on Easter Sunday and dedications will be listed in the bulletin. After the service, we invite you to take your plant/s home with you.
Order yours now by completing an Easter Lily envelope at church or online by CLICKING HERE. The cost of each plant is $12. Please make checks payable to Faith Lutheran Church and indicate ‘Easter Lilies' in the memo.
Thank you for making Faith Lutheran’s altar beautiful for Easter!
ALTAR FLOWERS are a beautiful and meaningful way to honor/remember someone or a special occasion, while decorating our altar for worship. The 2022 Altar Flowers signup poster is available in Fellowship Hall.

The next available date is Sunday, May 8!

When you purchase altar flowers, your name and dedication will be published in the bulletin on your selected Sunday and the flowers are yours to keep after the service!

To make a dedication: At church, complete an 'Altar Flowers' envelope with your payment, and place it in the offering plate; By mail, send payment with a note indicating your desired date and dedication; or CLICK HERE to order online. The cost is $60, which is for 2 vases. Please make checks payable to Faith Lutheran Church and indicate ‘altar flowers’ in the memo.
Thank you for making Faith Lutheran’s altar beautiful!
The Property Committee has identified needs that are not currently in the regular budget but are needed to maintain and improve our church.
Current needs:
1.  Upgrade Narthex Restrooms to ADA (cost TBD)
2.  Electronic Sign Upgrade on Beneva (cost TBD)
3. Touch-Up/Repaint the Gym (cost TBD)
4.  Reseal the Parking Lot
Please consider supporting the church building by making a special offering. Any amount, small or large, is appreciated! To contribute by check, please indicate “Improvement Fund” in the memo. To contribute electronically, please visit our website at or using via the Vanco Mobile app (be sure to select “Improvement Fund”).
Please consider donating your empty ink cartridges to help the church and environment! When we bring the cartridges to Staples, we receive store credit from Staples to help offset office supply costs.
The ink collection bin is on the counter in Fellowship Hall.
The ELCA offers daily Prayer Ventures, which may be found on their website, The prayers for this weekend are below. Visit the website if you would like to follow the daily prayers!

1 Arab American Heritage Month Remember in prayer the diverse gifts, cultures, heritages and stories of our Arab and Middle Eastern neighbors and siblings in Christ, who remind us of the rich history and tradition of Christ’s church in the world. Ask God to bless and advance the advocacy, witness, leadership development and support for ministries provided by ELCA Arab and Middle Eastern Ministries and the Association of Lutherans of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage.

2 Give thanks for the resources of our church, including ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving, which guides us through Lent and helps us pray, study Scripture, respond to our neighbors in need and give generously for the good of communities around the world.

3 Pray that we will each use our unique gifts and passions as disciples of Christ, called to share the gospel and serve our neighbors, and that we will trust the Spirit to equip, inspire and embolden us for doing God’s work in the world, together.
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Pastor: Rev. Eric Olaf Olsen

Church Office: Tami Page, Operations Manager
Tel: 941-924-4664 | Email:
Weekly office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Values – Mutual Respect, Honesty, Kindness, Service, Forgiveness, Commitment,
Perseverance, Faithfulness, Compassion, Flexibility
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