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“Gathered faithfully to love and serve God and all others.”
Faith's Friday Update
June 10, 2022
Sunday, June 5, 2022
The Holy Trinity
Worship Services at 8AM & 10:15AM

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 - Wisdom rejoices in the creation
Psalm 8 - Your glory is chanted above the heavens.
Romans 5:1-5 - God’s love poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit
John 16:12-15 - The Spirit will guide you into the truth
Minutes from the May 12, 2022 Congregation Council meeting are now available.
Emailed to those with a valid opted-in email address on file on Saturday May 7.

Paper copies will be provided on request. Signup for a paper copy in the narthex or contact Patty McKee (941-921-3709), or email
You won’t believe this!!! 2023 Giving Envelopes are due for re-order! Please contact the church office (941-924-4664) or Patty McKee (941-921-3709), if you desire a change in your envelope status before by June 30, 2022:
  • If you no longer need envelopes, and are comfortable with electronic giving—
  • If you want a full packet of Sundays and Special Offering Envelopes and do not currently have them—
  • If you want ONLY the Special Offering Envelopes
If you want NO Change, we will re-order as is. No Need to contact us. Thank You.
Invite a neighbor, relative, colleague, acquaintance, bridge partner, tennis partner, golf buddy, gym friend, your doctor, dentist, bank teller, hairdresser, barber, florist, waiter, waitress, bartender, insurance sales person, lawyer, mail carrier, landscaper, and anyone else to worship with you at Faith this week!
Faith’s Bereavement Group will resume on Wednesday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome! Spread the word of hope!
We celebrate the awarding of four Endowment Grants! We are excited to support Steve Ragan, as he leads an Adult Forum on Sunday mornings. The grant will help to pay for materials for the study. All adults are welcome to join. We are also thrilled to support three of our Youth with grant requests. Two of them, Alma Dornemann and Christian Jones, will be attending a week at Lutherridge this summer. One of them, Olivia Kaiser, will be going this summer to Luther Springs. The Endowment Committee is overjoyed to support these ministries with our fund.
Following a rigorous search process and interviewing a slate of highly qualified candidates, the personnel committee is please to announce that we have hired Brigitte Porwol as our Church Office Administrator. Brigitte has a master’s degree in Education and Social Work, has strong office, facility and program management skills and has a deep faith in our Lord Jesus! She will begin the onboarding process this Monday June 13th. Let us give thanks to God for the hard work and discernment of the Personnel Committee and pray for Brigitte during this time of transition!
Join us for a hearty breakfast, prayer and fellowship at Skillets, 8635 S. Tamiami Trail this Tuesday, June 14th at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome! Please RSVP by emailing Pastor Eric at or call the church office!
Would you consider serving as an Usher, a Lector, or as a Communion assistant? It is a wonderful way to serve and to feed your faith! No experience necessary! If you are interested in serving please call Joan Searles, Worship Committee Chairperson at (941)921-9896 or call the church office. Thank you for your prayerful consideration!
This month’s special giving envelope is for SURE.

SURE is a faith-based organization that seeks justice for the poor, working class and mixed income individuals/families living in Sarasota County. Our network unites, organizes and trains leaders in the community to be change agents for justice by empowering people of different racial, faith and economic backgrounds.
Adult Forum is going to start up again at Faith using the “That the World May Know” video series. We will meet in the conference room starting on Sunday June 19th between the two morning worship services from 9:10 – 9:50am.

Pack your bags! We're going on a journey with Ray Vander Laan, a Biblical scholar. A quest to uncover Scripture and its meaning across history. Filmed on location in Israel and throughout the Middle East, the Faith Lessons Digital series is an adventure in biblical learning. You will discover why Jesus turned the world upside down with his compelling call to follow Him. The insights you gain will transform your reading of the Gospels and inspire a deeper faith commitment.

If you are wondering what the title of this series is based on, it comes from last Sunday’s Gospel message in John 17:23, “...May they be brought to complete unity that the world may know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Looking for a time to pray with members of our Faith family? Join every Wednesday at 11:00am in the chapel for a time apart. We will pray for ourselves, our loved ones, those in need, our church community, the larger community that we serve, our nation and the world. Come and bring your concerns and your desire to connect with our loving heavenly father!
Joan’s Soup Freezer is filling up! Please feel free to bring some home for yourself or a friend. All donations are also welcome! Please be sure to label soup donations with type of soup (ingredients) and date created. Thank you!
Faith Early Learning Center will not be offering services for families during the 2022-23 school year. However, we fully intend to be offering a wonder-filled Christ centered program in the fall of 2023. 
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.

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!

12 Holy Trinity Sunday Celebrate and pray for our faith to deepen as we embrace the mystery of the Holy Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, always present for us.

13 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assembly of the South Carolina Synod, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.

14 “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4). Give thanks and praise that God shows no bias, understands our human complexities and is not constrained by human borders, rules or traditions.

15 Pray that our hope and strength will be grounded and renewed in God’s boundless and unfaltering love, especially in times when we feel uncertain, discouraged or powerless to impact what goes on in the world today. 

16 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assemblies of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.

17 Emanuel Nine, martyrs Today we remember the members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, N.C., who were killed by a self-professed white supremacist while gathered for Bible study. Pray that we — as individuals, a church and a society — will reaffirm our commitment to repent from the sins of racism and white supremacy, and that the Spirit will change our hearts and lead us to value, love and welcome all people as the wonderful handiwork of God.
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06/09 Dongarra, Joseph & Joan
06/22 Giannini, Alix & Ray
06/08 Hosler, Sue & Mike
06/01 Pellicot, Brian & Lauren
06/06 Petersen, Janet & Carl
06/10 Ragan, Peggy & Steven
06/24 Stelmahsenko, Lauma Brass & Stan
06/24 Wambold, Ed & Carol
06/27 Weaver, Doug & Alyene Brett-Weaver
06/29 White, Karen & John
06/13 Winemiller, Carolyn & Jim

06/18 Brinker Kenneth
06/30 Brinker Sandra
06/26 Claxon Gary
06/24 Conlon Donna
06/09 Dennis Nicole
06/04 Dongarra Joan
06/15 Gamboa Rodrigo
06/30 Martinson Liz
06/09 McLean Chad
06/29 Melander Judi
06/25 Miller Ruth

06/19 Molella Sharna
06/27 Moreland Kristina
06/08 Moreland Mason
06/10 Olsen Olaf
06/26 Preston Chris
06/01 Ragan Erica
06/26 Reinstrom Gary
06/26 Schmeling Gail
06/25 Schuster Mary
06/30 Scully Lindsay
06/28 Slobodnik Nancy
06/16 Smith Adele
06/05 Thornbloom John
06/28 Victor Carol
06/11 Winemiller Charlotte
06/16 Winemiller Jim
06/20 Zorn Rusmini
Pastor: Rev. Eric Olaf Olsen

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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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