“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
Grace and Peace,
It is amazing to me that it has been almost a month that I have been here at Faith Lutheran, it has been a busy time! I have so enjoyed being here and starting to get to know all of you and the area. I sincerely appreciate the warm welcome and enthusiastic involvement from everyone here at Faith. This past month, I spent much of my time meeting with the various committees and groups in the congregation and out in the community. These meeting gave me a great opportunity to start building relationships with our leaders here at Faith, and those who serve out in the city of Menifee. Highlights from the community meetings include going to the National Day of Prayer, the Interfaith Council, and getting to know a local Rabbi. Here at Faith Lutheran, I would like to highlight meetings with our congregation’s Cheer Visit Committee, the Campus Ministry Committee, and the Hymn Planners. These are just a few of the amazing ministries we have at Faith that I would like to lift up, because all of the groups I have met with have been such a great help in getting me acquainted with the church’s history, where we are now, and where we could go from here!
So, what does all of this have to do with Matthew 7:7 and vice versa? This verse from the Beatitudes is where Jesus affirms us to ask and seek for help when we need it, and God will provide. On the other side of that Jesus knocks on our door and calls us to help others as the instruments of God when help is sought out. And I have some things to ask, seek, and knock about. I am going to ask for all of your help with a couple things. These are important asks because they will really benefit the congregation and the best part is, they are not too hard to do! First, I would like to ask that you keep wearing all of your name tags, particularly on Sunday, so that I can keep getting to know everyone and connecting faces with names. This is one of the best ways to help me continue to settle in here, and better serve you. If you don’t have a name tag, we can order you one or just tell me your name when you see me. It might seem a little odd to keep introducing yourself after a couple weeks of seeing me here, but it is a simple and important way to help the congregation out by letting me get to know you.
Second, I want to thank everyone who is involved with committees, groups, and the many different ways you all are involved in serving each other here at Faith Lutheran and the larger community. I have seen so many gifts here and I am seeking even more. As I have met with these groups, I have noticed that many of the same people are on multiple committees and groups, which is so amazing! I am hoping the serving spirit of those I am talking about can inspire more people in the congregation to find a ministry or place in the congregation where they would like to be involved with as well. I am seeking those gifts, talents, and passions for ministry and encouraging everyone to find at least one thing to become involved in, maybe one more thing if you are already in a group. I would invite you to look at the different groups and committees in the church and pray about where you might find connection or have a gift to share. Maybe it is with groups I named above, or the Snip n’ Stich group, maybe with the Property Committee, or maybe there’s something new you would like to start or add to. This will help our wonderful servant leaders who are already doing so much and together we can continue growing in faith and following Christ’s call.
Finally, I would like to knock on your door. As summer is coming and we find our rhythm of being at church together, I would love to come and visit you either at your home, out for lunch or coffee, or here at the church. Pull me aside after service or invite me to your table at coffee hour perhaps. I want to get to know you, hear your stories, how you came to Faith Lutheran Church, what you love about it, and how God has moved and is moving in your life. I am so happy to be here and to have the honor of serving you as pastor, thanks be to God.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John Barton
We gather for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30 am for a traditional service of worship, that includes a Liturgy of Praise, Hymns, Choir and the sharing of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. From September to May we have Sunday School available for all children ages 3-11. (5th Grade)
Following worship, we gather for a time of Fellowship, coffee and light breakfast foods.
Come and join in the Fellowship!
As always, please invite your neighbors, family members, and friends to join us. All are welcome!
Upcoming Events for June:
June 5th – 10:00 am WELCA Leader's Bible Study
June 11th -10:00 am Lydia Circle Bible Study
June 12th - 10:00 am Mary CIrcle Bible Study
June 13th - Elizabeth CIrcle Bible Study
June 22nd - WELCA Garden Tea Party
June 29th - Un-BIrthday Party (put on by the Fellowship Committee)
We love all of God's people, so feel free to visit during our open hours.
Come and Worship on
Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
Our Fellowship time follows at 10:30am
Pastor John Barton
28200 Portsmouth Dr, Menifee, CA 92586, US