Volunteers bring joy to many. If volunteering brings joy to you, then Faith Thrivent is worth checking out. (Thrivent is a not-for-proﬁt insurance company which funds church and community projects carried out by its members and associate members. If you own a Thrivent product, you're a member…if you participate in a Thrivent project, it's easy to become an associate member.)
In a typical year, Faith Thrivent volunteers perform 10 to 12 church and community projects, hand out more than six thousand dollars in grants and matching funds, and contribute more than 2000 volunteer hours.
Thrivent volunteers play a key role in Faith's annual OKTOBERFEST fund-raiser. We always help Faith's Pre-school. In recent years, we've retiled and painted classrooms, removed the old playground structure and helped fund the new one, and scraped and repainted the eaves on the pre-school building.
Other examples of community projects demonstrate the diverse talent of Faith Thrivent volunteers and the fact that there's something for everyone: we replaced a weather-beaten and graffiti-streaked mural on the playground wall at Longview Elementary School with a colorful, new mural featuring peace signs, the words "Longview Lancers" in bold blue and gold lettering, and some puzzle pieces that ﬁt together;
We've re-stocked Refugee Resettlement's housewares inventory; we provided food staples and food baskets for the Mt. of Olives Food Closet and the Phoenix Rescue Mission; we made and served pancakes to more than 250 homeless persons at Grace Lutheran church; we send inner city youths to camp by co-sponsoring Neighborhood Ministries annual golf tournament; and in addition to buying and planting bamboo and lavender in the garden surrounding the pool at the Gardiner Hospice of the Valley in-patient facility, we prepared ﬁve varieties of soup, poured the contents into 150 meal-sized containers and delivered these soup treats to ﬁve Hospice facilities around the Valley.
We do many other projects and can always use new volunteers and new project ideas.
Develops, promotes and supports Christian community within the congregation. Responsible for C-time, (refreshments after worship) celebrations, receptions, seasonal breakfasts, brunches, suppers and whatever events and activities the team creates. Manages and supplies the kitchen.
Fellowship Team Member:
Time Commitment: One Saturday per month for 2 hours; dates may vary with upcoming events.
Description: The team is responsible for promoting fellowship among congregation members. We engage congregation members in social events, sometimes used as fund raisers, such as Oktoberfest, Hawaiian Luau, Spaghetti Dinner and talent show etc. It is generally to spend time with each other and have a tremendous amount of fun.
Time Commitment: Maybe 10 minutes a week to make some telephone calls.
Description: To invite congregation members to participate in providing snack items for coffee time following worship service, prior to education hour in Parish Hall.
Time Commitment: 1 hour prior to worship and 1 hour following worship every Sunday.
Description: To prepare coffee for C-Time and fellowship before worship. To assist person/persons providing snacks for C-Time to set up and clean up after worship.
Men of Faith/Hombres de la Fe:
Open to ALL men of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 7:45 am in Parish Hall to enjoy a continental breakfast and share on a selected topic related to our faith. We do projects for the church, raise money for the emergency fund and we hosted a church picnic. We learn more about each other and we have fun.
Purposes of Men of Faith/Hombres de la Fe:
- To share our challenges, our joys, and our love of our Lord
- To grow spiritually through prayer, sharing, study and action
- To generate relationships as brothers – to be understood and to support and take care of each other
- To generate the experience of community at Faith Church
- To serve the Faith community through special projects
- To create trust and safety through confidentiality
Dr. Arlo J. Nau is a Lutheran pastor's son from rural Wisconsin. He attended preparatory school in Milwaukee and seminary in St. Louis, MO. While still a student he traveled extensively in Middle and Far Eastern countries studying cultures and religions. After graduation, the author served as Lutheran Campus Pastor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned a Th.D. from the University of Toronto and taught in the Religious Studies Program at SUNY-Buffalo and at Arizona State University - West in Phoenix. After retiring as Administrator of the Arizona Ecumenical Council, he continued to write, authoring two books on the Gospel of Matthew, contributing several collections of original poetry, and producing numerous educational videos. Throughout, Dr. Baillie's A Diary of Private Prayer has occupied a major place in Dr. Nau's own devotional life.