Fountain of Life Lutheran Church

Join us for Worship! 8am Sunday - Liturgical 10am Sunday - Contemporary 6pm Wednesday - "A-Live" worship 9:10-9:50am - Sunday School - Rm 10 9:00am- Adult Bible Class 9:30am - Adult Bible Class

Online Zoom Bible Study - Hymn of the Day
April 27th meeting at 4pm.

Have you ever wanted to look deeper into the Hymns? Join Brenda for a Bible Study based on the hymns from lcms.org. You can join in anytime since each study will look at a new hymn. This week we will look at "The King of Love My Shepherd Is" LSB 709. I hope you will join us.

Zoom Bible Study log-in information is in Ripples, or you may contact Brenda Buys at [email protected]

We may not be together in person, but we are together in Christ!

Join us online this Sunday at 8AM (Traditional service) or 10AM (Contemporary service). http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

Third Sunday of Easter - “Victory!”
The seven Sundays of Easter celebrate the greatest of all victories—the defeat of sin, death, and the devil by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The theme of victory fills each of the Sundays of Easter and radiates out the joy of the first Easter morning week by week. One Easter hymnwriter exhorts: “Let hymns of praise His triumph tell” (LSB 464:3). There is so much to be sung and to be told about the victory of Jesus, our Lord—and we are the ones gifted with the opportunity to do the singing and the telling in our generation.

We may not be together in person, but we are together in Christ!

Join us online this Sunday at 8AM (Traditional service) or 10AM (Contemporary service). http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

Second Sunday of Easter - “The Voice of Peace”
The word “peace” is central for God’s people to hear time and again as part of worship. The peace of the Lord is exchanged between pastor and congregation and often also spoken among the people of the congregation. It is the last word in the Benediction and is therefore the most frequently used word to close the service. In the era of the Reformation and the decades following, the hymn “Grant Peace, We Pray, in Mercy, Lord” was used immediately after the sermon as a reminder of how important the Lord’s peace was in a world that knew unrest and challenges. It is our blessing to hear that word of peace from our Lord once again today in our world—which also has unrest and challenges.

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We may not be together in person, but we are together in Christ!

HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Our 8AM Streaming Service is starting NOW! Come join us celebrate Christ's victory over death! HE IS RISEN!
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The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Day - "Our Risen Savior Rocks the World"
“Break down the wall that would divide Thy children, Lord, on ev’ry side” (LSB 844:2). The resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter morning was the greatest breaking down of walls ever experienced on this earth. In his Gospel account, Matthew tells that there was a great earthquake on that Easter Day. He also records that on the day that Jesus died, the earth shook and rocks were split. God was at work in shaking up the earth at the time of the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son, our Savior. And God is still breaking down walls—walls that divide and separate people. Today we celebrate the forgiveness won for us and all people by Jesus, our Risen and Living Lord.

We may not be together in person, but we are together in Christ!

HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Our 8AM Streaming Service is starting NOW! Come join us celebrate Christ's victory over death! HE IS RISEN!
http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Day - "Our Risen Savior Rocks the World"
“Break down the wall that would divide Thy children, Lord, on ev’ry side” (LSB 844:2). The resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter morning was the greatest breaking down of walls ever experienced on this earth. In his Gospel account, Matthew tells that there was a great earthquake on that Easter Day. He also records that on the day that Jesus died, the earth shook and rocks were split. God was at work in shaking up the earth at the time of the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son, our Savior. And God is still breaking down walls—walls that divide and separate people. Today we celebrate the forgiveness won for us and all people by Jesus, our Risen and Living Lord.

We may not be together in person, but we are together in Christ!

Join us online Easter morning to celebrate Christ's victory over death! HE IS RISEN!!! ALLELUIA!!!! Service times at 8AM (Traditional) and 10AM (Contemporary).
http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Day - "Our Risen Savior Rocks the World"
“Break down the wall that would divide Thy children, Lord, on ev’ry side” (LSB 844:2). The resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter morning was the greatest breaking down of walls ever experienced on this earth. In his Gospel account, Matthew tells that there was a great earthquake on that Easter Day. He also records that on the day that Jesus died, the earth shook and rocks were split. God was at work in shaking up the earth at the time of the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son, our Savior. And God is still breaking down walls—walls that divide and separate people. Today we celebrate the forgiveness won for us and all people by Jesus, our Risen and Living Lord.

We may not be together in person, but we are together in Christ!

Join us online this evening as we recall the immense sacrifice made by our Savior at our 6PM for our Good Friday service. http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

Good Friday - “The Wonderful Cross”
It seems strange to call this day “good.” After all, on this day, Jesus, our Savior and Lord, was tortured, beaten, spit upon, and brutally crucified on a cross. What is good about that? Actually, the goodness of this day is extensive and amazing. At the cross, God’s plan to redeem the world came to full fruition. Rather than ignore our sin, pretend it away, or eternally turn away from us, God became one of us, and in an act of pure self-sacrifice and love, Jesus willingly suffered the worst. For you. For me. For the world. Ours is not a God who says to us, “If you obey Me well enough, then I might love you.” Our God says to us at the outset, “I love you. I willingly gave My life for yours. If you want to see the extent of My love, look to the cross. Let My love draw you to hear and obey Me.” So today’s service is not a funeral for Jesus. It is a way to remember the events of Jesus’ death—including the allusions to it already in the Old Testament. It is an occasion for us to be drawn closer in love to the God who loves us unconditionally. It is an occasion to weep over our sin that made the crucifixion of Jesus necessary. It is an occasion to rejoice in the forgiveness and peace that comes from putting our faith in our crucified Lord. It is an occasion to marvel at the breadth, height, and depth of God’s love for us. Yes, it is Good Friday.

We may not be together in person, but we are together in Christ!

Join us online this evening at 6PM for our Maundy Thursday service. http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

Holy (Maundy) Thursday - “New Covenant Promise”
Holy Thursday begins the great three days that commemorate how God accomplished our salvation in Jesus Christ. The first part of the service is confession and forgiveness, the culmination of the Lenten season of repentance. Holy Thursday then recalls two central events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. First is the Lord’s Supper. The Gospel tells of the Holy Thursday night when, during the Passover meal, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “This is My body.” He then took the cup, blessed it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My blood of the new covenant.” The old covenant involved regular repeated animal sacrifice. This new covenant involves the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus’ blood, which fulfilled the old covenant once for all. We now share this Meal regularly in remembrance of Jesus’ all-availing sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. The second central event recalled tonight is the abandonment of Jesus by all who loved Him. This is remembered by the action of stripping the altar while Psalm 22 is read. This reminder of how Jesus was forsaken also assures us that Jesus is with us at times when we feel forsaken.

Join us as we continue through Holy Week on the way to the cross and the joyous resurrection!

A little levity for this morning.

Blessings to you today!

Blessings on your Palm Sunday! HOSANNA! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! HOSANNA!!!!

We may not be together in person, but we are together in Christ! Join us for the journey to the cross and in the grand victory of His resurrection!

http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

We may not be together in person, but we are together in Christ!

We welcome you to worship with us online this weekend! We will be live streaming both the 8AM and 10AM services this Palm Sunday!

Palm Sunday - “The Hour Is At Hand"
Palm Sunday begins with unbridled joy as we recall how Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, while being acclaimed by the crowds with loud shouts of “Hosanna” and boisterous waving of palm branches. But then the solemnness of Holy Week also begins. With a time of silence, the service shifts our focus to Jesus’ path to the cross. As foretold by prophets long ago, Jesus was stricken and afflicted, beaten and spit upon, crucified, and He died. He did this out of divine love for all of humanity, taking on Himself the sins of all people for our forgiveness. Today’s worship reflects the pattern of our lives. At times we experience unbridled joy and celebration. And then, sometimes in the next moment, we experience heartbreaking suffering. Jesus is there with us—in the joyful celebrations, in the heartbreak and suffering. He alone can transform it all into deeper love for God and neighbor. The hour of Jesus’ death on the cross is the hour of our life and salvation.

Sunday - 8AM (Traditional/Liturgical)
Sunday - 10AM (Contemporary)

Bible studies, Sunday School, and all other in-person church activities are suspended at this time.

Live Stream any of the services here http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

Tithes and offerings may be made here
http://follutheran.org/donate/
You may also mail in your offerings.

Don't forget to join us this morning at 11AM for our live-streamed Lent Midweek service. This is the final one for our Lenten season. http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

“Eyes on Jesus: Worldly Eyes”
This Lent, we will use the metaphor of eyesight to examine how the various people in Mark’s Gospel viewed Jesus during His Passion. In most cases, they misunderstood who He was and what He was doing; then again, sometimes by faith people did recognize Him correctly.

We have these forty days of Lent in which we may look within ourselves as people of faith in our day. How are we like or unlike the people who saw Jesus in the flesh? Most important, as we gather for worship, we will see what Jesus has done to save us from our sins by His holy, precious blood and innocent sufferings and death.

Today, we learn of Pilate’s worldly view and how, to keep his position and placate the Jewish leaders and crowd, he handed Jesus over for crucifixion. The soldiers saw the opposite of a worldly king, but their ironic hailing of Him as “King of the Jews” proclaims who He really is. The world looks for power and glory; God’s way is suffering and the cross. Which way do we look in the daily decisions we make?

Take comfort in knowing that our Savior is there to ease our anxiety and give us comfort. None of us know what is around each corner, but God does. God knows how all of this will go. Isn't it amazing to know that our Lord is in control of everything? Peace be with all of you.

We will be streaming tomorrow's Lenten Service at 11:00AM. Please join us! http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

We welcome you to worship with us online this weekend! We will be live streaming both the 8AM and 10AM services on Sunday!

Fifth Sunday in Lent - “Take a Breather”
Long before Jesus’ death and resurrection, God made clear to His people that death would not have the last word. As Ezekiel was inspired to write of the dry bones of death having life breathed into them, it would foreshadow the future for God’s people through the One who conquered death and grave once for all. In a world of death and decay, we are sustained in our journey now until the resurrection of all flesh through Jesus Christ, our life-giving Lord and Savior.

Sunday - 8AM (Traditional/Liturgical)
Sunday - 10AM (Contemporary)

Bible studies, Sunday School, and all other in-person church activities are suspended at this time.

Live Stream any of the services here http://follutheran.org/worship/live-stream-information/

Tithes and offerings may be made here
http://follutheran.org/donate/
You may also mail in your offerings.

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March 20, 2020
From your pastor -
My Brothers and Sister in Christ,
This is an extraordinary time. Most of us had no idea a few months ago that a virus labeled COVID-19 would change our lives so much. Not since the Great Depression and WWII has the whole world been plunged into such a crisis. It’s hard to predict what the future holds, but this we can count on, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the same today as He was yesterday, and He will be the same in the days ahead. His love and grace and forgiveness are constant. He’s reliable. Inexhaustible. Overwhelming. Unending. The Lord speaks to us through the words of the Apostle Paul, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, (nor viruses) will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ro 8:38–39)

Yet, while the Lord is constant the way we live is changing. At church too! Yes, the Church continues to be the “Bride of Christ.” He will not forsake His Church. Because of the virus and the current requested restrictions, how we “do” church has changed, hopefully just temporarily but temporary might be weeks, even months. We can only wait and see.
Church services have been cancelled, both on Wednesdays and Sundays. Bible classes, children and youth ministry, the Thrift Center, our various ministry groups, meetings, all are cancelled on campus until suggested restrictions are lifted. Easter is just around the corner. Fortunately, we are living in the world of the internet. Ministry can continue, limited, but we forge ahead. We have options.

Last Wednesday the Board of Administration and I met together using the online meeting space called “Zoom.” Each of us sat behind our computer in our home and discussed the needs of the congregation. On the screen we could see each other. In fact, within a 24-hour timespan I had attended three Zoom meetings. It was productive. We can use these online platforms for our own benefit. I plan on using Zoom for confirmation class instruction.
I’m also learning about another method of online group gathering called “Facebook Live.” I met online on Thursday with 70 other pastors as our District President, Dr. Mike Gibson, shared his encouragement and suggestions.

This weekend we will be live-streaming both the 8 AM and 10 AM services, even if very few people will be in the sanctuary. Those in attendance will be the pastor, A/V staff, our organist, song leader, and a small, select group who will sing the hymns and songs and provide the voice of the congregation. We’ll see how it goes. We have lessons to learn. We’ll get better. This kind of “production” was not taught in the Seminary. We’ll also be streaming the Lent service at 11 AM on Wednesday and an abbreviated version of the Alive service at 6 PM.

If you are reading this letter you no doubt have internet access. You have options for connecting to the ministry but I am concerned for a significant population of our congregation that is not internet savvy. We are working on ideas to provide them a connection to ministry. Many are in the “at risk” group so we need to think through how to do this safely. Although we are practicing social distancing, I don’t want it to be social isolation – from the church. The elders and I will be meeting, online, to discuss options. Taking the Lord’s Supper out to individuals will, no doubt, be an option.

I am working on an idea that would give us the opportunity to gather together in worship on campus and still respect the “rule of 10.” We have rooms, with access to the internet and large screens and sound systems, where small groups can gather during our worship times. For instance, a group of 10 could gather on either side of the petition in the FLC. Another group in Room 14, or 10A. We would offer the Lord’s Supper to the group as part of the service that is being streamed.
I’m trying to be creative. Maybe you have a suggestion?

For our offerings, and I’m praying for your continuing support of the congregational ministry. You can always drop off your offering at the Church Office. We will be offering a “drive up” offering at church on Sundays. If you’d like to mail your offering call us and we’ll send you a stamped envelope that you can use to just drop in the mailbox.
We also have online giving. Here are the instructions:

How can I start giving my offering to FOL online?
1. On the internet navigate to the Fountain of Life website (http://follutheran.org/)
2. At the top right of the webpage is DONATE, click it.
3. You’ll see this page (it’s just an icon.), click on it anywhere and you’ll be re-directed to a page that looks exactly like the previous page, but this one is the Donation/registration page.
4. You have two options, you can select any listed category on the larger box on the right. Type in the amount you’d like to give, at the bottom select the frequency and the Start Date.
5. Click continue (it will take a few moments to process) and you will be taken to the page where you enter all your info. Complete the information making sure the “Required” categories filled in
6. Click PROCESS
7. The second option is to create a profile that you can use ongoing for online giving.
8. Over on the right is the box, Create Your Online Profile, click on Create Profile
9. It will ask for your email address, if you don’t have one STOP, you can’t go further. If you have one continue working through the prompts.
10. If you’re thinking it may be time to get an email address, call the church office and we can help you acquire a free one.
11. That’s it.
12. Thank you for honoring the Lord by returning a portion of the Lord’s gift to you to your church.
If you need guidance to set up online giving, just call the church office.

This is the time for the Christian church to step up and show how they love the Lord first and our neighbor before ourselves. Let’s find ways to help. Call a loved one. Ask us for a senior’s name that you can call and just say “hi!” Volunteer to order groceries online and pick them up for someone who is homebound. Share a couple extra rolls of toilet paper. Be creative. Love. Pray. Don’t be afraid. Put your trust in the Lord. He is in control.

Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Greg Rachuy

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