Pastor’s Email Blast, “Faith Alone”, 2/11 – Quinquagesima

SJLC ElderNews

Join us on Sunday for Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. & Sunday School and Bible Class at 10:45

Reminder: Ash Wednesday Divine Service with Imposition of Ashes is on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. 

Private Confession and Absolution offered all-week upon request.

Faith Alone

The seeing are blind, while the one who is blind can see (Luke 18:31–43). Jesus tells the twelve that He is going up to Jerusalem to suffer and die and rise again, but they cannot understand or grasp what He is saying. The meaning of His words is hidden from their sight. However, as Jesus makes His way up to Jerusalem, a blind man calls out to Him for mercy. This blind man sees that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior, for he calls Him “Son of David.” Indeed, Jesus is the Lord’s anointed, the keeper of sheep (1 Sam. 16:1–13) who goes to lay down His life for the sheep. He is the incarnate love of the Father who suffers long and is kind, who is not puffed up, who never fails us (1 Cor. 13:1–13). Jesus opens the eyes of the blind (Is. 35:3–7) to see Him not according to outward appearances of lowliness, but according to His heart of mercy and compassion. Those who behold Him thus by faith follow Him to the cross through death into life. (

Preparing for Worship: For those preparing to receive The Lord’s Supper, please refer to p. 328 in the hymnal. Prayers for worship are located on the first page of the hymnal.

Lord’s Supper:  Christ gives His body and blood in the Sacrament for the forgiveness of sins.  Those who are in fellowship with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod are welcome to Holy Communion.  Others we ask that you wait until our pastor can review with you the Gospel and the Lord’s Supper.

Prayers for the week:

* Thanksgiving for the birth of the Folkmann’s niece, Ava Elaine Stuedemann. * Pam Tontz, surgery Monday. Ron Martinez’ sister, Nancy. * Junker’s daughter-in-law, Lisa, recovering from surgery. * Larry Phillips, recovering from knee surgery. * Matthew Eggert, surgery. * Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth Nyman, recovering from surgery and cancer. Also, his friends, Howie and Jan—Jan has advanced cancer. * The Whitmire’s neighbor, Russ Wheat, who has advanced cancer.

*If you would like a prayer in the bulletin, please call or email pastor by Thursday*For pastoral emergencies and care, please call me at 972-802-0444.


WHERE CHRISTIANITY MEETS CULTURE… Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s topics include: The Early Warning Signs of Fascism, Western Civilization: Bane or Blessing?, Dave Ramsey & Financial Peace University, Late Term Abortions and more.  You can listen live or on-demand at and on the LPR mobile app.

Wednesday Morning Bible class just finished Ephesians. We have started a new study on Apologetics (defending the faith). This will help strengthen our faith, and prepare us to give a reason for the hope that we have to the dying world (evangelism). Please RSVP.

Building Fund: As reported at the last Voters’ meeting, we have started a building fund, for our long-term goal of a permanent location. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please write, “Building Fund” on your check/envelope along with the amount.  If the check is more than the designated amount, it will post to weekly offering.

Sunday morning Bible class should finish up “Individual Confession and Absolution” this morning. (Please hold onto to your hymnals today) Lent is a penitential season and all are reminded of the gift of Absolution that is available with pastor by request.

Frisco Family Services. Reminder, bring your donations to Church or drop them off directly to the food pantry.

New Location Update: If you have suggestions, please speak with an Elder or member of the Church Council.

SJLC Shooting Club today has been postponed for Sunday to the cold weather.

Friends of FLS:

You are invited to join us for the 11th annual Faith Lutheran School gala and auction event on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club in McKinney, Texas. Money raised at the event benefits Faith’s students in all grades.

The event – themed “Built on the Rock” – will feature a silent auction, live auction, buffet dinner and entertainment! This year, funds raised will be used for campus beatification, safety/security enhancements and other improvements.

Tickets for the event are $50 each (includes one drink ticket for bar item of your choice!) or a table of 8 for $500 (which gives you 10 extra minutes of bidding time at the end of the silent auction!) Tickets are on sale, which I sent to St. John. Ticket sales end Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Drawing tickets for prizes of $100 and $150 in auction dollars, a beautiful Kendra Scott necklace or a 16 GB Kindle Fire are also available for $10 each. You need not be present at the auction to win the Kindle Fire or necklace.

This year’s auction items up for bid include:

-Magnolia Home “Fixer Upper” prize pack including behind the scenes Silos tour for 8 and more!

-Pioneer Woman prize back from Ree Drummond’s Mercantile

-Tickets to Plano’s new Crayola Experience

-Allen Americans hockey tickets and prize package

-Pete Rose autographed photo

-Kendra Scott jewelry

-Luxury suite experience for 20 at Frisco RoughRiders game

-Themed “night out” packages including a gourmet wine & cheese experience and other dinner packages.

-Sporting event tickets, summer camp gift certificates, Barnes & Noble prize packs

-Museum passes, restaurant gift certificates, grocery gift cards

-and the ever-popular, creatively crafted class projects.

The event dinner menu features Ranch Deluxe BBQ Buffet including:

-Sliced smoked brisket, smoked sausage and grilled chicken with homemade BBQ sauce

-Roasted garlic mashed potatoes

-Green beans with sweet red peppers

-Glazed baby carrots

-Cole slaw

-Dinner rolls with butter

-Assorted desserts

-Iced tea, coffee, water and cash bar

The evening promises to be one of good food, friends and fun! I hope you will join us as we work together to raise funds for FLS! Thank you for your ongoing support!

Pastor Clint Stark

St. John Lutheran Church

Frisco, TX

 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

(Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)

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