Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – Ash Wednesday

Today begins the 40 days before Easter that marks the season of Lent (this includes all of the days except for the Sundays). You may think it unusual or not fitting that today is also Valentines Day. It last happened in 1956. It will happen again in only eleven years in 2029. Today is a day of hearts and love. This is one of the greatest days of the year for the sales of flowers and sentimental cards. Yet the message of Jesus in the cross is the greatest of all love stories. That is just what I take away when I consider the total message of Jesus in all that he said and even more in what he did for us. Paul states this truth in a powerful way in Romans.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”     (Romans 5:8)
I remember hearing something similar to this verse in an unusual way. ‘True love is being willing to die for someone you want to kill.” Jesus loved people. He did not limit his love to those who followed him. He did not only love those who agreed with him. His love is the ingredient that brings change to angry hearts. He loved broken people, sinners and you and me. He even loved those who nailed him to the cross.  
During this Lenten season we are going to prayerfully thank God for the kind of love we have been given in Jesus. This love is eternal in comparison to the flowers given today. It is also lived out in action and not only in words.

In Christ’s Service,  

Pastor Dave

Visiting Der Dutchman with Forever Young

It’s Time for Our Annual Trip!
Saturday, February 17, 2018  
3713 Bahia Vista Street

Sarasota, Fl 34232
Pastor Dave will be taking us on the bus – leaving church promptly at 11:00AM
($5.00 donation, per person, to cover gas)
Everyone is Welcome!
If you have any questions, please contact: Carol Goebel  813-447-0781 
Sign up sheet will be in the Narthex.

The 5th Annual Thrivent Night at the Tampa Bay Lightning!

Tickets are now available for the game on Thursday, February 8th at 7:30 PM, when the Tampa Bay Lightning takes on Vancouver.  Tickets cost $24.  Also, join us for this special fan experience:  Hockey 101 presentation with 2004 Stanley Cup-winning Captain and 2017 NHL Hall of Fame inductee, Dave Andreychuk, beginning at 5:30 PM.  A limited number of these special discounted tickets are available, so place your order now!  Contact Kimberly in the church office for tickets!

Epiphany Bonfire and Chili Cook-off

Family of Christ

invites you and your family to join us for our

Annual Bonfire and Chili Cook-Off

Friday, January 12th at 6 pm


  • Share your favorite chili recipe as a contestant
  • There will be a DJ and the field will be lit from 5-9 pm
  • acoustic music around the fire from 9-10 pm
  • Great Family Fun and Fellowship
  • Donate your Christmas Tree to burn  
  • Beer will be available for a donation
  • Classes will have their annual fundraising tables

Contact us or sign up in the Narthex if wish to be a Chili Cook-off Contestant.

Winter Jam

When:  Sat., Jan 13, 4:30pm – 11pm
Where: Meet at the church and we’ll take the bus to Amalie Arena
Cost: $15
Winter Jam is a massive Christian concert with several bands/musicians.  Some of the musicians that will be there are Skillet, Building 429, KB, Kari Jobe, Jodan Feliz, and comedian John Crist. For more information go to or contact the church office.

2017 Christmas Eve Services

OneBlood Blood Drive


Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Family of Christ Lutheran Church

All donors will receive a FREE OneBlood Fleece Blanket (pictured) and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening! 

Youth Ministry Ice Skating and Bible Discussion

2018 Ski Trip


Who: Youth and open to families.

When: January 2-5, 2018

Where: Winterplace, WV

Cost: $260 per person


Registration with a $100 deposit is due by Dec 3.

We’ll take the bus and leave early on Tues, January 2, arriving at Winterplace that evening.  We’ll be staying at the Sleep Inn Princeton for 3 nights.  Wednesday and Thursday we’ll be skiing and then we will return home Friday, January 5, arriving back at the church that evening. 

Included in the $260 cost is:

  • 3 nights hotel lodging at Sleep Inn Princeton
  • Continental breakfast
  • Indoor Pool
  • 2 day lifts (9am to 10pm)
  • 2 day ski OR snowboard rentals
  • Free beginning lesson
  • 2 Lunch vouchers
  • Bus trip to and from Winterplace

Individuals are responsible for their own ski clothing, though I’m sure things like ski bibs are available to rent, if they wish.  While breakfast and lunch are provided while at the hotel, individuals will be responsible for dinners (we’ll find a reasonably priced restaurant in the area).  Also, people are responsible for lunches and dinners (fast food) during the trips to and from Winterplace.  Of course, people may also want to bring additional money for snacks, souvenirs, etc.

Additional funds will be available to be applied to the cost for youth who participate in fundraising events.

You can register right now online by completing the form below.






If the person/people registered above are all minors, please complete the following information:

You can make your payment for the deposit by clicking here.

Announcements for the Week of October 1, 2017

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If you have any questions about the announcements, please contact Kimberly in the church office by email or at (813) 558-9343, extension 116.