Introducing the Lakewood Abbey

The name out front still says “Faith Lutheran Church,” but we’re now calling the building the Lakewood Abbey2015-06-26 14.56.27as we endeavor to foster community by offering office space to organizations, venues for artistic performances and community gatherings and co-work space for freelancers.

Of course, our building is also still home to Faith Lutheran Church and other partners interested in spiritual growth and the care and growth of children in the community.

Crossing the racial divide

This Sunday (July 31) the Good Soil Lutheran Ministries congregations of Faith Lakewood and Our Savior’s Rocky River are traveling to southeast Cleveland to worship with Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church, a predominantly African-American congregation in southeast Cleveland.

It’s the first step in what’s hoped to be a continuing effort to promote understanding, peace and healing across racial lines.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. at Advent, 15309 Harvard Ave, Cleveland, OH 44128, followed by lunch.  Parking is limited so carpooling from Our Savior’s is encouraged.

Job: Endurance, Hope & Love

Seghersjob“There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job.”

So begins the Biblical saga of the long-suffering Job (pr. Jobe), a devout, righteous man beset by a series of calamities. He loses his vast livestock holdings, his children and his health because of a wager between God and the Satan.

The story is powerful enough that it has worked its way into popular culture. You don’t have to be religious to understand that someone who has “the patience of Job” has stayed the course while enduring many problems.  But how much thought have you ever given to Biblical book of Job?

We’re going to do that during the five Sundays of July.  Here are the passages we’ll hear in worship on Sunday mornings:

July 3 – Job 1:1-22;  July 10 – Job 3:1-10; 4:1-9; 7:11-21; July 17 – Job 14:7-15; 19:23-27; July 24 – Job 31:35-37; 38:1-11; July 31 – Job 42:7-17.

At some point, you might want to take the time and sit down and read the entire book of Job.  In the meantime, here are couple of more contemporary helps to get you started thinking about Job.

Here is an interesting overall look at Job from a group called The Bible Project.

And here is a good read from Richard Rohr this week.  It mentions Jonah rather than Job, but I’m struck by the thought that “transformation … begins when something old falls apart” and by the thought “living in the confusing dark space for a while.”  Surely, Job knew the confusing dark space.

Summer Camp Registration

Faith and Our Savior’s Rocky River Lutheran Church — partners in Good Soil Lutheran Ministries — are offering two summer Bible camps for kids.

From June 20-24, Good Soil offers “The Jesus Way” day camp kids who completed grades K-6 this spring.  The camp, led by college-age counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio, runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Our Savior’s, 20300 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.  Cost is $20 per camper.  Lunch and snacks included. A registration form is available here.

From July 18-22, pre-K and elementary school age kids are welcome to a half-day Vacation Bible School, from 9:30 a.m. to noon daily.  Cost is $5 per child or $10 per family.  A registration form is available here.

Questions?  Call the office at Faith at 216-406-8869 or e-mail office@faithlakewood.org.

Lent @ Faith and Our Savior’s

AshesThe solemn season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (Feb. 10) and continues through six weeks as we reflect on the brokenness of the world and of ourselves and reorient ourselves to God in preparation for the hope and joy of Easter.

Here are few opportunities for worship and reflection and learning during this Lenten season:

  • Ash Wednesday services, with Holy Communion and imposition of ashes:  12 noon at Faith and 7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Rocky River.
  • Tuesday all-ages gatherings, featuring dinner at 5:45 p.m., followed by songs, Bible stories and coloring scenes and themes from the week’s scripture readings:  Feb. 16 at Faith; Feb. 23 at Our Savior’s; March 1 at Faith; March 8 at Our Savior’s; March 15 at Faith.
  • Wednesday worship at 12 noon, followed by a light lunch:  Feb. 17 at Faith; Feb. 24 at Our Savior’s; March 2 at Faith; March 9 at Our Savior’s; March 16 at Faith.

These Lent events are all listed in the calendar in this website where there is also a sign-up form for a weekly e-mail note to keep up with all that’s happening at Faith.

New Year, New Ministry Partners

Faith begins the new year with two new ministry partners — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rocky and Prodigal Community Church in Lakewood.  In a cooperative ministry agreement, Faith and Our Savior’s will work together to strengthen and expand our ministries in both communities, with Pastor Mark Rollenhagen serving as pastor of both congregations.

Beginning this Sunday (January 17) choose between Sunday morning worship at either location — 9 a.m. at Faith at 16511 Hilliard or 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior’s at 20300 Hilliard.  If you’re a member of either, use your offering envelope and it will be directed to the respective congregation.  The worship schedule will flip in June, with Faith’s worship moving to 10:30 a.m.

Prodigal, led by Pastor Tom Pussel, has moved from an office building at Delaware and Woodward into Faith’s building, where they will worship  at 11 a.m. on Sundays and collaborate in neighborhood ministry.

Watch for more news soon as our ministries grow together.

The Light in the Darkness

Are you or someone you know struggling in this Christmas season?  Or, are you willing to present for someone who is?

candlelight imageJoin us Tuesday evening (Dec. 22) at 7 p.m. for our “The Light in the Darkness” service, which acknowledges that this season can be difficult for people after the death of a loved one, a broken relationship, the inability to have a child, or the loss of a job or health.  The outward happiness of the season makes it all the more difficult.

So, at the winter solstice – the longest night time of the year – we gather reverently and hopefully before God for a service of healing and hope, and to share the Word that shines light into the darkness of despair, grief, and loneliness.

We welcome all who …

are seeking god’s love and grace.

Watch Faith’s sign on Hilliard over the coming weeks as the affirmation of welcome statement we adopted in 2014 unfolds in phrases.

Here’s the full statement:

We welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Christ.

God’s peace,

Pastor Mark Rollenhagen

Remembering the saints

All Saints is this Sunday (Nov. 1), meaning we’ll remember those who have died — and give thanks for the gift of baptism that binds us to Christ forever.  At the beginning of our 10 a.m. worship service, you are welcome to light a candle in memory of a loved one who has died and we will also remember them in our prayers.  We’ll also give thanks for those who have been baptized at our font since the All Saints Sunday a year ago.

It’s also a pet-friendly worship Sunday.  The PAWS (Pets Are Welcome Service) begins at 2 p.m. in our pet-friendly chapel in Fellowship Hall.  Please use the Hilliard Road entrance.

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God’s peace,

Pastor Mark Rollenhagen