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.

Want to keep up with what’s going on at Faith each week?  Sign up for our weekly “This Week @ Faith” e-news using the form in the right hand column of this webpage.

God’s peace,

Pastor Mark Rollenhagen

Worship @ Messiah this Sunday


This Sunday (Oct. 25) we worship with our friends at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park, as we remember the beginning of the Protestant Reformation with hanging of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg nearly 500 years ago.

There will be no worship services at Faith this Sunday, but at Messiah there are two worship opportunities (8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.), breakfast, and a presentation from the author of a book about Jacob Fugger, a controversial figure in the Protestant Reformation.  Author Greg Steinmetz will speak during the adult forum, from 9:50 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. at Messiah.

An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will be open from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  Donations accepted.

Pastor Rollenhagen will preach at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services while Pastor Burce presides. Members of Faith and Messiah will be involved in leading worship.

Faith members can use their Faith offering envelopes at Messiah on Sunday and they will be set aside for Faith.  The loose offering that is collected will be directed to Faith’s mission efforts.  Breakfast donations benefit ministries at Messiah.

Messiah is located at 21485 Lorain Road, Fairview Park 44126.

New worship, study times for fall

Beginning this Sunday (Sept. 13), we offer two worship opportunities:  8 a.m. in the chapel and 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.  In between, we offer and adult study time focusing on scripture, faith and daily life.  Sunday School for young children is offered during the 10 a.m. worship service.

We have an attendant in our nursery during the 10 a.m. service.

Both worship services offer Holy Communion.


After School registration opens

Registration is now open for Faith Arts Camp and Clubs 6 and 78.

Faith Arts Camp is for kids in grades K-8 and meets from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday that Lakewood Schools are open, For Website 2beginning September 9.  Students who attend Hayes Elementary School meet at the flagpole and walk to Faith with two adult volunteers.  Other students arrange their own transportation.  A registration form is available here.

Club 6 is for sixth graders and meets Tuesday afternoons, from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a snack, homework help and time to hang out in Faith’s game room.  A registration form is available here.

Club 78 is for seventh and eighth graders and meets Thursday afternoons.  A registration form is available here.For website 1

Registration is required.  Each program has a registration fee of $20.

Questions?  Call Faith at 216-226-6500 or e-mail office@faithlakewood.org.


Camp for kids K-7 next week!

“A Love That Never Ends” 

That’s the theme for a week-long, full-day camp for kids who were in grades K-6 during the 2014-15 school year.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 20 -24.

Games, crafts, singing and Bible studies led by college-student counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio (LOMO).  Lunch included.  A registration form is available here.  Cost:  $20 for first child; $10 each additional child from the same household.

For more information, call 216-226-6500 or stop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, to register.

Sign up for summer camps!

Vacation Bible School June 22 – 26, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Half-day joint Vacation Bible School (VBS) for elementary school students, featuring games, crafts and Bible stories.  Offered by Calvary United Methodist, Faith Lutheran and Grace Presbyterian churches at Faith – collectively known as PLUM (Presbyterians, Lutherans, United Methodists in ministry) in southwest Lakewood.  A registration form is available here.  Cost:  $5 per child or $10 per family.

Faith Day Camp – July 20 — 24 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Full-day camp for kids who were in grades K-6 during the 2014-15 school year.  Games, crafts, singing and Bible studies led by college-student counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio (LOMO).  Lunch included.  A registration form is available here.  Cost:  $20 for first child; $10 each for sibling.

For more information, call 216-226-6500 or stop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, to register.