Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. at Faith

Our weekly Good Soil Lutheran Ministries worship service begins at 10 a.m. this Sunday (May 22) at Faith.  The single, Sunday morning worship service of Faith and Our Savior’s DSCF1450Rocky River Lutheran Churches now rotates weekly — at Our Savior’s on Sundays falling on an odd date and at Faith on Sundays falling on even dates.

Confused?  Don’t worry.  You’re never more than five minutes from being in the right place!  Here’s a map showing the quick trip between the churches, which are less than two miles apart, both on Hilliard.

Confused about the many entrances to Faith or where to park? Check out this detailed guide.

Pentecost: Bikes, blessing at 10

Don’t forget: This Sunday (May 15) worship moves to a new time — 10 a.m. — with one service at Our Savior’s. Put your red on as we celebrate Pentecost with a special procession celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit. Bring your bike or a picture of it — or your helmet or bell or whatever is practical — as we’ll conclude worship with a blessing of bikes and riders. Bring a friend!Pentecost stole

This worship service will be the first in a new pattern in which we’ll have only one Sunday morning worship service — at Our Savior’s on Sundays that fall on odd dates and at Faith on Sundays that fall on even dates.

Registration open for summer camps

Mark your calendar now and register for a couple of summer camps for kids!

Kids who finish grades kindergarten through 6th this spring are welcome to “The Jesus Way” day camp from June 20 through June 24.  The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day that week and features college-age counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio, leading stories, songs and games. Registration is $20 ($10 for additional kids from the same household) and includes lunch and snacks.  Financial aid is available. Contact Pastor Mark Rollenhagen at 216-226-6500 for more information.  A day camp registration form is available here.

This camp will be held at Our Savior’s Rocky River Lutheran Church, 20300 Hilliard Blvd. Faith and Our Savior’s are partners in a cooperative ministry known as Good Soil Lutheran Ministries.

During the week of July 18-22, the Good Soil congregations – along with Calvary United Methodist and Grace Presbyterian Church and Prodigal Community Churches – will offer a half-day Vacation Bible School for kids 4-11 at Faith, 16511 Hilliard Road, Lakewood.  The VBS will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day.  A VBS registration form is available here.

Cost is $5 per child or $10 per family. Campers will be encouraged to bring donations that will go into the food, clothing and personal care pantries operated by Calvary, Faith and Grace in southwest Lakewood.


Holy Week: Faith and baptism

Faith and Good Soil Lutheran Ministries’ Holy Week services include Saturday night Faith CornerstoneEaster Vigil at which Christian baptism is offered to anyone who would like to baptized or have their child or grandchild baptized but don’t know how to go about it or aren’t connected with any particular faith community.

If you know of someone who might be interested, have them contact Pastor Mark Rollenhagen in advance at 216-226-6500 or via e-mail at

The “community baptisms” are offered as part of a kid-friendly Easter Vigil, beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday and followed by an ice cream sundae reception. All are welcome, to the worship regardless of whether they’re interested in getting baptized.

Maundy Thursday, March 24
6 p.m. – Dinner at Our Savior’s
7 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Worship, with optional footwashing at Our Savior’s

Good Friday, March 25
5:30 p.m. – Cross Walk and dinner at Our Savior’s
7 p.m. – Tenebrae worship at Our Savior’s
8:30 p.m. – Prodigal Good Friday service at Faith

Holy Saturday, March 26
6 p.m. – Easter Vigil with community baptism at Faith

Easter Sunday, March 27
9 a.m. – Easter Festival Worship at Faith
10:30 a.m. – Easter Festival Worship at Our Savior’s
11 a.m. – Prodigal Easter worship at Faith
11:45 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt at Our Savior’s



Palm Sunday breakfast, worship

unnamedWe’ll have just one worship service this weekend (March 20) as we gather at 10:30 celebrate Palm Sunday at Faith.

The service will include the congregations of Faith, Our Savior’s and Prodigal Church and all who want to worship and join in a palm parade.  Breakfast will be available beginning at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, where we’ll also make palm crosses and fill “Resurrection eggs” in preparation for Holy Week.  If you’re able, please park across the street in the upper level parking lot of Harding Middle School (the entrance is just west and across the street from Faith) in order to leave the 20 or so spaces in Faith’s lot available for those less mobile.  Thanks!

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