Christmas is coming

Here’s what’s coming up in the next few weeks as we journey to Christmas morning:

Sunday, December 17
– Christmas Pageant presented by our kids (and thanks to our Sunday School teachers) during our 10 am. worship service in Rocky River.

Thursday, December 21– 7 p.m. in Lakewood.  The Light in the Darkness: A Service of Healing and Hope.  Worship and a healing rite that acknowledges that this season is difficult for those coping with the loss of a loved one, illness, broken relationships, addiction or economic stress. Come either for your own healing or to comfort others with your presence — and maybe both.

Sunday, December 24

– 10 a.m. in Lakewood. Worship marking the Fourth Sunday in Advent.
– 7 p.m. in Lakewood.  Christmas Eve with candlelight and communion.
– 11 p.m. in Rocky RIver.  Christmas Eve with candlelight and communion. 

Monday, December 25
– 10 a.m. in Rocky River.  Christmas Morning Worship.  Come as you are as we rejoice and sing carols, hear scripture and receive communion.

Hurricane help

People throughout the Caribbean and Florida and Houston are struggling to recover from this fall’s battering by hurricanes.

How bad is it in Puerto Rico?  People are dying for lack of power and water.  Read about the situation in this story in yesterday’s New York TImes.

And then go to Lutheran Disaster Relief and see how you can help.   LDR is amazing at getting help to the people who need it and staying long after other organizations have turned their attention elsewhere.

Mourning the loss of a pet?

 Faith’s annual pet memorial service is Saturday, September 30, at 7 p.m. The worship service acknowledges the loss people feel when pets pass away and offers an opportunity to give thanks to God for the love and companionship between people and their pets.

Following the service, there will be refreshments and an oppor

Creme, a yellow lab who was a regular at Faith’s monthly pet-friendly worship service before passing away earlier this year, will be among the pets remembered on Saturday, Sept. 30.

tunity to share memories and photos. Photos e-mailed in advance to can be included in a slide show during the fellowship time.

No pets at this service please, but they’re welcome at 2 p.m. the next day (Sunday, Oct. 1) at Faith’s monthly pet-friendly worship service, which includes blessings for pets and their people on the first Sunday of each month.


Abbey Open House

Come on by this Sunday (Sept. 17) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and see what’s happening at the Lakewood Abbey.

Meet our community partners, tour the building and see what’s available:

  • Event venues
  • Office space
  • Co-work space.

Meet our community partners and learn about our social justice films and forums and Holy Hikes.

Tell a friend and share this poster …

Open House Poster Lakewood Abbey

Hurricanes: How to help

“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God.”
– Isaiah 41:10

Dear friends,

Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic. The Category 5 storm hit the Caribbean and is expected to skirt or pass directly over Florida, causing widespread damage and threatening loss of life. 

As a church, we’re standing by our neighbors who are already affected, and we are ready to assist in additional locations as disaster strikes. Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliates, companion churches and international partners are collaborating with community leaders and government officials to respond. Please give now to support this response

Unfortunately, Hurricane Irma was not the first major hurricane with catastrophic effects this season, and it may not be the last. If you’ve given to support Hurricane Harvey relief, Thank You. To give to the hurricane response where funds are needed most, click here and select “Hurricane response.” To give directly to relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, click here and select “Hurricane Irma.” Either way, your gifts will be used entirely (100 percent) for direct response efforts

Stay connected to the latest events and our response to this and other disasters through our Facebook page. Join me in prayer and partnership, and use this bulletin insert in your congregation to help spread the word. Find additional resources for worship here

With gratitude for your partnership,

Daniel Rift
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Dog night: Change of Location!

The Lakewood High School band has a large event/fundraiser Wednesday evening (August 16) at Lakewood Park, so we’re moving our last outdoor, pet-friendly worship service of the summer to Our Savior’s, 20300 Hilliard Blvd., where there’s plenty of parking and new outdoor worship furniture.

Same schedule:  Picnic at 6 p.m.  Worship at 7 p.m. 

Come on by for a hot dog, bring a side or dessert to share and bring your pup or another pet for a blessing.


Pet-friendly worship hits the road

The monthly Pets Are Welcome Service (PAWS) hits the road for its summer schedule, moving from Sunday afternoons to the following Wednesday nights:

  • June 21 at Our Savior’s
  • July 19 at Rocky River Park
  • August 16 at Our Savior’s (change of location!)

Picnic dinner begins at 6 p.m.; worship at 7 p.m.  Pets are welcome, but not required!


Summer Day Camp, June 19-23

Support Good Soil Lutheran Ministries’ summer day camp for kids by making a donation through our GoFundMe campaign

All gifts are appreciated and will help us hold our third annual summer camp led by college-age counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio.  This year’s camp will be held June 19-23 at Our Savior’s campus in Rocky River.

Here is a flyer you can share with friends and family, and here is the registration form.


No fooling, Craftacular! is April 1

Whether you’re shopping or selling, don’t miss the annual spring craft sale at Our Savior’s Rocky River Lutheran Church — a Good Soil Lutheran Ministries congregation.

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at Our Savior’s, 20300 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.

Tables are still available.  Call 440-331-1773 for more information.