We begin taking a fresh look at the Christian faith this Sunday morning (Sept. 18), helping all ages learn and grow in their understanding of life and God.
Adult Forum begins at 9 a.m. with “Animate:Faith” a multi-session video and discussion series that explore central topics of Christian, including God, religion, Jesus, salvation, cross, Bible and church. This week we gather in the chapel at Faith. Next week in the lounge at Our Savior’s.
Kids, pre-K through sixth grade, begin Sunday School during the 10 a.m. worship service. We have eight great Sunday School teachers who will use materials that correspond to the Narrative Lectionary, which we use in worship, so that families have a chance to talk about each Sunday’s scripture throughout the week. The kids will leave worship for Sunday School before the scripture readings begin and return during the passing of the peace before communion.
Coming up soon will be opportunities for parents of younger children to gather regularly around “Frolic: Little Steps. Big Faith.” And if we can round up enough middle school kids, there will be opportunities for them to explore their faith as well.
The name out front still says “Faith Lutheran Church,” but we’re now calling the building the Lakewood Abbey, as 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.
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.
Community Vacation Bible School begins Monday, July 18, at Faith. The VBS is for pre-K through the fifth grade and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon daily through Friday, July 22.
The VBS is offered by the southwest Lakewood congregations of Faith Lutheran, Calvary United Methodist, Grace Presbyterian and Prodigal Community Churches.
The cost is just $5. A registration form is available here.
“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.
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 email@example.com.
The 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.
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.