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.


Tuesdays in Lent are back

What a beautiful afternoon!  And this evening March 21) we gather at 6 p.m. at Our Savior’s for a simple supper, followed by an activity for all ages.  The crayons are out.

At 7 p.m. — or a little after — we gather in the sanctuary for scripture and prayers.

Next week, we gather at Faith on the same schedule.