Christmas Services @ Good Soil

Here’s the schedule for Good Soil Lutheran Ministries worship through Christmas Day:

Sunday (Dec. 18)

10 a.m. — The fourth Sunday in Advent at Faith, 16511 Hilliard Road, Lakewood.

Wednesday (Dec. 21)

7 p.m. — The Light in the Darkness at Faith, a service of healing and hope for people struggling with loss or changed circumstances during this season.  Psalms, lighting of candles, and healing rite.  We welcome all.

Saturday (Dec. 24)

7 p.m. — Christmas Eve worship at Faith, with children’s message, carols, Holy Communion and candlelight.

11 p.m. — Candlelight and carols at Our Savior’s Rocky River, 20300 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.

Sunday (Dec. 25)

10 a.m. — Christmas morning worship at Our Savior’s.  Come as you are for a 30 to 45 minute casual service of carols, scripture and communion.


Thanksgiving Eve service

flat550x550075f-thanks-be-to-godGive thanks with friends and neighbors on Thanksgiving Eve as we gather for Thanks be to God!, a community worship service with prayers, scripture and song.

The service begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Faith, 16511 Hilliard Road, Lakewood.  It is sponsored by the Lakewood Ministerial Association and hosted by Good Soil Lutheran Ministries (Faith Lakewood and Our Savior’s Rocky River Lutheran Churches).

A new, diverse approach to music

david-strieter-photo-iiWe’re thrilled to announce the appointment of David Strieter as Music Director of Good Soil Lutheran Ministries, the cooperative ministry of Faith Lakewood and Our Savior’s Rocky River Lutheran Churches.

David will return to his Lutheran roots on Reformation Sunday this weekend, when Good Soil worships at Faith at 10 a.m.

He has served in churches of all sizes and several denominations, beginning with a weekly coffeehouse service at Bethel Lutheran Church in Middleburg Heights as a teenager. Most recently, David was Director of Music at Hope Christian Church in Avon.

With Good Soil, he will develop a diverse music program that embraces many different styles of music, from traditional hymns to jazz, reggae, Latin, and beyond.

David plays the piano, keyboard, organ, guitar, percussion, tuba, bassoon, accordion, harmonica and dulcimer.

In addition to his church music career, he is a private instructor for piano and music theory, and plays around town in various venues. He has played keyboards for several rock, pop and R&B bands as well as many local theater productions.

You can learn more about David at or on Facebook at

East-West Worship Together

This Sunday (Oct. 23) at Our Savior’s we welcome the folks from Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in southeast Cleveland as part of a
continuing effort to promote understanding, peace and healing across racial lines.

Advent Pastor Leonard Killings will preach and Good Soil Pastor Mark Rollenhagen will preside. Our 10 a.m. worship service will be followed by lunch in Our Savior’s Fellowship Hall.

Adult forum resumes this Sunday at 9 a.m. in the lounge at Our Savior’s as we hear from ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s thoughts on atonement in the Animate video series.

Sunday School for kids will happen during worship.

LMM Sunday


This Sunday (Oct. 16) we welcome the Rev. Mark Brauer, vice president of youth services for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.

Pastor Brauer will preach and fill us in on what’s happening with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.  His responsibilities include LMM’s Next Step program, which helps young people aging out of the county foster care system.  An earlier visit from Pastor Brauer helped spark the creation of Friends & Volunteers of Next Step (FVNS), an ecumenical group that meets monthly at Faith and provides support to the Next Step program.

There will be an opportunity to support LMM’s ministries through special offering envelopes.  Pastor Rollenhagen serves on the board of directors of LMM.

Exploring, learning

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.animate-faith

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.

God’s Work. Our Hands.


This Sunday morning (Sept. 11) we gather for worship at 10 a.m. at the Sycamore Picnic Area of the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation.  Lunch follows worship and then we’ll roll up our sleeves and engage in a couple of service projects as part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s “God’s Work Our Hands”  Sunday of service.

Introducing the Lakewood Abbey

The name out front still says “Faith Lutheran Church,” but we’re now calling the building the Lakewood Abbey2015-06-26 14.56.27as 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.

Crossing the racial divide

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.