Spring & Summer for Kids

Blessing of the Bikeskids-bikes

Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Get ready for summer with a bicycle parade, safety tips, license information, games, hot dogs and popcorn – and a blessing of bikes and riders.  Learn about and register for summer camps and next fall’s Faith Arts Camp for elementary school students and Club 6 (and maybe 7 & 8) for middle school students.

Vacation Bible School June 22 – 26, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Half-day joint Vacation Bible School (VBS) for elementary school students, featuring games, crafts and Bible stories.  Offered by Calvary United Methodist, Faith Lutheran and Grace Presbyterian churches at Faith – collectively known as PLUM (Presbyterians, Lutherans, United Methodists in ministry) in southwest Lakewood.  A registration form is available here.

Christian Summer Day Camp – July 20 — 25 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Full-day camp for kids who were in grades K-6 during the 2014-15 school year.  Games, crafts, singing and Bible studies led by college-student counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio (LOMO).  Lunch included.  A registration form is available here.

For more information about the Blessing of the Bikes and the summer camps, call Faith at 216-226-6500.  You can sign up for “This Week @ Faith” weekly e-mail note on the website or Facebook page to follow what’s happening at Faith.

Where the gospels end

the end precedes the beginning,
And the end and the beginning were always there
Before the beginning and after the end.

– poet T.S. Eliot

The next four sessions of Adult Sunday School will focus on the endings of each of the four gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  We heard the abrupt ending of Mark at Easter and we’ll begin that one when we gather at 8:30 a.m. this Sunday (April 19).  All you need to do to prepare is read Chapter 16 of Mark.  It’s short and you can find it here. You can stop at verse eight or read on through this longer ending.

Holy Week @ Faith Lakewood

Maundy Thursday (April 2 – 7 p.m. in the chapel, Holy Communion around the table.
Good Fridaynoon – 3 p.m., Tres horae (Three Hours), meditations on the Seven Words from the Cross, offered at Faith by PLUM (Calvary, Faith and Grace churches).
Good Friday7 p.m. – Tenebrae (service of shadows)
Community Baptism / Easter Vigil – Saturday – 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Easter Sunrise6:30 a.m. at Lakewood Park, offered by the Lakewood Ministerial Association
Easter Sunday 9:30 a.m. festival worship with Holy Communion at Faith

Ash Wednesday services


Faith will offer two Ash Wednesday services, with imposition of ashes, tomorrow (Feb. 18) — one at noon and the other at 7 p.m.  Holy Communion at both.  A 7 a.m. service is available at Trinity Lutheran Church, on Detroit at Woodward.

Faith Weekly: Mountain tops

In thisHurricane Ridge week’s Gospel story, three of the disciples have a mountain top experience with Jesus.  It brings to mind Moses’ mountain top experience in Exodus.

It also brings to mind the last speech of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., made the day before he was killed and concluding with the phrase: “I’ve been to the mountain top.”

Mountain tops are fascinating.  I’ll never forget the snow banks in July on Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains near Seattle several years ago on a family vacation.  Or the beautiful and expansive views.  Mountain tops can offer perspective; they can reveal the bigger picture.  And that’s an important counter to our tendency to focus only on what’s near and the events unfolding before us.

In scripture, mountain tops are a place of revelation.  The revelation that occurs in the Gospel story for this Sunday (Feb. 15) is important to hold onto as Jesus and his followers come down the mountain and head toward Jerusalem.

Pet-friendly worship is back

2013-08-31 10.54.17Given the weather, you’re not likely to see this sign (or green grass) this weekend, but Faith’s monthly Pets Are Welcome (but not required) Service begins at 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 1) — inside!  Familiar hymns, scripture and prayer downstairs in the pet-friendly chapel area of Fellowship Hall.


Things to look forward to …

Happy New Year! As we enter 2015, here are a few things to look forward to at Faith:

Faith Study Group: The Advent study group that met in homes wanted to continue in the new year, meeting every other month for study, discussion and fellowship. In February, we’ll meet on Thursday evenings, taking a fresh look at Luther’s Small Catechism. In April, we’ll look at the book of Revelation. If you’re interested in participating, let me know.

Mission Trip: We’ll soon be making plans to participate in a mission trip to First English Lutheran Church in Columbus this spring. We’ll join in the with the group from Grand Rapids, Mich., which helped out Faith two years ago. The trip is April 4-11, and people are welcome to come down for the week or just a day or two to help out with building projects and community service. You can learn more about First English at the beginning of this ELCA video.

LOMO Camp: It’s official. Faith will host a week-long, Christian day camp for neighborhood kids in grades K-6, beginning July 19.  Watch for news on how you can help. We will definitely be looking for people who can host a college-age LOMO counselor or two or three for the week.

Christmas services at Faith

IMG_20141224_111001_994Merry Christmas! We gather this evening (dec. 24) and tomorrow morning to celebrate the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord! Here are the Christmas worship opportunities at Faith:

Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. — An ecumenical, neighborhood service featuring carols and candlelight, offered by Calvary, Faith and Grace at Faith. A full schedule of Christmas Eve services among the three congregations can be found here.

Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. — Candlelight and communion at Faith.

Christmas Day at 10 a.m. — Come as you are for a simple service of Scripture, prayer and carols at Faith.

Longest Night: This Sunday

burning-candles-in-churchFaith’s annual ‘Longest Night’ service begins at 5 p.m. this Sunday (Dec. 21).

The worship service recognizes that the seasons of Advent and Christmas can be difficult. Many people feel alone after the death of a loved one, a divorce, the inability to have a child, or the loss of a job or their health or another major change in their lives. The outward happiness of the season makes it all the more difficult for those who are struggling.

At the winter solstice – the longest night of the year – we gather reverently and hopefully before God to share the Word that shines light into the darkness of despair, grief, and loneliness. Psalms and prayers for peace, solace and hope are raised, a healing rite is offered, and candles are lit near the baptismal font..

Please let others know about this service. And come on by — for yourself or to support others.

Cookies and refreshments will be offered in the chapel after the service.