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.

Job: Endurance, Hope & Love

Seghersjob“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.

Summer Camp Registration

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 office@faithlakewood.org.

Lent @ Faith and Our Savior’s

AshesThe 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.