Tuesdays during Lent

Join Good Soil Lutheran Ministries for a simple dinner, an activity for all ages and a prayer service on Tuesdays during Lent.

On the first Tuesday, we focused on the Seventh Commandment (thou shall not steal) and how stealing makes us fearful, distrustful and causes us to build walls and fortresses. We built walls with blocks then knocked them down after reading this prayer from the “free indeed” Lent devotional: “God tear down the walls of fear we build around us. Jesus bridge our divides. Amen.”

Next Tuesday (March 14), we’re at Faith — dinner at 6, activity for all ages at 6:30 and prayers at 7.

 

Same time schedule each Tuesday, including March 21 at Our Savior’s and March 28 at Faith.

Lent with Good Soil

We enter the Lenten season when we gather for worship and imposition of ashes on Wednesday (March 1) — 12 noon at Our Savior’s in Rocky River and 7 p.m. at Faith in Lakewood.

During Lent, we gather on Tuesday evenings for a simple supper at 6 p.m., followed by All Ages activities at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m.  These gatherings will be held at Our Savior’s on March 7 and 21 and at Faith on March 14 and March 28.

During the week beginning April 1 we travel to Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Youngstown on a mission trip to help spruce up their building to help with their community programs for young people.

 

The New Year at Good Soil Lutheran Ministries

Here are a few things to look forward to in 2017 with Good Soil Lutheran Ministries, the cooperative ministry of Faith Lakewood and Our Savior’s Rocky River Lutheran Churches. 

  • A January 25 concert by Jonathan Rundman, a well-known Lutheran pop musician/singer, co-sponsored by Good Soil and Trinity Lutheran Church in Lakewood for the benefit of North Coast Health.
  • The annual Good Soil chili cook-off on February 19 after worship.
  • A new opportunity to share God’s love with residents of the memory care unit at The Harbor Court assisted living center in a monthly Sunday afternoon service of song and Holy Communion.
  • A chance to roll up our sleeves and work together in a mission trip to a small urban church in Youngstown, Ohio, during the first week of April.
  • Outdoor worship in the field behind Our Savior’s using the wonderful benches and altar given to us as an Eagle Scout project.
  • A second year of summer day camp in collaboration with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio.

Want to know more about what Good Soil is up to in 2017?  Use the sign-up form in the right hand column of this page to stay in touch through our occasional newsletter.

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 davidstrieter.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DavidStrieterMusic.

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

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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.

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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.