“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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.
Faith begins the new year with two new ministry partners — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rocky and Prodigal Community Church in Lakewood. In a cooperative ministry agreement, Faith and Our Savior’s will work together to strengthen and expand our ministries in both communities, with Pastor Mark Rollenhagen serving as pastor of both congregations.
Beginning this Sunday (January 17) choose between Sunday morning worship at either location — 9 a.m. at Faith at 16511 Hilliard or 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior’s at 20300 Hilliard. If you’re a member of either, use your offering envelope and it will be directed to the respective congregation. The worship schedule will flip in June, with Faith’s worship moving to 10:30 a.m.
Prodigal, led by Pastor Tom Pussel, has moved from an office building at Delaware and Woodward into Faith’s building, where they will worship at 11 a.m. on Sundays and collaborate in neighborhood ministry.
Watch for more news soon as our ministries grow together.
are seeking god’s love and grace.
Watch Faith’s sign on Hilliard over the coming weeks as the affirmation of welcome statement we adopted in 2014 unfolds in phrases.
Here’s the full statement:
We welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Christ.
Pastor Mark Rollenhagen
All Saints is this Sunday (Nov. 1), meaning we’ll remember those who have died — and give thanks for the gift of baptism that binds us to Christ forever. At the beginning of our 10 a.m. worship service, you are welcome to light a candle in memory of a loved one who has died and we will also remember them in our prayers. We’ll also give thanks for those who have been baptized at our font since the All Saints Sunday a year ago.
It’s also a pet-friendly worship Sunday. The PAWS (Pets Are Welcome Service) begins at 2 p.m. in our pet-friendly chapel in Fellowship Hall. Please use the Hilliard Road entrance.
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Pastor Mark Rollenhagen
This Sunday (Oct. 25) we worship with our friends at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park, as we remember the beginning of the Protestant Reformation with hanging of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg nearly 500 years ago.
There will be no worship services at Faith this Sunday, but at Messiah there are two worship opportunities (8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.), breakfast, and a presentation from the author of a book about Jacob Fugger, a controversial figure in the Protestant Reformation. Author Greg Steinmetz will speak during the adult forum, from 9:50 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. at Messiah.
An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will be open from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Donations accepted.
Pastor Rollenhagen will preach at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services while Pastor Burce presides. Members of Faith and Messiah will be involved in leading worship.
Faith members can use their Faith offering envelopes at Messiah on Sunday and they will be set aside for Faith. The loose offering that is collected will be directed to Faith’s mission efforts. Breakfast donations benefit ministries at Messiah.
Messiah is located at 21485 Lorain Road, Fairview Park 44126.
Beginning this Sunday (Sept. 13), we offer two worship opportunities: 8 a.m. in the chapel and 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. In between, we offer and adult study time focusing on scripture, faith and daily life. Sunday School for young children is offered during the 10 a.m. worship service.
We have an attendant in our nursery during the 10 a.m. service.
Both worship services offer Holy Communion.
Registration is now open for Faith Arts Camp and Clubs 6 and 78.
Faith Arts Camp is for kids in grades K-8 and meets from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday that Lakewood Schools are open, beginning September 9. Students who attend Hayes Elementary School meet at the flagpole and walk to Faith with two adult volunteers. Other students arrange their own transportation. A registration form is available here.
Club 6 is for sixth graders and meets Tuesday afternoons, from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a snack, homework help and time to hang out in Faith’s game room. A registration form is available here.
Club 78 is for seventh and eighth graders and meets Thursday afternoons. A registration form is available here.
Registration is required. Each program has a registration fee of $20.
Questions? Call Faith at 216-226-6500 or e-mail email@example.com.