Faith Lutheran Church
4150 Woodhaven Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
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We are a small, family-friendly church in NE Philadelphia.
Whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey--married or single, old or young, black or white, native-born or immigrant, gay or straight, bisexual or transgender, parent or childless, rich or poor--you are always welcome here at Faith Lutheran.
Help us out: If you missed your weekly offering, or if you just want to support the ministry of Faith or the ELCA, you can make an online donation by clicking the "GIVE!" button on the menu bar.
Our mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people through worship, education, service to our community and world, fellowship, caring, and prayer.
We would love to have you join us!
Baptisms & Weddings
Call the Pastor at (215)-637-4210
for information on how to schedule baptisms and weddings; he will be glad to work with you.
You can enjoy VIRTUAL worship on Facebook Live every Sunday.
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Blessing of the Backpacks!
Our youngsters are going back to school, so let’s send them off with a blessing. Faith’s annual Blessing of the Backpacks will be Sunday, September 10. If you have anyone in your family who is returning to any kind of educational program—from preschool to PhD candidate, have them bring their school backpack to church on September 10 and Pastor will bless it and say a prayer for all of our students.
Feast of Justice News: A Letter from Pr. Tricia
Thanks for all the ways that you have been supporting Feast of Justice over the years. It has absolutely allowed us to get where we are today--serving nearly 550 households and distributing 19000 lbs of food each week.
I am writing to you now with a significant need. Due to a change at Philabundance, coupled with the school year starting up, we are finding ourselves with some pretty urgent ongoing volunteer needs. We have seen this coming for some time, so you may have seen requests from our Volunteer Engagement Manager, Jayden, as they work to advertise and recruit far and wide.
Those interested can get more information on our website: www.feastofjustice.org/volunteers by completing a volunteer profile--or by getting in touch with Jayden at email@example.com. Opportunities exist 6 days a week--including evenings and weekends!
Thanks for your partnership in ministry!
Pastor would like to begin Confirmation class on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 5:30 pm with any and all youth who will be entering 7th grade this year. To accommodate all students, classes will be held each week over Zoom and will last approximately 30 minutes. To enroll a student, please email Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 10 and provide the student’s email address. Pastor will send a Zoom invite along with reading and homework assignments.
Don’t Forget Coffee Hour!
Sunday isn’t only a time for worship. It’s a time for fellowship and getting caught up with your Faith family. We have coffee and yummy treats in the Fellowship Room every Sunday morning. You can come by at 9:00 before church or stop down after the morning worship has concluded. Don’t rush off. Take some time for friendship and refreshments
Faith's Organic Garden
Our veggie garden is again producing tomatoes and other veggies for food insecure folks in our neighborhood. Although our yield is not quite as good as it’s been in past years (weather has a lot to do with this), faithful volunteer sexton Wayne Radlach still brings several pounds of food down to Feast of Justice every week (This week's haul was 33 pounds!). If you can help weed or harvest, please let Wayne or Pastor know.
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WELCOME ! VIRTUAL WORSHIP NEWS:
If you can't make it to church on Sunday morning, we're bringing church to you. We are livestreaming Sunday morning worship at 10 AM on the Faith Luther Facebook page. You can also read the texts of Pastor's sermons by clicking on the "Pastor's Blog" tab on the toolbar. Please remember, too that you can make online donations by clicking on the "GIVE!" button above.
You can also check out videos from our national church body, the ELCA, our Synod, or our congregation below. We usually start our livestream about 10 minutes BEFORE the worship begins, so you can fast forward through the video to hear this week's announcements and experience the previous Sunday's service.
Gospel Reading for Sunday, September 10, 2023
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 18:15-20
15 “If your brother or sister sins against you,[a] go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If you are listened to, you have regained that one. 16 But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If that person refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church, and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Second Lesson: Romans 13:8-14
8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not murder; you shall not steal; you shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is already the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone; the day is near. Let us then throw off[a] the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us walk decently as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in illicit sex and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
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