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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.
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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.
Starting September 13, 2020 Faith will resume indoor in-person worship. Services will be at 8:15 and 10 AM. There will be no Sunday School until Philadelphia schools resume on-site instruction. Please check this site for upcoming announcements.
PLEASE wear a face covering at all times when inside the building.
Faith Returns to Indoor Worship
Faith will resume in-person indoor worship on Sunday, September 13, 2020. There will be two service, one at 8:15 and one at 10 AM. Please be aware of the following restrictions:
We are limited to 25% capacity. This means a MAXIMUM of 30 people may attend each service. Regular attendees of the late mass may wish to worship at 8:15 in order to free up space at the 10 AM mass.
Face coverings and social distancing must be observed. Only members of the same household may sit together. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available.
Restroom are to be used only in emergency.
There will be no coffee or social hour. Pastor will not greet worshipers following the service. Please make an appointment or call if you need to speak with him.
Communion will be "serve yourself" from the credence table in order to preserve social distance.
Singing and responsive reading WILL be permitted, but we ask you monitor the volume of your voice to minimize aerosol spread.
Congregants must proceed into and out of the worship space in single file and observe 6 feet of distance from each other.
Windows will be open for cross ventilation.
Worship cannot proceed if protocols are not observed.
CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Because of the pandemic it has been necessary to postpone First Holy Communion instruction. The Church Council and pastor have decided that classes for first-time communicants will be held in the spring of 2021 when, God willing, we will be past the present pandemic. 2020 Confirmands will affirm their baptism in May of 2021.
In spite of coronavirus, Faith has still had a very fertile year of growth in our garden. We are producing tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and a rich variety of other veggies, all of which are being enjoyed by the families registered for support at Feast of Justice. Pastor Trish informs us that all fresh veggies are snatched up whenever they hit the shelves.
Shortly after our shut-down last March, our beloved Music Director Frank Huver announced his retirement. At present, there are no plans to replace Frank as we do not know when it will be safe to resume choir rehearsals. In the meantime, church music will be provided by our "digital hymnal," a gift from St. David's Lutheran.
FEAST OF JUSTICE
Pandemic or no pandemic, there is still a need for food and other assistance by the families registered at Feast of Justice. Non-perishable food items are collected every week in the grocery cart in Faith's hallway. There is also a need for for paper goods--toilet paper, paper towels, disposable diapers, etc. Please help if you can.
This Month at Faith
Even if you're uncomfortable attending indoor worship during the COVID-19 pandemic, we still hope you'll continue to be involved with Faith Lutheran Church. We'll be posting Pastor Owen's "sermonettes" in the video box below, along with informative messages from the ELCA and our local Bishop. You can 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 "Donate" button above.
Gospel Lesson for Sunday, September 20, 2020. Pentecost 16
20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”