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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.
You can enjoy VIRTUAL worship on Facebook Live every Sunday at 9 AM and again at 10 AM.
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Sunday Worship is at 10:00 AM
PLEASE wear a face covering at all times when inside the building even if you ARE vaccinated.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Mayor announced that due to the report our city is experiencing “substantial” community transmission of coronavirus, all people, vaccinated or not, are required to wear masks in indoor public or multi-household gatherings. Unvaccinated persons, including all children under 12 (who cannot yet be vaccinated), are most at risk. There is evidence that persons who are fully vaccinated may become infected, and transmit the virus before they show any symptoms (and a very small percentage do).
In the spirit of Christian charity, please be considerate of the more frail members of our congregation and wear your mask during worship.
Our annual “Welcome Sunday” will be held on September 12th. Worship will be preceded by SUNDAY SCHOOL at 9:15 AM. A pizza picnic will follow the 10:00 AM liturgy on the WHiting road lawn. Pizza and drinks are on us, but we need volunteers to dopnate desserts. Therewillbe a sign-up sheet inthe hallway near the church restrooms. All are encouraged to attend. We are looking for volunteers to provide desserts.
Aid for Haiti
The massive 7.2 earthquake which struck Haiti on August 14 has left thousands in need of clean drinking water and other necessary supplies. Our Christian brothers and sisters of the Beersheba SDA Church have many family members and loved ones suffering from this crisis. They need help. I am challenging everyone at Faith Lutheran to help raise $1,000 for direct aid to Haiti. We have been offered MATCHING FUNDS UP TO $1,000 for every dollar we raise between now and September 12th.
Beersheba has donated more than $10,000 to Faith annually. They have installed security cameras for our building, hired cleaners, and installed the signal repeater which allows us to livestream our worship service--all on their own dime. Let's show them how much we appreciate them now in their time of need. You can make checks payable to "Faith Lutheran Church" and write "Haitian Relief" on the memo line. Please help.
Golden Age Seniors
The Faith Golden Age Seniors will be returning on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. They’ll meet at 12:00 PM in the lower auditorium for coffee, doughnuts and Fritz cinnamon buns for the first week. If anyone knows of anyone who would like to join the group, you may invite them and earn a $5.00 discount off your dues. Questions? Call Mary Heavey at 267-229-0996 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring For Friends
In spite of the dissolution of the Women of Faith, Faith will continue to support Caring for Friends (formerly “Aid for Friends”). We are not currently making meals, but we still contribute financially. If you designate “Aid for Friends” on your offering envelope, we will see that your gift gets to the right place. Please don’t forget about our elderly shut-in neighbors. The need is as great as ever.
This Month at Faith
In-person worship has been resumed, but masks are required for all attendees per the mandate from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health. As Lutherans, we adhere to Article XVI of the Augsburg Confession and Luther's explanation of the Fourth Commandment to obey civil authorities for the good of society.
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 livestreaming Sunday morning worship at 9 and 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 "Donate" button above.
Gospel Reading for Sunday, August 29, 2021
7 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2 they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4 and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it;[b] and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5 So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
8 You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15 there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”
21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22 adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
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