Thank you for visiting Faith Lutheran Church online!
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 above or the "DONATE" button below:
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 25 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.
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. Currently, there is a need for breakfast cereal. 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.
Feast is also in need of DRIVERS to deliver food to those who can't come out in person for pick-up. If you can help, please call Pastor Trish at (215) 268-3510.
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.
This Month at Faith
All Saints Day, November 1st
As has been our tradition at Faith, we remember those loved ones who have gone home to the Lord since last All Saints by lighting a candle for them during our All Saints mass. If you've lost a loved one since last November 1st, please email Pastor with their name, date of passing and relationship to you. He will put their name in the memory Book kept in our altar, and a candle will be lit in their memory during both liturgies on November 1st.
Sunday, October 25 is Reformation Sunday, the day we remember our denominational founder, Martin Luther, and his stand against church abuses.
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 Text for Sunday, October 25, 2020. John 8:31-36
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.