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.
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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.
Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, and in accordance with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the Philadelphia Office of the Mayor, all activities at Faith Lutheran are suspended until further notice. Please keep Coronavirus patients, their families, medical personnel and 1st responders in your prayers.
Because of the shut-down, Faith has been unable to continue our tradition of introducing young people to the Lord's Table on Maundy Thursday. Because of social distancing, we have also been unable to share this sacramental meal as a family. Nevertheless, First Holy Communion classes will be offered during the Sunday School Learning Hour just as soon as it's safe to re-open. For those of you who are missing celebrating the Eucharist, please pray this simple prayer used by our Roman brothers and sisters:
"My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen."
Thank You, Beersheba!
A special shout-out to our ministry partners of the Beersheba Seventh Day Adventist Fellowship who have continued to make their facilities-sue offerings even though our facility is shut-down. Elder Maurice informs us Beersheba's on-line worship service have reached over 1,000 individuals as far away as Canada and Haiti. Isn't it amazing how God can use a pandemic to spread God's word? We are grateful to our SDA brothers and sisters for their generosity during this time, and we thank God for our partnership in the Gospel.
In spite of the shut-down by the coronavirus, Faith is still planning on planting our community garden. Dorothy Wilson, Carolyn Edwards, Wayne Radlach, and Mark Sykes have been hard at work weeding and preparing the beds . Last year, we at Faith met our goal of delivering ONE TON of food and supplies to Feast of Justice. Over 300 lbs. of food came directly from our garden. The need for emergency food is as great now as it has ever been. Please keep watching this space or Pastor's emails for information on how you can get involved to help our neighbors who are food insecure.
60th Anniversary Party
On March 8th Faith celebrated 60 years of ministry with a gala party at the Maltese Room in Bensalem. Old friends and new friends gathered to remember and and give thanks. Because of the excellent turnout, we raised over $3,000--funds which have come in handy during the covid-19 shut-down. Special thanks to Council President Laura Duffield who organized this event, and to all who contributed by helping with planning and donating gift baskets. God was certainly looking out for us!
The Women of Faith have purchased a goat and an alpaca through Heifer International which will be given to two families in the developing world. These animals will provide a source of nutrition and income for these families. thank you to all who donated and made this act of generosity possible.
Case for Smiles
The bibliophiles of the Faith Book Club made 30 festive pillow cases for Case for Smiles, a local non-profit organization which provides fun pillowcases for hospitalized children. Book club members also volunteer at Feast of Justice for Feast Nights, the community meals open to all and held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.
Thank You for the Socks!
Sunday School Superintendent Dawn McHale thanks all who contributed to the "Box for Socks" collection of new, warm socks for homeless veterans. Dawn is director of the Parkinson's unit for the Philadelphia VA, and the "Box for Socks" donations will be used as part of the VA's annual Stand Down to help these veterans re-enter society.
This Month at Faith
Activities have been suspended because of the Covid-19 outbreak. You can still make donations to the church by clicking the "Donate" button above, and you can read the text of Pastor's sermons by clicking on "Pastor's Blog" on the toolbar. Check out the box below for short video sermons from Pastor Owen. May God bless you and keep you safe during this difficult time!
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though the waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult" (Psalm 46: 1-3)
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PRAYER FOR HEALING AND PROTECTION AMIDST COVID-19 CRISIS
Lord Jesus, at your command, the sick were made well! Come to our aid now, in the midst of the Global spread of the Corona Virus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the Virus. May they regain their strength. Heal us from our fear, which prevents us from working together and with one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty, sorrow and fear. Be with those who died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry or grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
Be with the medical professionals who seek to heal and put themselves at risk in the process. Be with the leaders of all nations, give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the wellbeing of everyone.
Lord, Stay with us as some of us mourn, as many of us try to endure, persist, struggle and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Lord Jesus Christ, Heal us and protect us. Amen