Faith Lutheran Church Calendar of Events

Monday October 16
10:30am Diabetes Prevention Program (BR)
Tuesday October 17

2:00pm Dr. Helene (CL)
Wednesday  October 18
8:30am Men’s Breakfast (FH)
10;00AM Quilters (BR)
12:30-2 pm Kerygma Bible study (BR)-join anytime
6:00pm Girl Scouts Troop #2317 (LL)
7:00pm Choir Rehearsal (S)
8:00pm Hand bells (S)
Thursday October 19
6:00pm Girl Scouts (LL)
7:00pm Leadership Council (BR) (BR)
Friday October 20
Saturday October 21
3:00pm Worship Prep (S)
5:00pm Worship (S)
Sunday October 22
9:00am Christian Education for all ages
10:15am Worship (S)



Lutheran World Relief Pickup on October 6

Lutheran World Relief Quilt and School Kit Pickup

On October 6, Faith Lutheran was the designated collection site for quilts and school kits destined for distribution in countries throughout the world. Faith Lutheran was the first stop on this huge trip.

Our truck was to be joined in Dayton by similarly packed trucks from all over the Southern Ohio Synod.  Eventually all of our quilts and goods will be loaded on a semi to be sent to Lutheran World Relief Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland and then to countries all over the world.

In our truck, nineteen congregations of the Central Ohio Conference sent:  1,080 quilts, 890 school kits, 755 personal care kits, 24 fabric kits, 124 baby care kits, and 1, 191 bars of soap.  Included in these totals were 38 quilts and 33 school kits from Faith.  Thanks, also , to the members of Faith’s congregation who generously donated a total of $160 for the truck rental to get these quilts and kits to Dayton.

Thanks also to the faithful workers from Faith who made this day possible.   Helpers kept track of boxes, loaded them onto the truck, welcomed the members of many other congregations who entrusted their quilts and kits to us, and kept the event joyful with food, fellowship, and fun.  These hardworking people are:  Jane and Jerry Ahrens, their grandson Doug, George Pymer, Freda Evans, Charlene Coy, Phyllis Schaaf, Alberta Pottorf, Roger Southward, Glenn Southward, Jeff Cirelli, Mary Martin-Thomas and Karen Evans.  A special thanks to Judy Bline for chairing this event for many years.

Record keepers on LWR Pick Up Day!


Good Neighbor Sunday

A special thanks is given to Jodi Martin-Oiler for preparing 30 bouquets of flowers that were delivered to our shut-ins on Good Neighbor Sunday.  Members volunteered to drop off the flowers to shut ins to show our concern.  Many shut-ins remarked how thankful they were for the special visit.

Breakfast at Hope Lutheran

Faith Lutheran assisted with breakfast at Hope Lutheran on E. Livingston on Sunday, September 17.  Scrambling eggs, frying bacon, interacting with the community guests and making a difference for others were all on the schedule this past Sunday.  Our group hopes to return to Hope to continue this community service opportunity.

Rose of Concern Pins

L to R, Row 1 – Jeff Cirelli, Carol Barber, award recipients.  Row 2 – Dean Chappelle and Dorrie Mayer, presenters.

Faith Lutheran has awarded the 2017 Rose of Concern Pins to Carol Barber and Jeff Cirelli.  The Rose of Concern Pins are given to Faith members who have shown exemplary service to the church.

Carol Barber, a long time member of Faith, is very active and involved with volunteer activities at Faith.  She is a member of the Outreach Board, secretary for this board and active in their activities, which includes participation in the July 4th parade, planning and participating in the Ice Cream Social, and Whitehall Night Out activities.  She has been the Outreach Board representative to the Parish Council and currently is the secretary of the Parish Council.  Carol is also on hand for the Collingwood clean-up project, as well as helping to serve lunches during school breaks to school children and their families at Whitehall United Methodist Church.  She has participated in the Veteran’s events at The Commons on Livingston Ave.  She is involved in BREAD and has been responsible for recruiting network members and attending meetings.  Carol is an assisting minister, a lector, and a member of the bell choir.  Thanks to Carol for her extensive service at Faith.

Equally as deserving is Jeff Cirelli.  Jeff can be seen around Faith most days of the weeks.  He is a right hand man for our custodian, George Pymer, and assists with preparations for activities at the church, everything from election day set up to moving tables for fellowship activities.   Jeff assists with Sunday School and presently helps students in the Computer Lab.  He also is active in the LOMO Day Camp, Taco Tuesday and many other student activities.   Jeff is reliable and dependable and always has a joke or two to bring a smile to your face. Thanks to Jeff for his dedication to Faith Lutheran.

Collaboration Discussion Among Local Lutheran Churches


On February 4, 2017, eight members of Faith Lutheran Church gathered with members of four other Lutheran congregations for a session on collaboration at Trinity Seminary. Along with Faith, there were representatives of Grace of God, Linden, Hope, and First English. These are the congregations that have been involved in discussing a possible collaboration. The session was led by Pr. Katie Kerrigan, assistant to the Bishop.

Morning hours were spent divided in groups with representatives from each congregation.

Groups were each assigned different Bible studies from Acts and had three questions to answer:

1) What did God do? 2) What did people of faith do? and 3) What key lessons do you think any church should learn/remember from this study?. Two groups had the same bible study and it was indeed interesting that their answers were not duplicated.

The afternoon session put us back together with our own congregation and we had four questions posed to us. Answers were to be quick, but thoughtful (faith based and spirit lead) and each member jotted down on post-it notes their ideas. Questions posed were 1)  What are your church’s physical assets? (Property, building, etc.), 2)  What are your people or skill assets? 3) What are your associate assets? (area businesses, groups, what companies are represented in the congregation, etc.), and finally 4) What are your economic assets? (where does your money come from, do you have items to sell to raise money, etc.). As our answers were notated, they were posted on the wall, keeping each congregation’s notes separate.

After all questions were answered, we were invited to view all the posts for our church. We were then assigned an exercise to identify a new project for our church using the various assets we

had listed as a group and make a poster advertising our church and our new project. Faith chose to put more emphasis on a current project,  “Time Out Tuesday” and used the catch phrase “Come see what is behind the cross” referring to our beautiful stained glass window. One congregation decided to bake communion bread and sell it to other congregations.

Finally, we were invited to revisit the wall of assets and choose at least one asset from another congregation that would help us be successful with our project.

We left with a paper to assist us with opening conversations with community leaders and individuals in our neighborhood to assist us in assessing their needs and to develop a positive relationship with the business/individual. Although this session did not address or discuss the nuts and bolts of how a collaboration among these five congregations might work, it was a worthwhile exercise to show us how we can collaborate with each other and use our strengths and shared assets to help each other. It was also presented an opportunity for more of us to get to know members of the other congregations and begin to develop a relationship with them. It was a positive day and taught us to look at what we have, not at what we don’t have.

“The future depends on what you do today” ~ Mahatma Gandhi