Faith Lutheran ministers to the community on the basis of the threefold expectation found in Micah 6:6-8 doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God.
One way our congregation does justice is through our active participation in the organization know as B.R.E.A.D (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity), a non-profit, no sectarian organization of religious organizations (Christian, Jewish, Unitarian, and Muslim) across Franklin County that work together to make systematic change to social structures that hinder or limit people’s ability to live the abundant life that God wants for all people. Justice work cannot be done by individuals or even by congregations. Large groups of people of faith throughout the city and throughout the land need to join together in order to make change . See www.breadcolumbus.com for more details.
Faith Lutheran also offers many ministries of mercy. We partner with First English Lutheran Church at 22th and Main, preparing and serving a Sunday morning breakfast every month. We partner with Whitehall United Methodist to support the vacation luncheon program for those who normally receive free and reduced lunches in the schools, and we reach out to veterans at the Commons on Livingston
We also support the work of T.O.U.C.H., a local social services program for ex-offenders and older youth trying to finishes their GED’s, and we support the city schools through programs at Beechwood Elementary School and Rosemore Middle School. In addition we support the Whitehall’s Adopt-A-Child Christmas Gift program, the LSS food pantry, and Faith Mission. Faith gives 1/6 of its benevolence dollars to Lutheran Social Services of Southern Ohio.
As a member of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Faith is in partnership with over 10,000 sister congregations, 26 Lutheran college (including Capital University and Wittenberg University), eight seminaries (including Trinity Seminary in Columbus), 450 world-wide missionaries, and the largest non-profit socials services network, Lutheran World Relief —all ministries of the 4.3 million members ELCA. Faith Lutheran gives about 50% of it benevolence dollars to the ministries of the ELCA and the local Southern Ohio Synod.
Faith Lutheran is a community determined to welcome and affirm all people encouraging them to fully participate in the life of the community. We seek to extend God’s love and acceptance of people of all nationalities, races, and sexual orientations, because we believe that all people are created in God’s image.
Walking Humbly with Our God
Faith Lutheran seeks to walk humbly with God by offering a variety of worship services and education and support programs.
Services of Holy Communion are offered each weekend on Saturday at 5:00pm and on Sunday at 10:15am. We use a wide variety of worship styles and music and involve both adults and youth in worship leadership. All people are invited to fully participate in worship. From time to time, midweek worship opportunities are also offered. A variety of Christian education opportunities are offered for all ages. Adults and youth gather on Sunday Mornings at 9:00am to study God’s word and there is a midweek Bible study (Kerygma) offered on Wednesday afternoons.
In addition there is a weekly Men’s Breakfast and a monthly women’s Bible studies. The congregation also offers education and support for middle school and high school youth including Affirmation of Baptism classes for middle school youth, Sunday morning fellowship, retreats, mission trips and social events. Classes are also offered for people who would like to learn more about the Christian faith and/or become members of the congregation. In addition, every year, Faith Lutheran sponsors a week-long Vacation Bible Church Camp for children ages 6-12, led by the staff of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.
All children are welcome in worship. We value their presence. Children participate as acolytes/crucifers, lectors (readers) and as communion assistants. Normally a children’s message is offered and special worship aides are usually distributed. Children who are baptized, no matter the age, after they have received some instruction, are welcome to receive the Holy Communion. The Overflow (Loft) of the Sanctuary is provided for parents of young children who may need to take the children out of worship.
SHARING AND CELEBRATING THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST!