History

Faith Lutheran Church was formed with the consolidation of Our Saviors Lutheran Church (formed in 1869 by Norwegian Immigrants) and Immanuel Lutheran Church (formed in 1869 by Swedish immigrants) after an explosion destroyed Our Saviors Lutheran Church on January 3, 1972. On September 12, 1972, the newly formed congregation became a legal entity.

In 1973 Pastor Marvin R. Moll became the first called pastor of Faith serving until April of 1976. It was during his tenure that the congregation decided to build a new church. A dedication service was held on December 7, 1975.

The Reverend George R. Larson served from November 1976 until his retirement on November 1, 1991. Pastor Larson challenged the congregation to mount a major fund drive to pay down the outstanding mortgage. The mortgage burning ceremony was in November of 1981.

The congregation hired its first youth worker in 1988. In 2001, a shared part-time Youth Director for both Faith Lutheran and Calvary Covenant Churches in Evansville was hired. That position was held by Sarah Evenson. Sarah left our community in August of 2012 in order to continue her seminary studies and pursue her call to ordained ministry.

In May of 1992, Pastor Irving J. Arnquist began his call at Faith. After 18 years of "Faith"fully serving our congregation he accepted another call and left Faith July 11, 2010.

On May 20th, 2012 Faith Lutheran extended a call to Pastor Zachary W. Johnson, a first call pastor who recently graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago ELCA. Pastor Zachary W. Johnson was installed as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church on Sunday July 29th, 2012 by Pastor Laurie Natwick, Assistant to the Bishop of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod. Pastor Zach accepted another call and left Faith on December 31, 2014.

January 2015, Faith Lutheran accepted a six month interim offer with Grace Lutheran Church, and East Moe & West Moe Lutheran Churches to explore what it would be like to be a four point parish being served by two pastors. Pastor Dennis Preston serves Grace Lutheran and Sarah Evenson is the minister of East & West Moe Lutheran churches. Sarah will be receiving her MDiv degree the end of this May. The agreement between the four congregations was terminated effective August 31, 2015.  Pastor Dennis Preston continues to serve Faith Lutheran as our Pastor in addition to his being the called Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Brandon.

A one year agreement between Faith and Grace in partnership with Luther Crest took effect on September 1, 2015.  During this period we will be working together to see how this will work out and what our ministry will look like. It is going to be great watching how this unfolds as the Holy Spirit moves and works in all of us - exciting times! At the end of this interim period we can all decide if this arrangement is something all the churches want to continue on with and make more permanent.

Since its inception, Faith has had a vision for ministry beyond its own doorstep supporting missionaries in many different lands, besides programs of the ELCA. The Sunday School supports children from Compassion International. The Youth Group goes on different mission trips each year. The Faith Women organization makes quilts for Lutheran World Relief and local needs, along with donations to various organizations locally and within the ELCA. Their annual Fall Bazaar supports the local Released Time program as well as other ministries.

The Faith Women's organization meets the second Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Group Bible Studies are held the third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.,at the Evansville Care Campus Assisted Living Facility.   Quilting Days are Mondays at 9:00 a.m. in January and February.

During the school year, Sunday School is at 9:15 a.m. for four-year-olds through adults, with worship at 10:30a.m. We are using the "SPARK" Sunday School curriculum which Elementary Students, teachers, and parents really seem to enjoy. Elementary Sunday School also includes a Children's Bell Choir and a monthly Family Sunday School and once monthly singing for Worship or the local nursing home.
This year Seventh through Ninth Graders will be working with the Elementary Sunday School Teachers & classes as part of their service project for Confirmation. Their formal Confirmation Classes meet on Wednesdays during the school year. "God Squad" for 4th-7th Grades meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings.

The Senior High students are encouraged to join the Adult Sunday School Class that meets at 10:15a.m. in the Youth Room.

Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Faith Lutheran is host to the local meetings of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and AL-ANON.

Sunday morning Worship is at 10;30a.m. with Coffee, Cookies & Conversation Fellowship Time at 10:00a.m. During the school year Sunday School is at 9:15a.m.   Adult Sunday School is at 9:00a.m.

Visitors are warmly welcomed.

If you have any questions, please call the church office or you can email us. Thank you and we hope you will come and join us for Worship soon!


What We Believe

Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation -- the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God's Spirit is active in the world.

We are a part of God's unfolding plan. We connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God's Word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into the story of the salvation of God's people through Christ Jesus.

ELCA Confession of Faith

This church confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This church confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe

Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

The proclamation of God's message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

This church accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.

This church accepts the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church.

This church accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

This church accepts the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.

This church confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God's mission in the world.

The Confession of Faith is published in the Constitution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.