Worship Life at Faith


Come Worship With Us! All are welcome to come and worship at Faith Lutheran Church! We strongly believe that it is through worship that we experience God's love and grace in our lives. We also believe that worship is a transforming experience that fills us with the power of the Holy Spirit, through the Word (a.k.a. Jesus) proclaimed, through song and prayer, and through the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, so that we can go out into the world to live as Christ's disciples in all aspects of our lives. We have weekly worship on Sunday mornings. 
 

Holy Communion

All are welcome to come and experience Christ's love and grace at Christ's table. We believe that the sacrament of Holy Communion is God's means of grace that brings us the gift of forgiveness and salvation through partaking in the bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ. Services with Holy Communion are held on the first and fourth Sundays of each month, as well as on High Holy Days of the Church (Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday, Pentecost, Reformation Sunday, All Saints Sunday, and Christ the King Sunday). Both wine and grape juice are served at communion. We commune at the rail on the first Sunday of the month and we commune by intinction (dipping the bread into the wine) on the fourth Sunday of the month.

Healing Service

On the second Sunday of every month we offer a healing service during worship. The healing service includes prayer, the laying on of hands, and anointing with oil, which are reminders of our baptism and the promise that God brings us restoration, wholeness, and peace through Christ's resurrection.

Faith Praise Services

On the third and fourth Sundays of every month we do a contemporary style praise worship service. This service is filled with upbeat and uplifting music while still maintaining its Lutheran roots. The service is lead by our praise team comprised of singers, keyboardists, and guitar.  
 


 

Ministries and Opportunities for Involvement


Part of being a baptized Christian disciple is our freedom to love and serve others in God's kingdom. God has given us all amazing gifts and talents that we are free to use for service and mission. Below are different ministry opportunities that we offer here at Faith Lutheran Church. If you are interested in sharing your gifts and talents to help us in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, and to help us do God's work in the world, you are welcome and invited to join us in these ministry opportunities.

For more information about events and activities please contact the church office. We also keep up-to-date information about events and activities in our monthly newsletter. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please contact our church office to be put on our mailing list.

Faith Women's Morning Bible Study

Meets in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. The Bible Study covered is from the “Gather” Magazine a publication of the “Women of the ELCA.”

Service Groups

We have three Service Groups in our church. All individuals and couples/families are placed into one of these groups. Each month a different group is in charge of assisting with Communion at the Evansville Care Center and changing the Bulletin Board in the Narthex. Then on a rotating basis these groups will be called upon to serve at the various events in the life of the congregation, such as serving lunch at funerals, weddings, anniversaries, etc.

Church Council

The Church Council is made up of 12 elected congregation members, Pastor, Church Treasurer, and Church Secretary. They meet the first Wednesday of the month to conduct the business of the Church.

Faith Women

The Faith Women Organization (still lovingly referred to by some as “ladies aid”) meets once a month to conduct business, provide enriching programs and a time of fellowship. Some of the yearly projects of Faith Women – which will now include the help of
the Service Work Groups of Faith, include the Father-Son Banquet, Mother-Daughter Luncheon, Spring Bake Sale & Lunch, Fall Bazaar and Christmas Luncheon. Proceeds from the fund raising events are used for the support of the Release Time Religious Program, Luther Crest Bible Camp—both for their quilt half of our student members auction and for paying for one-camper fees and other youth Bible Camp &/or Mission Trip experiences. Donations are also made to various local charities as well as Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Social Services and the Synodical Women’s Organization. During the winter months members meet to put together quilts for Lutheran World Relief and local needs through the Public Health Nursing Services in Douglas County. Faith Women members are also called upon (usually biannually) to serve or give devotions at a monthly meeting.

Confirmation Classes

All families who have a 8th and/or 9th grader are invited to attend Confirmation classes on Wednesday evenings during the 2017 - 2018 school year. This year’s focus will be on the Small Catechism and New Testament. Confirmation classes will run on Wednesdays from 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. Grace & Faith Confirmation students & parents/mentors will be having classes together this year and the location schedule will be published/handed out at the Confirmation Orientation Meeting for students and parents on Wednesday, September 23rd 7:00p.m. at Faith  If you are interested in attending, or for more information please contact the church office at (218) 948-2574, (320) 834-4589, or by email to faithlc@gctel.com.

Sunday School

During the school year we have Sunday School for 4 year-olds through adults before Worship on Sunday mornings at 9:15a.m. to 10:00a.m. Elementary Students start off in the Sanctuary each Sunday with their Opening time & then head off on their Faith Spark Adventure Sunday School. The Elementary Sunday School also includes a Children’s Bell Choir, a monthly Family Sunday School, and monthly singing for Worship or the local Nursing home. 
 
Adult Education begins at 9:00 A.M. and meets in the Fireside Room.  We end at 10:00a.m. in time to join in the morning fellowship time before the 10:30a.m. Worship Service.
 

3rd Grade Bible presentation

At Baptism parents are commissioned to place the Holy Scriptures in their children’s hands. During our Rally Sunday Worship Service, Parents of 3rd Graders are given the Bibles from the Congregation and they then present them to their children. The children later meet with Pastor to learn how to use their Bibles.

Men's Prayer Breakfast

Men in our community and beyond, you are invited to join us at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings for Bible study, prayer, and breakfast. You do not need to be a Bible expert to come! We meet in the Faith Fellowship Hall for Bible study and prayer, and then have breakfast together.


Communion at the Evansville Care Center

Every first Thursday of the month at 2:00p.m., Faith Lutheran Church hosts a Communion service at the Evansville Care Center. Faith Lutheran service groups assist in helping people come to worship, and they also help out with serving communion. Pastor Preston leads the service. All are welcome to attend.

Worship Assistants

Worship assistants are vital in helping make our worship experience meaningful to all who attend. Worship assistants help with all the different activities and duties that are required to make worship a success! These tasks/duties are: ushering, greeters/hosts, scirpture readers, soundboard operators, communion servers, and Evansville Care Center assistants (these people bring the Sunday Service DVD up to the Nursing home on Sunday mornings). God, through the Holy Spirit, has given all of us amazing gifts that we are called to use in order to love and serve neighbor. All are welcome to help serve as a worship assistant!

AA & Al-Anon

Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon groups meet at Faith Lutheran every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Via de Cristo

Via de Cristo originated as “Cursillo” in the 1940’s in Majorca, Spain. Cursillo (kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word for “short course.” This powerful movement spread quickly and has been adopted by many different denominations around the world today and is known by many different names.

The method is a structured three-day weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and bring them to a new awareness of living in God’s grace.

The Lutheran movement is called “Via de Cristo” meaning “Way of Christ” in Spanish. A Via de Cristo weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon. The participants live, study, worship and commune together daily. Via de Cristo gives attendees a living understanding of basic Christian truths. There is music and singing, food and fellowship, a time for laughter and a time for prayer.

The objective of the movement is to inspire, challenge and equip individuals for Christian action in their homes, churches and communities.

Faith Lutheran has a Via de Cristo Community that is growing. For more information and news on upcoming weekends contact the Church office or check out www.mnviadecristo.org.

Quilting Group

During the winter months the women of Faith meet to put together quilts for Lutheran World Relief and local needs through the Public Health Nursing Services in Douglas County.

Youth Summer Mission Trips

Each summer for many years the Jr. High and Sr. High Youth have raised funds to go on YouthWorks Mission Trips. They try to alternate between Urban and Rural settings. In past years they have gone to Griffithsville, WV, Wind River Indian Reservation, WY; Bluefield, WV; Lampe, MO; Denver, CO; Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Browning, MT; Cairo, IL; Soldotna, AK (this was a parent & youth mission trip not through YouthWorks); Taylorsville, NC; Cortez, CO; Chicago, IL; Cheyenne River Lakota Indian Reservation in Eagle Butte, SD, and Milwaukee, WI. This past summer, July 2015, they went to Denver, CO.

Butterfly Box

Faith Lutheran Church has a Butterfly Offering Box. The box was made by a terminally ill carpenter in our congregation as a thank offering that his cancer had slowed up and he was given more time than the doctors expected. Each month the butterfly box is designated for a different cause giving people more charitable giving opportunities.

Missionaries

Pastor James and Carol Sack are serving in Japan. For more information, see the Missionaries page.