Inviting all people to experience the transformational love of God.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Lorinda, Viola and her husband, had visited a few (non-Lutheran) churches after their recent move from their longtime home in Louisiana. But after their new neighbor, Bob, and his daughter Sarah, visited with cookies in hand, and a warm invitation to give Faith a try, they attended one Sunday (August-September) in 2021. Warm greetings by congregation members and a invitation from Meg for them to sing with Faith's music groups, as well as a visit by Pastor Micah who invited/answered all their theological questions, clinched their decision to look no further, and make Faith Lutheran their new faith family.
"They said to each other, 'Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?'"
As a longtime member and liaison to Sarah's Hope, Derald is repeatedly amazed by Faith's response to the needs of the families who live at Sarah's Hope. He describes the experience - the outpouring of love by Faith's members for our neighbors in Baltimore - as overwhelming. The circle is made complete as Sarah's Hope's families offer their appreciation and Derald is able to pass along their gratitude, knowing that all expectations have been surpassed.
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Pastor Micah is a recovering alcoholic who started his path of recovery in November 2014. His recovery was only possible because of his family, friends, the church, and God. They all walked with him in the early days of his sobriety, helped him to stay safe, and helped him to remember that he is loved. Pastor Micah was transformed by that experience and it helped him realize a call to ministry, a call to share his story to help others in their recovery, and to help others see the love of God in their lives.
"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
In 1967, Bob and I and our family of five children made the big move from Minnesota to Cockeysville, MD. We dutifully responded to the invitation of the "new start" pastor and have always felt the love of God through the words and actions of the pastors and members of Faith Lutheran. Over these 50+ years, Faith's awareness, love, care, concern and response to our community's needs has increased steadily. Pastors have fed our spiritual needs, immersed themselves in the lives of the congregation and challenged us to "Welcome the Stranger," who may be sitting in the pew next to us on a Sunday morning. ~ Eunice Minich